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Wednesday March 18 at 10 P.M. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

The Tropic of Capricorn is a glossy BBC travel series that unveils important social, political and environmental issues while showcasing some of the most beautiful areas on Earth. Chile to Brazil is the last instalment in the four-part series, hosted by BBC journalist Simon Reeve.

In Chile to Brazil, Reeve takes viewers inland to the Atacama Desert—the driest region on earth, where NASA uses the extreme climate for testing Mars space mission equipment. Then it’s off to Argentina, where Reeve crosses the Andes on horseback with pilgrims heading to the Salta province of Argentina and then travels on the ‘train to the clouds,’ one of the three highest railroads in the world.

In Brazil, the documentary takes viewers to the giant waterfalls of Iguzu, where Reeve sails his raft under the large rainbows reaching over the Argentine border. His journey then takes him to Sao Paulo, the booming economic capital of Brazil. Tropic of Capricorn – Chile to Brazil airs Wednesday, March 18, on WILD DOCS! on CBC Newsworld.

Tropic of Capricorn is produced by Sam Bagnall for the BBC.


Tuesday March 17 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

Each day, tonnes of chemicals are released into the environment, but do we really know how toxic they are or their long-term effects? Some toxins are found in everyday objects or in agricultural pesticides used for food production. And they’re finding their way into our homes.

When Montreal filmmaker Carole Poliquin has her blood tested she learns that there are 110 contaminants in her body. So she sets off to investigate the connection between those toxic substances and rising health issues in our society, such as cancer, allergies and male infertility. The result is the disturbing documentary, Homo Toxicus (Toxic Man), which airs Tuesday, March 17, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on CBC NEWS: THE LENS on CBC Newsworld.

The film is directed and produced by Carole Poliquin (Productions ISCA, Montreal).

Monday March 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on CBC Newsworld


There are a staggering 1.2 billion allergy sufferers around the world, with allergies becoming more severe every year. Allergy Planet uncovers the facts behind this terrifying phenomenon. Allergy Planet chronicles the struggles of allergy sufferers such as 10-year-old Margharita, whose life is dictated by the staggering 896 things to which she is allergic and must avoid and 14-year-old Billy, who suffers from a rare genetic skin disorder known as Netherton Syndrome.

Why is this epidemic happening? In search of answers, Allergy Planet travels the globe, from the remotest island to the polluted centres of California and the United Kingdom. The documentary examines why allergies exist and questions whether we have created a world in conflict with our biology. Have our efforts to wipe out sickness and disease led to a worldwide allergy crisis? Allergy Planet airs Monday, March 16, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on CBC NEWS: THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC Newsworld.

Allergy Planet is produced by Naomi Austin. Series editor is Andrew Cohen.

Sunday March 15 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

With the Kentucky Derby just around the corner in May, CBC Newsworld airs Jockey Undercover. This startling documentary is the inside story of three jockeys as they cope with the dangerous, even life-threatening demands of thoroughbred racing. Punctuated by footage of dramatic moments in horse racing history, the documentary reveals that behind the sport of kings, is a dark world fans never see.

Jockey Undercover airs Sunday, March 15, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on THE PASSIONATE EYE. Jockeys Shane Sellers, Randy Romero and apprentice Chris Rosier reveal how impossibly low weight minimums have spawned a culture of forced starvation, sweating and purging among riders. Adding to the stress of the job, jockeys are generally not signed to contracts and have little job security or health coverage. While a few jockeys do make millions a year, most riders struggle to earn a living and many pay a price with their health.

Jockey Undercover is produced for HBO by David Heilbroner. It is directed and filmed by Kate Davis and edited by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner.


Jockey Undercover (NEW)

Sunday, March 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE

Allergy Planet (NEW)

Monday, March 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE

Homo Toxicus (NEW)

Tuesday, March 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE LENS

Tropic of Capricorn Episode Four (NEW)

Wednesday, March 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on WILD DOCS!

Geologic Journey Episode Three

Thursday, March 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (2 hrs) on THE NATURE OF THINGS

India Reborn Part One

Friday, March 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on DOC ZONE

Allergy Planet

Sunday, March 22 at 8 p.m. ET on THE PASSIONATE EYE

Shock Wave

Sunday, March 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on DOC ZONE

Forced to Marry (NEW)

Monday, March 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE

Playing the Machines (NEW)

Tuesday, March 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE LENS

I, Psychopath (NEW)

Wednesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on WILD DOCS!

