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AMERICAN MASTERS, which pioneered the television biography genre, continues to offer insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life. Winner of the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.
Tuesday, May 3 at 8:00pm - Janice: Little Girl Blue
Observe Janis Joplin’s life through intimate letters and rare footage in the first in-depth celebration of the iconic rock singer. Director Amy Berg presents a portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist. Chan Marshall narrates.
Friday, May 27 at 9:00pm - The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End
Discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio.
Mondays at 8:00pm
Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles.
April 25 - Omaha, Hour Two
Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra jerseys, a bronze-mounted gaslight and Seth Whipple oil. One’s $130,000!
May 2 – Omaha, Hour 3
Travel to Omaha to see fantastic pieces of history, like a Humphreys’ homeopathic medicine cabinet, a 1939 Gregoire Boonzaier “View of Cape Town” oil painting and a mid-19th-century Mormon book archive. Which treasure is the top find of the hour?
May 9 – Cleveland, Hour 1
Discover hidden treasures such as 1920 World Series stubs, a Charles Rohlfs music stand from around 1905 and an Ohio folk art double portrait, ca. 1838. One is the top find of the night
May 16 – Cleveland, Hour 2
Join ROADSHOW in the journey to Cleveland and learn about items such as an Ohio salt-glazed figural stoneware match stand, an 1863 Civil War grave marker group and a 1964 Manoucher Yektai oil painting. Which find is valued at $65,000?
May 23 – Cleveland, Hour 3
Travel to Cleveland to see outstanding vintage finds like a "Big Bronco" coin-operated horse made around 1952, a Bill Watterson archive, ca. 1975, and a Tiffany & Co. pendant watch necklace. Can you guess the $40,000-$60,000 treasure?
May 30 – Baton Rouge
Highlights include an early 19th-century Louisiana work table stored in a barn for several decades; collection of Confederate Civil War letters found in the wall of a Mississippi house; a Porfirio Salinas oil, ca. 1935, in its original frame.
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this 12-part “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.
May 7 – Greensky Bluegrass
Winners of the coveted 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival competition, they have emerged as relentless road warriors, creating a captivating live show while developing a knack for evocative, disarming songcraft. Playing up to 175 shows a year, in rock clubs and open-minded festivals like Telluride, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Greensky Bluegrass is a word-of-mouth underground sensation, cultivating a legion of devoted fans entranced by improvisational acumen and quality songwriting.
May 14– Robert Earl Keen
From humble beginnings in the central Texas hill country, Robert Earl Keen has garnered peer and fan cred as a living legend, recording 18 full-length albums with songs covered by artists from George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, the Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith and the Dixie Chicks. Though Keen has toured extensively both nationally and abroad, he is heralded as one of the Lone Star State’s most consistently acclaimed musical ambassadors, leading to his induction into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012, beside Lovett and the late Townes Van Zandt.
May 21 – Hot Rize (shown at right)
When Hot Rize first appeared in 1978, the bluegrass world saw this Colorado band as something truly special, earning International Bluegrass Music Association’s very first Entertainers of the Year, a Bluegrass Grammy nomination, a four-star review in Rolling Stone, regular visits to “A Prairie Home Companion,” appearances on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS and multi-continent tours. Now reformed in a slightly new line-up, this foursome is bringing its captivating stage show to new generations.
May 27 – Billy Joe Shaver
NPR said, “Shaver is … among the most respected living writers of country music.” Johnny Cash called Shaver “my favorite singer.” His debut album, Old Five & Dimers Like Me (1973) is the legendary outlaw country album and his songs have been recorded/performed by Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, David Allan Coe and Waylon Jennings and many more. Awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Americana Music Association, Shaver is also a Grammy nominee and an inductee of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
Call the Midwife
Sundays at 8:00pm and Thursdays at 7:00pm
It’s 1961 and Poplar is beginning to feel the winds of social change, along with improvements in housing, sanitation and healthcare. Among the complex and challenging cases the nurses and midwives face are two babies born with severe deformities.
May 1 – Episode 5
Learn why professionals like the Turners are reassessing their lifestyles as they fight for respiratory health for patients. See the unforeseen consequences of Fred’s oversight of Violet’s shop and how a new mother’s past wreaks havoc on her family.
May 8 – Episode 6
See the consequences of a woman’s decision not to report a rape and a mother’s decision to conceal her daughter’s pregnancy. Shelagh and Timothy secretly organize a long-overdue family camping holiday.
May 15 – Episode 7
Witness Dr. Turner’s excitement about the contraceptive pill, Patsy’s struggles to help a transient woman determined to avoid the maternity home, Nurse Crane’s help in a post-natal emergency and the return of Sister Evangelina.
May 22 – Episode 8
Join the residents of Poplar as Dr. Turner jumps into action to prevent further infant deformities, Nonnatus House tries to cope with a tragedy and there’s joy all around at a wedding reception.
Doc Martin - NEW SEASON!!
Thursdays at 9:00pm
In the highly-anticipated Doc Martin VII, Martin Clunes reprises his role as Dr. Martin Ellingham, the G.P. with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood. Heartbroken after Louisa’s (Caroline Catz) departure at the end of Season VI, the new series finds Martin ready to make some changes and win his family back.
May 5 – Rescue Me
We start back in Portwenn with Martin, but Louisa is not there. After their tumultuous time last series, Louisa has gone for a break to visit her mother in Spain: to have some time to think and get some perspective on their relationship. Martin is faced with the questions: will Louisa come back to him; and what can he do to make sure that she does?
May 12 – Shock of the New
After Martin’s first session with Dr. Rachel Timoney, we see he may have me this match: if anyone is going to be able to help Martin change, then Dr. Timoney seems well-qualified. Louisa’s return further raises questions around their relationship: in order to stay together, perhaps they need to spend more time apart, living in separate houses until they have worked through their issues. Meanwhile, Al welcomes his first fishing guests, but an uninvited one means that his good review is definitely not guaranteed. Bert decides to try and rejuvenate trade at the restaurant by joining an online voucher scheme, and offering a 2-for-1 lobster special with the help of Gus, a local fisherman.
May 19 – It’s Good to Talk
Martin has decided he will be the one to move out of the Surgery to allow Louisa the space she needs, which Louisa does really appreciate. Louisa is intrigued to meet Martin’s therapist, Dr. Rachel Timoney, but is not quite so happy when Rachel suggests that they should have therapy as a couple, instead of Martin having it on his own.
May 26 – Education, Education, Education
Louisa and Martin have their first therapy session together – though neither of them was expecting that they would be given homework. Peter Cronk, now 15, approaches Louisa to ask if Martin will allow him to do work experience at the Surgery. Louisa is surprised, and impressed, when Martin agrees to this: perhaps he is learning to change after all. Morwenna is not quite so happy about it when Peter starts trying to boss her around in the Surgery.