In the Studio: Jane Harman tapes Overheard 7/25

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Jane Harman. 

Date: Monday, July 25

Time: 12:45 pm (Doors open at 12:15 pm)

Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)

RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now. (Entrance is based on capacity)

unnamedJane Harman is a former US Representative for California’s 36th district. After resigning from Congress in 2011, Harman joined the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as its first female President and CEO. During her nine terms in Congress she served on the Armed Services, Intelligence and Homeland Security committees. Harman is the recipient of numerous awards for distinguished service, including the CIA Agency Seal Medal and the CIA Director’s Award.

Postcards From the Great Divide: A new short film series

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This week PBS Election 2016 initiative and The Washington Post released, Postcards from the Great Divide, a series of nine documentaries examining the deeply partisan split among the American electorate.

On July 11, the first five Postcards launched simultaneously on PBS’ Election 2016 website and on The Washington Post’s political vertical The Fix. Later this summer, the following four documentaries will launch and all nine Postcards will broadcast on PBS World Channel. Watch online now

Each Postcards takes place in a different American city to help provide a greater understanding of how changing demographics and political self-sorting will continue to have a profound effect on American politics for years to come.

According to the Political Postcards website, each documentary brings a specific political issue to life, and provides an in-depth look at a specific demographic or partisan environment. Black voters in Florida hesitating to vote; urban and rural Minnesota residents distancing themselves based on political views; Wisconsin ex-legislators ruing the intense ideological splits that have turned the once congenial state into a partisan battleground – stories like these come alive in the hands of a roster of talented documentary filmmakers.

Postcards from the Great Divide is brought to you by the award-winning team of Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, and Paul Stekler, who have been responsible for some of the most respected political documentaries of the past twenty years. They are two-time Peabody Award and three-time DuPont-Columbia Award winning creators of such films as Vote for Me: Politics in America, Getting Back to Abnormal, and People Like Us.

Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Latino Public Broadcasting. Midnight Films and the Center for New American Media will produce.

Save the Date: POV Screening Thank You for Playing 7/12

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Join us on July 12 as we continue our POV Documentary Series with the heartfelt documentary Thank You for Playing.

ThankYouForPlayingWeb-300x225When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey with a poetic video game. Thank You for Playing follows Ryan and his family over two years creating “That Dragon, Cancer,” which evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as “unimaginably intimate” by The New Yorker, the film is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the unique ways that art and technology can help us share profound experiences.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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Highlights KLRU-Q 7/8

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Fly away with KLRU-Q with four binge worthy programs featuring the life of birds!

Wild! “The Secret Routes of Migratory Birds” – airs at 8:05 pm 

One man leads a group of young geese on their first ever migration in an attempt to discover why fewer birds are making the pilgrimage. This is the story of Christian Moullec, filmmaker and bird obsessive. After he incubates, hatches and raises a flock of geese they imprint upon him, following him wherever he goes.

Secret Life of Pigeons airs at 9 pm 

Every day, pigeons aimlessly walk and fly around cities, much to the ire of the urban citizen. Behind the pigeon’s seemingly mindless doddering, pecking and plodding is a secret life and a noble past. Secret Life of Pigeons gives a whole new perspective on these misunderstood urban creatures, revealing their complexity, intelligence and incredible contributions to humankind. From scientific starting point to high society entertainer, this program sheds light on a misunderstood bird, recovering their former glory and capturing their lives in ways never seen before.

From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinctionairs at 10 pm 

The centenary of this recent extinction offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this film to sharply focus new attention on habitat conservation and species survival-and help us avoid the fate of the passenger pigeon for future species. With cutting-edge CGI animation techniques, From Billions to None will recreate the glory of passenger pigeons in flight as well as the ways in which our 19th century ancestors destroyed them all- with ruthless, no-limits shooting.

Lost Bird Projectairs at 11 pm 

The Lost Bird Project charts sculptor Todd McGrain’s efforts to memorialize five birds – the Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, Labrador Duck, Passenger Pigeon and Heath Hen – driven to extinction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The captivating nature documentary follows McGrain and his brother-in-law, Andy, as they embark on a road trip in search of the last-known locations of the birds and seek permission to install McGrain’s six-foot-tall bronze sculptures on those sites.

KLRUQ Sunday Highlights 7/10

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How did America make its way toward becoming one of the greatest nations on the planet? This Sunday on KLRUQ, find out how American made its way to the top through its landscapes, highways and the journey of Lewis and Clark.

