Hello. My name is Holly. I'm part of a team of people who assemble the programming schedule for OETA.
We look at the PBS national schedule, local programs and programs from other stations and distributors. We take in all that information and combine it with Member ballot feedback and viewer suggestions, and at the end of the month, I put together a schedule for each of our four channels.
The following are some notes about upcoming programs, preemptions and other points of interest that viewers might not hear otherwise. I hope you'll find it useful!
Programming Notes 9/13 to 9/19
Written by Holly on Friday September 13, 2013
Friday, September 13
7pm ONR -- Governor Fallin signs legislation overhauling the state’s civil justice system at the end of a legislative special session… The man who has repeatedly forced lawmakers to redo their work sees more laws that are headed for a constitutional battle… How to provide funding for school storm shelters is still up for debate as school districts look for ways to pay for them… A new report shows much need for improvement in Oklahoma’s nursing home industry… A new clinical trial gives hop for people with brain tumors… In Oklahoma Stories, we profile a legendary Oklahoma football player and trailblazer… An Oklahoma-based movie makes it much-anticipated debut at the Toronto International Film Festival… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
Saturday, September 14
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP visits the North Central Research Station at Lahoma to look at cover crop varieties and how they can benefit soil moisture in wheat and canola fields. Also: Mesonet weather, soil structure, grain and livestock market analysis, fence-line calf weaning and a preview of the peanut and cotton tour at the Caddo Research Station in Fort Cobb.
10:30am COOK’S COUNTRY FROM AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN – New sixth season starts today!
Sunday, September 15
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Legislative Special Session” -- We discuss the recently-concluded Special Session and more from the State Capitol with reporters: Patrick McGuigan, Capitol Beat OK... Shawn Ashley, News Director, eCapitol... Michael Cross, KOSU Radio
9:30pm BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND – New episodes of this interesting music program start in a new timeslot. It’s shot 333-ft. underground in the Volcano Room of Tennessee's 32-mile long Cumberland Caverns. Unfortunately, we’ll only be able to see a few of these episodes right away because we're start Downton Abbey Season Two repeats at 9pm on Sunday nights starting in mid-October.
Monday, September 16
9pm POV “The World Before Her” -- This tale of two Indias follows a female militant leader and a woman competing in a beauty pageant.
O K L A – 11am – NEWSLINE is preempted today because of a Japanese national holiday. ASIA BIZ EXCHANGE is airing in its place. NEWSLINE will return tomorrow at the usual time.
Tuesday, September 17 – Constitution Day
7pm LATINO AMERICANS #101 (two hours) -- This six-hour series tells the story of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration;and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources that connects and empowers millions of people today. The series covers the 1500s to the present day. Two more two-hour episodes will air the next two Tuesday nights at 7pm.
9pm THE CONSTITUTION: TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY – Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry, former Chief Judge of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals sets out to explore our country’s governing document, the framers who crafted it and its importance today. Join President Henry, Oklahoma's 4th District Congressman, Tom Cole, Oklahoma Speaker of the House, T.W. Shannon and the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Arlene Johnson as they discuss how the document has affected Oklahoma, America and the world.
10pm FRONTLINE “Egypt in Crisis” -- Martin Smith and Charles Sennott examine the rise and rapid fall of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
Wednesday, September 18
8pm NOVA “Why Ships Sink” -- The events that led up to famous cruise disasters are reconstructed, including the Costa Concordia.
9pm BRAINS ON TRIAL WITH ALAN ALDA “Deciding Punishment” -- Alan Alda discovers how neuroscience is already influencing the sentencing of defendants on trial.
10pm MOORE'S STOP: AN HISTORICAL VIEW OF AN OKLAHOMA COMMUNITY -- The history of Moore, Oklahoma, including interviews with long-time residents, historians and city officials about the historical significance of the Moore region and its unique fingerprint on the growth of Oklahoma. Narrated by Toby Keith.
