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Edge-of-your-seat drama and adventure set in the clear, cold skies and stunning natural beauty of Canada’s new North; one of Hollywood’s greatest stars kicks off the new season of the adventures of Canada’s sexiest sleuth; and the crusty cut-throat of Canadian business literally goes to jail for his search to find the country’s next great new entrepreneurs.

These are just a few of the highlights in store for CBC Television’s 2012 Winter Season.

The excitement just doesn’t soar any higher – on the map or the altimeter – than it does on ARCTIC AIR, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) beginning January 10. Strap yourself in as Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens, Flags of our Fathers, Law & Order: SVU) stars in this blockbuster action-adventure drama anchored around a group of renegade pilots based in Yellowknife, who battle the elements – and, at times, each other – as they struggle to complete their missions and keep the dysfunctional family business they all depend on from crashing, in every sense of the word.

He’s one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and a Best Actor Academy Award® winner; now Russell Crowe comes to CBC Television to kick off the third season of REPUBLIC OF DOYLE. Crowe joins series star Allan Hawco and the rest of the cast of Newfoundland’s most famous crime fighters in the season premiere January 11th (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m./9:30 NT). Season 3 promises another wild round of life on the edge for private investigator Jake Doyle, his father Malachy and the rest of the St. John’s crew of characters who have made this action-drama such a runaway hit, averaging over a million viewers an episode.

One of Canada’s favourite comedians, Gerry Dee, brings his gift for laughs – and his own life experience – to the new half-hour comedy MR. D (Mondays at 8 p.m./8:30 NT, beginning January 9). Before making his mark in standup comedy, Dee worked for nine years as a private school teacher. So he’s especially well-suited to play Gerry Duncan, a would-be gym teacher who gets a job at a prestigious private school only to find himself giving lessons on a subject he knows nothing about – and deciding he has no alternative but to fake his way through it.

New this season is REDEMPTION INC. (Mondays at 9 p.m./9:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 9). The prime-time series follows a group of 10 ex-cons as they are given the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to set up their own business under the guidance of Dragon and multi-millionaire businessman, Kevin O’Leary. Kevin sees the business potential in giving these people a second chance, and he recognizes that these ex-cons paid their debt to society. At the end of the series, one of them will earn both Kevin’s support and $100,000 of his own money, to start a legitimate business. This is not a handout or charity scheme; this is business.

Dragons Arlene Dickinson and Jim Treliving from Canada’s top-rated entertainment program, DRAGONS’ DEN, are hitting the road to help struggling companies get back on track by offering their expertise – and their own money. In each one-hour episode, new series, THE BIG DECISION features two separate businesses that are facing tough times. A Dragon will visit each company, roll up their sleeves, and put their expertise to work. If the Dragons think they can help turn things around, they will invest their own money – and change the fortunes of good companies that have fallen on hard times.

“We are equal parts proud, thrilled and excited to present this amazing lineup of new shows, top stars and the finest made-in-Canada television available anywhere,” said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Executive Vice-President, English Services. “The winter season will set a new standard for excellence for CBC Television.”


Returning favourites include:

MARKETPLACE, Canada’s No. 1 investigative consumer show and winner of the 2011 Gemini Award for Best News Information Series, returns Fridays at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 6. In the special hour-long season opener, the award-winning MARKETPLACE team brings you “Canada’s Worst Customer Service: The Store Edition,” investigating how bad the customer service really is in Canada’s major store chains, and revealing the chain with Canada’s worst service.

LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE (Mondays at 8:30 p.m./9 p.m. NT, beginning January 9) is back for its final season. Canadians can follow their favourite multi-denominational community for one last time. It’s a rapid-fire season jam-packed with competitive fasting, town audits, sacred chickens, and budding “bromances.” Celebrate LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE with the people of Mercy, as the show that broke new ground for Canadian Comedy comes to a conclusion.



