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Acclaimed series coming to CBC Gem in October include the exclusive Canadian premieres of BAFTA-winning dramedy IN MY SKIN season 2 (October 1) and WE ARE BLACK AND BRITISH (October 1) exploring race and identity from different perspectives; as well as season 10 of the award-winning hit series CALL THE MIDWIFE (October 3) featuring a special anniversary episode; French Canadian comedy PARIS PARIS (October 5); and the first season of crime drama TRIBAL (October 14)

A Mental Health Awareness collection featuring a variety of documentaries including MYSTERIES OF MENTAL ILLNESS (October 1) exploring the subject in science and society, and THE FALCONER (October 1) following master falconer Rodney Stotts on his mission to build a bird sanctuary

A Halloween collection of Canadian films and series including DEVIL IN THE DARK (October 7), THE RAVENOUS (LES AFFAMÉS) (October 15), BLINDNESS (October 21), SHE NEVER DIED (October 21), COME TO DADDY (October 24), 5150 ELM’S WAY (October 28), and all three seasons of the supernatural series BITTEN (October 24)

CBC’s fall 2022 season continues in October with the premieres of HEARTLAND season 16 (October 2), season 2 of MOONSHINE (October 2), THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW (October 2), the 50th season of MARKETPLACE (October 7), season 4 of DIGGSTOWN (October 12), TRAVEL MAN: 48 HOURS IN… (October 14), and RIDLEY ROAD (October 24), all of which will be available on CBC Gem concurrently with their premieres on CBC TV

CBC Sports brings together some of Canada’s top curlers with the first ever Mixed Doubles Curling Super Series event live streaming September 29 – October 2

ACCLAIMED SERIES

IN MY SKIN Season 2 (5×30, Dramedy, Expectation Entertainment, U.K)
Begins streaming Saturday, October 1 as part of the Mental Health Awareness Collection
*Exclusive Canadian Premiere*
The remarkable and ground-breaking comedy-drama returns, delivering a raw and starkly funny portrayal of adolescence today. Bethan’s mother, Trina (Jo Hartley, Eddie the Eagle), suffers from bi-polar disorder. Bethan’s (Gabrielle Creevy) life remains a struggle to keep her mother safe and away from her violent father. She continues to hide the reality of her home life away from her school friends. In her last year of school, and with her mum well again, Bethan finally finds herself free to experience the joys of teenage life, including falling in love with new girl Cam. But Bethan is once again forced to choose between protecting her mum or pursuing her own chance at happiness. Based on writer Kayleigh Llewellyn’s own inspirational story, the show holds a mirror up to life in contemporary Wales.

From left: Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy) and Trina (Jo Hartley) in season 2 of IN MY SKIN (courtesy of CBC Gem)

“The second and final series of In My Skin is one of the best seasons of television I’ve ever seen.”
Drew Gregory, Autostraddle

WE ARE BLACK AND BRITISH (2×60, Docuseries, Cardiff, U.K)
Begins streaming Saturday, October 1 as part of the Mental Health Awareness Collection
*Exclusive Canadian Premiere*

Six Black Britons from different backgrounds and viewpoints come together under one roof at a time when race and racism in the UK have sparked a nationwide discussion about what needs to change.

“We Are Black and British can comfortably claim to be the most intelligent reality TV show in recent memory.”
Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian

CALL THE MIDWIFE Season 10 (7×50, Drama, Neal Street, UK)
Begins streaming Monday, October 3
Season 10 Anniversary Special (1×60) begins streaming Friday, October 28

It’s 1966, and it’s a testing time for the midwives. But there’s excitement, too, as the women’s rights movement intensifies. With Trixie’s (Helen George) help, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) is determined to steer Nonnatus House out of its financial quandary. Dr. Turner (Stephen McGann) deals with an array of difficult cases including a former soldier involved in nuclear test explosions. Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) experiences a crisis of faith and Sister Frances (Ella Bruccoleri) realizes she needs to be a little less spiritual if she’s to really connect with the local women.

PARIS PARIS (13×30, Comedy, Zazie Films/UnisTV, Canada)
Begins streaming Wednesday, October 5
*Canadian English Exclusive Premiere*

Philippe (Benoit Mauffette) lives in Paris. He dreams of surrounding himself with cultured conversations, great literature, theatre, and art. The thing is, he doesn’t live in Paris, France, but in Paris, Ontario: a quiet rural town where, according to Philippe, the only kind of culture around is agri-culture. After losing his job as a French teacher, he starts to question his life’s accomplishments. Years of existential angst are released on his dysfunctional furnace, and, as he attempts to repair it, he ultimately destroys it. But in doing so, he discovers a tunnel in his basement that leads to Paris, France. Philippe experiences the best of both worlds as he leads a double life in both locations, until things start to get a little too complicated.

