New to CBC GEM in September:
World Premiere of CBC Gem original teen educational series ABOUT SEX (Sept. 4) on World Sexual Health Day
English-Language World Premiere of acclaimed Radio-Canada original drama C’EST COMME ÇA QUE JE T’AIME (HAPPILY MARRIED) (Sept. 16) from the creative team behind popular French series Les Invincibles and Série noire
Second seasons of hit UK comedies- CHEWING GUM from Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You) and TIMEWASTERS – begin streaming Sept. 4
75th Anniversary of End of WWII Collection launches Sept. 2 with LOST HOME MOVIES OF NAZI GERMANY, MY GRANDPARENTS’ WAR, ROYALS IN WARTIME, SECRETS OF SURVIVAL, THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN and THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN: IN THEIR OWN WORDS
The first CBC Creative Relief Fund project to be launched, Short Doc PANDEMIC ELEMENTARY, begins streaming Aug. 28
CBC GEM ORIGINAL SERIES
ABOUT SEX (Young Adult, 35×7, Canada ) *World Premiere on World Sexual Health Day* Begins streaming Friday, September 4
ABOUT SEX invites teens to take a funny and frank look at what’s going on in their head, their heart and between their legs as they navigate life and love as a young adult. Thirty-five episodes explore topics from consent to pornography addiction, through skits, expert advice and teen testimonials.
CHEWING GUM Season 2 (Comedy, 6×30, United Kingdom) Begins streaming Friday, September 4
From executive producer Jon Rolph (Birds of a Feather, The IT Crowd) and BAFTA Award-winner Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You, Black Earth Rising), this outrageous, uproarious comedy follows the religious, Beyoncé-obsessed Tracey Gordon (Coel). As the 24-year-old learns more about the world around her, the less she seems to understand.
TIMEWASTERS Season 2 (Comedy, 6×30, United Kingdom) *Exclusive Canadian Premiere* Begins streaming Friday, September 4
TIMEWASTERS is a comedy about a struggling four-piece South London jazz band who find themselves transported back in time to London in the 1920s. In Season 2, it’s back to 1958 London, where the future has arrived: the birth of the teenager, the vibrant Windrush crowd, box-fresh televisions, and – crucially – the dawn of rock n’ roll.
MOHAWK GIRLS Season 3 (Comedy, 6×30, Canada) Begins streaming Friday, September 11
MOHAWK GIRLS is a comedic look at the lives of four modern-day women trying to stay true to their roots while they navigate sex, work, love, and the occasional throw down. This is life on the reserve like you’ve never seen it before – modern, tough, and funny.
LINE OF DUTY Season 4 (Drama, 6×60, United Kingdom) Begins streaming Friday, September 4
Thandie Newton (Westworld, Crash) stars as DCI Roz Huntley, AC-12’s most devious opponent yet, in the new season of Jed Mercurio’s critically acclaimed police corruption drama, LINE OF DUTY. In a career-defining case, Roz is under intense pressure from her superiors to apprehend a serial murderer after months of fruitless investigation. When another young woman is abducted, Roz is on the scene to track down and charge a 24-year-old man. But doubts around the young man’s guilt lead the chief forensic investigator (Jason Watkins, W1A) to AC-12. Is Roz ignoring forensic evidence that might prove the young man’s innocence? AC-12’s Supt Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Ashes to Ashes) places DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure, The Secret Agent) undercover inside Roz’s team to dig deeper into the case.
C’EST COMME ÇA QUE JE T’AIME (HAPPILY MARRIED) (Drama, 10×60, Canada)
*English-Language World Premiere of Radio-Canada Original Series*
Episodes available to stream weekly beginning Wednesday, September 16
In 1974, in the quiet suburb of Sainte-Foy, two discontented couples bring their kids to summer camp, and once back home, they must face the pitiful state of their marriages. Unable to deal with their problems, they become the most infamous criminals in the history of organized crime in Quebec City. Directed by Jean-François Rivard and written by François Létourneau, past collaborators on acclaimed Radio-Canada series Les Invincibles and Série noire, C’EST COMME ÇA QUE JE T’AIME received its World Premiere at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival. Starring Létourneau, Patrice Robitaille, Marilyn Castonguay, Karine Gonthier-Hydman and Sophie Desmarais.
THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF END OF WWII COLLECTION
- LOST HOME MOVIES OF NAZI GERMANY (Documentary, 2×60, United Kingdom) *Exclusive Canadian Premiere*
Begins streaming Wednesday, September 2
LOST HOME MOVIES OF NAZI GERMANY is a candid look at what life was really like for those living in, and under Hitler’s Swastika – at home and abroad – a record not only of what they saw, but of what they knew.
“These films of ordinary citizens at home have been unearthed
from attics across Germany, where they have been hidden, gathering dust,
since 1945. They give a fascinating insight into what many Germans were
thinking about what Adolf Hitler’s regime promised for the nation.”
MY GRANDPARENTS’ WAR (Documentary, 4×60, United Kingdom) *Exclusive Canadian Premiere*
Begins streaming Wednesday, September 2
This extraordinary new series sees leading Hollywood actors undertake fascinating journeys into their family’s past as they re-trace the footsteps of their grandparents during that conflict. Following the moving, personal stories of Kristin Scott Thomas (The Darkest Hour, The English Patient), Mark Rylance (Dunkirk, The Bridge of Spies), Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown, Harry Potter movies) and Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go, The Great Gatsby) as they travel to historic locations, from the beaches of Dunkirk to prisoner of war camps in Asia, to learn about their grandparents’ war.
- ROYALS IN WARTIME (Documentary, 2×60, ITN Productions, United Kingdom) *Exclusive Canadian Premiere*
Begins streaming Wednesday, September 2
Featuring extraordinary archive and insider commentary, this series explores the Royals’ role in wartime, including their military exploits and the importance of them boosting morale.
SECRETS OF SURVIVAL (Documentary, 1×78, directed by Martin Himel) Begins streaming Wednesday, September 2
World War Two ripped apart millions of families. In order to move on and build new lives, the survivors kept secrets from their newly created families. From filmmaker Martin Himel (Unit 8200, Undercover in ISIS), viewers experience how these old secrets come to light.
- THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN (Period Drama, 1×120, directed by Michael Samuels) Begins streaming Wednesday, September 2
Child survivors of the Holocaust are brought to Windermere to recuperate with the help of volunteer therapists, and without their families, they must find kinship in each other.
THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN: IN THEIR OWN WORDS (Documentary, 1×60) Begins streaming Wednesday, September 2
The story of an extraordinary, pioneering project to rehabilitate child survivors of the Holocaust on the shores of Lake Windermere. Adding to the power of the drama, THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN: IN THEIR OWN WORDS features a trove of extraordinary archive, much of it recently discovered and never seen before.
- GRAND DESIGNS: THE STREET (Lifestyle, 6×60, United Kingdom) *Exclusive Canadian Premiere*
Begins streaming Friday, September 4
Presented by Kevin McCloud, GRAND DESIGNS: THE STREET follows the first ten pioneering households on the UK’s largest self-build project as they create a street like no other. It’s a great opportunity, but not without risk. In the process, these pioneers will suffer injury, structural disaster and physical and financial exhaustion. The pressure of self-building causes friendships to fail, and even relationships to break down. However, those who see the projects through to completion will be rewarded with beautiful homes, tailored to their needs in a ready-made community.
- ALMOST NEVER Season 1 (Tween, 13×30, United Kingdom) Begins streaming Friday, September 11
ALMOST NEVER charts the ups and downs of boy band The Wonderland as they juggle home life, school and relationships alongside their dreams of pop stardom. It’s a story of family and friendship, loyalty and dreaming big.
