From engaging dramas to original comedies, CBC's winter schedule showcases quality Canadian programming, and star studded casts 

This winter, find the best in Canadian programming on CBC Television with a roster of returning hit series and seven new titles. Featuring Donald Sutherland's animated coming of age tale PIRATE'S PASSAGE on Jan. 4, the gripping adaptation of Lawrence Hill's novel THE BOOK OF NEGROES premiering Jan. 7, BBC's LIFE STORY, a compelling nature series by David Attenborough on Jan. 11  and the hilarious stand-up  comedy specials from the WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL beginning Jan. 11. The CBC is also proud to present the highly-anticipated comedy series SCHITT'S CREEK, which debuts with back-to-back episodes Jan. 13 , the critically acclaimed sci-fi drama ASCENSION that launches Feb. 9,  World War II spy thriller X COMPANY premiering Feb. 18 and the four-part crime drama CHASING SHADOWS starting on Mar. 23.

Plus, catch all-new episodes of returning prime-time hit series MR.D, MURDOCH MYSTERIES, DRAGONS' DEN, HEARTLAND, 22 MINUTES, THE RICK MERCER REPORT, STRANGE EMPIRE, MARKETPLACE, the fifth estate, THE NATURE OF THINGS, DOC ZONE, JUST FOR LAUGHS GAGS: 15 YEARS and CBC's flagship daytime series STEVEN AND CHRIS returns with all-new episodes Monday to Friday at 2 p.m. (2:30 NT) starting January 5.

Please see broadcast schedule below:

7 p.m. (7:30 NT) - HEARTLAND (returns with new episodes Jan. 11)
8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - LIFE STORY (premieres Jan. 11)
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - WINNIPEG COMEDY (premieres Jan. 11)
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) - THE NATIONAL

*PIRATE'S PASSAGE airs January 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)
*JUST FOR LAUGHS Gags: 15 YEARS airs January 6 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - MURDOCH MYSTERIES (returns with new episodes Jan. 12) 
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - STRANGE EMPIRE (returns with new episodes Jan. 12)
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - ASCENSION (premieres Feb. 9)
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - CHASING SHADOWS (premieres Mar. 23) 
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) - THE NATIONAL 

8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - THE RICK MERCER REPORT (returns with new episodes Jan. 6)
8:30 p.m. (9 NT) - 22 MINUTES (returns with new episodes Jan. 6)
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - SCHITT'S CREEK (premieres Jan. 13)
9:30 p.m. (10 NT) - MR.D (premieres Jan. 20)
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) - THE NATIONAL 

8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - DRAGONS' DEN (returns with new episodes Jan. 7)
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - THE BOOK OF NEGROES (premieres Jan. 7)
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - X COMPANY (premieres Feb. 18)
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) - THE NATIONAL

8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - THE NATURE OF THINGS (returns with new episodes Jan. 8) 
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - DOC ZONE (returns with new episodes Jan. 8)
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) - THE NATIONAL

8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - MARKETPLACE (returns with new episodes Jan. 9)
9 p.m. (9:30 NT) - the fifth estate (returns with new episodes Jan. 9)
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) - THE NATIONAL

VIDEO: Get an inside look at CBC's winter 2015 series with CBC Connects:
Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of SCHITT'S CREEK

Click here to hear Tricia Helfer dish on new sci-fi series, ASCENSION

Click here for an exclusive look at THE BOOK OF NEGROES

Click here to see a behind-the-scenes look at season four of MR.D 

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