Ken Burns’s seven-part documentary weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The 14-hour series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative.
FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed. Aimed at ending the Depression, his sweeping New Deal restores the people’s self-confidence and transforms the relationship between them and their government. Eleanor rejects the traditional role of first lady, becomes her husband’s liberal conscience and a sometimes controversial political force in her own right. As the decade ends, FDR faces two grave questions: whether to run for an unprecedented third term and how to deal with the rise of Hitler.
FDR shatters the third-term tradition, struggles to prepare a reluctant country to enter World War II and, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, helps set the course toward Allied victory. Meanwhile, Eleanor struggles to keep New Deal reforms alive in wartime and travels the Pacific to comfort wounded servicemen. Diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 1943 and with the war still raging, FDR resolves to conceal his condition and run for a fourth term.
Frail and failing but determined to see the war through to victory, FDR wins re-election and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world, but a cerebral hemorrhage kills him at 63. After her husband’s death, Eleanor Roosevelt proves herself a shrewd politician and a skilled negotiator in her own right, as well as a champion of civil rights, civil liberties and the United Nations. When she dies in 1962, she is mourned everywhere as the First Lady of the World.
While staying at a lavish tropical island hotel, Miss Marple investigates the sudden death of a fellow guest. She and a curmudgeonly business tycoon unravel a web of deceit, murder and “dark magic,” leaving Miss Marple to consider every one of the hotel’s guests as a suspect. Sir Antony Sher (God on Trial) guest stars.
When an old family friend and her young son turn to Miss Marple for assistance, she finds them work and lodging at nearby Greenshaw’s Folly, the family home of an eccentric botanist. All seems well, until the house’s loyal butler dies unexpectedly. When another houseguest goes missing, Miss Marple begins a search for the truth, unveiling secrets of both the past and present. Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter) guest stars.
Acclaimed PBS Series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Returns Tuesday, September 23 at 8pm ET for its Second Season
The 10-part series explores the heritages and ancestries of 30 of today’s leading entertainers, athletes, chefs and media personalities, including: Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Khandi Alexander, Tom Colicchio, Tina Fey, Sally Field, Derek Jeter, Stephen King, Nas, Anna Deavere Smith, Sting, and Courtney Vance
Take a comprehensive look at 19 iconic baby boomers — one born each year of the boom, 1946-1964. In intimate interviews by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the film’s subjects illuminate the important movements and changes that shaped the world during the baby boom years. Topics include the environment; arts and entertainment; science; civil, LGBT and women’s rights; law; politics; public service; sports; the military; and technology.
Emperor penguins cross a treacherous frozen sea to reach their breeding grounds. Rockhoppers brave the world’s stormiest seas only to come ashore and face a daunting assault up a 300-foot cliff, hopping most of the way up. Tropical Humboldt penguins negotiate predatory sea lions and vampire bats to reach their desert nests. The hard work for all the penguins finally pays off when their tiny, vulnerable chicks begin to hatch.
The New York Philharmonic’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical thriller, staged in March 2014 to a sold-out crowd at Avery Fisher Hall, tells the story of the eponymous barber who, with his romantically inclined landlady, Mrs. Lovett the piemaker, seeks vengeance on what he considers a merciless world. The remarkable cast features bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett, with Christian Borle and more. Audra McDonald serves as host.
Time has not stood still since last season’s wedding disaster. Moray, Denise and Katherine reunite under a new regime.
Miss Marple befriends Mike, a charming chauffeur who recounts his romance with Ellie. Despite warnings from a gypsy woman, they plan their dream home at a local spot known as Gypsy’s Acre. Not long after the young couple weds, Ellie is thrown from her horse and dies, fueling speculation of a gypsy curse. Following two more suspicious deaths, Miss Marple begins to sort out the clues, but can she solve the mystery before she finds herself in danger? Tom Hughes (“Silk”) and Joanna Vanderham (“The Paradise”) co-star.
MAKERS: Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of ‘70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Today, movies like Bridesmaids break box office records and the women of Saturday Night Live are often more famous than their male counterparts. Contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Mo’Nique, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin, talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go Each program will profile prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations.
Watched by spycams, newborn emperor penguins in Antarctica are caught walking on their mothers’ feet and taking their own first unsteady steps. On the Falklands, rockhopper chicks meet their unruly and predatory neighbors, while eggcams provide unique views of the colony. In Peru, Humboldt chicks take on fur seals and take aim at gulls.