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March's dramas and documentaries top TV picks

Written by witf.org, | Feb 26, 2013 9:17 AM
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When witf kicks off its TV schedule this month,viewers will appreciate entertaining outstanding fundraising programs. Reappearing during our March pledge campaign, and the exciting Irish music experience, Celtic Thunder returns with “Mythology.” Filmed in Dublin, the new special traces the story of the Celts in Ireland, The show features the dramatic combination of lighting, choreography, performance and set design that are associated with Celtic Thunder’s talented musicians. Check the tv schedule for dates and times. (“Pledge” is a win-win as an opportunity to watch great programs and contribute to witf, too!)

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At 9 p.m. March 25 and 26, return to high school with “180 Days: A year Inside an American High School.” Challenge your assumptions about school and school reform with this firsthand look at the graduating class at DC Met, a public charter school. At 8 p.m. March 26, “Tavis Smiley Reports” premieres “Education Under Arrest,” the second in a series of education-themed specials. This program explores the connection between the juvenile justice system and the dropout rate among American teens. Smiley takes his cameras to Louisiana, Missouri and California to present a narrative of what is working on the frontlines of reform.

PBS Arts creates an intimate portrait of one of America’s greatest living writers when “American Masters: Philip Roth: Unmasked” is broadcast on Friday, March 29. “Goodbye Columbus,” a collection of short stories published in 1959, first put the 26-year-old Roth on the map. Ten years later, “Portnoy’s Complaint” propelled him into a scandalous spotlight. Steadily earning a reputation as a man of letters while commanding ownership of the Jewish-American novel, Roth practically invented the genre of factual/fictional autobiography.

Starting on March 31, and continuing into May, viewers will be transported back to the 1950s as “Call the Midwife” — the BBC’s most successful new drama — returns with eight new episodes. Nonnatus House warmly welcomes fans back to London’s East End to follow the community of midwives and nursing nuns there. All of the show’s well-loved characters return with more births, babies and bicycling.

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Every Sunday from March 31 through May 19 and following “Call the Midwife” at 9 p.m., “Masterpiece Classic” presents “Mr. Selfridge,” a miniseries dramatization of the life of Harry Gordon Selfridge. A flamboyant and visionary American, Selfridge founded a famous London department store that revolutionized the modern shopping experience.

Filmmaker Ken Burns returns in mid-April with a new film titled “Central Park Five.” The film chronicles the 1989 Central Park Jogger case from the perspective of the five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of rape.

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