RHYTHM & BLUES 40: SOUL SPECTACULAR - Music Performance
This show brings together legendary artists of the 1960s and 1970s for a once-in-a-lifetime event: Ben E. King and The Drifters, Jerry Butler reuniting with The Impressions for the first time since 1958, as well as The Isley Brothers, Percy Sledge, Eddie Holman, Little Anthony & The Imperials, The Chi-Lites and many more performers singing their most memorable hits, rhythm & blues and soul classics from the '60s and '70s.
8pm NOVA: Wild Ways - Science/Education Four-lane highways may be a necessity to our modern society, but they can be a death traps for millions of animals that try to cross them. Around the world, wildlife need to roam for breeding, foraging, and to carry out their traditional migrations–but they are often blocked by ranches, farms, roads, and other human-made obstacles. While national parks and preserves offer some protection to wildlife, even the magnificent Serengeti and Yellowstone parks are too small to sustain healthy populations over generations. But now comes new hope for wildlife through an approach called “connectivity conservation.” Some of the world’s most beloved species–lions, bears, antelope and elephants–can be preserved by linking the world’s wildlife refuges with tunnels, overpasses, and protected land corridors. From North America’s Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation initiative to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations, see how animals are on the move again.
Wednesday 8pm Martin Clunes & A Lion Called Mugie - Nature/Documentary
Martin Clunes joins a mission to make wildlife history by returning endangered lions to Kora National Park, the Kenyan nature reserve of "Born Free" fame. The effort begins with Mugie, a lion cub orphaned at just three weeks old who had been washed up on a riverbank 140 miles away after a flash flood. Clunes soon finds out why, for lions, there is now no "free" left. Poaching and destruction of the natural habitat are threatening much of Africa’s wildlife and it is thought Kenya’s population of about 2,000 lions faces extinction in less than 20 years. The way forward is to create habitats to keep lions in and poachers, predators and farmers out.
Friday June 3rd - 9pm CAROL BURNETT'S FAVORITE SKETCHES - Comedy
Join beloved funny lady Carol Burnett as she presents her own personally selected favorite moments from her long-running variety series “The Carol Burnett Show.” Laugh along with Carol and her hilarious troupe of regulars — Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner — and special guests Steve Martin and Betty White.
A comedy-variety revue, The Carol Burnett Show ran 11 seasons on CBS, from 1967 to 1978. Throughout the years, the TV series racked up 25 Emmy Awards. The special features unforgettable characters from The Carol Burnett Show, including Starlet O’Hara, Norma Desmond, Mrs. Wiggins, Eunice, Ed, Mama, and The Oldest Man, and Mr. Tudball.
Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia, both widowed and in their 70's, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited over the internet after nearly 60 years. As their lives collide for a second time, the couple laments what might have been. While their relationship is a celebratory tale of the power of love at any age, it is also a story about family and the complications the relationship causes, especially for grown daughters.
IN THIS EPISODE: As Alan and Celia seize the day, Gillian spirals into a dark place as skeletons surface. Caroline's fractious relationship with John leads her to rethink living arrangements as she makes a bold decision involving Kate.
8pm LILIES: The Reckoning - Drama - Lilies details the lives of Iris, May and Ruby Moss, three Catholic sisters living with their widowed father and brother in a terraced house in Liverpool in the early 1920s.
IN THIS EPISODE: After a life-threatening delivery, May rejects her baby, awaiting the return of Mr. Brazendale. The turmoil created by Dadda's flight, the neighbors' scorn, and Iris's pursuit of a vocation reaches a climax in a confrontation at the Brazendale estate.
Professor Mark Miodownik looks at how materials allow us to indulge our curiosity about the world, enabling us to go further and travel faster. He looks at how the bicycle suddenly stirred a national gene pool, why we should all be grateful for exploding glass and what levitation has to do with discovering your inner self.
8pm DOC MARTIN: The Doctor Is Out - Comedy/Drama As we reach the final episode in Series 7, Martin finds himself in a very unusual situation: trapped by Annie Winton, who desperately wants him to try and save her husband, Jim Winton, despite Jim having been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Meanwhile, Ruth and Bert have a proposition to put to Al, regarding the whisky and the B&B. Louisa is very worried about Martin and wonders if the breakdown of their therapy could have led him to decide to leave Portwenn for good. She calls on Morwenna, Janice and Ruth for help, but none of them have seen Martin. Penhale drives Louisa up to the Winton Farm, where despite Annie trying to persuade them otherwise, they discover Martin. Now reunited with Louisa, Martin manages to eventually find Jim and perform a life‐saving operation on him. But is it too late for Martin and Louisa to also save their marriage?
Vera investigates the murder of a twenty two year old Alex Gartside, victim of a hit and run in a remote Northumberland Valley. Inside the manor house Alex had been minding, Vera and Aiden make a grim discovery: the body of a moth enthusiast stabbed to death on the dining room floor.
7pm THIS WILD LIFE: Chaos In The Camp - Nature/Documentary - A young family moves to Samburu in Kenya to run a safari camp for the first time.
Saba, Frank and the children have settled in to their new home at the safari camp, but life in this frontier gets tough as the summer heats up. Saba's guests are accidentally stranded at a remote airstrip in the scorching African sun. The team races to pick them up while Saba makes sure that the camp is ready. Husband Frank puts himself on the frontline in the fight against ivory poachers.
8pm LILIES -Drama - Tough, sexy, funny and heartbreaking, Lilies details the lives of Iris, May and Ruby Moss - Catholic sisters coming of age in Liverpool. Familial love sustains them, and their fortunes are bound to those of their brother and their father.
IN THIS EPISODE: The Serpent - When Billy inadvertently brings home a snake, a local teacher invites Mr. Moss to discuss the exotic reptile in her class. But their relationship soon turns romantic--to the horror of his daughters. Iris, Ruby and May are angry when Dadda reveals he is in love with the local school mistress and they feel he is betraying their mother's memory. Elsewhere, Iris wants to become a nun, Ruby is seeing the local butcher, and May starts dating lovelorn postman Frank. Then May drops a bombshell, she's pregnant.
Professor Mark Miodownik shows us what is so great about "stuff." So many of the goods around us, which we likely take for granted, are revealed to be little pieces of domestic magic: everyday miracles. On the road and in the lab with explosive experiments, Mark reveals why the everyday and even the mundane is anything but.
7pm THIS WILD LIFE: The Great Lion Hunt - Nature/Documentary
Wildlife expert Saba Douglas-Hamilton, together with her husband Frank and their three young children, move to the romantic Samburu National Reserve in Kenya to run a safari camp for the first time.
It is the busiest week of the season at the safari camp and Saba is on a mission to find newborn lion cubs. Husband Frank races to rescue a lioness in need of help. A power crisis strikes camp and a member of the team is rushed to the hospital with suspected malaria. Can Saba and Frank keep their dream alive and the guests happy during their busiest week so far?