MPTV Premieres & Highlights: April 2012

Masterpiece Classic

"Great Expectations, Part 1"

April 1st / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Widely considered one of Dickens' greatest novels, Great Expectations tells the story of Pip, (Douglas Booth) the battered orphan boy, who rises from blacksmith's apprentice to gentleman under the patronage of a mysterious benefactor, who assures him of "great expectations". Also starring Gillian Anderson, David Suchet, Ray Winstone, and Vanessa Kirby.
(1 of 1) (56 min)

Saving The Titanic

April 1st / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The story is told of how a team of shipbuilders and engineers worked below the deck, in the engine and boiler rooms, as they attempted to save the stricken vessel The Titanic, after it struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912. (56 min)

Surviving Disaster

"Eruption at Mount St Helen's"

April 1st / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

This gripping series brings to life the dramatic stories of those involved in some of the greatest catastrophes of our time. When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, the lateral blast was so powerful that trees toppled over across a 230 square mile area north of the volcano. This massive eruption devastated the surrounding area and killed 57 people, including volcanologist David Johnston who was monitoring the volcano. Experts explain how scientists are now able to predict possible eruptions within weeks or even days. (1 of 4) (50 min)

American Masters

"Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel"

April 2nd / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Leading historians, biographers and personal friends reveal the complexities of Margaret Mitchell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind Gone With the Wind, one of the world's best-selling novels--adapted into one of the most popular films of all time. Mitchell struggled with the two great issues of her day: the changing role of women and the liberation of African Americans. A charismatic force until her death at age 48, Mitchell rebelled against the stifling social restrictions placed on women: as an unconventional tomboy, a defiant debutante, a brazen flapper, one of Georgia's first female newspaper reporters, and, later, as a philanthropist who risked her life to fund African-American education. (56 min)

Doc Martin

"Preserve The Romance"

April 2nd / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) struggles to come to terms with fatherhood and his estranged partner, Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz). He soon begins to have serious doubts about the competency of the new doctor, Di Dibbs (Joanna Scanlan) after she misdiagnoses a patient, and dishes out prescriptions for totally inappropriate drugs. (1 of 8) (46 min)

American Masters

"Harper Lee: Hey Boo"

April 2nd / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

American Masters explores the mysterious life of Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee's friends and family, including her centenarian sister Alice, detail her rise from small-town Alabama girl to famous author, her tumultuous friendship with Truman Capote, and the origin of her most memorable characters. The documentary also explores the context and history of the novel's Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication and through the film starring Gregory Peck. (86 min)

Fish Fry Night Milwaukee

April 2nd / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Filmmaker Ron Faiola visits some of Milwaukee's most popular, historic and unique fish fry places, to see the people who make them and enjoy them. (56 min)


"Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man"

April 3rd / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Father Robert Barron tells the story of Catholicism around the world. He journeys to the mysterious and sacred sites of the Holy Land. From Caesarea Phillipi, to the Sea of Galilee, to Jerusalem and finally to the eternal city of Rome. Fr. Barron illuminates the Catholic Faith's conviction that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah and the revelation of God become man in Christ. (1 of 4) (56 min)

Grand Coulee Dam: American Experience

April 3rd / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The Grand Coulee Dam played a central role in transforming the Northwest when it was completed in March 1941. It helped turn the barren deserts of central Washington into rich farmland. But the dam also deprived the native people who lived along the Columbia River access to their most important resource-salmon. The men and women who lived and worked at Grand Coulee and the native people whose lives were changed, as well as historians and engineers, explain how this technological achievement impacted the environment and people. (86 min)

Panama Canal: American Experience

April 3rd / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Using an extraordinary archive of photographs and footage, interviews with canal workers and firsthand accounts of life in the Canal zone, this film unravels the story of one of the world's most significant technological achievements. (86 min)

Nazi Hunters

"The Hunt for Martin Bormann"

April 5th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

In 1988, the DNA testing of a skull belonging to one of Hitler's confidants generated controversial findings. The skull was full of a red clay only found in Paraguay. Where did the Nazi go and how was his body returned to Germany? (2 of 13) (51 min)

Shalom Sesame: It's Passover, Grover!

