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Clochemerle: the much-loved BBC series

Clochemerle: the much-loved BBC series
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Adapted for television by the comedy writing team of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson from the classic comic French novel, Clochemerle is a 1972 comedy series based in a small Beaujolais vilage.

Narrated by Peter Ustinov and featuring a host of recognisable faces - including an outstanding turn from Cyril Cusack as the Mayor - it's a treat to have it available at last.

Nestled in the Beaujolais region of France, the happy little enclave of Clochemerle has avoided all hints of modernity, producing fine wine in an atmosphere of timeless calm and culture - until now, in the autumn of 1922, when the the mayor decides to erect a new public edifice, something that will combine the benefits of hygiene and morality, and builds a public urinal in front of the church.

Church, government, headstrong villagers and one staunch catholic spinster (Wendy Hiller) are about to clash in a way that few could have foreseen.

A delightful comedy that lives up to its terrific reputation.
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Delightful, kindly and brilliantly observed comedy
The picture quality isn't great but after a very short time who cares - all is eclipsed by the wonderful story line set amid the sunny, sleepy and timeless winemaking Beaujolais countryside, and the interplay of impeccably observed French characters and the webs they weave. All somehow told so gently. A true pleasure to watch, again and again.