Archive for March, 2012

Harper Lee and the Legacy of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Monday, March 19th, 2012
Mar
19

Explore the phenomenon behind To Kill a Mockingbird and the mysterious life of its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, including why she never published again. The documentary, “Harper Lee: Hey Boo”, airs on AMERICAN MASTERS on Monday, April 2 at 9 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1. The program reveals the context and history of the novel’s Deep South setting, and the social changes it inspired after publication. The popular film version, starring Gregory Peck (pictured) as Atticus Finch, leaves an enduring image for the novel’s message. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and others reflect on the novel’s power, influence, popularity, and the ways it has shaped their lives.

Hilarious Hyacinth is Back on KTWU

Monday, March 19th, 2012
Mar
19

“The Bouquet residence. Lady of the house speaking.”

A favorite of KTWU viewers, KEEPING UP APPEARANCES is back on KTWU Saturday nights at 8:30 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1. Hyacinth goes to incredible lengths in her quest for refinement. She insists that her name Bucket is pronounced bouquet. Her house is spick-and-span with everything in its proper place. She delights in her ‘candlelight suppers’, but her guests live in fear of her invitations. Yes, Hyacinth is a very determined woman, but one very enormous drawback stands in her pretentious ways – the rest of her family are as common as muck. Award-winning British actress Patricia Routledge stars with Clive Swift as her henpecked husband, Richard (pictured).

FINDING YOUR ROOTS

Monday, March 19th, 2012
Mar
19

This 10-part series, with renowned cultural critic and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., journeys deep into the ancestry of a group of remarkable individuals and provides new understanding of personal identity and American history. Premiering on Sunday, March 25, at 7 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1, the series features Kevin Bacon, Tyra Banks, Cory Booker, Angela Buchdal, Geoffrey Canada, Margaret Cho, Harry Connick Jr., Robert Downey Jr., Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Samuel L. Jackson, John Legend, John Lewis, Branford Marsalis, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick, Wanda Sykes, Ruth Simmons, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters (pictured) and Rick Warren.

Matthew Morrison (Glee) Hosts Oscar Hammerstein Special

Friday, March 16th, 2012
Mar
16

Hosted by Matthew Morrison (“Glee”), OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II — OUT OF MY DREAMS, airing Sunday, March 18th at 7 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1, is a celebration of the most acclaimed lyricist and librettist of the 20th century. His legendary works include Show Boat (1927), Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951) and The Sound of Music (1959). Brimming with movie clips from his greatest musicals, this new PBS special features interviews with Stephen Sondheim, Harold Prince, Shirley Jones, Mitzi Gaynor, Hammerstein family members and others.

Celtic Thunder VOYAGE

Monday, March 12th, 2012
Mar
12

Celtic Thunder continues to explore their Irish and Celtic roots in VOYAGE, airing on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1, on Saturday, St Patrick’s Day, March 17th at 7 p.m. The guys take a journey through the varying styles of Celtic and Irish music, from old and traditional standards to more contemporary, modern Irish songs. It is also the first Celtic Thunder show where all of the artists play different instruments.

Jersey Boys Sound UNDER THE STREETLAMP

Monday, March 12th, 2012
Mar
12

UNDER THE STREETLAMP, America’s hottest new vocal group, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook in this special recorded at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana. UNDER THE STREETLAMP premieres on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1, on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern-day Rat Pack, the quartet — recent leading cast members of the Tony® Award-winning musical Jersey Boys — deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment.