1950s

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Keep Canada Singing

On two consecutive Sunday nights, for thirty mintes each, the CBC presented the proceedings of the S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America) from the Queen Mary Veterans' Hospital in Montreal.

Original Airdates1955
TypeSeries

Ken Soble Amateur Hour, The

★★½

The Ken Soble Amateur Hour hit the TV airwaves in Hamilton, Ontario after becoming a very popular radio show. The program showcased promising local talent. CHCH-TV station founder and president, Ken Soble, hosted the series. Originally featuring talent of all ages, the show eventually was limited to adult performers after Tiny Talent Time was created. W ...

Original Airdates1957-1960
TypeSeries

Kindergarten

★

Kindergarten Helen Hase drew 100 letters daily for this local Saskatoon show for preschool kids. Helen Hase (later Helen Lumby) became well known as Miss Helen on Size Small which aired in the 1980's.

Original Airdates1957?
TypeSeries

King Whyte Show, The

★★★★★

Veteran writer-sportsman, King Whyte, hosted this 15-minute program of film and interviews on outdoor sports, hunting, fishing, and boating following the Saturday night hockey games. Whyte died of a heart attack in 1962 when on a trip to Laurentide Park to prepare a film for the show. He was 51. At the time, the show was the second-oldest sponsored CBC- ...

Original Airdates1955-1962
TypeSeries

King's Cupboard, The

A fifteen minute show featuring characters called Jack, King, Cuthbert Caterpillar, and Dee Dee, who demonstrated hobbies, presented poems and puppet shows, and other items to entertain children. Paddy Sampson: Producer Phyllis Reid Duncan: Script Writer

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Last of the Mohicans

★★★★½

Last of the Mohicans Normandie Productions, the Canadian subsidiary of Television Programs of America, produced Last of the Mohicans in Canada, with U.S. stars and directors and Canadian crews, equipments, and supporting actors. The CBC guaranteed air dates for the 39 episodes, which were also syndicated to 139 stations in the U.S. and sold to networks in the U.K., Australi ...

AkaHawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans
Original Airdates1957-1958
TypeSeries

Let's Go Camping

Norman Cragg presented this half-hour program, which ran in June 1955. With shows on such subjects as "rainy day program" and "counselor in program," this appears to have been intended to prepare children for summer camp, not for general outdoor holidays.

Original Airdates1955
TypeSeries

Let's Go to the Museum

Robert MacNeill, later a U.S. network news correspondent and co-host of PBS's The MacNeill-Lehrer Report, hosted this half-hour children's broadcast from the National Museum in Ottawa. Programs included items on a trip by the Macoun Field Club, an examination of the work of museum artists on life-sized models of native people, and reports on animals of ...

Original Airdates1954-1956
TypeSeries

Let's Look

Let's Look Let's Look was a CBC program designed to encourage children to take a closer look at things. Let's Look examined such diverse things as bagpipes (the history of the pipes, comparisons between types of pipes) sails, (showing a sail-maker at work) and tides (with film showing the effects of some of the most spectacular tides in the world). Donald Crowdis, ...

Original Airdates1958-1962
TypeSeries

Let's Look At Our Schools

Let's Look At  Our Schools The two series, of 13 unrehearsed programs, were produced by James A. Plant, in co-operation with the London, Ont., Board of Education. They were televised directly from actual classrooms, in public and secondary schools. To show parents what is happening to their children, in today's modern schools, TV cameras poked inquisitive lenses into kindergarten ...

Original Airdates1957-1958
TypeSeries

Let's Make Music

David Ouchterlony of the Royal Conservatory of Music discussed principles of music for children in this acclaimed, half-hour program. The success of the program, which had an informal format, hinged on Ouchterlony's own ability to communicate and demonstrate music in a way that was meaningful and not patronizing. Sometimes, the program taught appreciati ...

Original Airdates1953-1954
TypeSeries

Let's Sing

Winnipeg's, Let's Sing was set in a different area of the world each week, and presented music of that region. The programs featured an orchestra conducted by Eric Wild and the 13-member James Duncan Chorus, singing songs from six countries in the first series— Ireland, Italy, England, Mexico, Scotland and the United States. The second series of 10 epis ...

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

Little Revue, The

A complement to The Big Revue, this half-hour variety program was hosted by Monty Hall, and featured guest singers and regular dancer Alan Lund. It lasted two weeks before being replaced by Floor Show.

Original Airdates1953
TypeSeries

Live a Borrowed Life

★★

In this CBC quiz style show, three contestants appeared representing a well-known person. By asking questions, the panelists had to figure out who the contestant represented. During the summer of 1960, the program went on the road, and the CBC produced programs in Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Montreal. As well, in the 1961-62 season, t ...

Original Airdates1959-1962
TypeSeries

Live and Learn

Live and Learn was a 30-minute weekly educational broadcast starting as a local broadcast on CBLT. Other CBC stations picked up many of the series for local broadcast. Each program was regularly shown twice a week. The program was originally called Course of Knowledge.

AkaCourse of Knowledge
Original Airdates1958-1965
TypeSeries

Living

Living Living was a series on CBC and was essentially a specialized wing of Tabloid, meant to concentrate on items intended to appeal to a female audience. Although the program may seem to have been lightweight, it did examine controversial problems that related to domestic and daily life. In the summer of 1955, for example, it included special inquiries into ...

Original Airdates1954-1955
TypeSeries

Living Sea, The

Ian McTaggart-Cowan, professor of zoology at the University of British Columbia, hosted this CBC summer documentary series on animal and plant life in the sea. Programs dealt with such subjects as theories of origins of the earth and the oceans and of the origins of living creatures; early concepts of the sea; the development of navigation; the causes a ...

Original Airdates1957-1958
TypeSeries

Locker Room

A live broadcast from Toronto, Locker Room was a review of the week in sports, with film and interviews.

Original Airdates1956
TypeSeries

Lolly-Too-Dum

This half-hour of ballads and folk songs starred soprano Betty Phillips, and baritone Ernie Prentice. The program was produced by CBC Vancouver.

AkaLolly Too Dum
Original Airdates1956-1957
TypeSeries

Long Shot

Long Shot was a humour and interview show for the CBC and replaced Fighting Words over the summer of 1959. The program featured many guest comics and was produced by Ross MacLean.

Original Airdates1959
TypeSeries

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