The Agenda with Steve Paikin on the road again, Literacy Day, dinosaur
adventures, and life on the outside - these and more in TVO's January 2010

Please visit TVO's January 2010 media highlights at

TORONTO, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - From the economy and education to ex-cons and everyday life with dinosaurs, TVO kicks off the New Year with a brand new slate of compelling and thought-provoking documentaries, dramas, current affairs and kids' programming sure to make you think.

This winter, TVO's flagship current affairs show, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, reprises its highly successful "On the Road" tour, this time visiting three towns to discuss and debate how Ontarians will reinvent the province in the new economy. The first leg rolls into London Sunday January 31 and Monday February 1 with a two-day interactive event featuring the AgendaCamp daylong workshop and a live, on-location broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin the following night.

In recognition of Literacy Day, Wednesday January 27, TVO presents an evening of programs spotlighting the written word. In The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu at 7 pm, author Aminatta Forna searches out Africa's hidden literary treasures. The Agenda with Steve Paikin at 8 pm welcomes special guests to examine issues related to literacy. At 9 pm, Rupert Graves, Zoe Wanamaker and Anna Chancellor star in the feature-length drama A Waste of Shame, in which Shakespeare's famous sonnets serve as the inspiration for an engrossing exploration of the scribe's troubled middle years. Closing the night at 10:30 pm is an encore presentation of filmmaker Karen O'Donnell's My Different Life, in which a mother of three kids with learning disabilities struggles to navigate the complex education system.

Wednesday January 20 at 10 pm, the world premiere of A Hard Name, the first post-trilogy documentary from director Alan Zweig (Vinyl, I Curmudgeon, Lovable) meets up with eight ex-convicts trying to stay out of jail. They've spent almost half their lives in prison - 30 to 40 years - but surviving outside of jail proves to be tougher than living by prison code.

And Mondays beginning January 11, an all-star cast of Canadian comedians including Andrea Martin, Mark McKinney, Kevin McDonald, Sean Cullen, Jayne Eastwood and Jon Dore shares the small screen with 10-year-old dinophile Dan Henderson (Jason Spevack) and 18 true-to-life CGI-animated dinosaurs in the new live-action/animated adventure series Dino Dan.

For information on these programs and others in TVO's January lineup, please visit TVO's January 2010 media highlights at

About TVO

TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.

Where to find TVO

Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Bell TV channel 265, Shaw Direct channel 353


For further information: For further information: Media Contacts: Angela Garde: (416) 484-2600 x 2305,; Paul Ginis: (416) 484-2600 x 2445,; Lesley Horlick: (416) 484-2600 x 2211,

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