Thursday, September 19
7pm STATELINE #1502 “Sleepless in Oklahoma” – No one thinks they snore, but millions do. Snoring has always been treated as a joke. Today, doctors know snoring is a symptom of something very serious, Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep apnea happens when muscles in the throat relax, limiting airflow and preventing deep, restful sleep. It’s a condition that puts patients at risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Every day in Oklahoma sleep clinics are treating a growing number of people who say no matter how much they sleep, they never feel rested. Most of the patients are children. OETA’s award winning documentary series Stateline examines the treatments Oklahoma doctors are using to beat apnea without drugs, and giving rest to those who are Sleepless in Oklahoma. (Original Broadcast 9/05/13)
8pm GLOBE TREKKER “Food Hour: Lebanon”
9pm DOC MARTIN “Old Dogs” -- Dr. Martin Ellingham is still as clumsy as ever when it comes to forming relationships with the opposite sex. Just when things were beginning to look rosily romantic between him and pretty school teacher Louisa Glasson, he made a terrible faux pas. She can't forgive him for accusing her of failing in her dental hygiene regime. Meanwhile, Muriel's condition deteriorates in the home. Then Martin realizes that her problems are being caused because she is dehydrated,and that has caused her to become confused. At the surgery, Martin is taken aback to find a strange girl working in reception.
Programming Notes 9/06 to 9/12
Written by Holly on Friday September 6, 2013
Friday, September 6
7pm ONR -- Lawmakers return to the Capitol for the first special session in seven years to fix civil justice laws ruled unconstitutional… Governor Fallin announces an extension of the Insure Oklahoma program… The City of Duncan gets encouraging words from Australian officials after a highly-publicized killing… A coalition of Oklahomans adds their voices to the growing opposition to U.S. military involvement in Syria… Supporters and opponents speak out on Common Core State Standards for education… As Oklahoma strives to produce more college graduates, older students are encouraged to come back to campus to finish what they started… Sleep apnea is a disorder that not only can keep people up at night, but can leave them at risk for serious medical conditions… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
9pm THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA – Part 5 of 6 – This preempts THE RED GREEN SHOW and pushes DOCTOR WHO to 11pm.
Reminder: The new DOCTOR WHO series will begin in one month (October 4th)
Saturday, September 7
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP experts discuss weed control during the fall planting season, and how weeds are reacting after the prolonged drought followed by a rainy summer. Plus: replacement heifer body condition scores, pregnancy check options, Mesonet weather, wheat market analysis, battery maintenance, Oklahoma 4-H Foundation and using wheat to create and manage food plots for deer.
11:30am GROWING A GREENER WORLD – This new series blends the latest trends in eco-friendly living with traditional gardening know-how. The series highlights the diverse people, organizations and events that seek to raise environmental awareness and encourage better stewardship of the planet. P. ALLEN SMITH will return when we have new episodes of his series.
7pm THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW “We Can Make Music” – In this episode, Bill Thrash speaks with Mary Lou about his work on the Lawrence Welk series.
8pm THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA – Part 6 of 6
10pm OETA MOVIE CLUB “The Birdcage” – Starting one hour late due to the two-hour NATIONAL PARKS finale.
O K L A – THE NATIONAL PARKS series has had a 24-hour delayed repeat on OKLA like most other primetime programs. On Saturday, we’ll air the Friday night episode #105 at 8pm and follow it immediately with #106 at 10pm. AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, which usually airs at 10pm on OKLA, will air at midnight. It also airs at 5am on Sunday mornings on Main.
Sunday, September 8
12:30pm NAT’L LT. GOVERNORS ROUNDTABLE – Encore broadcast -- Lieutenant Governors from across the country discuss the role of the Lt. Governor and their successes and challenges in policy issues that impact state government. (This preempts OKLAHOMA FORUM, which can still be seen on OKLA this week. It will be the “Common Core State Standards” episode that premiered in July.)
8am OUTDOOR OKLAHOMA -- This week we capture a few people who have made it their life to help take care of our Ozark streams in Oklahoma. We interview landowners about their passion for our streams and follow along with two Biologists (Dr. Shannon Brewer, OSU and Brandon Brown, ODWC) as they talk about their research as well as catch a few smallmouth bass. Words and Places, Smallmouth Bass, Illinois River, Barren Fork, Spring Creek, Brandon Brown, Shannon Brewer
7pm LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX (Part 1 of 6) -- Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited over the internet after nearly 60 years. As their lives collide for a second time, the couple laments what might have been. While their relationship is a celebratory tale of the power of love at any age, it is also a story about family and the complications the relationship causes, especially for their grown daughters.
8pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Silk” (Part 3 of 3) -- Both Martha and Clive have their Silk interviews and Martha takes on the biggest case of her life.
Monday, September 9
9pm POV “Ping Pong” -- Elderly players compete in the “Over 80 World Table Tennis Championships” in China's Inner Mongolia.
Tuesday, September 10
President Obama is planning to address the nation on the subject of Syria. The start time is still unknown. OETA will broadcast the address, but we are unsure at this point how it will affect programming. Our current lineup is this:
7pm AMERICAN MASTERS “Billie Jean King” -- The professional tennis star who fought for equality on and off the court presents her own story.
8:30pm NAT’L LT. GOVERNORS ROUNDTABLE –Lt Governors from across the country discuss the role of the Lt. Governor and their successes and challenges in policy issues that impact state government.
9pm FRONTLINE “The Suicide Plan” -- The world of assisted suicide, one of the most polarizing social issues of our time, is explored.
10:30pm STELLA IS 95 -- This moving film about aging focuses on a charismatic older person who's living a very full life.
Wednesday, September 11
7pm EARTHFLIGHT, A NATURE SPECIAL PRESENTATION “Africa” -- Fly and arrow-dive with cape gannets among sharks, dolphins, whales and the great sardine run.
8pm NOVA “Ground Zero Supertower” -- NOVA returns to Ground Zero to witness the completion of One World Trade Center in New York City. (premiere)
9pm BRAINS ON TRIAL WITH ALAN ALDA (Part 1 of 2) “Determining Guilt” -- Alan Alda explores how neuroscience and brain-scanning technology are being used in the courtroom.
10pm GREAT PLAINS: AMERICA’S LINGERING WILD (Part 2 of 2) -- This two-part program follows photographer Michael Forsberg, as he examines what wildness remains in the plains of North America. Stretching nearly one million square miles down the heart of the continent, the Great Plains is a fragile and threatened ecosystem. Covering a variety of wildlife and habitats, this program introduces a host of dedicated people working to keep the wild alive. Produced by Nebraska Educational TV and based on Forsberg's book of the same name.
O K L A – We’ll air the Tuesday night lineup from Main as we’d planned before the President planned to speak: AMERICAN MASTERS (7pm), NAT’L LT GOVERNORS ROUNDTABLE (8:30pm), FRONTLINE (9pm). STELLA IS 95 will not repeat on OKLA, as is typically the case with the 10pm programming from Main so that we can air CHARLIE ROSE.
Thursday, September 12
7pm GALLERY #1402 – The art of Jerry Yarnell. (premiere)
9pm DOC MARTIN “Haemophobia” -- Gossip about Martin's blood phobia seems to have spread around the village like wild fire.
Programming Notes 8/30 to 9/05
Written by Holly on Friday August 30, 2013
Friday, August 30
7pm ONR -- The killing of an international student in Duncan is the kind of story that appears almost daily the news media. But this story is different, and has captured the attention of the world… In a Newsmaker Interview, First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine discusses the federal budget, sequestration and the crisis in Iraq – top issues Congress must deal with when it returns from its August recess… As the U.S. heads closer to military involvement in Syria, we learn about the political climate in the region from an Oklahoma scholar/educator… Amid a teacher shortage, State Superintendent Janet Barresi calls on school districts to give teachers a pay raise… A government study could lead to raises for state employees who have gone years without a salary increase… Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act promised equal pay for equal work, women still work for less… Testing is complete on the cause of a major fish kill in the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River… A Skiatook artist makes a name for himself as a teacher… The Cherokee Nation celebrates the 61st anniversary of its National Holiday… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
9pm SIDE BY SIDE, THE SCIENCE, ART AND IMPACT OF DIGITAL CINEMA -- George Lucas, James Cameron and other filmmakers discuss digital and photochemical film creation. (Repeats on OKLA Saturday night at 11pm)
O K L A – 9pm to 10:30pm – LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Audra McDonald: Go Back Home” – Host Audra McDonald sings personal favorites and selections from her new album, "Go Back Home." We aired this earlier this year on Main, so opted to air this only on OKLA in prime time this time around. However, it will air on Main Saturday morning at 5am.
Saturday, August 31
7:30am SUNUP -- With fall planting underway, SUNUP discusses several important crop insurance deadlines. Also: wheat prices, difficult calving, canola planter calibration, Mesonet weather, cattle markets, Oklahoma Quality Beef Network, food nitrates and Texas County fair highlights.
