Paul Bernard, Psychiatrist

Paul Bernard, Psychiatrist is a Canadian dramatic television series which aired on CBC Television from 1971 to 1972.[1]

Paul Bernard, Psychiatrist
Written byWilliam Bankier
Vicki Branden
Lucille Chaplan
Dennis Donovan
Tony Flanders
Cornne Langston
Grace Richardson
Les Rose
Michael Spivak
Warren Waxler
Valerie Wise
StarringChris Wiggins
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes130
ProducerMichael Spivak
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesJaylar Productions
Fremantle International
Original networkCBC Television
Original release13 September 1971 (1971-09-13) –
29 November 1972 (1972-11-29)


Each episode portrayed a patient's appointment with psychiatrist Paul Bernard (Chris Wiggins) at his office. The patient, typically female, would lie on the doctor's couch and reveal her thoughts in keeping with the practices of psychoanalysis. Patients often reappeared on the series for approximately monthly follow-up visits. Script material was derived from Canadian Mental Health Association patient histories.[2]


The series was produced by Michael Spivak (Science International) as a joint effort of his Jaylar Productions and Fremantle International for broadcast on CBC. Two pilot episodes were created prior to the full 130-episode production. Since the plot was limited to the doctor-patient dialogue within Bernard's office, the series was described as a "one-set semi-soap".[3]


Besides Wiggins, the following actors were cast as patients during the series run:

  • Josphine Barrington
  • Anna Cameron
  • Marcia Diamond
  • Nuala Fitzgerald
  • Gale Garnett
  • Dawn Greenhalgh
  • Til Hanson
  • Kay Hawtrey
  • Valerie Jean Hume
  • Barbara Kyle
  • Carole Lazare
  • Peggy Mahon
  • Phyllis Marshall
  • Paisley Maxwell
  • Arlene Meadows
  • Micki Moore
  • Michele Oricoine
  • Diane Polley
  • Vivian Reis
  • Shelley Sommers
  • Tudi Wiggins


This half-hour series was broadcast on CBC weekdays at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) from 13 September 1971 to 14 January 1972. The series moved to the 2:00 p.m. time slot from 17 January to 29 November 1972.

The series was also purchased for broadcast in Australia, Hong Kong and the United States (selected CBS stations).[2]


  1. ^ Schemering, Christopher (1987). The Soap Opera Encyclopedia (2nd ed.). Ballantine Books. pp. 181–182. ISBN 0-345-35344-7.
  2. ^ a b Corcelli, John (September 2005). "Paul Bernard, Psychiatrist". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  3. ^ Miller, Mary Jane (1987). Turn Up the Contrast – CBC Television Drama Since 1952. Vancouver: UBC Press / CBC Enterprises. p. 123. ISBN 0-7748-0278-2.

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