Monday, 3 September 2018


Joséphine the guardian angel arrives at the Camping Paradis for her new mission. French private channel TF1's two hit series Joséphine, ange gardien and Camping Paradis meet again after Joséphine, ange gardien: Trois campeurs et un mariage (aired last march).

Launched in 2006, Camping Paradis was created by Michel Alexandre, Ludovic Pion-Dumas & Anne Badel. Produced by JLA Productions with TF1, this comedy series is centered on the everyday life and problems of Tom Delormes, a campsite owner, and his team. Regular cast members since the beginning are Laurent Ournac (Tom), Thierry Heckendorn (André Durieux) and Patrick Guérineau (Xavier Proteau). Humorist Candiie plays Audrey Dukor since season 8. Patrick Paroux (Around the world in 80 days, Amelie) recurs as Christian Parizot, the most faithful client of the Camping Paradis. Distributed by TF1 Studio, Camping paradis celebrated its 50th episode last year.

Created by Laurent Chouchan with Michel Lengliney & Philippe Niang, comedy/drama Joséphine, ange gardien started on TF1 in 1997. It's the second oldest active series of the channel after Une famille formidable (1992). Comedian/actress Mimie Mathy stars as Joséphine Delamarre, a guardian angel sent on Earth to help people solve their problems. The series, produced by DEMD productions (Lagardère Studios) with TF1 and distributed by Lagardère Studios Distribution, celebrated its 20th anniversary in autumn 2017 with its 85th episode. The same year, Joséphine, ange gardien and Camping Paradis left the 90-minute format for the same 2 x 52-minute.

The idea of a meeting between the two hits was inspired to TF1 by the success of Magellan et Mongeville, a 2016 crossover between pubcaster France 3's detective dramas Commissaire Magellan (produced by JLA) and Mongeville. In Joséphine, ange gardien: Trois campeurs et un mariage, Joséphine, André Durieux and Xavier Proteau helped Tom Delormes to deal with the wedding of his former girlfriend. The deputy mayor in charge of the ceremony happened to be the ineffable monsieur Parizot! Written by France Corbet & Maia Muller (who write for both series) with Giacchino Campanella, this episode was directed by Camping Paradis regular helmer Philippe Proteau.

Penned by Florence Philipponnat and Mélusine Laura Raynaud with Laurent Mondy (Le prix de la vérité), Camping Paradis: Un ange gardien au camping sends Joséphine Delamarre to the Camping Paradis where she must help Olivier Cotin (Jérémie Covillault). The guardian angel poses as a temp as Tom needs someone to replace André, who has neck pains. Olivier still loves his ex-wife Mathilde (Anaïs Gilbert). Their teenage daughter Violette (Charlie Loiselier) has feelings for Valentin (Victor Boccard) but the young man only has eyes for Audrey. Parizot suddenly softens because of his new campsite neighbour, the charming Fabienne (Olivia Dutron).

Camping Paradis is very reminiscent of The Love Boat and Un ange gardien au camping is definitely quieter than Trois campeurs et un mariage. The humour of this sympathetic reunion of Joséphine with Tom Delormes and his pals comes mostly from Mimie Mathy and Patrick Paroux. The guest cast also includes Renaud Roussel (Stéphane) and Déborah Krey (Anaïs). Produced by Jean-Luc Azoulay and Richard Berkowitz. Bernard Paccalet exec produces. Main title song composed by Sébastien Lipszyc, Emmanuel Lipszyc and Franck Lascombes. Music by Frédéric Porte. Produced with the participation of RTL-TVI and RTS Radio Télévision Suisse. Directed by Philippe Proteau.

Next monday on TF1.

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