All Thing PBS

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  1. skipaway

    skipaway Well-Known Member

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    And I too felt it was an excellent series. Kudos to Ken Burns...he consistently puts out wonderful historical pieces.
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    It's hard to believe that some deride FDR even now, for doing what was necessary to help America to survive the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl years.
    I shudder to think what would have happened without the many projects established and carried out for the public good; benefiting the US infrastucture,
    They gave meaning, purpose, and a livelihood to millions; who would have had nothing without them.

    As usual, Ken Burns brings history alive; and helps the viewer see how events affect the lives of individual citizens.
    How important his efforts are, in an era where everyone expects "instant gratification"!
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    ^^^Apparently Burns is working on a documentary on FDR, & IIRC it will be finished in 2014.
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    I'll look forward to that.
  5. Orable

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    The Dust Bowl was amazing. It really brought to life a time period that was essentially glossed over in my history classes when I was in school. The country was saved because the government stepped in. Today, we continue to eff around with the environment as people have debates over whether global climate change is a real thing. Le sigh.

    A less depressing series on PBS is Call the Midwife. I really loved that, even though some of the scenes were too graphic for me to stomach! But, what a great portrayal of such an interesting time in British (and medical) history :)
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  6. lulu

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    Did anyone watch the Frontline special, "Poor Kids" ? I wasn't exptected to be as deeply moved by the film, but the kids featured in the story were so captivating, and that scene where the one family (can't remember their names off the top of my head) are forced to give up their dog before moving into a motel was just heartbreaking.

    PBS always has fantastic documentaries, particularly their Frontline series.
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    I watched the first 45 minutes and taped the rest of Dust Bowl. I haven't had a chance to watch it yet. Did they talk much about Henry Wallace? I am kind of fascinated by him.
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    Sounds fantastic. Ken Burns also produced the documentary on Prohibition, correct? I enjoyed that documentary as well. Like Orable mentioned, it's great to see these subjects, Prohibiton, the Dust Bowl, which were often glossed over or reduced to a two paragraph segment in a history book, being given the attention they deserve.

    I'm reading Robert Caro's "The Passage of Power" and I think a documentary about Lyndon Johnson's time as Senate Majority Leader could be really interesting as well, especially since that aspect of his career is less known than his Vice-Presidency or his Presidency.
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  9. skatingfan5

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    I watched "Poor Kids" last night and it was really moving. Some of those children have wisdom beyond their years -- unfortunately learned by living through such difficult circumstances. :( As I watched some of it seemed familiar in a way I couldn't quite put my finger on -- and then I realized that it was in the area/town in which I had grown up.
  10. A.H.Black

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    Just found the series Shakespeare Uncovered - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/shakespeare-uncovered/about/ Tonight's episode is Sir Derek Jacobi (one of my all time favorites) talking about Richard II. He stared in the title role 30 years ago when BBC did all the Shakespeare plays. I watched that performance and loved it. After Richard II, we get Jeremy Irons talking about Henry IV and Henry V. I am excited to watch it.

    Totally off the subject - I always thought Jacobi would have made a great Dumbledore.
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    Missed the Dust Bowl, - anybody see 'Prohibition'. So informative and entertaining doc.
    Love Rick Steves. Watch Masterpiece on and off, News hour, American Experiment, Frontline.
    Also enjoyed 'Finding Your Roots'. Plus the various muscial shows every now and then.
    Wish I had more time!
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    Oh Ita about Jacobi as Dumbledore. I missed most of the chapters but did see Ethan Hawke in the discussion about MacBeth. I LOVE Henry IV and wish I would have seen Irons talking about it.

