VERMONT PUBLIC TELEVISION PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS FEB. 24-MARCH 2
Feb. 24: Sunday at 9 p.m., VPT will encore a viewer favorite. “Queen Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration” follows Elizabeth II at key points in her life: her coronation in 1953, her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee in 2002. The film features rare and previously unseen footage, some recently discovered in the BBC’s own archives.
At 10 p.m. on “Death in Paradise,” a murder investigation becomes personal for Detective Inspector Poole when the victim is killed while handcuffed to him. With his job on the line, he needs all his British rigor and stoutest brogues to get to the heart of the Paradise Beach mystery.
Feb. 25: Monday at 9 p.m., “The Governors - Douglas” concludes VPT’s series of profiles of former governors. Republican Jim Douglas served as governor of Vermont from 2003 to 2011. Chris Graff talks with him about the key issues during his four terms, including the economic downturn that sharpened debate over spending and taxation; same-sex marriage; and the debate over relicensing Vermont Yankee. Key staffers Betsy Bishop, Neale Lunderville and Mike Smith offer insights.
At 10 p.m. on “Market Warriors,” the pickers head to Minnesota to find an antique toy among the more than 300 vendors scattered throughout town for the annual Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days.
Feb. 26: Tuesday from 8 to 11 p.m., “Makers: Women Who Make America” premieres on the eve of Women’s History Month. The three-part series tells the compelling story of women’s advancement in America over the past 50 years. It is a revolution that has unfolded on grand stages like the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress and on humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. The series features stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it and those caught up in its wake. “Makers” features commentary and stories from Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, Gloria Steinem, Phyllis Schlafly and others.
Feb. 27: Wednesday at 8 p.m., “Nature” re-airs “Echo: An Elephant to Remember.” The elephant matriarch was the subject of many films and the leader of a carefully studied herd of elephants in Africa. After she died of natural causes, this film looked back at the remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews with the researchers who cared for and studied her.
At 9 p.m., “Battle for the Elephants” investigates why, in 2012, the world witnessed the greatest slaughter of elephants since an international ban on the ivory trade was put in place in 1989. Who is perpetrating the wholesale slaughter? What happened to the ban on the trade? National Geographic follows five people, each of whom is waging a battle for the elephant.
Feb. 28: Thursday at 8 p.m. on VPT’s “Report From Washington,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., talks about current issues and takes viewer questions submitted by phone and email. Stewart Ledbetter will host. Questions may be submitted in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 1: Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the VPT Create channel, “Hubert Keller: Secrets of a Chef” shows the fun and ease of making homemade mustard, including a number of flavor variations. He uses it in rice-encrusted chicken breast and chicken mustard burger.
At 9 p.m. on VPT, “Barbra Streisand - One Night Only at the Village Vanguard” showcases the singer in an intimate 2009 performance.
March 2: Saturday at 5:30 p.m., “Aaron Neville: Doo Wop: My True Story” features the iconic artist performing songs from his new doowop inspired album. Joining him will be special guests Paul Simon and Joan Osbourne.
At 7 p.m., “Behind the Britcom: From Script to Screen” goes inside the hearts and minds of the writers, producers and actors behind favorite British comedies, including “Vicar of Dibley,” “Blackadder,” “Keeping Up Appearances,” “As Time Goes By,” “Are You Being Served?” and more.
At 9 p.m., “Hullabaloo - A ‘60s Flashback” returns to the era of go-go dancers, mod mini-skirts and swinging pop-rock sounds. Top singers of the decade present their greatest hits, blending the British Invasion with Broadway and folk-rock with rhythm and blues. This first-ever retrospective of the 1965-66 NBC-TV primetime series includes appearances by The Rascals, Nancy Sinatra, The Four Seasons, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Lovin’ Spoonful and The Byrds. Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits hosts.