Television Series 6 x 60
HAVING OUR BABY
Advances in medical technology and acceptance of gay marriage have fuelled a surrogate baby boom in Canada. Everyone makes money off the deal, except the surrogate moms themselves. It is illegal in Canada to pay a surrogate for her services. Having our Baby follows two childless couples and their surrogates as they navigate the legal and ethical challenges of this most intimate and contentious of transaction. Surrogacy is a practice as old as the Bible but it's only in the last 40 years that surrogacy –commercial and altruistic - has taken off. And in the past decade, it's increased 400%. Modern surrogacy is challenging ancient notions of birth and parenthood. The ethical challenges provoke world-wide debate. The answers are not simple. But for those who have yearned for a child they thought they'd never have, surrogacy is nothing short of a miracle.
4 x 60
Caught Between is a 4 part docu-drama series that tells the intriguing stories of the Allied and Axis Pilots who found themselves trapped in neutral Ireland during the Second World War.
In 1943, this was the fate of 9 Canadian pilots, along with other airmen from Britain and New Zealand, not to mention the Axis internees, who found themselves forcibly interred in K-Lines – the Irish Internment camp for foreign serviceman in the Curragh, Co. Kildare – when they crash landed in Ireland. They were forbidden to return to the fight, confined to a cramped camp, and surrounded by seemingly hostile Irish guards. Yet life for the Internees in K-Lines was unlike anything P.O.W's experienced on the Continent, or in Britain. They had a camp bar, received a salary, were allowed daily parole away from camp, bound only by their honour to return, and some even married local Irish women whilst interred – a paradise compared to other P.O.W. camps of World War II.
But life was far from easy for Internees. The camp was a hostile environment, where tensions regularly boiled over between guards and the internees, as well as between internees themselves. Violent brawls and mass escape attempts were common occurrences. Many internees grew to resent their wardens and the country they were trapped in, just as many of the Irish Guards grew a venomous distain for the allied internees. To top it all, the Canadians found themselves separated from other interned Nazi pilots by just 4 feet of chain-link fence.
Caught Between will bring to life the hair raising incidents that brought the pilots down, the romances and relationships forged with the Irish, and the daring exploits and drastic escape attempts of the internees. The series will also show for the first time ever, the unseen, gritty side of internment in Ireland, where hostilities ran high and violence perpetually loomed.
THE WORLD OF ME
The World of Me is a new, interactive, scientific and experimental TV show for primary school kids that will explore the world around every Canadian child, and will introduce them to the wonders of scientific inquiry.
Each episode will be inspired by videos submitted by viewers about the world around them. It’s simple – a child introduces themselves, sends us a short video of their surroundings and Bob McDonald and Torah Kachur bringing that region to life with science.