Aired on TF1 between 1976 and 1978, Minichronique (aka Les Minichroniques) is a 26 x 13-minute comedy/social satire series written by French comics editor and writer René Goscinny, the co-creator of Astérix, and directed by Jean-Marie Coldefy.
It will be available next tuesday on French Region 2 DVD, in a restored version, thanks to L'Atelier d'images.
Produced by TF1 (then a public broadcaster), Minichronique/Les Minichroniques stars stage, movie and TV actor Jean-Claude Arnaud as Georges Bouchard, the quintessential "average Frenchman". Each episode, introduced by René Goscinny himself in the manner of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, shows Bouchard's everyday life in humorous and often surreal situations.
Familiar faces of the era, like Jacques Monod, Paul Mercey or humorist Pierre Desproges, pop up in these little gems reminiscent of Les Dingodossiers by Marcel Gottlib and Goscinny, or even the sitcom Les Saintes chéries. Music by Gérard Calvi. The 4-Disc "Digibook" DVD set of L'Intégrale des Minichroniques de Goscinny contains the 26 episodes, plus a 20-page booklet and an interview of Jean-Claude Arnaud.