Network: CBC Television Network
Broadcast Run: 1952 to 1963
Broadcast Medium: Television
When CBC Television began broadcasting in September 1952, with an eighteen-hour service, a fifteen-minute daily program called Let’s See told viewers what programming they could see that evening, and what the weather was going to be like. Weatherman Percy Saltzman was the host, aided and abetted by puppeteer John Conway’s creations, Uncle Chichimus and Holly Hock, the latter playing Chich’s niece and housekeeper. Conway provided the voices of Chich and Holly Hock, and actor Larry Mann was a regular on the show.
The series later spawned several children’s series, including The Adventures of Chich, Uncle Chichimus, and Uncle Chichimus Tells a Story.
Some of the series’ producers, many of whom later became famous on a bigger stage, were Norman Campbell, Franz Kraemer, Norman Jewison and Don Brown.
Let’s See was initially scheduled seven days a week, 7:15pm – 7:30pm from September to December 1952; it then moved to 6:45 – 7:00pm every day except Sunday, from March to July 1963.
Written by Pip Wedge – October, 2004