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CBC Tributes We'd Love to See (Why Should BBC's Mr. Darcy Statue Have All the Fun?)

-- Associated Press

It's a monumental tribute to great English literature, and a great English dreamboat. But the 12-foot high statue of Pride & Prejudice's Mr. Darcy, now emerging from the lake at London's Hyde Park -- dress shirt and mutton chops dripping -- was installed in the water this weekend for a reason beyond thrilling Austenites and Firth fangirls. The figure is meant to celebrate the best of British television. A new UK channel asked viewers to pick their favourite homegrown program; a survey proved BBC's 1995 Pride & Prejudice miniseries the winner. And now, a fibreglass Mr. Darcy may now bewitch all who behold him, body and soul. (According to CBC News, the statue will eventually reside in Cheshire, England's Lyme Park, where the program was shot.)

Surely there are CBC shows that could merit such a grand, and ridiculous, tribute.

As such, a few ridiculous suggestions:

The Friendly Giant

Every CBC Kid of a certain age remembers the homey opening to The Friendly Giant. It seemed Friendly was forever asking us to pull up a chair, and in one Leon's Furniture Warehouse that should, literally, be true. Imagine a giant, disembodied hand forever inviting you to settle in for some quality children's programming.

Rick Mercer


It's time those Rick Mercer Report rants got meta. Someone needs to paint a Mercer mural in his favourite Toronto alley.

Mr. Dressup's Treehouse

Though the original resides in Toronto, at CBC's Broadcast Centre, we could imagine a larger-than-life replica becoming a pilgrimage for tourists -- maybe a wilderness getaway akin to Casey and Finnegan's imaginary retirement home -- nestled somewhere in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia.

The Pit

As a nod to the long-running consumer affairs show, Street Cents, a real-life "Pit" could be dug on the outskirts of Halifax. Nostalgic fans of '90s TV, and dissatisfied customers of all stripes, could flock there from around the country, encouraged to hurl shoddy merchandise -- items "fit for the pit" (trademarked phrase) -- into its glowing bowels. Should interest, and the necessary funds, be lacking, attendants at your local dump could be encouraged to volunteer to film visitors, using a shaky, hand-held recording style, all the better to capture the special effects techniques employed in this classic of kids' programming.

Marg Delahunty


Mary Walsh's ambush of Toronto mayor Rob Ford at his Etobicoke home has become as infamous as her legendary 22 Minutes alter-ego, Marg Delahunty. If only she could always be on guard -- a public defender ever watching, ever lurking, in the driveways of our nation. The solution? Marg Delahunty basketball nets for all!

Anne of Green Gables


It's one of Anne Shirley's most precocious, and memorable, stunts -- the moment she walked the rail of her P.E.I. schoolhouse. To capture that scene from the beloved CBC TV movie, picture a giant statue of Anne making her perilous walk from the top of the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto. As an added thrill for tourists wandering past other Front Street attractions, Anne could make scheduled tumbles -- perhaps hurtling to earth via zipline -- on the hour.

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