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CBC Gem May 2024 Highlights



May promises a diverse range of programming on CBC Gem, with a focus on celebrating Asian Heritage Month and Disability Awareness Week through thought-provoking documentaries, inspiring lifestyle series, and compelling international dramas. Here are the highlights for the month:

Asian Heritage Month Collection:

– Nadiya’s Simple Spices (May 1): New York Times-bestselling author Nadiya Hussain demystifies cooking with spices, showcasing their versatility and affordability.

– Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV (May 1): This documentary explores the life and impact of Korean artist Nam June Paik, often regarded as the “George Washington of Video Art.”

– Avoidance Season 2 (May 8): Romesh Ranganathan stars in this UK comedy about a man navigating the challenges of his recent marriage breakdown and co-parenting with his sister.


– Parasite (May 15): Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning thriller-comedy about a destitute family’s involvement with a wealthy household.

Disability Awareness Week Collection:

– Name Me Lawand (May 17): An exclusive documentary following five-year-old Deaf Kurdish boy Lawand’s journey to find a community that understands him.

– Better Date Than Never (May 24): A heartwarming docuseries following a group of single love seekers taking their first steps into the dating world.

– Dinosaur (May 24): A comedy-drama about an autistic woman, Nina, whose life is turned upside down when her sister suddenly becomes engaged.


– Ness Murby: Transcending (May 24): An intimate six-part documentary series following Paralympian Ness Murby, the first openly trans man to compete at the Paralympic Games.

Acclaimed International Series:

– Penny Dreadful Season 3 (May 3): Vanessa, shattered and despondent, seeks help from an unconventional therapist, while her friends are scattered around the world facing their own demons.

– Animal Control Season 2 (May 10): Exclusive premiere. Frank, an eccentric animal control officer, and his team navigate complicated human situations.

– The Borgias Season 2 (May 12): Pope Alexander solidifies his power with the help of allies, while his children, Lucrezia and Juan, face their own challenges.


– Boat Story (May 17): Exclusive premiere. Two strangers, Janet and Samuel, stumble upon a haul of cocaine, entangling them with dangerous criminals and changing their lives forever.

– Sort Out Your Life (May 29): Exclusive premiere. A supersized spring-cleaning show where families tackle decluttering and budget-friendly makeovers with the help of organizing experts.


– Iris (May 1): Legendary documentarian Albert Maysles’ final film, focusing on 93-year-old style icon Iris Apfel, whose enthusiasm for fashion and art inspires.

Feature Films:

– Boyhood (May 17): Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking film, shot over 12 years, follows a boy’s coming-of-age, with Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as his parents.



– Escape to the Country Season 30 (May 3): Celebrating 20 years, this series focuses on rural property searches and lifestyle changes, capturing the beauty of the British landscape.


– Hop (May 31): A new CBC Kids original series from Marc Brown, the creator of Arthur, about an enthusiastic frog named Hop and his adventures with his quirky friends.

With a diverse range of offerings, from inspiring documentaries to international dramas and lifestyle series, CBC Gem continues to deliver compelling content that entertains and engages viewers throughout May.


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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