In 1931, Austin Weir, Program Director of CNR Radio, convinced the powers that be of the need for a big drama series featuring professional actors and writers. He travelled to England, and brought back Tyrone Guthrie to produce a Canadian history series called The Romance of Canada. Merrill Denison was hired to write 25 scripts, at $250 per play, which was ten times the going rate. The series led off with a play called The Last Voyage of Henry Hudson. Following the first season, which featured 16 plays, Esme Moonie, one of radio's first female producers, took over from Guthrie. All of the original scripts are now housed at the Public Archives in Ottawa.