Network: CBC Television Network
Broadcast Run: 1969 to 1970
Broadcast Medium: Television
Aired Monday nights from March 28 to June 20, 1972.
This hour-long series of 13 episodes was hosted by John Kenneth Galbraith, economist, Harvard University professor and advisor to President John F. Kennedy. The program was about economics and it was a bold production from the very start.
Produced by the BBC, in cooperation with CBC, PBS and TVO, the series’ budget was 2 million dollars. The series explored the history of Capitalism from the early ideas of Adam Smith’s invisible hand, to the technology of the factory assembly line. Episodes explored the evolution of currency, Karl Marx, corporations, colonialism and the politics of industry. The last program in the series was a round table discussion featuring Henry Kissinger, Edward Heath, Shirley Williams, Jack Jones and Professor Ralf Dahrendorf. It was written by Galbraith, based on his book, who offered his wit and wisdom under the supervision of producer Adrian Malone.
Written by John Corcelli – August, 2005