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CBC Television Series, 1952-1982

by Blaine Allan

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Yes You Can

Fri 7:30-8:00 p.m., 19 Sep-17 Oct 1980

Tue 4:00-4:30 p.m., 21 Oct 1980-26 May 1981

Sat 12:00-12:30 p.m., 6 Jun-15 Aug 1981 (R)

Tue 4:00-4:30 p.m., 12 Jan-18 May 1982

Tue 4:30-5:00 p.m., 12 Oct 1982-29 Mar 1983

A half-hour program for children, Yes You Can starred singer and composer Kevin Gillis, with two young co-hosts, Trevor Bruneau and Tammy Bourne, and regular Coach Cuddles (Patrick) Ford, their comic foil. Michael Magee also "appeared" on the show, as the voices of two animated characters, Harry Hog and the Body Man, two opponents locked in the combat for physical health. Designed to encourage good health and exercise for youngsters, the program combined music with exercise and health and sports information, and each week featured an appearance by a sports figure. They included Gordie Howe, Toller Cranston, and Diane Jones Konahowski, as well as ballerina Karen Kain. Produced by the CBC in association with Fitness and Amateur Sport Canada, Yes You Can was written by Jack Hutchinson and Jamie Wayne, produced by Bill Hunt, and directed by Ron Piggott. The executive producer was Michael Lansbury.

Yesterday And Today

Tue 10:00-10:30 a.m., 27 Feb-12 Mar 1968

Wed 4:30-5:00 p.m., 20 Nov-18 Dec 1968

This series of dramatizations was intended to compare the lives of the pioneers with the lives of people today. The five half- hours were first aired on Canadian School Telecasts and repeated on A Place Of Your Own. Frank Perry played George Scott, the father, Tudi Wiggins was Martha Scott, the mother, and Trudy Young and Jaro Dick played Jennifer and Joel. The series included on-location shooting for the period scenes at Pioneer Village and for the modern sequences in Brampton. The producer of the series was Doug Davidson.

Yesterday's Heroes

Mon 7:30-8:00 p.m., 6 Jul-27 Jul 1981

These four, half-hour profiles recreated the adventures of figures from Newfoundland history, including Sir Robert Bond and Harold MacPherson. The films were produced in St. John's by Tom Cahill.

You Can Do It

Sat 2:30-3:00 p.m., 15 Sep 1979-26 Sep 1981

A program of home repair advice, with John Eakes, Marguerite Corriveau, and Don McGowan, You Can Do It was produced at CFCF-TV in Montreal.

The Young Chefs

Wed 5:00-5:30 p.m., 6 Oct-29 Dec 1976

Fri 4:00-4:30 p.m., 7 Oct-30 Dec 1977 (R)

Tue 4:30-5:00 p.m., 4 Apr-27 Jun 1978 (R)

Wed 2:00-2:30 p.m., 7 Jul-5 Oct 1982

The Young Chefs starred one of the country's oldest and most experienced: Mme Jehane Benoit. Mme Benoit taught skills of food preparation to Lisa Schwartz, thirteen when the series started, and Karim Kovacevich, nine. The programs were shot at the Benoit sheep farm, Noirmouton, at Sutton Junction, Qubec, and included features on the origins and development of the foods as well as demonstrations of their preparation. Inter-Video, Inc. and Neilsen-Ferns produced the series for the CBC.

Your World

Thu 10:00-10:15 a.m., 7 Jan-15 Apr 1965

Tue 10:00- a.m., 7 Jan, ll Feb, 25 Mar 1969

This series of fifteen minute programs, produced by Earl Barnholder, was presented on Canadian School Telecasts. Targeted for students ages twelve to fifteen, on it Lloyd Robertson discussed significant events, illustrated with newsfilm.

Another series of school broadcasts, produced by Rena Elmer of the Schools and Youth Department, used the same title. The three programs in that series examined issues of responsibility, in relation to the United Nations, the role of Canada in world affairs, and the contemporary student movement.

Youth Confrontation

Sun 2:00-2:30 p.m., 7 Jan-17 Jun 1973

Sun 4:00-4:30 p.m., 20 Jan-30 Jun 1974

Tue 5:00-5:30 p.m., 10 Sep 1974-25 Mar 1975 (R)

This program pitted a group of twenty to thirty young people against an authority in a question and answer session. Bruce Rogers was the host and Don Elder the producer for the show, which originated in Toronto and other cities. Issues included professional sport, with Clarence Campbell, president of the NHL, the pressures on Canadian culture and the economy, with Paul Zimmerman, the president of Reader's Digest, censorship, and Canada in the year 2000.

Youth Forum

Thu 7:30-8:00 p.m., 29 Jan-5 Feb 1953

A half-hour broadcast, this show replaced Stump The Experts.

Youth '60

Mon 5:00-5:30 p.m., 5 Oct 1959-28 Mar 1960

This afternoon program combined entertainment with discussion. Host Tommy Common presented interviews with persons of interest to young audiences, young performers, career discussions, and a letters segment, which included correspondence from viewers on subjects of interest. Also on the show were Penny Williams, a grade twelve student from Leaside Collegiate, and Dennis Crothall, grade thirteen from Mimico High School. The producer of the series was Paddy Sampson.

Youth Takes A Stand

Mon 4:30-5:00 p.m., 18 Oct 1954-30 May 1955

On this early panel show for teenagers, with host Gordon Blackford and Vernon Trott, the director of guidance for Forest Hill Schools, young people discussed issues such as juvenile delinquency, citizenship, and sportsmanship.

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