On Call the Midwife Episode #202 at 7 pm Sunday, the Nonnatus community is rocked when the Kelly family’s newborn son dies in unexplained circumstances. Cynthia, who had attended the birth, comes under intense scrutiny from the police and the pregnant women of Poplar.
Masterpiece presents Mr. Selfridge, part 2 at 8 pm Sunday. This mini-series is a dramatization of the real-life story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, the flamboyant and visionary American founder of the famous London department store that revolutionized the modern shopping experience. Harry skirts scandal by putting cosmetics at the front of the store. Meanwhile, his private life gets complicated as Ellen Love, Lady Mae and his wife, Rose, make waves.
Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance at 9 pm Sunday is a documentary about the concentration camp “Terezin” in the Czech Republic, where a large number of Jewish artists, musicians, poets and writers were incarcerated under the Nazis. In the face of horrific living conditions, starvation, and the threat of deportation to Auschwitz, the inmates of Terezin stood up to their Nazi oppressors and did the unthinkable: they fought back with art and music.
Independent Lens at 9 pm on Monday presents The House I Live In. For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than 20 states, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN captures heart-wrenching stories at all levels of America’s drug war — from the dealer to the grieving mother; the narcotics officer to the senator; and the inmate to the federal judge.
American Masters presents Carol Burnett: A Woman Of Character at 7 pm Tuesday. America in the 1960s and 70s was in turmoil. The civil rights struggle, the war in Vietnam and the sexual revolution defined a nation in conflict. But at 10 o’clock every Saturday night, in dorms and dens, in living rooms and bedrooms across the country, Americans watched “The Carol Burnett Show.” For 11 years, the wacky performer yelled like Tarzan and won — and sometimes broke — our hearts with her edgy, always sympathetic, characters. She could fall down a flight of stairs or hold her own in a duet with Julie Andrews. Yet, as with so many brilliant comedians, hers was a difficult childhood. A glimpse of something deeper and darker began to emerge in the dramatic career that followed her TV variety show.
Erma Bombeck: Legacy of Laughter at 8:30 Tuesday examines examines the extraordinary life and career of beloved American humorist Erma Bombeck (1927-1996), whose honest tales of domestic life gave voice to millions of homemakers. Archival photographs, video clips and personal memorabilia trace Bombeck’s life, from her childhood during the Great Depression to her work as a women’s rights activist.The program is interspersed with uplifting and humorous interviews with Erma’s family, friends and colleagues, including a touching on-camera introduction and narration by her neighbor and friend, former talk-show host Phil Donahue.
Frontline presents Syria Behind The Lines at 9 pm Tuesday. In this documentary, award-winning filmmaker Olly Lambert lives on both sides of Syria’s sectarian frontline, witnessing the devastating effect of a religious feud that, regardless of the outcome of the war, is shaping Syria’s future. For generations, the many religions that live in Syria’s Orontes River Valley have lived together peacefully. But as the conflict spirals into a contagious and sectarian blood feud, friends and neighbors of different faiths are taking up arms against each other, as Syrian society begins to collapse. And as each side seeks more and more revenge, shells, mortars, and air attacks only escalate the hatred and violence on both sides.
On Story presents The Silence of the Lambs at 10 pm Tuedsday. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ted Tally gives a provocative look at the adaptation and production of the Oscar-winning film THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Tally covers it all: working with director Jonathan Demme, anticipating Jodie Foster’s Oscar win, the delicious changed ending for the world’s most famous cannibal, Hannibal Lecter, and more.
Arts In Context presents Metal And Rust at 10:30 pm Tuesday. One man’s trash can be an artist’s treasure, and the works featured are made up of found materials either discarded or assigned for only certain purposes.
Nature presents Clash: Encounters Of Bears And Wolves at 7 pm Wednesday. What happens when two great predators come face to face in Yellowstone? The grizzly and the wolf — they couldn’t be more different. Their strategies have taken them to the very top of Yellowstone, and it’s no simple matter when they meet. In every encounter, the opposition must be measured, strengths must be tested, and risks must be carefully weighed. Each time, one of them will have a tactical advantage — but which one, and when? What emerges as each remarkable scene unfolds, is the keen awareness that runs through all of Yellowstone. Elk and eagle, coyote and raven, otter and owl, every creature must assess, decide, and act — to fight or to flee? It’s all in knowing your own strengths and limitations in the heat of the moment in Yellowstone.
NOVA presents Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Awakening at 8 pm Wednesday. Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. NOVA’s mini-series takes viewers on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. With help from high-energy host and scientist Richard Smith, we meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids. This is the untold story of the Land Down Under, the one island continent that has got it all.
Truth About Exercise With Michael Mosley at 9 pm Wednesday Michael uses himself as a human guinea pig to discover the truth about exercise.
Arts In Context presents All My Friends Are Vampires at 7:30 pm Thursday, an all-access pass to Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S., gives a glimpse at horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from around the world. The festival is held each year in Austin, TX at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar.
Live from Lincoln Center presents Josh Groban: All That Echoes at 9 pm Friday. Josh Groban performs hits from his 12-year career, highlighted by exclusive selections from his new album, “All That Echoes.”
Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook presents On The Air at 10 pm Friday. Decades ago, the Golden Age of Radio fulfilled the idol-making role in the U.S. Feinstein traces the phenomenon with archival clips of Bing Crosby, Cab Calloway, Kate Smith and others. He conducts one of the last interviews with TV and stage star Rose Marie (“Sally Rodgers” on “The Dick Van Dyke Show”) and learns about her career as a child radio star. On his own radio program, Feinstein showcases virtuoso classical superstars, including violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk. Finally, he discovers a lost radio program that featured Rosemary Clooney, and through digital magic performs a “new” duet with her.
Central Texas Gardener presents Tropical Edibles at 12 pm and 4 pm Saturday. Find out how to grow tropicals like avocados and allspice. On tour, a San Antonio gardener adds art to beds of flowers, food, and succulents.
Victory Garden presents Cool: Create A Garden That’s Cool at 4:30 pm Saturday. Explore a private garden in Beverly Hills with host Jamie Durie and see some fantastic pool-side landscaping. Grow a garden that incorporates cool colors into perennial borders. Pick the best plants for winter interest with gardening correspondent Paul Epsom’s favorites. Refresh your day with an appetizing recipe for a cool soup demonstrated by chef Michel Nischan.
Greatest Raid Of World War II at 9 pm Saturday. In this documentary, former member of the Special Boat Service turned politician Lord Ashdown uses his experience to shed light on the challenges faced by the ‘Cockleshell Heroes’, recreating their incredible journey up the Gironde estuary. He also looks at the how the battle inside Whitehall raged almost as hard as the war against Nazi Germany.