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CBC Primetime Programming Returning - Season Launch 2014-2015

Continues summer 2014 on CBC Television
Weeknights at 6:30 p.m. (7 NT)

CORONATION STREET is the long-running British soap opera set in fictional town of Weatherfield, based on the real town of Salford in North West England. The series, first broadcast on December 9 1960, portrays the everyday life of a working-class British community. CORONATION STREET is back for another season on CBC, the soap's long term home in Canada.

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Returns fall 2014 on CBC Television
Thursdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) 

The flagship documentary series of CBC Television, DOC ZONE documentaries come from the front lines of the world's news and range across the ideas, forces and events that shape our world. Presented by award-winning author, playwright and actor Ann-Marie MacDonald, DOC ZONE brings the viewer the best documentary work in contemporary television.

Highlights of the 2014/15 season include:

Deluged by Data 
In an ever-expanding digital age we are swamped by our own photos, emails, tweets and news alerts. Endless new fitness, medical and biofeedback apps also overwhelm us. Today we each store 2000 times more data than we did in 2004, and the amount doubles every eight months. A growing army of "data addicts" loves it and thinks data will revolutionize our lives. But many experts warn we suffer from information overload and need a "data diet." 

The Next Sex 
From the rising incidence of "gender variant" children to the explosion of transgendered athletes and celebrities, transgendered people have burst into the mainstream. But transitioning often entails wrenching social, psychological and physical trials. And to be the parent of a child with gender identity issues is especially challenging. Many are torn between the need to protect their child from bullying and ostracism and the desire to encourage self-expression and growth. DOC ZONE follows the dramatic personal stories and documents the ongoing fight for acceptance and equal rights. 

Weather Gone Wild
In virtually every corner of the globe, intense and unpredictable weather is becoming the new normal. Record-breaking heat waves, vicious hurricanes, extreme droughts, catastrophic ice storms - how can we survive weather gone wild?  Engineers, architects and visionaries offer solutions, from New York's multi-billion dollar flood protection plan, to floating houses in the Netherlands, and massive dikes along B.C.'s Fraser Valley. Huge extreme-weather plans aside, how can - and must - the average person adapt?

State of Incarceration 
Crime rates in Canada are plummeting - they're as low as they were in 1972.  So why are we spending billions on new prisons and beefing up police forces? In the United States, which has the highest incarceration rate in history, new policies are aimed at keeping fewer people in jail. State of Incarceration investigates why Canada is bucking this trend and reveals some of the surprising factors behind the drop in crime. Is warehousing criminals the best answer?

Woman Unleashed 
Some 50 years ago, Helen Gurley Brown's Sex and the Single Girl took female desire out of the closet. But today there's still debate over how women pursue those desires. Provocative new science about female sexuality coupled with advances in technology have smashed old stereotypes. Sexting, twerking, apps for hooking up and rating men - it's a new sexual revolution. And women who came of age in the permissive '70s are gladly joining in. But as this documentary reveals, the backlash of judgment and fear hasn't gone away. 

Exotic Pets 
Darwin the Ikea monkey became a media sensation, focusing controversy on the ownership of exotic pets. Today you can buy bearded dragons, ball pythons and hedgehogs at your local pet store.  Then there are the tiger cubs, chimpanzees and wolves for sale in the illicit pet trade. Do we have the right to own wild animals as property? Can exotic animals live happily in captivity? Exotic Pets investigates the dangers to the pets, the owners and the environment. After all, a tight bond with a boa constrictor can be a mixed blessing. 

The Age of the Drone 
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are not just for the military anymore. By 2020, it's estimated there will be more than 20,000 drones in the air over North America. Cheap, easy to make and able to fly with incredible speed and accuracy, they are invaluable for such tasks as search and rescue, policing, tracking wildlife and firefighting. But drones, with their ability to track a person's every movement, also open the door to unprecedented surveillance. Drone technology is advancing so fast the law can't keep up. The age of the drone has arrived, but is it for better or for worse?  

Canada's Secret War
The popular image of Canada during the Vietnam War is of a nation of peacekeepers who welcomed draft dodgers. But the true story is far less comforting. Neutral diplomatic staff in Vietnam were spying for the Americans, and during the fall of Saigon, Canada ruthlessly abandoned its Vietnam staff. While Prime Minister Pearson was criticizing the American bombing campaign, Canadian industry was making billions from the war. Canada's Secret War investigates our quiet complicity and reveals the lasting impact the Vietnam decade had on this country's culture and politics.  

