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witf TV Picks for the week of March 16

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Mar 13, 2014 2:33 PM
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Sunday March 16 at 8:00pm - Classical Rewind - Experience the beauty, romance and dramatic power of musical masterpieces in this visual and auditory joyride through the world of classical hits. Host Martin Goldsmith guides viewers on this fresh and engaging exploration of the world of classical music, with personal reflections from Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Stewart Copeland of The Police, among others.

Monday March 17 at 10:00pm - Independent Lens - When civil war came to Rose’s Congolese village, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Rose managed to escape with nine of her 10 children and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona. More than a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the U.S., where they must come to terms with the past and build a new future. By Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel.

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Tuesday March 18 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.

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Wednesday March 19 at 8:00pm - Nature - Frogs have been hopping the planet for more than 350 million years. They’ve evolved into some of the most wondrous, diverse and beloved animals on earth. Suddenly, they’re slipping away. We’ve already lost one-third of our amphibians and more are disappearing each day. Some say it’s the greatest extinction since the dinosaurs. It’s a global crisis, mobilizing scientists around the world to stem the tide — before the next frog crosses the thin green line.

Thursday March 20 at 9:00pm - Johnny Carson: American Masters - Explore the life and career of “The Tonight Show” host — seen by more people than anyone else in U.S. history — through unprecedented access to Carson’s personal and professional archives, including all existing episodes of “The Tonight Show” from 1962-1992. Interviews with family, colleagues and performers who appeared, or began, on “The Tonight Show” illuminate his story: David Letterman, Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O’Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, Angie Dickinson, David Steinberg, Don Rickles, Carl Reiner, Doc Severinsen and others. Kevin Spacey narrates.

Friday March 21 at 9:00pm - John Lennon: American Masters - Lennon NYC is the story of one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century and how he found redemption not in the public adoration he craved as a youth, but in the quiet and simple pleasures of fatherhood. It is also a New York immigrant's tale. Lennon came to New York City in 1971 seeking what every other immigrant has sought: freedom - the freedom to be himself and not the Beatle John, the freedom to live a normal life.

Saturday March 22 at 9:00pm - Doc Martin - It's Portwenn Fun Day and the village is buzzing with excitement about this major fund raising event. P.C. Penhale is in his element rallying the runners and whipping up support. The event sparks culinary rivalry between Bert Large (Ian McNeice) who runs Large's restaurant with son Al (Joe Absolom) and Mark (Tim Goodman Hill), the landlord of the Crab and Lobster pub. Louisa's mum Eleanor (Louise Jameson) arrives in Portwenn unexpectedly and Louisa is far from happy about her arrival. She hasn’t seen her mother for years, so why the sudden interest?

Next week:  Sunday March 23 2:00pm-Midnight - A marathon of season 1 of Mr. Selfridge.  All eight episodes back to back a week ahead of the new season beginning on March 30. 

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