The action continues as Canada’s favourite sports program follows the NHL’s march to the Stanley Cup. Highlights of early 2012 programming include: Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, traveling to Prince Edward Island for the annual celebration of our national sport (Saturday, February 11 at noon ET); the NHL Winter Classic: New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers (Monday, January 2 at 12:30 p.m. ET), an outdoor game that promises to become the must-watch sporting event of the New Year, and the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game, live from Ottawa (Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m. ET).


RICK MERCER REPORT (Tuesdays at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 10)

More than one million Canadians tune into the country’s favourite commentator on the foibles and the folly of modern life every week on the RICK MERCER REPORT.


DRAGONS’ DEN (Wednesdays at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT, beginning January 11)

Maybe you think they’ve seen it all, and this season they’ve already seen ideas for everything from pet fashion to motorcycle hearse services. But there’s plenty more to come in the second half of DRAGONS’ DEN Season 6, as Dragons Jim Treliving, Bruce Croxon, Arlene Dickinson, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary search for Canada’s next great entrepreneur – with their own money on the line.


HEARTLAND (Sundays at 7 p.m./7:30 NT, beginning January 8)

Friends – and secrets – have arisen from the past to make this season of the multigenerational family saga HEARTLAND a continued hit with families across the country. The real stories about real people will continue, played out in all their drama, romance and comedy under the big skies of the Canadian West.


the fifth estate

The multi-award-wining the fifth estate returns with new episodes of original and provocative journalism. Bob McKeown tells the story of Canadian teenagers dreaming of making it in the National Basketball Association, only to find the reality south of the border is vastly different than anything they ever imagined. Gillian Findlay explores the dubious science around “Shaken Baby Syndrome”, which has been used to unjustly convict parents. And Linden MacIntyre shows how certain prescription drugs have ruined entire communities.


THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki

CBC Television’s long-running and multi-award-winning series, THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki, continues its extraordinary 51st season with more thought-provoking television. Highlights include: Smarty Plants – new research is now exploding the myth of an inactive, passive plant world and revealing instead a landscape pulsing with sex, movement, communication and social interaction; Programmed to be Fat? – what if there’s another reason for skyrocketing obesity rates; Surviving the Teen Brain – new research reveals the brain is most creative and productive during the turbulent teen years; and Japan 3-11 – David Suzuki travels to Japan to see if the cataclysmic Tsunami can be a blueprint for sustainable change.


22 MINUTES (Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m./9 NT, beginning January 10)

22 MINUTES continues its 19th rabble-rousing, no-holds-barred season of political comedy and commentary. Always on top of any breaking news (and sometimes doing the breaking), 22 Minutes features cast members Mark Critch, Geri Hall, Shaun Majumder and Cathy Jones. No story is off-limits, and no personality is too big for the 22 Minutes team to tackle.




8TH FIRE (Premieres Thursday, January 12 at 9 p.m./9:30 NT on CBC-TV’s Doc Zone)

A provocative, high-energy four-part journey through Aboriginal Canada showing why we urgently need to build new relationships with our First Nations and fix Canada’s 500 year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples, now mired in colonialism, conflict and denial. With an energetic pace and stunning HD landscapes, 8TH FIRE propels you past prejudice, stereotypes and misunderstandings straight on to meetings with a surprising new generation of Aboriginal Canadians who are claiming both their culture and their confidence. They are the fastest growing population in Canada. More than half of them live in cities and those stills struggling on reserves in Third World conditions, are demanding a share of the vast mineral and energy resources in their midst.



It’s the much anticipated sequel to 2010’s blockbuster television movie event Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry StorY, which drew more than 1.3 million viewers. PART 2 is an exploration of Don’s latter years and his evolution into becoming an icon of Canada’s cultural media, starring Jared Keeso reprising his Gemini-winning performance as the co-host of Coach’s Corner.



