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Bob Switzer Show, The

★★★

As a summer replacement for its noon hour talk show, Luncheon Date, the CBC ran a Vancouver show, produced by Doug Gillingham and featuring host Bob Switzer. The show was later retitled Switzer Unlimited.

AkaSwitzer Unlimited
TypeSeries

Bobby Vinton Show, The

★★★★½

Bobby Vinton hosted this half-hour variety series, created by executive-producers Chris Beard and Allan Blye. Celebrity guests, a comedy troupe, the Jimmy Dale Orchestra, the girl-group The Peaches, plus spots with talents like Billy Van and Jack Duffy were regular parts of the show. The series, produced at CFTO's Agincourt studios, had Canadians beh ...

Original Airdates1975-1978
TypeSeries

Body In Question, The

★★★★★

Body In Question, The The Body In Question was a series of thirteen hour-long programs on the human body, describing how and why it functions (and sometimes doesn't), and presented with great theatricality by Jonathan Miller, a noted theater and opera director who's also a physician. Produced by BBC-TV in association with the CBC, the Ontario Educational Communications Autho ...

Original Airdates1979
TypeSeries

Bollywood Blvd.

Bollywood Blvd. Current news and reports on the music, the stars and filmmakers of new film releases, films in development and on-set reports on the popular Indian cinema. Also regularly featured are reports and interviews on film festival highlights, local Toronto talent including filmmakers, documentaries, stage play actors and writers.

Original Airdates1997-
TypeSeries

Bonjour, Bon Jour

A daily, fifteen minute broadcast in both French and English for children, produced by Ken Buckley. Although bilingual, the program was not intended specifically for language instruction. Manon Bernard, who played Colette Jarry on the Radio-Canada series Rue des Pignons, talked or play-acted with Montreal schoolchildren and, occasionally, interviewed st ...

Original Airdates1977-1978
TypeSeries

Bonnie Prudden Show, The

★★★½

A half-hour, physical fitness and interview show with Bonnie Prudden who, the CBC claimed, founded the first school for physical fitness in the U.S.A. in 1944. In the 1967 season, the producers, Crescendo Productions of Toronto, took the show to Australia and the Far East for shooting. Individual shows concentrated on specific topics of discussion, incl ...

Original Airdates1965-1968
TypeSeries

Boogies Diner

★★★★★

Boogies Diner Gerald manages "Boogies Diner", a trendy suburban mall hangout. His eight staffers stay busy with a loft level lunch counter, down stairs fashion shops, and harmless acts of teenage mischief.

Original Airdates1994-1995
TypeSeries

Bookmice

★★★★★

Norbert, Zazi, and Leon, three fun-loving mice, live secretly behind the walls of the neighborhood library. Only Lee, a lonely boy who has just moved into the area, and an interloping, decrepit cat know of the existence of the Bookmice. Later in the series, the mice are discovered by three new children, Alysha, Jason, and Luke, who become their secret f ...

AkaBook Mice
Original Airdates1991-1999
TypeSeries

Books Alive

A discussion program with moderator Arthur Phelps, produced by Cliff Solway.

Original Airdates1954
TypeSeries

Bookshop

Bookshop presented 52 half-hour programs produced by CKY-TV Winnipeg for children up to 12 years of age. Each episode was built around a theme which was the focus of the story along with craft exercises and the exchanges which took place among such characters as Witchkin and Piccadilly the Clown.

TypeSeries

Borderline High

★★★★★

This YTV special examined the phenomenon of "dropping out." It asked why teen-agers leave school and looked at their prospects in the outside world. The program presented an assortment of other teenage dilemmas, such as pregnancy, the broken home and cultural alienation, skillfully acted by a young cast. It was hosted by Alanis Morissette. Aired on Y ...

Original Airdates1992
TypeSpecial

Bordertown

★★★½

Bordertown Bordertown is about a U.S. marshal (Richard Comar), who is an ex-gunfighter, and a by-the-book Canadian Mountie (John H. Brennan) who jointly patrol a town on the Canada-U.S. border. The lawmen share an interest in a beautiful French woman named Dr. Marie Dumont (Sophie Barjac).

AkaLes deux font la loi
Original Airdates1989-1993
TypeSeries

Borrowed Hearts

★★★★★

Borrowed Hearts Kathleen's a hard-working single mother, who's saving to buy a house for herself and her daughter, Zoe. Sam's a businessman who has to pretend he has a family in order to close a deal with the mysterious Javier Del Campo. Sam owns the company that Kathleen works for, and as her boss, manages to convince her to help him out. But Del Campo is more than he ...

AkaBorrowed Hearts: A Holiday Romance
Original Airdates1997
TypeTV Movie

Bowling For Dollars

★★★★½

Bowling For Dollars Bowling For Dollars was a "franchised" game show produced and broadcast by local TV stations all across North America. CKND Winnipeg and CKCO Kitchener were the only Canadian stations airing versions in Canada. The Canadian game was a five-pin version. Each bowler had a maximum of three turns. Players who bowled three successive strikes won the pot bu ...

TypeSeries

Boys from Syracuse, The

★★★

Based on the classic Shakespearean play A Comedy of Errors, this CBC-TV version of the Rodgers and Hart Broadway hit told about the outrageous complications which arose when two sets of twins turned up in the same city at the same time, all unaware of the other's existence.

Original Airdates1986
TypeTV Movie

Boys of St. Vincent, The

★★★½

Boys of St. Vincent, The This movie is based on actual events, but it says it is not all about one specific incident. It documents St. Vincent's Orphanage in Canada, where many of the boys suffer physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of the brothers who run the facility. When the stories are surfaced and a police investigation is begun, religious and political grou ...

AkaCollège St. Vincent, Le ; Garçons de Saint-Vincent, Les (French titles)
Original Airdates1992
TypeTV Movie

Brand New Scene

★★★

The CTV network produced Brand New Scene, a national talent show, for one season. The host was Oscar Brand, Canadian born star, and former host of Let's Sing Out for the previous three years. Over 150 new performers were flown from across Canada to Toronto where the show originated (in colour). Guests invited to the show ranged from the Guess Who to Bar ...

Original Airdates1966-1967
TypeSeries

Breaker High

★★★★★

Breaker High Join the students of Breaker High, a high school on a cruise ship, while they experience fun and adventure, love and heartache, with good times and bad as they explore the high seas and get an education.

Original Airdates1997-1998
TypeSeries

Breakthrough

★★★★★

Breakthrough was a series about recent discoveries in science and technology, and showed how these advances affected the lives of ordinary people. It was hosted by science journalist Lorraine Graves, from Vancouver.

Original Airdates1990
TypeSeries

Bright and Early

★★★★★

Five years before Canada AM came to be, Bright And Early was a daily live 60-minute topical program for breakfast-time viewing on CTV. It included three newscasts, national weather and sports, information, and a variety of features from across the country. Interesting guests were brought on and interviewed casually by the co-hosts Terri Clark and Pat Mu ...

Original Airdates1966-1967
TypeSeries

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