The Pig and Whistle

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This article is about Canadian television series. For the restaurant in Hollywood, see Pig 'n Whistle.
The Pig and Whistle
Genre Variety show
Presented by John Hewer
Starring Carlton Showband
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
Running time 30 minutes
Original network CTV
Original release 1967 – 1977

The Pig and Whistle was a Canadian musical television series aired on the CTV television network from 1967 to 1977. Filmed in Toronto, Ontario but set in a fictional English pub, the show featured an assortment of Canadian, British and Irish performers.

One of CTV's most popular programs of its day, Pig and Whistle drew ratings of over a million viewers in the early 1970s.[1] The programme was hosted by John Hewer and featured the music of the Carlton Showband, a Canadian-Irish musical group. Scottish singer and entertainer Stan Kane was often featured.

The programme's title is derived from one of the names of a traditional English public house, whose meaning in turn remains somewhat speculative.[2]


  1. ^ Juneau, Pierre (24 February 1972). "The Right to See Everything . . .Including Ourselves" (speech). The Empire Club of Canada. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Pig and whistle". The Phrase Finder. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 

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