This Hour has Seven Days: New math, movie stars, and war
In just two seasons between 1964 and 1966, This Hour has Seven Days staked its claim as the most defiant and controversial program in Canadian broadcasting history.~ Created by Douglas Leiterman and Patrick Watson, Seven Days launched a new era of public affairs television, actively taking on the role of the nation's ombudsman and interrogator. Some — including certain members of the CBC brass in Ottawa — called it "sensationalism," "arrogant" and a breach of journalistic neutrality. But Canadians loved it. Millions tuned in every Sunday night at 10 p.m. to watch the show everyone would be talking about the next day. The CBC Digital Archives presents nine complete episodes here, selected from the 50 programs made before the show was cancelled. Due to copyright issues, satirical sketches and songs that originally aired between news segments have been edited out.
Program: This Hour has Seven Days
Broadcast Date: Jan. 10, 1965
Guest(s): Julie Andrews, Bernard Fall, James Fox, Rex Harrison, Charlton Heston, Dorothy Kilgallen, Lee Kuan Yew, Charles Lynch, Sarah Miles, Robert Morley, I.F. Stone, Ahmed Sukarno, Terry Thomas, Daryl F. Zanuck
Announcer: Warren Davis
Host: John Drainie, Laurier LaPierre
Interviewer: Douglas Leiterman
Vietnam footage courtesy Granada Media
Photo: Photos of Rod Pack courtesy Toronto Sun
Last updated: January 26, 2012
Page consulted on March 22, 2013
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