Geologic Journey Episode Four

Thursday, March 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE NATURE OF THINGS

India Reborn Part Two

Friday, March 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on DOC ZONE

Planet Earth – Series Two, Episode One

Sunday, March 29 at 8 p.m. ET

Anthrax War (NEW)

Sunday, March 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE (1 ½ hour broadcast)

Sunday April 5 and 12 at T 9pm on ON CBC-TV


Following a trail of greed and obsession, DIAMONDS, a powerful two-part miniseries, traces the international web that brings us diamonds—the world’s purest and most dazzling gems. From the fashionable enclaves of London, to the icy Canadian Arctic, to the war-ravaged villages of Sierra Leone, DIAMONDS takes television viewers inside an industry that is among the world’s most glamorous, but which can also be dangerous—and illegal. DIAMONDS telecasts on CBC Television, on Sunday, April 5 and Sunday, April 12, at 9 p.m.

Developed and commissioned by CBC Television, DIAMONDS was acquired by ABC network for broadcast in the U.S. The multi-layered fictional stories of DIAMONDS take place across several continents and were filmed in South Africa, London and Churchill, Manitoba.

The once mighty Denmont Corporation with headquarters in South Africa is on the verge of collapse, threatened by upstart rivals and new competition in the Canadian Arctic, just beginning to emerge as a diamond-producing powerhouse. Usurping control of the company from his estranged father, Lucas Denmont (James Purefoy, Rome) seeks to restore the company’s fortunes—at any cost.

When American senator Joan Cameron’s (Judy Davis, The Starter Wife) daughter is murdered at a Congolese diamond mine, Cameron travels to Africa to find out why her daughter was killed. The search leads her to Piers Denmont (Sir Derek Jacobi, Gladiator), Lucas’ father, who fears his son may be behind the killing. Meanwhile, geologist Stephanie Dresser (Joanne Kelly, Vanished), who was in charge of the expedition and witnessed the young woman’s murder, tries to bury her grief in her work, travelling to the Canadian Arctic to hunt diamonds far from the bloodshed of the Congo. But once there, she is forced again to face her most challenging ethical dilemma—is finding a diamond worth the human cost?

DIAMONDS also stars Stephen McHattie (300) as Llewellyn Anderson, Louise Rose (Dream Team) as London-based model Luna Kormoma and Kris Holden-Ried (The Tudors) as Denver Beeston.

DIAMONDS is directed by Andy Wilson. The screenplay is written by David Vainola, inspired by the book Diamonds by Matthew Hart. It is produced by Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny with producers Liz Jarvis, Phyllis Laing, Philo Pieterse, Simon Vaughn and Nick Witkowski. Executive producers are Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny and Carrie Stein. It is a Sienna Films – Alchemy Television Production in co-production with Buffalo Gal Pictures and Love Reigns and made in association with CBC Television. It is a Canadian/United Kingdom/South African co-production.

Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. on CBC


On Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m., four candidates will square off in a competition of political knowledge, poise and determination on the third televised installment of CBC Television’s Emmy®-nominated show CANADA’S NEXT GREAT PRIME MINISTER. Alex Trebek hosts this year’s show, joined by panelists and former Canadian Prime Minister’s Kim Campbell, Joe Clark, Paul Martin and Brian Mulroney.

Ten semi-finalists participated in a grueling two-day boot camp in Toronto where they were put through the paces in a series of challenges testing their political mettle. They faced off against each other in a series of debates, mock Canada-US conflicts and staged media scrums. They were tested on their ability to think on their feet, communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and stand their ground on tough issues. Most importantly, candidates were judged on their ability to analyze, negotiate and convince the public to share their views.

The four candidates that made it into the finals will appear on CANADA’S NEXT GREAT PRIME MINISTER on CBC Television. They are:

1) Gabriel Bran Lopez, Montreal, PQ

Age: 25

Education: Concordia University – Bachelor of Arts in Communications

2) Robert Marsh, Dartmouth, NS

Age: 23

Education: Queen’s University – Bachelor of Commerce

3) Amy Robichaud, Calgary, AB

Age: 21

Education: University of Ottawa – Political Science and Public Administration (4th Year)

4) David Suk, Toronto, ON

Age: 23

Education: University of Toronto – Masters in Public Policy (2nd Year)


Spring is in the air, but to help Canadians get over the final winter hump, CBC Television presents two great comedy series guaranteed to chase the winter blues away. THE HA!IFAX COMEDY FEST debuts on Monday, March 9, at 9 p.m. and promises the best comedy from Atlantic Canada and around the globe with over 36 performers. THE WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL follows at 9:30 p.m. and is the top-rated Canadian standup comedy series on television. The theme basedEvery show has a unique theme format popularized by the ensuring a fresh batch of new comedy Winnipeg Festival ensures a fresh crop of new material each week.

For a dozen years, Canada has looked to Halifax and laughed! THE HA!IFAX COMEDY FEST returns with six new episodes and, once again, Newfoundlander Mark Critch (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) hosts. Television viewers go on a fast-paced, whirlwind tour of the festival with dozens of performances in various venues around the city.