A television movie event, based on the life and writings of Canada’s first and foremost humourist, Stephen Leacock. Airing on the 100th anniversary of the first publication of Leacock’s beloved book of the same name, the movie features a veritable Who’s Who of Canada’s top actors and comedic talent. Stars include Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan), Donal Logue (Terriers), Peter Keleghan (18 to Life), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Caroline Rhea (The Caroline Rhea Show), Debra McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Patrick McKenna (The Red Green Show), Leah Pinsent (ReGenesis), Sean Cullen (Mulroney: The Opera), Eric Peterson (Corner Gas), Ron James (The Ron James Show), Rick Roberts (Republic of Doyle), Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her), as Stephen Leacock, among others.


32nd ANNUAL GENIE AWARDS (Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m./8:30 NT)

Launched by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 1980, the GENIE AWARDS are an annual celebration honouring the biggest achievements in Canada’s film industry. Host details, musical performers and nominees will be announced in the coming months.


BREAKAWAY ( Broadcast Date TBA)

A hockey enthusiast since 12 years of age, Toronto-based Rajvinder Singh (Vinay Virmani), even went to the extent of trimming his hair, discarding his Pagri/turban, did not complete his education, incurred the wrath of his father, Darvesh (Anupam Kher), who wanted him to be involved in the family business as well as confirm and respect Sikh religion principles and values. Hoping to play professional hockey, Rajvinder, along with other fellow Sikh players, instead finds himself treated as the object of ridicule, referred to as a ‘joker’, by mainstream Caucasian players. Even his friends tease him and ask him to take up ‘Guli Danda’ and Kabaddi’, while his father makes him work for Uncle Sammy (Gurpreet Guggi) as a truck driver. He is attracted to stunning law student Melissa Winters (Camilla Belle) while her brother, Dan (Rob Lowe), offers to coach Rajvinder and his team. Unable to get themselves included in any team, they form their own…



It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s not your typical spelling bee. It’s SPELLING NIGHT IN CANADA – a one-hour prime-time event that will celebrate the country’s youth and keep viewers on the edge of their seats. SPELLING NIGHT IN CANADA takes the spelling bee format to the next level – with a fast-paced game-show style, and celebrity hosts and commentators.



A groundbreaking and entertaining new television special, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON will redefine what it means to be smart. This two hour prime-time event draws upon the latest research to show that there is more to intelligence than having a high IQ score, or being a whiz at math or trivia. Using this cutting-edge research in intelligence, four participants will be challenged with fun and spectacular tests in each of the following six categories: Math and Logic; Visual and Spatial; Body and Kinesthetic; Linguistic; Musical; and Interpersonal. It’s up to the contestants to prove that they have the most versatile smarts in the country in order to earn the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON, while audiences get to play along at home.


ROMEOS & JULIETS (Spring 2012)

Set to the beloved score by Sergei Prokofiev, and the artistic direction of the National Ballet of Canada’s Karen Kain, ROMEOS & JULIETS is a one-hour exploration of the process by which a remarkable new ballet production winds its way from rehearsals to opening night. Newly choreographed by world-renowned Alexei Ratmansky, ROMEOS & JULIETS heralds the arrival of two new dance stars as they take on Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of love and loss. Cast members include Guillaume Côté (Principal Dancer), Elena Lobsanova (First Soloist) and many more. The film is produced by Shaftsbury Films with Christina Jennings and Peter Meyboom producing, and Moze Mossanen as a producer and a director.


LOVE LIES BLEEDING (Monday, April 9 at 9 p.m./9:30 NT)

An extraordinary one-hour television adaptation of the contemporary ballet performed by the Alberta Ballet and adapted for CBC. Through brilliant choreography and music, the film explores the psyche of one of the most famous composers and performers of our time – Sir Elton John. LOVE LIES BLEEDING is introduced by Sir Elton John and is structured into five distinct acts, each of which explores, through choreography and Elton John’s music, the emotional arc of a superstar’s life. Starring principal dancer Yukichi Hattori, LOVE LIES BLEEDING is directed by renowned director Moze Mossanen, choreographed by Jean Grand-Maître, and produced by White Iron Inc.


