CBC Television Network


Network: CBC Television Network

Broadcast Run: 1970 to 1971

Broadcast Medium: Television

Aired Tuesdays, after school, from September 29, 1970 to June 29, 1971.
This half hour game program for kids was a combination quiz show/board game. It was hosted by Harry Brown with young contestants from across Canada.

The object of the game was to advance on the laugh of a particularly bad joke sent in by viewers. If the joke received a groan, a player went backward, similar to a game of snakes and ladders.

Winners could choose one of six boodle bags, which might have a camera or a book or a radio or a duck. In fact, the show’s theme surrounded all things fowl. John O’ Leary, veteran news reader at CBC, gave the “Ooops Noos” bulletins and the Ooops weather forecast for ducks. A typical forecast might read: Duck ponds still frozen, but watch for quacks in the ice.

Sandy Stewart was the producer of this program, which often travelled to record episodes in different cities in Canada.

Written by John Corcelli – August, 2005