JAMIE’S ULTIMATE VEG (6×60, Food/Lifestyle, A Fresh One Production for Channel 4, UK)
Begins streaming Monday, October 10

Jamie Oliver is on a mission to inspire people to change the way they think about vegetables. This new series encourages meat-eaters and vegetarians alike to make vegetables the star attraction of any dish.

TRIBAL Season 1 (8×60, Drama, Prairie Dog Film & Television, Canada)
Begins streaming Friday, October 14

When the Tribal Police are accused of corruption, the federal government takes over and appoints a new Interim Police Chief, Sam Woodburn (Jessica Matten), who navigates politics and procedure in an unfamiliar world.

“[Tribal] was one of my choices for best new series of 2020 and the two leads, Brian Markinson and Jessica Matten, were on my list for best performances on Canadian TV.”
John Doyle, The Globe and Mail

BITTEN Season 1, 2 and 3 (13×30 each, Drama, produced by Entertainment One and Hoodwink Entertainment, Canada)
Begins streaming Monday, October 24 as part of the the Halloween Collection

Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort) tries to stray from the pack of werewolves that turned her into a monster, but her efforts are thwarted by a string of grisly murders.

DOCUMENTARIES

MYSTERIES OF MENTAL ILLNESS (4×60, directed by Peter Yost, USA)
Begins streaming Saturday, October 1 as part of the Mental Health Awareness Collection
MYSTERIES OF MENTAL ILLNESS explores the story of mental illness in science and society, tracing the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. The four-part series examines the dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and give voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.

THE FALCONER (1×72, directed by Annie Kaempfer, USA)
Begins streaming Saturday, October 1 as part of the Mental Health Awareness Collection

This intimate portrait film follows master falconer Rodney Stotts on his mission to build a bird sanctuary and provide access to nature for his stressed community. THE FALCONER weaves Rodney’s present-day mission with the story of his past, both of which are deeply rooted in issues of social and environmental injustice, and consistently orient the viewer to his worldview: nature heals. The film captures beauty and hope in a forgotten corner of the USA’s capital, as Rodney takes the time to break through to those too often dismissed as “hard to reach.” This is a story of second chances: for injured birds of prey, for an abandoned plot of land, for a group of teenagers who have dropped out of high school, and for Rodney himself.

IN FULL VOICE (1×52, directed by Saida Ouchaou-Ozarowski, Canada)
Begins streaming Saturday, October 1
*Canadian English Language Exclusive Premiere*

Muslim women are disconcerting, intriguing, polarizing—and straitjacketed by conflations of ideas in front-page stories. While the media tend to portray them as submissive and silenced, filmmaker Saïda Ouchaou-Ozarowski has chosen to distance herself from that caricature, with which she does not identify. She sat down with six Muslim Canadian women eager to talk about what shapes their identities. The resulting documentary, IN FULL VOICE, offers an intimate perspective on the journey of these women, who have a common desire to share their visions of Islam.

HODAN’S STORY (1×28, directed by Dwayne Holness, Canada)
Begins streaming Tuesday, October 4

Tireless activist, journalist, and single mother of two, Hodan Nalayeh returns to her birth country of Somalia on a mission to spread light, in a world where many only see darkness.

L’ESSENCE DES SOUVENIRS – ITINÉRAIRE D’UN APPRENTI PARFUMEUR (1×25, a CBC Short Docs Original in association with ARTE France, directed by Mélanie Gouby, France)
Begins streaming Friday, October 14

Abdulkader Fattouh is pursuing his lifelong dream to become a “nez:” a master perfumer. He fled the war in Syria and crossed the Mediterranean so he could study at a famous perfumery school in France.

GLORIOUS HOLIDAY (1×42, directed by Amy Baek, Canada)
Begins streaming Friday, October 28

While in Vancouver on a working holiday visa, a young Korean woman tries to change her life in 100 days.

FEATURE FILMS

DEVIL IN THE DARK (1×82, Drama, directed by Tim Brown, Canada)
Begins streaming Friday, October 7 as part of the Halloween Collection
Two estranged brothers (Robin Dunne and Dan Payne) find themselves stalked by a terrifying unknown presence while on a weekend hunting trip in remote British Columbia.

THE RAVENOUS (LES AFFAMÉS) (1×104, Horror, directed by Robin Aubert, Canada)
Begins streaming Friday, October 15 as part of the Halloween Collection

In the bleak aftermath of an outbreak of zombies in rural Quebec, Bonin (Marc-André Grondin) struggles to survive along with the rapidly dwindling remaining population. Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and nominated for Best Motion Picture at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards.

WHITE ELEPHANT (1×61, Drama, directed by Andrew Chung, Canada)
Begins streaming Friday, October 21

Set in 1996, in a majority-minority suburb of Toronto, 16-year-old Pooja (Zaarin Bushra) finds herself torn between her crush on a white boy, and her Brown friends. Her pursuit takes a violent turn, making her quest for love, a question of self-love. Winner of Outstanding Feature Film at the 2020 ReelWorld Film Festival.

“’White Elephant’ vividly captures the Canadian immigrant experience.”
Alisha Mughal, Exclaim!

