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The Pig and Whistle

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The Pig and Whistle
GenreVariety show
Presented byJohn Hewer
StarringCarlton Showband
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
Running time30 minutes
Original networkCTV
Original release1967 –

The Pig and Whistle was a Canadian musical television series aired on the CTV television network from 1967 to 1977. Filmed in Toronto, Ontario but set in a fictional English pub, the show featured an assortment of Canadian, British and Irish performers.

One of CTV's most popular programs of its day, The Pig and Whistle drew ratings of over a million viewers in the early 1970s.[1] The programme was hosted by John Hewer and featured the music of the Carlton Showband, a Canadian-Irish musical group. Scottish singer and entertainer Stan Kane was often featured.

The programme's title is derived from one of the names of a traditional English public house, whose meaning in turn remains somewhat speculative.[2]


  1. ^ Juneau, Pierre (24 February 1972). "The Right to See Everything . . .Including Ourselves" (speech). The Empire Club of Canada. Retrieved 30 July 2007.
  2. ^ "Pig and whistle". The Phrase Finder. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
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