Created by James W. Nichol
About time someone put the "broad" back in "broadcasting" at the CBC. PEGGY DELANEY is a hard-drinking, hard-writing forty-ish Toronto newspaper columnist who can more than hold her own with any of the guys in the newsroom, in a 1998 series of radio dramas which originally aired as part of The CBC Mystery Project.
Peggy's column for The Toronto Tribune provides the focus for each week's plot, and the CBC, in its oh-so-earnestly-correct way, assures us that "these plays are much more than reassuring puzzle mysteries. The object is to penetrate the process of newsgathering without trivializing the issues raised by the headlines. Beyond our entertainment mandate, we'd like to leave listeners with something substantial to chew on. We do this by relating the given story to Peggy's own life, allowing for a portrait of a contemporary career woman who is profoundly flawed." Uh-huh.
By profoundly flawed I assume they mean that she drinks like a fish, and that her personal life's such a mess. Aiding and abetting Peggy in her fight for truth, justice and the Canadian Way is old Cabbagetownchildhood buddy Bernie Sniderman, a wise and gentle spirit who now runs Cinderella Cleaners, and Nick Bauer, a former Washington correspondent with old fashioned journalism values, barely surviving a City Desk job at The Tribune. And, of course, there's friendly local barkeep Charlie who mans the plank at the Blue Moon Saloon.
Add Peggy's estranged fifteen-year-old daughter, Amber, who comes from Vancouver to to stay with her mom for a school term in Toronto. Amber disapproves of her mother's lifestyle, and isn't shy about expressing her opinions.
From the mugging of an inner-city basketball coach to the story of two squeegee kids planning to have a baby, Peggy makes the streets of Toronto her beat, all the while trying to come to terms with her her alcoholism and set things right with her daughter.
Geoff Loker's log of all shows broadcast from Novermber 1992 to July 6, 2002.
Many of the shows from the CBC Mystery Project can be found here.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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