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Returns fall 2014 on CBC Television
Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) 
DRAGONS' DEN is back with two new Dragons!  This fall, restaurant magnate Vikram Vij and the reigning rock star of Canadian finance, Michael Wekerle, will join the panel of multi-millionaire investors on Canada's top-rated entertainment show. DRAGONS' DEN returns with 20 new episodes, where each week, entrepreneurs have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pitch their business idea to financiers with the cash and the know-how to catapult companies to commercial success.  

This year, the competition has never been more fierce as all five Dragons battle it out for the best business ideas in the country. This season features special episodes including a heart-warming "Family Edition" featuring brothers and sisters, parents and children and husbands and wives, all hoping to welcome a Dragon investor into their family.  Back again is the fan-favourite "Student Special" where some of the country's youngest entrepreneurs enter the Den with a few lessons of their own. Also returning is the popular "Second Chance Special" where a few lucky entrepreneurs get a second shot to score a deal.  The season finale will celebrate success by showcasing the Dragons' greatest achievements as well as their most successful investments in the Den. 

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the fifth estate
Returns fall 2014 on CBC Television
Fridays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) 
the fifth estate celebrates its 40th anniversary of award-winning investigative journalism this season with hosts Bob Mckeown, Gillian Findlay and Mark Kelley. Last year, the fifth estate won domestic and international awards and acclaim for such stories as Made in Bangladesh, which probed the role of Canadian companies in the garment factory collapse that killed more than 1000 people, and The Sextortion of Amanda Todd, which revealed what really happened to the B.C. teenager who was blackmailed online and pushed to suicide.
Next season, in The Birthday Boy, the fifth estate exposes a stunning miscarriage of justice in which witnesses were tricked and manipulated by police into telling lies that sent their friend to jail, accused of a murder he did not commit. In Finding Emma, viewers follow a mother's quest for one of the thousands of adult Canadians who go missing every year. Everyone assumed her daughter had committed suicide--but what if Emma is still alive? And the fifth estate continues to chase down viewer tips that fuelled their wildly successful show, Your Tips, Our Stories. the fifth estate also teams up with the PBS show Frontline on a major international investigation.
For four decades, the fifth estate has continued its tradition of combining in-depth investigations into stories that matter to Canadians with the drama and production values of exciting TV storytelling. The program has also been a leader in cross-platform programming, becoming one of the most popular CBC program websites for videos and extra features available online.
For the second year in a row, the fifth estate was named Canada's Best News Information Series at the Canadian Screen Awards. 

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Returns fall 2014 on CBC Television
Sundays at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT)

Season eight of HEARTLAND continues the saga of a Western family as they chase big dreams and manage life's setbacks, while holding on to what matters most: courage, love, family and a home you can always come back to. It also marks their 125th episode, making it the longest running Canadian one-hour dramatic series in history. HEARTLAND has won the Directors Guild of Canada Award for Best TV Series: Family, from 2009-2013, making it the only series to win five consecutive awards from the Guild.  

The season begins with Amy arriving back from the European Equestrian circuit, still riding high on the opulent lifestyle and adrenaline of working with Prince Ahmed's high-performance horses. But if she thought life at Heartland was going to pick up where it left off, she is sadly mistaken. Amy's time away has changed her and everyone else back home. And as the family struggles through secrets, rivalries and misunderstandings, Amy and Ty must find solid ground in their relationship. By the end of the season they have persevered and grown as a couple, moving forward into their future. 

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Returns fall 2014 on CBC Television
Fridays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

MARKETPLACE is Canada's consumer watchdog. 

We've got your back, revealing what you need to know to protect yourself, your family and your money from slick scams and misleading claims. Innovative, insightful and irreverent, MARKETPLACE--back for its 42nd season--is Canada's top-rated investigative program.

Hosts Erica Johnson (@cbcErica) and Tom Harrington (@cbctom) lead a team of experienced investigative journalists, testing the products and services you use every day, holding companies and government to account, and fighting for change. 

Last season, an average of more than one million Canadians tuned in each week to this award-winning series for renovation horror stories, hidden-camera investigations into hotel hygiene and restaurant secrets, and much more.

