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The Secret World of Og Makes Animated Series Debut on CBC-TV

Pierre Berton's THE SECRET WORLD OF OG premieres as an animated series on CBC Television in Canada, Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9:30 am. The series of nine episodes will continue to air weekly on Saturday mornings.

The series follows the five Berton children Penny, Pamela, Peter, Patsy and baby Paul (better-known as The Pollywog) as they discover and explore a mysterious world of caverns and rivers hidden beneath a trapdoor in the floor of their clubhouse. In their subterranean adventures, they befriend the little green inhabitants called Ogs, share their worldly knowledge with them, and, at the same time, gain a little wisdom themselves.

"CBC is thrilled to have this great series on our network," said Kim Wilson, creative head, CBC children_s and youth programming. "As someone who read and loved the book as a child, I am so excited to see how kids will react to what I think is a great adaptation of the book. The animation is beautiful, and Pierre Berton would certainly be proud of the way his SECRET WORLD OF OG is being presented."

Berton often cited THE SECRET WORLD OF OG as his favorite of his 47 books. It has generated more fan mail than any of his other publications, selling more than 200,000 copies in four editions.

THE SECRET WORLD OF OG is co-produced by Helix Digital Inc. of Sydney, NS Canada, Long Shot Pictures Inc. of London and Title Ent. Inc. of Ottawa. Director is Paul Schibli, who also directed the long-running CBC series, THE RACCOONS. Music is by Cape Breton's Jamie Foulds, the multi-award-winning music producer and recording engineer for many well-known east coast artists, including Rita MacNeil, Natalie MacMaster, The Barra MacNeils and The Rankins.

The series is produced in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the government of Canada and the Canadian Cable Industry (CTF: Licence Fee Program), the Nova Scotia Film Development Corp., the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, and the Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit. International distribution is by CBC International Sales.