I have to admit that one of the things I love about public television is that even in summer, a lot of our programs are new and they run the gamut in diversity, from drama to documentary to cinema.
This week we have a couple I want to make sure you know about.
Masterpiece Mystery! will present a new three-part courtroom drama starting Sunday at 9 p.m Silk.
Barrister Martha Costello (Maxine Peak) is under pressure to win cases as she aspires to rise to the rank of Queen’s Counsel, also known as “taking Silk.” Her opposing counsel in a major case is Clive (Rupert Penry-Jones), a rival barrister in her chambers. Will Martha be able to satisfy both the personal and the professional demands placed on her?
Tuesday at 9 p.m., The March presents the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring "I Have a Dream” speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. Numerous interviews include those with Julian Bond and Andrew Young, Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Roger Mudd, Peter Yarrow and Oprah Winfrey, and historians, journalists, and ordinary citizens.
Then next Friday night at 9 p.m., Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema, hosted and co-produced by film star Keanu Reeves, investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. Reeves gets an insider’s perspective on the industry’s most basic delivery system, marveling at what artists have accomplished with emulsion film and digital pixels, and exploring how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions.