Wojeck

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Wojeck
StarringJohn Vernon
Country of originCanada
No. of episodes20 (+ 1992 TV Movie)
Production
ProducersDavid Peddie
Paul Almond
Ron Weyman
Running time60 minutes
Release
Original networkCBC
Original releaseSeptember 13, 1966 (1966-09-13) –
March 12, 1968 (1968-03-12)

Wojeck is a Canadian dramatic television series, which aired on CBC Television from 1966 to 1968. It was arguably the first successful drama series on English Canadian television.

Plot[edit]

Steve Wojeck is a crusading big city coroner who regularly fights moral injustices raised by the deaths he investigated. He often tackles tough and controversial issues. The first episode of the series examines the role of racism in the suicide of a young Ojibwe man.

Main cast[edit]

Jennifer Dale played Wojeck's daughter in the 1992 TV movie.

Production[edit]

The show was inspired by the career of Dr. Morton Shulman.[1][2]

Although it was one of the highest-rated shows on Canadian television in its time, only 20 episodes of the series were made, because Vernon was lured to Hollywood by the promise of more money than the CBC could offer. He only returned to the role once, for a TV movie Wojeck: Out of the Fire (1992). The first season (1966-67) was filmed in black and white, while season two (1967–68) was shot in colour.

Forensic pathology theme[edit]

Wojeck was the first TV series to feature forensic pathology in the investigation of crime and has been the central theme of several other TV mystery-suspense dramas, beginning with the BBC's The Expert in 1968. Other programs include:

Episodes[edit]

  1. "The Last Man in the World"
Wojeck tries to find out who assisted the suicide of an Ojibwe Indian who was locked up in jail. The episode has flashbacks that show the racism between First Nations people and white people.
  1. "Tell Them the Streets Are Dancing"
This episode starred Bruno Gerussi (later of CBC's The Beachcombers) as a construction worker whose crew were forced to work in tunnels where some of them contracted caisson disease. This episode was picked up by Bob Hope's Chrysler Theater and shown in the US.
  1. "Another Wonderful Day"
  2. "After All, Who's Art Morrison?" This episode featured Margot Kidder (later of Superman Lois Lane)
  3. "Listen, An Old Man Is Speaking"
  4. "Fair Egypt"
  5. "Thy Mother A Lady, Lovely and Bright"
  6. "Does Anybody Remember the Victim's Name?"
  7. "A Dime Harry Doesn't Need"
  8. "Pick A Time...Any Time"
  9. "All Aboard For Candyland"
  10. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (Two-parter, guest starring Michael Learned, later of The Waltons)
  11. "You've Been Very Kind"
  12. "Another Dawn, Another Sunrise, Another Day"
  13. "Give Until It Hurts...And Then Some"
  14. "The Cold Smile of Friends" (Two-Parter)
  15. "Name of the Games People Play"
  16. "Chocolate Fudge With Walnuts"

Awards[edit]

In 2002, Wojeck became a MasterWorks honouree by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historicist: Introducing Dr. Morton Shulman". torontoist.com/. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  2. ^ "WOJECK Drama series about a Canadian coroner". Television Heaven. Retrieved 9 December 2012.

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