In 1798, a small force of French troops sail to Ireland to support the local rebels against the British forces under Lord Cornwallis.








Series cast summary:
Jean-Claude Drouot ...  Le général Humbert 6 episodes, 1982
Keith Buckley ...  Samuel Cooper 6 episodes, 1982
François Perrot ...  Barras 6 episodes, 1982
Gilles Ségal ...  La Réveillière 6 episodes, 1982
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ...  Owen MacCarthy 6 episodes, 1982
Michel Goulu Michel Goulu ...  Rebwell 6 episodes, 1982
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ...  Lord Cornwallis 3 episodes, 1982
Jeremy Clyde Jeremy Clyde ...  Malcolm Elliott 3 episodes, 1982
Veronica Duffy Veronica Duffy ...  Kate Cooper 3 episodes, 1982
Patrick Floersheim Patrick Floersheim ...  Fontaine 3 episodes, 1982
Nuala Holloway Nuala Holloway ...  Nora the Parlourmaid 3 episodes, 1982
Philip Hurd-Wood ...  John Moore 3 episodes, 1982
Mick Lally Mick Lally 3 episodes, 1982
Anne-Louise Lambert ...  Ellen Treacy 3 episodes, 1982
Gabriel Murray Gabriel Murray ...  Humbolts Captain 3 episodes, 1982
Peter Porteous Peter Porteous ...  Mr. Broome 3 episodes, 1982
Jonathan Ryan ...  Randal mc donnell 3 episodes, 1982
Robert Stephens ...  George Moore 3 episodes, 1982
Jacques Zabor Jacques Zabor ...  Sarrazin 3 episodes, 1982


In 1798, a small force of French troops sail to Ireland to support the local rebels against the British forces under Lord Cornwallis.

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RTE [Ireland]


Ireland | France



Release Date:

1982 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

L'année des Français See more »

Filming Locations:

Killala, County Mayo, Ireland

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A favourite, despite the critics.
11 March 2017 | by seanbarry-77716See all my reviews

I first saw this on RTE Television back in '82 on first release. I saw a few episodes when Channel 4 (UK), ran it later in the year. I seem to remember at the time that it was a three party production involving FR3 France, Channel 4 UK, and RTE Ireland. It was indeed tri lingual with subtitles for the foreign dialog.

Though the series was quite popular at the time, and drew very good viewer ratings on RTE, it didn't get much approval from the critics. Citing poor editing, bad acting, historical inaccuracy's, amidst the criticisms. None of this though changes the fact that it remained popular with viewers. And of course being a period of Irish history that was not covered by popular media, it attracted all the more attention. And of course not forgetting the excellent soundtrack produced by The Chieftains & The RTE Concert Orchestra.

I have seen many posts on various forums from people looking for this title on DVD, but as far as I am aware, the reason why it hasn't thus far become available, is due to licensing issues between the three countries. So in the meantime, I guess we just wait until this has been resolved. I certainly for one will be looking forward to it's release on digital media of whichever format.

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