55 North Maple

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55 North Maple
Created by Elsa Franklin
Starring Max Ferguson
Joan Drewery
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Executive producer(s) John Ross
Producer(s) Elsa Franklin
Running time 30 minutes
Original network CBC Television
Original release 7 September 1970 – 15 September 1971

55 North Maple was a Canadian afternoon television series which aired on CBC Television in the 1970-1971 television season. The programme was a fusion of talk show, how-to and situation comedy.


A magazine author (Max Ferguson) lives in a house at 55 North Maple with his sister (Joan Drewery) and her husband who was not cast but whose presence is implied. This premise provides a pretext to host various guests to demonstrate food preparation, redecoration or other how-to topics. In one episode, Ferguson described how to make carrot whiskey for guest Harry Freedman, while Drewery hosted other guests to illustrate interior decoration and fashion. A CBC statement described the production as "an information show in semi-dramatic form."[1]


55 North Maple was produced by Elsa Franklin in Toronto at the studios of Robert Lawrence Productions.[2] John Ross was the programme's executive producer who allowed Ferguson "full scope for his inventive genius" and intended that the episodes would be unscripted.[1] This marked a rare television production for Ferguson.[3]

The 1973 Canadian series The Real Magees was a subsequent attempt to produce another talk show which was structured around storyline elements.[4]


The half-hour programme aired weekday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern).


  1. ^ a b "Are you a Laugh-In fan? If so, look out for Max". Montreal: The Gazette. 9 May 1970. p. 42. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Heward, Burt (2 July 1970). "Televiews: Monkeys mocking donkeys (multi-topic article)". Ottawa Citizen. p. 33. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Corcelli, John (August 2005). "55 North Maple". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Miller, Mary Jane (1987). Turn Up the Contrast - CBC Television Drama Since 1952. Vancouver: UBC Press / CBC Enterprises. p. 124. ISBN 0-7748-0278-2. 

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