Document (TV series)

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Genre documentary
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
Executive producer(s) Patrick Watson
Douglas Leiterman
Richard Nielsen (1968-1969)
Original network CBC Television
Original release 16 September 1962 – 27 May 1969

Document is a Canadian documentary television series which aired on CBC Television from 1962 to 1969.


Various documentaries were featured in this occasional series.[1]


The first executive producers for this series were Patrick Watson and Douglas Leiterman. Their intention was to air a documentary approximately each month to provide a detailed treatment of a subject. By the second season of Document, Leiterman became executive producer on This Hour Has Seven Days and concentrated his work on that series. Watson became a host of Document at that time.[2] Richard Nielsen became executive producer during the final episodes.


This series appeared on occasional random days and times from 16 September 1962 to 27 May 1969. It was given a monthly schedule in 1965 as a mid-year replacement for This Hour Has Seven Days in its Sunday night time slot.


Episodes of Document included:

  • 16 September 1962: "The Servant of All" (Beryl Fox and Douglas Leiterman producers)
  • 6 March 1963: "Joshua, a Nigerian Portrait" (Allan King producer)
  • 21 March 1963: "The Pull to the South"
  • 28 July 1963: "The Balance of Terror" (Fox, Leiterman)
  • 26 November 1963: "The Peacemakers" (King)
  • 15 December 1963: "The Quiet Takeover" (Leiterman), concerning computers
  • 25 March 1964: "The Chief" (Fox, Leiterman), about John Diefenbaker
  • 20 April 1964: "Bjorn's Inferno" (King), about poet Bjorn Halverson
  • 20 May 1964: "The Image Makers", about American and Canadian public relations
  • 13 December 1964: "The Single Woman and the Double Standard" (Fox)
  • 27 December 1964: "Richard and Lillian: Two Portraits"
  • 31 January 1965: rebroadcast of "The Chief"
  • 28 March 1965: "Strike: Man Against Computers" (Larry Zolf)
  • 7 November 1965: "At the Moment of Impact" (Jim Carney)
  • 5 December 1965: "The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam" (Fox), on Vietnam war
  • 26 December 1965: "Joan Baez"
  • 23 January 1966: "A Sense of Captivity" (Ross McLean), regarding the Canadian prison system
  • 27 February 1966: "The Story of Sandy"
  • 24 April 1966: "How To Go Out Of Your Mind", regarding the Millbrook experiments involving LSD
  • 22 September 1968: "No Balm in Gilead"
  • 17 November 1968: "Resurrection City" (Robert Hoyt director), regarding the Poor People's Campaign
  • 23 February 1969: "Occupation"
  • 13 April 1969: "Violence" (James Shaw, John David Hamilton)
  • 27 May 1969: "If I Don't Agree, Must I Go Away?" (Peter Pearson)


The Toronto Telegram's Chester Bloom expressed criticism of bias over the broadcast of "The Servant of All" episode of 16 September 1962. Bloom's politics sided with the Progressive Conservative party.[3]


  1. ^ Corcelli, John (April 2002). "Document". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Rutherford, Paul (1990). When Television Was Young: Primetime Canada 1952-1967. University of Toronto Press. pp. 408–409. ISBN 0-8020-5830-2. 
  3. ^ Rutherford, Paul (1990). When Television Was Young: Primetime Canada 1952-1967. University of Toronto Press. p. 428. ISBN 0-8020-5830-2. 

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