Wild West with Ray MearsMountains‘ – airs at 6:05 pm
Ray begins his westward journey in the Appalachian Mountains where he explores how their timbered slopes fuelled the lumber industry and provided the fuel and building material for the emerging nation. Native Appalachian Barbara Woodall and lumberjack Joe Currie share their family history with him, and he gets to grips with the rare “hellbender” salamander. Further west, in the high jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Ray goes mule trekking with modern day mountain man Stu Sorenson and he has close encounters with beaver, elk and black bear. His journey ends as he pans for gold with modern day gold prospector John Gurney, and explores the boom and bust story of ghost town, Bodie.

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery airs at 7 pm
In 1801, when President Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon, he doubled the country’s size. The sudden western expansion of the United States–and rumors of a Northwest Passage that would link the Atlantic with the Pacific–motivated Jefferson to find the great byway to the West. He appropriated $2,500 for the journey and commissioned his secretary, Meriwether Lewis, to the task of revealing the West. Lewis asked his old friend, William Clark, and a group of rough frontiersmen to join the expedition, now called the Corps of Discovery. This Ken Burns documentary chronicles the challenges, frustrations and anxiety that faced the Corps of Discovery — their encounters with Native Americans, the new animals and plant life they discovered, their historic pairing with Sacagawea, and their crossing of the Continental Divide.

Paving The Way: The National Park-To-Park Highwayairs at 9 pm
At a time when train travel to the National Parks was only for the wealthy, this program follows the convergence of U.S. Land being set aside for all people, the development of the “autos for the everyman” and the need to escape the drone of WWI and the 1918 flu pandemic. With this need for release, 12 intrepid motorists embark upon the 1920 inaugural tour of the National Park-to-Park Highway. Traveling 5, 000 miles over 76 days to promote the need for good roads, these individuals also explore the idea of what it means to ‘See America First’ while touring in the western United States, instead of visiting their ancestry in war torn Europe.

PBS 2016 Online Film Festival

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For the past four years the PBS Online Film Festival has delivered some of the most powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. Now, attracting more than 1.5 million video stream in its first four years as well as nominations in the Webby Awards, PBS will return for a fifth year on July 11-29, 2016.

Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films from PBS member stations and ITVS and POV. Starting July 11, viewers can once again watch, vote and share their favorites. This year’s festival includes collaborations with a wide variety of public television producers, including the Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), Wisconsin Media Lab and Vision Maker Media.

Beginning July 11, the festival will be available via PBS and station digital platforms, including PBS.org, YouTube and PBS social media channels. All 25 independent films will also be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and FireTV devices.

Viewers are encouraged to watch, share and vote for their favorite film by going to: pbs.org/filmfestival. The film with the most votes will receive the “PBS People’s Choice” award. Additionally, for the first time ever, viewers can vote for their favorite film by logging onto their Facebook or Twitter account and sharing their favorite film titles using the #PBSolff. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter.

KLRU has three local films competing this year: The Superlative Light, Peppermint and The Scar.

 

The Superlative Light
by Ben Steinbauer
Documentary photographer, Robert Shults, went from being a homeless
dreamer to a home-owning artist after taking photos of the brightest
light source in the known universe, a laser in basement of the physics
department at The University of Texas.

Peppermint
by Jay Hubert
6-year-old Samantha must convince her father to take her favorite pet
with them as they move away from their Texas farm.

The Scar
by Brittney Shepherd
Confined by the oppressive summer heat, a single-minded mother, and
the limits of girlhood, a young girl’s outing to the corner store
stirs an unexpected self-realization.

 

 

Highlights: Michael Mosley and Pleasure and Pain 7/5

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Follow Michael Mosley on KLRU-Q for binge worthy episodes of Make Me and Pleasure and Pain.

Make Me ‘Smart‘ – airs at 8 pm

Michael has an IQ of 135. We’re told there are lots of ways we can increase our intelligence – from drugs, to the things we eat and the music we listen to. Can Michael boost his score by 12 points in order to secure a place in Mensa, the society for bright people? Michael meets contestants in the UK Memory Championships to find out. He travels to institutes in America which use training, combined with specific diet and exercise to nurture intelligence in babies. But according to ‘America’s smartest man’ Chris Langan, intelligence is innate. He participates in a neurofeedback session and plays specially designed video games – all in a bid to up his IQ. But will it work?

