On-Air Highlights

WITF TV Picks for the week of August 17

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Aug 13, 2014 2:24 PM

Sunday August 17 at 6:00pm - Return to Downton Abbey - Savor fond memories from the past three seasons of “Downton Abbey” and get a tantalizing taste of the upcoming fourth season. Academy Award nominee Susan Sarandon — a devoted fan of the series — hosts the program, which includes a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of favorite moments. Structured around three themes, RETURN TO DOWNTON ABBEY explores “The Changing World of Downton Abbey,” “The Women of Downton Abbey” and “Love and Other Relationships at Downton Abbey.”
Monday August 18 at 10:00pm - POV A World Not Ours - “A World Not Ours” is a passionate, bittersweet account of one family’s mulch-generational experience living as permanent refugees. Now a Danish resident, director Mahdi Fleifel grew up in the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, established in 1948 as a temporary refuge for exiled Palestinians. Today, the camp houses 70,000 people and is the hometown of generations. The filmmaker’s childhood memories are surprisingly warm and humorous, a testament to the resilience of the community. Yet his yearly visits reveal the increasing desperation of family and friends who remain trapped in psychological as well as political limbo.
Tuesday August 19 at 9:00pm - Bones of Badger Hole - In Western Oklahoma, the bones of massive 10,000-year-old bison mingle with the remnants of early man-made weapons. The Time Team tries to piece together what happened here, and what life was like 10,000 years ago. What strategies did hunters use against these mammoth beasts before the advent of bows and arrows and horses?
Wednesday August 20 at 8:00pm - Nature: Raccoon Nation - Are human beings, in an effort to outwit raccoons, actually making them smarter and unwittingly contributing to their evolutionary success? Are the ever more complex obstacles that our fast-paced urban world throws at them actually pushing the development of raccoon brains? In this film, scientists from around the world share their thoughts and work to explore this scientific theory. Attempting to do something that has never been done before, they closely follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate the complex world of a big city.
Thursday August 21 at 9:00pm - Doc Martin - Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) is struggling to come to terms with fatherhood. The baby boy born to him and his estranged partner, Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz), is about to change their lives dramatically. Doc Martin had planned to resume his high-flying career as a consultant in London. He had packed his bags and moved out of the surgery to make way for the new GP, Dr. Di Dibbs (Joanna Scanlan). However Dr. Ellingham begins to have serious doubts about the competency of the new GP after she misdiagnoses a patient, and dishes out prescriptions for totally inappropriate drugs. Dr. Dibbs realizes she has to go, and Dr. Ellingham agrees to resume duties at the surgery until a replacement GP can be found. With all the upheaval the doc is unprepared for a devastating personal blow with the death of Aunt Joan.
Thursday August 21 at 10:00pm - Father Brown - Father Brown attends a tea party to celebrate a new church clock tower, presided over by his friend Reverend Bohun. However the serene atmosphere is shattered when his caddish brother Norman arrives, riling most of the guests. Just after the bells sound for the first time Norman’s body is found behind the church,
Friday August 22 at 9:00pm - Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2014 - Led for the first time by a guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach, the renowned Vienna Philharmonic returns for another open-air concert in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The concert soloist will be the internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso Lang Lang.
Saturday August 23 at 8:30pm - Last of the Summer Wine - There is trouble at the Clegg household. Clegg has somehow allowed his cousin Aubrey (Col Farrell) to stay with him, and has found, to his cost, that the man is coming between him and his friends.
Next week: Operation Maneater August 27 at 10:00pm - Mark Evans travels to Western Australia, where seven people have been killed by sharks in the last three years. Authorities have implemented radical measures to catch and kill any shark they deem a threat. Evans wants to find non-lethal solutions to keep people — and sharks — safe. He enters the water to attach tracking tags to great whites; joins beach patrol teams searching for sharks; and tests a new “multi-spectral” camera that spots sharks from the air even when they are hidden several meters underwater.

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