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witf TV Picks for the week of May 11

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | May 9, 2014 10:20 AM

Sunday May 12 at 8:00pm - Call The Midwife - Sister Julienne calms an anxious new mother who has put her baby in grave danger. Jenny returns from the Mother House restored and is seconded to The London. Impressed at first with the facilities and efficiency, she soon begins to see cracks in the establishment, especially when her patient suffers complications and she’s stopped from looking after her. Chummy is upset to learn that her mother has walked out on her father, leaving Lady Browne penniless. As Dr. Turner and Shelagh continue the adoption process, they uncover a devastating secret. Trixie struggles to hide her disappointment when Tom cancels a date.

Monday May 13 at 10:00pm - Independent Lens - On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated — and resulted in the tragic deaths of 11 people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to “...let the fire burn.” Using archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Jason Osder brings to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.

Tuesday May 13 at 9:00pm - Frontline - Last year Edward Snowden downloaded tens of thousands of top-secret documents from a highly secure government computer network.  The revelations that followed touched off a fierce debate over the massive surveillance operations conducted by the National Security Agency.  Now FRONTLINE investigates the secret history of the unprecedented surveillance program that began in the wake of September 11th and continues today.  Through exclusive interviews with intelligence insiders, cabinet officials, and government whistle-blowers, Part One reveals how the U.S. government came to monitor the communications of millions of Americans and to collect billions of records on ordinary people around the world.  (Part two airs May 20 at 10:00pm)

Wednesday May 14 at 8:00pm - Nature - A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and worldwide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

Thursday May 15 at 8:00pm - Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise - Miss Audrey falls ill and Moray must appoint one of the girls as her substitute, causing the rivalry between Denise and Clara to intensify. Meanwhile, Katherine is enjoying the affections of new suitor Peter Adler, but she is still conflicted about her lingering feelings for Moray. A surprising character finds the cause of Miss Audre's illness, and Moray steps in to bring her back to health.  Another episode of the Paradise follows at 9:00pm this week.

Friday May 16 at 9:00pm - American Masters - Plimpton! Journey through the tall-tale life of participatory journalist George Plimpton: The Paris Review co-founder, amateur sportsman and actor. The film shares his experiences using Plimpton’s own narration, interviews and previously unseen material.

Saturday May 17 at 9:00pm - Death in Paradise - When a woman (Miranda Raison) confesses to a murder, it seems like an easy case for DI Poole and the team, but then they realize that there is no body. They must discover whether the woman is telling the truth or if secrets lie within. Poole realises that feelings might be starting to cloud his judgement.

Then ahead next week on Sunday May 18th, join us for the final episode of the season of Mr. Selfridge. Justice is served, and so is romance — as soldiers return, others leave for the front and all at Selfridges remain calm and carry on.

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