April 6th / 12:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

It's almost time to celebrate Passover and there is no horseradish to be found. Grover, Anneliese and Avigail put their heads together to track it down, but things get tricky when there is an Oofnik involved! (28 min)

Jazz at Birch Creek

April 6th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Birch Creek Music Performance Center is a summer music school in Door County, Wisconsin, for advanced young musicians. Students are taught by nationally-known performers and educators during the day, and perform alongside them in concerts at night. This special features a live Jazz concert recorded at the center, with songs by Duke Ellington, Frank Foster and others. (86 min)

Exhale: Core Fusion

"Turned Out & Parallel Thigh"

April 7th / 6:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

The Core Fusion method combines Pilates, the Lotte Berk Method, yoga, and dance into one full body workout. Experts show how to tone and tighten your thighs and glutes. (1 of 13) (25 min)

Autism: We Thought You'd Never Ask

April 7th / 7:30 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Six adults with autism talk about their thoughts and feelings in ways that are revealing, touching and surprising. Their powerful words illustrate why they are the truest "autism experts" we have. (28 min)

Whisper - The Silent Crisis of Ovarian Cancer

April 8th / 11:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Ovarian cancer survivor and host Sharon Blynn takes viewers on an amazing journey from diagnosis to empowerment against staggering odds. (26 min)

Great Performances at the Met

"Don Giovanni"

April 8th / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads his first Met performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni in a production directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage in his Met debut. The classic tale of lust, heartbreak, and revenge stars charismatic Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien in his first-ever Met performances of the notorious title character. Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka and German soprano Mojca Erdmann make their Met debuts as two of Giovanni's female conquests, Donna Anna and Zerlina, opposite distinguished Mozartean Barbara Frittoli as the fiery Donna Elvira. Tenor Ramon Vargas sings the role of Donna Anna's fiance, the nobleman Don Ottavio, and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni is Giovanni's hapless manservant Leporello. Joshua Bloom sings the shepherd Masetto and Stefan Kocán is the vengeful Commendatore. (176 min)

In The Americas with David Yetman

"Day of the Dead: A Mexican Celebration"

April 8th / 6:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

David Yetman takes a fresh look at the lands that make up much of the Western Hemisphere. Each country contains landscapes, peoples, and history that have not received the attention they deserve on the world stage. In the first of ten programs, Yetman visits Oaxaca, Mexico, to learn how many Native American groups in pre-Conquest Mexico celebrated one day each year when their deceased ancestors would return to visit them--El Dia de los Muertos. This ancient tradition has become the state of Oaxaca's most important celebration. (1 of 10) (26 min)

Independent Lens

"Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey"

April 9th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Whoopi Goldberg narrates the story of the man behind one of the world's most adored and recognizable characters - a furry red monster named Elmo. As a teenager growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Kevin Clash's dream was to be part of Jim Henson's team, the creative force responsible for delivering the magic of SESAME STREET. Filmmaker Constance Marks explores Clash's story in vivid detail and chronicles the meteoric rise of Jim Henson in the process. (86 min)

Titanic with Len Goodman

April 10th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Len Goodman, a judge on "Dancing with the Stars," discovers how the impact of the Titanic disaster is still felt a century after the ship sank. Before he was a dancer, Goodman was a welder for Harland and Woolf, the company that built the Titanic in Belfast. Goodman worked for the same company 50 years later, at their yard in East London. Goodman explores the ship's legacy and learns how stories are still unfolding as Goodman meets the modern-day descendants to learn how, the Titanic's legacy lives on. (56 min)


"Deadliest Tornadoes"

April 11th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

In April 2011, the worst tornado outbreak in decades left a trail of destruction across the U.S., killing more than 340 people. Why was there such an extreme outbreak? NOVA looks at the science behind the April outbreak, meeting those affected and the scientists trying to predict tornadoes and understand whether this outbreak relates to global climate change. (56 min)

America Revealed

"Food Machine"

April 11th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Technology expert and communications attorney Yul Kwon (winner of "Survivor: Cook Islands") uncovers what makes America work, by tracing the movements and communications that miraculously come together to manufacture goods, transport people and materials, grow tons of food and power our increasingly tech-savvy nation. (1 of 4) (56 min)