O K L A – 3pm to 7pm – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET “Giulio Cesare” -- The opera that conquered London in Handel's time comes to the Met in David McVicar's lively production. The world's leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.
Sunday, September 1
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM “Labor and Employment” -- As the nation celebrates Labor Day, we discuss the Oklahoma workforce, jobs and wages with: Mark Costello, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner… Richard McPherson, Executive Director, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission… Kyle Dean, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute, Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business
Reminder: ARE YOU BEING SERVED’s final Sunday is 9/15. Starting on 9/22, AS TIME GOES BY will be in the 10pm timeslot.
Monday, September 2 – Happy Labor Day!
8pm THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA – This six-part film series shows works its way chronologically through the history of the national parks featuring characters -- some famous, most not, from every walk of life -- who dedicated their lives to insuring all could enjoy these places. The film explores how the national park system came to be and examines some -- but not all -- of how these majestic places came to be national parks. Each episode starts at 8pm, except for the Friday night episode, which starts at 9pm.
10pm BEFORE THERE WERE PARKS: YELLOWSTONE AND GLACIER THROUGH NATIVE EYES -- A Native American perspective of the area celebrates efforts between park staff and Tribal Nations.
Tuesday, September 3
7pm MOUNT RUSHMORE: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – The wonderful and bizarre story of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial's creation is detailed.
10:30pm MONUMENTAL REFLECTIONS -- A provocative look at the 630-foot tall Gateway Arch that dominates the St. Louis skyline.
Wednesday, September 4
7pm EARTHFLIGHT, A NATURE SPECIAL PRESENTATION “North America” – This 6-part series is a breathtaking voyage with the world's birds, soaring across six continents, witnessing spectacular animal migrations and great natural wonders, swooping down to interact with life-and-death dramas on land and at sea. It employs state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated camera techniques to show the world from the amazing aerial perspective of a bird's-eye view. Each episode will begin at 7pm Wednesday nights.
10pm GREAT PLAINS: AMERICA’S LINGERING WILD, Part 1 -- This two-part program follows photographer Michael Forsberg, as he examines what wildness remains in the plains of North America. Stretching nearly one million square miles down the heart of the continent, the Great Plains is a fragile and threatened ecosystem. Covering a variety of wildlife and habitats, this program introduces a host of dedicated people working to keep the wild alive. Produced by Nebraska Educational TV and based on Forsberg's book of the same name. (Part 2 airs next Wednesday at 10pm.)
Thursday, September 5
7pm STATELINE #1502 “Sleepless in Oklahoma” – premiere
10pm DOC MARTIN “Of All the Harbors in All the Towns” – This week’s episode airs one hour later than usual due to the two-hour NATIONAL PARKS episode. It’s also being preempted on OKLA due to NATIONAL PARKS.
Programming Notes 8/23 to 8/29
Written by Holly on Friday August 23, 2013
Friday, August 23
7pm ONR -- Five decades after the “I Have a Dream” speech, how much has growing up black in Oklahoma improved?... Oklahoma’s all-black towns provide a history lesson on race relations and discrimination… Governor Fallin launches an initiative to close Oklahoma’s skills gap, and attract more students into the fields of science, technology, engineering and math… A new study shows the state of Oklahoma’s efforts to reduce cancer risks, rates and deaths have room for improvement… Exterior renovation of the history Cherokee National Capitol Building in Tahlequah is nearly complete, just ahead of the tribe’s national holiday… New development along the Oklahoma River boosts the quality of life and the economy in central Oklahoma… U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin hears from constituents at a town hall meeting… Hospitals take extra precautions to prevent the spread of drug resistant “superbugs.”…The sounds of “blues” strike a historical note in Oklahoma Stories… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
O K L A – 8pm to 9:30pm – AMERICAN MASTERS “James Baldwin: The Price of a Ticket” – An in-depth portrait of James Baldwin, one of the great American authors of the 20th century.
