Satellites Français

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started25th May 1993
ended29th May 1993
last rpt23rd Oct 1993
2 school years
duration10 mins
age rangeAge 11-15Age 11-13 & Age 13-16
languagefrIn French
Satellites Francais cover summer 1993.jpg

Satellites Français is a French-language BBC schools radio series from the 1990s, covering French Language for secondary school pupils.

A series of reading books for young teenagers, published as books and read on the radio to help pupils follow along and hear the sound of the words.

The Satellites books are a mix of original stories, adaptations, and - to offer a different experience of language, alliteration and so on - poetry collections.

The stories are arranged into three levels of increasing complexity, designed to accompany the first three years of the Étoiles ("Stars") language course produced by the BBC and the publisher Longman.

Episode list

# Title Writer Broadcast
Level One
1 (1). Rendez-moi mes poux! Marie-Thérèse Bougard #1993-05-25-00-00-0025 May 1993
2 (2). Guillaume le Conquérant Amanda Rainger #1993-05-25-00-00-0025 May 1993
3 (3). Toi dit l'enfant blanc chosen by Jane Cottave #1993-05-25-00-00-0025 May 1993
4 (4). Vacances en Ardèche Marie-Thérèse Bougard #1993-05-25-00-00-0025 May 1993
5 (5). Les parents impossibles Amanda Rainger #1993-05-26-00-00-0026 May 1993
6 (6). La Tour Eiffel Bazyli Solowij #1993-05-26-00-00-0026 May 1993
Level Two
7 (1). La villa d'en face Boileau-Narcejac, adapted by Marie-Thérèse Bougard #1993-05-26-00-00-0026 May 1993
8 (2). Marcel et La Joconde Stephen Rabley #1993-05-26-00-00-0026 May 1993
9 (3). Trois microbes chosen by Jane Cottave #1993-05-27-00-00-0027 May 1993
10 (4). Le vendeur de glaces Bazyli Solowij #1993-05-27-00-00-0027 May 1993
11 (5). Mission accomplie Amanda Rainger #1993-05-27-00-00-0027 May 1993
12 (6). Le carnaval de Québec Christiane Dorion #1993-05-27-00-00-0027 May 1993
13 (7). Le journal de Caroline Marie-Thérèse Bougard #1993-05-28-00-00-0028 May 1993
Level Three
14 (1). Qui sait? Guy de Maupassant, adapted by Amanda Rainger #1993-05-28-00-00-0028 May 1993
15 (2). Des cornichons au chocolat Stéphanie, adapted by Bazyli Solowij #1993-05-28-00-00-0028 May 1993
16 (3). Le foulard rouge chosen by Jane Cottave #1993-05-28-00-00-0028 May 1993
17 (4). Le Tour de France Barbara Tombs #1993-05-29-00-00-0029 May 1993
18 (5). Nuit de tempête Marie-Thérèse Bougard #1993-05-29-00-00-0029 May 1993
19 (6). Ramadan à Djibouti Bazyli Solowij #1993-05-29-00-00-0029 May 1993
20 (7). L'Acade en fête Barbara le Blanc #1993-05-29-00-00-0029 May 1993


  • Summer 1993 - weeknights from 2:30am, 25th-29th May on BBC Radio 3, four episodes at a time
  • Autumn 1993 - weeknights from 2:30am, 19th-23rd October on BBC Radio 3, four episodes at a time


Contributors Marie-Thérèse Bougard

Amanda Rainger

With thanks to The Canadian High Commission in London for their help with the Canadian stories
Consultant Joan Keevil
Producer Colette Thomson


A 4-page folded booklet of teacher's notes (pictured above) described each of the stories and suggested how to use them.

Each story was published as a 16-page, colour illustrated reading book, available to schools as a package for £35. Scans of several of these books can be consulted in the Internet Achive library books to borrow collection.

The readings were also published in a set of three audio cassettes, available to schools for £22.95.

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