The National Dream (miniseries)

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The National Dream, also known as The National Dream: Building the Impossible Railway, was a 1974 Canadian television docudrama miniseries based on Pierre Berton's 1970 book of the same name, plus Berton's 1971 follow-up book The Last Spike.wikipedia
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The National Dream, also known as The National Dream: Building the Impossible Railway, was a 1974 Canadian television docudrama miniseries based on Pierre Berton's 1970 book of the same name, plus Berton's 1971 follow-up book The Last Spike.
The form began in the earnest in the spring of 1974 with the CBC's eight-part serial The National Dream, based on Pierre Berton's novel, and ABC's three-part QB VII, based on the novel by Leon Uris.

Pierre Berton

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The National Dream, also known as The National Dream: Building the Impossible Railway, was a 1974 Canadian television docudrama miniseries based on Pierre Berton's 1970 book of the same name, plus Berton's 1971 follow-up book The Last Spike.
Berton's television career included spots as host and writer on My Country, The Great Debate, Heritage Theatre, The Secret of My Success and The National Dream.

Timothy Findley

The television adaptation was written by William Whitehead and Timothy Findley.
Findley and Whitehead also collaborated on several documentary projects in the 1970s, including the television miniseries The National Dream and Dieppe 1942.

The Last Spike (book)

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The National Dream, also known as The National Dream: Building the Impossible Railway, was a 1974 Canadian television docudrama miniseries based on Pierre Berton's 1970 book of the same name, plus Berton's 1971 follow-up book The Last Spike.
Both books formed the basis for the TV miniseries The National Dream.

The National Dream (book)

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The National Dream, also known as The National Dream: Building the Impossible Railway, was a 1974 Canadian television docudrama miniseries based on Pierre Berton's 1970 book of the same name, plus Berton's 1971 follow-up book The Last Spike.
Both books formed the basis for the TV miniseries The National Dream.

William Whitehead (Canadian writer)

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The television adaptation was written by William Whitehead and Timothy Findley.
He also co-wrote several works with Findley, including the television documentaries Dieppe 1942 and The National Dream: Building the Impossible Railway.

John Colicos

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He appeared in four episodes of the CBC docu-drama The National Dream as the "railway general" William Cornelius Van Horne and appeared in seven episodes of Mannix.

William Hutt (actor)

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He appeared in film and on television in such roles as Le Moyne in the 2003 film The Statement and Sir John A. Macdonald in the Canadian television production of The National Dream, as well as in Timothy Findley's The Wars.

Ted Follows

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He was best known for playing the role of Macduff in Macbeth at the Stratford Festival and the 1961 CBC Television film adaptation, and his television roles as the title character in the CBC drama series McQueen, as crown attorney Arnold Bateman in Wojeck, and as Prime Minister Charles Tupper in The National Dream.

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The National Dream, also known as The National Dream: Building the Impossible Railway, was a 1974 Canadian television docudrama miniseries based on Pierre Berton's 1970 book of the same name, plus Berton's 1971 follow-up book The Last Spike.

Canadian Pacific Railway

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The series portrayed the concept and construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway during the late 19th century, with Berton himself as narrator.

Eric Till

The National Dream combined dramatic reconstructions of the events (directed by Eric Till) with documentary content (directed by James Murray).

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Production required two years and cost CAD 2 million.

Royal Trust (Canada)

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Royal Trust, which was the executor of Cornelius Van Horne's estate, paid $400,000 to be a principal sponsor.

Executor

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Royal Trust, which was the executor of Cornelius Van Horne's estate, paid $400,000 to be a principal sponsor.

William Cornelius Van Horne

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John Colicos as Cornelius Van Horne Royal Trust, which was the executor of Cornelius Van Horne's estate, paid $400,000 to be a principal sponsor.

Sponsor (commercial)

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Royal Trust, which was the executor of Cornelius Van Horne's estate, paid $400,000 to be a principal sponsor.

CBC Television

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CBC Television premiered the eight-part hour-long series on 30 March 1974 and aired its final instalment on 28 April 1974.

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The series was also dubbed in French and broadcast on Radio-Canada, and was later seen in modified form on BBC in the United Kingdom.

BBC

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The series was also dubbed in French and broadcast on Radio-Canada, and was later seen in modified form on BBC in the United Kingdom.

United Kingdom

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The series was also dubbed in French and broadcast on Radio-Canada, and was later seen in modified form on BBC in the United Kingdom.

John A. Macdonald

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William Hutt as John A. Macdonald