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Animated Beachcombers series in development on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast with industry veterans

From a media release:

As Canada’s beloved television series The Beachcombers marks its 50th anniversary, industry veterans Blair Peters and Nick Orchard have teamed up to bring an animated version to life. Created by L.S. Strange and Marc Strange, the CBC show was the most successful drama series in the history of Canadian television with 387 episodes over 18 seasons.

Peters, who lives on BC’s Sunshine Coast, and Orchard, who worked on the original series and brings over 30 years of experience to this new project, have inked a deal with the show’s original creators. The team is fleshing out designs and concepts in the coming months with a plan to pitch the series to Canadian, US and European broadcasters in Spring 2023.

The Beachcombers is one of the most successful Canadian television series of all time. The half-hour family adventure show ran on CBC Television for 387 episodes over 18 seasons, from 1972 to 1990, and is Canada’s second-longest-running scripted television series. An audience favourite, it was named one of Canada’s all-time best television series in a 2017 poll conducted by the Toronto International Film Festival.

Watched by more than 1 million Canadian viewers per episode in its prime, Beachcombers played a pivotal role in the development of film production in British Columbia and provided an early template for uniquely Canadian content on television. Ahead of its time, the series featured Indigenous characters and storylines, and often dealt with subject matter involving preservation of the land.

The original Beachcombers has been licensed to over 35 countries worldwide and versioned into numerous languages.

Blair Peters loved cartoons as a kid and was lucky enough to find his way to Sheridan College in Oakville, after completing high school at White Pines in Sault Ste. Marie. From there, he took his first job at Crawley Films in Ottawa before moving to Vancouver to start up Studio B Productions with his colleague, Chris Bartleman. The studio went on to produce over 1000 half hours that sold to over 100 countries worldwide on networks such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Teletoon, YTV and the BBC. After 20 years in business that saw the Studio receive numerous awards, the pair sold the company to media giant DHX Media in 2007. Blair stayed with the company until 2011. He now consults for creators and develops series of his own.

Nick Orchard has been in the film and television business for over half a century, beginning as a child actor on stage, radio and TV, and later producing hits like “The Beachcombers” (CBC), “Eastenders” (BBC) and “Brookside” (Channel 4). For the past 30 plus years, as head of Soapbox Productions Inc., Nick has produced network series such as the popular teen drama “Northwood” and produced and directed award-winning documentaries and comedy series such as the iconic “Double Exposure” for CTV and the Comedy Network.


Link: Molly’s Reach, the iconic restaurant from The Beachcombers, goes up for sale

From Jennifer Van Evra of the CBC:

Link: Molly’s Reach, the iconic restaurant from The Beachcombers, goes up for sale
Molly’s Reach, the iconic restaurant from the classic Canadian TV show The Beachcombers, is up for sale.

Located in Gibsons on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, roughly 40 minutes by ferry from West Vancouver, the restaurant has been a top tourist attraction for decades, drawing fans of the show from around the world. Continue reading.Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

Poll: What is your favourite Canadian TV show of the 1970s?

The second round of the NHL playoffs are in full swing, the perfect time to hold our own little set of playoffs—with a distinct Canadian TV flare. Unlike the Stanley Cup playoffs, however, TV, Eh’s Great Canadian TV Playoff boasts solely homegrown head-to-head matchups of television shows.

Starting today and through the rest of the month, we’ll pit eight television shows (just like the NHL) from the 1970s, 80s, 90s and 2000s against one another until the final showdown to name the top Canadian TV series of all time on May 29.

It all kicks off with the 1970s (voting for the 1980s begins Thursday), so cast your vote now and spread the word.

What is your favourite Canadian television series of the 1970s?

  • SCTV (39%, 30 Votes)
  • The Beachcombers (21%, 16 Votes)
  • The Friendly Giant (14%, 11 Votes)
  • Mr. Dressup (9%, 7 Votes)
  • The Hilarious House of Frightenstein (8%, 6 Votes)
  • King of Kensington (5%, 4 Votes)
  • The Trouble with Tracy (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Swiss Family Robinson (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 77

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