French news channelThis short guide will help you get to know what each of the main French television channels has to offer and also provides an introduction to some of the most popular programmes currently shown in France.

TF1

Tune in for news and weather, kids cartoons, reality shows along the lines of Dancing with the Stars (Dance Avec les Stars) and game shows like Wheel of Fortune (La Roue de la Fortune).

France 2

A mixture of news, sport, music, ‘magazine’ style programmes, as well as game shows such as Fort Boyard and US TV series ER (Urgences) en français.

France 3

Home to France’s popular soap opera, Plus Belle la Vie, set in Marseille and the animated adventures of famous French cartoon character, Titeuf. It’s also the place to come for all your favourite British detective programmes, Midsomer Murders (Inspecteur Barnaby) and A Touch of Frost (Inspecteur Frost) – in translation.

Canal+

Sport, films and shows including Les Guignols – a spoof news programme similar in style to Spitting Image.

M6

This is where you’ll find the French version of Come Dine with Me (Un Dîner Presque Parfait), Master Chef (Top Chef) and How to Look Good Naked (Belle Toute Nue) as well as US TV series such as Desperate Housewives and Bones dubbed in French.

Arte

Documentaries on everything from wildlife to tobacco use in Europe via cookery and the Chernobyl disaster.

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