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9 x episodes
Clochemerle, a poor sleepy (fictional) village in the Beaujolais region of France, gets involved in the midst of controversy, scandal and political intrigue for the rather unlikely reason of the erection of a public urinal in the town square. This delights the men of the town but vexes one elderly religious resident.
When a Child of Mary becomes pregnant, the urinal and the ‘loose moral values’ that it apparently brings to the town are blamed, which in turn leads to the destruction of a statue in the church, leading to a war between the secularist Republicans, the Church, the aristocracy, the French Government and the Army.
The series was filmed on location in the tiny village of Marchampt in the Rhône department in eastern France.
Mayor Barthelemy Piechut
Nicholas The Beadle
Oscar De St. Choul
The Magnificent Idea of Barthelemey Piechut, the Mayor | The Triumphant Inauguration of a Municipal Amenity | The Spirited Protest of Justine Pulet | The Awful Awakening of Claudius Brodequin | The Painful Infliction of Nicholas the Beadle | The Scandalous Outcome of a Night of Destruction | The Inexorable Power of the Third Republic | The Dreaded Arrival of Captain Tardivaux | The Glorious Triumph of Barthelemey Piechut