On-Air Highlights

witf TV Picks for the week of December 22

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Dec 20, 2013 9:37 AM

Sunday December 22 at 8:00pm - Mr. Stink - Chloe (Nell Tiger Free) sees Mr. Stink (Hugh Bonneville) every day, but she's never spoken to him, which isn't surprising, because he's a tramp and he stinks. But before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed when it seems Mr. Stink and his stinky dog, Duchess, might be driven out of town. As Chloe struggles to make sure no one sniffs out Mr. Stink, she also has to cope with an overbearing mum who is more interested in her own political ambitions than her daughter, her put-upon dad who has a secret of his own, her perfect younger sister, Annabelle, and the nasty girls who make her life miserable at school. There is also one other person with an extraordinary secret, as it turns out that there is more to Mr. Stink than meets the eye ... or nose. This special family comedy with a nose-clenching twist is based on David Walliams' best-selling book.
Monday December 23 at 9:00pm - Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir - From Trondheim's historic Nidaros Cathedral, CHRISTMAS IN NORWAY WITH THE ST. OLAF CHOIR treats viewers and lovers of choral music to a spectacular holiday concert featuring the 75-voice St. Olaf Choir from St. Olaf College and the Norwegian girl choir, Nidaros Jentekor. The production pairs the cathedral's spare gothic beauty and stunning acoustics with the distinctive a cappella singing style for which the St. Olaf Choir, which owes its origins and legacy to Norway, is internationally known. Musical selections include innovative arrangements of Christmas music (The Word Was God and Lo, How a Rose'er Blooming/The Rose), gospel spirituals (This Little Light of Mine) and beloved Norwegian hymns and folk songs.
Tuesday December 24 at 9:00pm - Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Alfie Boa and Tom Brokaw - As seen and heard by more than 80,000 people in the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, this program features renowned TV personality Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning Les Miserables tenor Alfie Boe in a concert of holiday favorites. Boe's moving signature performance of 'Bring Him Home' is a highlight. The choir also welcomes a surprise guest, Gail Halvorsen, the famous candy bomber of the Berlin airlift. Together with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, these special guests bring attendees to their feet more than once during the night.
Wednesday at 8:00pm - Nature - As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year. NATURE journeys in the footsteps of the men who first explored the park, and travels with their modern-day counterpart on his own journey of discovery. From the unique crystals of individual snowflakes to the grand sweep of Yellowstone's Hayden Valley, this is a Christmas like no other.
Thursday December 26 at 9:00pm - Doc Martin - Martin and Pauline are surprised by the number of patients coming to see him on the last day before his Surgery closes and he moves to London. Taxi driver Tommy delivers a patient to the Surgery, but complains of migraine headaches himself. Martin checks him for any serious brain conditions, and tells him to make an appointment with the new doctor if the headaches continue.
Friday December 27 at 9:00pm - American Masters Marvin Hamlisch - By age 31, Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only 2 PEGOT winners ever. Hit after hit 'The Way We Were,'Nobody Does It Better' and scores for The Sting, Sophie's Choice and the Broadway juggernaut 'A Chorus Line' made him the go-to composer and performer for film, Broadway, every U.S. President since Reagan and concert halls worldwide. A child prodigy accepted at Juilliard at age six, he defied classical expectations to create his own music. When his unprecedented streak ended, Hamlisch fell into a self-described 'period of suffocating despair' before rebounding to find true love worthy of a Broadway musical and renewed passion for creation. With exclusive access to Hamlisch's personal archival treasure trove, new interviews with A-list collaborators from Barbra Streisand to Steven Soderbergh and complete cooperation from his family, this documentary tells a deeply personal, insider story of one of the great artists of our time.
Saturday December 28 at 10:00pm - Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock - In what may be the climatic case of his career, Sherlock faces Moriarty’s diabolical plot to “get Sherlock,” which begins innocently enough when the criminal mastermind breaks into the Crown Jewels. As the scheme unfolds, Moriarty poses the “final problem,” and a tabloid reporter reveals the “shocking truth” about the great detective.

Next week:
December 29 at 7:30pm - Call the Midwife Holiday Special -  Chummy, PC Noakes and baby Freddy are back in the East End, Sister Bernadette, now known as Shelagh since leaving the convent, is preparing for her wedding to Dr. Turner and Jenny is facing huge challenges personally and professionally. At Christmas, when an unexploded World War II bomb is found under a warehouse close to Nonnatus House, the nuns and dozens of local families become homeless. Dr. Turner is in a race against time to immunize children against polio, but when the illness strikes closer to home, he finds there’s nothing he can do but hope. Chummy persuades a royal visitor to the East End to open the new Community Center. It’s a race against time as Chummy tries to get everything in place for the big day.

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