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For the Record (Canadian TV series)

For the Record was a Canadian television drama anthology series, which aired on CBC Television from 1976 to 1986.[1] The series aired docudrama television films on contemporary social issues.[2]




Number Title Director Writer Cast Date
1 "The Insurance Man from Ingersoll" Peter Pearson Peter Pearson, Norman Hartley Michael Magee, Charlotte Blunt, Warren Davis, Mavor Moore February 8, 1976
An opposition MPP in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario makes explosive charges of political corruption against the government.[3]
2 "A Nest of Shadows" Peter Carter Michael Mercer Louise Rinfret, Ralph Endersby February 15, 1976
3 "A Thousand Moons" Gilles Carle Mort Forer Carole Laure, Nick Mancuso, Adeline Coppaway February 29, 1976
An elderly Métis woman living in Toronto wants to return to her hometown before her death.[4]
4 "Kathy Karuks Is a Grizzly Bear" Peter Pearson Ralph L. Thomas Lesley Angus, Red Burnett, Rudy Lipp, Donnelly Rhodes, Dixie Seatle March 7, 1976
A swimmer who aspires to perform a marathon swim across Lake Ontario copes with an unscrupulous coach.[5]
5 "What We Have Here Is a People Problem" Francis Mankiewicz Michael Mercer George Waight, Heath Lamberts 1976


Number Title Director Writer Cast Date
6 "Maria" Allan King Rick Salutin Diane D'Aquila, Enzina Bertini, Jean Gascon January 9, 1977
A woman organizes a labour union.[6]
7 "Someday Soon..." Don Haldane Rudy Wiebe, Barry Pearson John Vernon January 16, 1977
Farmers in Manitoba try to resist a hydroelectric dam development that threatens to flood their land.[7]
8 "Dreamspeaker" Claude Jutra Anne Cameron Ian Tracey, George Clutesi January 23, 1977
Adaptation of Anne Cameron's novel Dreamspeaker.[8]
9 "Hank" Don Haldane Don Bailey, Ralph L. Thomas Bob Warner January 30, 1977
10 "Ada" Claude Jutra Claude Jutra, Margaret Gibson Janet Amos, Jayne Eastwood, David Fox February 6, 1977
Several women struggle in the mental health system.[9]
11 "The Tar Sands" Peter Pearson Peter Pearson, Peter Rowe, Ralph L. Thomas Kenneth Welsh, Ken Pogue September 12, 1977


Number Title Director Writer Cast Date
12 "A Matter of Choice"[10] Francis Mankiewicz Anne Cameron Michael Ironside, Roberta Maxwell, Fiona Reid, Gary Reineke January 29, 1978
After being sexually assaulted by her acquaintance David (Reineke), Carol (Maxwell) struggles with the moral and legal complexities of whether to report her assault to the police.
13 "Scoop"[11] Anthony Perris Douglas Bowie Scott Hylands, Lloyd Bochner, Deborah Templeton, Sabina Maydelle February 12, 1978
14 "Dying Hard"[12] Don Haldane Bill Gough Neil Munro, Clyde Rose, Claude Bede, Austin Davis, Estelle Wall March 12, 1978
15 "Seer Was Here"[13] Claude Jutra Claude Jutra, Don Bailey David Hemblen, Robert Forsythe December 3, 1978


Number Title Director Writer Cast Date
16 "Cementhead" Ralph L. Thomas Ralph L. Thomas, Roy MacGregor Tom Butler, Peter Dvorsky, Martin Short, Kate Lynch February 18, 1979
Bear Bernier, a minor league hockey player from Sudbury, is willing to do whatever it takes to make the National Hockey League.[14]
17 "Je me souviens / Don't Forget Me" Robin Spry Carmel Dumas February 25, 1979
18 "Homecoming" Gilles Carle Anne Cameron March 4, 1979
19 "Certain Practices" Martin Lavut Ian Sutherland Richard Monette, Alan Scarfe March 11, 1979
20 "Every Person Is Guilty" Paul Almond Ralph L. Thomas, Roy MacGregor Ken Pogue, Lynne Griffin 1979
A journalist (Ken Pogue) tries to investigate a physical attack on his daughter.[15]
21 "One of Our Own" William Fruet Florrie Adelson October 3, 1979


