Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Science Fiction TV on French Television

Living two kilometres from the French border allowed me to see a series of television contrasts. In then 'West' Germany back in the late 1960s and early 1970s there were two German television networks, ZDF and ARD. The rabbit ears also brought in two French networks: four channels in all on our German-made black and white television set.

I remember watching Daktari on German television, along with a mix of other programming. However, French tastes, I'm assuming, allowed me to watch the following science fiction and fantasy dramatic shows:

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
(A childhood favourite....and back in Canada, too; cool submarine and great theme tune.)

The Invaders
(My friends and I would make a game of "The Invaders". We'd do the crooked pinky.)

The Prisoner
(I looked forward to this one every week: the "Rovers" scared me, in a good way.)

... All of the above because I watched a documentary last evening on The Prisoner. (Brilliant series; one of the best ever.)

As for the "Jerry Lewis" part of the title: I haven't seen The Geisha Boy in many years. (Maybe it's time again.)


First posted as "The French Like Jerry Lewis and Science Fiction TV" on June 4, 2018.

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