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Wojeck
Format Drama
Starring John Vernon
Country of origin  Canada
No. of episodes 20 (+ 1992 TV Movie)
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBC
Original run 1966 – 1968

Wojeck was a Canadian dramatic television series, which aired on the CBC from 1966 to 1968. It was the first successful drama series on English Canadian television.

The series starred John Vernon as Steve Wojeck, a crusading big city coroner who regularly fought moral injustices raised by the deaths he investigated. He often tackled tough and controversial issues—the very first episode of the series examined the role of racism in the suicide of a young Ojibwe man. The show was inspired by the career of Dr. Morton Shulman.

The cast also included Ted Follows, Patricia Collins and Carl Banas. Jennifer Dale played his daughter.

Although it was one of the highest-rated shows on Canadian television in its time, only 20 episodes of the series were made, because Vernon was lured to Hollywood by the promise of more money than the CBC could offer. He only returned to the role once, for a TV-movie Wojeck: Out of the Fire (1992).

The show inspired the later American series Quincy, M.E. A more recent Canadian series, Da Vinci's Inquest, is also considered to have been inspired by Wojeck.

In 2002, Wojeck became a MasterWorks honouree by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada.

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