Number Title Director Writer Cast Date
22 "The Winnings of Frankie Walls" Martin Lavut Rob Forsyth Al Waxman, Chapelle Jaffe March 2, 1980
23 "Harvest" Giles Walker Rob Forsyth Jan Rubeš March 9, 1980
24 "Maintain the Right" Les Rose Tony Sheer Laurie Brown, Nicholas Campbell March 16, 1980
25 "A Question of the Sixth" Graham Parker Grahame Woods Lawrence Dane, Maureen McRae March 23, 1980
26 "Lyon's Den" Graham Parker Tony Sheer Mary Bellows, James Blendick, Mogens Gander 1980


Number Title Director Writer Cast Date
27 "A Far Cry from Home" Gordon Pinsent Helen Weils, Bill Gough Mary Ann McDonald, Richard Monette February 1, 1981
28 "Snowbird" Peter Pearson Margaret Atwood Robert Christie, Jayne Eastwood, Doris Petrie February 8, 1981
29 "The Running Man" Donald Brittain Anna Sandor Chuck Shamata, Barbara Gordon, Colm Feore, Kate Trotter February 22, 1981
A married man struggles to come to terms with his homosexuality.[16]
30 "Cop" Al Waxman Grahame Woods March 8, 1981
31 "Final Edition" Peter Rowe Tony Sheer March 22, 1981


Number Title Director Writer Cast Date
32 "An Honourable Member" Donald Brittain Roy MacGregor Fiona Reid, Don Francks, Eric House February 28, 1982
Trish Baldwin, a backbench Member of Parliament, is named to the Cabinet of Canada but struggles to balance her political ambitions with her personal integrity when she has to defend a major government project in her riding to which she is personally opposed.[17]
33 "By Reason of Insanity" Donald Shebib David McLaren Patricia Collins, John Wildman, Hrant Alianak March 7, 1982
Psychiatrists try to evaluate whether or not an accused murderer is insane.[18]
34 "High Card" Bill Gough Anna Sandor Chuck Shamata, Celine Lomez, Helen Hughes March 14, 1982
A photographer gets himself into financial trouble by overusing his credit cards.[19]
35 "Becoming Laura" Martin Lavut Gordon Knot Jennifer Jewison, Tom McCamus, Shelley Thompson March 21, 1982
A troubled teenager tries to establish her identity.[20]
36 "Blind Faith" John Trent, Jack Nixon-Browne Ian Sutherland, Edward Cullen Sneezy Waters, Florence Paterson, Peter MacNeill, Martha Burns March 28, 1982
Marge Aylesworth (Paterson) inherits her late husband's horse racing business.[21]


Number Title Director Writer Cast Date
37 "Ready for Slaughter" Allan King Roy MacGregor Gordon Pinsent, Diana Belshaw, Layne Coleman, Booth Savage March 6, 1983
A farmer struggles to hold onto his business despite his increasing financial debt.[22]
38 "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" Zale Dalen Nicholas Campbell, Robert Joy, John Wildman March 13, 1983
39 "Reasonable Force" Peter Rowe Brian Kit McLeod, Peter Lower Deepa Mehta, Abdul Merali, Lee Taylor March 20, 1983
An Indo-Canadian family in Vancouver struggles to deal with racism.[23]
40 "Moving Targets" John Trent Allan Royal March 27, 1983


Number Title Director Writer Cast Date
41 "Kate Morris, Vice President" Danièle Suissa John C. W. Saxton Kate Trotter, Scott Hylands February 19, 1984
A woman struggles to be taken seriously in her business career.[24]
42 "I Love a Man in Uniform" Don McBrearty John Frizzell Tom Butler, Denis Forest, Dan MacDonald, Stephanie Morgenstern, Dixie Seatle, Timothy Webber, Kenneth Welsh February 26, 1984
43 "Hide & Seek" René Bonnière Barry Wexler Bob Martin, Ingrid Veninger, David Patrick, Alan Scarfe March 4, 1984
Adaptation of Thomas J. Ryan's 1977 science fiction novel The Adolescence of P-1.
44 "Slim Obsession" Donald Shebib Susan Wright, Paul Kelman March 11, 1984
45 "Rough Justice" Peter Yalden-Thomson March 25, 1984
46 "A Change of Heart" Anne Wheeler Joy Coghill, Ken James April 1, 1984


