Look what's coming to Blue Ridge PBS!
Call the Midwife – New Season!
Sundays & Thursdays at 8:00pm
CALL THE MIDWIFE, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End. The third season takes viewers to 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. The winds of change are sweeping through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own.
March 30 & April 3 – season 3 premiere
The nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House move into their new premises, and Sister Winifred, a warm-hearted, slightly innocent young woman, arrives from the Mother House. Sister Monica Joan’s increasingly eccentric behavior causes concern, yet she’s the one who solves a perplexing medical mystery. New housewife and mother Chummy spearheads an Open Day at the Community Centre. After helping to deliver a neighbor’s baby, she decides she wants to return to midwifery.
April 6 & 10 – episode 2
Learn why Jenny’s promotion causes problems and how Cynthia helps a patient experience a calm birth.
April 13 & 17 – episode 3
See how Sister Julienne and Trixie help a pregnant prison inmate and learn why Shelagh is dejected.
April 20 & 24 – episode 4
Watch Jenny and Sister Winifred help an agoraphobic woman and see developments with Jenny and Alec.
April 27 – episode 5
Meet a young Down Syndrome woman who’s six months pregnant and welcome Patsy, a new nurse.
Doc Martin - Season 3
Thursdays at 9:00pm starting April 17
Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) returns for the third season of DOC MARTIN as the brash doctor Martin Ellingham, whose blunt opinions and tactless manner causes mayhem in a small Cornish community. After retraining as a general practitioner, he gets a job in the beautiful but sleepy village of Portwenn replacing their deceased local doctor. But his abrasive personality doesn’t exactly mesh with the pace of life in Cornwall.
Great Performances: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty
Friday, April 25 at 9:00pm
Choreographer Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty marks the choreographer’s return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete his acclaimed reinterpretations of the composer’s trio of masterworks that began in 1992 with Nutcracker! and followed in 1995 with Swan Lake. This timeless fairy tale about a princess cursed to sleep for a hundred years was adapted into a ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa in 1890. In a highly theatrical production, Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the story at the height of the fin de siècle epoch when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As the heroine Aurora matures into a young woman, the period shifts to the confines of the Edwardian era. Decades later, awakening from her century-long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day — a world she finds more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy tale. Bourne’s haunting new scenario is a romance for all ages.
Mondays at 10:00pm
This acclaimed Emmy Award-winning anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. INDEPENDENT LENS features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history. The series is supported by interactive companion Web sites and national publicity and community engagement campaigns. Visit the companion website at pbs.org/independentlens/
April 7 – Brothers Hypnotic
Not-always-willing subjects of a utopian family experiment, the eight men of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble were forged into a band as kids by their father, jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now making their way on the streets and in the music business, they test their father’s ideals against their own brotherly vision. By Reuben Atlas.
April 14 – Trials of Muhammad Ali
This documentary covers Muhammad Ali’s toughest bout, his battle to overturn his five-year prison sentence for refusing U.S. military service. The film traces a formative period in Ali’s life, one unknown to young people and neglected by those who remember him as a boxer but overlook how controversial he was when he first took center stage. Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning civil rights, religion and wartime dissent. This film zeroes in on the years 1967 to 1970, when Ali lived in exile within the U.S., stripped of his heavyweight belt and banned from boxing, sacrificing fame and fortune on principle.
April 21 – Muscle Shoals
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and the Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start its own successful studio, Muscle Shoals Sound. In this joyful film, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism and mystery, and why it remains influential today.
Live from Lincoln Center
Fridays at 9:00pm
April 4 – James Naughton: The Songs of Randy Newman
James Naughton, the celebrated director, singer and Tony Award-winning actor, takes to the stage in the Allen Room at Lincoln Center in this concert special to honor American songwriter Randy Newman.
April 11 – Jason Isbell: Moving Forward
Alabama native Jason Isbell, formerly of the Drive-By Truckers, showcases music from his new, critically acclaimed country music album Southeastern, with personal and exquisite songs in this concert special from the Allen Room at Lincoln Center.