55 North Maple
|55 North Maple|
|Created by||Elsa Franklin|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||1|
|Executive producer(s)||John Ross|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||CBC Television|
|Original release||7 September 1970 – 15 September 1971|
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."
55 North Maple was produced by Elsa Franklin in Toronto at the studios of Robert Lawrence Productions. 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. This marked a rare television production for Ferguson.
The half-hour programme aired weekday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern).
- "Are you a Laugh-In fan? If so, look out for Max". Montreal: The Gazette. 9 May 1970. p. 42. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
- Heward, Burt (2 July 1970). "Televiews: Monkeys mocking donkeys (multi-topic article)". Ottawa Citizen. p. 33. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
- Corcelli, John (August 2005). "55 North Maple". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- 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.