Number Title Director Writer Cast Date
47 "The Boy Next Door" John Hunter John Hunter Chris Owens, Chapelle Jaffe, Michael Hogan February 10, 1985
A mother struggles to cope with the behaviour of her troubled teenage son.[25]
48 "Where the Heart Is" Carol Moore Ede Suzette Couture Margo Kane, Gary Farmer, Tantoo Cardinal, Tom Jackson February 23, 1985
After divorcing from her white husband, an indigenous woman discovers that she has lost her First Nations status.[25]
49 "The Front Line" Douglas Jackson Ken Mitchell Brent Carver, Monique Mercure March 3, 1985
An activist priest encourages his congregation to protest a local factory which is manufacturing parts for military equipment.[25]
50 "Tools of the Devil" Peter Yalden-Thomson Don Truckey Marc Strange, Heath Lamberts March 10, 1985
A journalist (Strange) tries to investigate the secret agenda of a politician (Lamberts).[26]
51 "The Exile" Gordon Pinsent Michael Mercer Denis Akiyama, Robert Ito, Hiroshi Nakashimi, Jim McLarty September 15, 1985
Three generations of a Japanese Canadian family deal with the ongoing consequences of the Japanese Canadian internment in World War II.[27]


  1. ^ Gail Henley, "On the Record: For the Record's 10 distinctive years". Cinema Canada, April 1985.
  2. ^ "Lightyears ahead". Cinema Canada, March 1977.
  3. ^ "Everything but reality in TV show". The Globe and Mail, February 5, 1976.
  4. ^ "Important' CBC drama still dreary". The Globe and Mail, February 27, 1976.
  5. ^ "Dynamo filmmaker with a patriot's passion: For Peter Pearson the only word is win". The Globe and Mail, March 13, 1976.
  6. ^ "TV drama explores union organizing". Toronto Star, January 4, 1977.
  7. ^ "Docu-dramas: reality meets fiction". The Globe and Mail, January 15, 1977.
  8. ^ "TV choice". Toronto Star, January 22, 1977.
  9. ^ "Jutra brings warmth, humanity to mental hospital drama". The Globe and Mail, February 5, 1977.
  10. ^ "Reality of rape in CBC drama". The Globe and Mail, January 28, 1978.
  11. ^ "CBC's slick journalistic drama carries a Hollywood trademark". The Globe and Mail, February 11, 1978.
  12. ^ "Has docu-drama gone too far?". The Globe and Mail, March 11, 1978.
  13. ^ "Prison show deserves at least a life sentence". The Globe and Mail, December 3, 1978.
  14. ^ "Cementhead is minor league". The Globe and Mail, February 17, 1979.
  15. ^ "Tangled tale tedious". The Globe and Mail, March 17, 1979.
  16. ^ "Shamata to play in CBC TV drama". The Globe and Mail, July 16, 1980.
  17. ^ "Fiona Reid enters the political arena". The Globe and Mail, February 27, 1982.
  18. ^ "Trained shrinks sent in to score for the defence: Does insanity excuse murder?". The Globe and Mail, March 6, 1982.
  19. ^ "Failure of comic touches deals High Card a fatal blow". The Globe and Mail, March 13, 1982.
  20. ^ "Torturers and the tortured go on record in TV special". The Globe and Mail, March 20, 1982.
  21. ^ "Sneezy Waters won't let success go to his head". The Globe and Mail, November 26, 1983.
  22. ^ "Pinsent's past helped with role in farm drama". Broadcast Week, March 5, 1983.
  23. ^ Carlo Coppola, "Reviewed Work: "Reasonable Force". Television drama for the series "For the Record," by BRIAN KIT MCLEOD, PETER LOWER". Journal of South Asian Literature Vol. 21, No. 1, SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN WRITERS: THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE (Winter, Spring 1986), pp. 181-185.
  24. ^ "In black and white". The Globe and Mail, February 18, 1984.
  25. ^ a b c "Record shows rare gems, many duds". The Globe and Mail, February 23, 1985.
  26. ^ "Producer knows how to use 'tools' of trade". The Globe and Mail, March 9, 1985.
  27. ^ "Pinsent proves again that he can do it all". Broadcast Week, September 7, 1985.

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