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The Forsyte Saga
Thursdays at 10:00pm
This 2002 dramatic miniseries chronicles three generations of the Forsytes, an upper middle-class family in Victorian and Edwardian England. Damian Lewis, Gina McKee and Ioan Gruffudd star, with Rupert Graves, Amanda Root and Corin Redgrave.
October 1 – Episode 4
Irene and Bosinney spend time together and, when she comes home late, Soames takes advantage of her unlocked bedroom door and rapes her. When Irene meets Bosinney the next day, he’s furious. As he runs through the foggy streets to confront Soames, he’s hit by a cab and killed. Old Jolyon reunites his family and they buy and move to Robin Hill.
October 8 – Episode 5
Irene leaves Soames for good, leaving behind everything, including her wedding ring. June and her father, young Jolyon, reunite. Soames is in a deep depression. Five years pass and Helene (the French governess) has died. Old Jolyon meets Irene by chance and they become friends.
October 15 – Episode 6
Old Jolyon dies. To the astonishment of all, he has left Irene some money. Twelve years pass. Soames marries Annette, a French woman. Dartie is gambling recklessly and cavorting with prostitutes, embarrassing the family.
October22 – Episode 7
Soames continues to be obsessed with Irene and wants to resume their marriage, since she won’t grant a divorce. She leaves for Paris to escape his harassment. Jolyon meets Irene in France and, as they spend time together, they fall in love.
October 28 – Episode 8
Soames learns that Irene and young Jolyon are together at Robin Hill and divorces Irene. Both Irene and Annette, Soames’ new wife, are pregnant. On his father’s deathbed, Soames lies, saying he has a son, though the baby’s a girl.
Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise
Tuesday, October 6
Experience the inspiring rebirth of an African wilderness through the eyes of Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman Bob Poole. Darting lions, wrestling crocs, facing down angry elephants – it’s all part of a day’s work as he joins the battle to re-wild a legendary national park.
8:00pm – Battle Lines
A new lion’s arrival sparks a conflict among Gorongosa’s dominant lions. Joyce has questions about the mysterious behavior of the Gorongosa’s elephants, and Bob tastes the danger of crop-raiding elephants. Joyce has a breakthrough with the elephants.
9:00pm - Roaring Back
When Bob Poole returns to Gorongosa, he discovers a huge nesting colony of water birds. He resumes his search for the lion cubs that went missing. After many sleepless nights, he finally meets the park’s new cubs — the future of lions in Gorongosa.
The Great British Baking Show 2015
Sundays at 7:00pm and Thursdays at 8:00pm
This year, the tent welcomes a baker’s dozen to the battle to be named the U.K.’s best amateur baker. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins coax them through their Signature, Technical and Showstopper challenges, under the scrutiny of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. With 13 bakers — from space engineer to student, teacher to dentist, psychologist to carpenter — Mary and Paul may decide at any time to banish not one but two bakers. After 10 weeks of whisking, crimping and piping, only one can emerge victorious.
October 4 & 7 – Biscuits & Traybakes
The remaining eight bakers are faced with biscuits and traybakes. The Signature challenge requires that they produce their favorite traybake, offering Mary and Paul their twists on everything from bakewells to banoffees and brownies. Next, they face the thinnest Technical challenge ever devised for the show: French classic tuiles, fragile rolls decorated with delicate designs of piped chocolate. Finally, a Showstopper of epic proportions: biscuit towers. Mel and Sue follow the trail of biscuit crumbs as the bakers produce architectural feats inspired by everything from ancient Japanese civilization to one of time travel’s most feared enemies.
October 11 & 15 – Sweet Dough
It’s week six and time for sweet dough — but will it prove bittersweet for the bakers? They start off with a Signature tea loaf. Since most of the bakers choose to make something connected to home, Mary and Paul are presented with everything from locally sourced loaves from Yorkshire and Oxford to Devonshire-inspired panettone and Welsh bara brith. The bakers face Paul’s most twisted Technical challenge yet and a Showstopper that draws on all of Europe for inspiration: 36 sweet European buns, from Swedish cinnamon buns to German schnecken and French brioches.
October 18 & 22 – Pastry
With only six bakers left in the tent, the stakes are getting higher. Tackling pastry, the bakers bring old- fashioned suet pudding up to date with their Signature creations, from “Spotted Dick with a kick” to fig roly-poly. The Technical challenge proves hellish with Mary’s command to make eight perfect religieuses — delicate choux buns filled with crème patissiere topped with ganache, balanced delicately atop one another. Finally, the Showstopper requires three different kinds of puffed pastries: one filled, another iced and the third the baker’s choice.
October 25 – Quarter Final
There are just five bakers left. This week’s challenges test them on working with unconventional flours and unusual desserts. For the Signature challenge, they must make a loaf using flours such as spelt, rye, potato or tapioca flours. The Technical challenge is dacquoise, made with three layers of fragile coiled meringue sandwiched with coffee custard and topped with hazelnut praline, a gluten-free dessert. For the Showstopper challenge, the bakers have to venture out of their comfort zone to create novelty vegetable cakes, dairy-free.
Great Performances: Billy Elliot – The Musical Live
Friday, October 23 at 9:00pm
“Billy Elliot the Musical Live” comes to GREAT PERFORMANCES in a special celebration performance from London’s West End. Based on the popular 2000 film, “Billy Elliot: The Musical” took the West End and Broadway by storm and won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical. Featuring a rousing score by Elton John, “Billy Elliot” takes place during North East England’s contentious mining strike of 1984 and tells the inspirational story of a young boy’s journey from the boxing ring to the ballet barre, transforming his family along with his entire community.