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witf TV Picks for the week of February 9

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Feb 6, 2014 5:06 PM

February 9 at 9:00pm - Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey - When Robert and Thomas make a sudden trip, everyone’s life becomes more complicated. Mary and Blake come together over pigs. An unwelcome visitor appears.

February 10 at 9:00pm - Antiques Roadshow - In Eugene, Oregon, Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Kathleen Bailey head to the picturesque King Estate Winery to discuss what to look for in the pursuit of collecting wineglasses and decanters. Highlights include a playful pair of beautifully preserved tin toys: a circa 1938 Marx car and a battery powered dump truck; a circa 1861 Civil War cavalry guidon that may have been used in the Battle of Shiloh; and the “guardian of Venice,” a 1960 jeweled gold moretto valued at $40,000 to $60,000.

February 11 at 9:00pm - Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid - Long before Paul Newman and Robert Redford immortalized them on screen, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans from coast to coast. In the 1890s, their exploits — robbing banks and trains in the West and then seemingly vanishing into thin air — became national news and the basis of rumors and myth. But who were Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh? How did they come together to form the Wild Bunch gang? And how did they manage to pull off the longest string of successful holdups in history while eluding the Pinkertons, the nation’s most feared detective force? Separating fact from fiction, the latest installment of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s popular The Wild West series explores the last pair of outlaws to flee on horseback into a setting sun.

February 12 at 9:00pm - NOVA - The dome that crowns Florence’s great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore — the Duomo — is a masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as an average cruise ship. Historians and engineers have long debated how its architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, kept the dome perfectly aligned and symmetrical as the sides rose and converged toward the center. More than four million bricks could collapse at any moment — and we still don’t understand how Brunelleschi prevented it. To test the latest theories, a team of U.S. bricklayers will help build an experimental “mini-Duomo” using period tools and techniques.

February 13 at 8:00pm - Death in Paradise - As Hurricane Irma approaches Saint-Marie, a young meteorologist, Leo Downs is murdered. The crime scene seems to have been staged to make Leo’s death appear caused by the hurricane. The victim had told a university dean he had something important to tell her. Leo’s colleagues have motives for the murder, including jilted girlfriend Amber Collins, ambitious rival Jennifer Cheung,  jealous housemate Damon Ryan and Professor Adam King, involved in off-shore drilling. A rubber duck at the scene is a clue. Poole and Camille are trapped together by the hurricane.

February 14 at 9:00pm - National Theater: 50 Years on Stage - Founded in 1963, the Royal National Theatre has provided lucky London residents and visitors with some the most thrilling productions in contemporary theater and served as an influential wellspring of talent and creativity, breathing new life into theater classics as well as launching new plays, playwrights, directors and stars on an international stage. On November 2, 2013, the NT celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special gala performance, welcoming home an all-star cast of NT alumni to perform excerpts from landmark productions, complemented by archival excerpts from the NT’s many groundbreaking productions.  James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Rory Kinnear, Helen Mirren, Simon Russell Beale, Alan Bennett, Joan Plowright, Frances de la Tour, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton appear. NT Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner directs.

February 15 at 9:00pm - Doc Martin - With the departure of Dr. Dibbs, Dr. Ellingham moves back into his old surgery, agreeing to stay for a couple of months until a replacement can be appointed. Determined to get to grips with fatherhood, he asks Louisa to move into his house so he can help to raise their child. He even suggests that Louisa and still un-named "baby" could move to London with him. Aunt Joan's sister Ruth Ellingham (Dame Eileen Atkins) attends the funeral and demonstrates the same cantankerous character as her nephew. She has no more intention of staying in Portwenn than Martin does, but Joan has left her the house and farm.

Next week:

Women in Chemistry: Lessons from Life and the Laboratory profiles the journeys of eight remarkable women whose careers in chemistry have made a significant impact on our world.  Undaunted by sexism, racism and religious discrimination, these risk takers remained steadfast in the face of adversity, confident in their ability, certain of the importance of their work, and fueled by the energy generated by the pursuit of an idea.

The documentary weaves together first person storytelling about shared milestones:  childhood, early careers and educational pursuits, achievement amidst adversity, and finally discoveries and successes in laboratories, classrooms, government offices and boardrooms around the world.  The emotionally rich storytelling is complemented by compelling imagery that makes science come alive.

The eight women featured are: Nancy Chang, cofounder and former CEO of the biopharmaceutical firm Tanox; Uma Chowdhry, retired senior vice president and chief science and technology officer of DuPont; Mildred Cohn, first female president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Mary L. Good, former president of the American Chemical Society, undersecretary for technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Bill Clinton, and recipient of the Priestley Medal; Kitty Hach-Darrow, cofounder of the Hach Chemical Company; Paula Hammond, David H. Koch Professor in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stephanie Kwolek, former research associate at DuPont and inventor of Kevlar; and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder, chairman, and managing director of Biocon Limited.

Watch Women in Chemistry on witf Sunday February 16 at 6:00pm

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