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Empire, Inc.

★★★★★

This six-part series traces three decades of an industrial and political dynasty in Montreal, from the beginning of the Great Depression in 1929 to the onset of the Quiet Revolution in 1960. The narrative revolves around Montreal financial tycoon James Munroe, his assistant, Gene Prudhomme, and Munroe’s wife, Catherine, whom Munroe married for her posit ...

Original Airdates1983
TypeMiniseries

Ferment

Ferment was a series of four programs on religion, social problems and future of the Christian church. Kenneth Bagnall acted as host and interviewer.

Original Airdates1965
TypeSeries

Fifties, The

This is a fascinating look at what we think of as America's moment in the sun. Everybody thinks of the 1950's as the era of back yard barbecues, dad goes to work, and mom stays home with the kids. Opportunity was everywhere! The future seemed bright. What's forgotten about, is how the 50's laid the ground work for the 60's. This program is based on Davi ...

Original Airdates1997
TypeMiniseries

Flight: The Passionate Affair

Flight: The Passionate Affair was Patrick Watson's four-part series recalling Canada's role in the development of aviation. Canada entered the age of flight when Alexander Graham Bell successfully flew his Silver Dart at Lake Bras d'Or, N.S., on Feb. 23, 1909. By 1918, Canada had supplied 25 per cent of the pilots flying for the Allied forces in World W ...

Original Airdates1976
TypeMiniseries

Four Corners, The

Eight half-hour shows for the summer of 1957, The Four Corners was a series of subjective travel essays by Canadians. Leo Rampen talked about Paris, using his own drawings. Writer and editor Kildare Dobbs discussed his childhood in Ireland and Tanganyika, using music, film, and his own poetry. Alan Brown provided a portrait of Spain through the traditio ...

Original Airdates1957
TypeMiniseries

Get Serious: The Seven Deadly Sins

Get Serious: The Seven Deadly Sins was a seven-part comedy series which aired across Canada in 1996. Produced by CKVU-TV (and its production arm Associated Film) and shot in L.A., each episode focused on a comedic exploration of one deadly sin.

Original Airdates1996
TypeMiniseries

Great Canadian Culture Hunt, The

Great Canadian Culture Hunt, The Gordon Pinsent was the host of a 6 part series of one-hour documentaries on different aspects of Canadian culture. The first film in the series examined the relations of politics and culture. The second film, Home Movies, looked at the Canadian filmmaking industry. The third segment concerned the music industry. In the fourth program, writers talked abo ...

Original Airdates1976
TypeMiniseries

Home Movies: The Great Canadian Film Caper

Artist John Gould hosted this series of four 60-minute programs on Canadian cinema. The first three programs each concentrated on a different form of film: documentary, the feature film, animation. The concluding show offered a survey of Canadian film history, and included 1897 newsreels and films from the turn of the century.

Original Airdates1966
TypeMiniseries

Inside the Vatican

★★★★

Inside the Vatican In this six-part series, Sir Peter Ustinov explores the little-known facts and illustrious history of the Vatican. In each one-hour episode, Ustinov examines the priceless treasures, masterpieces of art, legendary historical figures and controversial intrigues that have come to define the Vatican's legacy. Explore the rich stories that surround the Vati ...

Original Airdates1993
TypeMiniseries

Is There Life After Youth?

The CBC aired this series of 4 half-hour programs on the transitions and changes that people go through in middle age. The show's catalyst was Daniel J. Levinson, a psychologist from Yale University. The format of the production was an encounter session at a Quebec resort in which twelve people between the ages of thirty-eight and fifty participated. In ...

AkaCrisis of Middle Age
Original Airdates1974
TypeMiniseries

Jacinta

Jacinta Cormier hosted "Jacinta," a 3-part miniseries of music and song featuring a blend of pop, jazz and old favourites. For the series, Jim Duff's 12-piece band provided the back up and there was a special guest on each program. The three programs were video taped before live studio audiences at CBNT's studio two in St. John's.

Original Airdates1988
TypeMiniseries

Jack London's Tales of the Klondike

★★★★

William Macadam's Norfolk Communications produced this series of six, one hour dramas based on the stories of Jack London. The tales included The One Thousand Dozen, directed by Peter Rowe and starring Neil Munro; In A Far Country, with Scott Hylands and Robert Carradine; Scorn of Women, starring Eva Gabor; The Unexpected, with John Candy and Cherie Lun ...

AkaTales of the Klondike
Original Airdates1981
TypeMiniseries

Ken Dryden's Home Game

★★★★

Ken Dryden was creator, writer and host of Ken Dryden's Home Game, a six-part documentary for CBC Television.

Original Airdates1990
TypeMiniseries

King Chronicle, The

King Chronicle, The The life and career of the eccentric and enduring Prime Minister of Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie King. Part 1: Mackenzie King and the Unseen Hand - King's childhood and early career are chronicled in this episode. Believing he is a child of destiny, drawn to greatness by "an unseen hand," King begins the meteoric rise to power in the civil service ...

Original Airdates1988
TypeMiniseries

LEXX: The Dark Zone Stories

LEXX: The Dark Zone Stories The tyrants who rule the Light Universe pass their essence onto their successor upon their demise, while their still-conscious brains are kept in a vault; their chief resource is Lexx, the most-powerful mobile weapon in the universe, which can only be commanded only by the keeper of the hand-key. The previous incumbent wiped out the Brunen-G race, excep ...

Original Airdates1996
TypeMiniseries

Long View of Canadian History, A

★

For this two part series on Canadian history, the CBC filmed a five and a half hour discussion between two University of Toronto professors: Donald Creighton, of the history department, well known for his biography of Sir John A. Macdonald, and Paul Fox, of the department of political science, who appeared regularly on CBC television. The resulting two ...

Original Airdates1959
TypeMiniseries

Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and JoAnne Thatcher

★★★★½

Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and JoAnne Thatcher "Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and JoAnn Thatcher" was a 2-part miniseries dramatizing the events surrounding the Saskatchewan cabinet minister convicted of killing his ex-wife. Thatcher, a millionaire rancher, politician and son of the premier of the province, was charged with the brutal stabbing-and-shooting death of his former wife and went to tr ...

AkaLove and Hate: A Marriage Made in Hell
Original Airdates1989
TypeMiniseries

Major Crime

★★

Major Crime focuses on the police efforts to apprehend a sex offender. Detective Gordon Tallas's relentless pursuit of a dangerous sociopath seems doomed at every turn.

Original Airdates1997
TypeMiniseries

Married Life

Married Life This satiric comedy concerns a documentary filmmaker (Ken Finkleman) who has brought a camera crew into the home of a typical couple (Robert Cait and Karen Hines) to record the drama of their daily lives. However, the filmmaker soon discovers their daily lives aren't especially interesting, and soon he finds himself deliberately throwing chaos into thei ...

Original Airdates1995
TypeMiniseries

Massey's, The

A two-part made for televison movie tracing the history of a Canadian Methodist family's climb to world-wide industrial prominence. Beginning in 1847 Hart Massey, an immigrant to Upper Canada (Ontario) takes over a bankrupt iron foundry and eventually turns it into the Massey-Harris (Massey-Ferguson) farm machinery corporation.

Original Airdates1978
TypeMiniseries

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