Barrister Martha Costello (Maxine Peak) is under pressure to win cases as she aspires to rise to the rank of Queen’s Counsel, also known as “taking Silk.” In an effort to boost her Silk application, Martha takes on challenging cases to prove her merit — and an ambitious student pupil (Tom Hughes). That Martha’s opposing counsel in a major case is Clive (Rupert Penry-Jones), a rival barrister in her chambers, complicates matters further. Will Martha be able to satisfy both the personal and the professional demands placed on her?
Sun, 08/25/2013 - 7:00pm
Building the Dream recounts the origins of a bold idea for an MLK Memorial which originated at a small, informal gathering of King’s Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers in 1983. Alpha Phi Alpha takes up the cause, eventually creating the MLK Memorial Foundation to broaden the effort including corporate and private partners in the cause. The film follows the project through fundraising, design, bureaucratic hurdles, and groundbreaking, and shows the stones arriving on site and being moved into place. We watch as the nation celebrates the public opening of the Memorial with a gala dedication ceremony. Interviews with Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Andrew Young, John Lewis, John Warner, Connie Morella, John Sarbanes, King family members, and others tell the story of the Memorial from conception to completion.
Fri, 08/23/2013 - 9:00pm
AMERICAN MASTERS recounts the life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin: what it is to be born black, impoverished, gifted and gay in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.” Baldwin tells his own story in this emotional portrait. Using rarely seen archival footage from nine different countries, the film melds intimate interviews and eloquent public speeches with cinéma vérité glimpses of Baldwin and original scenes from his extraordinary funeral service in December 1987. His close friends and colleagues — even critics — illuminate the narrative, among them writers Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka and William Styron, and entertainer Bobby Short. Originally broadcast August 1989, this special encore broadcast airs 25 years after Baldwin’s death and 50 years after the historic March on Washington and publication of his best-selling essay The Fire Next Time.
British Antiques Roadshow
Thu, 08/22/2013 - 10:30pm
A return visit to Saltaire, near Shipley in Yorkshire for Fiona Bruce and the team where one of the longest queues awaits the experts. Cameras focus in on a series of objects with famous connections including a lace fragment believed to have been part of a dress worn by Mary, Queen of Scots, Charles Dickens’ inkwell, and a battered school book of Shakespeare’s The Tempest with handwritten notes by a young Diana Spencer. Meanwhile Fiona tries out a local curiosity as she climbs in to a “Wife Taming Cradle” from Victorian days.
Mon, 08/19/2013 - 10:00pm
Acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz pulls off a tour-de-force examination of the system of military administration used by Israel since the Six Day War of 1967 — featuring the system’s leading creators. In a series of thoughtful and candid interviews, Israeli judges, prosecutors and legal advisers, who helped devise the occupation’s legal framework, paint a complex picture of the Middle East conflict and the balance among political interests, security and human rights that has come with it. By Ra’anan Alexandrowicz and Liran Atzmor.
Mon, 08/19/2013 - 5:00pm
Tue, 08/20/2013 - 5:00pm
Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:00pm
Fri, 08/23/2013 - 5:00pm
Starting Monday, August 19th, PBS KIDS will be airing a week of WILD KRATTS dedicated to some of the most slithery, leathery creatures in the world.
August 19 - Rattlesnake Crystal (NEW)
August 20 - Gila Monster Under My House (NEW)
August 21 - Tortuga Tune-Up (NEW)
August 22 - Road Runner (NEW)
August 23 - Mom of a Croc