March 2010

Friday, March 5, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

Despite the presumption of innocence and the right to a fair trial, there are still cases in Canada in which innocent people are convicted – most disturbingly, for murder. On Friday, March 5 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), CBC Television’s the fifth estate investigates the murder convictions of four Manitoba men and the Crown prosecutor, George Dangerfield, who presided over all of them.

In the 1980s, as Manitoba’s star Crown Prosecutor, Dangerfield was legendary for his creativity and flair in the courtroom and his apparent disdain for defence lawyers.  He was successful in getting convictions for some of the most notorious murder cases in that province.  But, two of those convictions have been overturned, charges quashed on a third, and a federal review of a fourth is ongoing, making Dangerfield responsible for the most wrongful murder convictions in Canada.  In The Wrong Man, reporter Bob McKeown looks back on the three cases and reveals a possible fourth.

At the heart of the story are three men: Thomas Sophonow, James Driskell, and Kyle Unger. Beginning with Sophonow, the prosecution of their cases covered more than a decade. It would take another decade before their convictions began to unravel, with revelations of the Crown’s withholding of crucial evidence, bargains and deals with jailhouse informants, questionable testimony and coerced confessions.

In the past year, the case of Frank Ostrowski of Winnipeg became public and fit a familiar pattern.  In 1987, Ostrowski was convicted of a murder he insisted he did not commit.  The prosecutor at his trial was George Dangerfield.  After 23 years in prison, Ostrowski is now out on bail, awaiting a legal decision that will determine if he, too, will join the list of Sophonow, Driskell and Unger. 

In interviews with McKeown, the men reflect on their lost years spent behind bars – reputations destroyed, their own lives and those of their families shattered.  As for Dangerfield, he is retired now and living in Vancouver, where McKeown confronts him.

Executive producer of the fifth estate is Sally Reardon.

CBC News Network rebroadcasts the fifth estate on Saturdays, at 8 p.m. ET, Sundays, at 7 p.m. ET, and Tuesdays, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

For more information on the fifth estate, visit their website at www.cbc.ca/fifth and join us on Facebook.

Friday, March 5, at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC-TV

Does shock, anger or confusion best describe your reaction to your cellphone bill? Wendy Mesley, host of MARKETPLACE, investigates the story behind huge bills many Canadians rack up from using their cellphones. For several months, MARKETPLACE has collected bills and stories from Canadians about the astronomical and sometimes mystifying charges they have received. On Canada’s Worst Cellphone Bill, airing Friday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on MARKETPLACE, Mesley announces Canada’s winner – or maybe loser – who has really been put through the wringer by their phone company.

After careful review, MARKETPLACE has whittled the bills down to a handful of finalists, with three being put to a nationwide poll commissioned by Angus Reid Strategies. One thousand Canadians (18 years or older) voted online for the story that best demonstrates the frustration consumers face from their cellphone carrier companies.

In this episode viewers also learn how much cell service actually costs and how little it costs their carriers. Mesley even speaks with the bill-holder’s cellphone company.

Below are highlights for new episodes on MARKETPLACE this season:

March 12
Who’s Minding the Store? Erica Johnson investigates the newest way thieves are stealing your credit and debit card information. In the Busted segment of this episode, MARKETPLACE targets private umbilical cord-blood banks.

March 19
Erica Johnson reveals many nursing homes are not equipped with sprinklers. And MARKETPLACE investigates American-based charities that offer debt counseling advice in Canada.

March 26
Erica Johnson investigates the widely advertised decompression therapy for back pain. In the Busted segment of this episode Lysol gets a deep cleaning.

April 2

Erica Johnson tests fish with surprising results and in the Busted segment this week MARKETPLACE investigates cellphone radiation.

April 9
Wendy Mesley investigates how insurance companies are sneaking a peek at your personal credit scores to raise your home insurance, and this episode’s Busted targets labeling.

MARKETPLACE airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC-TV and rebroadcasts on CBC News Network Saturdays, at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).

MARKETPLACE is CBC’s award-winning consumer investigative show. Trusted by viewers across Canada, the program has been providing audiences with tough consumer reports for more than 35 years. Executive producer is Tassie Notar.

The drama is definitely heating up on Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains. The show won the night nationally and across the key markets with 2.9 million (Ind. 2+) Canadians tuning in to Global, the highest audience for the series this season. Survivor continues to be a leader in the competitive Thursday primetime landscape, even beating a special episode of American Idol head-to-head.

SURVIVOR: HEROES VS VILLAINS (8pm) DATA HIGHLIGHTS:
· Won the night nationally and in the three key markets for Ind. 2+ and A18-49
· 1.5 million viewers in the key Adults 18-49 demo
· Going head-to-head, Survivor nationally garnered 86% more audience A18-49 than CTV’s American Idol; 35% more audience 2+
· Survivor beat out the closest competitor of the night CTV’s Grey’s Anatomy nationally with 39% more viewers in the A18-49 demo; 28% more viewers 2+

Viewers who missed last night’s episode can log onto GlobalTV.com to catch up at anytime on their favourite returning Survivor all-stars.

