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Comedy Gold, a two-part documentary narrated by Paul Gross, airs at 8 pm ET on CBC-TV on 1st and 2nd January as part of Comedy Week. Thanks to Maria and Wendy for the news!
Happy Christmas! Many thanks to Maria for this news: "While many are celebrating the holiday season, Paul Gross and a number of other familiar Canadian names, including Sonja Smits and Gordon Pinsent, are participating in the yearly Night of Miracles for Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. A 2 hr broadcast appealing for donations will be shown on CTV at 2pm ET on Dec 28."
And if you haven't yet made your donation to our own seasonal fund-raiser, there are only seven days left in which to contribute and leave your message for Paul!
The response to our "Swords Into Ploughshares" appeal has been amazing - thank you kindly to everyone who has contributed so far to our Christmas present for Paul "Tank Commander" Gross. We already have
Many thanks to Julie for this Toronto Star article about Slings & Arrows III, which is currently filming. Beware of a big spoiler towards the end of the article, though!
Paul Gross will play John Diefenbaker in Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, to air on CBC-TV on 12th and 13th March. Thanks to Bryan for the news!
Want to help buy Paul a Kalashnikov ... or a rocket launcher ... or even a tank for Christmas?
Spotted in alt.tv.due-south:
We don't know much about this yet, but it seems Burnt Toast will air on CBC's Opening Night, and possibly on Bravo! too.
The CTV website has a 9 minute video of yesterday's Passchendaele press conference in Calgary. Tune in to hear the Premier of Alberta announce his government's financial support for the project, and listen to Paul telling his grandfather's story.
Here is the news we've all been waiting for!
Alberta's military history to come alive via Passchendaele film
Highlighting the province's proud military history is the focal point of a new film receiving funding as part of Alberta's centennial.
The film, to be directed by Paul Gross, follows a Calgary soldier's experiences at home and on the front lines of World War I. It culminates at the battle of Passchendaele, considered by many to be a defining moment in Canada's military identity. Canadian soldiers successfully took the Belgian town in a 16-day offensive, after almost three months of allied fighting failed to make progress. Twenty thousand Canadian soldiers entered the offensive; 5,000 never came home. Nine Canadians were awarded the Victoria Cross.
Passchendaele will be filmed in May and August in Calgary, around the Suffield Base and in Europe. The anticipated release date is November 11, 2006. The total cost of the project is over $16 million, with the Government of Alberta committing $5.5 million.
"The Battle of Passchendaele was one of the great crucibles of the First World War in which thousands of Albertans took part. My grandfather was one of them," said Paul Gross. "His stories about the war have resonated throughout my life and it's our hope that Passchendaele will ignite a similar interest and justifiable pride in the grit and valour of all the Canadians who fought for their country."
Passchendaele is an historic movie that follows the life of Sergeant Michael Dunne, a soldier who is transferred from France during World War I to recover from injuries in a Calgary hospital. While recovering, he meets Sarah, whose family has also been affected by the war. Sergeant Dunne leads Sarah's reluctant brother David back into the gruesome battlefield in Passchendaele, Belgium.
The transcript from yesterday's IRC with Paul is now here and it's a great read!
Many thanks to Lee for this reminder that Slings & Arrows is listed at amazon.com - clearly, the release date is still to be decided upon, but it's a hopeful sign.
REGION 2 DVD of due South! (Europe, Japan, South Africa and the Middle East including Egypt) - amazon.co.uk finally has a listing for the first series, and a release date of 30th January 2006. Thanks to Ang for this news.
Paul has very kindly agreed to a second IRC Q & A! It's on Saturday 29th October at 14.30 hrs GMT. That's ...
You can also vote for Paul as your favourite "lifestyle host" for his commentary on The Greatest Canadian: Lester B. Pearson.
Thanks to Lee and Julie for the heads up!
Thanks to Julie for a reminder to Paul's US fans that Slings & Arrows series 1 continues to play on the Sundance Channel. They also have the rights to Series 2, which has already aired in Canada, and to Series 3, which starts filming in November.
Thanks to Mary Beth for spotting an article at channelcanada.com which indicates that Paul won't, after all, be playing Conrad Black in Shades of Black.
Good news for UK viewers from Cally!
Artsworld has recently been added to the basic Sky digital Family package on channel 157.
Kay has written to say that amazon.com are counting votes from customers in order to lobby for a US release of Slings & Arrows on DVD.
Amazon.ca have put up more details about the imminent release on DVD of due South season 4 and if you click on "See larger picture" you will notice that there are commentary tracks by Paul Gross.
From The Stage, a UK magazine:
Great news for due South fans waiting to complete their collection - the Final Season DVD will be released on 27th September and is now available to pre-order from amazon.ca!
More good news from Kim in The Netherlands! Due South starts again from today on RTL5 (www.rtl.nl then TV gids) Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 5:57 pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5:55 pm.
And thanks to Susan for the news that H20 is being shown again in the UK on the Hallmark Channel on the 11th and 12th July at 11pm.