In the hills of Ireland’s County Tipperary, a laborer harvesting peat from a dried-up bog spots the remnants of a corpse — a headless torso almost perfectly preserved and stained dark brown by the bog. Archaeologists recognize it as one of Europe’s rare bog bodies: prehistoric corpses flung into the marshes. The corpse eventually will be dated to the Bronze Age, more than 4,000 years ago. Forensic evidence reveals a shockingly violent death. NOVA follows archaeologists and forensic experts in their hunt for clues to the identity and the circumstances of this and other violent deaths of bog body victims. A new theory emerges that they are ritually murdered kings, slain to assure the fertility of land and people. NOVA’s ancient detective story opens a tantalizing window on the beliefs of Europe’s long-vanished prehistoric peoples.
Wed, 01/29/2014 - 8:00pm
Twenty-five years ago, filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson travelled to Sulawesi in Indonesia and fell in love with crested black macaques. These feisty monkeys are beach bums with punk hairstyles, expressive faces, copper-colored eyes and some very unusual habits, making them some of the most charismatic of all monkeys. Learning that their numbers have dropped dramatically, Stafford-Johnson makes a return visit to find out why and to see if he can help.
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 10:00pm
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.
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 8:00pm
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is in Detroit, Michigan, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Laura Woolley head to the Motown Museum to discuss memorabilia that hits a high note with collectors. Highlights include a 1970 Andy Warhol poster the guest bought at his campus bookstore for around 10 dollars and had signed by Warhol himself; an early 20th-century collection of locally crafted Pewabic pottery; and a working script of The Wizard of Oz, used on set by Bert Lahr, fondly known as the “Cowardly Lion,” that is appraised for $150,000.
Sun, 01/26/2014 - 10:00pm
Sherlock faces his biggest challenge of all – delivering a Best Man’s speech on John’s wedding day. But all isn't quite as it seems. Mortal danger stalks the reception - and someone might not make it to the happy couple's first dance. Sherlock must thank the bridesmaids, solve the case and stop a killer.
Sun, 01/26/2014 - 5:30pm
WSKG’s Artist Café showcases an expansive variety of national and local artists including photographers, dancers, poets and many more. This week musician/photographer Graham Nash, "Fresh Artists"- teachers/art education, sculptor Don Mitchell and local chinese artist Ruby Wang.
Sat, 01/25/2014 - 6:30pm
Each half-hour episode of Let's Polka! is full of bona fide polka fun hosted by Bill Flynn. Tap your toes to the polka beat or dance along in your living room with our live studio audience. Plus, you'll get to know the music and musicians as each episode contains an interview with Bill Flynn and the leader of the band!
Author Pamela Travers, creator of the much-loved character Mary Poppins, led a remarkable but troubled life. Behind the fictional nanny lies a complex tale of a young woman escaping rural Australia in her pursuit to become a writer, reinventing herself and her past along the way. This program combines interviews and footage from the 2002 documentary The Shadow of Mary Poppins interwoven with clips from the film Saving Mr. Banks and interviews with its cast. THE REAL MARY POPPINS draws on an extensive archive and interviews to tell Travers’ real story and to answer the question so many have asked: Where did Mary Poppins come from?
Thu, 01/23/2014 - 9:00pm
The arrival of Gabriel Cochrane, the once wealthy owner of a large Iron Foundry. The bank has repossessed his home and business, his young wife has died, and Gabriel finds himself looking for a new start. The people of Candleford take him into their hearts, and Dorcas offers him a job and a home. But will their kindness be enough to save him, or will he let his vendetta against the bank, and his grief over his dead wife, prevent him rebuilding his fortunes and finding happiness again?