This episode of BC Was Awesome contains the first interview I ever conducted for our show. It’s from the season we released in 2016.
In it I travel to Campbell River to find one of the only remaining VHS copies of a 1980s TV show pilot that’s legendary there.
I had read about “Break Away Outdoors” in the autobiography of Canadian broadcaster Terry David Mulligan.
The concept was to combine a fishing show and an interview show.
Talking about the opportunity to have the comedian as the guest on the pilot, Mulligan told me that “John Candy, in a boat, on the water, was maybe the best interview I was going to get with him… because what he did best was play a fish out of water.”
He wasn’t able to dig up a copy of it for me to watch, but after some persistence I tracked down a copy in Campbell River, at the resort where the pilot was filmed. So we went to Dolphins Resort and did a viewing in their lodge.
The 1980s show itself was admittedly pretty… well… not great. However as you’ll see in this episode I was thrilled to watch it because of the talk that has surrounded it for decades.
Candy is hilarious as expected, but it jumps from one scene to the next in a bizarre fashion, and you leave it knowing why the pilot didn’t get picked up.
While it wasn’t the greatest show of all time one thing is certain: the lore that has grown around it is like no other show ever produced in this province.
BC Was Awesome is a British Columbia history TV show co-produced by Vancouver Is Awesome and Artaban Productions. A book of the same name is set to be published in time for the province’s centennial celebrations in 2021. Watch all of the episodes for free on OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL.