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witf TV Picks for the week of July 27

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jul 23, 2014 3:38 PM

July 27 at 9:00pm - Masterpiece Mystery - Poirot - Adapted by Mark Gatiss (“Sherlock”), “The Big Four” plunges Poirot into a world of global espionage, set against the backdrop of the impending WWII. The public is in a panic after the shocking death of a Russian chess grandmaster, and Poirot must navigate international figures and intrigue to identify the culprit, with the help of old friends Captain Hastings, Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon.

July 28 at 10:00pm - POV - Fallen City - In today’s go-go China, an old city completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt — boasting new and improved civic amenities — in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as “Fallen City” reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Beichuan to the new Beichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors. Three families struggle with loss — most strikingly the loss of children and grandchildren — and feelings of loneliness, fear and dislocation that no amount of propaganda can disguise. First-time director Qi Zhao offers an intimate look at a country torn between tradition and modernity.

July 29 at 8:00pm - Mark Twain - In the first episode, 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. Episode 2 airs the following Tuesday.

July 30 at 10:00pm - Sex in the Wild - In Australia, Joy and Mark uncover the reproductive secrets of some of the strangest mammals on Earth — the pouch-wearing marsupials. Thanks to their bizarre way of reproducing, kangaroos thrive in one of the most unpredictable, drought-prone environments on Earth — the Australian Outback. In Queensland’s eucalyptus forests, he sees how tree-living marsupials — koalas — have mastered gravity-defying sex. At a kangaroo sanctuary, Joy witnesses a tiny newborn’s first steps as it crawls to the pouch, and in Adelaide, she learns how endangered rock wallabies are being saved using foster mothers. During a kangaroo dissection, she learns what makes marsupial reproductive anatomy unique.

July 31 at 9:00pm - Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock - Sherlock faces his biggest challenge of all — delivering a Best Man’s speech on John’s wedding day. But all isn’t quite as it seems. Mortal danger stalks the reception — and someone might not make it to the happy couple’s first dance. Sherlock must thank the bridesmaids, solve the case and stop a killer.

August 1 at 9:00pm - Great Performances - In commemoration of the Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial in 2013, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed a thrilling concert of Verdi’s towering Requiem Mass at the Hollywood Bowl. The concert presentation features soloists Julianna Di Giacomo (soprano), Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano), Vittorio Grigolo (tenor) and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (bass).

August 2 at 8:30pm - Vicious - Freddie and Stuart invite Ash and his new girlfriend, Chloe, to dinner. Infrequent acting work has been getting Freddie down, but things are looking up for Ash, who has fallen in love with the perfect woman. Or is she? As the evening progresses, Chloe’s habits stop seeming so sweet, and tensions mount over dinner. Violet, meanwhile, is having difficulty with her lover in Buenos Aires.

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