Planet for the Taking, A


Planet for the Taking, A This 1985 eight-part CBC series averaged 1.8 million viewers per episode and earned David Suzuki a United Nations Environment Program Medal. The series explored the basis of our modern relationship with natural world and its disturbing consequences. It was one of the most watched shows in CBC history, science or otherwise.

Original Airdates1985

Planet Tolex

Planet Tolex was an alternate planet; it revolved at exactly the same speed as Earth, but was always hidden from our view because it was located on the other side of the sun. The program presented the adventures of Bricol and Lexo and their friends from Tolex.

Original Airdates1953-1954


Platform was a political inquiry program, moderated by CTV newsman Ab Douglas. It placed representatives of the political parties (Conservatives, Liberals, NDP and Social Credit) in isolation booths, to answer questions posed by a panel of journalists. Opportunity for open debate was provided as well, the result being a stimulating and informative sh ...

Original Airdates1963-1967



A two-hour TV movie on CTV which is a cynical examination of the music biz, corporate corruption and how art and the human soul can and do get squashed by greed and a lack of integrity. Simon Tucker, the president of a hot indie label with integrity (Platinum) is all hot and bothered by an all-female punk band called Ophelia... and especially by thei ...

Original Airdates1997
TypeTV Movie

Platter Patter

Platter Patter was a local program from CHCT in Calgary in which pre-released discs were played. A panel of four predicted which would be hit tunes. According to Billboard, the panel had been right 85% of the time. The prophets include guest panelists, like Miss Calgary Stampeder Mary McLaughlin, and the station's bright staffers: Barry Nicholls, Ron Ch ...

Original Airdates1957-1958

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


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



Playdate Playdate was a one-hour anthology drama series on CBC.

Original Airdates1961-1964


Playground was a half-hour show in the after school slot for the 1962 holidays. It was composed of National Film Board productions (usually two per broadcast) about lesser known parts of Canada. They included looks at the Yukon, at Cape Island boats, at fishing in northern Ontario, in Alberta, and in Newfoundland, and on wildlife at the Shubenacadie san ...

Original Airdates1962

Playtime With Jerry

Jerry Bartell was the host of this fifteen minute program of dramatized stories for children.

Original Airdates1955-1956

Plouffe Family, The


Plouffe Family, The The Plouffe Family was a Canadian television drama about a Quebec family that first aired in the French-language on Société Radio-Canada in 1953. A year following the successful premiere of the original series, CBC programmers decided to launch an English version. The version was essentially the same as its French counterpart, though modifications w ...

AkaLa famille Plouffe
Original Airdates1953-1959

Points East, Points West

This series featured musical variety productions from CBC centres outside Toronto, two each from Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Edmonton, and St. John's. The programs were pilots for future CBC productions. The Vancouver programs featured the brother and sister musical act, Judy Ginn and Jim Walchuk. This show was picked up in 1977 (Judy and Jim). The Mo ...

Original Airdates1976

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

Polka Dot Door


Polka Dot Door The theme for the "Polka Dot Door," a five-day-a-week children's series, explained the main concept of the show "songs, stories and so much more!" Two human hosts a man and a woman led simple games, stories and songs inside a giant playhouse that had (egad!) a polka-dotted front door. Each show had a specific theme, with the stuffed toy inhabitants (inc ...

Original Airdates1971-1993

Polka Dot Shorts


Polka Dot Shorts Polka Dot Shorts was a children's television show from TV Ontario in Canada, which has been broadcast around the world. Each episode would start with a human host who would introduce each episode to a gathering of children as she was about to read the story from a book. The stories themselves would be dramatized by actors in large suits, playing the ...

Original Airdates1995-2000

Poltergeist: The Legacy


Poltergeist: The Legacy The Legacy is a secret society that began many centuries ago to accumulate knowledge and artifacts to help fight against the evil in the world. This particular Legacy team is set in San Francisco in a castle-like house on Angel Island. Dr. Derek Rayne heads up the team comprised of psychiatrist, Rachel Corrigan; priest Philip Callaghan; ex-Navy Seal Nic ...

Original Airdates1996-1997

Popular Mechanics for Kids


Popular Mechanics for Kids Each week, the show's teenage hosts, Elisha and Jay, with the help of Charlie, their equally curious neighborhood fix-it shop owner, go where few kids have gone before, taking on new adventures, exploring things most kids can only dream about–flying a jet fighter, creating realistic special effects for a movie, manning the helm of a nuclear-powered subm ...

Original Airdates1997-2001

Population of One


Willy Doyle comes to the big city with two objectives: landing a job and finding a man. The first is relatively easy for the published Ph.D.: she's hired to teach a university English course. The second is harder— not because Willy can't find a man, but because she has three to worry about. One is a smooth-talking student (Nicholas Campbell) who's inter ...

Original Airdates1980
TypeTV Movie

Port Watch

Captain Thomas Gilchrist took viewers on visits to the Vancouver waterfront in this half-hour program, which had a brief run in the east. On one program, he talked with diver George Unwin about deep sea salvage operations. Next, he examined fire protection in the harbour, and showed a Vancouver fireboat. The series ended with a program about hiring proc ...

Original Airdates1955


This series originated from a feature of the CBLT-TV program, A La Carte, for which producer Dave Thomas prepared segments to profile a number of musical performers. Portrait highlighted such musicians as Joey Hollingsworth and Joel Denis; Al Harris, Ed Bickert, Marice Bolyer, and Jim Pirie, in a program on guitarists; Shawne and Jay Jackson in a perfor ...

Original Airdates1965

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