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    Senior Member Country: UK SainT's Avatar
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    I receive on my email this query on 2 October from the very same person who was looking for
    Lytton's Diary TV series.
    However, this time I'm unable to identify the TV series.

    TV series or TV mini-series.
    Language: English.
    Country of origin: 90% UK, 10% other English speaking countries.
    Potential producers: If the series is a British production, then it could be some of the producers we talked about earlier, when I wrote the query about Lytton's Diary TV series. [Anglia, Thames, BBC, Granada, etc].
    A British period drama TV series, shown in the former Yugoslavia in the mid 1980s. Probably 1984-1987.

    The setting is a village or small town in Britain between the two World Wars, or at the beginning of World War II. The village has its own mayor and city council who are the centre of attention. The mayor has a wife, and the local residents dislike this woman. She often drives through the village in a white convertible car, and therefore the local residents protest. The central event is when the army comes into the village. The army was warmly welcomed by the local residents. The soldiers socialise with the locals and organise fun events for them. This carries on, until a soldier "sleeps" with the wife of a local resident in a barn. It would have remained a secret but as usually happens the incident is witnessed by an old woman. The next day, she writes an anonymous letter to the farmer's wife and leaves the letter at her front door. But the husband finds the letter, instead of his wife. After that, he beats his wife, and then the whole village protests and start fighting with the soldiers. The next day, all the soldiers look bruised and leave the village in a column. All the local residents are in the crowd and are also all bruised and say farewell to the army, and behind them the old woman walks down the street.

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    Sorry I can't help with the identification but just wanted to say that your friend writes an excellent synopsis, the ending of which is probably more poignant than the original.

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    Senior Member Country: UK SilverTyne's Avatar
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    Could it be 1974-ish?

    South Riding was adapted by Stan Barstow for Yorkshire TV and involved the village doings of councillors and teachers. Not sure about the soldiers though.

    http://www.televisionheaven.co.uk/southriding.htm



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    Senior Member Country: UK CaptainWaggett's Avatar
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    Nothing like that happens in South Riding but some of the incidents are vaguely reminiscent of Clochemerle which was set in France though it was in English. There are some clips on Youtube if that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainWaggett View Post
    Nothing like that happens in South Riding but some of the incidents are vaguely reminiscent of Clochemerle which was set in France though it was in English. There are some clips on Youtube if that helps.
    Oooh, good call Cap'n. Soldiers, town officials, affairs...by Jove I think you've got it.

    http://www.comedy.co.uk/guide/tv/clochemerle/episodes/

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    @melade
    My friend (aka a member at a Croatian forum with the username "Ejlaga") says many thanks for your compliment!

    @SilverTyne
    Many thanks for the link in the post #5!
    Episode 1.8 - The Dreaded Arrival Of Captain Tardivaux
    An army captain has an affair with the innkeeper's wife.
    Episode 1.9 - The Glorious Triumph Of Barthelemy Piechut
    The villagers and the army engage in a fight.


    @CaptainWaggett
    Many thanks for the correct suggestion!
    I receive an email this evening from "Ejlaga". After seeing the synopsis from the last two episodes (the episodes 1.8 and 1.9 from the link posted by @SilverTyne), "Ejlaga" thinks (99%) that Clochemerle is the TV series he was looking for all these years. On the other hand, there are only two Clochemerle videos in YouTube and the scenes described in the query cannot be seen in these videos. So, he needs a definitive proof.

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