    I don't know if this is local or national but they having been replaying a series about American musical history and I've loved watching it. Something that caught my eye: In the mid-30's someone filmed "Pal Joey" in color from the back of the theatre. There was no sound with the film but you could see a line of dancers across the stage. One stood out--he just seemed more vibrant and danced with such exuberance. It was the young Gene Kelly. He was magnificent. I am so glad PBS is there. I can't imagine a life lived where the Kardashians is the only choice.
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    Last night's segment was fabulous!
    It reminded me, yet again, of why I love Shakespeare so much.
    "Hamlet" is next.
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    I think you can watch online if you go to the link.
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    I've seen that clip. Marvelous. It just kills me that there's no original cast recording from when he starred in that show.
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    I did not know that. That is sad if all they have is that film.
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    Derek Jacobi is a favourite of mine too. I haven't watched those 2 episodes yet, but I did watch the previous 2. The Ethan Hawke one was okay -- I have nothing against him but he doesn't seem the right choice for this particular exploration (although I did like his Hamlet). He's a little too "oh, gosh, really?" -- and the scenes of him broodily roaming the streets of New York in his hipster parka were just a waste of film. But I really enjoyed all the psycholgical insights into the characters of Mackers and Lady M. -- particularly the psychopathy of murder. Very interesting stuff.

    I really enjoyed the Joey Richardson one, though. She focussed on the strong woman characters in the comedies, specifically Viola and Rosalind. The latter not surprising given her mother's famous performance in that role. Great episode.

    Looking forward to watching the rest of the series. Derek Jacobi and Jeremy Irons for sure, but also David Tennant! :cheer:

    I think one of the things this series is doing particularly well is showing how universal -- and contemporary -- Shakespeare's themes are.
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    I was in Iowa/Illinois in November, and remember driving past a really seedy looking hotel called "America's best Inn". Everytime we drove by it, we called it "America's worst Inn". I saw "Poor Kids" on PBS, and lo and behold, that poor little girl who collected cans had to live there.
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    I got to hear the historian of the Senate speak on that topic in LBJ's former senate office (which he retained as VP because the VP's office is not as ornate as it was) at a conference a few years ago. Absolutely fascinating stuff and would make a great doc.
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    Irons was brilliant in Henry IV for the Hollow Crown series. Bitchslapping Hal is still one one of my favorite moments :lol:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctSiq-J2-7A

    Someone has actually uploaded the entire series on youtube, but I highly recommend Henry IV. Irons, Simon Russell-Beale, Julie Walters, and even Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey) put in an appearance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtnCWGPUsfo
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    I don't know how I managed to miss this before, but Mr Selfridge (currently on ITV) will make its US premiere on March 31st. Am obsessed with the series now, so it will be nice to see it on 'real' tv, instead of catching up online :cheer2:

    http://video.pbs.org/video/2322877684/
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  22. Artemis@BC

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    Bumping this up to rave about The Bletchley Circle, which started last night. Did anyone else watch? I was prepared to love it because it combines two of my favourite topics: murder mysteries and the role of women in WWII. But it was even better than I expected. The look and feel of the era, plus of course the sociologial impact of post-war society for the women who'd played such pivitol roles during the war ... wow, great stuff. And the fact that it stars a couple of my favourite actors (Anna Maxwell and Julie Graham) was an added bonus.

    I can hardly wait for next week!

    (BTW I've given up on Mr Selfridge -- I love the premise, and using the store as a mirror for the events of the world at that time ... but the characters are just two-dimensional and Piven, who I've liked very much in the past, is just unwatchable in this role.

    But I'm still loving Call the Midwife. :))
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  23. danceronice

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    Hate "Call the Midwife" (but I hate girly drama and babies, so it is not aimed at me), like "Mr. Selfridge" (I admit, I'd be standing there agog at the 'Pavlova' window, too), and I loved "The Bletchley Circle." The superintendent's reaction cracked me up: "I don't want to ask you to violate the Official Secrets act right here in Scotland Yard, but it wasn't a clerical position, was it?" I'm not quite sure yet it's doing a very good job showing how their 'system' works exactly, but 'Sherlock' set the bar incredibly high for portraying the detecting thought process in a very visually-accessible way.
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    I'm watching and am glad they didn't cast drop-dead gorgeous actresses in the roles and I like the story because it does show the frustration of being so intelligent and so undervalued during this time.
  25. LilJen