Midsomer Murders

"Garden of Death, Part 1"

April 12th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

A commercial decision to turn Midsomer Deverell's memorial garden into a tea shop proves to be a fatal mistake for some members of the Inkpen family. When Fliss Inkpen is found brutally murdered in the garden, Barnaby (John Nettles) launches an investigation which unearths more than mere local hostility. (1 of 10) (47 min)

Art in the Twenty-First Century


April 13th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Through in-depth profiles and interviews, this series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of the most accomplished contemporary artists. The works and techniques of artists Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui and Catherine Opie are featured. (56 min)

Movie: The French Lieutenant's Woman

April 14th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The relationship of two actors (Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons) in a movie production parallels that of the Victorian characters they are portraying. Also starring: Leo McKern. (123 min)

B organic with Michele Beschen

"Green - Inside and Out"

April 15th / 12:04 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Michele asks her friend Ernie to share a delicious dish that utilizes some of the native weeds common to a lot of our backyards. He even tosses in a few "helicopters" off the maple tree. They present tips on what to look for, how and when to harvest and other guidelines that help keep foraging safe and delicious! (25 min)

A Sense of Wonder

April 15th / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

This documentary-style film depicts pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson, author of controversial book Silent Spring, in the final year of her life. Struggling with cancer, Carson recounts with both humor and anger the attacks by the chemical industry, the government and the press as she focuses her limited energy to get her message to Congress and the American people. (56 min)

Masterpiece Classic

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

April 15th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

An adaptation and completion of Charles Dickens' last novel left unfinished at the halfway mark at his death, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is a psychological thriller about a provincial choirmaster's obsession with 17-year-old Rosa Bud, and the lengths he will go to attain her. The cast includes Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters) and Julia MacKenzie (Miss Marple). (116 min)

William and Kate: Into The Future

April 16th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The April 2011 royal wedding marked the beginning of William and Kate's new role together as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The couple's future promises to be a life very different from the days of their university romance. A glimpse is taken into that new life and what it promises to hold. (48 min)

Natural World: Wild Indonesia

"Island Castaways"

April 16th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Strung along 5,000 kilometres of the Equator, between Asia and Australia, Indonesia's 17,000 islands make up the largest and most varied archipelago on earth. From freezing glaciers to coral reefs, orangutans to Komodo dragons, the sheer diversity of landscapes and life defies the imagination. The story is told of one of the world's most fascinating regions and its magical wildlife. (1 of 3) (49 min)

Teen Connection

"Youth Concussion"

April 17th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Richland Center High School student Brock Rosenkranz who suffered ten concussions over three years is profiled. Concussions are serious brain injuries that can occur without loss of consciousness. Other teens, a trainer, physician, coach and parent talk about recognizing and managing concussions. The Wisconsin state Senate (March 13, 2012) overwhelmingly passed a bill that would require the Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association to educate young athletes, their parents and their coaches about concussions. (56 min)

Hoover Dam: American Experience

April 17th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Rising more than 700 feet above the raging waters of the Colorado River, it was called one of the greatest engineering works in history. Hoover Dam, built during the Great Depression, drew men desperate for work to a remote and rugged canyon near Las Vegas. There they struggled against brutal heat, choking dust and perilous heights to build a colossus of concrete that brought electricity and water to millions, transforming the American Southwest. (56 min)


"River of No Return"

April 18th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Deep in the untamed heart of Idaho lies the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness, part of the largest roadless area left in the lower 48 States. This 2.5 million-acre wilderness is larger than Yellowstone, yet most people have never even heard of it. This is the place where a young couple, Isaac and Bjornen Babcock, choose to spend a year-long honeymoon. But what begins as a romantic adventure becomes something of much greater consequence for both of them--a story that will change their lives. (56 min)

Front Row Center

"T-Bone Burnett Presents: The Secret Sisters w/ Elvis Costello and Jakob Dylan"

April 20th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The Secret Sisters, singing siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers, showcase their beautiful harmonies and classic country/folk sound while performing originals from their recent self-titled album as well as some of their favorite covers. They are joined by legendary guests T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello and Jakob Dylan. (1 of 10) (56 min)

