On-Air Highlights

WITF TV Picks for the week of August 24

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Aug 22, 2014 9:47 AM

Sunday August 24 at 9:00pm - Masterpiece Mystery! Breathless - Otto, a surgeon married to Elizabeth, has eyes for new nurse Angela. Angela’s sister, Jean, is engaged to Otto’s colleague Richard. Inspector Mulligan snoops around. Jean and Richard’s marriage gets off to a rocky start. Otto makes a breakthrough with Angela. Mulligan gives Elizabeth a menacing message.
Monday August 25 at 10:00pm - POV - Big Men - Over five years, director Rachel Boynton and her cinematographer film the quest for oil in Ghana by Dallas-based Kosmos. The company develops the country’s first commercial oil field, yet its success is quickly compromised by political intrigue and accusations of corruption. As Ghanaians wait to reap the benefits of oil, the filmmakers discover violent resistance down the coast in the Niger Delta, where poor Nigerians have yet to prosper from decades-old oil fields. “Big Men,” executive produced by Brad Pitt, provides an unprecedented inside look at the global deal-making and dark underside of energy development — a contest for money and power that is reshaping the world.
Tuesday August 26 at 8:00pm - Time Team America - Lost Civil War Prison - Camp Lawton, near Milan, Georgia, once housed 10,000 Union prisoners at the end of the Civil War. The remains of the camp have long been lost to history. Can the Time Team find the original site of the camp? What artifacts are buried beneath the ground and what do they tell us of the hellish life of the prisoners once held captive here?   
Wednesday August 27 at 10:00pm - Operation Maneater - Great White Shark - 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.
Thursday August 28 at 9:00pm - Doc Martin -  Dry Your Tears - With the departure of Dr. Dibbs, Dr. Ellingham moves back into his old surgery, agreeing to stay for a couple of months until a replacement can be appointed. Determined to get to grips with fatherhood, he asks Louisa to move into his house so he can help to raise their child. He even suggests that Louisa and still un-named "baby" could move to London with him. Aunt Joan's sister Ruth Ellingham (Dame Eileen Atkins) attends the funeral and demonstrates the same cantankerous character as her nephew. She has no more intention of staying in Portwenn than Martin does, but Joan has left her the house and farm.
Friday August 29 at 9:00pm - American Masters - Dorothea Lange - Explore, through Lange’s granddaughter’s eyes, the life story of the influential “Migrant Mother” photographer. Never-before-seen photos and film footage, family memories and new interviews reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself.
Saturday August 30 at 8:30pm - Last of the Summer Wine - The Swan Man of Ilkley - Alvin is teaching Nora Batty Line Dancing, Howard and Marinaare trying out diving suits, and Barry is hiding from his neighbor - the Repo Man who, although he is completely useless at it, wants to play golf with him. Then, whilst walking by the canal, Clegg, Truly, Alvin and Billy see a strange figure in the nearby reservoir pond wrestling with a large inflatable swan's neck. The man turns out to be Lenny - who is determined to get to Ilkley by canal in his swan boat, and become famous as The Swan Man of Ilkley. But first he must fix a puncture or two.

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