March 9 at 9 p.m. – Guests include Alonzo Bodden, Jonny Harris, Greg Morton, Debra DiGiovanni, Irwin Barker, Fred MacAulay, ANT, Ryan Belleville and Rich Hall.

March 16 at 9 p.m. – Craig Robinson, Erica Sigurdson, ANT, Jeff McEnery, Greg Morton, Pete Zedlacher, Jay Malone, Jonny Harris and Roman Danylo.

March 23 at 9 p.m. – Debra DiGiovanni, Jean Paul, Pete Zedlacher, Jonny Harris, Irwin Barker, David Hemstad, Matt Billon, Jeff McEnery, Rich Hall Nick Beaton and Peter White.

March 30 at 9 p.m. – Greg Proops, Johnny Harris, Phil Hanley, Sugar Sammy, ANT, Erica Sigurdson, Jay Malone, Darcy Michael, Matt Billon and Mike Wilmot.

April 6 at 9 p.m. – John Moloney, Fraser Young, Dave Hemstad, Mark Little, Greg Morton, Jean Paul, Alonzo Bodden, Matt Billon, Jeff McEnery, ANT, Cathy Jones and Nick Beaton.

April 13 at 9 p.m. – Ryan Belleville, Jonny Harris, David Hemstad, Phil Hanley, Greg Morton, Jeff McEnery, Irwin Baker, Fred MacAulay and Pete White.

The award-winning THE CBC WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL airs its seventh season, with six half-hour specials featuring some of Canada’s hottest and best comedians, plus some very special guests.

March 9, 9:30 p.m. – TYING THE KNOT
Here comes the bride – a bunch of jokes that only the groom will laugh at – and only when she’s not looking. Tim Steeves, Teresa Pavlinek and Kevin McGrath look at marriage, before, during and after the nuptials. Real life comedy couple Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath host.

March 16, 9:30 p.m. – THE MEDICINE SHOW
If viewers find themselves busting a gut and rolling on the floor, it could be a hernia, but then again, it could be the CBC WINNIPEG COMEDY FEST. Either way, Thank God for universal health care. Darrell Dennis, Simon Rakoff and Brad Muise are the cure for what ails you. And if host Mike Wilmot asks you to play doctor, don’t do it.

March 23, 9:30 p.m. – GAME ON
Whether you are a playoff widow or the organizer of the hockey pool, we have laughs for you. Erica Sigurdson, Harry Doupe and Deb Williams are hosted by hockey legend Dennis Hull whose wit is a quick as his wrist shot.

March 30, 9:30 p.m. – BON VOYAGE
A good vacation will add years to your life if the travel doesn’t kill you. Baber Sidiqui (of Little Mosque on the Prairie – played by Manoj Sood) is your tour guide through the highways and skyways. Jimmy Tingle, John Wing, and Geri Hall remind you that it’s all in fun—until you get to the security gate.

April 6, 9:30 p.m. – CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
It’s a jungle out there as Rick Currie, Big Daddy Tazz and Don Kelly have you laughing like hyenas. Roman Danylo is the leader of this wild pack and he ain’t playin’ possum.

April 13, 9:30 p.m. – ARE YOU KIDDING
Raising a child is a serious responsibility best left to someone other than comedians. But if you have to do it, let this series be your guide. New dad Gerry Dee hosts with fatherly wisdom. Mrs. Hughes, Ali Rizvi and Al Rae offer the kind of advice that will leave Dr. Spock turning in his grave.

INDIA REBORN is an international co-production with CBC Television, ZDF (Germany), S4C (Britain) and France 5 that charts the rise of this emerging world superpower. Cinematic in scope, the two-part series unfolds with intimacy and insight, giving viewers a window into the lives of the people living through India’s dramatic transformation. A potent mixture of dreams and despair, INDIA REBORN is a fascinating look into a land that has a leading role in reshaping the world. In four vibrant hours of HD television, INDIA REBORN begins Sunday, March 15, and continues Sunday, March 22, from 8 to 10 p.m., on CBC Television.

The western world’s fascination with India continues to grow, with millions flocking to the sleeper hit film Slumdog Millionaire, with masses of people heading to India for private medical treatment, and business leaders seeking new investment opportunities in a country faring better than most in the global economic crisis.

INDIA REBORN delves into the country’s successes and challenges, showcasing the breadth of 21st century India.

Airing on Sunday, March 15, at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT), the first part of INDIA REBORN, titled Myth and Might, will journey into India’s rich world of myth and growing economic might. From the flames of the Ganges’ ancient pyres to the Navratri festival, to the jungles where a fierce war is underway, the introduction to the series will give viewers a panoramic view of this diverse democracy as never seen before.