Make Me ‘Stay Awake‘ – airs at 8:50 pm 

We all crave more sleep, but with scientific advancements, do we now really need it? Michael has learned that a new wave of drugs promises to do for sleep what the contraceptive pill did for sex – unshackle it from nature. He goes on a journey to experience what it’s like to put aside the conventional eight hours sleep – and keep awake for as long as possible. He meets the world record breaker Tony Wright who can go up to 12 days without sleep; dips into the world of sleep endurance competitions; and in Canada meets a man who claims that a recent pharmaceutical invention, Modafinil, allows him to fully function and work a 20-hour day with just a few naps.

Make Me ‘Live Forever‘ – airs at 9:40 pm 

Global warming, wars, economic meltdown… While the future of our species seems to be hanging by a thread, the future for individuals looks bright. Michael goes on a journey to the logical conclusion of modern medicine: triumph over death. He visits Cambridge academic Aubrey de Grey who is offering prize money for the scientist who can most effectively rejuvenate ageing mice. But Michael wants more than longevity – he is seeking immortality. He witnesses the application of stem cell work – restoring vision, constructing new organs – which offers the chance of replacing body parts. And using the latest research, some of Michael’s cells are made immortal.

Pleasure and Pain – airs at 10:30 pm

With his customary wit, wisdom and willingness to get involved, Michael Mosley gets to grips with the fascinating worlds of pleasure and pain. Teasing out the precise neural circuitry that allows us to experience pleasure, Michael discovers how pleasure is at the root of our ability to make sense of the world, and how it reinforces healthy behaviours such as eating, having sex and keeping warm. Michael talks to new parents high on the pleasure hormone oxytocin; challenges his fear of heights with the thrill-seekers who jump 220 metres off a dam for fun; and meets a woman who turned her own wedding into a science experiment to try to find out how much pleasure she was feeling. He also investigates the inextricable link between pleasure and pain, eating a year’s worth of chocolate to investigate the precise moment when pleasure turns to pain and finding out what effect a reward has on our ability to tolerate pain.

A new monthly series beginning 7/9: Science Goes To The Movies

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It seems as if science has taken over everything nowadays, right? Everywhere you turn you’re faced with the fact that science – or science fiction, if you’re into that- is the ‘now’ thing. Hollywood has caught on to this and have formulated some of today’s beloved films such as Interstellar, Birdman and The Theory of Everything.

Here at KLRU we’re just as fascinated with scientific disciplines as Hollywood, which is why a new monthly series is coming to KLRUQ this July! Science Goes To The Movies, co-hosted by Faith Salie and Dr. Heather Berlin, will explore the science in contemporary motion pictures.

Salie is a television and national public radio host, political and pop culture commentator (CBS Sunday Morning), interviewer, journalist and actor. Dr. Berlin is an American neuroscientist.

Each episode will feature different guests drawn from different scientific backgrounds, illuminating scientific truths or imaginings in films such as The Imitation Game, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Silence Of The Lambs.

Birdman, Interstellar and The Theory Of Everythingairs July 3 at 12 am and July 9 at 7 pm
What’s the deal with hallucinations and black holes? In this episode, Salie and Dr. Berlin sit down with Dr. Emily Rice for an in-depth look at the science in these 2015 top films.

The Imitation Game and Into The Woodsairs July 10 at 12 am and July 16 at 7 pm
Cryptologist Rosario Genarro joins us on this episode of Science at the Movies. Together, we will discuss pattern recognition in the work of both Alan Turing and Stephen Sondheim.

The Lazarus Effect and Kingsman: The Secret Serviceairs July 17 at 12 am and July 23 at 7 pm
In this week’s episode, co-hosts Salie and Dr. Berlin are joined by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson – Director of The American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium – to discuss how Hollywood depicts scientists, particularly in current movies such as The Lazarus Effect and Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service and Particle Feverairs July 24 at 12 am and July 30 at 7 pm
Dr. Berlin, Salie and astrophysicist deGrasse Tyson continue their conversation of Kingsman: The Secret Service as well as how scientists and science it self are depicted in the 2013 documentary Particle Fever.

Force Majeure and Rosewaterairs July 31 at 12 am and Aug. 6 at 7 pm
What does fear do to the bran, to the body and how does it affect our decision making? This week Dr. Berlin and Salie sit down with journalist Ira Flatow as they discuss the Swedish film Force Majeure and Jon Stewart’s Rosewater for a discussion of visceral fear.

American Sniper and Grand Torinoairs Aug. 7 and Aug. 13 at 7 pm
Gerard Ilaria, from Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Headstrong Project, and Derek Coy, a U.S. Marine Corp veteran join us on this week’s episode of Science Goes To The Movies to discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it relates to Clint Eastwood’s films American Sniper and Grand Torino.

