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Les Berger

In the TV soap opera Les Berger, Marcel Cabay recounted the ups and downs of a family living in a working class Montreal neighbourhood.

From 1970 to 1978, Télé-Métropole aired 416 episodes of Les Berger. This TV soap opera, directed by Jean Claveau, Jean-Charles Gilliot and Jean-Louis Sueur,  starred Yvan Ducharme, Rita Bibeau, Claudine Chatel, Steve Fiset, Daniel Roussel and Roland Chenail.

Written by Yvon Chouinard - September, 2008

 

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Le ranch a Willie

In September 1970, Télé-Métropole (later to become TVA) launched a weekly Saturday evening date with its audience that would last six years, Le Ranch à Willie, starring the French country music singer, Willie Lamothe, always accompanied by his inseparable guitarist partner Bobby Hachey. 

This popular program would be selected as the Best Variety Program at the Gala des artistes.

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Amour, delices et cie

In the TV soap opera Amour, délices et cie, Réal Giguère narrated the adventures of people working in the commercial aviation industry.

In 1969, Télé-Métropole aired 13 episodes of this comedy series directed by Jean-Claude Sueur. Amongst the actors starring on Amour, délices et cie, there were Serge Laprade, Serge Lasalle, Francine Morand and Suzanne Valéry.

Written by Yvon Chouinard - September, 2008

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Bon Dimanche

In 1968, Télé-Métropole created an innovative formula with its launch of the artistic and cultural magazine-type show called Bon Dimanche. The latter would serve as a template for the other TV networks and would remain on the air until 2000, resulting in more than 1,000 weekly programs being aired.

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Lecoq et fils

In the comedy Lecoq and fils, Réal Giguère and Bernard Sicotte recounted the zany adventures that transpired in a detective agency, in which a father and son worked together.

From 1967 (first broadcast: October 2) to 1968, Télé-Métropole aired 37 episodes of this comedy series directed by Jean-Pierre Claveau. Lecoq and fils starred Paul Desmarteaux and Gilles Latulippe.

Written by Yvon Chouinard - September, 2008

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Cré Basile!

Inspired by the American sitcom The Honeymooners, as well as one of the actors in the series, Olivier Guimond, Cré Basile! was one of the first situation comedies to make its appearance on the Quebec television landscape. Written by Marcel Gamache, it portrayed the ups and downs of Basile (Olivier Guimond), a plumber by trade, who always had to extricate himself from the most peculiar situations, with the help of his wife Alice (Béatrice Picard) and their friends Fabien (Denis Drouin) and Colombe (Amulette Garneau).

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Le Music-Hall des jeunes

Le Music-Hall des jeunes, which aired for nearly 20 years, from 1963 to 1980, was one of the most popular programs in the history of Télé-Métropole.

Its very concept would guarantee its success: young people from 4 to 15 years old would come on the show to sing, dance, or perform a unusual feat in front of the camera and the TV audience. Inevitably, TV viewers were captivated by these charming youngsters bursting with talent and candour. 

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Jeunesse d'aujourd'hui

On June 16, 1962, Jeunesse d'aujourd'hui was born, a program that would define an entire generation until 1974. Every Saturday afternoon, studio A at TVA was packed to the gills with young girls swooning in front of the celebrity hosts, Pierre Lalonde and Joël Denis, the two Don Juans of Quebec's pop music scene. Outside the studio, crowds of wildly ecstatic teenagers had to be turned back from the doors to the studio every Saturday night. 

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Ma femme at moi

Ma femme et moi (1961)

The TV soap opera Ma femme et moi, by Pierre Dagenais, described the daily lives of a very feisty family.

In 1961, Télé-Métropole aired 50 episodes of Ma femme et moi. This daily TV soap opera, directed by Maurice Leroux,  starred Michèle Bisaillon, Luc Durand and Nini Durand. It went on the air barely a few weeks after Télé-Métropole began operations.

Written by Yvon Chouinard - September, 2008

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Adam ou Ève

Adam or Ève was the first TV quiz show aired by Télé-Métropole, which was called Channel 10 at the time. It was broadcast in 1961, on Monday evenings at 19:30.

The show's creators and hosts, Janette Bertrand and Jean Lajeunesse, a couple both at work and at home, had to think up eight games per half-hour program, which came to 300 per season!

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