Extraordinary Canadians

About the Show

Biographies with a point of view, Extraordinary Canadians is an innovative half-hour series providing a personal take on the lives of eminent Canadians from the perspective of prominent writers who have themselves shaped contemporary thinking. Produced by Montreal-based PMA Productions, the series is adapted from the best-selling Penguin Random House Canada book series of the same name, edited by John Ralston Saul. Unique among television biography series, Extraordinary Canadians captures the relationship between writer and subject that lies at the heart of the biography process, and probes the distinctive link between the two. Each episode presents insights into the lives of both biographer and subject as each writer chronicles the life of a great Canadian from whom they have themselves drawn inspiration.

June 28 – 8:30pm (9 NT): VINCENT LAM ON TOMMY DOUGLAS

Preacher, boxer and devout social activist, Tommy Douglas is lauded for establishing many social programs that have come to define Canada, most notably, the universal healthcare system. Vincent Lam brings his unique spin to the world of Tommy Douglas from the eyes of a medical doctor working within the system Tommy established. This episode was directed by Adrian Wills.

June 29 – 8:30pm (9 NT): DANIEL POLIQUIN ON RENÉ LÉVESQUE

As the founder and leader of the Party Quebecois, René Lévesque made an instrumental contribution to the Quebec and Canadian identity: egalitarian, inclusive and fair. Translator, political essayist and author Daniel Poliquin, a great admirer of Lévesque, while critical of some of his ideas, believes Lévesque’s successes have made Quebec and Canada a better place. This episode was directed by Karen Cho.

July 1 – 6:30pm ET (3:30 pm PT): ANDRÉ PRATTE ON SIR WILFRED LAURIER

Wilfrid Laurier governed Canada at a pivotal time in our history and was the calm centre of many political storms. The first French Canadian Prime Minister, Laurier was the pioneer of Canadian nationalism, helped create peaceful co-existence between French and English Canadians, through compromise and patience. André Pratt is a political writer, journalist and federalist thinker; he brings Laurier’s forgotten ideas into focus and demonstrates how they laid the foundations for modern Canada. This episode was directed by Karen Cho.

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Extraordinary Canadians

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