Mention Galton and Simpson and most will say Hancock or Steptoe, but there was a great deal morer to the legendary scriptwriters’ work including this adaptation.

Clochemerle, was originally a 1934 French satirical novel. However in 1972 with a little help from two legendary scriptwriters the BBC screened it as a 9 part TV series.

The scriptwriters were Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, of Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son fame, who adapted the original novel into a TV script that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1972.  Featuring an all star cast the series was shot on location in Colombier-le-Vieux, in the department of Ardeche, south of Lyon.


Set in a French village in Beaujolais trouble erupts over plans to install a new urinal in the village square.





Cyril Cusack
Wendy Hiller
Kenneth Griffith
Roy Dotrice
Cyd Hayman
Micheline Presle
Bernard Bresslaw
Hugh Griffith
Nigel Green
Madeline Smith
Wolfe Morris


Peter Ustinov


Adapted For Television By: Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Produced By:
Co Production between BBC and German Broadcaster Bavaria Atelier
Original Transmission Dates: 18th February – 14th April 1972




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