On TV and online, MARKETPLACE gives you the straight goods, so you can spot misleading claims, avoid rip-offs and get your money's worth.

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Returns fall 2014 on CBC Television
Mondays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)
Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century, MURDOCH MYSTERIES is a one-hour drama series that explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective who pioneers innovative forensic techniques to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders.
Murdoch's circle of associates includes Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Of All Places), his eager and often naïve right-hand man; Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Coronation Street), Murdoch's skeptical yet reluctantly supportive boss; feisty pathologist Dr. Emily Grace (Georgina Reilly, The L.A. Complex); and the love of his life, pathologist-turned-psychiatrist Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy, Durham County), a staunch ally who shares the detective's fascination with forensic science and innovative ideas. All are valuable allies who help Murdoch solve his varied cases and traverse the many stratums of Victorian-turned-Edwardian society.
MURDOCH MYSTERIES will celebrate its 100th episode in season eight. Building on the show's successful formula bringing together compelling mysteries, unique slices of turn-of-the-century history, ingenious inventions and personal moments for each character, this season will find Detective Murdoch and his colleagues exploring the world of corsets; the women's suffrage movement; vaudeville; the silver boom in Cobalt, Ontario; the rise of the automobile; and the early days of organized crime on the Toronto waterfront. The new season will also delve into Detective Murdoch's origins, and feature historical figures including notorious lawman, gunslinger and sports writer Bat Masterson; outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Teddy Roosevelt; Mark Twain; Thomas Edison and his son; W.C. Fields; and OPP founder John Wilson Murray. And will wedding bells finally ring for William and Julia?
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Returns winter 2015 on CBC Television

In season four, Gerry's back at Xavier Academy after making the calculated decision to turn down a St. Pat's phys. ed. position at the end of season three. Of course, Gerry still desperately wants phys. ed., and while he won't get the class, he will finally have the opportunity to show off some real athletic prowess as coach of the senior boys' championship basketball team. No more grade five girls' volleyball. 

Gerry's moving up the inter-scholastic athletic competition ladder and he's dangerously motivated. Unfortunately, the team's prior success puts a spotlight on them, and spotlights rarely do Gerry any favours. When the pressure's on, true to character, Gerry will find a way to ruin a good thing. Many of the usual suspects butt heads with Gerry, questioning his "unique" teaching style and questionable choices. But season four also introduces several new students and staff members...some of whom even match Gerry's knack for inappropriate behaviour. 

This season, Gerry begins looking increasingly toward his future, striving for more. There's a whole world of opportunity and perhaps his proficiencies can take him places beyond the high school level.

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Airs seven nights a week:
Sunday to Friday at 10 p.m. (10:30 NT), Saturdays at 6 p.m. ET (except in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ottawa and Toronto) on CBC Television
Monday to Friday at 9 and 11 p.m. ET/PT, Saturdays & Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network

Canadians turn to THE NATIONAL for the stories that matter with added context from across the country and around the world, led by CBC News Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge. The nightly news program features a team of award-winning journalists, including: Sunday host Wendy Mesley, Ian Hanomansing, Adrienne Arsenault, Susan Ormiston, Nahlah Ayed, Paul Hunter and Neil Macdonald, as well as specialty reporters such as senior investigative correspondent Diana Swain and senior business correspondent Amanda Lang. 

THE NATIONAL delivers exclusive interviews and stories that define the news program and separate it from the rest, bringing Canadians the real story where and when they want it. Canadians come to THE NATIONAL for intelligent conversation, commentary and analysis. At Issue, Canada's most-watched political panel, continues with Chantal Hébert, Andrew Coyne and Bruce Anderson. The Insiders - Kathleen Monk, David Herle and Jaime Watt - explain how strategies are devised and decisions are made in the political backrooms, and The Bottom Line Panel - Preet Banerjee, Patricia Croft, Jim Stanford and Amanda Lang - takes an expert look at the economy. Rex Murphy, of course, also provides his Point of View.

THE NATIONAL is available at different times and in different ways. In addition to a dynamic program website, THE NATIONAL can be streamed through You can also follow the program on Twitter@cbcthenational or on facebook at 

Canadians can also catch THE NATIONAL on CBC News Express in Canadian airports and on select VIA trains. 

With more ways to get THE NATIONAL, there are more ways to keep well informed.

