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20/20

Generally a half-hour Sunday afternoon broadcast, 20/20 offered a wide range of documentary profiles on Canadian life. They ranged from films on sports to portraits of different regions or people, to historical accounts, and sometimes included sub-series. The series was produced by CBC film crews in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Halifax, Ot ...

Original Airdates1962-1967
TypeSeries

Across Canada

Across Canada was a series of documentaries from different regions of Canada. Sometimes referred to as Regional Documentaries, each week's programs were contributed by various CBC regions, and were previously seen only regionally.

AkaRegional Documentaries
Original Airdates1978-1979
TypeSeries

Adventures in History

Adventures in History was an anthology drama series recalling important events in Canada's past. It was set mainly in the early half of the 20th century and was produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

Original Airdates1978
TypeSeries

Al Oeming: Man of the North

★★★★★

Al Oeming: Man of the North was a thirteen-part series of nature films. Episodes featured Leslie Nielsen as well as zoologist and conservationalist Al Oeming. The series follows Oeming from the prairies to the high arctic as he tries to trap rare animals and endangered species for preservation at his Alberta Game Farm.

Original Airdates1980
TypeMiniseries

Album of History

Album of History was a CBC series of seven programs. It showed interesting events and personalities from 19th century Canadian history, as depicted by actual photographs gathered from public archives across Canada. Writer: Tommy Tweed Researcher: Lester Machan Music: Ricky Hyslop Producer: Loyd Brydon Executive Producer: Thom Benson

Original Airdates1967
TypeSeries

Amateur Naturalist, The

★★★★★

The Amateur Naturalist featured the famed naturalist Gerald Durrell. The series featured unusual dimensions from the world of nature filmed on location around the world. Each episode included a field trip, showing what can be discovered in remote corners of the world, or in the viewer's own environment. Through the most advanced techniques of time-lapse ...

Original Airdates1983
TypeSeries

Ark on the Move

★★★★½

Conservationist Gerald Durrell's Ark on the Move, was a CBC series focusing on the latest chapter in his lifelong effort to save animals threatened with extinction. Durrell had set up a zoo in Jersey, one of England's Channel Islands, and his breeding of rare animals there was the subject of a 1975 series, The Stationary Ark. In this 13-part series, Dur ...

Original Airdates1982
TypeSeries

Art in Action

Professor George Swinton of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Art, presented a series of programs to explain the basic principles of design, the artist's method of creating interest and excitement with his paint brush, and the development of art over the centuries. He had a special interest in landscape painting, and gave his views on such subjects ...

Original Airdates1959-1961
TypeSeries

Bits and Bytes

★★★½

Bits and Bytes In this series, computer neophyte, Billy Van, is guided by host, Luba Goy, to personal computers. He learns about basic principles of computers through demonstrations of various hardware and software, interviews of computer professionals and animated sequences explaining the more abstract concepts. After Billy Van's original introduction to computers ...

AkaBits & Bytes
Original Airdates1983-1984;1991
TypeSeries

Calling All Safety Scouts

★★★★½

In this series, the characters from "We Live Next Door" demonstrate various aspects of personal safety. Through quizzes, personal demonstrations, songs and games, we learn about the various risks a young person can face and gives advise as to avoid mishaps. Children who think ahead and think of others can become safety scouts like Henrietta, the main ...

Original Airdates1982
TypeSeries

Camera West

Camera West was a Vancouver-produced summer documentary series with a west coast viewpoint, but covering many aspects of Canadian life. It began its run on the CBC-TV network on July 1, 1964 with the story of British Columbia ghost town. In its final season, the films were presented as part of CBC-TV's centennial documentary series, 20/20.

Original Airdates1964-1967
TypeSeries

Canada at War

★★★½

For three years, the National Film Board's Donald Brittain and his associates went through 10,000,000 feet of film taken during the Second World War in an effort to present Canada's role in the war. It took the NFB crew 2,000 hours to look at all the film in order to extract the six hours of prime material they wanted. The result was a 13-part series of ...

Original Airdates1962-1963
TypeSeries

Canada File

Canada File was a series of repeat broadcasts of documentary films and talk or interview programs produced in regional centres: Eye to Eye, from Winnipeg; Live and Learn, from Ottawa; Consensus, from Vancouver; and Let's Face It from Montreal.

Original Airdates1961
TypeSeries

Canadian Establishment, The

★★★★

A seven part series of one hour documentaries based on Peter C. Newman's best-selling 1975 account of industrial and commerical wealth in Canada. The series, budgeted at one million dollars, was one of the CBC's most expensive projects to date. By following the principal figures of the Canadian corporate elite, and permitting them candid, extensi ...

Original Airdates1980
TypeMiniseries

Canadian Gardener, The

★★★★

Canadian Gardener, The Canadian Gardener appeals to gardeners of all ages and levels of expertise. The program is the most comprehensive how-to-gardening guide in North America featuring tips and demonstrations on virtually everything green with host David Tarrant. The program began in 1982 as a regional show called Western Gardener with well-known CBC personality Bob Swit ...

AkaWestern Gardener
Original Airdates1982-2000
TypeSeries

Canadian School Telecasts

★★★★½

Canadian Schools Telecast was an educational broadcast twice a week for half an hour during the school year. As well, regional stations often aired a local version, eg Manitoba School Telecast, Alberta School Telecast, Quebec Schools, Metro School Telecast (Toronto), etc in the same time slot for the remaining days of the week. It began as specific 15-m ...

AkaNational School Telecasts; Western Schools Telecasts; Television scolaire
Original Airdates1954-1984
TypeSeries

Careers To Come

Careers to Come was a three-part series on jobs once considered traditionally for men only. Now these jobs, with changing social attitudes and legislation are open to women and hold out promise. It included interviews and sequences on women occupying hard labour jobs and positions in various scientific and technological fields. The parts were titled "No ...

Original Airdates1976
TypeSeries

Challengers, The

The Challengers was a series featuring Canadians from all walks of life who have challenged life on their own terms and made a success in various fields. Some may be famous, other relatively obscure but all have in common the attainment of reaching goals they set for themselves.

Original Airdates1979-1980
TypeSeries

Chinese, The

Patrick Watson presents filmed examination of the People's Republic of China. He examines the recent troubles of the Cultural Revolution which profoundly and violently disrupted the country. He also examines the nation in contemporary times after those troubles and how the nation has changed since then as it struggles to rejoin the world stage.

AkaLes Chinois
Original Airdates1982
TypeMiniseries

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

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