Close-Up (Series) (1957-1963)

Close-Up
Creator and executive producer Ross McLean spun Close-Up, a prime-time, weekly program off from Tabloid, the successful, daily, early evening public affairs show. The CBC supported the series with a substantial production budget that permitted McLean to send correspondents and camera crews to far locations for interviews and documentaries. Originally a half-hour, Close-Up expanded to a full hour in 1961, and programs were generally made up of segments lasting eight or nine minutes each. Interviews sent live to air and a commitment to produce engaging television programming on current affairs gave Close-Up a spontaneous quality that made it lively and popular.

Close-Up interviews were praised for staying with the subject's work and its significance, and for not being celebrity puff pieces.

Cast:
J. Frank Willis....Host
Charles Templeton....Interviewer
Pierre Berton....Interviewer
Elaine Grand....Interviewer
Percy Saltzman....Interviewer
Dorothy Sangster....Interviewer
Jack Webster....Interviewer
Barbara Moon....Interviewer
Bob Quintrell....Interviewer
Robert Hoyt....Interviewer
Joyce Davidson....Interviewer
Blair Fraser


Original Broadcaster(s): CBC

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