Keleghan gets personal with new doc

“I am crazy about Canada, it’s as simple as that,” says Peter Keleghan in the opening scene of his new CBC documentary Once an Immigrant. His voice, and that of his sister’s, plays over a scene of the renowned actor and filmmaker, Canadian flag in hand, strolling the boardwalk on a sunny summer day. Where […]

Entertainment Beat

Beacher Eileen Thalenberg’s new television documentary, A Jihadi in the Family, will air on CBC’s Firsthand this Thursday, March 24. The hour-long film tells the story of Calgary’s Christianne Boudreau, who was shocked to find out her 22-year-old son Damian had been killed fighting for ISIS in Syria. An estimated 100 young Canadian men and […]

Period props and picture cars set the mood

You don’t need to be a “reel” detective to deduce that Murdoch Mysteries takes place in the early 1900s in the Age of Invention. The enduring CBC series wraps up its eighth season on Monday, March 30 and has been renewed for a ninth season which begins production in May. Watching the detective Murdoch Mysteries […]

X Company: the secret agents

If you appreciate wartime dramas like The Imitation Game, you may enjoy a new CBC TV series which premieres Feb. 18 at 9 p.m. X Company tells the daring stories of five Allied covert intelligence officers during the Second World War. While these characters are fictional, their dangerous missions are inspired by the real-life spy […]

Robots loom large in CBC doc

Beacher Peter Keleghan explores the cutting edge of robotics and technology in an upcoming CBC documentary, Roboticize Me. Technically Keleghan, who will be familiar to most CBC viewers from any number of television roles, is actually the co-host of the Doc zone production. His co-host, RoboThespian, shows its own dry wit in the hour-long special, […]

Police Beat

Former CBC radio host and Upper Beach resident Jian Ghomeshi turned himself into police after being charged with several counts of sexual assault. On Oct. 31, the Toronto Police Sex Crimes Unit began an investigation, resulting in charges being laid on Nov. 26. Ghomeshi, 47, faces four counts of sexual assault and one charge of […]

Cote and Curran as busy as ever

When I met with CBC’s Metro Morning host, Joe Cote, and traffic reporter, Jim Curran, in 1987, the atmosphere was one of on-air madness at the Cabbagetown studio in the former Carlton movie house on Parliament Street. Cote informed and entertained early morning Radio 740 listeners with interviews, commentaries, late-breaking news and human interest stories, […]

The long march toward tipping points

Strains of Beaches Jazz are – or were – in the air but tipping points are on my mind. Recent announcements about the future of the CBC brought to mind the notion that we may be on the verge of a whole bunch of them. Some are more easily recognized than others, and we have […]