Jean Béliveau on Historia : Series Cast Revealed at Last!
Historia is revealing the remarkable cast of the dramatic series Jean Béliveau about the life of a national hero, the “gentleman of hockey,” which began filming on October 20. Pierre-Yves Cardinal will have the honour of playing the famous Number 4 and former captain of the Canadiens, alongside Madeleine Péloquin who will play his wife, Élise Béliveau. Co-stars will include Patrice Bélanger (Boom Boom Geoffrion), Marc Beaupré (Henri Richard), Frédéric Blanchette (Butch Bouchard), Bruno Marcil (Maurice Richard) and Stéphane Crête (René Lecavalier). Jacques Savoie is writing the script for this original series, a first for the channel, and François Gingras is directing it.
“We’d like to honour the memory of this national hero with this major historical series. It is an unprecedented project for Historia. As the channel’s first original dramatic series, we are sending a clear message about our commitment to encouraging independent Quebec productions,” says Brigitte Vincent, Vice-President of Content and Programming. “We are particularly proud of having brought together such a solid cast to tell the story of this exceptional man, Jean Béliveau, through this major project,” adds Nicola Merola, President of Pixcom Productions and executive producer of the series.
Jean Béliveau left a mark on Quebec. He was a symbol of success, both socially and professionally. Known as the gentleman of hockey, he was not only a star, but a businessman, husband and father who earned widespread admiration and respect. Béliveau is a hockey legend, and though he was constantly under pressure, he was armed with unmatched strength of character and overcame several injuries. Relive the highlights of this national hero’s career, which spanned from 1950 to 1971. Originally from Victoriaville, he began playing for the Citadelles in Quebec City, followed by the Quebec Aces before he went on to become the captain of the Montréal Canadiens, earning five Stanley Cups. Béliveau was considered one of the best hockey players of his time. Young players sought to imitate him on the ice, while older ones revered him as a model of loyalty, rectitude and resilience.
The series is a sports drama featuring five sixty-minute episodes produced by Pixcom Productions, and will begin airing on March 15, 2017, on Historia, along with an hour-long documentary and a web documentary.
About Corus Média
Corus Média operates the French-language specialty television brands Historia, Séries+, Télétoon and La chaîne Disney in Quebec. It is a subsidiary of Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CRJ.B), a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across many platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s multi-media service portfolio includes 45 specialty TV channels, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional TV stations, international distribution, digital content, events, children’s book publishing, animation creation software and technology and media services. Corus’s collection of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.
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