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Backbencher wins Bronze at the New York Festival Awards last night

 

Bronze Radio Winner
Brand: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Title: Backbencher
Competition: Entertainment
Category: Best Regularly Scheduled Drama Program

For 54 years the New York Festivals® Radio Program and Promotion Awards has recognized the World's Best Radio Programs™

Each year they receive entries from radio stations, networks and independent producers from over 30 countries. International radio experts from stations and companies donate their time to the judging process. The GrandJury® is comprised of top level industry professionals from 5 continents and over 25 countries.

Backbencher was recognized for it's quality, entertainment and high production standards.  We are very proud of the series and on behalf of the cast and crew, thanks to all of you for being a part of it. 

Final Episode of Backbencher - Ep. 20 "The Vote" by Wendy Lill

Script Editor:  Dave Carley, Recording Engineer: Pat Martin, Associate Producer: Maggie Rahr, Political consultant: Lucile MacGregor and the Producer of Backbencher is Peggy Hemsworth.

Immediately after her amendment passed in the Justice Committee last week, MP Nellie Gordon received the tragic news that Misty Simmons attempted suicide.  In this final episode of Backbencher, the reality of the wheels of government responding to the world at large has Nellie flabbergasted as the Security and Detention Bill comes to the House for a final vote. 

Joanne Miller is Nellie Gordon, Louise Renault is Renée LeBlanc,
Lee J Campbell is Herb Proctor, Genevieve Steele is Tina Simmons,
Cory Bowles is Sean Higgins, Deborah Allen is Catherine Gordon,
Christian Murray is Ray Brady,  John Dartt is Alf Graham, Christopher Shore is Lars Edmunds,  Mary Vingoe is Wanda Greyson, Sebestian LaBelle is Sylvain Corbeil,  Jacob Robertson is Ben Gordon and Gary Levert and Mauralea Austin round out the cast.

We love to hear from you.  Leave a comment here or email us at backbencher@cbc.ca

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Episode 19 - "Triumph & Tears" by Dave Carley

Script Editor is Beverley Cooper and the series concept is by Wendy Lill

 

MP Nellie Gordon is back in Ottawa.  She's ready to fight for her Amendment in the Justice committee armed with the heart-wrenching tape of Misty Simmons in jail.  She's also steeling herself for the reality that her mentor Anna Dobchuck is leaving for good.

 

Joanne Miller is Nellie Gordon, Louise Renault is Renée LeBlanc,

Lee J Campbell is Herb Proctor, Christopher Shore is Lars Edmunds, Nigel Bennett is Charlie Dunn,  Susan Stackhouse is Anna Dobchuck,  Eugene Sampang is Javier Reyes, Deborah Allen is Catherine Gordon, Anthony Black is Leon James,  Mary Vingoe is Wanda Grayson and Lise Cormier is Misty Simmons.

 

As always we love to hear from you backbencher@cbc.ca

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Stay tuned next week for the final episode of Backbencher.

Episode 18 - "Wishful Thinking" by Wendy Lill

After two seasons 'Backbencher' ends May 19th.  There are 3 episodes remaining that you can still listen to and podcast .  Or purchase all previous shows through iTunes.

Last time, MP Nellie Gordon had a suprise visit from her old flame Leon James.  She had to tell him he is the father of her son, Ben. Now she has to tell Ben. This could be the most difficult conversation of her life, in and out of the political arena.

Joanne Miller is Nellie Gordon, Louise Renault is Renée LeBlanc,
Genevieve Steele is Tina Simmons, Cory Bowles is Sean Higgins,
Deborah Allen is Catherine Gordon, Karen Bassett is Mary Delorey,
Don Ritchie is the Judge, Lise Cormier is Misty Simmons,
and Jacob Robertson is Ben Gordon.

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Episode 17 - "Friends, Foes and Lovers" by Jennifer Overton

Series Concept by Wendy Lill

MP Nellie Gordon is in the thick of it: in the Justice committee, in caucus, and with the media. Of course, this is when her ex-lover Leon James decides to show up in Ottawa, pining for a date. Little does he know, Nellie has more to discuss than just the wine list.

Joanne Miller is Nellie Gordon, Louise Renault is Renée LeBlanc,
Christopher Shore is Lars Edmunds, Nigel Bennett is Charlie Dunn,
Lee J Campbell is Herb Proctor, Susan Stackhouse is Anna Dobchuck,
Christian Murray is Ray Brady, Anthony Black is Leon James, Mary Vingoe is
Wanda Greyson, Mike Pellerin is Peter Saverski, and Jacob Robertson is Ben Gordon.

