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Call The Midwife
Sundays at 8:00pm
In Season 7, Poplar welcomes Lucille Anderson, the first West Indian midwife to be featured as a series regular. Tested as never before, the nuns and nurses face challenging issues, from leprosy, tokophobia and stroke to Huntington’s chorea and unmarried mothers.
April 1 – Episode 3
A mother abandons her children at the clinic, leaving the family devastated. When Violet and Fred organize a beauty contest for charity, Valerie and Magda both sign up and quickly become close friends—leading to the sharing of a terrible secret.
April 8 – Episode 4
Sister Julienne navigates a complex situation with a Pakistani family facing an unexpected pregnancy. Sister Monica Joan’s pride and independence are in jeopardy as her sight deteriorates. Trixie struggles to cope after a break up.
April 15 – Episode 5
Lucille tries to win the trust of a mother who suffers from tokophobia, a morbid fear of giving birth. Nurse Crane and Dr. Turner try to find a sailor at large in Poplar and rumored to have smallpox. Violet and Fred plan a picnic for the parish.
April 22 – Episode 6
Barbara helps a widowed, pregnant mother when she and her children lose their home. Lucille teaches a health class and encounters a furious mother who objects to her daughter’s attendance there. Sister Monica Joan prepares for cataract surgery.
April 29 – Episode 7
Barbara's condition doesn't improve and she's kept in isolation at the hospital, leaving her friends bereft. Dr. Turner and Shelagh assist a man held in a remand home, while Lucille makes some new friends.
The Child in Time on Masterpiece - NEW DRAMA!
Sunday, April 1 at 9:00pm
A moment of distraction triggers a crisis in the lives of a happy, successful British couple in Ian McEwan’s haunting tale of a lost child and redeemed love, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire).
Civilizations - NEW SERIES!
Tuesdays at 8:00pm
Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Programs reveal the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introduce viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination across cultures.
April 17 – The Second Moment of Creation
Examine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity itself. Images and artifacts found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and South America testify to the urge to develop civilizations. Liev Schreiber narrates.
April 24 – How Do We Look?
Explore the many functions of the human image in ancient art. Portraits, paintings and sculptures, both life-size and colossal, performed a role—assuaging loss, expressing strength, inspiring fear—and were instrumental in forming early civilizations.
Downton Abbey on Masterpiece
Season 1 - April 1, 8 & 14 at 6:30pm – Go back to the beginning of this popular series and watch the drama unfold
The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville, Miss Austen Regrets); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith, David Copperfield); and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course.
Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew's bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton's dynasty takes shape. But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey. Created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), Downton Abbey offers a spot-on portrait of a vanishing way of life.
Season 2 - April 22 at 6:00pm & April 29 at 7:00pm
Multiple Emmy winner, Downton Abbey, resumes the story of aristocrats and servants of Downton Abbey during the tumultuous World War I era.
The international hit, written by Julian Fellowes, stars Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville, as well as a drawing room full of new actors, portraying the loves, feuds and sacrifices of a glittering culture thrown into crisis. Laura Linney hosts.