BLINDNESS (1×102, Drama/Thriller, directed by Fernando Meirelles, Canada/Brazil/Japan)
Begins streaming Friday, October 21 as part of the Halloween Collection

When a mysterious illness causes her husband to suddenly go blind, a woman (Julianne Moore) discovers she is one of the only individuals immune as nearly everyone around them is stricken with blindness, triggering the swift breakdown of social order. The award-winning film, also starring Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover and Gael García Bernal, opened the 61st international Cannes Film Festival.

BLOOD QUANTUM (1×98, Drama/Horror, directed by Jeff Barnaby, Canada)
Begins streaming Friday, October 21

The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’kmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague.

SHE NEVER DIED (1×90, Drama/Horror, directed by Audrey Cummings, Canada)
Begins streaming Friday, October 21 as part of the Halloween Collection

In this sequel to He Never Died, when a girl goes missing, a woman (Oluniké Adeliyi, The Porter, Revenge of the Black Best Friend) with a mysterious past tracks down the people responsible.

COME TO DADDY (1×90, Drama, directed by Ant Timpson, Canada/Ireland/New Zealand)
Begins streaming Monday, October 24 as part of the Halloween Collection

A privileged man-child (Elijah Wood) arrives at the remote coastal cabin of his estranged father (Martin Donovan). He quickly discovers that not only is his dad a jerk, he also has a past that is rushing to catch up with him.

“…a dark comedic undertow that pulls viewers into their provocative talking points.”
Becca James, Chicago Reader

5150 ELM’S WAY (1×100, Drama/Thriller, directed by Éric Tessier, Canada)
Begins streaming Friday, October 28 as part of the Halloween Collection

5150 Elm’s Way is located at the end of a quiet street in a small town. When Yannick Bérubé (Marc-André Grondin) fell off his bike, he knocked at the door of the Beaulieu residence so he could clean the blood off his hands. But Jacques Beaulieu (Normand D’Amour) and his family had other plans for Yannick. And so Yannick is now a pawn in Beaulieu’s game. A game in which he will either lose his mind or his life. Nominated in multiple categories at the 2010 Genie Awards.

CBC SPORTS

MIXED DOUBLES CURLING SUPER SERIES
Live streaming Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 2
Bringing together some of Canada’s top curlers for five events over five weekends, the inaugural Mixed Doubles Curling Super Series kicks off on Thursday, September 29 in Ottawa. Providing additional insights, highlights, recaps and interviews, new episodes of THAT CURLING SHOW, hosted by CBC Sports’ Devin Heroux and six-time Canadian champion and two-time World curling champion Colleen Jones, will be available nightly throughout the competition.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Final Round begins live streaming Tuesday, October 11 – Saturday, October 15

From September 23 – October 15, the 24 best teams in the world will compete in the 19th edition of the tournament, which, for the first time, will be co-hosted by two nations. Taking place in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, and Gliwice, Poland, the final round of the Women’s Volleyball World Championships begins on Tuesday, October 11 at 11 a.m. ET with the quarterfinals and culminates with the gold and bronze medal matches on Saturday, October 15.

KIDS

THE NEXT STEP Season 2 (34×30, Tween, Temple Street Productions, Radical Sheep Productions and Boat Rocker Studios, Canada)
Begins streaming Friday, October 7
THE NEXT STEP follows the lives of an elite group of young dancers who live and breathe dance at The Next Step Studio. Season 2 picks up on a high note with the team having won Regionals, but the celebration is cut short when A-Troupe members must re-audition with dancers from other studios in order to make the Nationals team. Personal relationships are put to the test as the dancers try to strike a balance between individual talent and dedicated teamwork required to win at the highest level.

CBC FALL 2022 SEASON

CBC’s fall 2022 season continues in October with the premieres of HEARTLAND season 16 (October 2), season 2 of MOONSHINE (October 2), THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW (October 2), the 50th anniversary season of MARKETPLACE (October 7), season 4 of DIGGSTOWN (October 12), TRAVEL MAN: 48 HOURS IN… (October 14), and RIDLEY ROAD (October 24), all of which will be available on CBC Gem concurrently with their premieres on CBC TV.

THE BEST OF CBC

Past and current seasons of CBC series including ARCTIC VETS, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW, HEARTLAND, KIM’S CONVENIENCE, MURDOCH MYSTERIES, PRETTY HARD CASES, TALLBOYZ, THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW, THE PORTER, RUN THE BURBS, SCHITT’S CREEK, SKYMED, SON OF A CRITCH, SORT OF, STILL STANDING; and classic CBC hits like BEING ERICA.

COMING IN NOVEMBER

– SORT OF Season 2
– BRASSIC Season 4
– DOCUMENTARY NOW! Season 4
– SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS Season 2
– THE NEXT STEP Season 3
– HOW TO LOSE EVERYTHING
– EXPRESS
– MY LIFE AS A ROLLING STONE