MPTV Premieres & Highlights: January 2014

Movie: Giant

January 1st / 12:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Sprawling drama of two generations in a wealthy Texas cattle clan, with Rock Hudson as the headstrong family head, Elizabeth Taylor as his wife, and James Dean (in his final film) as the ranch hand in love with Taylor. Carroll Baker, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo also star; George Stevens directs.

Great Performances

From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2014

January 1st / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The Vienna Philharmonic rings in the New Year at the opulent Musikverein. Guest conductor Daniel Barenboim leads favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews hosts.

The Best of the 60s

January 1st / 8:40 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Favorite hits of the decade are performed by the New Rascals, the Fifth Dimension, Steppenwolf, Roger McGuinn, The Zombies, Blood, Sweat & Tears and many more.

Through a Dog's Eyes

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

Dog trainer Jennifer Arnold's non-profit organization, Canine Assistants, trains dogs to assist people with a variety of disabilities. Families whose lives have changed with the addition of a service dog are profiled. The film also explores the amazing dog/human bond.

Movie: Some Like It Hot

January 4th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

This legendary comedy is about two musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon), who witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and try to elude their pursuers by joining an all-girl band headed for Miami, with Sugar Kane Kowalczyck (Marilyn Monroe). Based on the story by Robert Thoeren and Michael Logan. The American Film Institute named it the Funniest American Movie of All Time.

To The Manor Born

The Funeral

January 5th / 5:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The recently widowed Audrey Forbes-Hamilton looks forward to running Grantleigh Manor Estate on her own. But in the face of the demands of her late husband's creditors, she has to fight to maintain a family-hold on the estate. (1 of 20)

Born To Royalty

January 5th / 6:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The birth of Prince William and Kate's baby is celebrated, revealing a fascinating portrait of the life that lies ahead for the child who is born to reign.

Masterpiece Classic

Downton Abbey Season 4, Part 1

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

Six months after Matthew's death, family and servants try to cure Mary and Isobel of their deep depression. Meanwhile, O'Brien causes a final crisis. (1 of 8)

Thatcher: A Memoir

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

Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first and only female prime minister, was a controversial figure whose right-wing politics, economic liberalization and bold social changes earned her the moniker "Iron Lady". Interviews with some of her closest colleagues, politicians she inspired, and those who opposed her, offer a closer look at the remarkable and effective politician that left an indelible mark on the U.K.

Poisoner's Handbook: American Experience

January 7th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

When New York City hired its first scientifically trained medical examiner, Charles Norris and his extraordinarily driven and talented chief toxicologist, Alexander Gettler, forensic chemistry turned into a formidable science, sending many a murder to the electric chair and setting the standards that the rest of the country would ultimately adopt.

Chasing Shackleton

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

Tim Jarvis discovers exactly what happened on the most famous survival story in expedition history--Sir Ernest Shackleton's 800 nautical mile boat journey across the Southern Ocean and deadly mountain crossing of South Georgia. He recruits five of the world's toughest explorers to wear 1914 clothes, eat basic rations and sail in a perfect replica of the tiny wooden boat Shackleton sailed in. As the crew battles freezing temperatures, a leaking boat and sea-sickness, they lose all contact with their tracking vessel and suddenly find themselves in their worst nightmare: lost at sea. (1 of 3)

Around The Corner with John McGivern


January 9th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Such a terrific start for Season 3! Not every community actually has planes, trains and automobiles, but Hartford has all that and more one-of-a-kinds than we could even count. In addition to the Schauer Center and the Wisconsin Automotive Museum, you can grab a treat at Scoop deVille, a bite at the Mineshaft or a nap at one of the most comfortable B&B's we've ever seen. And there's big stuff in Hartford, too. Ever heard of Sno-Way? The people in China have. How about Broan-NuTone? Just look around your kitchen. John thinks he may have discovered his true calling in Hartford, but don't worry parents, your children are safe. We won't let John get his CDL! But we won't stop him from future Geocaching (but he will buy hiking boots before he does it again!), or from trying to coach the Dream Team dancers. Cheerleading is just in his blood, and John cheers loud for Hartford! Yay! (1 of 14)

