CBC Television Network

Bim Bam Boom

Aired Fridays after school, from November 1955 to January 1956

A 15 minute children's show featuring two puppets and a human clown as they told fairy tales and performed. Produced in Vancouver.
Puppeteer: Kitty Dutcher [Bim and Bam]
Voice actors: Rosemary Malkin and Sam Payne
Boom: John Allen

Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005


Army Show

Also known as Canadians in Khaki, this series of fifteen minute programs featured John Fisher.

Aired Saturdays 6:45 pm, January to April, 1955

Written by John Corcelli - April, 2002


Vic Obeck's Parade of Sports

Aired Monday evenings from February to September 1954; Wednesday evenings from October 1954 to September 1955.

Host Vic Obeck covered hockey, football and baseball among other sports and outdoor activities. Produced in Montreal, regular contributors included Marilyn Bell on water safety and fitness with Lloyd Percival

Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005


Plouffe Family, The, aka La Famille Plouffe

Aired weekly at the following times on CBC

November 1954 to May 1955            Thursdays 8:00-8:30 
November 1955 to May 1956            Fridays 10:00-10:30 
November 1956 to May 1958                Fridays 8:30-9:00
November 1958 to May 1959              Fridays 9:30-10:00


On Stage

Aired Wednesday nights at 9:30 from October 1954 to September 1955, then on Monday evenings in October 1955.


On Camera

Aired Saturday nights for two seasons, 1954/55 and 1955/56, then on Monday nights from October 1956 to September 1958.


Make a Match

Aired every two weeks from November 1954 to February 1955.



Aired at various times in the evening slot, from May 1954 to July 1955.

Elaine Grand hosted this program that focused on issues important to women.
Her success on the public affairs show, Tabloid, gave her the chance to host her own program.  While the bulk of the show dealt with domestic issues typical of the 1950s, the show also explored adoption, raising teenagers and health care for the elderly. Grand went on to work for the BBC.


Let's Go To The Museum

Aired Tuesdays at 5 pm. during the school year 54/55 and again in 55/56.

Robert MacNeil, later a U.S. network news correspondent and co-host of PBS's The MacNeil-Lehrer Report, hosted this half-hour children's broadcast from the National Museum in Ottawa. Programs included items about native people, animals and meteorites. 
Producer: Marion Dunn.


Howdy Doody

In autumn l954, the CBC built its own Doodyville in a Toronto studio.The show's host was Timber Tom, a forest ranger played by James Doohan and Peter Mews. Clarabell was actually Alfie Scopp, and Larry Mann played Cap'n Scuttlebutt. Toby Tarnow played Pan, Caryl McBain was Princess Haida, Jean Cavall played Papa La Touke, Drew Thompson played Mendel Mason, and Barbara Hamilton was Willow. 



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