The new Fall 2012 programming season is just around the corner! Here are the highlights of VisionTV’s not-to-be-missed series, movies and documentaries coming your way starting Monday, September 3.
THE WORLD’S FAITHS
A UNIVERSE OF THE UNEXPLAINED
FALL 2012 HIGHLIGHTS:
Exclusive North American Premiere of the British hit series Prisoners’ Wives
World Premiere Documentaries I, Prophesy: The Future Revealed and Apocalypse…When?
The best British comedies, soaps and dramas!
Celebrations of the world’s Faiths and Festivals including the Rosh Hashanah Week, Halloween, Thanksgiving and 4 weeks of Christmas!
Wednesday Nights at 9pm ET
Call it “The Jewel in Vision’s Crown”…On the heels of the success of Downton Abbey and the new Upstairs, Downstairs, VisionTV proudly presents award-winning British dramatic series Wednesdays starting September 5 at 9pm ET.
North American Premiere!
Wednesdays at 9pm ET/6pm PT starting September 5
Watch sneak previews here!
“A thrusting character-driven piece with a cast you can’t take your eyes off.” – The Guardian
Meet Gemma, Francesca, Harriet and Lou. Gemma had a perfect life until her husband was arrested on suspicion of murder; the glamorous Francesca is married to a career criminal; Harriet’s son is in jail for gun possession; and Lou’s boyfriend took the rap for her crimes. The four women’s lives become entwined as they all struggle to cope on the ‘outside’ while their men do time ‘inside’.
A BBC1 production originally broadcast in the UK in January 2012.
The Classic Series continues
NEW TIME: Wednesdays at 10pm ET/7pm PT starting Sept. 5
Long before Downton Abbey there was…Upstairs, Downstairs. The aristocratic Bellamys and their servants continue to reside at 165 Eaton Place on VisionTV in the legendary 8-time Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning 1970s series.
Weekdays at 8 & 8:30pm ET
Fancy some great telly? From posh to ponce, VisionTV’s prime time BritBlock presents the best timeless and contemporary comedies from across the pond.
Weeknights at 8pm ET/5pm PT
Tired of your favourite American soaps disappearing off the dial? Tune in to the UK’s #1 hit soap following the dramatic lives of the residents of Albert Square in London’s East End.
THE BENNY HILL SHOW
Mondays at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT
Michael Jackson was a fan. So was Walter Cronkite. Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess described the comedian as “one of the great artists of our age.” The cherubic Benny Hill continues to entertain with his trademark slapstick and outrageous antics.
THE OLD GUYS
Tuesdays at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT until Sept. 18
Stuck-in-the-1960s Tom and suburban pensioner Roy are flat-mates determined to go out in a blaze of glory as they vie for the attention of their sexy but oblivious neighbour Sally who keeps finding “another bloody boyfriend who isn’t us.” Starring Clive Swift (Keeping Up Appearances) and Roger Lloyd Pack.
ARE YOU BEING SERVED?
Wednesdays at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT
This classic comedy set in the ladies’ and gentlemen’s clothing departments of Grace Brothers takes the concept of double entendre to a whole new level. Isn’t that right Mrs. Slocombe?
Thursdays at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT
Pour yourself some champers, sweetie! “Sin is in” in one of the world’s most popular sitcoms based in the world of fashion and PR starring Jennifer Saunders as Edina Monsoon and Joanna Lumley as Patsy Stone.
THE LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE
Fridays at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT
Check in on the Yorkshire misadventures of delightful Zoomer delinquents Clegg, Truly and Alvin in the world’s longest running sitcom.
Tuesdays at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT starting Sept. 25
Bernard Black is the misanthropic, foul-tempered, eccentric and drink-fuelled proprietor of a grubby book shop. He hates customers and has little interest in books. Strongly reminiscent of Fawlty Towers, Black Books blends slapstick, rapid fire dialog, and surrealism for “a cake so stuffed with laughs, it could be your final meal”. (digiguide.tv)
World Premieres Mondays at 11 and 11:30pm ET
Start your week with a Monday mind workout!
In 2011/12, VisionTV premiered over 25 original, intelligent and provocative documentaries and series including Bruce Cockburn: Pacing the Cage, Corpus, Hidden World of the Harem and filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici‘s controversial The Jesus Discovery. 2012/13 will see premieres of documentaries on Leonardo DaVinci, Gandhi and address apocalyptic predictions, religious fundamentalism and anti-semitism.
I PROPHESY: THE FUTURE REVEALED
Weeknights at 11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT from November 19-23 and 26-30
Humans are obsessed with trying to predict events to come. This anthology series takes a critical look at the predictions of oracles and considers the possible tomorrows that await us. New episodes include: Rapture Ready, Mother Shipton’s Visions, Hildegard: Mystic of the Rhine, Edgar Cayce: Prophet of Doom, The Prophesy of the Popes, Nostradamus, Blood Moon, and The Red Heifer.
Weeknights at 11pm ET/8pm PT from November 19-23
Why do we keep anticipating The End of the World? This six-part documentary series explores the origins, implications and repercussions of Doomsday thinking.
