1970s

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Children's Cinema

On weekday mornings for the Christmas holidays, then on Saturday mornings or afternoons, Robert Homme, "The Friendly Giant," welcomed viewers to the movie room of his castle and introduced award-winning feature films from around the world and from Canada.

Original Airdates1969-1975
TypeSeries

Children's Friday Specials

The CBC's department of children's television commissioned four half-hour film documentaries for and about children from different regions of Canada. Rodeo Boy, produced and directed by Jack Emack of Edmonton, dealt with a teenager who decided to become a professional rodeo cowboy. Sandy Lumsden, of CBC Halifax, produced a film about children who li ...

Original Airdates1976-1977
TypeSeries

Circle Square

★★★★

Circle Square Circle Square was a syndicated variety show for children with themes which contribute to the mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual development. The show was conceived in the tradition of evangelical television, combining information and personal experience. In each program, the children learned to resolve social (interpersonal relationships ...

Original Airdates1975-?
TypeSeries

Circus

★★★★

Circus Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages! This series offers the Big Top on the small screen, a weekly half hour of circus acts and musical entertainment. A couple of young, scrub-faced professional singers named Cal Dodd and Sherisse Laurence do the singing and crack the ringmaster's whip, but the main drawing-card is the age-old lure of the circu ...

Original Airdates1978-1985
TypeSeries

Cities

Cities was a thirteen week series of one hour documentaries, produced and directed by John McGreevy for Nielsen-Ferns. Each program featured an international celebrity who led viewers around a city that was his or her favourite, home, or a place with which he or she had a significant connection. Glenn Gould, for example, prepared the program on Toronto, ...

Original Airdates1979-1980
TypeMiniseries

City Lights

★★★★

City Lights One of the best known celebrity interviewers, Brian Linehan, interviewed 2000-2500 guests for City Lights between 1973 and 1989. A new series of interviews, entitled simply "Linehan," aired on th WIC network and then WTN between 1995 and 1998.

AkaLinehan
Original Airdates1973-1989; 1995-1998
TypeSeries

City Story, A

A series of half-hour documentaries on sixteen major Canadian cities. including Victoria, Kingston, Ottawa, Charlottetown, Edmonton, Saint John, Regina, Fredricton, St. John's, Winnipeg, Halifax. The programs were produced in 1967 and originally broadcast on Toronto and Montreal stations only in 1968.

Original Airdates1971
TypeSeries

Classics Dark and Dangerous

★★★★★

Classics Dark and Dangerous was a CBC series of six half-hour dramas adapted for the screen from great mystery stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, D.H. Lawrence, L.P. Hartley, E.F. Benson, Issac Asimov and Robert Bloch.

Original Airdates1977
TypeSeries

Close To The Earth

Don Elder produced this half-hour, weekly nature program for young people (9 to 12 years old). The series focused on the environment and wild animals found in Canada. Among the creatures covered were birds, frogs, snakes, turtles, praying mantis, beavers and porcupines.

Original Airdates1973-1974
TypeSeries

Coffee Break

★★★★½

Coffee Break Originating from CBNT in St. John's, Coffee Break was a 30-minute news and general interest program broadcast on weekday afternoons or mornings. Shirley Newhook hosted the program which featured a wide variety of guests from every walk of life. Coffeebreak aired "live" for the first year or two, debuting in Sept. of 1974 and finished its run in 1990 ...

AkaCoffee Break with Shirley Newhook
Original Airdates1974-1990
TypeSeries

Collaborators, The

★★★★

Collaborators, The The Collaborators were the forensic scientists who worked with the police. Michael Kane played the gruff and instinctive Detective Sergeant Jim Brewer, and Paul Harding and Toby Tarnow played the scientists, Dr. Charles Erickson and his assistant Liz Roman. The program attempted to deal with the investigative process in an egalitarian way, from the scen ...

Original Airdates1973-1974
TypeSeries

College Game, The

CBC sports gave a nineteen part series covering sollegiate sports the title The College Game. The autumn segment of the series were given over to college football, leading up to the Canadian College Bown on 19 November. Doug Saunders was the host for these games, with Steve Armitage calling the action and Whit Tucker providing commentary. The final six ...

Original Airdates1977-1978
TypeSeries

Colombo Quotes

John Robert Colombo, author of Colombo's Canadian Quotations, hosted this quiz and discussion show, a kind of nationalist and adolescent Fighting Words. In a different city each week, Colombo challenged a panel of high school students to identify the author of a quotation about Canada or by a Canadian, and then led them in a discussion of the passage.

Original Airdates1978
TypeSeries

Comedy Café

Comedy Cafe had been broadcast locally, in Montreal, in black and white in autumn 1968, and converted to colour for the CBC network in February 1969. Comedy Cafe included sketches with formats, such as "The Tavern," a collection of different types of men gathered in a typically Canadian beverage room where they discuss the events of the day over a few d ...

Original Airdates1968-1969
TypeSeries

Comedy Crackers

★★★★½

Comedy Crackers, like its predecessor, Comedy Cafe, was produced in Montreal by Dale Barnes, and starred Barrie Baldaro, Dave Broadfoot, George Carron, Joan Stuart, and Ted Zeigler in a series of comic and satiric sketches and blackouts. It resembled the earlier show in most respects. The program was taped before an audience at the Versailles Room of th ...

Original Airdates1970
TypeSeries

Comin' Up Country

Tim Daniels and Julie Lynn were the hosts of this weekly summer series featuring country entertainers from the Maritimes. Four episodes were broadcast in each 1977 and 1978 on the CBC-TV Network.

Original Airdates1977-1978
TypeSeries

Coming Up Rosie

★★★★½

Coming Up Rosie was a situation comedy series for pre-teens. The half-hour programs aimed at eight to 12-year-olds had developed into family-viewing serialized comedy. The regular cast members were seasoned revue performers. Rosemary Radcliffe played Rosie Tucker; Barry Baldaro was Dudley Kightshade, her assistant. They produced documentary films for th ...

Original Airdates1975-1976
TypeSeries

Concerning Women

Executive producer Kay Smith collected programs produced in Halifax, Ottawa, and Vancouver in 1975, International Women's Year, and packaged them as a seventeen part series on women in different parts of contemporary society.

Original Airdates1976
TypeSeries

Concerto

In a series of seven half-hour programs, Victor Feldbrill, the conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, introduced a variety of musical selections. In the first show of the series, produced by John Coulson, the Chamber Players of Toronto, with musical director Victor Martin and cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi played a concerto by Vivaldi. To provide an id ...

Original Airdates1976
TypeSeries

Connection

★★★

Peter Emmerson hosted this CTV game show that brought together famous and fascinating people with unusual or hidden connections. Panelists tried to discover a hidden connection and the related story between the two headline-making guests.

Original Airdates1977
TypeSeries

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