Outdoor Wisconsin

Women on Winnebago Ice Fishing/Art LaHa Raven Trailing/Metro Zone Deer Hunt Tip

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

Outdoor Wisconsin launches its 30th season with a ladies ice fishing adventure on Lake Winnebago. Dan Small demonstrates how to still hunt for deer, and look is taken back to 1988 when legendary bow hunter Art LaHa shared an important lesson about ravens and deer. (1 of 26)

Live From Lincoln Center

Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera Celebration

January 10th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The legacy of beloved American tenor Richard Tucker is celebrated on the centennial of his birth with performances by many of the world's greatest voices, including past Richard Tucker Award winners Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato and Susan Graham, and this year's winner, rising Metropolitan Opera star Isabel Leonard.

Movie: Ten Little Indians

January 11th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Unwary houseguests meet their deaths when they are invited by an unknown host to a secluded mountain mansion in this Agatha Christie thriller. Starring Hugh O'Brian, Shirley Eaton and Fabian. Based on "And Then There Were None," from 1939.

Too Close to Home: Human Trafficking In Florida

January 12th / 11:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Florida is a hotbed for human trafficking. Men, women and children are forced against their will to serve in the sex trade, domestic servitude and agricultural industries. They are bought, sold and discarded, making Florida the third-highest ranked state in the nation for this fast-growing crime. A look is taken at how local law enforcement, service providers and citizens are creating a grass roots movement to help combat this form of modern-day slavery.

Clinton 12

January 13th / 11:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

A pivotal moment in the American civil rights movement occurred on August 27, 1956, when a dozen black teenagers walked into an all-white high school in Clinton, Tenn. and changed history. The events of that school year and the bombing of the high school in 1958 are brought to life, as James Earl Jones narrates the courage of the black students who were subjected to racially motivated violence, harassment and protests by white supremacists. The film also shows the determination of one small, predominately white, Southern town to uphold the law and confront bigotry and fear.

Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler

January 13th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Laurence Rees looks at how Adolf Hitler formed a connection with millions of German people. Dispelling the myth that Hitler somehow hypnotized a nation, he looks at how his alleged 'charisma' played a key role in his success as a leader. (1 of 3)

Lyndon B. Johnson - Succeeding Kennedy

January 14th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

A comprehensive look is taken at the life and legacy of the 36th president--Lyndon B. Johnson. Through interviews with experts and witnesses, and a wealth of rarely seen archival material, the program explores the policies of the straight-talking Texan unexpectedly thrust into the presidency following John F. Kennedy's assassination.

1964: American Experience

January 14th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

It was the year of the Beatles and the Civil Rights Act, the year that Americans learned smoking was bad for their health and Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, the year that cities across the country erupted in violence and Americans tried to make sense of the assassination of their president. Based on Jon Margolis' "The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964," this film follows some of the most prominent figures of the time and reveals the actions of ordinary Americans whose frustrations, ambitions, and anxieties began to turn the country onto a different course.

Extraordinary Women

Hedy Lamarr

January 14th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

With her smoldering femme fatale looks, Austrian Hedy Lamarr was known as the most beautiful woman in film. She was also one of the most controversial. Hedvig Kiesler, as she was born, launched her film career by performing cinema's very first nude scenes. Although she would star in a string of box office hits, her endless pursuit of love and stability led to six disastrous, high-profile marriages. A look is taken back at Lamarr's career and personal struggles. (8 of 13)

4th Street Forum

Home to School: Rethinking Early Childhood

January 17th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Research shows that young children must have certain skills before starting their formal education. What are those skills? How do parents and home life help prepare young children for school? How important are daycare, preschools, K-4 and 5? Does the community play a role? Host Marcus White moderates a discussion between audience members and experts.