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Returns fall 2014 on CBC Television
Thursdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

THE NATURE OF THINGS is one of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television. Hosted by world-renowned scientist, author and environmentalist David Suzuki, the popular science program launches its 54th season in the fall of 2014.

Highlights of the 2014/15 season include:

Stonehenge Empire: Space-age science and a new age of archeology peel away millennia to reveal the most complete picture yet of how Stonehenge looked in its heyday. The Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project's bold ambition is to reveal the story of the ancient monuments and reveal compelling evidence of a highly sophisticated but forgotten empire. 

Gorilla Doctors: Follows the only team of veterinarians who make house calls for Africa's endangered mountain gorillas. The gorilla doctors track families of wild gorillas, perform check-ups, administer medicines, and sometimes even operate right on the jungle floor. But is this radical human intervention going too far? 

The Cholesterol Question: Is cholesterol really the big, bad culprit that we've been led to believe it is? A growing chorus of scientists is losing faith in cholesterol as the chief villain of heart disease. Is cholesterol just one piece of a much larger puzzle? What's really causing heart disease? 

Two of a Kind: They're wombmates. They're soulmates. And now, twins are playing a major role in what's being called a revolution in biology. By studying the differences, rather than the similarities, between twins, researchers are making discoveries that will affect us all.

Chasing Snowflakes: We dress for it, brace for it, drive in it. But we actually don't know much about snow. Science is working to change that - and what they're finding is amazing.

The Mating Game: Delve into the inner workings of the science of attraction. Observe, dissect, and analyze human and animal sexual behaviour from the courtship to the catch, the foreplay to the consummation - and beyond.  

Human Odyssey (three-part series): A million years ago, our ancestors shared their world with at least 13 close relatives: Neanderthals, Denisovans and tribes of Homo erectus spread out to settle vast territories, from the tropics to the Arctic. Why are they now gone, and how did we, Homo sapiens, eventually master every corner of the earth? Anthropologist Niobe Thompson goes on an adventure-driven exploration to follow the story of how our ancestors survived. 

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Returns fall 2014 on CBC Television
Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)
REPUBLIC OF DOYLE stars Allan Hawco as the charming and bold detective Jake Doyle, who struggles to navigate the complications of running the family P.I. business while keeping his very volatile private life in check.

In the sixth and final season things are looking grim, with Jake in jail after being arrested for the murder of William Cadigan Clarke, and the Doyles still reeling from Sloan's theft. They're broke, with no way to get Jake out of jail - and no leads to evidence that might exonerate him. Adding to their turmoil, the Doyles' tarnished reputation leaves them scrambling to secure work. Forced to scrape the bottom of the barrel and take every case that comes their way, they return to the types of cases that are the bread and butter of most P.I.'s -- from cheating spouses to insurance fraud cases, in order to generate Jake's bail money.
With an imminent murder trial on the horizon, Jake finally gets out on bail and tries to adhere to the terms of his parole. But Jake is a trouble magnet, and it's going to be hard for him to keep his nose clean until he goes before the judge to potentially face a lengthy prison sentence.  With that as motivation, Jake pursues the evidence he needs throughout the course of the season. Will he find it in time, or will someone else get to it first and destroy his chances for freedom forever?

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Returns fall 2014 on CBC Television
Tuesdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

Canada's pre-eminent political satirist, Rick Mercer, is back for a 12th season with his weekly dose of ranting, funny takes on the week's top stories, and lively cross-country adventures.
Providing a unique viewpoint on Canada from coast to coast to coast, the award-winning RICK MERCER REPORT returns with the two most talked-about features of every show: Rick's rant and his cross-country adventures. Also back are all the other segments that have made RMR a perennial hit, including the creative Photo Challenge, cheeky RMR parodies of TV commercials and political messages, and RMR's weekly target practice on newsmakers, The Front Page.
The new season of THE RICK MERCER REPORT is guaranteed to keep audiences amazed and laughing.

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Returns fall 2014 on CBC Television
Tuesdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)

THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES, an award-winning and record-breaking Canadian comedy institution, is celebrating 22 years on television! Cast members Mark Critch, Cathy Jones, Shaun Majumder and Susan Kent savagely satirize Canadian politics and daily events. Politicians and celebrities frequently make guest appearances, some willingly, some unwillingly. No story is off limits, and no personality too big. In its 22nd season, 22 MINUTES continues to be one of Canada's best-known and top-rated comedy shows.

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