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Wednesday, October 17th at 8 PM
Travel journalist Samantha Brown, BBC presenter Chris Packham and wildlife cinematographer Bob Poole will host the multi-platform television experience from alongside Squam Lake, New Hampshire. Similar in format to PBS’ previous summer spectacles BIG BLUE LIVE and WILD ALASKA LIVE, the new series will include a mix of live feeds and pre-taped footage from across New England. Unique to AUTUMNWATCH – NEW ENGLAND, the live event will focus on cultural traditions and historical sites in addition to local wildlife and the colorful gold and red landscapes in the region that’s best known for them. To accomplish this, local experts in food, wildlife, music, literature and history will join the trio of hosts each night to showcase characteristics special to New England.
Friday, October 19th at 7:30 PM (Repeats Sundaty, October 21 at 3:30 PM)
A new film by local filmmaker Malcolm DeSoto highlights efforts by artists Zuzka Sabata, Julie McNiel, and Janessa Johnsrude to bring the arts inside Pelican Bay's prison walls. We interview the artists, preview portions of the film, and discuss the value of such pursuits in the rehabilitation of society's forgotten men and women. The film features prisoners discussing and performing their work.
Friday, October 19th at 9:00 PM
“Measure for Measure” takes an astonishingly timely look at sexual morality, hypocrisy and harassment. Shakespeare asks us to “measure” the price of liberty against the moral and social cost of libertinism. It’s a play about vice, the law and sexual corruption at the highest levels and, for nearly two centuries, it was considered too racy to be produced on the English stage. Garai explains why there is no light-hearted happy ending in this play, but something much darker and more complex — truly a sexual tale for our time.
Friday, October 19th at 10:00 PM
Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” is a play that upholds liberty against tyranny. But what is tyranny? And who decides? Shakespeare doesn’t make it simple. In order to preserve the freedom of the Roman Republic, Julius Caesar, an “over-mighty” leader, is assassinated by Roman Senators led by Caesar’s friend Brutus. Caesar wanted to become an emperor. Is Brutus a traitor or a great hero and defender of liberty? Brian Cox explores how “Julius Caesar,” for many years, was seen to represent the American experience: the birth of a Republic. The play explores how easy it is for a free republic to fall into corruption. More than that, the play challenges us to think about who or what to trust and what values we want to live by — and to look inside and wonder how well we even know ourselves.
Saturday, October 20th at 9 PM
Relish an hour of blue-eyed soul with worldwide superstar Sam Smith and emerging singer-songwriter Anderson East. UK native Smith sings mega-hits and tunes from his sophomore album The Thrill of It All. Alabama soul/R&B singer East romps through songs from his acclaimed LP Encore.
Sunday, October 21st at 10 PM
Combining, romance, intrigue, and danger, Wilkie Collins’ beloved mystery novel has taken generations of readers on a thrilling ride along the corridors of English country houses, and down into the dankest, deepest corners of the Victorian madhouse. This bold new adaptation by Fiona Seres retains the creeping atmosphere that has captured the imaginations of the book’s readers for over a century, while bringing a distinctly modern take to its striking female characters, its charismatic, formidable villains, and its gripping, labyrinthine plot. When Walter Hartright, a young drawing master, encounters a ghostly woman dressed all in white on a moonlit road on Hampstead Heath, he is drawn into a web of intrigue that will transform his life forever. Offering his assistance to this distressed, spectral woman, he is later shocked to discover that she had just escaped from a nearby insane asylum.