Education of Thomas Dorsey, The

The CBC network aired this pilot episode from CBC Vancouver in January 1978. The Education of Thomas Dorsey starred Hagan Beggs and Reg Romero in the story of a man who wins a lottery, but has oversold shares in the winning ticket.

Original Airdates1978

Elaine Grand

One of the hosts of CBC's public affairs show, Tabloid, in the 1950s, Elaine Grand reappeared in the 1970s for a series of programs on people in the arts, including television journalist and producer Patrick Watson, writers June Callwood, Mordecai Richler, and Ted Allen, drama critic Herbert Whittaker, and the television program Close-Up.

Original Airdates1976

Elements of Survival

Elements of Survival was a trilogy of film documentaries broadcast on the CBC-TV network. The full-hour documentaries were filmed by Vic Sarin under the supervision of producer-writer Doug Lower in Brazil, Kenya, Egypt, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, the United States and Canada. The series, coincided with UN-sponsored World Population Yea ...

Original Airdates1974

En Route


In this series of six, half-hour shows, the CBC turned the spotlight on popular Quebec muscians for the English speaking audience. The show was hosted in different locations--theatres, clubs, and even a barn and a church-- throughout Quebec.

Original Airdates1974


Encounter succeeded Press Conference as the CBC's forum for questioning Canada's major polical figures. Three members of the press put questions to leaders such as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, former Prime Minister Lester Pearson, Real Caouette, leader of the Social Credit Party, Finance Minister Edgar Benson, Labour Minister Bryce Mackasey, Alberta P ...

Original Airdates1970-1974

Everything Goes

Everything Goes was a daily late-night series of 100 90-minute episodes which aired over 6 months in 1974. The series featured several huge guests, including Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald, but also featured many Canadian stars. Producers: John Aylesworth, Frank Peppiatt Writers: Ken Finkleman, Dan Ackroyd, Martin Short

Original Airdates1974

Excuse My French


Excuse My French was a CTV sitcom featuring the comic trials and tribulations of a marriage between Peter, an English-Canadian law student and Marie-Louise, a French-Canadian waitress. Stuart Gillard and Lise Charbonneau starred as the couple. Earl Pennington played Peter's father, a wealthy newspaperman who sees the solution to everything in dollar ...

Original Airdates1974-1976

Explorers, The

The Explorers, narrated by Leslie Nielsen, collected documentary footage of human challenges to the perils of nature. They included a man sailing solo around the world, expeditions into the New Britain jungle or across a glacier in Greenland, and a descent into the pit of the volcano Mt. Mihara.

Original Airdates1973-1976

Eye Bet


Jim Perry hosted Eye Bet from CFTO-TV in Toronto for broadcast on the CTV network. The object of the game was for contestants to view movie clips (old and new) and then try to remember what they had seen. The show debuted on Monday, September 11, 1972 and aired for two full years. Production ended when it became harder to use movie clips due to copyrigh ...

Original Airdates1972-1974

Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder was a series of six documentaries for children that focuses on different lands- Brazil, Spain, Hong Kong, Siam and the countries of the Andes.

Original Airdates1974

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

Family Brown Country


The Family Brown made its early appearances in the Ottawa Valley, and by 1970 had begun to tour across Canada, performing in clubs, at fairs, and in concert. It was seen 1972-85 on a nationally-syndicated TV series (initially 'Call It Country,' then 'Country Way,' and 'Family Brown Country'). The show originated from CJOH-TV, Ottawa.

AkaCall It Country; Country Way
Original Airdates1972-1985

Family Court

Family Court was a hybrid of a soap opera and an effort in public service. The daily half-hour broadcast dramatized court cases, and concerned conflicts and how they could be worked out in the family court system. Unlike the continuing narratives of daytime dramas, the stories tended not to stretch longer than two or three episodes. The regular characte ...

Original Airdates1971-1972

Family, The

The Family was a CBC series of 4 one-hour dramas on different issues in contemporary family life. The Stranger Was Me (a boy's experiences in a rural foster home) You And Me (the conflicts in a young couple where the man and woman have separate commitments and desires that keep them from funcionting as a traditional family) Forever Amok (a pr ...

Original Airdates1971

Famous Jury Trials

Based on a previous American drama, Famous Jury Trials starred real-life brothers Donnelly Rhodes and Tim Henry as a legal brother act. The series was pitched by CTV as "documentary dramas based on celebrated Canadian courtroom cases running daily in serial form for a week or two per trial." Rather, the series was heavily criticized for not being au ...

Original Airdates1970-1971



Tom Kneebone was the host of this half-hour children's series, which utilized black-light imagery with puppets and all the animated gimmicks later utilized so effectively by the famous People Players of Toronto. The series played in various time periods on CTV affiliate stations for two seasons, from 1973 to 1975.

Original Airdates1973-1975

fifth estate, the


fifth estate, the For a quarter of a century, the fifth estate has been Canada's premier investigative documentary program, acquainting viewers with a dazzling parade of political leaders, shady characters and ordinary people whose lives were touched by triumph or tragedy.

Aka5th Estate
Original Airdates1975-

Fighting Men, The

Fighting Men, The An English-Canadian and a Quebecois try to survive a hostile wilderness— and each other— in this taut military allegory. It begins on a winter day in 1976. Visibility is near zero when a military plane out of Halifax crashes en route to a remote radio station north of Goose Bay, Nfld. There are two survivors— Air Force Cpl. Jean-Claude Archambault an ...

AkaMen of Steel
Original Airdates1977
TypeTV Movie

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

Film Fun

In the five episodes of this half-hour show from Ottawa, CBC announcer Brian Smyth, fourteen year old filmmaker Bryan Stoller, his ten year old sister Nancy, and their guests talked about and demonstrated processes of film animation to their young viewers. Their guests included Montreal filmmaker Sebastian, Don Arioli from the National Film Board, Winni ...

Original Airdates1974-1975

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