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witf TV Picks for the week of July 20

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jul 17, 2014 7:28 AM

July 20 at 9:00pm - Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour S2 - Morse investigates the cases of a missing boy, a dead journalist and an absconder from an open prison, drawing him into a chain reaction of troubling events that could reveal horrors of the past. Morse and Thursday band together as their investigation deepens and leads them to confront corruption on the police force and misconduct extending to the upper echelons of Oxford society.

July 21 at 10:00pm - POV: Dance for Me - Professional ballroom dancing is very big in little Denmark. Since success in this intensely competitive art depends on finding the right partner, aspiring Danish dancers often look beyond their borders to find their matches. In this film, 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark’s most promising young dancers. Strikingly different, Egor and Mie bond over their passion for Latin dance — and for winning. As they head to the championships, so much is at stake: emotional bonds, career and the future. “Dance for Me” is a poetic coming-of-age story, with a global twist and thrilling dance moves.

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July 22 at 8:00pm - Al Capone — the quintessential self-made American man, ruthless killer or both? Just his name sparks images of pin-stripe suits and bloody violence. To this day, Americans are fascinated by this celebrity gangster. The question is why?

July 23 at 8:00pm - My Wild Affair - This is the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”

July 24 at 9:00pm - Masterpiece Mystery: Sherlock S3 - Two years after Sherlock’s “death,” Dr. John Watson has gotten on with his life. With London under threat of a devastating terrorist attack, Sherlock is about to stage his outrageous resurrection. But if he thinks everything will be just as he left it, he’s in for a big surprise …

July 25 at 9:00pm - Mark Twain Prize - The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize salutes Tina Fey. Taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the special features a star-studded cast of Fey’s friends and colleagues, including top entertainers Fred Armisen, Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Hudson, Jane Krakowski, Steve Martin, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler and Betty White. The evening pays tribute to the humor and accomplishments of the popular writer, producer, actress and comedienne.

July 26 at 11:00pm - Austin City Limits:Phoenix - French band Phoenix plays tunes from its latest LP Bankrupt! and other hits, including “Lisztomania,” “1901” and “Entertainment!”

Next week:

Ken Burns takes viewers on a journey through Sam Clemens’ early days along the Mississippi River, to the small river town of Hannibal, Missouri. Clemens grows up, stumbling from adventure to adventure until he begins to evolve into Mark Twain, the humorist and writer who would revolutionize the way Americans viewed themselves and their language. The episode ends with the publication of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel that has been banned in hundreds of libraries and schools across the country ever since. Join us for part one of Mark Twain July 29 at 8:00pm on WITF. 

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