On-Air Highlights

witf TV Picks for the week of March 23

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Mar 21, 2014 3:57 PM
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Sunday March 23 2:00pm to 12:00am - Masterpiece Mystery: Mr. Selfridge - Enjoy a marathon of Mr. Selfridge Sunday beginning at 2:00pm. Jeremy Piven stars as a wheeling-dealing American who shows early 1900s Londoners how to shop.

Monday March 24 at 8:00pm - Antiques Roadshow -  Highlights include an early 19th-century Louisiana work table that was stored in a barn for several decades; a collection of insightful Civil War confederate letters that were found in the wall of a torn down Mississippi house; and a Porfirio Salinas oil, ca. 1935, in its original frame, that was bought by the owner’s grandmother for $100 in 1935 and is now valued at $75,000.

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Tuesday March 25 at 8:00pm - Story of the Jews - The story of the Jewish experience begins 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the Hebrew Bible, a chronicle of their stormy relationship with a faceless, formless, jealous God. It was loyalty to this “God of Words” that defined the distinct identity of the ancient Jews and preserved it despite all that history could throw their way — war, invasion, deportation, enslavement, exile and assimilation. The story unfolds with a dazzling cast of historical characters: Sigmund Freud dying in exile in London; Victorian evangelicals and explorers following “in the footsteps” of Moses; Jewish mercenaries living, prospering and intermarrying in the pagan land of Egypt; Messianic Jews dreaming of the Apocalypse; and a Jewish historian, Josephus, who witnessed first-hand the moment when the apocalypse finally came and the Romans destroyed the Jewish High Temple in Jerusalem. Part two follows at 9:00pm.  Parts 3-5 will air next Tuesday.

Wednesday March 26 at 9:00pm - NOVA - Fifty years later, what can science tell us about the Kennedy assassination, and the investigations that followed? The 1963 murder, in broad daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses, was a homicide investigators best-case scenario. Yet somehow the JFK assassination became a forensic nightmare, plagued by mishandled evidence, a controversial autopsy and, incredibly, a prime suspect murdered while in police custody before he could be tried, all of it captured on film. Now, NOVA follows a group of experts trying to unravel the lingering mysteries of the assassination: private investigator Josiah Thompson; gunshot wound authority Larry Sturdivan; laser scanning specialist Tony Grissim; medical examiner and forensic neuropathologist Peter Cummings; and firearms experts Lucien and Mike Haag.

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Thursday March 27 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?

Friday March 28 at 9:00pm - Live from Lincoln Center - Patina Miller, recent Tony Award winner for Pippin on Broadway, is a fresh new face and emerging artist. Her first concert special showcases her powerhouse voice in a wide range of music, from classic R&B to Broadway’s best.

Next week - Call The Midwife returns for another season on March 30 at 8:00pm, followed by an all-new season of Mr. Selfridge at 9:00pm on witf. 

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