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Féminin pluriel

The TV soap opera Féminin plural, written by Robert Lavoie, told the story of the lives of various characters who all lived in the same building.
In 1979-80, the TVA network will air 34 episodes of this series. This situation comedy, directed by Claude Colbert, starred France Castel and Louise Latraverse.

 

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Le clan Beaulieu

Le clan Beaulieu, the sequel to the cult TV classic Les Berger, ruled the air waves for five years (156 episodes from the fall 1978 to the spring 1982) with million plus audience ratings.

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Monsieur Tranquille

Monsieur Tranquille, played by Roger Giguère, was a giant marionette with a huge moustache and hair made of grey wool, a very big nose and small round eyeglasses. Monsieur Tranquille sang songs that weren't very politically correct and weren't very educational either. The program's creator, Jacques Desrosiers, played the character of Eugène.

Télé-Métropole broadcast 39 episodes of this program in 1977.

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Dominique

In the TV soap opera Dominique, the writer Antoine Lefebvre (actually, Réal Giguère) recounted the difficulties encountered by a young 39-year old widow who had to raise her two children.

From 1977 to 1979, Télé-Métropole aired 67 episodes of Dominique. This TV soap opera was directed by Claude Colbert, Michel Petit and Pierre Sainte-Marie and notably starred Dominique Michel (Dominique Dupuis), Vincent Bilodeau (Pierre-Luc Dupuis) and Mireille Daoust (Geneviève Dupuis).

Written by Yvon Chouinard - September, 2008

 

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Chère Isabelle

In the comedy Chère Isabelle, Gilles Richer told the story of a modern couple who were struggling against the taboos of the time.

In 1976-77, the TVA network aired 41 episodes of Chère Isabelle, directed by Claude Colbert and Gilles Pilon, which starred Dominique Michel, Denis Drouin and Louise Latraverse.

Written by Yvon Chouinard - September, 2008

 

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Fanfan Dédé

A children's morning program, hosted by André Richard (Fanfan Dédé), featuring marionettes, songs and stories. The host would create the impression of speaking to each child individually by addressing them as Fanfan at Home. Hanging up letters of the alphabet on a clothesline to form words gave this program an educational dimension. It was broadcast from 1975 to 1985. The program eventually came to an end because of a copyright dispute between TVA and the program host André Richard.

Written by Yvon Chouinard - September, 2008

 

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Patofville

The program Patofville and its namesake clown Patof have taken up permanent residence in the imagination of Quebec's TV audience.

After the death of Olivier Guimond in the early 1970s, Télé-Métropole was looking for a new clown character to join the TV program Capitaine Bonhomme. This led to the decision to employ the many talents of Jacques Desrosiers and thus, the character of Patof was born. As the program evolved, children embraced the character, who like them, was a little shy and awkward.

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Les Tannants

From 1973 to 1977, Télé-Métropole aired Les tannants, a late afternoon variety program, which would leave an indelible mark on the period. The hosts, Pierre Marcotte, Joël Denis and Shirley Théroux would put together a veritable suppertime happening. Contests, sketches and songs, in a no-frills, down-to-earth atmosphere, where the hosts had as much fun as the studio audience and TV audience at home.

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A la Canadienne

In 1972, À la Canadienne was broadcast for the first time, and was hosted by André Lejeune who would then become a figure forever associated with Quebec folk songs and adapting them to modern times. Indeed, Lejeune would score folk songs with entirely new rhythms that were very lively and catchy most of the time. 

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Symphorien

A comedy series written by Marcel Gamache and starring Gilles Latulippe in the role of Symphorien. Symphorien, the father of a big family, was a janitor in a boarding house inhabited by a flock of colourful and zany characters. Symphorien was often absent-minded and sometimes lost his memory altogether.

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