Marketplace, CBC – “Knock It Off”
MARKETPLACE reveals the secret psychology of persuasion used by door-to-door salespeople to get you to buy at the door. People have been burned and door knocking salespeople can be a real menace. In story after story, a knock on the door leads to people getting taken for a ride. MARKETPLACE partner’s with one expert who knows all the tricks of the trade, because he’s knocked on thousands of doors, made lots of sales, and has even written a book revealing his secrets – how to get home owners to buy at the door. He says he’s a millionaire, all from selling door to door. Hosted by Erica Johnson, MARKETPLACE reveals five sales secrets used on Canadians at the door, and then in turn tries them out on unsuspecting Canadians. Some Canadians are fighting back in desperate ways, and in one B.C. town, they’ve banned door knocking all together.
The Fifth Estate, CBC – “The Strange World of Julian Assange”
The controversial WikiLeaks founder gets the Hollywood treatment in the new movie ‘The Fifth Estate’ but the real fifth estate on CBC-TV tracks the inside story of the man in his own words, his secrets and his scandals. How did he get started, what was the global impact of his whistle-blowing website and what cost have whistle-blowers paid for leaking secrets? The rise and fall of Julian Assange – not the Hollywood fiction, the real fifth estate story.
From Anne T. Donahue of Yahoo:
5 Reasons ‘Satisfaction’ Failed To Satisfy Canadian Audiences
Earlier this week, TV Guide reported that after one season, CTV has cancelled “Satisfaction,” another Canadian show that — like “Picnicface,”"Almost Heroes,” and even “Hotbox” — got the premature axe, leaving another void where an original, home-grown series could be. Why do Canadian shows keep struggling? Is it the networks, or is it the audience? Is it the series writers or a disconnect between the creator’s vision and what we as viewers see on screen? Well, here are five possible reasons why “Satisfaction” didn’t work out. Continue reading.
The Nature of Things, CBC – “Invasion of the Brain Snatchers”
Parasites brainwashing their hosts — it sounds like something straight out of science fiction. But this is no horror movie, this is a fascinating, new field of study. From zombie ants to a creature that may be influencing whole human cultures, INVASION OF THE BRAIN SNATCHERS isn’t afraid to dive into the world of parasites.
Doc Zone, CBC – “Superstitious Minds”
We embrace our superstitions even though we live in the most scientifically advanced time in all of history. Is superstition the tonic we need to face a more frightening world?
The past and present collide for Jesse (Adam Butcher) when he has to infiltrate his old street gang, which includes his old friend Tibbs (Chad Rook).
From a media release:
Meg Tilly, Jodi Balfour, Charlotte Hegele, Ali Liebert, Antonio Cupo, Anastasia Phillips, Michael Seater, and Peter Outerbridge Return
Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions in association with Shaw Media announced today that production has begun on Bomb Girls -The Movie (working title). The original BOMB GIRLS cast returns reprising their roles with Canadian Screen Award-winning actress Meg Tilly (as Lorna Corbett), Jodi Balfour (as Gladys Witham), Charlotte Hegele (as Kate Andrews), Ali Liebert (as Betty McRae), Antonio Cupo (as Marco Moretti), Anastasia Phillips (as Vera Burr), Michael Seater (as Ivan Buchinsky), and Peter Outerbridge (as Bob Corbett) reprising their roles. The two-hour film, from Emmy® Award-nominated executive producer Michael Prupas (The Kennedys, Bomb Girls) and Gemini Award-winning executive producers Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman (Bomb Girls, Played, Durham County), is shooting in Toronto and Hamilton until November 20, 2013.
Bomb Girls -The Movie takes viewers back to Spring 1943, as the Battle for the Atlantic rages and an Axis victory seems inevitable. German U-boats patrol the ocean picking off ships, destroying much needed supplies and inflicting heavy casualties. The one hope the Allies have – production of newly developed sonar equipment – is moved to Victory Munitions when the British factories are bombed. Then, in the darkest hour of the war, a new and disturbing menace appears – a saboteur among the factory workers.
Bomb Girl Gladys Witham (Balfour), a fiery young woman from privilege, is covertly recruited by Allied Intelligence to find the traitor on the new line. But she must spy on her best friends, coworkers and fellow agents, calling into question everyone and everything she has come to trust.
“The original cast is excited to be reunited and continue this amazing story of the bomb girls and their fierce commitment to the war effort and each other,” says executive producer Adrienne Mitchell.
“Although set in the 1940s, this portrait of ultimate grace under extraordinary pressure resonates today,” notes executive producer Janis Lundman.
Bomb Girls – The Movie is produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions in association with Shaw Media. The executive producers are Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell (Bomb Girls, Played , Durham County), and Michael Prupas (Bomb Girls, The Kennedys). John Calvert (Bomb Girls, Flashpoint) is producer, Donald Martin (The Christmas Choir) is the script writer, Jerry Ciccoritti (Bomb Girls, Played) is the director, Eric Cayla (Bomb Girls, Durham County) is the director of photography, with Aidan Leroux (Bomb Girls, Played) as production designer and Michael Ground (Played) as costume designer. The film is distributed worldwide by Muse Distribution International.