Film was wrong: CBC





When it ran in March, Prairie Giant, CBC-TV's two-part miniseries on the life of Tommy Douglas, proved one of the season's top-rated Canadian shows, drawing 905,000 viewers the first night and 751,000 the second night.

But the network has pulled it from circulation, with no plans for reruns, after complaints of historical inaccuracies.

The family of a political rival of Douglas, one-time Saskatchewan premier Jimmy Gardiner, complained that not only was the film's portrait of him unflattering, it was historically wrong.

CBC executive vice-president Richard Stursberg informed the Gardiner family by email yesterday that the network had hired an independent historian to assess their complaint and "I regret to say that his conclusion was that the character created for the film does not reflect the accepted historical record."

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