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Episode 16 - "Storm Clouds" by Ed Thomason

Script Editor is Dave Carley and the Series Concept is by Wendy Lill

MP Nellie Gordon is caught in the middle when squabbling breaks out during caucus and she's being pressured to take sides. Later, her worst fears are realized, when she learns her mentor on the Hill, Anna Dobchuck has been masking serious symptoms.


Joanne Miller is Nellie Gordon, Louise Renault is Renée LeBlanc,
Christopher Shore is Lars Edmunds, Nigel Bennett is Charlie Dunn,
Lee J Campbell is Herb Proctor, Susan Stackhouse is Anna Dobchuck,
Mary Vingoe is Wanda Greyson, Eugene Sampang is Javier Reyes,
Sebastien LaBelle is Sylvain Corbeil, Martha Irving is Lynn Rinaldi,                                  John Dartt is Alf Graham, Renée Abbott is Chetisha,                                      
Christian Murray is Ray Brady, and Deborah Allen is Catherine Gordon.

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Episode 15 - "The Visit" by Wendy Lill

Script Editor: Dave Carley

MP Nellie Gordon is back in Ottawa, haunted by her visit to the Women's prison in East Nova. She's ready to speak out in the Justice committee but one contentious opponent will do anything and everything to slow her down.


Joanne Miller is Nellie Gordon, Louise Renault is Renée LeBlanc,
Christopher Shore is Lars Edmunds, Nigel Bennett is Charlie Dunn,
Lee J Campbell is Herb Proctor, Martha Irving is Lynn Rinaldi,
Eugene Sampang is Javier Reyes, Sebastien LaBelle is Sylvain Corbeil,                             Mary Vingoe is Wanda Greyson, John Dartt is Alf Graham and Rita Shelton Deverell is Madame Marie Jean.

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Episode 14 - "Grey Seals and Dark Secrets" by Dave Carley

Script Editor is Bev Cooper
Series concept by Wendy Lill

MP Nellie Gordon is back home in East Nova, feeling like she finally
has a handle on things.... when someone from her past returns,
stirring up old feelings, and new problems.

Joanne Miller is Nellie Gordon, Louise Renault is Renée LeBlanc,
Deborah Allen is Catherine Gordon, Jacob Robertson is Ben Gordon,
Cory Bowles is Sean Higgins, Genevieve Steele is Tina Simmons,
Anthony Black is Leon James, Richard Donat is Jim Matheson,
Lise Cormier is Misty Simmons, and Juanita Peters is the Prison Guard.

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We also love to get emails ....send any comments to backbencher@cbc.ca

Episode 13 - "Proctor Unleashed" by Wendy Lill

Backbencher is a fictional radio drama series about one woman's journey through the snake pit of Canadian politics.

This week .......

MP Nellie Gordon finds herself defending her actions, as her seatmate Herb Proctor spouts off against his party in front of the press. Meanwhile, a surprise visitor tracks her down asking for a favour- so long as she can keep it a secret.

Joanne Miller is Nellie Gordon, Louise Renault is Renée LeBlanc
Christopher Shore is Lars Edmunds, Susan Stackhouse is Anna Dobchuck
Lee J Campbell is Herb Proctor, Deborah Allen is Catherine Gordon,
Genevieve Steele is Tina Simmons, John Dartt is Alf Graham,
Sharon Bernbaum is Claire Richards, Linda Carvery is Mrs. Cain,
Christian Murray is Ray Brady, Eugene Sampang is Javier Reyes,
Martha Irving and Mauralea Austin round out the cast.

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Episode 12 - "Not Meant to Be" by Ed Thomason

Series concept by Wendy Lill

MP Nellie Gordon is the new Justice critic for her party.  She quickly learns how slowly the wheels of justice grind. Meanwhile, she discovers what's distracting her usually unflappable assistant, Renée LeBlanc.


Joanne Miller is Nellie Gordon, Louise Renault is Renée LeBlanc
Christopher Shore is Lars Edmunds, Susan Stackhouse is Anna Dobchuck, Lee J Campbell is Herb Proctor, Eugene Sampang is Javier Reyes, Sebestian Labelle is Sylvain Corbeil, Mary Vingoe is Wanda Greyson, Jacob Robertson is Ben Gordon, Renee Abbott is Chetisha.

Backbencher: Season 2, Episode 4 - CBC Radio Purchase this episode on iTunes