This Week on WOSU TV- July 27-August 2

Rhino in front of Mike Condy sitting in the grass(Photo: Courtesy of DOP Neil Kent/Blink Films)
Rhino in front of Mike Condy sitting in the grass(Photo: Courtesy of DOP Neil Kent/Blink Films)

Agatha Christie’s greatest detective is back on Sunday’s Masterpiece Mystery.  Hercule Poirot is using his “little grey cells” to solve yet another murder so foul.  In “The Big Four“  Poirot finds himself in a world of global espionage when a Russian chess grandmaster is found dead.  Joining the super sleuth in his latest adventure are old friends Captain Hastings, Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon.  It all starts Sunday night at 9pm.

Monday – Civil War Conclusion

On Monday night at 10pm in this week’s episode of Civil War: The Untold Story, Union General Rosecrans poor decision-making during the Battle of Chickamauga causes the end of his leadership.  Grant takes charge and immediately plans an offensive that has the Confederate army escaping south into Georgia.  It is the beginning of the end of the war.

Tuesday – John Glenn and Mark Twain

Tuesday night WOSU TV presents an encore of our local documentary, John Glenn: A Life of Service. This great documentary chronicles the events of John Glenn’s extraordinary life.  From his humble beginnings here in Ohio, to one of our country’s first astronauts and his life of public service, John Glenn: A Life of Service is a fitting tribute. John Glenn’s story is followed by another great American story.

On Tuesday night at 9pm WOSU begins the Ken Burns two-part series Mark Twain.  In this first episode Burns explores the early days of Samuel Clemens. Growing up in the small Mississippi river town of Hannibal, Missouri, Clemens seeks out adventure after adventure.  He eventually evolves into Mark Twain, the humorist and writer, publishing his first novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Wednesday - My Wild Affair Continues

If you haven’t had the chance to see My Wild Affair on Wednesday night, here’s your chance to check in with this touching series.  This week chronicles the story of Rupert, an orphaned black rhinoceros rescued from a Zambezi River flood.  Rupert ended up in the home of wildlife vet Dr. John Condy, whose four young children immediately fell in love with the families new addition. Rupert was eventually released back into the wild and now, 50 years later, the children are back to search for clues to the fate of their childhood friend. It all begins Wednesday night at 8pm.

Friday – Marvin Hamlisch Tribute

Marvin Hamlisch, a prolific and accomplished composer at age 17. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Marvin Hamlisch family

Marvin Hamlisch, a prolific and accomplished composer at age 17. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Marvin Hamlisch family

We end the week on Friday night arts with American Masters: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love.  This is another great program from the American Masters folks.  By age 31, Marvin Hamlisch had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only 2 PEGOT winners.

Hamlisch was a child prodigy, being accepted at Julliard at the age of six.  We should have known great things would come from him and they did, hit songs, movie scores and the Broadway musicals. His streak was unprecedented. This program goes into the archives, interviews his talented collaborators, and shares family stories all to bring you the story of Marvin Hamlisch.

July finishes in a flourish this week on WOSU TV.

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