Churchill’s Secret

This appealing drama about Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) centers on a little known chapter in his fascinating and well-documented life. In June 1953, the great man, then Prime Minister at age 78, suffered a stroke. In a feat impossible today,  ...

Inspector Lewis: The Final Season

The very final three-episode season of “Inspector Lewis,” premiering Sunday, August 7, 2016 on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery, is a sad hail and farewell to the appealing characters and ingenious plot puzzles that began with Oxfordshire’s Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse  ...

Best of 2015: TV

1. "THE SOUP"   Sure, it's just a basic cable clip show of snarky jokes about TV's dopiest programs. Yet by policing the low standards of lowest common denominator viewing (and the cynical corporate interests that never go  ...

Downton Abbey, The Final Season

      “The world is a different place from the way it was, my Lord. And Downton Abbey must change with it,” Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) tells Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville).   It’s hard  ...

Home Fires

    Stories of English heroism during World War II never fail to inspire me. They also make me wonder how I would have managed had I lived in a rural English village, like the Cheshire village of  ...

Arthur & George: A Masterpiece Mystery

  Although we tend to think of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 –1930) only in terms of his fabulous creation, Sherlock Holmes, the man actually led a fascinating and full life in addition to writing brilliant detective stories and  ...

The Brink, HBO

      This terrific new ten-part HBO series, part dark comedy, part cautionary tale, explores a geopolitical world crisis through the eyes of three unlikely men, whose streaks of bravery and immaturity may control “the fate  ...

Poldark

Soon Aidan Turner will join other Masterpiece hunks and heroes as the new heartthrob of the PBS set, as the star of the new romantic, rousing, atmospheric historical seven-part drama, “Poldark.” Smoldering Aidan Turner (UK series “Being Human” and  ...

Bessie

      Finally, a film about the life of iconic blues singer, Bessie Smith (1894 – 1937) will air on television. And it stars multi-talented Academy Award nominee Dana Owens, better known as Queen Latifah (“Chicago”),  ...