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    I used to watch PBS more often. . . when our TV would remember the channels after we turned it off (um, yeah--so it has to do the channel scan every.single.time. you turn on the TV). dd and I loved watching "Fetch." I love Geeky European Guy aka Rick Steves (my hometown boy), and Lonely Planet's Globetrekker series.
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    I really liked The Bletchley Circle...the ladies are fascinating and the murder mystery intriguing. Does anyone know if this will be an on-going series after these three episodes? :confused:

    I don't love Mr. Selfridge, don't quite hate it...yet. I find Jeremy Piven's bombastic performance off-putting, and his storyline the least interesting. :yawn: Maybe it will be more interesting now that his character will be in a coma! :p I like the story of the shop girl Agnes and the waiter Victor. The story with Rose and the young artist is kind of interesting...just have that affair, girl! :drama:

    I like Call the Midwife quite a bit. I have no children, and the idea of childbirth kind of freaks me out, but I like the diversity of the characters, and the look at 1950's London (my childhood years, but not in the UK).

    EDIT: FYI...via Twitter...

    EDIT2: I've watched PBS for decades. I love Masterpiece (Theater, in the old days) Classic and Contemporary, Masterpiece Mystery (Inspector Lewis, Miss Marple, Poirot, the late great Inspector Lynley series), SHERLOCK (LOVE IT!), Downton Abbey (ditto), misc. non-fiction documentaries and specials, LFLC, Live from the Met, music and dance specials.... And I like watching the Create and Q channels.
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    Funny I just noticed this thread, lately I've been falling asleep to this classic Jazz documentary from 2001. Its great. :)
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    http://www.downtonabbeyaddicts.com/...t-54-below-season-4.html#.UXZhGsQesoo.twitter

    CLICK LINK TO VIEW VIDEO - watch until very end for a missing character. This is a very fun video!


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    Haven't seen the Bletchly Circle. I will look for it.

    I don't like Selfridge, or Midwife well enough to stick with them. I'm very happy that my local station is showing "As Time Goes By" in the evenings again. It's a great wind down before bed.
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    I loved this show! Our affiliate showed it for the longest time, then took it off about a year ago; hopefully they will eventually bring it back, start at the beginning and let it go again.

    I also love Cranford and Return to Cranford (yay Judi!)...got the DVDs not too long ago.
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    I adore PBS.
    I've been grateful for all that it has brought into my life since it first appeared on my cable in 1964-65!
    Including skating which I couldn't have seen without it.
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    This would probably be a board to ask on....I remember seeing on PBS a documentary about George Ballanchine. I came in late, and I cannot remember if it was "Great Performances" or "American Masters" or what series it was from, but it was a part of one of those PBS series about famous people/artists. Does anyone remember this show and know if it's available on DVD? I would love to see it again and see the whole thing.
  34. dardar1126

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    This was on public TV...

    http://www.amazon.com

    Balanchine (2004)
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    Editorial Reviews
    Through rare archival footage, this program traces Balanchine's life from his youth at the Maryinsky Theater, to his creation of the New York City Ballet.

    A review:

    5.0 out of 5 stars Great archival footage! April 7, 2004
    By A Customer
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    I saw this documentary when it was on public television, and it was fabulous. I have read a lot about Balanchine and his dancers, and actually seeing them was amazing. There is even footage of Pavlova and Tanaquil LeClerq dancing in their prime. A definite must-see for ballet and Balanchine enthusiasts!

    P.S. Check your local library, too; they often have DVDs (and videos) for patrons to borrow.
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    I'm looking forward to Carousel this evening on Live From Lincoln Center.

    John Cullum is singing and I love John Cullum's voice. Most people know him from Northern Exposure, but I loved his singing in 1776 and he was the original lead in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
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    It was wonderful.
    John Cullum was great. I cherish him as an actor/singer.
    The production values were so high, even though this was done "in concert", that I appreciated Carousel anew.
    I'll look forward to watching when it is repeated.
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    I taped Carousel; will watch it tonight...love the music!

    P.S. Don't know about your PBS affiliate, but mine is re-airing this special Sunday afternoon (04/28).

    EDIT: Via Twitter...

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