Nostalgia TV: ice hockey with dad, feminism with mom

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

Marie Hélène, which youth programs influenced you?

fan cheers, soil and calyx, The Ribouldingue and later, pumpkin pop. All for their creativity and their openness to the imagination. My kids loved it too fan cheers and soil and calyx !

What are your fondest television memories from your childhood?

Consider hockey night, just to sleep late and stay with my dad! Also, I discovered feminism at the same time as my mother did by watching Aline Desjardins woman of todayand feel the meaning of this speech.

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

My parents didn’t want us to watch it too much and I read a lot when I was older. On the other hand, I know all the youth shows from the early 1970s, that says it all! But at mealtimes there was never a TV!

Is there a character that influenced you?

Laura Ingalls [jouée par Melissa Gilbert, NDLR] from The little house on the prairie. I recognized myself in her. And the books the story is taken from are less fictional but intriguing. I fell asleep fantasizing about the lives of American pioneers in the late 1800s.e Century. But Kim Yaroshevskaya’s wonderful fanfreluche undoubtedly made me want to tell stories.

Is there another song from a show that you remember?

Those The Ribouldingue. The Green Mouse. Nick and Spike or Grujot and delicate. My mother sang it for me, then we sang it together. They are deeply rooted!

Is there a character you would have loved to play for children?

The witches in fan cheers played by the fabulous Hélène Loiselle. They scared me and fascinated me! Also the Green Mouse by Louisette Dussault. Ironically, his show was in black and white!

Which universe should the children discover?

Your inner world 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 television?

In Quebec, I think it has evolved a lot, taking into account modern psychology and today’s problems, but retaining the imagination and creativity that are our hallmarks. 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 costumes and sets!

♦ 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 bubbles which can be discovered on

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