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AMERICAN MASTERS
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love

 

This special that reveals the events that led to composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch’s (1944-2012) staggering success, ensuing struggles, inner turmoil and breakthroughs in his creative process. By age 31, Hamlisch had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize. Hit after hit – “The Way We Were,” “Nobody Does It Better” and scores for The Sting, Sophie’s Choice and the Broadway juggernaut A Chorus Line – made him the go-to composer and performer for film, Broadway and concert halls worldwide. A child prodigy accepted at Juilliard at age six, he defied classical expectations to create his own music. The program features new interviews with Barbra Streisand, Steven Soderbergh, Quincy Jones, Christopher Walken, Sir Tim Rice, Joe Torre, John Lithgow, Ann-Margret and others.

 

THE STORY OF CHINA
The Last Empire / The Age of Revolution

 

Travel from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea with host Michael Wood as he explores the history of the world superpower that is China. A thrilling and moving epic of the world’s oldest continuous state with the landscapes, peoples, and stories that have made today’s China.

 

The Last Empire/The Age of Revolution
Journey back in time to see the splendor of the last Chinese dynasty, the Qing. Then, witness the fateful First Opium War, which sparked the fall of the empire, and, after the 20th-century revolutions, the birth of today’s China.

 

Forgotten Ellis Island

 

Visit the abandoned immigrant hospital on Ellis Island. During the great wave of immigration, 22 medical buildings sprawled across two islands adjacent to Ellis Island, the largest port of entry to the United States.

 

THE STORY OF CHINA
Golden Age / The Ming

 

Travel from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea with host Michael Wood as he explores the history of the world superpower that is China. A thrilling and moving epic of the world’s oldest continuous state with the landscapes, peoples, and stories that have made today’s China.

 

In the first hour, see the stunning achievements of two of China’s most brilliant dynasties: the Song, creators of a Chinese Renaissance; and the Ming, builders of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

 

THE STORY OF CHINA
Ancestors / Silk Roads and China Ships

 

Travel from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea with host Michael Wood as he explores the history of the world superpower that is China. A thrilling and moving epic of the world’s oldest continuous state with the landscapes, peoples, and stories that made today’s China.

 

In the first hour, Ancestors, explore China’s early history with Michael Wood as he joins a million people at a festival devoted to ancient gods.

 

Then, in hour two, Silk Roads and China Ships, travel the Silk Road to discover the brilliant Tang dynasty.

 

VICTORIAN SLUM HOUSE
The 1890s

VICTORIAN SLUM HOUSE: The 1890s

 

VICTORIAN SLUM HOUSE takes viewers to the British slums of the 1800s, where a group of modern day families, couples and individuals recreate life in London’s East End as their forbearers once lived between 1860-1900. Faced with the virtually impossible task of earning enough money to pay the rent and put food on the table, the participants experience first-hand the tough living and working conditions endured by the millions that made up the urban poor in Victorian Britain. It’s an eye-opening experience for the participants as they each confront the harsh realities of the past and together lay the groundwork for welfare reform in the 20th Century.

 

The 1890s
Enter the 1890s, when mass manufacturing and social reform offer a bit of hope for some of the residents, while others are plagued by a water shortage that dashes hopes for a promising laundry business.

 

PACIFIC HEARTBEAT
Mele Murals

 

This film is about the transformative power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture. At the center of the story are two renowned street artists – Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) – a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea on Hawai‘i Island. The story is a look at how public art and Native Hawaiian traditions transform the artists, students and community.

VICTORIAN SLUM HOUSE
The 1900s

VICTORIAN SLUM HOUSE: The 1900s

 

Observe the social changes the slum dwellers face as they move into the 20th century. A few families prosper, but others continue to face the poverty endemic in Britain. See what steps are finally taken to alleviate the plight of the poor.

 

King Charles III on MASTERPIECE

 

The hit Broadway show King Charles III is adapted for television. A 2016 Tony nominee for Best Play, the drama imagines Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death. The late Tim Pigott-Smith stars as Charles.

 

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