Tele nostalgia: hockey with dad, feminism with mom

If there is one who knows all the Quebec youth programs of the early 1970s, it’s Marie-Hélène Thibault. The actress keeps lasting memories of the time spent in the company of unique characters such as Fanfreluche, the Green Mouse or even Sol and Gobelet.

Marie Hélène, what are the youth programs that have marked you?

fanfreluche, Floor and Goblet, The Ribouldingue and later, Pumpkin Pop. All for their creativity and their openness to the imagination. My kids loved it too fanfreluche and Floor and Goblet !

What are your fondest childhood TV memories?

To look at Hockey Night, just to sleep late and stay with my dad! Also, discover feminism at the same time as my mother by watching Aline Desjardins at woman of todayand feel the importance of this speech.

Did you watch a lot of TV when you were young?

My parents didn’t want us to look at it too much, and when I was older, I read a lot. On the other hand, I know all the youth programs of the early 1970s, that says it all! But there was no TV at meal times!

Is there a character who inspired you?

Laura Ingalls [jouée par Melissa Gilbert, NDLR] in The Little House On The Prairie. You recognized me in her. And the books from which the story is drawn are less novel, more passionate. I fell asleep fantasizing about the life of American pioneers at the end of the 19th century.and century. Or, Kim Yaroshevskaya’s marvelous Fanfreluche no doubt sent me to tell stories.

Is there one more song from a show that sticks in your mind?

cells of The Ribouldingue. The mouse pours. Nick and Peak or Grujot and Delicate. My mother would sing them to me, then we would sing them together. They are anchored very developed!

And is there a character that you would have liked to play for children?

The witches in fanfreluche who were embodied by the fabulous Hélène Loiselle. They scare me and fascinate me! Also, Louisette Dussault’s Green Mouse. Ironically, his show was in black and white!

What universe would you like the children to discover?

Their inner world which is rich, vibrant, full of compassion, curiosity and creativity. And tell them that anything is possible with imagination!

What do you think of today’s youth TV?

In Quebec, I think it has evolved a lot, it has an account of modern psychology and the issues encountered now, more than it has kept the fantasy and creativity that are our trademark. The actors and actresses of the children’s series work very hard and are very talented! And it’s full of discoveries in terms of customs and decorations!

♦ Marie-Hélène Thibault is the mother of the man nicknamed Lolo in the second season of the family comedy No entry ! now available on ICI Extra. She also turns into a bitter interviewer for the web series star bulls that can be discovered at

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