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Journey to Macy's
11:54 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Countdown to Macy's!

The countdown to the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is on!  With three weeks to go, the Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts is practicing up to 10 hours on some days or shall I say nights.  The energy is high and the anticipation grows stronger each passing day, though the time is going by so fast.  These students are amazing and I can barely keep up.  This is truly an incredible team, from the staff to the students and parental support, everyone is dedicated to the success of this program.  Do people really know the talent that exists at this school in this qu

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War Night - Tues Sept 9th beginning at 8
10:04 am
Mon September 8, 2014

It's Back to the Battlefields Tuesday nights on WLRN-TV

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Foyle's War (10 pm) While WWII rages across the Channel, police detective Christopher Foyle reluctantly remains on duty in his quiet English coastal town. The battle comes to Foyle in its own way as he probes war-related cases of murder, espionage, and treason.

The White Feather

The arrest of a young girl on a sabotage charge brings Foyle into contact with a group of English Nazi sympathizers. Foyle investigates the murder and uncovers a plot to smuggle a vitally important letter to the enemy.

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Revealing the Leopard airs Mon Sept 8th at 8pm
12:54 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Get Wild about Nature on WLRN-TV. Love Cats? Tune in to see the ultimate cunning cat!

Nature - Revealing the Leopard (8 pm)

Leopards are the ultimate cats. They are the most feline, the most intelligent, the most dangerous and, until recently, one of the least understood. They hunt from South Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Sri Lanka, and are the most widespread predator of their size on land. A leopard is a cat that walks by itself, unseen and secretive. Leopards are the beautiful killers that live in the shadows. This film will accumulate the evidence and put together a psychological profile of this extraordinarily cunning cat.

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Airs Friday September 5th at 8pm on Channel 17
4:27 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

A Night of Royalty on WLRN TV! Get the inside secrets of the British Empire.

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Secrets of Henry the VIII's Palace (8 pm)

Hampton Court is the ultimate royal pleasure palace — embodying the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII. Through its rooms, chart King Henry VIII’s decline from fit young warrior to bloated womanizer and recall the vivid stories of the ladies who became his queens.

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Airs Thursday Sept 4th at 10pm on Channel 17
2:44 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

WLRN TV premieres a new detective series - Vera !

Vera - Hidden Depths (10 pm)

Forthright, drink loving, Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope is an experienced and brilliant murder investigator in Northumberland, England.  Vera, along with her young sergeant Joe Ashworth investigate the murder of  15-year-old Luke Armstrong who was found strangled and placed in a bath strewn with flowers and candles. When a second victim is found dumped on the beach and surrounded by flowers, DCI Stanhope finds suspects and motives mounting.

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Airs Wednesday September 3rd at 8pm on Channel 17
9:53 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? See this disastrous dinner party on Doc Martin.

Doc Martin - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (8 pm)

Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party for the chairman of the school, their new nanny quits when Martin tells her she's unhealthy and PC Penhale goes on a charm offensive to win friends.

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Airs Tuesday September 2nd at 8pm on Channel 17
9:47 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Waging War with Generals Tuesday Nights on WLRN-TV

Generals at War: Singapore - The Bicycle Blitzkrieg (8 pm)

In 1941, the British totally underestimate the fighting ability of the Japanese, until Japan launches a surprise attack on Singapore, a tiny jewel in the crown of the British Empire. General Arthur Percival is the British general tasked defending the wealthy colonies of Malaya and Singapore. General Tomoyuki Yamashita - the Tiger of Malaya - leads the "driving charge" to oust him. The Japanese are outnumbered from the start, but with the help of bluff, speed and bicycles they defeated the British, striking a blow at the very heart of Britain's Empire in the East.

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Airs Monday September 1st at 8pm on Channel 17
3:09 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Man Made Miracles for Animal Lovers. Watch My Bionic Pet on Nature.

Martin Kaufmann - Co-Owner/Founder, OrthoPets
Credit Thirteen Prods.

Nature: My Bionic Pet (8 pm)

The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks, or tails because of disease, accidents, or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Luckily for them, sometimes miracles do happen. Amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what they need, and scientists are finding that innovations created in the process are benefiting both animals and humans. We will meet these inspiring animals and the remarkable individuals whose work has helped them live their lives again.

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Airs Friday August 29th at 9pm on Channel 17
4:33 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

The Inspiring Life Story of Ballerina Tanaquil "Tanny" LeClercq on American Masters.

Tanaquil Le Clercq in Afternoon of a Faun.
Credit New York City Ballet Archives

American Masters - Tanaquil LeClercq: Afternoon of a Faun (9:00 pm)

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Airs Thursday August 28th at 8pm on Channel 17
5:13 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

A Royal Must See on WLRN-TV ... Queen Victoria's Empire

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria's Empire (8:00 pm)

The Moral Crusade / The Scramble for Africa

At the time of Queen Victoria's birth in 1819, England was an agrarian society. Within a few short decades, this small island nation would be transformed into an industrial superpower, with an empire spanning the globe. QUEEN VICTORIA'S EMPIRE is both the story of this remarkable time, and an engaging portrait of a queen who ruled over a fifth of the world's population.

By 1861 Britain is the world's most powerful nation but the death of Prince Albert weakens Victoria and many of his political ideas fade from importance. Then, the Suez Canal is threatened by a holy war in the Sudan, and General Charles Gordon becomes an "imperial martyr," after he's killed by the rebels.

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Airs Wednesday August 27th at 8pm on Channel 17
7:01 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

In Sickness and Health - The Big Day is Finally Here on DOC MARTIN! Watch WLRN-TV

Doc Martin - In Sickness and Health (8:00 pm)

Martin finally marries Louisa, with Joe Penhale as best man; though, neither party has a parent present, and Martin is irritated by the gate-crashers at the reception. As a gift, their friends have rented them a remote lodge for the night. It all gets off to a bad start when Bert drives off with their luggage, and Martin starts a fire in the fireplace, but forgets to open the damper and that's just the beginning.  Tune in to see how things go from bad to worse!

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Airs Tuesday August 26th at 8pm on Channel 17
10:37 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

All For a Good Reason - Everest: A Climb for Peace on WLRN-TV

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Everest: A Climb For Peace (8:00 pm)

EVEREST: A CLIMB FOR PEACE chronicles the journey of nine "peace climbers" from different faiths and cultures as they attempt to summit the tallest mountain in the world. Filmed on location in Nepal, Tibet, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, U.A.E. and the United States, the documentary focuses on Palestinian Ali Bushnaq and Israelis Dudu Yifrah and Micha Yaniv. Setting aside their differences, they come together to forge a path of teamwork and cooperation. 

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Airs Monday August 25th at 8pm on Channel 17
2:13 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Learn the Magic of the Snowy Owl on Nature on WLRN-TV

Nature: Magic of the Snowy Owl (8:00 pm)

 A team of intrepid filmmakers provides an intimate look at the snowy owl, a bird made popular by Harry Potter's faithful companion Hedwig. Though "snowies" naturally stand out for their beauty, intelligence and charm, in their eerie, bleak Arctic home it is their determination and survival skills that are truly magical.

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Airs Friday August 22nd at 7pm on Channel 17
3:17 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

John Sebastian presents: Folk Rewind on WLRN-TV

Folk Legend, John Sebastian
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John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind - My Music (7:00 pm)

Folk legend John Sebastian reflects and remembers the very best of The Folk Years in an all new show which remembers archival folk (traditional, pop and folk rock) era classics from the vault which culminates into a crescendo of excitement with a new live reunion of folk singers including Barry McGuire, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Chad & Jeremy, Jesse Colin Young of The Youngbloods and more.

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Airs Thursday August 21st at 8pm on Channel 17
1:09 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Queen Victoria's Empire on WLRN-TV

Queen Victoria's Empire (8:00 pm)Episode 1: Engines of Change Beginning with the birth of Queen Victoria, this episode explores the changes brought to Britain by the industrial revolution. By the 1840s, urban migration has created overcrowding and extremes in pollution and poverty. However, British subjects remain loyal to their Queen. Prince Albert, Victoria's husband, becomes a guiding force in the monarchy. Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone, political stars with starkly contrasting visions of empire, turn the nation's attention abroad. 

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