1950s

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This Is Ottawa

Broadcast live from Ottawa, this series of 6 half-hour programs featured on-the-spot reports by Robert McKeown from the nation's capital. The show visited the Supreme Court Building for a look at the National Capital Plan, a model of the city for the future, Laurier House, the National Gallery, the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, the Embassy of France, a ...

Original Airdates1956
TypeSeries

This Living World

★★★★★

This Living World Steve Bloomer was host for CBC-TV's Saturday afternoon natural science series, This Living World, designed for young and old. This Living World was the English-language version of a CBC-TV French network series called La Vie qui bat. The program included demonstrations in the studio, with live animals, and filmed inserts depicting animals in their na ...

AkaLa vie qui bat
Original Airdates1959-1964
TypeSeries

This Week

This Week, a Sunday night broadcast, was a panel discussion of the week's events. For the 1954 season, the show altered its format somewhat, and moved its emphasis from discussion on several subjects each week to commentary and interviews on a specific issue. The program's length varied according to the length of the show that followed it on the schedu ...

Original Airdates1952-1959
TypeSeries

Tidewater Tramp

★★★½

A half-hour dramatic series for young viewers, Tidewater Tramp originated at CBC Vancouver, and told stories of the Flying Kestrel, a tramp steamer that sailed the Inland Passage of British Columbia and up to the Alaska Panhandle to carry cargo to remote port settlements. The skipper was Captain Martin, a widower whose crew included his twelve year old ...

Original Airdates1959-1962
TypeSeries

Time for Music

Time For Music, emceed by Dave Wright, showcased the more promising talent discovered by Ken Soble's Amateur Hour show.

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Timothy T.

★★★★★

Timothy T. was a fifteen minute series, originating at CBC Vancouver which told stories using Balinese shadow puppets.

Original Airdates1955
TypeSeries

Tiny Talent Time

★★★★

Tiny Talent Time Tiny Talent Time was a long-running and hugely successful television program on CHCH television, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. For almost four decades (1957 to 1992) the talent and variety program showcased the talents of local children in an entertaining family genre. The show was marked by a characteristically home-spun style and had great appeal to many ...

AkaToday's Talent Time
Original Airdates1957-1992; 2000-2001
TypeSeries

Toes in Tempo

CBC-Winnipeg produced Toes In Tempo, designed to encourage interest and appreciation of ballet among children. The series was produced by Ernest Mutimer, with choreography by Mirielle Grandpierre, and original music composed and conducted by Bob McMullin. The programs featured the company of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and included excerpts from popular ...

Original Airdates1957-1958
TypeSeries

Town Above, The

★★★★

Town Above, The Roger Lemelin, who in 1944 had written about Lower Town Quebec in his novel The Town Below, turned his attention to Upper Town for this series, which followed the success of his first television series for the French and English services of the CBC. He left behind most of the characters in The Plouffe Family when he moved uptown to describe the life of ...

AkaEn haut de la pente douce (French title)
Original Airdates1959-1961
TypeSeries

Travel Unlimited

Travel Unlimited was a CBC travel program broadcast in Toronto and Ottawa in late summer and early autumn 1953. It repeated on individual stations up until the mid-1960's.

Original Airdates1953
TypeSeries

Tugboat Annie

★★★★½

Tugboat Annie Tugboat Annie makes her living piloting her tugboat through the treacherous waters of the Pacific Northwest. As if the forces of nature didn't make her job difficult enough, she must also deal with competition from Captain Horatio Bullwinkle, a rival tugboat pilot who constantly tries to steal jobs out from under Annie. Though Bullwinkle has a fearsome ...

AkaThe Adventures of Tugboat Annie
Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Two for Physics

★★★★★

After the local success of the CBLT science broadcast, Live and Learn, CBC recycled the material in Two for Physics, which also featured Donald Ivey and Patterson Hume, professors from the University of Toronto. In this series, they discussed such subjects as the theory of relativity, the environment of air, radiation, gravity, and the degradation of en ...

Original Airdates1959
TypeSeries

Tzigane

★

Tzigane refers to the Hungarian gypsy, and this CBC program featured the music of central Europe. The setting was an imaginary island in the Danube.

Original Airdates1954
TypeSeries

Uncle Chichimus

★★★★½

Uncle Chichimus "Uncle Chichimus" was one of the first live television productions to originate in Canada, preceded only by a news bulletin when CBC-TV went to air on day one. Created by John Conway, the program began as part of a weekday, early evening family program called "Let's See," and quickly became a daily children's favourite. Uncle Chichimus "Chich" and H ...

AkaLet's See
Original Airdates1952-1954
TypeSeries

Uncle Ed's Party

A program of songs and stories for young viewers, with Ed McCurdy. Set in a weird house that could only be entered through a coal chuute.

AkaEd's Place; Uncle Ed's Place
Original Airdates1952-1954
TypeSeries

Under 21

Jeanne Sauve hosted this series of discussions with young people on topics of contemporary public interest, such as bilingualism and biculturalism.

AkaUnder Twenty-One
Original Airdates1956
TypeSeries

Unforeseen, The

★★★★

The Unforeseen presented suspense drama, or stories with a surprise twist at the end, not necessarily futuristic narratives or tales of the supernatural.

Original Airdates1958-1960
TypeSeries

United Way Show, The

Outstanding show business personalities displayed their talents on "The United Way Show," an hour-long variety program with the dual purpose of entertaining the television audience and of promoting a country-wide charity campaign.

AkaUnited Way Appeal Fund; United Appeal Fund
Original Airdates1956-1959
TypeSpecial

Vacations Unlimited

This half-hour program for summer 1953 presented a feature on a different Canadian holiday spot each week.

Original Airdates1953
TypeSeries

Vic Obeck Show

★★★★★

Produced in Montreal, Vic Obeck's show highlighted football, but also covered other types of sports events and physical activities, from the Calgary Stampede to the Davis Cup to fitness with Lloyd Percival to water safety with Marilyn Bell.

AkaVic Obeck's Parade of Sports
Original Airdates1954-?
TypeSeries

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