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Mount Royal

Mount Royal Mount Royal was about a wealthy family of French-Canadians who lived in a palatial home in the upper reaches of Montreal and had a second home in Paris. The father, Andre Valeur, had risen from humble origins to become one of the richest and most powerful men in the world. His wife Katherine was disowned by her wealthy WASP family for marrying the then- ...

AkaMont-Royal
Original Airdates1988
TypeSeries

North of 60

★★★★

North of 60 Beginning in December, 1992, North of 60 brought the world of Native Canada into the homes of city and suburban residents. It was a hugely successful series for CBC throughout the country, but especially so in the North, where small towns would nearly come to a standstill on Thursday evenings to watch the show. Set in the fictional town of Lynx Riv ...

AkaAu Nord du 60ème
Original Airdates1992-1998
TypeSeries

On Camera

On Camera succeeded CBC Playbill as the principal series for half-hour drama and comedy on the network. The series aimed to encourage Canadian writers, and did provide an outlet for domestic television plays. Plays in the series included: Blind Date; Waltz; Who Destroyed The Earth; Gold Mine in the House; The Last Long Crusade; The President's Ghost ...

Original Airdates1954-1958
TypeSeries

Opening Night

Opening Night presented three 90-minute plays adapted from the stage and produced by Robert Allen. Four plays were originally scheduled. "The Farm Show," in which the Theatre Passe Muraille of Toronto depicted present-day farm life in Clinton, Ont., was set to debut the series on Oct 9, 1974. Instead, it aired as part of CBC's Performance series on Jan ...

Original Airdates1974-1975
TypeSeries

Passionate Canadians, The

★★★★

The Passionate Canadians was a two-part documentary drama telling the story of the Group of Seven - the first truly Canadian school of painting. The title was apt — these were indeed passionate Canadians; passionate about their art and their country; and in these films they came alive as real people, not the remote figures who are now part of the establ ...

Original Airdates1977
TypeMiniseries

Paul Bernard, Psychiatrist

★★★★½

Paul Bernard, Psychiatrist was a 26-week, Monday to Friday afternoon drama series based on the psychiatrist-patient relationship. Starring as psychiatrist Dr. Paul Bernard was award-winning actor Chris Wiggins. The focus was the drama of the woman's life, her problem. These were not case histories, but they were about women with problems of the comm ...

Original Airdates1971-1972
TypeSeries

Perspective

★★★★½

Perspective A half-hour program, produced by the National Film Board, Perspective included both documentaries and dramatic productions. Most concerned contemporary issues in Canada, although several films, such as Haiti, were produced outside the country, and a few were historical reconstructions, for example, Wolfe And Montcalm.

Original Airdates1956-1958
TypeSeries

Play's the Thing, The

The Play's the Thing was a CBC-TV series of 11 hour-long dramas using original scripts by such well-known Canadian authors as W.O. Mitchell, Robertson Davies, Alice Munro, Morley Callaghan, Mordecai Richler, Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton and Farley Mowat.

Original Airdates1974
TypeSeries

Playbill

Playbill was the first half-hour drama series on the CBC. It started in the summer season, but the title was later used for a drama program scheduled in the regular season. In 1959, Playbill began offering Canadian dramas produced outside Toronto.

AkaCBC Playbill; Ford Playbill
Original Airdates1953-1964
TypeSeries

Police Surgeon

★★★★

Police Surgeon started life under the title Dr. Simon Locke. Dr. Simon Locke was a medical series with a down-home flavour starring Jack Albertson as an ageing country doctor training young successor Simon Locke in Dixon Mills, USA. Although not broadcast on the entire CTV network, the first season did get broadcast by several individual stations in Can ...

AkaDr. Simon Locke; Docteur Simon Locke
Original Airdates1971-1975
TypeSeries

Quentin Durgens, M.P.

★★★★½

Quentin Durgens, M.P. Quentin Durgens, M.P. starred a young Gordon Pinsent as a naive rookie member of Parliament who arrives in Ottawa and quickly learns that the realities behind public service can at times be humourous, overwhelming and frustrating. Quentin Durgens, M.P. began as a 6-part mini-series in 1965 on The Serial. It was hailed as an example of Canadian televi ...

Original Airdates1965-1969
TypeSeries

Ritter's Cove

★★★★★

Ritter's Cove Karl Ritter was an elderly pilot whose procrastination over a medical examination lost him his licence to fly. He was forced to hire Kate Ashcroft as his replacement to keep his single airplane aloft and his transport business afloat. The age-old conflict between youth and age, change and tradition, enthusiasm and experience provided continuing dram ...

Original Airdates1980-1981
TypeSeries

Seaway Featured

★★★★

Seaway Using the exciting background of the St. Lawrence Seaway and parts of the Great Lakes served by overseas shipping, this Canadian-produced adventure series was the first hour-long film drama series to be produced in Canada. Both English and French speaking performers were in the all-Canadian cast. Seaway starred Stephen Young as Nick King, a troublesh ...

AkaEntre Ciel et Terre
Original Airdates1965-1966
TypeSeries

Swiss Family Robinson

★★★★½

Swiss Family Robinson After a violent storm leaves the Robinson family stranded on a deserted island, they must struggle to survive. With only each other and their wits to rely on, the parents, their two teenage sons and eight year-old daughter, try to build a life for themselves in this exotic and perilous uncharted territory. It is the family's resourcefulness, the harr ...

AkaRobinson Suisse
Original Airdates1974-1975
TypeSeries

Sword of Gideon

Sword of Gideon In CTV's Sword of Gideon, Lino Ventura played the leader of Le Group, a 5-man crack team sent by Golda Meir (Colleen Dewhurst) on a top secret mission to avenge the terrorist murders of Israeli athletes at the '72 Olympics.

Original Airdates1986
TypeMiniseries

Unforeseen, The

★★★★

The Unforeseen presented suspense drama, or stories with a surprise twist at the end, not necessarily futuristic narratives or tales of the supernatural.

Original Airdates1958-1960
TypeSeries

Up at Ours

★★★★½

Up at Ours Up at Ours was the first Newfoundland-produced drama series ever to hit the CBC network. The show was a lively comedy-drama series created by Gordon Pinsent and produced at CBC St John's. It was set in a not-so-run-of-the-mill St. John's boarding house run by Mrs. Ball, played by Mary Walsh. Mrs. Ball has operated the boarding house for 15 years and her ...

Original Airdates1978-1982
TypeSeries

Whiteoaks of Jalna, The

★★★★

Whiteoaks of Jalna, The The Whiteoaks of Jalna was a 13-episode, one-hour drama series based on the famous Jalna novels of Canadian author Mazo de la Roche, about the Whiteoak family on their country estate, Jalna, on the shores of Lake Ontario. It starred Kate Reid and Paul Harding. A reedited version of the series re-aired on the CBC network in 1974 and a French-dubbed ve ...

AkaJalna
Original Airdates1972
TypeSeries

Yarns From Pigeon Inlet

★★★★½

Yarns From Pigeon Inlet Yarns From Pigeon Inlet was a CBC Newfoundland series of dramas based upon the writing of noted Newfoundland Humourist, Ted Russell.

Original Airdates1983-1985
TypeSeries

Yesterday and Today

★★★

This series of dramatizations was intended to compare the lives of the pioneers with the lives of people today. The five half- hours were first aired on Canadian School Telecasts and repeated on A Place of Your Own. Frank Perry played George Scott, the father, Tudi Wiggins was Martha Scott, the mother, and Trudy Young and Jaro Dick played Jennifer and J ...

Original Airdates1968
TypeSeries

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