MPTV Premieres & Highlights: August 2013

Inspector George Gently

Gently Northern Soul

August 1st / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

A young black girl, Dolores Kenny, is murdered, leading Gently to uncover a disturbing and racist undercurrent growing within the local community. (1 of 4)

At The Paley Center

Glenn Close

August 2nd / 10:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Paley Center's history of celebrating women's contributions to the media landscape continues this week featuring Glenn Close.

Great Performances

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2013

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

Led by guest conductor Lorin Maazel, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual open-air concert, saluting "Wagner & Verdi," in the magnificent gardens of Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace. Tenor Michael Schade is the featured soloist.

Movie: Goodbye Again

August 3rd / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Repeatedly disappointed by her unfaithful lover (Yves Montand), a 40-ish interior decorator (Ingrid Bergman) in Paris turns to a U.S. client's playboy son (Anthony Perkins).

Seeds of Resiliency

August 4th / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Individuals who have survived tragedies and traumas share their stories of overcoming mental and physical challenges. These compelling, uplifting and inspirational portraits attest to the strength of the human spirit and the power of positive thinking and action.

Bottoms Up: Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries

August 4th / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The rich architecture and history of Wisconsin breweries and bars are showcased. The film also explores the rise of breweries, the effects of temperance and Prohibition, and attitudes about gender, ethnicity, and morality. It traces the development of the mega breweries, dominance of the giants, and the emergence of microbreweries in Wisconsin. Seventy featured taverns and breweries represent diverse architectural styles, from the open-air Tom's Burned Down Cafe on Madeline Island to the Art Moderne Casino in La Crosse, and from Club 10, a 1930s roadhouse in Stevens Point, to the well-known Wolski's Tavern in Milwaukee.

Spirited Songs: A Choral Celebration

August 5th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Leading choral organizations from the Appleton-area perform, including Boychoir, Lawrence Academy Girl Choir and White Heron Chorale. (Recorded Feb. 2013)

Patsy Cline--Sweet Dreams Still

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

The popular career of Patsy Cline is highlighted: she was an artist whose influence continues across many genres of music. At a time when country artists stayed close to the traditional roots of the music, Cline recorded songs that soared from country to pop. The program features full performances (including the last two known recordings taped in Nashville, five days before her death), rare photos, and personal memorabilia. Many of Cline's hits are presented in their entirety, including: "Walkin' After Midnight," "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "San Antonio Rose," "Lovesick Blues," "Leavin' on Your Mind," "Faded Love," "Come on In," "Strange" and "She's Got You." Robert Oerman, award-winning broadcaster and writer--known as the "dean of country music historians"--is the commentator.

Ships of the Great Lakes

August 6th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Leonard Brown boards a thousand-foot Great Lakes freighter, and explores historical landmarks that have played a role in the history of the Great Lakes shipping. He also tours the vessel and learns about the inner workings of the working vessel.

Agatha Christie's Poirot

The ABC Murders

August 6th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

"A" is for Andover, the town where Mrs. Ascher is found battered to death. "B" is for Bexhill, where Betty Barnard is strangled. "C" is for Churston, the tiny Devonshire village where Sir Carmichael Clarke is murdered. Beside each body lies a copy of the ABC Railway Guide -- open at the relevant page. The police are baffled. But the murderer has already made a grave mistake. He has challenged Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) to unmask him. (1 of 3)

Diana Ross: For One For All

August 9th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

On July 21, 1983, the legendary Diana Ross took the stage in New York's Central Park before an audience of more than 800,000 adoring fans. Eventually, a torrential storm put an end to the performance, but Diana performed the entire concert again on July 22nd for the people of New York and, as planned, proceeds from the concert benefited the Diana Ross Playground, which was built three years later in Central Park.

3 Miles An Hour

August 10th / 10:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

At the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area in Montana, Arnold "Smoke" Elser shows the best way to see and savor life--at "three miles an hour," the walking speed of a horse. This documentary combines rare access to one of the largest wilderness areas in the lower 48 states with vintage home movies from backcountry trips and historic photographs to capture Elser's passion for and connection to the outdoors.

Movie: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

August 10th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

When a bored Sherlock Holmes (Robert Stephens) takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon (Genevieve Page) after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster. Also starring Colin Blakely and Christopher Lee.

