Cucumber (Canadian TV series)

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Cucumber was a TV show produced by TVOntario in the 1970s, and repeated in the 1980s during TVOntario's daytime kids' programming.[1]

The show's title was an acronym for Children's Underground Club of United Moose and Beaver for Enthusiastic Reporters.[2] It featured a human-sized moose (played in costume by Alex Laurier) and beaver (Nikki Tilroe) living in a treehouse, and acting as amateur journalists as they present various educational segments on topics such as science or history.[2]

By sending in a story or some artwork to the show (the mailing address was in Toronto), one could become a member of the Cucumber Club.[2]

Some notable people appeared on the show:

  • A young John Candy guest starred as a character named Weatherman[3]
  • A young Martin Short guest starred as a character named Smokey the Hare
  • An interview featured a nine-year-old Jeff Healey.


  1. ^ "TVOntario-24 hits the camping trail packing seven shows for youngsters". Montreal Gazette, April 18, 1987.
  2. ^ a b c Fred Rainsberry, A History of Children's Television in English Canada, 1952-1986. Scarecrow Press, 1988. ISBN 9780810820791.
  3. ^ "RetroOntario Clip". YouTube

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