Canal Plus plans shows on French life


PARIS -- Canal Plus plans to give viewers a humorous glimpse of French life through the eyes of foreigners this Christmas as the Gallic pay TV network airs new series "Johnny Saucisson" (Johnny Sausage) beginning Dec. 24.

The 26-minute series follows five Anglo-Saxon authors and journalists as they experience the ups and downs of expat life in France and, in turn, highlight the foibles of the country.

Produced by Story Box Press and DERALF, the show is directed by Fabien Constant and fashion documentary filmmaker Loic Prigent, who recently won TV France International's top documentary export prize for his TV miniseries "Signed Chanel."

The show will feature various segments including "Typically French," "France: What a Beautiful Country," "The Topic Forbidden from the French" and "An American in Paris," which features The Hollywood Reporter Paris correspondent Rebecca Leffler.

"Johnny Saucisson" also will feature U.K. talent including Stephen Clarke, author of a series of best-selling novels that began with "A Year in the Merde"; Mike Sadler, author of the book series "An Englishman in Paris"; professor, producer and TV presenter Sophie Davidson; and U.S. journalist Susan Oubari.

Five episodes of the program will be broadcast every night at 6:15 p.m. through Dec. 28.