Ad Lib

Ad Lib was a short-lived series on CJAY-TV in Winnipeg. It was hosted by CJAY News Director (and future politician) Bud Sherman. The format was simply an evening around a coffee table with finger foods while Bud chatted with well-known local guests about the changing sexual scene in the country. Controversy hit especially hard when Bud asked a guest (a ...

Original Airdates1961

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight was an hour-long weekday program on sex and male/female relationships. John Donabie served as host for a series that promised to examine the changing state of relationships in modern society. In particular, the program tried to concentrate on changes in men and the way they are perceived by women.

Original Airdates1979-1983

Alan Watts on Living

CBC-TV presented author/teacher/philosopher Alan Watts in this stimulating five-part series. A CBC Vancouver production, Alan Watts On Living was the result of conversations on topics of Dr. Watts' choice, with his wife Jane and a group of young adults and professors from the two universities in Vancouver.

Original Airdates1971

At Home

At Home was a half-hour afternoon program on CJAY-TV in Winnipeg with hostesses Marie Hohtanz (1961) and Betty-Jewel Canning (1962). The segments ran the gamut of interviews, cooking, home repair, fashion, theatre, music, dancing, sports and more.

Original Airdates1961-1962

Best Years, The

Best Years, The CBC TV's The Best Years had a weighty mission: in the words of its producers, it wanted to become the "pre-eminent voice on senior's issues across Canada". The show was primarily a TV news magazine, but it took the perspective of the country's older citizens. At the same time, it attempted to appeal to other sectors of the population as well.

Original Airdates1986-1993



CityLine Host Marilyn Denis returns for another season of expert advice on your style, your health, your home and your happiness. Filmed in front of a studio audience, CityLine’s daily topics feature tips and live demonstrations on food, entertaining, home, health, fashion and more. The show began as CityLife in the fall of 1983 and was retitled CityLine in 1 ...

Original Airdates1983-

Country Report


Wayne Rostad hosted this rural lifestyles show out of CBC Ottawa. It quickly became a local hit, winning several Ottawa ACTRA Awards for Best Host and Best Program and two Anik Awards for Best Regional Variety Series. In 1987, Country Report evolved into a national CBC series, On the Road Again.

Original Airdates1979-1987

Doctor, Doctor


Doctor, Doctor was a nationally broadcast half-hour medical digest program in which co-hosts Barbara Constantino and Dr. Art Hister presented the latest in health information and medical advice.

Original Airdates1986-1989

Here's Looking at You

Here's Looking at You The format of Richard Willis' CTV show Here's Looking At You, was simple: Willis took women from his studio audience, got them up before the cameras, and proceeded to tell them that they didn't look as good as they might. Then he told them how they could improve. He spoke to three or four women in each half-hour show, and did five afternoon shows a w ...

Original Airdates1962-1964



Anne Kennedy has often been dubbed Canada’s Martha Stewart. In fact, since the launch of her series Homestyle a few years ago, Kennedy has gained a loyal following for her wealth of creative, affordable ideas and her engaging on-air personality. Homestyle celebrates the lost art of homemaking–cooking, decorating, and creating a haven from the outside ...

Original Airdates1995-?

Ladies First


Ladies First was a weekday afternoon program for women which aired on CBWT in Winnipeg and CBXT in Edmonton.

Original Airdates1961-1964

Lynette Jennings Homeworks


Lynette Jennings Homeworks Lynette Jennings Homeworks was a weekly show that communicated affordable within-reach advice to consumers in the areas of renovation, home improvement design and decorating. After studying architecture and performing arts at the University of Michigan and Chicago's DePaul University, she relocated to Canada in 1971. The following year, Lynette bega ...

AkaLynette Jennings' Home; Lynette Jennings HouseSmart
Original Airdates1990-1996

New You, The


The New You was a nationally syndicated beauty show which, every weekday, took one ordinary woman and subjected her to a makeover. The program also featured interviews with experts in many areas, including nutrition, photography, jewelry, cosmetic surgery, reflexology, astrology, fitness and relationships. The show was originally hosted by 1982 Miss Uni ...

Original Airdates1984-1991

Open House

Open House A half-hour afternoon talk and features program, Open House was directed at an audience of women in the home. In addition to studio interviews, the program included filmed features on life and events inside and outside Canada. Paul Fox provided features on historical subjects, and regularly provided commentary on the week's headlines. Elizabeth Cleat ...

Original Airdates1955-1962

Secret Lives

In this half-hour daytime program, Dr. Donald G. Dutton, psychology professor at the University of British Columbia, discusses issues that cause conflict in human relations. Two issues were presented per show, and these issues were re-enacted by actors and commented on by Dr. Dutton.

Original Airdates1988-1990

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