Fifty Shades Of Grey, Fatal Attraction and Last Tango In Parisairs Aug. 14 and Aug. 20 at 7 pm
Helen Fisher, a Senior Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute and Chief Scientific Advisor for Match.com joins Dr. Berlin and Salie on this week’s episode of Science At The Movies. The three will discuss sex and its effect on perception in these films.

Ex Machina and Blade Runnerairs Aug. 21 and Aug. 27 at 7 pm
The 2015 film Ex Machina and 1982’s Blade Runner will be featured on this week’s episode. Christof Koch, President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, joins us for a discussion of artificial intelligence and the fluid nature of consciousness in these films.

Welcome To Me, The Jinx and The Silence Of The Lambs airs at Aug. 28 and Sept. 3 at 7 pm
Co-hosts Faith Salie and neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin discuss madness in the films and TV shows Welcome to Me, starring Kristen Wiig, HBO’s The Jinx, The Silence Of The Lambs, and in part of Game of Thrones.

Star Trek, Star Wars and Fantastic Fourairs Sept. 4 and Sept.10 at 7 pm
Dr. Berlin and Salie are joined by City College physics professor Vinod Menon to discuss how light is used and portrayed in Star Wars, Star Trek and Fantastic Four.

Mad Max: Fury Roadairs Sept. 11 and Sept. 17 at 7 pm
The science of cars and engines are discussed in this episode as automotive engineer and Future Fuels Technology CEO Art Vatsky sit down with Dr. Berlin and Salie.

Ballers and Everestairs Sept. 18 and Sept. 24 at 7 pm
Retired Giants linebacker Carl Banks comes by to talk about the HBO series Ballers, the neurological underpinnings of teamwork, and why humans like to watch other humans engage in risky or dangerous behaviors.

Zom-beesairs Sept. 25 at 7 pm
Mark Siddall, parasitologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History talks the science and history of both real and fictional zombies.

Hinterland to join KLRUQ British Drama Night starting 7/4

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The United Kingdom may be leaving the European Union, but looks like a new British drama is entering British Drama Night on KLRU-Q starting July 4. Hinterland, replaces Whitechapel, will be added to the lineup, which currently includes Death In Paradise, Detectorists and Luther.

Death In Paradiseairs at 8:05 pm 

Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. He can’t get out of there fast enough, but there’s a job to do and he does it brilliantly. His reward – a permanent posting to the island, his own personal hell on Earth. He may be stuck there, but he’s not going to let his standards slip. He’ll bring British rigor to this relaxed Caribbean workplace.

Detectoristsairs at 9 pm 

Andy has been thinking about internet dating. Not for him, but for his friend Lance, who’s still not over his ex-wife. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger arrives to tempt the Danebury Metal Detecting Club in more ways than one.

Lutherairs at 9:30 pm

When an art dealer’s wife is taken hostage at gunpoint, Luther leads a tense investigation. The hostage takers want payment in diamonds so, stalling for time, Luther substitutes a bag of replacement diamonds from the Serious Crime Unit’s evidence safe. Luther and DCI Reed are on hand to arrest the gang members picking up the gems, but when everything starts to unravel Luther begins to suspect that even Reed has double-crossed him.

Hinterlandairs at 10:25 pm 

A noir crime drama in the scenic, centuries-old town of Aberystwyth, Wales. The area is a natural crucible of colliding worlds – a place where history, myth and tradition come face-to-face with modern life – but its panoramic vistas and quaint facade hide a multitude of sins.

Highlights July 3-9

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On Sunday at 7pm on Dancing On The Edge, follow the band on a private train ride to a picnic arranged by Donaldson. Stanley and Pamela begin an affair, Julian becomes infatuated with Jessie and band manager Wesley is deported. The Prince of Wales hears the band and expresses his approval.

After a Dutch au pair goes missing, Endeavour explores the disparate worlds of Oxford’s scientific academia, the city’s vast parks and the untamed wilderness of Oxfordshire countryside on Endeavour Season 3 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Next at 9:30 pm Sunday on Tunnel, the serial killer steps up his cross-Channel campaign, targeting an elderly victim in his “moral” crusade. The race is on for police in Britain and France to identify and capture the murderer before more lives are brutally lost.

Later at 10:30 pm Sunday on Father Brown, he discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires.

On Monday, join the festivities for America’s national Independence Day on Capitol Fourth at 7 pm and 8:30 pm. The celebration of our country’s 240th birthday airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands and millions at home.

