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witf TV Picks for the week of January 12

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jan 10, 2014 10:41 AM

Sunday January 12 at 9:00pm -  Masterpiece Classic - Downton Abbey the fates of several characters converge at a glittering house party. Gregson impresses Robert, and Anna faces trouble. This episode contains scenes which may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion advised. Parental guideline rating: TV-14, V.  Following Downton Abbey join us for a behind-the-scenes look into the world of Sherlock Holmes and the making of the latest series.

Monday January 13 at 10:00pm - A Ripple of Hope - On April 4, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy — a contender for the Democratic nomination for president — was en route to Indianapolis to make a campaign stop in a predominantly African-American neighborhood. In Memphis, Tenn. that same night, gunman James Earl Ray shot and mortally wounded the leader of the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Upon hearing the tragic news, Kennedy made a crucial decision: risking his own life and defying city officials, he ventured into the inner city and addressed the grief-stricken crowd gathered in a park. By keeping his promise to speak, Kennedy helped Indianapolis avert the violence that swept the rest of the country. Within weeks of this speech, on June 6, 1968, Kennedy also would fall victim to an assassin's bullet.

Tuesday January 14 at 8:00pm - 1964: American Experience -  It was the year of the Beatles and the Civil Rights Act; of the Gulf of Tonkin and Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign; the year that cities across the country erupted in violence and Americans tried to make sense of the Kennedy assassination. Based on The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964 by award-winning journalist Jon Margolis, this film follows some of the most prominent figures of the time — Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barry Goldwater, Betty Friedan — and brings out from the shadows the actions of ordinary Americans whose frustrations, ambitions and anxieties began to turn the country onto a new and different course.

Wednesday January 15 at 8:00pm - Nature - From coast to coast, some 30 million white-tailed deer make their home in the United States.  Deer are the most highly studied mammals in the world, but does the typical homeowner with deer in the yard know how long deer can live? When they sleep? How many babies a doe can have each year? Enter the hidden world of white-tailed deer outfitted with night-vision cameras and GPS tracking equipment to see them not as common backyard creatures, but as intelligent, affectionate family members.

Thursday January 16 at 9:00pm - Death in Paradise - Valerie Dupree is discovered floating in the pool of a luxury cosmetics clinic, giving Poole and his team a complex case. Everything points to suicide; Dupree was experiencing a difficult divorce and an empty pill bottle is found in her room. But the victim had made herself a cup of the world's most expensive tea (Da Hong Pao) and only drank half of it. To Poole, it points to murder and a number of rich suspects.

Friday January 17 at 9:00pm - Independent Lens - Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman goes back to school for this intimate and sprawling film. 'At Berkeley' is a revealing four-hour documentary about the University of California at Berkeley, one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world. Eschewing narration and standard interviews, Wiseman's film takes viewers from faculty meetings to classrooms, from financial aid seminars to research laboratories, to show the myriad aspects of university life. Filmed during the fall 2010 semester, the film reveals the administration's struggles to maintain the academic excellence, public role and diversity of the student body in the face of drastic budget cuts imposed by the State of California. Wiseman reveals the complex relationships among the school's various constituencies, students, faculty, administrators, alumni, the City of Berkeley, the State of California and the federal government.  (Note: This program exceeds 4 hours)

Saturday January 18 at 11:00pm - Austin City Limits - fun. and Dawes perform modern rock. Grammy-winning trio fun. plays hits “We Are Young,” “Some Nights” and “Carry On.” Dawes performs its California roots-flavored rock/pop.

Coming up next week:

It's time for Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock - Two years after Sherlock’s “death,” Dr. John Watson has gotten on with his life. With London under threat of a devastating terrorist attack, Sherlock is about to stage his outrageous resurrection. But if he thinks everything will be just as he left it, he’s in for a big surprise … Sherlock series three begins on witf January 19 at 10:00pm, with a repeat the following Thursday at 9:00pm.

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