CBC Television Network

Ad and Lib

A fifteen-minute daily program, Ad and Lib starred Joe Austin as Ad and Larry Mann as Lib; they portrayed proprietors of a general store, and in each program they delivered homespun – and largely ad-libbed - philosophy about city-versus-country living.


The series played on weekdays, 6:30 – 6:45pm, April – June 1954.


Written by Pip Wedge - October, 2004


Aubrey and Gus

Aired Mondays after school, from September 1955 to June 1956

Aubrey was a puppet racoon who had the voice of a boy who couldn't be understood by his family. His friend, Gus, tries to find a boy with a racoon's voice  to make the magical switch. 
Writer and Narrator: Dick Thomas
Voice of Peter the Skunk: Norma MacMillan
Puppeteers: George Merton and Elizabeth Merton
Cast: Garry Lay and Lloyd Jones
Producer: Don Wilson

Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005


A is for Aardvark

A half- hour summer series, created, produced and hosted by Lister Sinclair. In the first show, Sinclair chose the letter "a" and discussed a number of subjects beginning with that letter. The initial broadcast also featured CBC producer Andrew Allan. James Bannerman took Sinclair's place for the final show of the series, on "n." A radio series, which ran the full twenty- six weeks, from "a" to "z," succeeded the television series.

Aired Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 p.m., Summer 1954
Thursdays 10:30-11:00 p.m., Sep-Oct 1954


Window On Canada

Host: Clyde Gilmour
A series of half-hour National Film Board productions, intended to present different aspects of life in Canada.

The program was seen at different times on different stations (for example, Sundays at l0:30 in Toronto and Mondays at 9:00 in Ottawa).

Aired weekly, at various times, from October 1953 to April 1955.

Written by John Corcelli - April, 2002



Aired Friday nights from October 16 to November 28, 1953. 
A short lived quiz show featuring the illustrations of Bert Grossick. The panel had to guess the identity of well-known people based on the artist's caricatures. Host: Michael Cashin.

Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005



Aired: Mon-Sat : Mar 1953 - Jun 1954; Mon-Fri 7:00-7:30 p.m July 1955-1963. Later re-named 701 in 1960 because a drug company registered the trade name.

Hosts: Dick MacDougal [1953-58], Percy Saltzman [1953-63], Max Ferguson [1958-61], Elaine Grand [1953-56], Joyce Davidson [1956-61], Betty Jean Talbot [1961-62], Alan Miller [1961-62]

Newscasters: Gil Christy [1953-54], John O’Leary [1954-62], Rex Loring [1962-63]


Stock Car Races

Aired Friday nights during the summer, in 1953 and 1954.

Considering CBC Sports has broadcast the Canadian Grand Prix from Montreal and the Molson Indy from Toronto, it's not much of a stretch to learn that it all started in 1953 with stock car racing from the Canadian National Exhibition. The CNE ran and still runs from mid August to Labour Day every year. 
Hosts: Don Sims and Dave Price
Producer: George Retzlaff

Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005


Space Command

A sci-fi/children¹s program originating from Toronto.

Producer, Ross McLean; director, Murray Chercover. Principal cast: James Doohan, Andrew Anthony, Joe Austin, Bob Barclay, Aileen Taylor, Austin Willis and William Shatner.

Cast members James Doohan and William Shatner would meet up again fourteen years later in a much higher profile space series, Star Trek - with director Murray Chercover by then president of the CTV network, which carried Star Trek in Canada

Aired weekly from 1953 to 1954.

Written by John Corcelli - April, 2002


Planet Tolex

Aired Friday afternoons after school, from October 1953 to April 1954.

Produced in Montreal, this 30 minute program was for children. The planet in question was just like Earth but couldn't be seen because it was on the other side of the sun. Each week kids enjoyed the adventures of Bricol and Lexo and their friends from Tolex. 
Puppeteers: Leo and Dora Velleman
Producers: Peggy Nairn and Joanne Hughes


Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005


On The Spot

Aired Tuesday evenings from October 1953 to June 1954; then on Sunday nights at 10 PM from October to December, 1954.

This 15 minute program marked the National Film Board's first attempt to produce short documentaries for CBC television. The subject matter was simple: to tell stories about the various aspects of life in Canada. Radio-Canada had a parallel series in French called Sur le vif. For the first season, the programs ran fifteen minutes on Tuesday evening, but the show expanded to fill a half-hour slot on Sunday nights.



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