In ART WOLFE'S TRAVELS TO THE EDGE: AMAZING ENCOUNTERS, renowned photographer Art Wolfe takes viewers on a journey through his favorite moments in the field — photographing wildlife, spectacular landscapes and fascinating peoples. This special takes a fast-paced look at some of the most endearing, pulse-pounding and lighthearted moments featured in the past two seasons of Wolfe's public television series Travels to the Edge.He tracks the last of the Bengal tigers in Nepal, marvels at snow monkeys in Japan, encounters baby seals on South Georgia Island and snaps photos of baby grey whales off Baja Mexico. Wolfe also captures Hindu morning rituals in India, witnesses a "ghost dance" in West Africa and visits the Dukha reindeer people of Mongolia. A special segment goes behind the scenes with Wolfe's crew as they try to keep pace with the celebrated photographer on his quest for the perfect shot.
Fake or Fortune?
Fri, 07/26/2013 - 10:00pm
Fiona Bruce and expert Philip Mould explore the history of three paintings bequeathed to the National Museum of Wales when their owner died in 1951. It was always believed the pieces were by landscape artist J.M.W. Turner, but only months after the museum took ownership, experts branded them fakes and unfit to hang on the gallery walls. Now Philip sets out to prove their authenticity once and for all. And, as reported in the New York Times on Sept. 24, 2012, they succeed!
Fri, 07/26/2013 - 9:00pm
Enter a world of non-stop dance, the daring artists who dedicate their lives to it and an extraordinary place where it flourishes. Filmed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts, “Never Stand Still” features thrilling performances and revelatory conversations with renowned choreographers and dancers, including Judith Jamison, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell and Frederic Franklin, and one of the last interviews with the iconic Merce Cunningham. At the same time, it chronicles the remarkable story of how an abandoned Berkshires farm evolved into a mecca for dance. Narrated by acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones, the film interweaves the story of Jacob’s Pillow as a generator for creativity with the history of dance in America, featuring never-before-seen footage and images from the Pillow’s rare and extensive archives, including the pioneering Ted Shawn, who purchased Jacob’s Pillow in 1931.
British Antiques Roadshow
Thu, 07/25/2013 - 10:30pm
A second visit to Chatsworth house in Derbyshire where Fiona Bruce and the experts are kept busy as more family treasures are brought from miles around. Cameras hone in on a painting thought to be by Constable... but is it? Plus, out of the attic comes lost designs for exotic jewellery made by Cartier in the mid-20th century.
Thu, 07/25/2013 - 9:00pm
When Dorcas is suddenly taken ill, Laura finds herself with more than one problem to solve. Afraid to admit that even she has limitations, Laura decides that she will not fail Dorcas. However, she soon realizes that she must accept her own weaknesses if she is to succeed.
Nazi Mega Weapons
Wed, 07/24/2013 - 10:00pm
To create a haven in port for their lethal U-boat submarines, the Nazis built massive, impenetrable concrete submarine pens. Structures too immense to be hidden, they were constructed to withstand direct hits from even the biggest Allied bombs. Such was their size and strength that these pens survive today, a testament to their engineering.
Wed, 07/24/2013 - 8:00pm
Conservation ecologist Chris Morgan (“Bears of the Last Frontier”) has tracked large predators in some of the wildest and most remote places on earth. He now embarks on a challenge that will fulfill a lifelong dream — to find and film a Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s far eastern forests. The film features the work of Korean cameraman Sooyong Park, the first individual ever to film Siberian tigers in the wild. Park spent years in the forest tracking and filming the world’s biggest cat. Park’s tracking technique was unconventional, but produced more than a thousand hours of wild tiger footage and captured the saga of a Siberian tiger dynasty. Morgan spends time with Park, learning firsthand just how hard it was for him to achieve his remarkable accomplishment.
Secrets of the Dead
Tue, 07/23/2013 - 10:00pm
When colonial estate manager Willie Peppe set his workers digging at a mysterious hill in Northern India in 1898, he had no idea what they’d find. Just over 20 feet down, they made an amazing discovery: a huge stone coffer, containing five reliquary jars, more than 1,000 separate jewels and some ash and bone. One of the jars bore an inscription that appeared to say that these were the remains of the Buddha himself. This seemed to be the most extraordinary find in Indian archaeology. But doubt and scandal have hung over this amazing find for more than 100 years. For some, the whole thing is an elaborate hoax. For others, it is no less than the final resting place of the leader of one of the world’s great religions, a sage who died nearly 2,500 years ago. For the doubters, suspicion focuses on a key figure from the time, disgraced German archaeologist Dr. Anton Fuhrer. Renowned historian Charles Allen sets out to solve this extraordinary mystery, once and for all.
Tue, 07/23/2013 - 8:00pm
Two-and-a-half millennia ago, a new religion was born in northern India, generated from the ideas of a single man, the Buddha, a mysterious Indian sage who famously gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree. The Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth. He said only that he was a human being who, in a world of unavoidable pain and suffering, had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. This documentary by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin tells the story of his life, a journey especially relevant in our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. Richard Gere narrates.
Mon, 07/22/2013 - 10:00pm
Trail two of China’s first citizen-reporters as they document the underside of the country’s rapid economic development. A search for truth and fame inspires young vegetable seller “Zola” to report on censored news stories from the cities, while retired businessman “Tiger Temple” makes sense of the past by chronicling the struggles of rural villagers. Land grabs, pollution, rising poverty, local corruption and the growing willingness of ordinary people to speak out are grist for these two bloggers who navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and challenge the boundaries of free speech.