1960s

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Expo This Week

For twenty-five weeks, Shell Canada sponsored a regular, half-hour, prime time report from the site of the 1967 Montreal World's Fair. (Chrysler Canada was an alternate sponsor for the first six weeks.) The colour broadcast, from the International Broadcasting Centre, designed and built to CBC specifications, was a digest of events from the past week. T ...

Original Airdates1967
TypeSeries

Eye Opener

Eye Opener presented experimental drama and other forms of performance to examine and highlight contemporary social issues in North America. The show assembled a selection of original works by Canadians and adaptations of non-Canadian stories and productions. For adventurous programming, the 12 half-hour programs constituted a successor to Quest.

Original Airdates1965
TypeSeries

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye was a public affairs series focusing on controversial issues in Manitoba which aired on CBWT in Winnipeg. The series was produced by Ken Black of CBC Winnipeg and Frank Raster. Its regular interviewers were Warner Troyer of the Winnipeg Free Press and Harvey Dawes.

AkaEye-To-Eye
Original Airdates1959-1965
TypeSeries

Fabulous World of Skiing, The

The Fabulous World of Skiing was a reincarnation of the 1962-1964 series "Ski School". It was a half-hour CBC show that presented skiing in ten countries, including Canada, the U.S., Chile, Norway, and Austria.

Original Airdates1969-1970
TypeSeries

Ferment

Ferment was a series of four programs on religion, social problems and future of the Christian church. Kenneth Bagnall acted as host and interviewer.

Original Airdates1965
TypeSeries

Festival

Festival, which followed in the tradition of Scope, Folio, and Startime, was a weekly hour or hour and a half given over to quality drama or musical programming. Festival achieved considerable popularity. The program provided Canadian playwrights with a national audience and high quality productions. However, the number of productions written by Can ...

AkaFestival '61
Original Airdates1960-1969
TypeSeries

Fighting Words

★★★★

Fighting Words In CBC's Fighting Words, panelists tried to divine the author of a passage by discussing its meaning and style. The panelists then further discussed the merits of the passage, its author, and their values. Starting November 1959, the show suspended its regular format and aired a conversation between Cohen and a special guest. In 1970, Cohen revi ...

Original Airdates1953-1962; 1970; 1982
TypeSeries

First Day of Christmas, The

From the Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto. Singers Joyce Sullivan and George Murray will be co-hosts. Others on this program will be the Art Snider Chorale and a quartet of musicians under the direction of Art Snider, and magician John Giordmaine. Numbers to be performed: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Sullivan), Cherry Tree 'Carol (Sullivan ...

Original Airdates1960
TypeSpecial

First Person

Half-hour CBC series in which Adrienne Clarkson interviewed astronaut Frank Borman, humanitarian Jean Vanier, botanist Pierre Dansereau, philosopher George Grant, and director of the Gemini space program, Christopher Kraft, Jr. The subject of the series was "belief in the space age."

Original Airdates1966
TypeSeries

First Person

The half-hour drama program, First Person, started as a twenty week, summer series and graduated in the autumn to a regular slot on the broadcast schedule. The title implied the techniques of narration or voice-over commentary by the protagonist or other characters in the story. The series featured both original dramas and adaptations of stories by ...

Original Airdates1960-1961
TypeSeries

Five Years in the Life

The original plan for Five Years in the Life was to produce a series of half-hour documentary films on ten families from different areas of Canada, and then return five years later for a second look. The first series was popular enough that the network modified the plan and produced further profiles of Canadian families, while periodically looking back ...

Original Airdates1968-1972
TypeSeries

Flashback

Flashback A half-hour panel game show, with a formula similar to Front Page Challenge's, Flashback held down a Sunday evening time slot for six years. Instead of having to guess a headline, Flashback's four panelists (three regulars, one weekly guest) had three minutes to identify a person, object, or fad from the past, and then interviewed the mystery guest afte ...

Original Airdates1962-1968
TypeSeries

Focus

Focus, a series of public affairs documentaries produced in Montreal, had been seen locally for some time, and went to the CBC network for brief periods in 1967. Programs included visits to the headquarters of the National Film Board, to the Montreal police training facility, and to an auto rally, and profiles of Johnny Newman, the owner of the Montreal ...

Original Airdates1967
TypeSeries

Folk Songs With Ed McCurdy

★★★

Folk Songs With Ed McCurdy Ed McCurdy had been singing folk music on CBC television since the first weeks it went on the air. This fifteen minute summer program, from Halifax, offered a typically informal mixture of song and talk about the music's origins and meanings.

Original Airdates1961
TypeSeries

Follow Me

Produced on film in Vancouver, this fifteen minute program gave tours of places of interest in British Columbia. The films, made for children, included a child as a guide to places such as the Vancouver International Airport, the telephone company, or the post office. In one program, singer Ed McCurdy and his two sons visited a tugboat dock.

Original Airdates1958-1960
TypeSeries

Football Huddle

Jack Wells and Blue Bomber coach Bud Grant showed filmed highlights of the most recent Bomber games, and commented on the plays and strategy that won or lost the games. There were also interesting weekly guests. Viewers were invited to send in questions on football, which were answered on the show. Producers George Kent, Frank Rasler

Original Airdates1956-1961
TypeSeries

Football Huddle

Football Huddle was a weekly round table discussion on current developments in the Big Four and in intercollegiate football, with CBC sports broadcasters Steve Douglas and Fred Sgambati, Toronto Argonaut coach Lou Agase, and their guests.

Original Airdates1960
TypeSeries

Forest Rangers, The

★★★★½

Forest Rangers, The The Forest Rangers took place in and around a village called Indian River, but the real focus of the story was an abandoned fort that had been taken over by the Junior Rangers. The fort was their headquarters, where they set up their ham radio, and helped keep watch for forest fires and other conservational offences. They ran up against not only poacher ...

AkaLes cadets de la forêt; Razzle Dazzle with the Forest Rangers
Original Airdates1963-1966
TypeSeries

Formative Years, The

The Formative Years, a half-hour program, consisted of two subseries, each of which dealt with a period in Canadian history in the nineteenth century. The first, called A War For Survival, concerned the War of 1812. The second series, called Road To Confederation, comprised five films produced by the National Film Board. The films recreated the major ...

Original Airdates1962-1963
TypeSeries

Fractured Phrases

★★★★½

This weekday afternoon series allowed contestants in the studio to play a word game called Fractured Phrases. Jim Perry was the host of the show for the first season when the show was produced in Montreal. The second season was produced in Ottawa and hosted by Les Lye. The purpose of the game was to phonetically decipher common phrases or names from ...

Original Airdates1965-1967
TypeSeries

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