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Cue the Elephant: Backstage Tales at the CBC
Cue the Elephant: Backstage Tales at the CBC Knowlton Nash 0771067348 9780771067341 Knowlton Nashs detailed and widely praised history of the CBC, The Microphone Wars (1994), provided a superbly researched view of the trials and triumphs faced by Can
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Cue the Elephant: Backstage Tales at the CBC by Knowlton Nash

Knowlton Nashs detailed and widely praised history of the CBC, The Microphone Wars (1994), provided a superbly researched view of the trials and triumphs faced by Canadas embattled public broadcaster since its birth sixty years ago. But for most Canadians, the CBC is not its backroom movers and shakers, nor even its boardroom masters. The CBC is its programs and its stars. And now Nash has written their book. Based on interviews with more than 120 performers, producers, and behind-the-scenes players, Cue the Elephant is packed to the covers with revelations and surprising anecdotes that range from the serious to the plain ridiculous, from the hilarious to the very poignant. Goofs, gossip, peeves, and rivalries sprinkle the pages as Nash relates hundreds of memorable incidents: Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau changing his babys diaper backstage at Front Page Challenge; the professional battles between Wayne and Shuster; Juliettes struggle to keep cameramen from shooting up her nose; Tommy Hunters fights with producers; announcer Allan McFees creative use of a can of asparagus and his attempt to asphyxiate a producer; Barbara Frums devotion to her messy dog, Diva; Peter Mansbridges worry about going bald; and the long-mysterious expense account acronym PACR, which was finally discovered to stand for Pissed Away, Cant Remember. Whether youre curious about the real reason for the cancellation of Front Page Challenge, The Beachcombers, and Street Legal, or want to know what Anne Murray, Gordon Pinsent, and Cynthia Dale are really like, Cue the Elephant provides an engrossing, funny, and nostalgic look at the stars of the CBC from the radio days of Foster Hewitt, the Happy Gang, and Rawhide to the current hit television shows.

Author: Knowlton Nash

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 328

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Publication Date: 1996-10-26

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ISBN: 0771067348


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