Life Is A Banquet: The Rosalind Russell Story

August 12th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The star of Auntie Mame, His Girl Friday, Gypsy, and scores of other memorable films and Broadway shows, Rosalind Russell came into her own during Hollywood's Golden Era. Late in life, she was struck with severe rheumatoid arthritis, which derailed her career. Thereafter, Russell championed the needs of millions also suffering from the disease. Narrated by Kathleen Turner, this insightful and warm profile comes on the occasion of the approach of the 75th anniversary (2013) of her breakthrough role as Sylvia Fowler in The Women (1939) and the 55th anniversary of her most famous role as Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame (1958).

Fixing Juvie Justice

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

America's reliance on juvenile incarceration is the highest among the world's developing nations by an astonishing margin. It costs approximately $88,000 per year to send a kid to juvenile incarceration and nearly 70% of them are re-arrested after being released. A group of innovators in Baltimore, on a quest to fix the broken system, explore how the restorative justice principles of the Maori people in New Zealand could be applied to the mean streets of the United States.

Movie: Jane Eyre

August 17th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The harshly treated orphan girl, Jane Eyre, becomes a governess in a mysterious Yorkshire mansion and falls in love with the master of the house. Based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte. Starring Susannah York, Ian Bannen, Jack Hawkins.

Great Performances at the Met

Les Troyens

August 18th / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

The Met offers up Berlioz's vast epic, last performed at the house in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War.

Lady Vanishes: Masterpiece Mystery

August 18th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

A young socialite (Tuppence Middleton) suspects foul play when a young woman inexplicably disappears from a train. (Adapted from the classic thriller based on Ethel Lina White's 1936 novel The Wheel Spins). Also starring Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs) and Tom Hughes.

Harley and Davidson: The Friendship Behind The Motorcycle

August 19th / 11:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Bill Harley and Art Davidson were boyhood chums who loved to go fishing. Their enduring friendship lasted more than five decades, through two world wars, and the Depression. Members of the Harley and Davidson families share pictures from their personal collections and explain how their friendship fostered an empire.

Life of Muhammad

The Seeker

August 20th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Author and Journalist Rageh Omaar travels to the place of Muhammad's birth to retrace the footsteps of the prophet, from his humble beginnings in Mecca to his struggles with accepting his prophetic role, his subsequent military and political successes and failures. (1 of 3)

Fill'er Up: Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations

August 22nd / 7:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Almost 70 Wisconsin gas stations are now listed on local, state and national registers of historic places. This documentary explores Wisconsin's vintage gas stations and examines their impact on architecture, economics and pop culture.

Movie: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

August 24th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

A drifter (Clint Eastwood), a bandit (Eli Wallach) and a bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef) reach a standoff over buried gold.

Great Performances at the Met


August 25th / 8:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the innocent who finds wisdom in Francois Girard's new vision for Wagner's final masterpiece. His fellow Wagnerian luminaries include Katarina Dalayman as the mysterious Kundry, Peter Mattei as the ailing Amfortas, Evgeny Nikitin as the wicked Klingsor, and Rene Pape as the noble knight Gurnemanz. Daniele Gatti conducts.

Masterpiece Mystery!


August 25th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

"Silk" is a legal drama following the rivalries, passions and intrigues of criminal law, starring Maxine Peake (Little Dorrit) and Rupert Penry-Jones (The 39 Steps) as rival barristers.

Black Nouveau Special

For Jobs and Freedom: 50 Years and Counting

August 27th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

On August 28, 1963 roughly 250,000 Americans participated in the "Great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." Host Joanne Williams recounts the events leading to the March, talks with participants including Ted Mack, Cong. John Lewis, Kurt L. Schmoke and Rachelle Horowitz. She also talks with Dr. Lyn Hughes, Harry Rubenstein and UW historian William P. Jones.

Black Nouveau Special

Freedom Walkers for Milwaukee

August 27th / 7:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This documentary traces Milwaukee's most turbulent events during the Civil Rights struggle of the mid 1900's. Using archival footage, photographs, and interviews with Milwaukeeans, the film sheds light on the fight for equal employment, open housing, and equitable educational opportunities, and reveals how Milwaukee earned the nickname, "The Selma Of the North".

Side By Side, The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema

August 30th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

George Lucas, David Lynch, Lars von Trier, and other filmmakers discuss the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. It shows what artists and filmmakers have been able to accomplish with both film and digital, and how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions.

Movie: The Sand Pebbles

August 31st / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Multiple Oscar nominations went to this tale of a cynical sailor's experiences on an American gunboat in 1926 China. Starring Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough and Candice Bergen.