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witf TV Picks for the week of May 4

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | May 1, 2014 7:27 AM

Sunday May 4 at 10:00pm - The Bletchley Circle - The women realize there’s corruption in the vice squad and decide to intercept the crime ring themselves, with Jean posing as a potential client. Lucy manages to memorize Marta’s ledger, but it’s written in machine code. Returning to Bletchley Park, they locate an old Enigma machine, break the code and tip off Customs and Excise. But Marta is on to them. The crates are empty and their covers blown.

Monday May 5 at 10:00pm - Independent Lens - Samantha Grant’s film tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, a promising young African-American reporter for The New York Times, caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters and supplementing his own reporting with fabricated details. The ensuing media frenzy left a major blemish on the long history of the Times. The fact that Blair is African American was emphasized repeatedly as accounts of the “Blair Affair” served up sordid details in a tale of deception, drug abuse, racism, mental illness, hierarchy, white guilt and power struggles. Accusations of favoritism, lowered standards for minorities and racism in the newsroom were hotly debated by pundits, while minority journalists said they felt as if their work was suddenly under the microscope because of Blair’s flagrant lies.

Tuesday May 6 at 9:00pm - Secrets of the Dead - This film examines a world wonder so elusive that most people have decided it must be mythical. Centuries of digging have turned up nothing — but the searchers were digging in the wrong place. Now, this film proves that the spectacular Hanging Gardens of Babylon did exist, shows where they were, what they looked like and how they were constructed.

Wednesday May 7 at 9:00pm - NOVA - In recent years, an unusual spate of deadly shark attacks has gripped Australia, resulting in five deaths in 10 months. At the same time, great white sharks have begun appearing in growing numbers off the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not far from the waters where Steven Spielberg filmed Jaws. What’s behind the mysterious arrival of this apex predator in an area where it’s rarely been seen for hundreds of years? Are deadly encounters with tourists inevitable? To separate fact from fear, NOVA teams with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to uncover the science behind the great white’s hunting instincts. With shark populations plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people — and sharks.

Thursday May 8 at 9:00pm - Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise - When a baby is found in the Ladieswear department, everyone at The Paradise becomes caught up in the commotion. The secrets of more than one employee are revealed, and emotions run high as reactions to the infant differ. Denise is faced with a situation that forces her to use all her cunning and take a bold step.

Friday May 9 at 10:00pm - Jake Shimabukuro Life on Four Strings - Follow ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro over the course of a musical season. Enjoy dynamic performances before sold-out crowds, intimate moments of life on the road and visits to Shimabukuro's native Hawaii where he has risen from local hero to international star.

Saturday May 10 at 9:00pm - Death in Paradise - Poole comes across a strange case where a woman not only predicts her own murder but also gives a description of the murderer. Poole smells something fishy, and investigates the probability that not all predictions are made in total truth. A sudden turn of events and a similar past case could help uncover what really happened. Meanwhile, can Poole persuade the team that the case has nothing to do with voodoo spirits? Nicholas Farrell plays the Headmaster.

Next week -  Friday May 16 at 9:00pm - American Masters: Pimpton! 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.

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