1960s

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Background

Background tried to outline a topic in the news and discuss the events leading to the current situation. Most programs concerned immediate issues. Some involved more advance planning, such as segments on international business mergers, atomic fallout, and political situations in Poland, Bulgaria, and Portugal. The host and narrator for the series was Ri ...

Original Airdates1959-1962
TypeSeries

Ballads and Bards

★★★★★

Ballads and Bards Ballads and Bards was a quarter hour of folk songs featuring singer Reg Gibson and guitarist-vocalist Jim Pirie. Gibson, who had been a member of the chorus on Swingalong, and Pirie, guitarist with the Selkirk Settlers on Red River Jamboree, had a program of country music called Shenandoah on radio. In July 1962, they moved the program to television and ...

Original Airdates1962-1963
TypeSeries

Banana Splits, The

★★★★

The show The Bananas was a trial series which, by all accounts, was a success. Unfortunately, there were not sufficient funds to allow for further development of the series and it was replaced two or three days in the week by The Banana Splits, an inferior but popular syndicated film show of cartoons, music, comedy and serials- enthusiastically sponsore ...

Original Airdates1969
TypeSeries

Bananas, The

★★★★★

Rod Coneybeare had successfully blended teaching and humour for young people in collaboration with Charles Winter on their radio program, The Rod and Charles Show, and with Bob Homme on The Friendly Giant, where Coneybeare played the voices of Rusty the Rooster and Jerome the Giraffe. With producer Robert Gibbons (who also produced Mr. Dressup), Coneybe ...

Original Airdates1969
TypeSeries

Barney Boomer

★★★

A light comedy series produced for young people by the CBC's Schools and Youth Department. A young man, Barney Boomer, had built a houseboat on which he planned to sail the Great Lakes. He anchors in Sixteen Harbour, at a town called Cedarville, where he intends to visit his uncle, Captain Boomer, who lives in a lighthouse. His plans for a short stay di ...

Original Airdates1967-1968
TypeSeries

Barris & Company

★★★★

Barris & Company For the 1968-1969 season, the CBC tried to fill the slot usually left between the unpredictable end of Hockey Night in Canada and the national news with a talk and variety show starring Alex Barris. Unlike predecessors such as Juliette or In Person, which were produced on videotape, Barris & Company was designed to go to air live. Nevertheless, the CBC ...

AkaBarris & Co.; The Weekender
Original Airdates1968-1969
TypeSeries

Bet Your Bottom Dollar

Bet Your Bottom Dollar was a Canadian-produced and originated night-time game show and was the first prime-time quiz series to offer contestants a chance to win up to $1000 in cash and a new car each week. The show offered contestants an interesting challenge to bet their knowledge for money and against each other. Each contestant to start the game r ...

Original Airdates1963
TypeSeries

Better Late

Better Late Better Late was a late-night, Johnny Carson type of show. The program was expensive and was cancelled when financial considerations became paramount. Better Late was one of the first programs from CFTO.

Original Airdates1961
TypeSeries

Bill Kenny Show, The

★★★★

Starring Bill Kenny, former lead singer with The Ink Spots, this half-hour of easy listening also featured The Accents, a vocal quartet and the Fraser MacPherson orchestra.

Original Airdates1966
TypeSeries

Black Night

Black Night, produced at CKX-TV in Brandon, Manitoba, was that station's first live local drama production. It was a play by John Bourne, adapted for television by Don S. Williams who was also director of the production. Stuart Craig was producer. The cast was chosen from the ranks of the Brandon New World Theatre Association. The project was a joint ...

Original Airdates1960
TypeSpecial

Bob and the Teens

Bob and the Teens was a teen show seen daily Monday through Thursday on CJAY-TV in Winnipeg. The show invited four different teenage students to visit on the program every week. The four students (two boys,two girls) selected from Winnipeg High Schools participated in such activities as: Pick The Hits, will this recording be a hit or a miss?; Front Pag ...

Original Airdates1961-1963
TypeSeries

Bonnie Prudden Show, The

★★★½

A half-hour, physical fitness and interview show with Bonnie Prudden who, the CBC claimed, founded the first school for physical fitness in the U.S.A. in 1944. In the 1967 season, the producers, Crescendo Productions of Toronto, took the show to Australia and the Far East for shooting. Individual shows concentrated on specific topics of discussion, incl ...

Original Airdates1965-1968
TypeSeries

Brand New Scene

★★★

The CTV network produced Brand New Scene, a national talent show, for one season. The host was Oscar Brand, Canadian born star, and former host of Let's Sing Out for the previous three years. Over 150 new performers were flown from across Canada to Toronto where the show originated (in colour). Guests invited to the show ranged from the Guess Who to Bar ...

Original Airdates1966-1967
TypeSeries

Bright and Early

★★★★★

Five years before Canada AM came to be, Bright And Early was a daily live 60-minute topical program for breakfast-time viewing on CTV. It included three newscasts, national weather and sports, information, and a variety of features from across the country. Interesting guests were brought on and interviewed casually by the co-hosts Terri Clark and Pat Mu ...

Original Airdates1966-1967
TypeSeries

Buckshot Show, The

★★★★½

Buckshot Show, The The Buckshot Show was a half-hour show from CFCN-TV with host and creator Ron Barge (Buckshot) who entertained children in the Calgary area daily from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. With a group of puppet characters led by Benny the Bear, Heathcliffe the Dragon, Dafney the Dragon, Foghorn the Firefly, Rodney the Rodent and Farley Frick fro ...

Original Airdates1967-1992
TypeSeries

Buddies, The

★★★★★

Two Canadian astronauts on a lonely refuelling station demonstrated bilingual tolerance-when they weren't hoarding food capsules and oxygen canisters or ejecting each other into airless space. Quebecois Latuque (who wore one) was a sentimental slob who melted when Mama Latuque made her weekly phone call ("Bi Bi...Bi Bi...do you love your mother, Bi Bi.. ...

Original Airdates1967-1968
TypeSeries

Busy Fingers

For many years Betty Nickerson produced a series of art programs for the Department of Education in Manitoba. Busy Fingers on CBC Winnipeg was a visual extension of the art curriculum, but one of Betty's abiding concerns was with the variety of artistic expression among children of all ages in many countries of the world. Producers: Jean McKay, Ron B ...

Original Airdates1958-1962
TypeSeries

Butternut Square

★★★★½

Butternut Square This children's show aimed to help its young viewers to become more aware of themselves in relation to the world through a series of real and fantasy adventures. Our guides, Sandy, played by Sandra Cohen, and Mr. Dress-Up. played by Ernie Coombs, met in Butternut Square, a town square. They and their friends led viewers through games, musical numbers, a ...

Original Airdates1964-1967
TypeSeries

By Invitation

A half-hour program of music and conversation that originated in Winnipeg and featured Ed Evanko, Mary Nowell, and Neill Harris.

Original Airdates1966-1967
TypeSeries

Caf' Conc', Le

★★★★★

Le Caf' Conc' was a short-lived bilingual variety series on CTV. It was set in a night club with a live audience and a line of cancan dancers. It was hosted by Daniele Dorice who welcomed guests such as Marilyn Michaels and Jean Paul Vignon.

AkaLe Caf Conc
Original Airdates1969-1970
TypeSeries

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