CBC programming slate puts focus on factual

New originals on the pubcaster's fall/winter lineup include Burden of Proof from ICF Films, eOne and Eagle Vision and Allan Hawco-starring Caught.
May 24, 2017

The CBC has revealed its 2017/2018 programming slate, and the pubcaster is going heavy on drama and factual.

New factual series have been added to the pubcaster’s lineup — one of which has a dramatic twist. The Detectives (8 x 60 minutes) will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. this fall. In each episode, the true crime series features a detective detailing a real investigation in Canada, with dramatic reenactments to help bring to life the story of how they solved the case. The Detectives is produced by Montreal-based WAM Media, with Petro Duszara, Scott Bailey, Hans Rosenstein, Debbie Travis and Jennifer Gatien producing and Duszara serving as showrunner.

Airing Fridays at 8:30 p.m. is The Stats of Life (4 x 30 minutes), a new fact-filled format that drills down on population statistics to reveal the truth about Canadian families. From Frantic Films, the series is exec produced by Jamie Brown, Jeff Peeler and Kip Spidell, with Spidell also serving as series producer. The series was selected as the winning format of the first-ever CBC Format Incubator and is represented internationally by Zodiak Rights, part of the Banijay Group.

Debuting June 9 at 9 p.m. is Eagle Vision-produced docuseries Taken. The CBC and APTN co-production (8 x 30 minutes) explores the search for answers and justice for Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women. The series is executive produced by Lisa Meeches and Kyle Irving and produced by Rebecca Gibson. APTN and CBC first partnered on the series in December 2015, with APTN broadcasting the half-hour series in 2016.

The factual series will join The Great Canadian Baking Show (8 x 60 minutes) in the fall lineup, which the pubcaster announced in February. Produced by Proper Television in association with Love Productions, the series is based on the British format that brings together 10 amateur bakers to compete in a series of themed culinary challenges. The series is executive produced by Cathie James and Marike Emery is the series producer. The format is owned by Love Productions and distributed by Sky Vision.

CBC’s award-winning CBC Short Docs will also launch an extensive new slate of immersive and intimate original digital docs in 2017-18 including Call Me Olly (Jordan Molaro and Tyson Anderson), capturing the power that a name can hold over an individual striving to be uninhibited; Declutter  (Madison Thomas), exploring the filmmaker’s revelation about her mother and why she is always cleaning; and Twilight Dancers (Theola Ross and Paola Marino), focusing on how young people from Pimicikamak Cree Nation use square dancing to cope with the youth suicide epidemic in their community.

A representative from CBC confirmed that factual docuseries This is High Schoolproduced by Paperny Entertainment, will not be returning to the CBC.

See below a list of the new factual shows with descriptions courtesy of CBC. Click here for a full list of CBC’s 2017-2017 programming slate.


THE DETECTIVES (Fall 2017, 8 x60)

A true crime series that brings to life the real cases of Canadian detectives by blending first-person interviews with scripted drama.

THE STATS OF LIFE (Fall 2017, 1 x 60, 4 x 30)

A factual series that reveals surprising truths about how Canadians are living today based on recent population statistics.



Based on the hit British format, which will bring together 10 amateur bakers from across Canada to compete in a series of themed culinary challenges. The most recent season of the British series, The Great British Baking Show, will also air on CBC beginning August 23 to warm up audiences ahead of the premiere of the Canadian version.

TAKEN (Summer 2017, 8 x 30)

A true crime documentary series that explores the search for answers and justice for Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women.

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