On-Air Highlights

May 2015 TV Highlights

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Apr 30, 2015 2:11 PM

We'll be wrapping up a number of drama series this month including Wolf Hall, Mr. Selfridge, and Call The Midwife.  Be sure to tune in this summer for another season of Last Tango in Halifax as well as the drama Poldark and The Crimson Field.  More details on those series next month. 

Catch another chance to watch the amazing series The Roosevelts on WITF.  Ken Burns's seven-part documentary weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The 14-hour series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative.  It airs Tuesdays at 8:00pm beginning May 5. 

May 13 features new episodes of all our science series beginning at 8:00pm when we witness the trials and tribulations of young animals the world over, as they prepare to leave home on Nature.  Then at 9:00pm on NOVA, we'll follow scientists who seek solutions to rising ocean acidity and see their breakthrough discoveries.  

Sunday on noon this past fall we began a new block of food programs.  They are a different breed of cooking shows. As you watch them, you will pick up great meal ideas, or a viable shortcut in cooking, but these series dive deeper into culture, origins, and traditions surrounding the food we eat.  This month we continue with the two series The Mind of a Chef, and A Chef's Life.   Edible Feast and Food Forward are off the schedule for now until new seasons of these two series become available. We'll have two other new series coming into the mix in June; one focusing on barbeque and the other on Asian food. 

Memorial Day is May 25 this year.  We'll have a number of programs scattered throughout our schedule recognizing the men and women who have served our country through the weekend.   Above and Beyond is one of the programs airing over the weekend.  The documentary highlights one of the most compelling escape and survival stories from World War II -- that of former Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun (1920-2011). Sundlun, a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot, flew a B-17 bomber nicknamed the "Damn Yankee" on a dozen combat missions during World War II. On December 1, 1943, while on his 13th mission, the bomber drew heavy fire from German fighter planes and crashed in a field in the Nazi-occupied Belgian town of Jabbeke. By nightfall, Sundlun (a Jewish-American) remained the only member of his 10-man crew not killed or captured by the Germans. With help from a vast underground network, Bruce fled to occupied France, where he joined the Resistance (under the code name "Salamander") and assisted them in their fight against the Nazis.  This program airs at 1:00pm on May 25.  Be sure to review the schedule to see specials airing across the weekend for Memorial Day. 

Heading into June, a retooled summer safari schedule is coming to our PBS Kids programming.  A new schedule will transition in for the summer months while the kids are home from school but keeping them in tune with quality educational programs.

In the meantime, enjoy May and happy viewing! 

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