March 30, 2014
'Call the Midwife'

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Based on the memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, this quiet cousin to the other PBS British dramas (“Downton Abbey,” “Sherlock”), follows a group of London midwives. The series has its own special charms (and rabid fan base), but its heart and soul can be found in the character of Chummy (comedian Miranda Hart). For season three — set in 1959 — there are changes afoot, with a big move and new arrivals. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 30, on KCTS.

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March 28, 2014
'Patina Miller in Concert'

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The 2013 Tony Award winner for best actress (in the recent Broadway revival of “Pippin”) takes center stage, telling the story of how she came from Pageland, S.C., to New York City, and — of course — singing a few Broadway tunes. Part of PBS’ “Live from Lincoln Center” series. 9 p.m. Friday, March 28, on KCTS.

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March 12, 2014
'‘Ireland’s Wild River’

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This episode of PBS’ “Nature” series heads to the Emerald Isle and follows wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson, who spent a year living on and exploring the Shannon River. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, on KCTS.

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February 21, 2014
'Sting: The Last Ship”

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PBS’ “Great Performances” series follows Sting as he creates and performs songs from his upcoming album and musical about growing up in the shipbuilding community of Wallsend in northeast England. 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, on KCTS.

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February 14, 2014
'National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage'

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PBS’ “Great Performances” series celebrates the 50th anniversary of London’s venerable theatrical institution with this two-hour special, directed by Nicholas Hytner. It features live and archived performances from Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Derek Jacobi, Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton. 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, on KCTS.

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January 31, 2014
'Barrymore'

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For your Friday-night viewing, PBS’ “Great Performances” series offers this 2011 filmed version of a stage performance of William Luce’s play, adapted and directed by Erik Canuel. Christopher Plummer (pictured) won both Tony and Drama Desk awards for his performance as actor John Barrymore. 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, on KCTS.

(Source: seattletimes.com)

January 24, 2014
‘Marilyn Monroe: Still Life’

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Due to a rights issue, KCTS will not be showing “The Real Mary Poppins,” tonight, but instead will re-air a 2006 “American Masters” episode about the film icon Marilyn Monroe. 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, on KCTS

(Source: seattletimes.com)

January 21, 2014
'Salinger'

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PBS’ “American Masters” series starts its new season with a director’s cut of Shane Salerno’s documentary about the reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye.” It features photographs, and moments from Salinger’s life and his service in World War II. 9 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 21, on KCTS.

(Source: seattletimes.com)

January 19, 2014
'Sherlock'

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Of course we knew he wasn’t dead, what with that brief glimpse of our hero at the end of Season 2, but how did he survive “The Reichenbach Fall”? Inspired co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss poke fun at fan theories and expectations in the Season 3 premiere, “The Empty Hearse.” Two (of many) highlights: the restaurant reunion of Holmes and Watson (Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) and a motorcycle race through the streets of London on Guy Fawkes Day. #SherlockLives! 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, on KCTS.

(Source: seattletimes.com)

January 5, 2014
'Downton Abbey'

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After last season’s devastating finale, many fans vowed to never watch Julian Fellowes’ hit series again. That would be a shame, because Season 4 has a lot of great stuff in store for devotees, including great work from Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt and Penelope Wilton. The year is now 1922, and the new season begins in the dead of night, with someone leaving Downton in a hurry. Welcome back, Sunday night TV obsession. 9 p.m. Sunday on KCTS.

(Source: seattletimes.com)