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Bruno and the Beach

The Beachcombers at 40

by Marc Strange & Jackson Davies
foreword by Michael J. Fox

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list price: $26.95
edition:Paperback
category: Performing Arts
published: 2012
ISBN:9781550175653
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Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40

The most popular Canadian TV series ever is served well by this large format, full colour publication. An interesting chapter outlines the work of pioneering First Nations actor Pat John and his struggles with fame and the pressures of working on a TV series. John was one of the actors that worked on the series for all of its 19 years and consequently he matured from a beginning teen actor to a young man in full view of the Canadian viewing audience. There is also brief mention of Chief Dan George and other First Nations actors and how the series was one of the first to consider First Nations issues and use scripts by First Nations writers.

Caution: Refers to excessive alcohol consumption and marijuana use in an approving manner.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2013-2014.

Association of Book Publishers of BC
Librarian review

Bruno and the Beach: the Beachcombers at 40

The most popular Canadian TV series ever is served well by this large format, full colour publication. An interesting chapter outlines the work of pioneering First Nations actor Pat John and his struggles with fame and the pressures of working on a TV series. John was one of the actors that worked on the series for all of its 19 years and consequently he matured from a beginning teen actor to a young man in full view of the Canadian viewing audience. There is also brief mention of Chief Dan George and other First Nations actors and how the series was one of the first to consider First Nations issues and use scripts by First Nations writers.

Caution: Refers to excessive alcohol consumption and marijuana use in an approving manner.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2013-2014.

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Awards
  • Short-listed, Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award
  • Short-listed, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize
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Description

Bruno and the Beach is a lively, highly illustrated book celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Canada's longest running dramatic TV production, The Beachcombers, which aired on CBC TV from 1972 to 1990.

The remarkable saga of The Beachcombers--or "Beach," as it was called by both industry insiders and locals of the seaside town of Gibsons, BC, where the series was located--would never have unfolded without the show's larger-than-life star, Bruno Gerussi (Nick Adonidas). His passionate battles to keep the show on air for nearly twenty years were as dramatic as anything that occurred on camera.

Groundbreaking for its First Nations content and notable for an outstanding supporting cast that includes Robert Clothier (Relic), Pat John (Jesse) and Rae Brown (Molly), The Beachcombers is a Canadian treasure that became famous around the world. Generously illustrated with photos and memorabilia, Bruno and the Beach includes insiders' anecdotes, Beachcombers trivia, production crew pranks and personal stories of the folks who appeared on both sides of the camera.

Written by co-creator Marc Strange and series actor Jackson Davies (Constable John Constable), this book offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of those who gathered at Molly's Reach and shaped a national pastime.

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About the Authors

Marc Strange

Marc Strange is a writer and actor. He was co-creator of The Beachcombers (with L.S. Strange) and between 1972 and 1990 wrote, directed, and/or story-edited over seventy episodes. Strange is the author of Follow Me Down (ECW Press, 2010), Sucker Punch (Dundurn, 2007), which was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and Body Blows (Dundurn, 2009), winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original. He lives in Toronto.
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Jackson Davies

Jackson Davies is a Canadian actor who starred as Constable John Constable in The Beachcombers. He won the TV Week Viewer's Choice Award for Best Actor four times as well as the Sam Payne Award and is in the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. He is also only one of two Canadians ever to be made an Honorary Sergeant of the RCMP. He lives in Tsawwassen, B.C.

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Michael J. Fox

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