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WTIU’s Winter 2017 Membership Campaign Program Highlights

The Beatles early years, great Christmas specials, new seasons of your favorite BBC dramas, how Hyacinth Bucket got that way, and much more.

Jenna Coleman as the young Queen Victoria and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert

Anne of Green Gables – The Good Stars
Thursday, November 23 at 8pm and 9:30pm
Friday, November 24 at 3:30pm
Monday, November 27 at 4:30am

In the second installment of this Canadian literary classic, Anne Shirley turns 13 and faces complex situations with friends, adults, and Gilbert. Her free-spirited nature clashes with her need to be sensible—a journey fraught with confusion and unfortunate, though amusing, mishaps. Martin Sheen returns as Anne’s adopted father Matthew Cuthbert.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Saturday, November 25, at 8pm

Explore the history of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco in 1966.  Directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, the film reveals how the foursome became the global phenomenon that was “The Beatles.”

The documentary is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966), the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. The film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr came together to become a musical powerhouse. It reveals their inner workings—how they made decisions, created music, and built their collective career together—while exploring their unique musical gifts and their complementary personalities.

The film includes never-before-seen archival footage of shows and interviews and new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. It captures the exhilaration of The Beatles’ phenomenal rise to fame as well as the toll it took on the band’s members, prompting them to stop touring and devote their prodigious musical talents to studio recordings.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Birth of Rock Theater
Saturday, November 25 at 10:30 pm
Tuesday, November 28 at 8 pm

See the past, present, and future of one of the top live acts in the country: the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The program features live concert footage and interview segments recorded during their annual winter tour and from the debut rock theater tour “Beethoven’s Last Night,” filmed in Dallas.

Celebrate the upcoming holiday season with Trans-Siberian Orchestra! Read more here.

Young Hyacinth
Sunday, November 26 at 6:30pm
Saturday, December 2 at 8 pm

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This comedy prequel to Keeping Up Appearances is set in the 1950s and charts the early life of the remarkable Hyacinth. Long before she became Mrs. Bucket (pronounced Bouquet), young Hyacinth was already dreaming of matching china and a bedroom in pastel shades. But her desperate attempts to transform her sisters and her darling Daddy into an altogether better class of family are not appreciated. Daisy goes around wearing Daddy’s overalls, Rose has a new boyfriend every week, and if Violet continues consorting with her married manager, she could be inches away from shame and destitution. The girls live together in a crowded canal cottage with their father, a part-time brush salesman with a drink problem. If only the family were more like the Cooper-Smiths, in whose house Hyacinth works as a maid. Because now she has had a glimpse of how the elegant upper classes live, there can be no looking back.

A Cat’s Attic
Sunday, November 26 at 10am and 7:30 pm
Thursday, November 30 at 8 pm

Celebrate 50 years of the illustrious career of Cat Stevens as he talks about fame, the songwriting process, and performs some of his greatest hits, from “Morning Has Broken” to “Peace Train” to “Wild World.”

Victoria Returns
Sunday, November 26 at 9 pm
Wednesday, November 29 at 9:30 pm
Friday, December 1 at 1:30pm
Saturday, December 2 at 12:30pm
Sunday, December 3 at 6:30pm
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Victoria Returns recaps Season 1 and teases Season 2 of the hit Masterpiece series Victoria. In 1837, a diminutive, neglected teenager is crowned Queen Victoria, navigates the scandal, corruption, and political intrigues of the Court, and soon rises to become the most powerful woman in the world. Following Victoria from the time she becomes Queen through her passionate courtship and marriage to Prince Albert, the lavish premiere season of Victoria dramatized the romance and reign of the girl behind the famous monarch. Victoria Returns features interviews with series creator Daisy Goodwin and with executive producer Rebecca Eaton.

Season 3, Episode 1
Sunday, November 26 at 9:30pm

James Norton (Happy Valley) dons his priestly collar and Robson Green (Reckless) his rumpled raincoat as the improbable crime-fighting team Reverend Sidney Chambers and Inspector Geordie Keating. Together they bring justice and spiritual nourishment to early 1950s England.

