Two words are synonymous with Selfridges: luxury and London. However, Selfridges was the brainchild of an American — Harry Gordon Selfridge — whose life was depicted in the MASTERPIECE series “Mr. Selfridge.” The real, flamboyant Mr. Selfridge brought about a complete revolution in the way Londoners shopped, introducing a new American retail model that made shopping less a practical pursuit and more a luxurious adventure. Keen to put the shopper’s experience above anything else, Selfridge coined the expression “The customer is always right,” which has become the mantra of shops all over the world. The program reveals the grandiose store’s hidden stories and delves deep into the mind of its ambitious creator.
Sun, 11/03/2013 - 5:30pm
WSKG’s Artist Café showcases an expansive variety of national and local artists including photographers, dancers, poets and many more. This week we feature charcoal artist Heidi Jung, learn about piano restoration, meet the young artists of Transitive Flux, and take a trip through Exxopolis.
Sat, 11/02/2013 - 10:00pm
Three generations of a family open the doors of their welcoming seaside cafe for the return of this enchanting comedy drama. From the makers of the award winning The Royle Family, the series revisits the lives of Sarah, a struggling writer who moved back home after her London life fell apart, her divorced mum Carol who owns the cafe, and grandmother Mary, a broad-minded soul who’s now moved on from knitting to tweeting. As the world of these three women intertwines with the lives of a colourful bunch of local friends and customers, Sarah has to face the reality of her ex Richard's forthcoming wedding – although the arrival of a gorgeous man with a chequered history is a welcome distraction! The unexpected appearance of a face from the past upsets Stan's plans to propose to Carol, and Mary's looking to rekindle an old romance. And how will the cafe cope with an influx of urban clowns and street performers demanding fancy coffee?
Sat, 11/02/2013 - 4:00pm
Fast-paced and provocative, the award-winning SECOND OPINION focuses on health literacy in an engaging, entertaining and accessible way. Host Dr. Peter Salgo leads a panel of medical specialists and patients through the twists and turns of real-life medical mysteries. Season 10 topics include: heart disease, concussion, melanoma, whooping cough and diabetes. In addition, a new field segment, “Myth or Medicine,” uses viewer-submitted questions to help separate medical fact from fiction.
Fri, 11/01/2013 - 9:00pm
GREAT PERFORMANCES partnered with San Francisco Opera, one of the nation’s leading opera companies, to record Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s adaptation of the classic Herman Melville novel Moby Dick. Filmed fresh from his headline-making appearance as a last-minute replacement in the title role of Siegfried in the Met Opera’s epic Ring Cycle, Jay Hunter Morris starred as the obsessive Captain Ahab, delivering a bravura performance.
Thu, 10/31/2013 - 10:00pm
GHOSTS ON THE UNDERGROUND is an unconventional journey through the oldest public transport system in the world, seen from a chillingly unfamiliar perspective. One billion people a year descend deep below London into the tunnels of the underground, without a second thought for the huge number of graves, church crypts and plague pits that tube construction has disrupted over the years, nor about the accidental deaths that have occurred on the network. Viewers will hear stories of encounters with "passengers" on empty trains resting in holding tunnels, "people" on platforms that have been closed down for years, figures appearing on CCTV cameras in closed-down stations in twilight hours, encounters from trackwalkers who patrol miles of pitch black tunnels alone each night, and photos that even experts and science cannot explain.
Raw to Ready
Wed, 10/30/2013 - 10:00pm
The highway truck — a modern workhorse, a heavy hauler vital to commerce — carries an 80,000-pound payload and must operate in every condition from sub-zero cold to triple-digit heat. To survive, it must be strong, durable and fuel-efficient, like the Mack Pinnacle, an engineering achievement made possible by platinum, petroleum, copper, manganese and polyurethane.
Wed, 10/30/2013 - 9:00pm
Cold. For centuries we’ve fought it, shunned it and huddled against it. Cold has always been the enemy of life, but now it may hold the key to a new generation of science and technology that will improve our lives. David Pogue explores the frontiers of cold science, from saving the lives of severe trauma patients and cooling a warming planet to ultracold physics, where bizarre new properties of matter are the norm and the basis of new technologies like levitating trains and quantum computers. In this brave new world, cold isn’t to be avoided. Cold is the new hot.
Tue, 10/29/2013 - 9:00pm
On Sunday, October 30, 1938, the night before Halloween, millions of Americans gathered around their radios and heard a news bulletin about strange explosions on Mars, followed by other reports that led them to believe an alien invasion was in progress. Relive the thrill of Orson Welles’ infamous radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, 75 years after it set off one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history. The film examines the elements that made America ripe for the hoax: America’s longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium; the shocking Hindenburg explosion of 1937; and Welles himself, the 23-year-old wunderkind director of the drama and mischief-maker supreme.