1950s

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Studio Pacific

Studio Pacific was a series of 9 half-hour plays which spotlighted the talents of British Columbia writers and performers.

Original Airdates1959
TypeSeries

Stump the Experts

For this CBC quiz show from Montreal, viewers were invited to submit questions, which moderator Stephen Brott would put to the panel. Winners received a prize, a work of Canadian handicrafts.

Original Airdates1952
TypeSeries

Summer Begins

Summer Begins was a CBC series of 4 half-hour programs on things to do during the summer holiday period. It was produced in Vancouver.

Original Airdates1959
TypeSeries

Summer Camping

Summer Camping was a live children's series from Montreal, featuring folk-singers Alan Mills and Louis Thomas, handicrafts expert and storyteller. The program provided instruction in handling a canoe, fishing, equipping for overnight trips, wood-carving, Indian lore, and other woodsman's skills, as well as entertainment in the form of campfire songs and ...

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

Summertime

Summertime '57 was a summer half-hour musical variety show on CBC starring Bill Walker, with the Jack Kane Orchestra. The program in this format was discontinued temporarily after the Sept 12 episode to make room for First Performance, but returned under the title Music Makers '58 on Oct 31, 1957. Summertime '58 featured different musical groups eac ...

AkaSummertime '57; Summertime '58
Original Airdates1957-1958
TypeSeries

Sunday at Eight

U.S. writer and cultural commentator Gilbert Seldes hosted this wide-ranging CBC series of documentaries on the arts and sciences. The program ran on alternate weeks with Canadian broadcasts of the U.S. prestige drama series Goodyear Playhouse.

AkaSunday at Nine; CBC Open House
Original Airdates1953
TypeSeries

Sunshine Sketches

Sunshine Sketches The first dramatic production on English CBC television, which ran through the initial season, was this adaptation of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, broadcast on what was also known as the Addison Spotlight Theatre.

AkaAddison Spotlight Theatre
Original Airdates1952-1953
TypeSeries

Swing Easy

A summer musical variety series, Swing Easy featured young Canadian performers. It starred Ruth Walker, with the Rhythm Pals, Bill Richards and the orchestra, and host Alan Millar who presented music from productions playing in Toronto at the Music Fair Theatre, Under the Stars in Vancouver, and Rainbow Stage in Winnipeg. Swing Easy returned the next ...

AkaSwing Gently; Fancy Free
Original Airdates1959-1960
TypeSeries

Swing Your Partner

Swing Your Partner Swing Your Partner was a half-hour square dance program for teenagers. Stu Davis was the host of the show, which was produced in Winnipeg. It was Winnipeg's first "live" series on the full CBC-TV network. Each program had 2 stories developed around a specific theme- one a serious informative story, the other an amusing anecdote. Some themes included the ...

Original Airdates1957-1958
TypeSeries

Tabloid

★★★★½

Tabloid Tabloid was a half-hour specializing in interviews, chitchat among the staff and presented each night a surrealistic weather map by Percy Saltzman. In addition, the show included a newscast, sports, and a newsreel. It was the CBC's first magazine-type show. Tabloid was retitled 701 for the 1963 summer season and the show was given a modified format a ...

Aka701; Seven-Oh-One
Original Airdates1953-1963
TypeSeries

Take a Look

A fifteen-minute broadcast for young viewers, Take a Look was hosted by Dick Sutton of the Manitoba Museum and the University of Manitoba. He gave talks about subjects of natural history, illustrated with specimens from the museum. Originally a local broadcast in Winnipeg, the show was carried nationally beginning on Jun 29, 1955. In the summer of 19 ...

AkaThe Dick Sutton Show
Original Airdates1955-1956
TypeSeries

Talent Caravan

★★★½

Talent Caravan employed two production units to cover the country and present young Canadian performers. George Murray hosted the show, which originated in different locations. Viewers voted by mail for their favourites among the six contestants in each show in a talent competition that lasted through the television season. The show's musical director w ...

Original Airdates1959-1960
TypeSeries

Tales of Adventure

An early evening drama for young viewers, Tales of Adventure serialized well-known fiction in half-hour segments. The first was a six-part adaptation by Ray Darby of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, starring Colin Eaton, Ed McNamara, Warren Wilson, Earle Grey, Eric Clavering, Murray Kash, William Holland, and Al Pearce. It was followed by Wil ...

Original Airdates1952-1953
TypeSeries

Talk Of The Town

Talk Of The Town Candid and casual, George Kidd's interviews usually originate from his private "den", in CFRN's modernistic studio building. His guests have included adventurers, industrial leaders, and controversial figures in the news. For his show, Kidd has found himself enthusiastically climbing into a jet plane, or dubiously sharing a chesterfield with a cheetah, ...

TypeSeries

Teen Time

★★★★★

Teen Time Teen Time was a local program from CHCT in Calgary originally emceed by 19-year-old showman Ken Fobes. On the program, youngsters discussed clothes, vocational guidance, and such serious problems as "Should teachers give less homework?" The show also featured music and dancing. According to production manager Barry Gordon, this was the first teen progra ...

Original Airdates1957-?
TypeSeries

Telerama Sports

On this programme, Russ Ramsay interviewed such figures as Jean Beliveau and Jersey Joe Walcott.

Original Airdates1957?
TypeSeries

Telestory Time

★★★★★

Telestory Time was a CBC program for children, with stories sang by Pat Patterson and illustrated by George Feyer, cartoonist. Musical background was provided by Doris Ord on the organ.

Original Airdates1953-1954
TypeSeries

Terry and Me

Veteran vocalist Terry Dale was featured in this musical series from Vancouver. She sang jazz numbers and her announcer was husband Allan Millar, of Harmony House fame. The show, called Terry and Me, also included short sketches, a guest musician, and an 8-piece band led by Dave Pepper.

Original Airdates1956
TypeSeries

Theme in Seven

Vancouver violinist Jean de Rimanoczy traced the development of chamber music and discussed other topics, such as the evolution of stringed and woodwind instruments, the romantic period of music, impressionism, and the influence of jazz on modern serious music, in this series of seven programs.

AkaTheme in 7
Original Airdates1955
TypeSeries

Things We See, The

The Things We See was the title of a popular series of small art volumes released by Penguin Books in 1947. Starting July 2, 1957, it also became the title of a new CBC television series. And appropriately so, for Alan Jarvis, editor of the series, was also the man behind the new television shows. There were few significant differences between the te ...

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

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