Louise Bernard and Solene Delinger
The series “Plus belle la vie” shot its very last episode on Thursday, after 18 years of good and loyal service on France 3. The last episodes will be broadcast on November 18, but an emblematic character of the soap opera, less often on the screen in recent years, will die of a heart attack.
End clap for More beautiful life. The very last scenes of the cult soap opera of France 3 were shot Thursday in Marseille. Not without emotion, according to the many journalists present on the spot. Some actors and actresses have been present since day one. The series, broadcast since 2004, has punctuated the daily life of the French throughout the 4,665 episodes.
The last broadcast on TV set for November 18
It garnered up to six million viewers in 2008, at the height of its popularity. It is by tackling strong social issues, such as marriage for all or surrogacy, and by sticking to current events, that More beautiful life won a wide audience. Without forgetting all the characters of the soap opera, which the French have seen evolve since 2004: Thomas, Roland, Mirta, Blanche…
After 18 years of good and loyal service, the series therefore stops. The date of the last TV broadcast has been set for November 18. Three episodes will air on the same night. But, several characters will disappear even before this deadline. This is the case of one of the key characters, the emblematic boss of the Mistral, Roland Marci who will die in the episode of October 3, indicates The Parisian.
“I didn’t think France TV would stop the show like that”
“I’m not very young anymore. I longed to rest. Let’s say it’s not serious personally. But, it’s a bit of a shame. Lots of fans don’t want it to end. They’re hooked in the soap opera. I did not think that France Télévisions would stop it like that, brutally. I had imagined that I would distance myself, not that the soap opera would stop”, confides the actor Michel Cordes in the columns of the Parisian. “It’s a unique event on French television: this duration, this intensity on the public and audience side… From the start, I believed in this soap opera. I have always been a supporter of popular theater in the noble sense of the term”, said he confided again.