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CBC Television Series, 1952-1982

by Blaine Allan

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Zoo World

Thu 5:00-5:30 p.m., 1 Aug-19 Sep 1974

Thu 5:00-5:30 p.m., 5 Jun-17 Jul 1975 (R)

On Zoo World, an eight part series from Winnipeg, produced by Larry Brown, host Clive Roots, formerly director of the Assiniboine Park Zoo, discussed the history and development of zoos. He addressed issues such as animal conservation, the simulation of natural habitats in captivity, feeding practices, and the problems of zookeeping.


Zut!

Sat 7:00-7:30 p.m., 17 Oct 1970-3 Apr 1971

Sat 7:00-7:30 p.m., 22 May-3 Jul 1971

Zut! succeeded Comedy Cafe and Comedy Crackers as the television descendant of CBC radio's Funny You Should Say That. Among other slight changes, it retrieved Peter Cullen to the cast, which also included Barrie Baldaro, Joan Stuart, Ted Zeigler, Dave Broadfoot, Wally Martin, Al Boliska, and Dave Harriman, with singer Donald Lautrec, and an orchestra conducted by Franois Cousineau. (Cullen played Gilles to Stuart's Anglo Penelope--she called him Giles, he called her Penny-lope--in the recurring sketch about the cross-cultural couple called the L'Anglaises.) Zut! obviously had a higher budget and more rehearsal time than its predecessors, which had been slapdash productions. The program specialized in broad satirical sketches and blackouts on distinctively Canadian characters and situations, particularly Qubec-Canada relations. The series was produced by Dale Barnes in Montreal.


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