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witf TV Picks for the week of January 19

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jan 16, 2014 10:50 AM
  • Sunday January 19 at 10:00pm - Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock 3 - 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 …
  • Monday January 20 at 10:00pm - Independent Lens - The unmistakable power of love is celebrated in this story of one man’s decision to move to India and restart his life among the dispossessed. Rocky Braat was dissatisfied with his life in America and traveled to India as a disillusioned tourist. When he met a group of children living in an orphanage for those infected with HIV, he decided to stay and devote his life to them. Having grown up without a close-knit family of his own, he found his calling living and working with these kids. Unlike others who simply passed through their lives, Rocky stayed, dedicating himself to their health and well-being. Despite formidable challenges, his playful spirit and determination in the face of despair prove to be an invaluable resource. “Blood Brother,” a documentary feature directed by Rocky’s longtime friend Steve Hoover, traces Rocky’s story of working in the village of Tamil Nadu, India, for several years. The film illustrates his commitment to the children and the families who face life and death situations daily.
  • Tuesday January 21 at 9:00pm - American Masters:J.D. Salinger - American Masters’ 200th episode features interviews with 150 subjects, including J.D. Salinger’s friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never spoken on the record before, as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen. Additionally, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal and Pulitzer Prize-winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank talk about Salinger’s influence on their lives, their work and the broader culture. The film is the first work to get beyond the Catcher in the Rye author’s meticulously built-up wall: his childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages, private world and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010.
  • Wednesday January 22 at 9:00pm - NOVA - It was the strongest cyclone to hit land in recorded history. On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan-what some are calling "the perfect storm"-slammed into the Philippines, whipping the low-lying and densely-populated islands with 200 mile-per-hour winds and sending a two-story-high storm surge flooding into homes, schools, and hospitals. It wiped villages off the map and devastated cities, including the hard-hit provincial capital Tacloban. Estimates count more than 5000 dead and millions homeless. What made Haiyan so destructive? In-depth interviews with the meteorologists charged with tracking and forecasting Pacific storms take us inside the anatomy of the typhoon, tracking its progress from its start as a low-pressure area over Micronesia to its deadly landfall and revealing why the Pacific is such fertile ground for cyclones. But that's just part of the story of why this storm was so deadly. With crews on the ground within days of the storm, NOVA reveals how conditions dramatically deteriorated in the storm's aftermath, as impassable roads and shuttered gas stations paralyzed the critical relief effort, leaving lifesaving food, water, and medicine to pile up at the airport. Disaster preparedness experts and relief workers scramble to understand why the Philippines was so vulnerable when other countries, like India, have successfully slashed storm casualty counts in recent years. As climate change and sea level rise threaten millions of the world's most impoverished people with stronger, and perhaps more frequent, storms, how can we prepare for the next MONSTER TYPHOON?
  • Thursday January 23 at 8:00pm - Death in Paradise - A group of treasure hunters are n the island to track down the fabled buried treasure of the legendary pirate Le Clerc -- expedition leader Daniel Morgan, geologist Dr Ian Parks, Liz Curtis and Joel Maurice. Parks is brutally killed in Daniel's tent with a 300-year-old pistol. His death triggers a chain of accidents that appear to be targeted at Daniel. Is the mythical curse of Le Clerc becoming a reality, or is someone trying to stop the discovery of the treasure?
  • Friday January 24 at 9:00pm - The Real Mary Poppins - Author Pamela Travers, creator of the much-loved character Mary Poppins, led a remarkable but troubled life. Behind the fictional nanny lies a complex tale of a young woman escaping rural Australia in her pursuit to become a writer, reinventing herself and her past along the way. This program combines interviews and footage from the 2002 documentary The Shadow of Mary Poppins interwoven with clips from the film Saving Mr. Banks and interviews with its cast. THE REAL MARY POPPINS draws on an extensive archive and interviews to tell Travers’ real story and to answer the question so many have asked: Where did Mary Poppins come from?
  • Saturday January 25 at 9:00pm - Doc Martin - Theo, one of Louisa’s students, becomes ill in class. His parents, Juliet and Richard Wenn, are certain that their child picked up the illness in Joan’s chicken coop during a school field trip. Martin cannot deny it is a possibility and the couple announces their intention to sue Aunt Joan. Mrs. Selkirk returns to Martin’s Surgery, and tells him she is now seeing visions of her dead husband. When she is found collapsed in her sheep pen, Martin is able to uncover the medical reason behind her hallucinations. When he receives Theo’s test results point to Joan’s innocence and Martin is finally able to identify the real source of his sickness.
  • Next week - January 29 at 10:00pm - Hawking, an intimate and revealing story of Stephen Hawking’s life. Told for the first time in Hawking’s own words and with unique access to his home and public life, this is a personal journey through Hawking’s world. The audience joins him at home, under the care of his nursing team; in San Jose as he “wows” a packed theatre audience; in Silicon Valley as he meets a team of technicians who hope to speed up his communication system; and as he throws a party for family and friends. HAWKING also carefully tells Hawking’s life journey, from boyhood under-achiever to PhD genius, and from a healthy cox on the Oxford rowing team to diagnosis of motor neuron disease, given just two years to live — yet surviving several close brushes with death. The film also highlights his greatest scientific discoveries and plots his rise to fame and superstardom.

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