Saturday, August 24
7:30am SUNUP -- Explores the Plant Variety Protection Act and talk about wheat variety availability. In the Mesonet report, Al Sutherland and Gary McManus discuss the rain our state has seen in the past 90 days. Next, Kim Anderson digs into the latest news from the grain markets and explains why prices aren't moving much. In Cow-Calf Corner, Glenn Selk discusses the length of time to wait before intervening in a cow's labor. Then, we head to the North Range Research Station with Dave Lalman and Terry Bidwell to discuss the options for dealing with pasture weeds. In Shop Stop, Randy Taylor and Wayne Kiner offer a method for removing a stuck bolt. Finally, in Naturally Speaking, Dwayne Elmore explains the legal considerations of manipulating fields for Mourning Dove hunts.
12pm MEXICO ONE PLATE AT A TIME – We’re starting the repeat of the 9th season. Even with repeats, we know our viewers love this series. We’ll go through the 9th season again and then encore the 8th season. We can't wait to hear if/when Rick Bayless will produce a 10th season.
9pm JUDY GARLAND DUETS -- From the early 1960s: Garland with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mickey Rooney, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Ethel Merman, Vic Damone, Mel Torme, Jack Jones and 17-year-old Liza Minnelli.
O K L A – 12:30pm to 4:30pm – Encore of LEWIS & CLARK: THE JOURNEY OF THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY
O K L A – 4:30p to 7pm – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET “Francesca da Rimini” (“Giulio Cesare” will air next Saturday at 3pm.)
Sunday, August 25
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM -- 50th Anniversary of “I Have a Dream” – Discussion of the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington and the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on race relations with: Currie Ballard, Historian and Producer of “Ebony Chronicles”… Pauline Harris, Ed.D., Human Rights Coordinator for Tulsa Public Schools and Professor of African-American Studies at Tulsa Community College… Joyce Henderson, Retired educator, participant in 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom… State Rep. Mike Shelton (D) Oklahoma City, Legislative Black Caucus
8pm MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! “Silk” – Part 1 of 3 -- "Silk" is a legal drama following the rivalries, passions and intrigues of criminal law, starring Maxine Peake (Little Dorrit) and Rupert Penry-Jones (The 39 Steps) as rival barristers who backstab, outwit and outdo one another.
Monday, August 26
9pm POV “5 Broken Cameras” -- This film is a deeply personal first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village where Israel is building a security fence. Palestinian Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, shot the film and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi co-directed. The filmmakers follow one family's evolution over five years, witnessing a child's growth from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him.
Tuesday, August 27 – 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington DC
7pm IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE “A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” -- President Obama hosts popular musicians performing music that galvanized the civil rights movement.
8pm THE MARCH -- This film examines the 1963 March on Washington, its history and how it nearly did not take place.
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights” -- The controversial civil rights era leader and former head of the National Urban League is profiled.
10pm A CONVERSATION WITH CLARA LUPER – Dick Pryor talks to Civil Rights activist Clara Luper about her organization of the “sit-in” movement, her friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and her life’s work as a leading social reformer.
Wednesday, August 28
7pm NATURE “Cracking the Koala Code” -- Discover how koalas survive and thrive on a diet poisonous to almost all other herbivorous mammals.
8pm NOVA “Making Stuff Cleaner” -- Explores how materials used to make fuel cells, quantum computers and more are shaping the future.
9pm NOVA “Making Stuff Smarter” – Explore the wild ideas that have turned into a cutting-edge material or high-tech breakthroughs.
10pm AUTISM: COMING OF AGE – An inside look at the lives of three adults with autism, including interviews with their families.
Thursday, August 29
7pm NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ROUNDTABLE -- Lieutenant Governors from across the country discuss the role of the Lt. Governor and their successes and challenges in policy issues that impact state government.
9pm DOC MARTIN “The Portwenn Effect” -- Martin makes a house call to the park ranger, who introduces him to a six-foot, red squirrel.
