O'Keefe Centre Presents

O'Keefe Centre Presents Over the 1967 and 1968 seasons, the CBC produced 6 one-hour variety programs in the O'Keefe Centre, which featured foreign headliners and Canadian supporting acts. The 13 February 1968 show departed from the concert performance format, and presented a book show, a musical version of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, starring Robin Ward and Douglas Fairb ...

Original Airdates1967-1968

Oakmount High

Divorce forces a woman and her son to move to a small town where he learns an important lesson in human dignity after being befriended by a prejudiced teacher. Aired on Dec 8, 1985

Original Airdates1985
TypeTV Movie

Observer, The

The Observer was a weekly hour-long magazine program, broadcast on the CBC on stations in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, The Observer included a range of features on arts, culture, and current events. The program employed a "cover girl," a different young woman each week, who would provide viewers with notes on what was coming up in the broadcast. ...

AkaThe Observer: Summer Edition
Original Airdates1963-1966



Odyssey is the title of a series of films, programmed by the CBC in a half-hour, after-school time slot for young viewers. A similar series returned to the air in 1974, with films of the National Film Board.

Original Airdates1969; 1974

Odyssey, The


Odyssey, The The Odyssey was a family drama series which chronicled the subconscious adventures of eleven-year-old Jay Ziegler who ended up in a coma after falling out of a treefort. As he lay in hospital, watched over by doctors, nurses and his mother (the Upworld), Jay's mind journeyed to another world - one without adults (the Downworld). Jay's two worlds were st ...

Original Airdates1992-1994

Of All People


Of All People was a CBC summer series which concentrated on Canadians who rarely made headlines, but whose lives were interesting and unusual. The typical program included more than one profile. The series was produced by Ross McLean.

Original Airdates1972-1974

Off the Record


Off the Record Off the Record features host Michael Landsberg, who everybody loves to hate, interviewing different guests from the world of sports and entertainment.

Original Airdates1997

Old Testament Tales

Produced by the CBC in Toronto, this 15-minute live broadcast was Canada's first religious television program for children. It presented stories from the Old Testament and performed by puppets.

Original Airdates1957

Oldtimers, The

This was a CBC series of 8 films about Canadian pioneers who were still living to tell their stories. The subjects were in their seventies, eighties, or nineties, and recounted experiences from across the country. They included a woman who, as a child in 1899, travelled west in a covered wagon, and a man who arrived in the western country to homestead i ...

Original Airdates1974-1975



In 1974, the CBC introduced Ombudsman, which concerned public advocacy for citizens' rights in disputes with government or corporate bureaucracy. Ombudsman invited viewers to inform the show of run-ins with institutions and with government and corporate bureaucracy. A staff researchers investigated legitimate complaints of personal injustice and att ...

Original Airdates1974-1980

On Camera

On Camera was a current affairs discussion show from CBNT in Newfoundland.

Original Airdates1987-?

On Camera

On Camera succeeded CBC Playbill as the principal series for half-hour drama and comedy on the network. The series aimed to encourage Canadian writers, and did provide an outlet for domestic television plays. Plays in the series included: Blind Date; Waltz; Who Destroyed The Earth; Gold Mine in the House; The Last Long Crusade; The President's Ghost ...

Original Airdates1954-1958

On Canadian Wings


On Canadian Wings Canadian aviation history makes for fascinating viewing in this international award winning, nine part documentary. On Canadian Wings begins with Canada's first foray into the world of flight with experiments in aeronautics and acts of pilot bravery that set the stage for Canada's future excellence in military aviation. The video recounts the importance ...

AkaSur les ailes canadiennes (French title)
Original Airdates1999

On Guard For Thee

On Guard For Thee was a three-part mini-series by Donald Brittain which reviewed Canada's involvement in the Cold War and the jousting match of international espionage. The mini-series delved into Canada's political past to uncover events that started 40 years previous, and culminated in the then recently-completed McDonald Commission enquiry into RCMP ...

Original Airdates1981

On Location

On Location was the title for a local 1970-1971 CBLT series, which featured events of interest around the Toronto area, and which circulated to several stations across the network, including CBC outlets in Montreal, Ottawa, St. John's, and Moose Jaw. The title returned in 1974 for a CBC network series of 5 half-hour documentaries, originating in Winn ...

Original Airdates1970-1974

On My Own

In keeping with the vein of using drama to reveal and to resolve problems which teenagers have in growing up, the CBC itself produced a play called On My Own, which is the story of Kim, a bright, pretty, and popular high school student who suddenly finds her life changed when she is diagnosed as an epileptic. Frightened and embarrassed after suffering a ...


On Safari

On Safari Designed for children, this CBC series of 15-minute programs, later expanded to a half-hour, presented film gathered by Armand and Michaela Denis, Belgian wildlife photographers. Programs took them to different areas of Africa, South America and Asia, and could involve searches for a particular beast, such as the manatee, or profiles of a park or distri ...

Original Airdates1959-1963

On Stage


On Stage On Stage was a half-hour version of The Big Revue. The musical variety show was hosted by singer George Murray, and featured as regular vocalists Terry Dale, Phyllis Marshall, and Wally Koster, with the Bill Brady Quintet and an orchestra conducted by Jack Kane. The summer version of the show starred Denny Vaughan and Joan Fairfax, and the next seas ...

Original Airdates1954-1955

On the Arts


On the Arts On the Arts was an arts magazine series on CBC Newsworld. Starting in 1990, David Gilmour hosted the program called Gilmour on the Arts. After a two-year absence, in 1994 Gilmour on the Arts was re-packaged in a new format. Laurie Brown took over as the host in 1997.

AkaGilmour on the Arts; On the Arts with David Gilmour; On the Arts with Laurie Brown
Original Airdates1990-2001

On the Evidence

The CBC attempted to revive the formula of A Case For The Court and the spontaneity of live television in this basically unscripted summer series. The start of each program provided a brief outline of a crime, and the show then proceeded to a courtroom set for the trial of a suspect. The suspect and witnesses were actors, the lawyers, judge, and clerk o ...

Original Airdates1975-1977

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