Originally created by Harry Boyle in 1947, this series quickly became mandatory listening for the intellectual and artistic. James Bannerman gripped listeners' attention with his weekly introductions. Performances during the first season included two operas, three Shakespearean dramas, a play by Lister Sinclair, a satire by Eric Nicol, a verse play by T. S. Elliott, and a show about Saskatchewan's history by Tommy Tweed. In later years, writer/producer John Reeves won the prestigious Italia award for an original play entitled A Beach of Strangers.