CBC Television’s Winter 2011 Schedule

(all times local; thirty minutes later in Newfoundland)


SUNDAYS (beginning January 8)



MONDAYS (beginning January 9)

8 p.m. Mr. D




TUESDAYS (beginning January 10)


8:30 p.m. 22 MINUTES



WEDNESDAYS (beginning January 11)




THURSDAYS (beginning January 5)


9 p.m. DOC ZONE


FRIDAYS (beginning January 6)


9 p.m. the fifth estate







10 p.m. THE NATIONAL, with Peter Mansbridge





7 a.m. KIDS’CBC



3:30 p.m. In the kitchen with Stefano FAITA

With news that a Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for convicted sex offender and former junior hockey coach Graham James, the fifth estate presents an updated broadcast of The Fall and Rise of Theo Fleury, containing new details and footage. It airs Friday, Oct. 22, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC Television.

Originally broadcast in October 2009, Theo Fleury’s candid and emotional conversation with host Bob McKeown marked the first time the star hockey player and current star of Battle of the Blades went on the record to talk about the dark secrets that haunted him during his glory years in the NHL and the staggering fall from grace that cost him millions of dollars, his family and almost, his life.

Fleury relates his deeply personal story of pain in struggling with James’ exploitation, and his struggle back from the brink of despair to become clean and sober and ready to help others.

In 1997, Graham James pled guilty to sexual offences against other junior hockey players he had coached, and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison. In a move that outraged many Canadians, James was pardoned in 2007, and went into hiding. the fifth estate’s Bob McKeown tracked James down to Mexico earlier this year to confront him about the ongoing allegations of sexual abuse against Fleury and other junior hockey players.

Executive producer of the fifth estate is Jim Williamson. CBC News Network rebroadcasts the fifth estate Sundays, at 7 p.m. ET; and Tuesdays, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. 

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Few Canadians would believe that national security considerations could be stretched so far as to include plans for the mass detainment of thousands of citizens simply because of their political preferences.

Yet, in the shadow of the 1950s’ Communist scare and with an echo of American McCarthyism, that’s exactly what happened at the highest levels of the Canadian security establishment.

The plan for the roundup and internment of “Prominent Functionaries” (code-named “Profunc”) came into being in 1950 and remained in force until the early 1980s. Every aspect of their incarceration was meticulously planned, including orders to shoot any escapees. 

For the first time, the fifth estate, in partnership with Radio-Canada, reveals exclusive details of the shocking and secret plans to facilitate the mass internment of so-called political radicals and often their families. Though the files still remain officially sealed, our teams have identified several people who were on that list—and Canadians may be astonished to learn their names.

Linden McIntyre uncovers this up-to-now untold chapter of Canada’s history, and questions whether, in a time of G20 arrests and covertly-expanded police powers, there is reason to ask how many secret lists exist today and who is accountable for them?

Enemies of the State airs Friday, Oct. 15, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC Television’s the fifth estate.

Executive producer of the fifth estate is Jim Williamson. 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.

Friday, March 19, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

Hannah Jones has spent most of her 13 years in hospitals. At age four, she was diagnosed with leukemia, but the chemotherapy that saved her life also damaged her heart. Hannah’s heart is failing and her only chance to keep on living rests with a risky heart transplant. Now, though barely into adolescence, it is Hannah who must decide what to do.

In Hannah’s Heart, the fifth estate’s Bob McKeown presents this moving story, prepared by the BBC, about the British girl whose heart is weak but whose spirit is strong. Hannah tells her family that she’s had enough of hospitals and doctors and refuses the operation even though the medical prognosis is clear: Hannah is dying. Her parents, Kirsty and Andrew, bravely support their daughter’s right to choose, even though it leaves them with their own kind of heartbreak, and then, makes them objects of public criticism when Hannah’s decision comes to dominate newspaper headlines in the U.K.

