A cel­e­bra­tion of At­ten­bor­ough’s life

Ottawa Citizen - - WEATHER - ALEX STRA­CHAN

Sir David At­ten­bor­ough saw his first nat­u­ral-his­tory film in 1934, when he was still a young child. “It made me dream of trav­el­ling to far-off places to film wild an­i­mals,” At­ten­bor­ough re­calls. The three-part At­ten­bor­ough’s Life Sto­ries is a cel­e­bra­tion of his 60 years on tele­vi­sion. To­gether with CBC’s re­cent 50 Years of the Na­ture of Things, a cel­e­bra­tion of David Suzuki’s life record­ing the nat­u­ral world, it’s a re­minder that pub­lic broad­cast­ing is the last bas­tion of qual­ity when it comes to na­ture film­mak­ing. It works on the as­sump­tion that the TV au­di­ence is in­tel­li­gent, in­quis­i­tive … and awake to the world around them.

Wed­nes­day’s Life Sto­ries, Un­der­stand­ing the Nat­u­ral World, fol­lows At­ten­bor­ough’s voy­age of sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery over five decades. (8 p.m., WPBS)

The Amer­i­cans is one of the most cere­bral, ten­sion­filled new drama se­ries in re­cent me­mory. Keri Rus­sell and Matthew Rhys play Rus­sian sleeper agents liv­ing a seem­ingly quiet, se­date life in a Washington, D.C. sub­urb in the early 1980s, in the last days of the Cold War, when Ron­ald Rea­gan was pres­i­dent and the Sovi­ets were bogged down in the war in Afghanistan. (10 p.m., FX Canada)

You won’t see those spiffy Su­per Bowl ads you keep hear­ing about this week­end: CTV will pre-empt CBS’s broad­cast sig­nal wher­ever it reaches in Canada. Your only chance to catch up, then — short of watch­ing grainy YouTube video the fol­low­ing morn­ing — may well be Wed­nes­day’s one-off spe­cial Su­per Bowl’s Great­est Com­mer­cials 2013, a count­down of the best ads from the past. (8 p.m., CBS)

On their way back from a wed­ding in Wed­nes­day’s Arc­tic Air, bad weather forces Bobby (Adam Beach), Krista (Pascale Hut­ton) and Bobby (John Rear­don) to make an emer­gency land­ing in the prover­bial mid­dle of nowhere. They take shel­ter in an aban­doned way sta­tion, only to learn it isn’t as aban­doned as they thought. (9 p.m., CBC)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.