Let's Face It (TV series)

Let's Face It was a Canadian current affairs television series which aired on CBC Television in 1963.

Let's Face It
Genrecurrent affairs
Written byKen Johnstone
Sonja Sinclair
Gerald Taafe
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
ProducerByron Riggan
EditorEdgar Sarton
Running time30 minutes
Original release
NetworkCBC Television
Release20 October (1963-10-20) –
29 December 1963 (1963-12-29)

Premise edit

Let's Face It was originally produced as a regional show on CBMT Montreal, concerning topics within Quebec. In 1963, the Montreal-produced series was expanded for a network-wide audience and examined national and international events of note. Correspondents of the network-wide version of Let's Face It were located in most of CBC's major production locations throughout Canada.[1]

The series was inspired by BBC's That Was the Week That Was and incorporated elements of satire and music. As such, it was a forerunner of CBC's This Hour Has Seven Days.[1]

Peter Desbarats and Pauline Julien were among the contributors who appeared during the series, which presented both English and French personalities.[2] Interview subjects included Simone de Beauvoir, John Grigg, Arthur Koestler, Anthony Sampson and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Scheduling edit

This half-hour series was broadcast on alternate Sundays at 10:00 p.m. from 20 October to 29 December 1963. Horizon appeared on the other Sundays.

Reception edit

Let's Face It was deemed an "embarrassment" and was cancelled after several weeks.[3] Ottawa Citizen television critic Jean Strachan deemed it among CBC's "poorest quality, most immature productions" of that season.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Corcelli, John (May 2005). "Let's Face It". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  2. ^ Rutherford, Paul (1990). When Television Was Young: Primetime Canada 1952–1967. University of Toronto Press. p. 580. ISBN 978-0-8020-5830-0.
  3. ^ Rutherford, Paul (1990). When Television Was Young: Primetime Canada 1952–1967. University of Toronto Press. p. 407. ISBN 978-0-8020-5830-0.
  4. ^ Strachan, Jean (17 December 1963). "Televiews". Ottawa Citizen. p. 17.

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