Survivor continues next week with an all-new one-hour episode Thursday – 8pm ET/PT.

March 11 Episode: “Knights of the Round Table” – An important hierarchy is established between a pair of conniving allies and a plan is hatched to oust one of the strongest and most prominent players in the game.

Citytv, today announced it has wed The Marriage Ref, a funny and revealing comedy series from Executive Producer Jerry Seinfeld, to its already buzzed about comedy line up. A hilarious and unique look at relationships after the honeymoon phase, The Marriage Ref premieres Thursday, March 4 at 10pm ET/PT (9pm CT, 8pm MT) on Citytv (s/NBC – ET/CT/PT).

“Real-life relationships are fantastic material for comedy” commented Malcolm Dunlop, Executive Vice President, Programming, Rogers Media Television. “With Jerry Seinfeld at the helm and a host of celebrities, athletes, and comedians taking part, The Marriage Ref is an exciting anchor to the Thursday night Citytv comedy line up which we are sure our audiences will enjoy.”

The Marriage Ref will feature opinionated celebrities, comedians, sports personalities and international A-list stars who will candidly comment, judge and offer different strategies to real-life couples in the midst of a classic marital dispute. At the centre of the action is comedian and Hollywood actor Tom Papa (‘The Informant!’; ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’) who will play the role of Marriage Ref and make ‘the call’ determining the victor of each spat. Papa, who has toured with Jerry Seinfeld for the past eight years, was personally chosen by Seinfeld for this role.

The couples that present their problems will be given a call by the Ref, just like in sports. Advising and influencing the Ref’s decision will be a rotating panel of “experts” comprised of top celebrities, comedians and sports stars who will weigh in and offer their own wit, wisdom and unique opinions.

The Marriage Ref marks Jerry Seinfeld’s first television series since Seinfeld ended its record-breaking nine year run in May 1998. Seinfeld will be behind the camera for the US version of the show, which has been commissioned for a prime time run of eight hour-long episodes simulcast with NBC.

The show is being Executive Produced by Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen Rakieten whose previous credits include twenty-three years with The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Citytv acquired the rights to The Marriage Ref from Endemol Worldwide Distribution, who are globally distributing the show outside of the USA.

Thursday, March 4 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

Pam’s contractions begin but she and Jim are determined to wait it out as long as possible so they can have more time at the hospital. Meanwhile, the rest of the office tries to distract Pam from the pain with food and entertainment. And as Michael anxiously waits for Pam and Jim’s baby to be born, Erin makes Andy jealous when she has lunch with Kevin.

Beginning Thursday, March 4, 9 p.m., on CBC-TV

Why a new series on World War II?  Because it has shaped the lives of millions of Canadians born in the last half-century who know little about what happened, or how its legacy still affects their world. And because even 70 years later, the brutal statistics of WWII have the capacity to shock:  the war’s global violence killed 60 million people, unleashed the Holocaust, saw the only use of the nuclear bomb, and ruthlessly redrew the world map.  LOVE, HATE & PROPAGANDA airs March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 and 8 at 9 p.m. on CBC Television.

“This is a series that needed to be done. It’s time to bring this story to a new generation, to the children and grandchildren of those who fought the War. The dictators are dead, but the ideas and the forces that spawned them are still alive in the present” said Mark Starowicz, Executive Director Documentary Programming, CBC Television.

LOVE, HATE & PROPAGANDA, narrated by George Stroumboulopoulos, host of CBC Television’s The Hour, brings the dramatic events of the war years alive, and conveys its importance in a powerful, human and accessible way. 

“We all know the horror of WWII.  But seeing the spin, the lies and the rallying cries that got us there is both terrifying and fascinating,” said Stroumboulopoulos.

LOVE, HATE & PROPAGANDA, co-produced by CBC and Radio-Canada, explores the psychology of war through the lens of propaganda.  This was the first modern war in which all combatants bombarded their citizens with mass media messages: through newsreels and posters, radio addresses and songs, speeches and rallies. The wartime leaders of the era came to understand how propaganda could awaken powerful passions, for good and evil. They employed every emotional weapon available—truth, half-truths and sometimes outright lies, using powerful symbols and persuasive words to sway entire populations.

Today’s viewers, familiar with all manner of media spin, will discover how war was sold through propaganda – how every movie house, school, newspaper and radio became a forum for persuasion and manipulation. How do you convince entire populations that it is acceptable to murder civilians or demonize people just because of their ethnic backgrounds?

