Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The first CBC dramatic series to be telecast in color, Hatch's Mill was set in the Ontario of the 1830s. The emphasis was on a family of homesteaders, whose father, Noah Hatch (Robert Christie) ran a combination general story and town meeting hall called Hatch's Mill. The series chronicled in boisterous, seriocomic fashion the efforts made by Noah to bring "civilization" to the community, efforts that often as not culminated in a contest, a race, or a knock-down-drag-out brawl. An impressive supporting cast and a stellar list of guest performances kept the lively proceedings even livelier. Filmed on location in the Northern Ontario town of Kleinberg, the series was created by George Salverson. Thanks to the merciless drubbing of Canada's most prominent TV critics, the run of Hatch's Mill was short indeed, lasting only ten episodes, which aired from October 24 to December 26, 1967.