The public debate centres on the ethics of allowing a 13-year-old to make a life-or-death decision or whether authorities should intervene and force her to have the transplant. As that debate rages, the documentary cameras follow Hannah and her parents through their intimate, difficult journey to a final decision. As they move through their normal family routines, they are always aware that every day with Hannah could be their last one. 

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.

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Friday, March 12, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

For those who work on Newfoundland’s remote offshore oil patch, danger was always thought to be in the work itself. But, on the morning of March 12, 2009, the most dangerous place for a group of oil riggers to be was on a helicopter bringing them to work. With little warning, Cougar flight 491 plunged into the frigid Atlantic.  Of the 18 on board, only one man survived. Now, one year to the day after that tragedy, a the fifth estate investigation reveals new details about events leading up to the crash and tells a story of hope and hubris – the hope of ordinary working people trying to make a living, and the hubris of professionals who boasted that they had designed and built the safest helicopter in the world. Cougar 491 airs on Friday, March 12, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC Television.

Cougar, which until that day in March 2009 had a stellar safety record, was one of the first helicopter operators in the world to use a new design of helicopters – the Sikorsky S92.  It was billed as state-of-the-art for speed, efficiency and safety.

In Cougar 491, Linden MacIntyre shows that worries about the S92 arose eight months before the Newfoundland crash.  Near Broome, Australia, an S92 was forced to make an emergency landing.  Everyone on board survived, but the Canadian owners of that S92 wanted an independent analysis of the S92 and asked the Transportation Board of Canada to conduct one.  The finding:  two titanium studs, securing the oil filter system, fractured and came loose with a catastrophic loss of the lubricating oil that allows the blades to rotate and keeps the helicopter in the air.

Both the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Sikorsky were informed of the TSB findings. For five months, there was no significant action from Sikorsky.  Finally, in January of 2009, Sikorsky issued an alert to operators of S92s, telling them to replace the titanium studs within a year or 1250 flying hours. Just two months after that alert, Cougar flight 491 crashed into the Atlantic.

In addition to revealing new details of events that led to the crash, the fifth estate talks to surviving family members, putting the tragedy into its starkest human terms.

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.

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Friday, Feb. 26, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

In the final installment of its three-part series that looks back on how the fifth estate covered the first decade of the new century, the show’s award-winning hosts reflect on the issue that viewers associate more than any other with the program: justice and injustice. the fifth estate:  21st Century – Law & Disorder airs on Friday, Feb. 26, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV.

For the fifth estate’s investigative journalists, the issue is central to the work they do. Gillian Findlay says: “When institutions fail, people need to know and there needs to be an explanation as to why, and there needs to be accountability as to why. We seem to have developed an ability to tell these stories.”

Among the fifth estate stories that Findlay and her colleagues Linden MacIntyre, Bob McKeown and Hana Gartner will reflect on:

Luck of the Draw (October 2006) – It’s a gamble that most of us have taken at some point:  bought a ticket at a corner store and hoped that we’d be the next big lottery winner.  But, what if you bought a winning ticket but never knew?   Gillian Findlay and the fifth estate investigated the rate at which store clerks and retailers were winning big prizes and why.  The results of that investigation changed the way the Ontario Lottery Corporation did business.

Disappearing Act (October 2008) – David Reiner, a 61-year-old bookkeeper, was known to be a compassionate professional who had never broken a law – not a hardened criminal. Yet, he vanished after stealing almost a million dollars from 21 non-profit daycare centers in Toronto. Hana Gartner and the fifth estate tracked Reiner to Africa, confronted him, and ultimately brought him home to Canada to face justice. 

Ty Conn: A Life Imprisoned (March 2000) – Linden MacIntyre first met Ty Conn in 1994 when Conn was featured in a show about the effects of child abuse. Later, they became friends.  Linden never expected that another documentary would result from that relationship.  But, it did and in a way that no one could have predicted.  In May of 1999, Ty Conn escaped from Kingston Penitentiary and while hunted down and surrounded by police, he phoned a fifth estate producer. As he talked to her, he shot and killed himself.

