On-Air Highlights

WITF TV Picks for the week of August 31

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Aug 28, 2014 12:45 PM

Sunday August 31 at 8:00pm - Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service  - Her Majesty’s Secret Service, or MI6 as it is known, is the world’s most legendary spy agency, thanks to the James Bond stories. Set up in 1909 as the Secret Service Bureau, the existence of MI6 was not formally acknowledged until 1994 — which goes a long way toward understanding the modus operandi of this government agency. Initially, the bureau was set up to control secret intelligence operations overseas, particularly concentrating on Imperial Germany’s activities. With unprecedented access to some of the key players in British espionage, this film lifts the veil on the shadowy world of spying, going back in time and behind the scenes to look at some the world’s most calculated and delicately executed operations.

Monday September1 at 8:00pm - Antiques Roadshow - In Corpus Christi, Texas, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW discovers a million-dollar item when a guest brings in a Diego Rivera oil painting created in 1904 when the artist was just 18 years old! Other highlights include a 1967 painting by Alexander Calder; a Japanese bronze depicting a mythical figure; and a giant Fisk “Tire Boy” sign valued at $8,000 to $12,000.

Tuesday September 2 at 8:00pm - Cuban Missile Crisis - Three Men Go to War - This film explores the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear holocaust. With unprecedented access to participants on all three sides of the crisis, the film brings to life the three central characters — Kennedy, Castro and Khrushchev — and explores how the world’s most powerful men fell into an abyss of their own making and what courage and luck it took to climb out again.

Wednesday September 3 at 9:00pm - NOVA - Ghosts of Machu Picchu - Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. In the years since Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, there have been countless theories about this "Lost City of the Incas," yet it remains an enigma. Why did the Incas build it on such an inaccessible site, clinging to the steep face of a mountain? Who lived among its stone buildings, farmed its emerald green terraces, and drank from its sophisticated aqueduct system? NOVA joins a new generation of archeologists as they probe areas of Machu Picchu that haven't been touched since the time of the Incas and unearth burials of the people who built the sacred site. "Ghosts of Machu Picchu" explores the trail of clues that began on that fateful day in 1911 and continues to the present.

Thursday September 4 at 9:00pm - Doc Martin - Sleepless nights are taking their toll on Martin and Louisa. Tempers are frayed as they try to find ways to comfort their constantly wailing baby. Aunt Ruth has problems of her own: She is dealing with an intruder on the farm who has stolen the hub caps from her car. The thief is identified as Michael Dunwich (Andrew Lee Potts), who lives with his mother Shirley (Miriam Margolyes) on a neighboring farm. Shirley makes an appointment with Martin to discuss the crippling stomach pains she has been suffering. When her son is out of the room, Shirley tells the doc she thinks her son is trying to poison her. The results of the tests on Shirley Dunwich show a heavy concentration of arsenic in her system. The doc immediately calls P.C. Penhale (John Marquez) suspecting that Shirley is actually being poisoned by her son!

Thursday September 5 at 10:00pm - Father Brown - Umesh Varma, an Indian man in white robes, bursts into a study waking Leonard Quinton to tell him he’s
going to die today... Lady Felicia conveys an invite to Father Brown to a poetry recital at the Quinton’s. Mrs McCarthy joins them and on arrival mistakes Violet for Leonard’s wife. A contemptuous Mr Harris is ashamed to say that she is Leonard’s mistress. Leonard asks a concerned Father Brown to look after his
wife, should anything happen to him. After some bemusing poetry, Leonard’s haunted wife Martha runs from the room then suggests that Mr Harris takes the guests out for a stroll in the garden while Leonard takes a nap. However as they return Lady Felicia screams - Leonard’s body is hanging in the conservatory...

Friday September 6 at 10:00pm - American Masters - Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Discover the life, music and influence of the African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973). During the 1940s-60s, she introduced the spiritual passion of her gospel music into the secular world of rock ’n’ roll, inspiring some of its greatest stars, including Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Tharpe may not be a household name today, but the flamboyant superstar, with her spectacular playing on the newly electrified guitar, played a pivotal role in the creation of rock ’n’ roll.

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