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Cirque du Soleil©: Fire Within
Thursdays at and Sundays at 7:00pm
This thirteen part series takes an inside look at the creation and production of Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai.
Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world - a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.
From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.
The word Varekai means "wherever" in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.
Thursdays at 9:00pm & Saturdays at 10:30pm
Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) stars 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.
Last Tango in Halifax, New Season!
Sundays and Thursdays at 8:00pm
The BAFTA-winning comedy-drama about romance and second chances returns as the reunited childhood sweethearts Celia (Anne Reid) and Alan (Derek Jacobi) plan a life together. As secrets from the past come tumbling out and family members adjust to changing relationships, can Alan and Celia find the long-awaited happiness they deserve?
July 6 – Alan and Celia’s first day as husband and wife is filled with tension. A new arrival surprises everyone, most of all Gillian. Caroline finds a way to buy John out of the house, but will Kate’s desire to have a baby threaten their relationship?
July 13 – Gillian is devastated when Celia inadvertently reveals a secret she has kept since she was 15. Alan and Gillian’s already fractious relationship suffers as he distances himself further from her. Kate feels awkward around Lawrence, who finds his mum’s new relationship difficult to accept.
July 20 – Sad news inspires Alan and Celia to have another wedding ceremony attended by all of their family and friends. Caroline whisks Kate off on a romantic weekend, but a disagreement threatens to end the relationship. Just as Gillian and Robbie are back on friendlier terms, a revelation from Judith changes everything.
July 27 – Celia reluctantly introduces Alan to her sister, Muriel. Caroline is stunned to learn that Kate is pregnant and receives a further blow from John when he delivers news. A drunk Gillian shares a sinister secret with Caroline.
August 3- Find out why Kate’s gesture at Alan and Celia’s wedding stuns everyone — including Caroline.
Tuesdays at 8:00pm
In his time, Mark Twain was considered the funniest man on earth. Yet he was also an unflinching critic of human nature, using his humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and racism. In this two-part documentary, Ken Burns creates an illuminating portrait of one of the greatest writers in American history. Keith David narrates.
July 29 - Part One
Ken Burns takes viewers on a journey through Sam Clemens’ early days along the Mississippi River, to the small river town of Hannibal, Missouri. Clemens grows up, stumbling from adventure to adventure until he begins to evolve into Mark Twain, the humorist and writer who would revolutionize the way Americans viewed themselves and their language. The episode ends with the publication of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel that has been banned in hundreds of libraries and schools across the country ever since.
August 5 - Part Two
Burns explores the other side of the writer — an American icon who, through tragedy and bad financial decisions, falls hard with failure. In contrast to the wildly successful Twain, Clemens is an inept businessman who squanders his fortunes on pipe dream patents and bad investments. Clemens turns to the lecture circuit and tours extensively, leaving behind his beloved Hartford home and, often, his family, to pay off his creditors.
Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot
Sundays at 9:00pm & Thursdays at 10:00pm
David Suchet ("Henry VIII," "The Way We Live Now") returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in two new mysteries, "The Big Four" and "Dead Man’s Folly," based on the novels by Agatha Christie. Whether he’s on holiday abroad, taking a countryside break or simply going about his business near his central London home, Poirot finds himself exercising his “little grey cells” by helping police investigate crimes and murders, whether they ask for his help or not.
July 27 & 31– The Big Four
Adapted by Mark Gatiss (“Sherlock”), “The Big Four” plunges Poirot into a world of global espionage, set against the backdrop of the impending WWII. The public is in a panic after the shocking death of a Russian chess grandmaster, and Poirot must navigate international figures and intrigue to identify the culprit, with the help of old friends Captain Hastings, Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon.
August 3 & 7 – Dead Man’s Folly
A wealthy financier and his wife stage a grand party at their new summer home. Poirot is a reluctant guest, urged to attend by his old friend Ariadne Oliver (Zoë Wanamaker), who suspects the “murder hunt” game she is preparing may turn out to be a real murder.
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