Global Television Network

Popular Mechanics for Kids

This live action series was aimed at 8 to 12-year-olds and was based upon Popular Mechanics Magazine. The program explored how things work from a kid's perspective. Each episode tackled fun or fascinating topics such as emergency rescues, sports, "gross outs", and ocean adventures.

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Traders

Set in Toronto, a group of Bay Street traders bought and sold Canadian stocks and bonds in this series that didn't try to appear to be from Anywhere, North America. Lots of financial babble mixed in with relationship intrigue, this series showed how fortunes were made and lost, and how in a heartbeat, lives could be changed forever.

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Love Handles

Host Stu Jeffries pitched questions to couples about their relationships, very much like the American show, the Newlywed Game. One member of the couple was first asked questions while their mate was offstage and out of earshot. Then, when they were rejoined, the mate who had been offstage had to try and match answers to the same questions. Winners received trips and other prizes, while the losers went home with a sack of sausages.

Broadcast: 1996 - 1999
Time Slot: Weekdays 11:30 am, then 2:30 pm
Running time: 30 minutes

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Outer Limits, The

A spin-off of the 1960's series, The Outer Limits of the 1990's brought new vision with new stories, both frightening and heartening, making this one of the highest rated Canadian series on television. Fully embracing science fiction and the incredible capabilities of the human imagination, each episode featured a strong central character who was forced to re-examine his values and undergo personal challenge and change. The series pushed the horizon of creative ideas that stressed human reaction to compelling situations.

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Hardy Boys, The

Canadian author Leslie McFarlane, under the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon, wrote 60 books about two teenaged brother crime stoppers, Joe and Frank, a high school junior and senior who find answers to problems which trouble themselves and their peers. The exploits of Joe and Frank became so popular that The Hardy Boys mysteries were instrumental in getting millions of young North Americans hooked on reading.

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Canadian Wilderness Journal

This half-hour nature series chronicled the dedicated work of Canadians in a wide range of wildlife fields. The filmmakers travelled the country to profile naturalists in their own environments. Episodes included a program from the London, Ontario backyard of cinematographer Joe Milner, where migratory patterns brought almost every North American species of hawk into his sights, and the Churchill, Manitoba home of wildlife artist Audrey Casey where she painted from real life the migrating polar bears of the region.

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Star Runner

A teenage stable boy, Josh Logan, had to solve a mystery to save a very special horse in this mini-series. Josh wanted to one day become a harness driver but meanwhile earned a job with stable owner Carol West. A three-year-old horse, Star Runner, was being groomed for the top horse racing events in the country. But Josh knew something was wrong when a Canadian businessman fought a determined battle of wills with Carol, with Star Runner almost destroyed in a tragic fire at the stables.

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Raiders of the South Seas

This series was set in the small New Zealand fishing port of Whangaroa, a town plunged into chaos when a mysterious ship was spotted during World War II. The locals discovered that it was a Chilean fisherman blown off course, but they nevertheless decide to falsely condemn him as being a foreign spy, and put him under a restraining order. Two young boys, Jack and Billy, befriended the "Raider" and stopped an attempt by smugglers to use his ship for illicit trading purposes. In the end, the boys proved the fisherman was innocent of all charges.

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Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World

Two years in the making, Millennium examined how our contact with other civilizations can lead to a new understanding of ourselves and our modern world. "It's as much about psychology as it is about anthropology," said co-producer Richard Meech. The series discussed everything from relationships and life and death to the importance of wealth and law and order in society. The crew that worked on Millennium were the first ones ever to receive permission to record and participate in the annual pilgrimage of the Huichol Indians of Mexico to their sacred land of Wirikuta.

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Madeline

A Canada-France co-production, this animated series captured Ludwig Bemelman's classic tales of a mischievous girl named Madeline, the smallest and most troublesome of 12 girls at a convent school in Paris, France. Narrated by Canadian actor Christopher Plummer, the stories followed Madeline's exploits, and included:Madeline and the Gypsies where she travelled with a circus, Madeline's Rescue where she is rescued by a courageous dog, Madeline and the Bat Hat, Madeline in London, and Madeline's Christmas where she helped care for her sick friends.

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