LOVE, HATE & PROPAGANDA also captures images and stories never seen before on Canadian television. The six-hour series combines sequences shot in HD with a rich array of historical footage. The visual resources are vast; newly available films and archival material (from Russia and Japan, among other sources) reveal stories that were previously inaccessible.

In the premiere episode, The Strong Men, airing Thursday, March 4, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television, viewers will see how Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Joseph Stalin each used propaganda to solidify their grip on power and to persuade their people to go to war. It is also a portrait of individuals caught up in the whirlwind of propaganda. Luise Solmitz, a German teacher, buys into Hitler’s patriotic myth only to later discover that the “German nation” does not include her, her husband or her daughter. In Japan, popular writer Tatsuzo Ishikawa is raised to believe that Japan has a divine mission to rule Asia. But when he is sent to write about the Japanese attack on Nanking, he discovers the appalling cruelty of this quest.  And in London, England, a young Canadian named Yvonne Greene helps protect the city from intensive Nazi bombing.  Like many others, she is inspired by the courage and tenacity of Prime Minister Winston Churchill. 

Selling War, airing Thursday, March 11, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television, shows, how in 1939, Adolph Hitler and his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, mobilize reluctant Germans to support their wars of conquest. Caught up in the drama of it all is Melita Maschmann, a young girl who joins a Hitler youth group called “The League of German Maidens”. This young devotee of Hitler will proudly follow along as Germany’s invading forces lay waste to Poland. Meanwhile in Germany, a Catholic Bishop named Clemens von Galen dares stand up to Hitler’s campaign to “purify” German society. Miraculously, the Nazis back down, at least publicly. And in occupied France, a teacher named Jean Guehenno discovers what life will be like for free-thinkers under the Vichy regime of Marechel Petain.

Meet the Enemy, airing Thursday, March 18, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television focuses on a critical year in the war: 1941. Joseph Stalin thought he could count on his alliance with Germany to protect Russia from the fires of war that are sweeping Europe, but Adolf Hitler changes his mind and invades, with brutal efficiency. How will Stalin persuade his people to rise up when the Germans appear unbeatable? With a skillful appeal to Russian nationalism, Stalin convinces millions to take up arms. Among them, a young woman named Lyudmilla Pavlichenko who would come to be known as “the most deadly woman in the world”. Her accuracy as a sniper would make her a useful tool of Russian propagandists, inspiring other young women to join the fight. Meanwhile, in Canada, another young woman, Veronica Foster, does her part for Allied morale: she becomes known as Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl, a sexy poster girl who inspires women to enter the workforce. 1941 is also the year that Japan attacks Pearl Harbor drawing the Americans into the war. The propaganda war heats up between the Americans and the Japanese, each side guilty of vilifying the other. In Japan, a young submariner named Kazuo Sakamaki becomes the first prisoner of war of the Americans. He will be air-brushed out of Japanese history for having let himself be taken prisoner rather than dying honourably.

Airing Thursday, March 25 is Truth and Total War, on Thursday, April 1 it’s Hiding the Horrors, and airing Thursday, April 8 is Changing the Story.

LOVE, HATE & PROPAGANDA will speak from the vantage point of the 21st Century about a time when the world seemed to go mad. Viewers of all ages will draw their own conclusions about what we have learned since then.

Young Canadians can enter a contest by visiting cbc.ca/documentaries/lovehatepropaganda/ for a chance to win some great prizing and join the online discussion on the series on the LOVE, HATE & PROPAGANDA Facebook page.

One Ocean begins Thursday, March 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Television

The world’s oceans—which cover 70 per cent of the planet and in fact are all interconnected—are the subject of a provocative new four-part series on THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki. Starting Thursday, March 4, ONE OCEAN explores how the waters that surround us hold the very key to all life within their silent and shadowy depths. Each breathtaking episode brings to life a vast, interconnected ecosystem: from the diversity and significance of microscopic plankton, to the sleek power of the ocean’s top predators.

A new multi-faceted interactive website, www.cbc.ca/oneocean, will launch at the same time, designed to educate and entertain audiences of all ages about the wonders of the ocean and the challenges we all face in protecting it. On the site, Canadians can take the  One Ocean Pledge, an open call to all of us to make a difference in the future life of the ocean. For this campaign CBC has partnered with the Canadian Wildlife Federation, David Suzuki Foundation and Living Ocean Society to promote the message of ocean sustainability. Canadians can spread the word virally of One Ocean Pledge through Facebook.

Revealing the ocean’s awesome beauty, extraordinary power and beguiling mysteries, ONE OCEAN’s HD cameras bear witness to extraordinary and unique events and species, in some cases never before seen in this way. Viewers will get to see underwater volcanoes erupting only metres away from the camera lens and the discovery of rare and bizarre life forms.

ONE OCEAN’s camera teams travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States and Canada with research expeditions to document their work and discoveries. Guiding us on this adventure are some of the planet’s most innovative and charismatic marine scientists. They reveal new things about the past and present of the ocean the life forces it contains and supports, while racing against the clock to save its future.

