Life and Times

Life and Times was CBC's long-running biography program, broadcast from 1996 to 2007. Hosted by Ann-Marie MacDonald and Gordon Vincent, the program featured biographical documentaries about many important Canadian artists, political figures and sports stars.

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Episodes

Life and Times Madiba: The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela

Madiba: The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela reveals a story unknown to the world beyond his inner circle. Mandela talks of his love of children, how apartheid affected him and facing the death sentence. How he survived prison, won over his enemies, and overcame prejudice. He also speaks about the pain of his marriage to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with whom he ...
  • 2004
  • 01:42:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/27/2014

Life and Times Immovable: The Legend of Maude Barlow

She is possibly Canada's best-known social crusader. Maude Barlow is a fighter for the environment, human rights, workers' rights, health care and any number of issues. Barlow also heads the citizens' watchdog group the Council of Canadians. This justice warrior was once a nice middle-class housewife. Discover what activated her ardour for political issues, a fire that would take her ...
  • 2001
  • 00:45:13
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Life and Times God Bless Me: The Making of Don Cherry

Love him or hate him, we all know Don Cherry. Find out all about the opinionated, brash and outspoken star of Hockey Night in Canada's Coach's Corner. Cherry describes his childhood influences: his mother who taught him never to take a slight and his father who read Horatio Alger success stories to Cherry as a boy. Cherry also talks about ...
  • 1996
  • 00:47:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Life and Times Robert Bateman

He may be the most prominent and passionate painter of the natural world since Audubon – and the most wealthy. As a high school art teacher, his first exhibition of bird and animal canvases sold out and launched him into the ranks of the world's most commercially successful artists. Today, Bateman is an eloquent spokesman for the preservation of the ...
  • 1998
  • 00:49:03
  • General
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Life and Times Tomson Highway: Thank You for the Love You Gave

In this moving documentary, Life and Times takes viewers behind-the-scenes into the world of a passionate, creative artist who reveals himself through his many accomplishments – music, playwriting and novel writing. Included are excerpts from selected works and frank discussion of residential schools, violence against women and his conviction that native artists, through their work, make a crucial contribution to the revival of ...
  • 1997
  • 00:47:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Life and Times Farley Mowat

With a career that began at age 14 when he wrote a column on birds for a local newspaper, Farley Mowat has gone on to sell 18 million books in 24 languages. We visit Mowat, the author, traveller and activist who has made a permanent home for himself on best-seller lists writing novels that spring from a natural-born love of ...
  • 1997
  • 00:47:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Life and Times Norman Jewison: Train of Thought

So far, Norman Jewison's films have received 45 Academy Award nominations and won 12 of the trophies as well as the lifetime achievement award. Now, though he has "made it south of the border", he has come home to help shape and direct the future of Canada's film industry through the founding of the Canadian Film Centre. Life and Times joined Jewison ...
  • 1997
  • 00:47:07
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Life and Times No Easy Answers: Alex Trebek

Under the polished surface is a working class Sudbury boy who became a philosophy graduate and once hosted a teen dance show on TV. Trebek's elusive persona is peeled away in this profile as the viewer discovers his passion for breeding horses, growing grapes for wine and his struggle to get to the top. Trebek's Hollywood friends, colleagues and stars ...
  • 2004
  • 00:45:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Life and Times Rick Hansen: Never Give Up on Your Dreams

This Life and Times documentary provides a look behind the scenes of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion Tour witnessing the enormous physical and emotional costs of this feat. Rick and his family discuss the arduous process of rehabilitation and acceptance of his disability.
  • 1996
  • 00:47:10
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013