CBC’s factual slate big on formats

Keeping Canada Alive, adapted from the UK format, and Hello Goodbye, based on the Dutch format, are part of the Canadian pubcaster's 2015-2016 factual slate. (Pictured: Keeping Britain Alive)
March 4, 2015

Docuformats following a day-in-the-life of the Canadian healthcare system and the emotional life of a Canadian airport are among the factual programs set to air on CBC over the next year.

In Keeping Canada Alive (six x 60 minutes), 60 cameras will spread out across the country to film 24 hours in the life of the country’s healthcare system. The series is being produced by Force Four Productions, who bought Canadian rights for the medical format from UK prodco The Garden in 2013, and will premiere in the fall.

Meanwhile, the Pivotal Media-produced Hello Goodbye (10 x 30 minutes) will feature a host drawing out “emotional stories from people in a vibrant Canadian airport,” the network said in a statement. “It reveals themes of love, family bonds, friendships, immigration, grief and joyful reunion.” The show, a Canadian version of the popular Dutch format, will air in 2016.

The programs join two previously announced factual titles and three returning series on the Canadian pubcaster’s 2015-2016 slate.

In a statement, general manager of programming Sally Catto¬†said the network’s upcoming factual programming¬†emphasizes¬†“personal, poignant and humorous moments in Canadians’ lives.”

Two previously announced titles due to air this summer are the Shaftesbury Films-produced hidden camera show Fool Canada (10 x 30 minutes), in which comedian Will Sasso puts Canadian politeness to the test; and the Frantic Films-produced travel series Still Standing (13 x 30 minutes), adapted from the Banijay International format Comedy on the Edge, which follows stand-up comic Jonny Harris as he visits small towns on the ropes.

CBC has also renewed Canada’s Smartest Person (one x 120 minutes/7 x 60 minutes); Dragon’s Den (20 x 60 minutes), and Steven and Chris (130 x 60 minutes). All three programs will return in the fall.

CBC’s documentary and arts programming, acquisitions and specials will be unveiled at a later date.

(With files from Barry Walsh)

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