A Death in the Family (January 2009) – William Mullins-Johnson spent more than a decade in prison, serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder conviction of his four-year-old niece, Valin, in 1993.  His was a wrongful conviction.  No one had murdered Valin.  Mullins-Johnson was one of the many victims of disgraced pathologist Dr. Charles Smith and his questionable evidence.  But, after Mullins-Johnson’s release and exoneration Gillian Findlay learned that there was no easy path to reconciliation with his family which had been torn apart by suspicion and hatred after Valin’s death. 

Eve of Redemption and The Steven Truscott Story: Moment of Truth (March 20, 2000 and October 20, 2004) – It was one of the most notorious murder cases in Canadian history.  Twelve-year-old Lynne Harper was found dead in June of 1959.  Fourteen-year-old Steven Truscott was convicted and sentenced to hang for her murder.  He escaped the noose and was eventually released with a new name and identity, but doubts about his conviction continued to haunt the pages of Canadian justice.  Linden MacIntyre and the fifth estate uncovered evidence that showed the case against Truscott was dubious, at best. 

Frost Bite and Rogue Agent and Inside Room 22 (various air dates) – Early in the morning of April 16, 2004 NHL hockey player Mike Danton was arrested by FBI agents at the San Jose, California airport, a conspirator in a “murder for hire” plot.  The intended target:  his own agent, David Frost.  the fifth estate obtained a series of recorded jailhouse phone conversations between the two men, revealing Frost’s influence over Danton – a chilling glimpse into the world of the troubled player and his controlling mentor. Bob McKeown traces their story back to Brampton, Ontario, where the relationship began.

The Lady Vanishes (November 2007) – Sandy Munroe won considerable media support and public sympathy with his story that his wife, Heli, suffering from Alzheimer’s, had been kidnapped by her own brother and taken to England.  Government inaction and red tape, he said, prevented him from bringing Heli home to Nova Scotia.  But, Hana Gartner and a fifth estate team tracked down the couple’s estranged son, spoke to Heli’s family in England as well as to friends in Nova Scotia who had assisted her brother, and drew a very different conclusion.  

Executive producer of the fifth estate is Sally Reardon. The series producer of the fifth estate:  21st Century is Patsy Pehleman.

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.

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Friday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

In the second instalment of its three-part series that looks back on how the fifth estate covered the first decade of the new century, the show’s award-winning hosts reflect on some of its most extraordinary and unforgettable characters. the fifth estate:  21st Century – The People airs on Friday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV.

For the fifth estate’s investigative journalists, the telling moment of a key interview is crucial to their journalism and storytelling. Hana Gartner says:  “When you sit down with somebody and they expose in some fundamental way exactly who they are, what they think and what they believe, in such a forthright manner, for me, that is the moment.”

Among the fifth estate people that Gartner and her colleagues Linden MacIntyre, Bob McKeown and Gillian Findlay will reflect on:

Bishop of Bountiful (various air dates) – In 2003, Hana Gartner first met Winston Blackmore, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a breakaway polygamist sect of the Mormon church in Bountiful, B.C. That interview, and others that followed, became some of the most memorable in the fifth estate’s vast catalogue of confrontations. 

Luck of the Draw – (October 2006) – Gillian Findlay remembers a perfectly ordinary small-town Ontario senior citizen who became a perfectly extraordinary David to the Ontario Lottery Corporation’s Goliath. Bob Edmonds went to battle over a stolen lottery ticket and righted a wrong that changed the way the OLG does business. 

The Iceman – (November 2006) – When their 23-year-old son Duncan went missing while on vacation in the Austrian Alps, his parents, Bob and Lynda MacPherson, refused to accept the official explanation of what had happened to him. Hana Gartner accompanied Bob and Lynda to Austria where their son’s body, and eventually the truth, was found.