The premiere episode, Birth of an Ocean, airing Thursday, March 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV, travels back 4 billion years to when there was no ocean. Without the ocean, life as we know it would not exist. From a blistering volcano in Ethiopia, to strange, ancient rock-like structures in Australia, experts trace the evolution of our planet’s greatest asset and the extraordinary evolution of life within it. Learn why one remarkable creature, the nautilus, has survived for more than 500 million years and how nearly 99.9 per cent of species that ever lived on this planet are now extinct. We also meet Tiktaalik (the “fish-a-pod”) believed to be the missing link between the ocean and all limbed creatures, including us.

The second episode, Footprints in the Sand, airing Thursday, March 11 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV, looks at our coastlines and how all of us are inextricably linked to the ocean’s rhythms, whether we live next to it or thousands of kilometres inland. From over-fishing, to the over-development of the world’s coastlines, and the pollution that we keep pouring into the sea this episode reveals how our actions are changing the ocean’s rhythms, to the detriment of life within them. But even as dead zones are increasing, elsewhere there is hope. In Zanzibar locals are taking charge and in New Zealand, we discover ocean areas that are now protected from over-fishing have experienced an extraordinary turn-around – where once sea urchins had taken over and destroyed the reefs and kelp forests. Now their predators have returned and the stunning reef has been restored to its full glory.

Mysteries of the Deep, airing Thursday, March 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV, starts in the deepest part of the ocean known to humans and takes us to a secret and magical world far, far beneath the water’s surface. Here, for the first time in human history, technology lets us explore the darkness and crushing pressure of the deep seas and reveals a world of mystery and surprise: mountains higher than Everest, more volcanoes than anywhere on land, and abysses so deep, no human has seen them.  Toxic thermal vents spew hot lava, but life continues to flourish beside them in these unfathomable places. We encounter bizarre eyeless creatures that use bioluminescenceto communicate in their dark world. What is down here? How does it exist? And what don’t we know? Scientists, now modern day explorers, are in a race to answer these questions before our recklessness destroys the undiscovered wonders of the deepest sea.

The final episode, The Changing Sea, airing Thursday, March 25 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV, explores some of the most stunning underwater locations in the world as we set sail on a race to discover the fate of the global ocean. We journey from the majestic kelp forests of Monterey Bay to a magical night on a coral reef and from the storm-tossed waters of the mighty North Pacific to the crystal blue Mediterranean. Over the past 200 years, human beings have poured more than 2 trillion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and this is not just changing the climate on land, our vast ocean is changing as well. Is mass extinction the inevitable fate of the future sea? In the waters near a still-active Mediterranean volcano, the concluding episode of this stunning and timely documentary series shows us what the future ocean may look like, if we don’t take action now.

www.cbc.ca/oneocean allows you to enter the ocean and experience it in a very personal way.  Inside the 3D Biosphere users can create their own personal marine reserve. They can challenge themselves on a Mystery Mission, or set a record in the fast-paced Pollution Collector. Visitors can also develop strategies for sustainable fishing and defend coral reefs from the hazards threatening them. Ocean Explorer takes users on guided tours, or allows them to explore independently using Google Earth’s satellite and sonar imagery. Historical timelines, profiles of sea life, experts, and creators of the series and website are available, along with new webisodes and podcasts. 

ONE OCEAN is co-produced by CBC’s THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki and Merit Motion Pictures, in association with National Geographic Channel, and with the participation of Discovery Science. And the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, Manitoba Film & Music, the Government of Canada-Canadian Film and Video Production Tax Credit and the Government of Manitoba-Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit.

www.cbc.ca/oneocean is co-produced by Merit Motion Pictures and Tactica Interactive Communications, in association with CBC’s THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki, and with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, and the Government of Manitoba–Manitoba Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit.

Thursday, March 4 at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET/9 and 9:30 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel

Reports of human encounters with mysterious and often dangerous legendary beasts continue to surface. Through eyewitness accounts and scientific research, LOST TAPES creates a dramatic representation of what would happen if someone met one of these obscure creatures – that science refuses to recognize – and it was caught on tape. In the water, in the woods, in the skies – they live among us and LOST TAPES explores what would happen if we met them face-to-face!

Thursday, March 4 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

The scheming continues as the remaining survivors fight their way to immunity. Who will avoid the aftermath of tribal council and live to endure another week in the game?

Wednesday, March 3 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

Chef Gordon Ramsay attempts to revitalize Lido di Manhattan Beach, a failing Italian restaurant in Manhattan Beach, California. Upon entering the kitchen, Ramsay is so disgusted that he shuts the restaurant down and gives the inexperienced owner, Lisa, the hard truth about what could happen to her investment if changes aren’t made.