Friday, January 14, 2005

PBS: Upcoming

Antiques Roadshow experts

Upcoming PBS Highlights


Monday, February 14, 2005 8 to 9 p.m.
Memphis” (Hour One) -- As ANTIQUES ROADSHOW waltzes into Memphis, Tennessee, we find host Lara Spencer with Nancy Druckman of Sotheby’s, learning how to talk to the animals with a look at antique duck calls and duck decoys — highly collectible American folk art objects. Over at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, ROADSHOW appraisers wade through a caboodle of splashy items including a collection of 1920s French perfume bottles with the original silk cases — two of which were crafted by Rene Lalique; a Confederate States stamped brass belt buckle; and an 1820s Simon Willard clock so rare, that even missing some parts it’s worth $75,000 to $100,000.

Monday, February 14, 2005 9 to 10:30 p.m.
“Kinsey” -- This is a profile of the controversial 1950s sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, whose findings blew the lid off sexuality in America. (A feature film about Kinsey, starring Liam Neeson, was released in November). Produced by Barak Goodman (“Scottsboro: An American Tragedy”; “The Fight”). /TV-MA, S/

Tuesday, February 15, 2005
10 to 11 p.m.
“On a Roll: Disability and the American Dream” -- In 1992, 65-pound Greg Smith founded On a Roll Talk Radio, broadcasting about life and disabilities from his power wheelchair. A cheerful show host, the father of three travels the globe and finds that some of the biggest obstacles are in his nation’s capital. Smith strives to live as an independent man, but will America allow him to be one? Producer: Joanne Caputo. /TV-PG, S/

Wednesday, February 16, 2005
8 to 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Lara Spencer, with correspondent Clay Reynolds, this magazine-style spin-off of the popular ANTIQUES ROADSHOW takes viewers in search of answers to questions raised on ROADSHOW: What happened to the most memorable treasures after the owners left the convention hall? Where can you go to get the best deals? What collectibles are hot right now? What do ROADSHOW appraisers dream of collecting? Wrapping up each episode, “Missing Masterpieces” scans the latest headlines and the archives for stories of great objects gone astray. Are they lost forever or hiding in plain sight, waiting to be discovered? /TV-G/ (series)

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW FYI correspondent Clay Reynolds discovers what happened to an 1822 first edition Carey American Atlas after it was appraised on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW in Chicago for $8,000 to $12,000. Host Lara Spencer gets a lesson in Delft tile collecting from appraiser Suzanne Perrault. Clay follows the emotional story of a World War II pilot as he visits a fleet of restored “warbirds;” learns from expert Bruce Herman what’s hot in World War II aviation collectibles; and interviews appraiser Alan Fausel about the astonishing true story of an art heist at a San Francisco museum—and equally incredible recovery—involving an original Rembrandt.


Wednesday, February 16, 2005
from 8:30 to 9 p.m.
In a new series of half-hour episodes in magazine format, Alan Alda brings his unique blend of curiosity and humor to the exploration of the latest trends in science, medicine, technology and the environment. “Hot Planet – Cold Comfort” -- So you think global warming won’t affect you? Wait until the great Atlantic Conveyor shuts down. And find out what’s already happening in Alaska.


Thursday, February 17, 2005
8 to 9 p.m.
’s favorite home improvement series, the Emmy Award-winning THIS OLD HOUSE, now in its 24th season, airs in the first half hour of THE NEW THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR. In the second half-hour, ASK THIS OLD HOUSE, host Kevin O’Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscape contractor Roger Cook address specific, viewer-driven home maintenance and repair questions in a dynamic, interactive Q&A format with in-studio demonstrations, new product reviews and “house call” visits.

February 2, 2005
9 to 11 p.m.
Airing during the 60th anniversary year of the death camp’s liberation, this three-part series is a chronological portrait of history’s greatest mechanized mass murder site, focusing on the people involved and the evolution of their goals and decisions. /TV-PG, L, V/ “Murder and Intrigue” (March 1944 - December 1944)/“Liberation and Revenge” (January 1945 - onwards) -- The first segment examines the international complexities involved in the reasons why the Allies never bombed the railways leading to the gas chambers, even though they knew of the camp’s existence. In the second hour, the Nazis force thousands to march west as the Red Army advances. The Russians liberate the camp on January 27, discovering only 7,600 survivors. The search for the perpetrators begins.

NOVA “Saving the National Treasures”
Tuesday, February 15, 2005, 8 to 9 p.m. ET
Every year, more than a million people visit the rotunda at the National Archives in Washington to gaze at three documents that define our nation’s heritage: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But these touchstones of democracy are in serious trouble. The ink is flaking from parchments that are already badly faded, while the glass casements built to exhibit them are disintegrating. To head off the danger, the Archives embarked on a five-year project to design state-of-the-art encasements and a new rotunda. NOVA was given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to this unique project from start to finish. The result is a brilliant evocation of the colorful history of these documents and an insider’s look at the extraordinary engineering efforts that are safeguarding America’s equivalent of the Crown Jewels.

NATURE “From Orphan to King”

Sunday, February 13, 2005
8 to 9 p.m.
This is the 35-year epic story of Kusasi, the male orangutan at Camp Leakey in Indonesia, whose life is both the most well-documented and the most mysterious of any of his kind in the world. He began life as an orphan, a prisoner and a fugitive. Then he taught himself the ropes, watched his own back, trusted no one and rose to the top, where he has reigned for 15 years. Will the current power struggle between Kusasi and his rivals bring about his downfall? This is an extraordinary journey into the secret lives of male orangutans, about which comparatively little has been known until now. /TV-G/

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