National Parks Of Texas: In Contact With Beauty at 10 pm Monday  shares how these parks were created and reveals the secrets they hold. Travel with us on a trip around the state and across time to experience the past, present and future of the national parks of Texas.

Tune into Genealogy Roadshow on Tuesday at 7 pm as the team travels to St. Louis’ historic Union Station. The team uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner Party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; and a schoolteacher who has all the answers for her students has very few about her own past.

Later on Greeks at 8 pm Tuesday, watch as ancient Greece’s legacy is invoked in Athens and at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Take a look back at its rise and fall, which might not only help us understand the challenges we face now, but also point toward a better future.

Portrait Of Wally at 9 pm Tuesday the documentary takes you on that journey. The 13-year war over “Wally” was more than a dispute over property stolen from Jews during the Holocaust. It was a battle over history and memory. This time, the truth won.

At 10:30 pm Tuesday, don’t miss FrontlineThe Secret History of ISIS.‘ From veteran Frontline filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team comes the inside story of the creation of ISIS, and how the United States missed the many warning signs. The film uncovers the terror group’s earliest plans, the Islamic radicals who became its leaders, and the American failures to stop ISIS’s brutal rise.

On Wednesday at 7 pm, explore the extremes of true flight: power, acceleration, top speed, maneuverability and endurance. Many animals take to the skies for a split second, but to stay there, the planet’s strongest flyers push the laws of physics to the limit. Watch Supernature – Wild FlyersMasters Of The Sky.’

How did massive volcanic eruptions, inland seas, and land bridges pave the way for life?  Find out at 8 pm Wednesday on NOVA Making North America: Life.’

Next at 9 pm Wednesday on 9 Months That Made You, learn how you became the unique individual you are. No two people-even “identical” twins-are identical. Through riveting examples, explore how you reached your height, how your face was formed, why you’re likely right-handed, even your sexuality.

At 10 pm  Wednesday and Friday on Austin City Limits, dig the best in modern rock with TV on the Radio and The War on Drugs. TVOTR showcases cuts from their latest LP Seeds, while TWOD features songs from its most recent album Lost in the Dream.

On Thursday at 7pm, Wendy Davis sits down on Overheard with Evan Smith. Davis is a former Democratic Texas State Senator.

At 7:30 pm Thursday, Mental Health Matters brings viewers across the state to meet dozens of urban and rural Texans finding or providing care in innovative ways. This newsmagazine program mixed in-depth documentary reporting, plus analysis and reaction from leading mental health experts.

Next at 8 pm Thursday on The Daytripper, Chet heads to no-man’s land to canoe the “most pristine river in Texas.” On this multi-day canoe trip, he fishes, camps on the banks of this blue river, and learns what it takes to survive in the middle of nowhere.

On The Bletchley Circle at 9 pm Thursday, Alice Merren is in prison awaiting trial for the murder of her former Bletchley Park colleague. Jean, believing Alice is covering for someone, begins to reunite the circle to help establish the innocence of one of their own. The women use the skills honed at Bletchley Park — and take dangerous chances — to try to exonerate Alice. Don’t miss part two of this episode at 10 pm.

At 8 pm Friday on Great British Baking Show, watch the remaining 11 bakers tackle biscuits. Biscotti are the Signature challenge, while the Technical demands puff pastry arlettes. The Showstopper task is to create and build an edible biscuit box filled with 36 biscuits of a different flavor.

As the world’s attention turns to Rio de Janeiro for the August 2016 Olympics, Chef Hubert Keller explores and celebrates Rio’s exciting and vibrant culinary scene at 9 pm Friday on Get Ready To Rio! Special With Hubert Keller.

On Saturday at noon, create romantic cottage style with natives and go for dreamy gardens even on patios and balconies on Central Texas Gardener.

At 7 pm Saturday, Austin City Limits showcases the best alternative rock with Jim James and the Black Angels. My Morning Jacket leader James plays tunes from his debut solo album, while the Angels highlight cuts from their latest LP Indigo Meadow.

Next at 8 pm on Father Brown, he discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires. Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgement – Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice.

Follow Endeavour into the disparate worlds of Oxford scientific academia, the city’s vast parks, night school and the untamed wilderness of the Oxfordshire countryside when a Dutch au pair goes missing. Watch on Endeavour Season 3 On Masterpiece at 9 pm.

Vicious Special following at 10 pm, chart a year in the life of Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) as they enjoy their inheritance and a birthday. Violet (Frances de la Tour) moves on from her divorce and Ash (Iwan Rheon) arrives with news.