Karlheinz Schreiber (various air dates) – For 15 years the fifth estate has investigated the 1988 sale of 34 Airbus A-320 jets to Air Canada and the mysterious dealmaker, Karlheinz Schreiber. Reporter Linden MacIntyre came to see the interplay of characters and story in this way:  “There’s something Shakespearean about that. You see all the strengths and weaknesses of human character revealed in this story.”

Lost in the Struggle (October 2006) – When the fifth estate reported on the culture of violence in Toronto’s notorious Jane and Finch area, Gillian Findlay was drawn to Chuckie, the child of a Vietnamese immigrant, who struggled daily to leave behind a life of crime and end the cycle of violence that ruled his life.

The Rat (November 2006) – After a Toronto mother of three was the innocent victim of a mob hit gone wrong, the police were able to identify the shooters because of an informant, Raffaele Delle Donne. In disguise, Delle Donne sat down with Hana Gartner to tell her about his life as a small-time mobster with the Toronto Sicilian mafia—a story of turf wars, betrayal and attempted murder.
The Fall and Rise of Theo Fleury (October 2009) – Against all odds, Theo Fleury—a physical lightweight in a heavyweight league—established himself as a major star in the National Hockey League. Through it all, Fleury was as troubled as he was talented and tough. In a candid interview with Bob McKeown, Fleury told his remarkable story of disgrace and redemption.
Part Three of the fifth estate: 21st Century will broadcast on Friday, Feb. 26, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), and will reflect on the issues that viewers associate more than any other with the fifth estate: justice and injustice.
Executive producer of the fifth estate is Sally Reardon. The series producer of the fifth estate:  21st Century is Patsy Pehleman.

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.

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Beginning Friday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

EPISODE ONE: War and Terrorism

In a three-part series, beginning Friday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), the fifth estate will air special programming that looks back on a remarkable time—the tumultuous first decade of the 21st Century. In those 10 years, the program has investigated, uncovered, illuminated, aggravated and even entertained its viewers with nearly 200 stories. the fifth estate’s award-winning hosts will reflect on some of the significant issues and personalities they covered in that time.

Over the next three weeks, the fifth estate looks back at a decade defined, above all else, by war at home and abroad; the people and personalities you won’t forget; and justice and injustice.

The first episode of this special series will focus on the fifth estate’s unique coverage of War and Terrorism. Reporter Linden MacIntyre says:  “We tend not to follow the news agenda. We tend not to be terribly obliged to get on big bandwagons. But, you have an event like 9/11, like the invasion of Iraq…if everybody in your audience is thinking of this subject you have to at least find some way of looking at it that might be of service.”

Among the fifth estate stories that MacIntyre and his colleagues Hana Gartner, Bob McKeown and Gillian Findlay will be remembering and commenting on are:

Beyond Belief (October 2001)
– A lingering human puzzle from the ashes of Sept. 11. Who was Jiad Samir Jarrah? A quiet, pleasant young man from a middle-class Beirut family, he is also believed to have piloted United 93 and flown it into a farmer’s field in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11.   Just a month after that momentous event, Linden MacIntyre and the fifth estate team produced an indelible portrait of an enigma.

Conspiracy Theories (October 2003) – Bob McKeown delved into the labyrinthine and surprising ties between the Bushes and the bin Ladens and found that even the most outlandish conspiracy theory may have its basis in a legitimate question.

Act of Faith (April 2003) – As George Bush’s and Tony Blair’s armed forces invaded Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Linden MacIntyre investigated what possible bond could link two such disparate personalities and politicians and unite them in a common cause.

Sticks and Stones (January 2005) – In 2005, the United States was in the midst of a very un-civil war—a war of words that pitted conservative against liberal. The new gladiators were commentators like Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter and their forum was the television studios of networks like Fox. It was loud and raucous, Bob McKeown reported, but did it have anything to do with the truth?

The Unauthorized Biography of Dick Cheney (October 2004) – The real power in George Bush’s White House, many believed, lay inside the office of his Vice-President, Dick Cheney.  This is the story of Cheney’s vision of America—a very selective vision. Cheney’s remarkable life story involves the relentless accumulation of power in every form and Bob McKeown explored how he accomplished this and at what cost.

