Clochemerle (TV series)

Clochemerle is a 1972 BBC television serial based on the novel of the same name by Gabriel Chevallier first published in 1934, with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the text. Filmed on location in France, it starred Roy Dotrice, Wendy Hiller, Cyril Cusack, Kenneth Griffith, Cyd Hayman, Bernard Bresslaw, Hugh Griffith, Micheline Presle, Madeline Smith, Christian Roberts, Nigel Green, Wolfe Morris and Gordon Rollings, with narration by Peter Ustinov.

Based onClochemerle
by Gabriel Chevallier
Written by
Directed byMichael Mills
Narrated byPeter Ustinov
Composer(s)Alan Roper
Country of origin
  • UK
  • West Germany
No. of series1
No. of episodes9
Producer(s)Michael Mills
Production location(s)France
CinematographyJames Balfour
  • Geoffrey Botterill
  • Christopher Rowlands
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)
Audio formatMonaural
Original release18 February (1972-02-18) –
14 April 1972 (1972-04-14)


No. in
TitleOriginal air date
1"The Magnificent Idea of Barthelemey Piechut, the Mayor"18 February 1972 (1972-02-18)
2"The Triumphant Inauguration of a Municipal Amenity"25 February 1972 (1972-02-25)
3"The Spirited Protest of Justine Putet"3 March 1972 (1972-03-03)
4"The Awful Awakening of Claudius Brodequin"10 March 1972 (1972-03-10)
5"The Painful Infliction of Nicholas the Beadle"17 March 1972 (1972-03-17)
6"The Scandalous Outcome of a Night of Destruction"24 March 1972 (1972-03-24)
7"The Inexorable Power of the Third Republic"31 March 1972 (1972-03-31)
8"The Dreaded Arrival of Captain Tardivaux"7 April 1972 (1972-04-07)
9"The Glorious Triumph of Barthelemey Piechut"14 April 1972 (1972-04-14)


The series was shot on location in Colombier-le-Vieux, in the department of Ardeche, south of Lyon. The steam railway there, which appears in the programme, had been restored by enthusiasts the year before shooting.

Home mediaEdit

It was issued as a 2-DVD set by the BBC in 2013.[1]


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