|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||20 (+ 1992 TV Movie)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original release||September 13, 1966 –|
March 12, 1968
Steve Wojeck is a crusading big city coroner who regularly fights moral injustices raised by the deaths he investigated. He often tackles tough and controversial issues. The first episode of the series examines the role of racism in the suicide of a young Ojibwe man.
- John Vernon as Steve Wojeck
- Patricia Collins as Marty Wojeck
- Ted Follows as Crown Attorney Arnold (Arnie) Bateman
- Carl Banas as Sgt. Bryon James
Jennifer Dale played Wojeck's daughter in the 1992 TV movie.
Although it was one of the highest-rated shows on Canadian television in its time, only 20 episodes of the series were made, because Vernon was lured to Hollywood by the promise of more money than the CBC could offer. He only returned to the role once, for a TV movie Wojeck: Out of the Fire (1992). The first season (1966-67) was filmed in black and white, while season two (1967–68) was shot in colour.
Forensic pathology themeEdit
Wojeck was the first TV series to feature forensic pathology in the investigation of crime and has been the central theme of several other TV mystery-suspense dramas, beginning with the BBC's The Expert in 1968. Other programs include:
- Silent Witness, UK (BBC), 1996
- Quincy, M.E., USA, 1976
- Da Vinci's Inquest, Canada (CBC), 1998
- Waking The Dead, UK (BBC), 2000
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, U.S. (CBS), 2000
- Crossing Jordan, U.S. (NBC), 2001
- CSI: Miami, U.S. (CBS), 2002
- CSI: NY, U.S. (CBS), 2004
- Bones, U.S. (Fox), 2005
- RIS Delitti Imperfetti, Italy (Canale 5), 2005
- R.I.S, police scientifique, France (TF1), 2006
- Post Mortem, Germany (RTL), 2007
- R. I. S. – Die Sprache der Toten, Germany (Sat.1), 2007
- Rizzoli & Isles, U.S. (TNT), 2010
- Body of Proof, U.S. (ABC), 2011
- "The Last Man in the World"
- Wojeck tries to find out who assisted the suicide of an Ojibwe Indian who was locked up in jail. The episode has flashbacks that show the racism between First Nations people and white people.
- "Tell Them the Streets Are Dancing"
- This episode starred Bruno Gerussi (later of CBC's The Beachcombers) as a construction worker whose crew were forced to work in tunnels where some of them contracted caisson disease. This episode was picked up by Bob Hope's Chrysler Theater and shown in the US.
- "Another Wonderful Day"
- "After All, Who's Art Morrison?" This episode featured Margot Kidder (later of Superman Lois Lane)
- "Listen, An Old Man Is Speaking"
- "Fair Egypt"
- "Thy Mother A Lady, Lovely and Bright"
- "Does Anybody Remember the Victim's Name?"
- "A Dime Harry Doesn't Need"
- "Pick A Time...Any Time"
- "All Aboard For Candyland"
- "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (Two-parter, guest starring Michael Learned, later of The Waltons)
- "You've Been Very Kind"
- "Another Dawn, Another Sunrise, Another Day"
- "Give Until It Hurts...And Then Some"
- "The Cold Smile of Friends" (Two-Parter)
- "Name of the Games People Play"
- "Chocolate Fudge With Walnuts"
In 2002, Wojeck became a MasterWorks honouree by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada.