Saluting extraordinary Canucks

Glenn Gould, Emily Carr, Norman Bethune, Pierre Trudeau and L.M. Montgomery have something in common.

They are extraordinary Canadians.

Canada is a land of pioneering, spirited and determined citizens; we are world class artists, scientists, doctors, statesmen, activists, writers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and, of course, comedians.

Extraordinary Canadians shape our national identity and international reputation as a humane, peaceful nation of progressive thinkers.

Producer Kenneth Hirsch celebrates that ideal in a Citytv series, based on Penguin Canada's acclaimed biography collection Extraordinary Canadians.

Each episode features a renowned author presenting one of 12 figures who made a difference, since the earliest days of Canada's nationhood.

The 12-part series Extraordinary Canadians, introduced by John Ralston Saul and narrated by Holly O'Brien, will air Sundays beginning this weekend on Citytv at 8.30 p.m. ET/PT and repeat on The Biography Channel, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, premiering Saturday, Oct. 29.

It will debut in Mandarin, Hindi and Italian on OMNI Television in spring 2012.