The Bletchley Circle follows four ordinary women with the extraordinary ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment. Now in 1952, Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean have returned to civilian life, keeping their intelligence work secret from all, including family and friends. A series of ghastly murders targeting women, however, re-unites the team as they set out to decode the pattern behind the crimes.Smart, addictive and situated in a fascinating historical moment, “The Bletchley Circle” is the kind of nifty little British confection only PBS would provide, particularly in this limited three-episode format. An old-fashioned whodunit, there’s also a Sherlock Holmes/”CSI”-type aspect to the notion of four women trained to decipher German codes during World War II reunited nearly a decade later to help crack a string of brutal murders. Perfectly cast and cleverly paced, consider it a mini-”Masterpiece Mystery.”
Sundays @ 10 pm on WGCU HDTV
The hit series Call the Midwife is coming back for a second season on WGCU HDTV. Set in East London in the mid-1950s, Call the Midwife depicts the struggles of the young midwives and the seasoned nursing nuns of Nonnatus House. In its debut season, Call the Midwife attracted over 3 million viewers in the U.S., 50 percent above PBS’ primetime average for the 2011-12 season. In the United Kingdom, the first season was the highest-rated BBC new drama on record.
At the heart of Call the Midwife is the work of the women who provide healthcare to the gritty post-war neighbourhood of Poplar. The program takes the viewer into their world and, in many ways, into their hearts as they provide pre-natal care, deliver babies and help moms care for their newborns. Season Two premieres Sunday, March 31 at 9 pm with eight new episodes and follows midwives: Jenny Lee, Chummy, Trixie and Cynthia; along with the nuns of Nonnatus House: Sister Julienne, Sister Evangelina, Sister Monica Joan, and Sister Bernadette. Based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth and written by Heidi Thomas, Season Two features Vanessa Redgrave as the voice of the mature Jennifer.
The second season opens with a Poplar woman in a dangerous relationship with the father of her unborn child and Trixie facing a difficult birth on board a Swedish trawler. Chummy makes a big decision that may mean major changes at Nonnatus House and Jenny Lee’s run-in with her old friend Jimmy brings out some feelings from her past she’d rather forget. Cynthia has her confidence shaken and doubts her ability as a midwife, while Jenny’s skills are tested in a setting that’s a far cry from the clinic and homes of Poplar. Sister Bernadette and Doctor Turner oversee an emotionally and technically challenging situation involving two sisters whose outdated views on childbirth put mother and child at risk.
Watch on HDTV: Call the Midwife Season 2, Sundays @ 8 pm
Downton Abbey, Season 3 brings many changes to the lives of the Crawley family and those who serve them. Season 3 takes place in 1920-21 and the changes of the Roaring Twenties impact Downton. If you lived at Downton Abbey, which character would you be...an aristrocrat or a servant? Take a break from your dream job – or escape from your mundane one. Find out which job you’re best suited for at Downton Abbey! Take the quiz to find out, and then share your job announcement with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Which Downton Abbey job is right for you? Find out what it means for you professionally. Take the quiz!
Nightly Business Report (NBR) is the nation's most-watched evening business news program. Distributed by PBS, it is carried by more than 250 public stations across the nation. NBR is also seen around the world, and segments of the program are available online and through various multi-media and educational platforms. But its early beginnings are rooted in local television.
The only live performing arts series on television, Live From Lincoln Center brings the best of Lincoln Center to living rooms throughout America. For more than three decades, this Emmy Award-winning, live public television program has presented world-class performances—from Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax and Friends to the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.
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