The second hour sees the new culture of excess mix with old world values. In Manufacturing Dreams, viewers will meet Neha Chopra, a millionaire’s daughter who dreams of having the biggest “Bollywood style” wedding in New Delhi, lasting over 14 days, with a staggering 8,000 guests. Tarun Ratnani is a popular young DJ in Mumbai, living the life of a swinging bachelor and adamantly resisting his parents’ attempts to find him a bride. And Pradeep Sharma is a night watchman at a 5-star hotel who sees it all. He blames Bollywood, India’s own version of Hollywood complete with beautiful actresses, handsome actors and plenty of scandal, for driving India’s societal problems.

As the North American economy continues to crash, it’s undeniable that India is on the Move (airing Sunday, March 22, at 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. NT). The country is quickly moving up the world’s economic and political ladder. Part three of INDIA REBORN displays the excitement of life in cities pulsating with new wealth. Seated in the leather armchair in his private jet, billionaire Vijay Mallya half-jokingly declares, “Before America and Europe held centre stage. I guess centre stage is going to move east.” Viewers will also meet married couple Arjun and Sunita, American-trained doctors. Their lucrative company provides immediate CAT scan and x-ray results, analyzed by Indian radiologists, to patients in emergency rooms in America. But not everyone in India is getting ahead. The countryside is rife with loss and longing as farmers continue to live in debt, and an alarming number commits suicide. The archaic caste system is still in practice in rural areas and the undertow of religious intolerance causes many to fear that history will repeat itself in bloody violence.

Modernity and tradition collide in the spicy final hour of INDIA REBORN, titled Mother India. India is a country steeped in custom and food is one of the main components of the culture. From the kitchen of a celebrity chef to the kitchen of a home grown ‘Kebab King,’ to the market stalls where poor farmers sell their meagre produce in an attempt to feed their families, the final hour shows us how food unites and divides modern India.

Despite the burgeoning change in India, the country still suffers from rampant corruption, patronage politics, overpopulated cities, staggering pollution, severe water shortages and the threat of nuclear war. But just like a Bollywood movie, hope and the belief in happiness make up the soul of India. In this beautifully produced series, viewers will see the country’s colourful dichotomy set to the narrative of its people.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 8 AT 9:00 P.M. (9:30 P.M. Nfld.) – CBC DOC ZONE

What could compel three Canadian couples to get divorced on national television? — Only a prevailing desire to demonstrate that there are ways for parents to separate without destroying the children.

With January “divorce month” in Canada, Bountiful Films’ timely new film HOW TO DIVORCE & NOT WRECK THE KIDS takes viewers inside one of life’s most devastating transitions, as three courageous Canadian couples – determined to keep the needs of their children first – work through their separations on camera.

Parents contemplating separation are barraged with “divorce from hell” stories – stories about pitched adversarial battles in which couples spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to destroy each other and, incidentally, leave their children scarred for life. As filmmakers Maureen Palmer and Helen Slinger show in HOW TO DIVORCE & NOT WRECK THE KIDS, there are better options.

Grassroots Canadians are at the heart of a quiet revolution – couples working on “good” divorces, which acknowledge that the end of a marriage isn’t the end of a family. Research shows that separating parents who co-operate can raise children who are as emotionally healthy as kids from intact families.

HOW TO DIVORCE & NOT WRECK THE KIDS introduces three couples who have chosen different alternatives to the traditional – and often destructive and traumatic – adversarial divorce. Roland and Carolye use a do-it-yourself divorce kit. Mike and Melissa work with a mediator. Lionel and Sally use a new and controversial process called ‘collaborative divorce’, with the help of collaborative divorce lawyers Danny Zack and Nancy Cameron.

“What’s remarkable,” says filmmaker Maureen Palmer, “is that these three couples actually have the courage to hash out their divorce negotiations on national television. Most of us feel uncomfortable in front of the camera even in the best of times. But Sally and Lionel, Melissa and Mike, and Roland and Carolye share their lives in the worst of times. To see them hurt, vulnerable or angry, and then see them compartmentalize that for the sake of the kids, you can appreciate what an enormous gift they’ve given their children.”

In a country where one in two unions fail, this documentary is appointment viewing because HOW TO DIVORCE & NOT WRECK THE KIDS convincingly makes the case that the end of a marriage doesn’t have to be the end of a family.

HOW TO DIVORCE & NOT WRECK THE KIDS is directed by Maureen Palmer, and written by Maureen Palmer and Helen Slinger. Produced by Maureen Palmer, Helen Slinger and Sue Ridout. Narrator is Ann-Marie MacDonald; Director of Photography is John Collins; Editor is Tim Wanlin; Music Composer is Anne Leader. For CBC: Michael Claydon, Anne Emin, Linda Laughlin and Mark Starowicz.

HOW TO DIVORCE & NOT WRECK THE KIDS is produced by Bountiful Films Inc. in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry; Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program.