Programming Notes 8/16 to 8/22
Written by Holly on Friday August 16, 2013
Friday, August 16
7pm ONR -- Oklahoma’s acclaimed Pre-Kindergarten program prepares youngsters for learning, but testing shows they lose their advantage in reading by 4th Grade... While some rural Oklahoma cities are booming, others are seeing their economies falter and their populations dwindle… Newcastle High School takes a proactive approach to dealing with football-related head injuries… Governor Mary Fallin calls legislators to the Capitol for a Special Session to fix a series of laws found unconstitutional. We discuss with Shawn Ashley of eCapitol… The Department of Transportation studies creating a passenger rail line between Oklahoma City and Tulsa… In a Newsmaker Interview, Director of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Darrell Weaver, discusses a change in national drug enforcement policy… Kidney disease is the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States. We look at what is being done to prevent the disease and deal with its effects, including fighting the obesity epidemic in Oklahoma… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
Saturday, August 17
7:30am SUNUP – SUNUP discusses cattle inventories, recent rainfall and marketing to the next generation of beef consumers at the 2013 Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Annual Convention and Trade Show. Also: livestock and grain market analysis, Mesonet weather, fall calving season, sorghum field day, prescribed burning and identifying native grasses.
9pm OETA MOVIE CLUB “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” – The audio is out of sync at some parts of the film because it was over-dubbed in post-production, as was standard practice in Italian films of this period.
Sunday, August 18
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Oklahoma Films” -- We discuss recent films shot in Oklahoma and the Oklahoma film industry with: Brian Hearn, Film Curator, Oklahoma City Museum of Art… Clifton Raphael, Film Instructor, Jenks Public Schools… Xavier Neira, Tourism Commissioner and Chair, deadCENTER Film Festival… Gray Frederickson, Film Instructor, Oklahoma City Community College and Academy Award-winning movie producer
7pm CHURCHILL (Part 1 of 3) -- Sir Ian McKellen narrates this documentary, which explores many of the myths that surround the Churchill legend, revealing the complexity of the real man who was soldier, adventurer, politician, author and arguably the greatest Englishman of the 20th century. Parts 2 and 3 will air the next two Sunday nights at 7pm.
8pm THE LADY VANISHES: MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! -- A young socialite suspects foul play when a young woman inexplicably disappears from a train.
9:30pm ARCHITECT MICHAEL GRAVES: A GRAND TOUR – For many, the name Michael Graves is synonymous with the "whistling bird" Alessi teakettle and an array of affordably stylish household products bearing the Graves Design imprint at Target stores. But Graves is also a renowned architect who transformed America's built environment with buildings in the 1980s that took a whimsical approach to classical forms. In early 2003, in the midst of his successful career, a mysterious and potentially fatal illness left him partially paralyzed. Graves survived after undergoing years of painful rehab, but his ordeal opened an unexpected new chapter in his illustrious career -- designing hospital furniture and homes for wounded war veterans. His goal is to transform traditionally cold institutions into environments that promote healing.
Monday, August 19
9pm POV “The Law in These Parts” -- The system of military administration used by Israel since the Six Day War of 1967 is examined.
Tuesday, August 20
7pm - 10pm LIFE OF MUHAMMAD -- This series charts the extraordinary story of a man who, in little more than 20 years, changed the world forever. In a journey that is both literal and historical, host Rageh Omaar travels to the place of Muhammad's birth to retrace the actual footsteps of the Prophet, from his humble beginnings in Mecca to his struggles with accepting his Prophetic role; from his flight to Medina and the founding of the first Islamic constitution to his subsequent military and political successes and failures -- through to his death and his legacy.
10pm VIDEO LETTERS FROM PRISON – Embark on a journey of transformation as three sisters from the Pine Ridge Reservation reconnect with their incarcerated father via a series of video letters. The Poor Bear girls are not sure they even want to connect--but their mother, Cindy, helps them overcome reluctance and hurt.
Wednesday, August 21
7pm NATURE “Birds of the Gods” -- Scientists undertake a grueling expedition to film the elusive birds in the New Guinean Rainforest.
8pm NOVA “Making Stuff Stronger” -- High tech material such as fuel cells, solar panels and quantum computers are shaping the future.
9pm NOVA “Making Stuff Smaller” -- Explore quantum computers, carbon nanotubes, ultra-light automobiles and other high tech materials.
10pm SHORE THINGS – A look at America's vacation-at- the-beach culture mixes historical facts with quirky observations.
Thursday, August 22
7pm JUDY WOODRUFF: ON THE RECORD – Dick Pryor talks to Judy Woodruff, anchor of PBS Newshour and Tulsa native.
9pm DOC MARTIN “Sh*t Happens” -- Dr. Martin announces on his new radio show that there is something dangerous in the public pool.
10pm CALL THE MIDWIFE #202 -- We’re airing the second season in this timeslot for the next several weeks.