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FAKE OR FORTUNE
Gainsborough

Fake or Fortune: Gainsborough

 

Every picture tells a story, but in this series, valuable paintings are treated as crime scenes! Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a dimension rarely seen – a darker side of incalculable wealth, social ambition and sometimes subterfuge. In the third season of this audience pleasing mini-series, a recognized art sleuth, a doctor of history and cutting-edge scientists again join forces to discover the truth behind controversial works of art.

 

Gainsborough
The team faces a daunting challenge as they search for lost masterpieces in Britain’s public art collections. More than 100,000 oil paintings have been photographed and posted online as part of the Your Paintings initiative – 17,000 of them listed as “artist unknown.” Philip and his colleague Bendor Grosvenor believe they’ve identified several missing works by artist Thomas Gainsborough. Can they prove it?

 

This program will encore Tues., Jan. 26, 11:00 pm

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE
Constable

FAKE OR FORTUNE: Constable

 

Every picture tells a story, but in this series, valuable paintings are treated as crime scenes! Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a dimension rarely seen – a darker side of incalculable wealth, social ambition and sometimes subterfuge. In the third season of this audience pleasing mini-series, a recognized art sleuth, a doctor of history and cutting-edge scientists again join forces to discover the truth behind controversial works of art.

 

Constable
The experts take on a doubly challenging investigation as they try and prove that not one, but two paintings are missing works by John Constable, one of Britain’s best loved but most widely faked artists. Gillie Dance used to keep her painting Yarmouth Jetty under the bed in her London home, never quite believing it was by John Constable – but the team starts to get excited when a previous owner turns out to have a close connection to the Constable family. Another painting, A Sea Beach Brighton, used to hang in Boston’s prestigious Museum of Fine Arts, until they sold it off at a fraction of its possible value in the early ‘90s. Attorney Tom Toppin and his wife Bernie snapped it up and they’ve been struggling to prove its authenticity ever since. Philip has a hunch that the proof they seek lies in other Constable paintings in U.S. galleries. Will the experts agree?

 

This program will encore Tues., Jan. 19, 11:00 pm

 

NOVA
Rise of the Hackers

 

Our lives have gone digital. We shop, bank and even date online. Computers hold our treasured photographs, private emails, and all of our personal information. This data is precious — and cybercriminals want it. Now, NOVA goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math and a new field called “ultra-paranoid computing,” all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers. From the two men who uncovered the world’s most advanced cyber weapon to the computer expert who worked out how to hack into cash machines and scientists who believe they can store a password in your unconscious brain, NOVA investigates how a new global geek squad is harnessing cutting-edge science — all to stay one step ahead of the hackers.

 

 

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