1950s

Listings 

Viewpoint

★★★★

A forum of opinion and commentary, Viewpoint was a five-minute program of freely-expressed opinion on a matter of national importance. It lasted for eighteen years as a regular follow-up to the national news broadcast at the end of each weekday.

Original Airdates1957-1976
TypeSeries

Walk with Kirk

★★★

In this fifteen-minute CBC program for young viewers, Kirk Whipper from the School of Physical and Health Education at the University of Toronto took groups of children on tours of workplaces, such as farms, dockyards, hydroelectric power plants, and other industries.

Original Airdates1954-1955
TypeSeries

Wayne and Shuster Show, The

★★★★

Wayne and Shuster Show, The Wayne and Shuster started their regular appearances on CBC television with The Wayne and Shuster Hour in October 1954, and have provided comedy that ranged from clever and literate to god-awful corn, at a rate of one show a month in the beginning, reduced to four shows a season in later years. Exact titles for their shows have varied: The Wayne and Shus ...

AkaWayne and Shuster Hour, Wayne and Shuster Comedy Hour
Original Airdates1954-1990
TypeSeries

Weathervein Show

Weathervein Show was a local weather show in Regina, SK hosted by weatherman Hugh Delaney.

Original Airdates1957?
TypeSeries

Web of Life

Web of Life was a nature series produced at CBC Vancouver. The series started as a twenty-six week examination of different forms of animal life, and added more programs in subsequent years. It used footage shot locally in British Columbia, and film from Uganda, the southern U.S., the Caribbean, the Arctic, and in the Gulf of Mexico region, and concerne ...

Original Airdates1959-1963
TypeSeries

Weekend in Sports

Weekend in Sports was a 5-minute sports report was read by Fred Sgambati on Sundays and Steve Douglas on Saturdays.

Original Airdates1959-1960
TypeSeries

Whistletown

A half-hour CBC show for kids, Whistle Town divided its attentions between a toy shop and a fire hall in a very small town. Danny and Foster his puppet friend visited Mr. Bean, who owned the toy shop, on Tuesdays, and the fire hall on Thursdays. The show included little dramas, as well as cartoons, newsreels, and musical numbers by Jean Cavall and Ed Mc ...

Original Airdates1958-1959
TypeSeries

Who Knows?

Who Knows? was a CBC panel quiz show. James Bannerman was moderator and a panel of three tried to identify strange objects, some very old and some very new. The panel consisted of Walter Kenyon and John Lunn, archaeologists associated with the Royal Ontario Museum, and a different guest each week. An updated version of the show appeared in the 1970s und ...

Original Airdates1959
TypeSeries

Who's the Guest

A panel variety show, and a summer replacement for The Denny Vaughan Show, on Who's the Guest, panelists tried to identify mystery guests from the entertainment field in Canada. Gerald Bern gave them clues and caricatures, and the guest, once his or her identity was revealed, performed.

Original Airdates1956
TypeSeries

Whozit

On this CBC quiz show, panelists tried to guess the identity of well-known people from clues provided by cartoonist Bert Grossick's caricatures.

Original Airdates1953
TypeSeries

Willie Wonderful

A fifteen-minute CBC program, Willie Wonderful featured stories for children told with marionettes.

Original Airdates1952-1953
TypeSeries

Window on Canada

Window on Canada was a CBC series of half-hour National Film Board productions, intended to present different aspects of life in Canada. The program was seen at different times on different stations. Among the films were The Son; Shadow On The Prairie; Listen To The Prairies; Opera School; Musician In The Family; Motorman; Look To The Forest; Shop Stewa ...

Original Airdates1953-1955
TypeSeries

Window on the World

Window on the World was a series of fifteen-minute travelogues which aired on various days and times on the CBC.

Original Airdates1956-1957
TypeSeries

Winter Conference

The CBC regularly presented highlights of the annual conference of the Canadian Institute of Public Affairs, called the Winter Conference or the Couchiching Conference. Subjects included the effects of automation on society (1956); politics, promotion, and consent (1957); bureaucracy (1958); how business reshapes society (1960); Canadian nationalism (19 ...

AkaCouchiching Conference
Original Airdates1955-1983
TypeSpecial

With Georgia

★★★★★

With  Georgia In Lethbridge, AB, Mrs. Georgia Fooks took time out from her own family of three girls, to arrange, produce, and emcee CJLH-TV's children's show, With Georgia. In 1957, more than 600 children took part in the 15-minute, thrice weekly show, which featured acts by talented under-12-year-olds, children's quiz and panel shows, story telling sessions, and g ...

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

World in Action, The

★★★★★

This CBC series of documentaries from the National Film Board described different aspects of the Commonwealth.

Original Airdates1957-1958
TypeSeries

World of Women

World of Women was a two-part CBC series on the struggle for women's rights.

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

World Passport

Originating in Ottawa, this half-hour CBC program for children presented films from around the world and aired between July and November, 1955. A later version of the program, under the same title, was produced in Montreal in 1959.

Original Airdates1955; 1959
TypeSeries

World Through Stamps, The

This was a half-hour film production which aired on CBC.

Original Airdates1954-1955
TypeSeries

Yesterday's Hit Parade

Winnipeg producer Jack Phillips presented a selection of hit tunes over the years in a live local telecast called Yesterday's Hit Parade on CBWT.

Original Airdates1956-1958
TypeSeries

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