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The Great British Baking Show
Fridays at 9:00pm
Follow 12 amateur bakers as they don aprons and head for the tent in the British countryside, hoping to be named Britain’s best. Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have created new challenges to test their baking prowess, creativity and skill.
August 5 – Chocolate
Follow the semi-finalists as they come to grips with chocolate, a temperamental ingredient. The Signature task is chocolate tart, followed by chocolate soufflé in the Technical challenge. For the Showstopper, the bakers create chocolate centerpieces.
August 12 – The Final
Learn which of the three finalists will ace the Signature challenge — filled iced buns; conquer the Technical — pastry they’ve all struggled with; and master the Showstopper — a classic British cake in a multi-layered presentation.
Great Houses with Julian Fellowes
Thursdays, August 4 at 10:00pm
“Downton Abbey” writer Julian Fellowes is on a quest to discover the real stories of Britain’s great houses. He uncovers personal stories hidden behind the walls and he realizes these aren’t just homes for posh people—they hold history.
Join Fellowes to visit Burghley House, for 500 years the home of heirs of William Cecil, the political brain and iron fist behind the throne of Elizabeth I. He hears tales of royals and commoners, including a farmer’s daughter who married the tenth earl.
Great Performances at the Met: Manon Lescaut
Friday, August 19 at 9:00pm
Hear Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna as the ill-fated lovers in Puccini’s passionate adaptation of the classic novel about a free-spirited country girl. Sir Richard Eyre’s new production, conducted by Fabio Luisi, is set in the 1940s.
Koko: the Gorilla Who Talks
Wednesday, August 3 at 8:00pm
In 1971, Penny Patterson began teaching sign language to a gorilla named Koko, unaware that this relationship would define both their lives. More than 40 years later, the now-famous Koko continues to redraw the line between people and animals.
Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis – The Final Season
Sundays at 9:00pm
Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for one last time as Inspector Lewis and CS Hathaway, investigating new cases of murder and other crimes in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford.
August 7- One for Sorrow
Learn if Lewis, who needs to prove himself to a new boss, and Hathaway can establish a connection between the remains of a body discovered in a well and the death of a young artist. Hathaway finally gets to know his estranged father.
August 14 – Magnum Opus
An Oxford college dean is found bludgeoned to death following a heated debate in a pub. An alchemic image purposefully left at the crime scene leads Lewis and Hathaway to anticipate that more murders will follow. An unusual tattoo on the dean’s body and the bodies of two more victims leads to a discovery and a frantic effort to prevent another murder. Meanwhile, Hathaway is struggling to accept his father’s illness.
August 21 – What Lies Tangled
When an eminent mathematician is killed in a bomb attack, Lewis and Hathaway quickly discover the victim was a notorious philanderer with many enemies. When a bomb is discovered at the home of the victim’s brother, also a mathematician, the case moves in another direction. Then a chemistry professor is murdered. Meanwhile, Lewis’ long-planned trip with his girlfriend is put in jeopardy.