Stopwatch and Listen is a Canadian comedy television series which aired on CBC Television in 1952.
|Stopwatch and Listen|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||CBC Television|
|Original release||12 September –|
10 October 1952
This mockumentary series was based on a 1951 programme on CBC Radio's Trans-Canada Network. All aspects of the production were managed by producer Ross McLean. He chose a theme such as feature films or telephones six weeks prior to airdate then conducted rehearsals on the resulting scripts four weeks later. This culminated in a live broadcast of that episode.
Stopwatch and Listen was one of CBC's very first regular TV series, debuting the week the TV network went on the air. It not a success, with Peter Gzowski opining "it may well have been the most catastrophic flop in CBC history and which left the air in a flurry of bad taste." (The final broadcast, which like all episodes in this series was broadcast live, apparently included some ad-libs that were considered to be off-colour by 1952 standards.) A contemporary review by Alex Barris after the first broadcast noted that the show suffered from "poor timing - on the part of the producer", but praised cast members Sam Aaron and Barbara Hamilton. A few weeks later, Gordon Sinclair of The Toronto Star reported Stopwatch and Listen was cancelled "because it was so unfunny...[and] was replaced by a concert last night."
Producer Ross McLean later wrote that the show was "nothing but a trauma".
This half-hour series debut was broadcast on Fridays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) from 12 September to 10 October 1952. Its time slot was filled by CBC Concert after this.
- ^ Rutherford, Paul (1990). When Television Was Young: Primetime Canada 1952–1967. University of Toronto Press. p. 91. ISBN 0-8020-5830-2.
- ^ "ROSS McLEAN the TV star you never see | Maclean's | JANUARY 16, 1960".
- ^ Barris, Alex (16 September 1952). "On the Screen". The Globe and Mail. p. 11.
- ^ Sinclair, Gordon (18 October 1952). "Radio and Television". The Toronto Star. p. 15.
- ^ "C.B.C. Times - Vol 14 - No 4 - 22-28 Jan 1961". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 1961.
- ^ Barris, Alex (24 October 1952). "On the Screen". The Globe and Mail. p. 8.
- Allan, Blaine (1996). "Stopwatch and Listen". Queen's University. Archived from the original on 6 December 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Stopwatch and Listen at IMDb