Christmas Letter, A

This Christmas Day tribute to Canada's three armed services will be introduced by the Hon. Douglas Harkness, minister of national defence. The three sequences in the program depict a normal day for navy, army and air force personnel and are linked together by a (fictitious) letter home from a sailor, soldier and airman. The program will stress the routi ...

Original Airdates1960

Chrysler Festival


On six occasions in 1956 and 1957, the CBC replaced Folio with the Chrysler Festival, a spectacular one hour variety show broadcast live before an audience of two thousand from the stage of Toronto's Loew's Uptown Theatre. Elaine Grand and Hume Cronyn introduced a wide range of Canadian and international performers.

Original Airdates1956-1957

Cine Club

Each week, in Cine Club's half-hour slot, the CBC aired one to three short films from all over the world. Many of the films had never before been seen in Canada, or had been restricted to the membership of film societies. They ranged in type from animated cartoons or films made from selected photographs or still images to documentary to narrative.

Original Airdates1964-1967

Circle Square


Circle Square Circle Square was a syndicated variety show for children with themes which contribute to the mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual development. The show was conceived in the tradition of evangelical television, combining information and personal experience. In each program, the children learned to resolve social (interpersonal relationships ...

Original Airdates1975-?



Circus Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages! This series offers the Big Top on the small screen, a weekly half hour of circus acts and musical entertainment. A couple of young, scrub-faced professional singers named Cal Dodd and Sherisse Laurence do the singing and crack the ringmaster's whip, but the main drawing-card is the age-old lure of the circu ...

Original Airdates1978-1985


Cities was a thirteen week series of one hour documentaries, produced and directed by John McGreevy for Nielsen-Ferns. Each program featured an international celebrity who led viewers around a city that was his or her favourite, home, or a place with which he or she had a significant connection. Glenn Gould, for example, prepared the program on Toronto, ...

Original Airdates1979-1980

Citizens' Forum

Citizens' Forum The program format in its initial seasons included a panel discussion for the first twenty minutes, followed by an open session in which a studio audience was invited to participate. The show was generally organized into series of three weeks, followed by an "In the News" program, on national and international affairs. The program also welcomed viewers ...

AkaCitizen's Forum
Original Airdates1955-1963

City Lights


City Lights One of the best known celebrity interviewers, Brian Linehan, interviewed 2000-2500 guests for City Lights between 1973 and 1989. A new series of interviews, entitled simply "Linehan," aired on th WIC network and then WTN between 1995 and 1998.

Original Airdates1973-1989; 1995-1998

City Story, A

A series of half-hour documentaries on sixteen major Canadian cities. including Victoria, Kingston, Ottawa, Charlottetown, Edmonton, Saint John, Regina, Fredricton, St. John's, Winnipeg, Halifax. The programs were produced in 1967 and originally broadcast on Toronto and Montreal stations only in 1968.

Original Airdates1971



CityLine Host Marilyn Denis returns for another season of expert advice on your style, your health, your home and your happiness. Filmed in front of a studio audience, CityLine’s daily topics feature tips and live demonstrations on food, entertaining, home, health, fashion and more. The show began as CityLife in the fall of 1983 and was retitled CityLine in 1 ...

Original Airdates1983-

Claim to Fame

Claim to Fame Host Mike McManus introduced his guests, every one of whom had a claim to fame. There was a guy, for example, who claimed he won fame by winning $10,000 for eating an electric razor in a wacky-stunts contest. The members of the Blue Team (composed of various celebrities) unanimously disagreed- they said that he won the $10,000, all right, but that he wo ...

Original Airdates1982-1983

Clarke, Campbell & Co.

A short lived, late evening, fifteen minute program of music on disk from Toronto, with Marion Clarke and Rick Campbell.

Original Airdates1954

Classics Dark and Dangerous


Classics Dark and Dangerous was a CBC series of six half-hour dramas adapted for the screen from great mystery stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, D.H. Lawrence, L.P. Hartley, E.F. Benson, Issac Asimov and Robert Bloch.

Original Airdates1977

Classroom Clinic

Classroom Clinic was a show for rural communities around Saskatoon. The show began when a hamlet school teacher in St. Isidore De Bellevue, 60 miles north of Saskatoon, wrote the station: "Please teach my class something about artificial earth satellites. Also, show them how to operate a dial telephone, city-style. My pupils will assemble in the nearby ...

Original Airdates1957?


Click Frank Herbert, an amateur photographer, was co-host with Ken Haslom this weekly 15-minute program. Click was a show designed to inform and entertain both professional and amateur "shutter-bugs" interested in black and white, color, movie or miniature photography. The two hosts spent hours each week preparing material for the show. Much of the work w ...

Original Airdates1962

Close To The Earth

Don Elder produced this half-hour, weekly nature program for young people (9 to 12 years old). The series focused on the environment and wild animals found in Canada. Among the creatures covered were birds, frogs, snakes, turtles, praying mantis, beavers and porcupines.

Original Airdates1973-1974



Close-Up Creator and executive producer Ross McLean spun Close-Up, a prime-time, weekly program off from Tabloid, the successful, daily, early evening public affairs show. The CBC supported the series with a substantial production budget that permitted McLean to send correspondents and camera crews to far locations for interviews and documentaries. Originally a ...

Original Airdates1957-1963

Club 41

Club 41 was a variety series produced in CBC-Winnipeg's television studios and hosted by Glynne Morris. It had a nightclub setting and a relaxed format, providing comedy, song and dance. The producer was David Marcus-Roland, and the choreographer was his wife, Lindisfarne. The show also featured singers Mary Gynn and Ernest Schell, and four dancers, alo ...

Original Airdates1957

Club 6

Club 6 was a local Toronto variety show for teenagers. The show was a spin-off from Dick Clark's American Bandstand- a compromise between teenagers' dancing and a public affairs show. Each show featured one school giving some attention to the achievements of its pupils while the hosts in general, including the studio audience of some 200 young people, e ...

Original Airdates1960-1962

Club O'Connor


A summer replacement for The Plouffe Family, Club O'Connor represented piano player Billy O'Connor's return to CBC televison after an absence of a year. On this half-hour musical variety show from Toronto, he was accompanied by his band, with Jackie Richardson on bass, Ken Gill on guitar, Vic Centro on accordion, and drummer and singer Johnny Lindon, as ...

Original Airdates1957

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