Telescope (TV series)

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Presented by Fletcher Markle
Ken Cavanaugh
Narrated by Fletcher Markle
Country of origin Canada
Executive producer(s) Thom Berson (1963−1970)
Fletcher Markle (1970−1973)
Producer(s) Ross McLean (1963−1964)
Peter Kelly (1964−1966)
Fletcher Markle (1966−1969)
Sam Levene (1970−1973)
Running time 22 minutes (30 min with commercials)
Original channel CBC Television
Original release 1963 – 1973

Telescope is a Canadian documentary series which aired on CBC Television between 1963 and 1973. The series was hosted by Fletcher Markle, which profiled notable Canadian people from celebrities to the unknown, who made a difference.

Starting in September 1966, Telescope was the first regular colour broadcast in Canada. Its producer was Sam Levene.[1]

In 2008, CBC offered 10 episodes of Telescope on their Digital Archives website. The episodes are from the 1970–71 season, and feature new host Ken Kavanagh. Among those profiled were game show host Monty Hall, publisher Mel Hurtig, journalist Pat Carney, actor John Vernon, author Farley Mowat, amusement park impresario Patty Conklin, and underwater explorer Joe MacInnis. A 1970 episode featured actor Donald Sutherland including early footage of his son Kiefer.[2] Mentalist Uri Geller followed a week later by Ray Hyman and Jerry Andrus who explained and duplicated Geller's "paranormal" feats.[3]


  1. ^ Langan, Fred (30 March 2010). "Canadian news anchor was a 'natural broadcaster'". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Telescope: Donald Sutherland". CBC Archives. 15 September 1970. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jerry Andrus and Ray Hyman on Uri Geller". TeleScope. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 

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