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


Festival, which followed in the tradition of Scope, Folio, and Startime, was a weekly hour or hour and a half given over to quality drama or musical programming. Festival achieved considerable popularity. The program provided Canadian playwrights with a national audience and high quality productions. However, the number of productions written by Can ...

AkaFestival '61
Original Airdates1960-1969

Festival d'ete

This CBC summer festival was a half-hour broadcast of vocal music and dance. Selections included El Amor Brujo; Le Pauvre matelot; Down in the Valley; Le Combat et madrigaux; and The Marriage.

Original Airdates1954

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-

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

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

Final Audition

This series of 4 one-hour programs presented fifteen finalists (from fifteen hundred entrants) in the Search For Talent competition sponsored by du Maurier cigarettes. Five acts performed on each of the first three programs, and the top five out of that group came back for a special live broadcast from the stage of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto ...

Original Airdates1978

Final Offer


Final Offer Final Offer is the most comprehensive and candid look at collective bargaining on film. It takes viewers on an eye-opening journey behind the closed doors and into the smoke-filled rooms where labor and management negotiate. The filmmakers follow Bob White, president of the Canadian UAW, through the landmark auto strike at General Motors. We look on ...

AkaLa Dernière offre (French Title); Final Offer: Bob White and the Canadian Auto Workers Fight for Independence
Original Airdates1985

Final Run

Final Run The Grand Royale, a new high-tech passenger train with a computerized engine, from Americana Rail, suffers heavy technical problems after the engineer spills some soda on the circuits. The train loses total control and accelerates at 2 miles per minute. The only one who could save the 200 passengers is Lucky Singer.

Original Airdates1999
TypeTV Movie

Finlay & Company

In this series of eleven half-hour programs for the summer of 1976, Mary Lou Finlay interviewed and introduced profiles of Canadians in business, politics, and the arts. Subjects included journalist Allan Fotheringham, Leader of the Opposition Joe Clark, actor Susan Clark, Dennis McDermott, head of the United Auto Workers, advertising executive Terry O' ...

Original Airdates1976

First Day of Christmas, The

From the Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto. Singers Joyce Sullivan and George Murray will be co-hosts. Others on this program will be the Art Snider Chorale and a quartet of musicians under the direction of Art Snider, and magician John Giordmaine. Numbers to be performed: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Sullivan), Cherry Tree 'Carol (Sullivan ...

Original Airdates1960

First Five Years, The

A weekly, half-hour program on pre-school age children, The First Five Years featured Dr. Bette Stephenson and announcer Lloyd Robertson on a local CBLT-TV broadcast in the 1972-73 season. Harry Brown took Robertson's place when the program went to the CBC network in the autumn of 1973.

Original Airdates1972-1974

First Impressions

First Impressions was a CTV morning game show, milking its humour from the peculiar initial perceptions perfect strangers have of each other. It featured three couples competing against each other. Each member of a couple was asked questions about their partner, and the couples had only been introduced to each other just before the show. The show reveal ...

Original Airdates1976-1977

First Performance

In First Performance, an annual short-run series of ninety minute productions, the CBC presented television plays especially commissioned as part of the Canada Savings Bond promotional campaign.

Original Airdates1956-1958

First Person

Half-hour CBC series in which Adrienne Clarkson interviewed astronaut Frank Borman, humanitarian Jean Vanier, botanist Pierre Dansereau, philosopher George Grant, and director of the Gemini space program, Christopher Kraft, Jr. The subject of the series was "belief in the space age."

Original Airdates1966

First Person

The half-hour drama program, First Person, started as a twenty week, summer series and graduated in the autumn to a regular slot on the broadcast schedule. The title implied the techniques of narration or voice-over commentary by the protagonist or other characters in the story. The series featured both original dramas and adaptations of stories by ...

Original Airdates1960-1961

First Person Singular


First Person Singular was a series of 13 half-hour documentary programs in which the late Lester Pearson reminisced about his life and career... from childhood to the end of this tenure as prime minister in the spring of 1968. The interviews were filmed over a two-year period in 1970 and 1971. Archival footage and photographs were combined with Pearson' ...

AkaPearson - The Memoirs of a Prime Minister
Original Airdates1973

First Wave


First Wave Reformed thief Cade Foster discovers that aliens are among us in the form of genetic clones, intent on enslaving the population. To assess the human potential to fight back, they gather data from 117 test subjects. When Foster remembers the tests conducted on him, the aliens frame him for his wife's murder. Pursued by the police and a mysterious governm ...

Original Airdates1998-2001

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