Smart Health

"Pain Pill Epidemic/New Diabetes Vaccine/Gluten Free"

April 21st / 7:30 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Prescription drug abuse is at epidemic levels in Florida. A sobering perspective is offered from a medical examiner. Clinical trials are underway for a vaccine that could make a real difference for young people 10 to 20 years old with diabetes. It is hoped to help Type 1 diabetics preserve their ability to make insulin, and perhaps even one day provide an immunization against the disease. Health experts explain what gluten is, and explain who needs to be concerned about it. (2 of 10) (27 min)

Grand Coulee Dam: American Experience

April 21st / 10:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The Grand Coulee Dam played a central role in transforming the Northwest when it was completed in March 1941. It helped turn the barren deserts of central Washington into rich farmland. But the dam also deprived the native people who lived along the Columbia River access to their most important resource -- salmon. The men and women who lived and worked at Grand Coulee and the native people whose lives were changed, as well as historians and engineers, explain how this technological achievement impacted the environment and people. (86 min)

Movie: The Great Train Robbery (1979)

April 21st / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Michael Crichton directed this adaptation of his novel chronicling the first robbery of a moving train in 1855. Starring: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down. (110 min)

Auction Major Gifts 2012

April 21st / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

An exciting preview of merchandise up for bid as part of MPTV's annual auction, April 27-May 5. Highlights include original artwork, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, vacation & leisure packages, sports equipment, furniture, oriental carpets, workshop tools, and much more. (26 min)

Energy Quest USA - Earth: The Operator's Manual

April 22nd / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Host Richard Alley presents examples of American states and cities tapping new sources of energy and implementing policies to promote sustainability: Alaska, Kansas, Baltimore, Maryland, Fort Worth, Texas and Portland, Oregon. (56 min)

Last of the Summer Wine

"Ordeal By Trousers"

April 22nd / 5:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Ivy and Nora are looking for volunteers for the church concert, and, suspicious about the truthfulness of Foggy's war stories. Compo and Clegg use an old school challenge to root out liars on him. (29 min)

Masterpiece Classic

"Birdsong, Part 1"

April 22nd / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Lovers are torn apart by World War I in this adaptation of Sebastian Faulk's best-selling novel. Eddie Redmayne (The Pillars of the Earth) stars as Englishman Stephen Wraysford, whose pre-war affair in France with Isabelle Azaire (Clemence Poesy, Harry Potter) has an enduring effect on him amid the shellfire of the Western Front in 1916. (1 of 2) (86 min)

Rudy Maxa's World: Escape to French Polynesia

April 24th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

(56 min)

Braves New World

April 24th / 11:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

In 1953, the Boston Braves became the first major league team in 50 years to relocate. They made their home in Milwaukee, and in 13 seasons, they never experienced a losing season. Award-winning documentary producer William Povletich captures the history, drama, excitement, and surprises the Milwaukee Braves had in Milwaukee and the world of baseball. Povletich is a Wisconsin native and UW-Oshkosh graduate. He is also the author of "When the Braves of Bushville Ruled Baseball" for the Wisconsin Magazine of History, and "Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press". (56 min)

In Performance at the White House

"Country Music"

April 25th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

President and Mrs. Obama host this music special celebrating Country Music in the East Room of the White House. Superstars from the world of country, perform songs that have proven themselves eternal. (56 min)

Great TV Auction 2012

April 27th / 5:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

New merchandise, certificates, services, art, antiques, and collectibles are auctioned off to support MPTV. Tune in, bid via phone, or online at The auction is also streamed via (420 min)

Art in the Twenty-First Century


April 27th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Artists Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley and Marina Abramovic play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic "truth" and create narratives based on personal experiences. (3 of 4) (56 min)

Masterpiece Classic

"Birdsong, Part 2"

April 29th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Stephen (Eddie Redmayne) and his men go over the top in one of the bloodiest battles ever recorded, the Battle of the Somme. Will he survive and will he be reunited with Isabelle (Clemence Poesy, Harry Potter), the Frenchwoman he loved before the war? (2 of 2) (86 min)