ORIGINAL CANADIAN DOCUMENTARIES
PANDEMIC ELEMENTARY (Short Doc, 1×20, directed by Geordie Trifa) Begins streaming Friday, August 28
The first CBC Creative Relief Fund project to be launched, CBC Short Doc PANDEMIC ELEMENTARY follows a B.C. family trying out a radical version of homeschooling in the midst of the pandemic.
MY LUCKY SOMETHING (Short Doc, 1×5, directed by Celeste Koon) Begins streaming Friday, September 4
In tough times, it’s important to share the things that bring you luck and make you happy… even if they smell like feet.
WHEELER’S EVEREST (Documentary, 1×78, directed by Martin de Valk) Begins streaming Friday, September 4
WHEELER’S EVEREST is a rich, multi-layered story – part history, part biography – but mostly, it is a personal and intimate journey taking Jeff Wheeler, great-grandson of famous Canadian climber Oliver Wheeler, on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will reveal a forgotten part of Canadian history, highlighting the brave man behind the discovery of the ‘doorway’ to Everest in 1921 and the first mapping of the mountain and the surrounding Himalayan massif.
UNTYING THE KNOT (Documentary, 1×78, directed by Zana Shammi) Begins streaming Friday, September 25
UNTYING THE KNOT tells the powerful story of Rumana Monzur, a Bangladeshi-Canadian woman who was viciously assaulted by her husband in Bangladesh, leaving her totally blind. Interwoven with Rumana’s story are the unfolding journeys of three women in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city, whose relationships mirror aspects of Rumana’s own abusive marriage.
FRIDAY FEATURES – CANADIAN FILMS
ROOM (Drama, 1×90, directed by Lenny Abrahamson) Begins streaming Friday, September 11
Held captive for seven years in an enclosed space, a woman (Brie Larson in an Oscar™-winning performance) and her young son (Jacob Tremblay, Wonder) finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. Based on Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue’s award-winning 2010 novel, ROOM won the People’s Choice Award at TIFF 2015 and was nominated for three additional Oscars including Best Picture.
- INDIAN HORSE (Drama, 1×90, directed by Stephen Campanelli) Begins streaming Friday, September 18
An adaptation of Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese’s award-winning 2012 novel, INDIAN HORSE follows Saul Indian Horse as he survives residential school and life amongst the racism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles stereotypes and alcoholism. Executive produced by Clint Eastwood, INDIAN HORSE received its World Premiere at TIFF 2017 and stars Canadian newcomers Sladen Peltier and Edna Manitowabi, as well as Ajuawak Kapashesit (Indian Road Trip), Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant), Michael Murphy (Away From Her), Michael Lawrenchuck (Tokyo Cowboy), Johnny Issaluk (Two Lovers And A Bear) and Michiel Huisman (The Age Of Adaline).
MURMUR (Drama, 1×84, directed by Heather Young) Begins streaming Friday, September 25
Donna (Shan MacDonald) has recently been convicted of driving while impaired and is ordered to perform community service at the local animal shelter. When an elderly dog is scheduled to be euthanized, Donna decides to take the dog home and quickly realizes his companionship can ease her loneliness. In a futile attempt to fill the emptiness she feels, Donna begins to take home more and more animals and she is soon in over her head. MURMUR received its World Premiere at TIFF 2019, where it won the FIPRESCI Discovery Award.
THE BEST OF CBC:
Past and current seasons of CBC series, including hit competition series BATTLE OF THE BLADES; crowd-pleasing dramas MURDOCH MYSTERIES, FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES, HEARTLAND and ANNE WITH AN E; acclaimed comedies STILL STANDING, TALLBOYZ, KIM’S CONVENIENCE, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW and SCHITT’S CREEK; and classic CBC hits like THE KIDS IN THE HALL and BEING ERICA.
COMING IN OCTOBER:
BRASSIC Season 2
DETECTORISTS Season 1
DETENTION ADVENTURE Season 2
MOHAWK GIRLS Season 4
THIRTEEN (UK miniseries)