Great Performances At The Met

Eugene Onegin

January 17th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky's fateful romance. Set in the late 19th century, the opera moves episodically from farmhouse to ballroom, with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale. Valery Gergiev conducts.

Movie: Hot Rock (1972)

January 18th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

A thief (Robert Redford), his brother-in-law (George Segal) and their two helpers botch a diamond caper in New York. Also starring Ron Leibman, Paul Sand, Moses Gunn and Zero Mostel. Music by Quincy Jones.

Masterpiece Mystery!

Sherlock, Series III: The Empty Hearse

January 19th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Two years after the devastating effects of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr. Watson (Benedict Cumberbatch) has moved on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon. But, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him.

War Letters: American Experience

January 21st / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

A collection of personal correspondence from the American Revolution to the Gulf War brings to life the deepest, most human side of war. Based on Andrew Carroll's bestseller, "War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars," the film transcends the subject of war by exploring the love, passion, pain, horror and hope of the men and women who fought and those who waited at home.

Salinger: American Masters

January 21st / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Friends, colleagues and members of Author J.D. Salinger's inner circle discuss his influential work, including the popular and controversial novel, "Catcher in the Rye". Additionally, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Danny DeVito, Martin Sheen, Gore Vidal and Pulitzer Prize winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank talk about Salinger's influence on their lives, their work and the broader culture. The film is the first work to get beyond the author's meticulously built up wall: his childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages, private world and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010.

King George and Queen Mary

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

In the face of unstoppable social change after the First World War, King George V. turned out to be a remarkable innovator, creating the House of Windsor, embracing democratic reform, and reinventing many of the royal traditions that we know today. When he celebrated his silver jubilee in 1935 the monarchy was more popular than ever. But as a parent King George V was far less successful - he bullied his children and alienated his eldest son and heir, Prince Edward. King George's influence is traced, as a monarch and father. (1 of 2)

Parents' Survival Guide: Childhood Obesity

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

The statistics surrounding childhood obesity are alarming. In the past three decades, the number of children considered overweight or obese rose 300 percent. Multi-faceted solutions to this growing pediatric health problem are addressed, specifically the role parents can play as the "first line of defense" in their children's nutrition and fitness.

Movie: Aliens (1986)

January 25th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The survivor (Sigourney Weaver) of a horrific alien attack returns to planet LB 426 with Marines sent to check out the situation. Also starring Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, William Hope and Paul Reiser.

Barefoot College

January 26th / 11:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

A unique community-based education program in rural India is examined, offering lessons on how educational reform could be transformed in the United States. In the Indian State of Rajasthan, education takes place off campus, in nearby impoverished villages, among all age groups, with a unique interdisciplinary curriculum intimately encompassing rural village life and the issues villagers must grapple with.

Amish Shunned: American Experience

January 28th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Filmed over the course of twelve months, "Amish: Shunned" follows seven former members of the Amish community as they reflect on their decisions to leave one of the most closed and tightly-knit communities in the United States. Estranged from family, the ex-Amish find themselves struggling to understand and make their way in modern America.


League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

January 28th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America's indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the league has covered up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. In a special two-part investigation, FRONTLINE reveals the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries, drawn from the book "League of Denial". The investigation details how, for years, the league denied and worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early onset dementia, catastrophic brain damage, death, and other devastating consequences.


January 29th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Stephen Hawking shares the intimate and revealing story of his life. His journey begins from boyhood under-achiever to PhD genius, and from a rower on the Oxford team to diagnosis of motor neuron disease, given just two years to live yet surviving several close brushes with death. His rise to fame and super-stardom is traced, highlighting his greatest scientific discoveries and plots.

Great Performances


January 31st / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Stage and screen legend Christopher Plummer portrays another titan of theater and film from an earlier age, the illustrious--and notorious--John Barrymore. This film adaptation of William Luce's 1997 play is set in 1942 during the final months of Barrymore's life. On the stage of a Broadway theater, the famously combative star struggles to recreate his performance in Shakespeare's "Richard III", recalling the highs and lows of his remarkable life and career in the process.