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H2O

H2O is a gripping two-part political thriller that premiered on Sunday 31 Oct 2004 on CBC Television, and concluded the following night. This four-hour mini-series was a major event in CBC Television’s season, and was one of the most controversial dramas ever telecast to Canadian audiences.

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Leslie Hope and Paul Gross in H2O
Martha Henry, Paul Gross and Leslie Hope in H2O
Paul Gross and Guy Nadon in H2O
Paul Gross in H2O

Paul Gross starred as the prime minister of Canada; the lineup of co-stars included Leslie Hope, Guy Nadon, Martha Henry, Gordon Pinsent, Callum Keith Rennie, David Boutin, Michael Murphy, Kenneth Welsh, Louise Portal, Jeff Seymour, Tantoo Cardinal, Nancy Palk, Diego Matamoros, Peter MacNeill, and Barry Flatman.

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Martha Henry in H2O
Martha Henry and Paul Gross in H2O
Paul Gross in H2O

Written by Paul Gross and John Krizanc, H2O goes into high gear immediately when the prime minister dies in a canoeing accident. His son, played by Gross, takes over as Canada’s new prime minister. The story takes audiences into a scenario of intrigue that leads deeper and deeper into an increasingly malevolent world where hidden agendas, betrayal and murder all lead to a dénouement that will leave viewers breathless. H2O is a cautionary thriller about Canada’s destiny.

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Leslie Hope in H2O
Gordon Pinsent in H2O
Guy Nadon in H2O

H20 was executive produced by Paul Gross (Men With Brooms, due South) and Frank Siracusa of Whizbang Films Inc, and was directed by Charles Binamé. It was produced in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Television Fund, CBC International and COGECO Program Development Fund.

Read more on CBC Television's official H2O page

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Paul Gross in H2O
Paul Gross in H2O
Paul Gross in H2O

"The biggest influence was British stuff like The House of Cards and A Very British Coup. The British have a richer tradition of making backroom skulduggery engaging." PAUL GROSS Maclean's

"Paul Gross has brought Mounties, curling and a Stratford-like theatre company to the screen - not in a lame patriotic way, but cleverly, and with playful pride. The latest challenge this triple-threat writer/producer/actor has created for himself is getting TV viewers to buy into a Canadian political thriller centred around the nation's water supply. In the two-part, four-hour CBC miniseries H2O, the prime minister dies in a canoe accident. His son, played by Gross, is a charmer with ulterior motives who gives an eloquent, country-unifying eulogy and is swept into office. Trudeau comparisons intended." SHANDA DEZIEL Maclean's

"Episode one of the miniseries, in which Gross plays the son of a Canadian prime minister who dies under suspicious circumstances, attracted 908,000 viewers when it premiered Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. Costarring Gordon Pinsent, Callum Keith Rennie and Martha Henry, the final episode aired Nov. 1, when 927,000 viewers tuned in, according to overnight figures." LAURA BRACKEN Playback