The Canadian (January 2005)
– Ottawa-born computer whiz Momin Khawaja instantly became notorious when he was the first person to be charged under Canada’s new anti-terrorist law.  Hana Gartner investigated Khawaja’s transformation from a road hockey player and civil servant to a planner of destruction and mayhem in the name of Islam.

Life and Death in Kandahar (March 2008)
– In this dramatic story, Gillian Findlay and the fifth estate cameras were granted four weeks of unprecedented and exclusive access to the NATO trauma hospital at the main military base in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. 

Broken Heroes (October 2009)
– Gillian Findlay examined the reality of soldiers returning from Afghanistan with invisible wounds, post-traumatic stress disorder. She spoke with three Canadian soldiers who candidly recall the hell that has consumed their lives and with Canada’s most eloquent spokesman on the subject of PTSD, Senator Romeo Dallaire.

Part Two of the fifth estate:
21st Century will broadcast on Friday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), and will look back on some of the extraordinary characters you’ve met on the program.

Part Three of the fifth estate: 21st Century will broadcast on Friday, Feb. 26, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), and will reflect on the issue that viewers may associate more than any other with the program: justice and injustice.

Executive producer of the fifth estate is Sally Reardon. The series producer of the fifth estate:  21st Century is Patsy Pehleman.

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.

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

Disgraced Montreal financial advisor Earl Jones awaits sentencing this month for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme that defrauded his investors of $50 million for more than two decades. CBC Television’s the fifth estate, airing Friday, Feb. 5, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), investigates Jones’ life, how he created his scheme and how he was able to get away with fraud for so long, in Earl Jones: In Trust.

The youngest of four children, Earl Jones grew up in the tightly knit, modest, West End Montreal neighbourhood of Notre Dame de Grace. Charming, warm and generous, he commanded loyalty throughout the neighbourhood. When Jones started out in business, looking for investors, he would not forget his childhood friends. They probably wished that he had.

Twenty-five years later, in the climate of fear created by a worldwide recession, the intricate financial puzzle that Jones had constructed began to crumble. Among the investors defrauded by Jones was his own brother, Bevan, who describes to the fifth estate his own sense of loss and betrayal.

the fifth estate gained exclusive access to the Jones bankruptcy proceedings led by forensic accountant Gilles Robillard who combed through boxes of cheques, ATM and credit card statements dating back to 1987. Robillard takes Hana Gartner through the money trail. Robillard says he’s never seen anything like it.

And in Earl Jones: In Trust, the fifth estate raises questions about when Jones’ bank realized that his business transactions were suspicious. 

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.

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Friday, Jan. 29, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC-TV

On Christmas Day 2009, faith in the safety of air travel was shaken when a 23-year-old Nigerian man boarded a U.S.-bound plane and then, over Canadian airspace, tried to detonate a bomb he had hidden in his underwear. The bomb failed to go off, and the only serious physical damage was to the bomber himself, when the explosives he was hiding burst into flames. But, once again, we were left questioning the effectiveness of airport security in this post-Sept. 11 world.

In 2005, the fifth estate addressed that very issue in a documentary called Fasten Your Seatbelts. In it, Hana Gartner and the fifth estate team enlisted the help of Steve Elson, a U.S. Navy-trained covert operations and security expert, to evaluate airport security at Canada’s busiest airports. Going undercover, Elson showed how security systems can be breached and that Canadian airports, despite governments committing billions of dollars, are nowhere near as secure as authorities would have us believe.

Five years onward, in the wake of the arrest of the so-called “underpants bomber”, the fifth estate takes a new look at that original research and finds that not much has changed at all. 

the fifth estate will re-broadcast an updated version of Fasten Your Seatbelts, including a new interview with security expert Steve Elson. Passengers who hope that expensive new body scanners, about to be installed at major airports, will make flying safer should tune in for Steve Elson’s findings—that the scanners are not fool-proof.

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.

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