Great Performances: “Hitman: David Foster and Friends”
Monday, November 27 at 8pm

Legendary songwriter, producer, and maestro to the stars David Foster has generated some of the world’s best known popular music, and collaborated with a Who’s Who of superstars in a career that spans more than three decades. In celebration of his achievements including fourteen Grammy Awards and a host of other accolades, some of the biggest names in contemporary music gather for a one-night-only concert that brings down the house. From the stage of Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Kenny Babyface Edmonds, Boz Skaggs, Kenny G, Peter Cetera, Brian McKnight, Blake Shelton, Cheryl Lynn, Charice, Katharine McPhee, and Andre Agassi join in the celebration, along with a special performance by Celine Dion and some long-distance best wishes from Kevin Costner and Barbra Streisand.

The Vietnam War
The Weight of Memory
Tuesday, November 28 at 9pm

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the war as it’s never before been told on film. This ten-part series features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, American and Vietnamese, bringing the war and its chaotic epoch viscerally to life.

In this installment, President Nixon resigns amidst Watergate, while a brutal civil war continues in Vietnam. North Vietnamese troops overtake Saigon with overwhelming force. For the next 40 years, Americans and Vietnamese from all sides search for healing and reconciliation.

Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live
Wednesday, November 29, 8 pm

Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live is captured in high definition, and recorded in surround sound over two evenings at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, Nebraska, Mannheim Steamroller’s the hometown. The program features songs from their ever-popular Mannheim Steamroller Christmas annual tour: the iconic “Deck the Halls” arrangement by Chip Davis; “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen,” “Silent Night,” and a special performance of “Greensleeves” featuring Elyse Davis, the daughter of Chip Davis. New performances of composer-producer Chip Davis’ early career “Fresh Aire” series include “Toccata” and Four Rows of Jacks.”

Join in on the magic with Mannheim Steamroller in Indianapolis! Read more here.

James Whitcomb Riley: Hoosier Poet
Thursday, November 30 at 9:30 pm
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James Whitcomb Riley was one of America’s most popular poets, and more than a century after his death he remains one of Indiana’s most famous literary figures. James Whitcomb Riley: Hoosier Poet explores Riley’s legacy and the personal and professional challenges and successes he experienced as he became a beloved literary icon. The documentary examines Riley’s early life in Greenfield, Indiana, revealing how it influenced his writing. Some of his most famous poems, including “The Barefoot Boy,” “The Old Swimmin’ Hole,” and “Little Orphant Annie,” were inspired by people or events from his childhood. Riley had difficulty in school and attended it sporadically until he graduated from the eighth grade at the age of 20.

The film speculates that his lack of education may have helped him be a more successful poet. Well-known for writing his poems in dialect, Riley’s accessible language combined with nostalgic qualities contributed to his popularity. The program also details Riley’s struggle for acceptance in the literary community, which continues today.

Faced with rejection and scandal in his career, including writing a fake Edgar Allen Poe poem and his battles with alcoholism, he eventually found success in established literary outlets and lecture tours across the country.

Despite modern criticisms of Riley’s poetry as sentimental and simplistic, the documentary shows how he continues to be celebrated today. The annual Riley Festival in his hometown of Greenfield, two Indiana museums dedicated to his life and work, and the Indianapolis children’s hospital named for him are tributes to his enduring legacy.

Join WTIU for a members-only day trip exploring the history of the famed Hoosier poet! Read more here.

Great Performances: The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed Live
Saturday, December 2 at 9 pm

Great Performances captures The Moody Blues in performance at Toronto’s Sony Centre during their 2017 Days of Future Passed tour. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their landmark album, The Moody Blues took to the road to perform the entire album live. This concert special showcases the band in performance for the first time with a full orchestra in a spectacle that recreates their pioneering concept album.

The show features narration by Jeremy Irons along with atmospheric projections, transporting viewers back to the psychedelic era of their classic 1967 record. Including the iconic hits “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon,” among others, the film pays homage to the band’s five decades of musical influence and showcases their foray into progressive rock.

Reflections on the Vietnam War
Monday, December 4 at 9:30pm

More than a dozen Vietnam War veterans from the central Illinois area recount their tours of duty including ground and air combat, the fighting environment, their living conditions, coping with the loss of friends and health issues including the effects of Agent Orange. They also reflect on the reception they received upon returning home and their opinions of the war.

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