GREAT FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Weekdays from 3pm – 8pm ET starting Sept. 3
TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL
Weekdays at 4pm ET/1pm PT
Rediscover the award-winning series starring Della Reese and Roma Downey that was one of North America’s highest rated shows. Under the guidance of Tess (Reese), Monica (Downey) is an earth-bound angel who relies more on her cleverness than miracles.
Weekdays at 5pm ET/2pm PT
First broadcast in September 1972, one of the most beloved families of all time returns to VisionTV after a summer hiatus.
SUE THOMAS F.B EYE
Weekdays at 6pm ET/3pm PT
Follow the edge-of-your-seat adventures of hard-headed, soft-hearted Sue Thomas at the FBI in Washington, DC. With her hearing-ear dog Levi and her talent for reading lips, Sue helps crack cases and bag the bad guys in places listening devices can’t penentrate. Based on a true story, the series is an inspiring tribute to the ability of the human spirit to overcome adversity.
MURDER, SHE WROTE
Weekdays at 7pm ET/4pm PT
Angela Lansbury stars as the sleuthing Jessica Fletcher is VisionTV’s most popular show. Watch for special guest stars in September including Janet Leigh, Rene Auberjonois, Billy Zane, Sonny Bono and Kristy McNichol.
Weekdays at 3pm & 11pm ET/Noon & 8pm PT
Based on the books by Lauren Brooke, this family drama follows sisters Amy and Lou Fleming and their grandfather Jack through the highs and lows of life on a horse ranch in Alberta.
FRIDAY NIGHT SING-A-LONGS
Interactive Friday Night Sing-a-longs feature two hours of uplifting music and remain one of VisionTV’s most popular viewing nights!
GAITHER GOSPEL HOUR
Fridays at 9pm ET/6pm PT
They wrote a song for Elvis and have won more Grammys than The Beatles. Bill and Gloria Gaither play to sell-out crowds wherever they travel. Sing-a-long to inspirational Southern Gospel with the Gaither Vocal Band and special guests.
GOD’S GREATEST HITS
Fridays at 10pm ET/7pm PT – continues until Sept. 21
Learn the history of, and sing-a-long with, some of the most divinely inspired music.
TIME TO SING
Fridays at 10pm ET/7pm PT – starts Sept. 28
Winnipeg-based host Rosalie Rattai gathers friends together to sing some good old-fashioned songs relive nostalgic and heartwarming memories.
LET’S SING AGAIN
Fridays at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT
She’s been a police officer, a Baptist missionary and a sociology teacher. Victoria-based host Louise Rose plays the piano and leads the joyous singing in this classic sing-a-long show.
THE WORLD’S FAITHS AND FESTIVALS
VisionTV will broadcast specials to celebrate and commemorate special times of the year including Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur, Senior’s Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Remembrance Day, and the ever-popular four weeks of Christmas.
Monday Sept. 10 at 10pm ET/7pm PT
Filmmaker Hilary Pryor examines the concept of forgiveness by interweaving rituals of Judaism’s Yom Kippur and the Christian Sacrament of Reconciliation.
ROSH HASHANAH: DAY OF JUDGEMENT
Monday Sept. 17 at 10pm ET/7pm PT
Canadian radio and television personality Ralph Benmurgui hosts this documentary investigating the symbolic meaning of the many customs and traditions associated with Rosh Hashanah, such as the blowing of the ram’s horn, or shofar.
Part One – Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Midnight ET/9pm PT
Part Two – Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Midnight ET/9pm PT
Adapted from William Styron‘s best-selling novel, the film, set in 1947, tells the tempestuous love story of Nathan (Kevin Kline) and Sopnie (Meryl Streep, Academy Award, Best Actress), a Polish Holocaust survivor with a haunting and unimaginable past.
LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME
Monday, Sept. 17 at Midnight ET/9pm PT
Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9pm ET/6pm PT
Shot on location in Montreal, Lies My Father Told Me captures the universal immigrant experience. The 1976 Golden Globe Winner for Best Foreign Film tells the tale of a seven-year-old boy caught between two opposing forces – the traditional Orthodox Jewish values of his grandfather and the material ambitions of his parents.
“Packs as much of a punch today as it did when it was first released.” – Montreal Gazette
UPCOMING SPECIAL DATES…
THANKSGIVING – Monday, October 8
HALLOWEEN – Wednesday, October 31
REMEMBRANCE DAY – Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12
4 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS – December 3 – 28
VisionTV will broadcast specials in tribute to Canada’s demographic on October 1st in celebration of National Seniors Day.
WONDERLAND: ALZHEIMER’S – THE MUSICAL
Monday Oct. 1 at 10pm ET/7pm PT
This UK documentary focuses on the work of Singing for the Brain, a voluntary service that holds singing sessions for dementia sufferers and their caregivers, revealing the astonishing ability of music to reach people long after their memories have disappeared.
GRUMPIER OLD MEN/ABOUT SCHMIDT/OH GOD!/OH GOD! BOOK II/OH GOD! YOU DEVIL!
October 1 – 5 at Midnight ET/9pm PT
A pair of Jacks, a Walter, and a lotta George make this week of midnight movies extra feisty!
LOVE LATER IN LIFE
Monday Oct. 1 at 2am ET/11pm PT
An original documentary hosted by veteran television journalist Jojo Chintoh that explores the courtship and present life of four sets of couple who unexpectedly found love after 45.
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9pm ET
Weekdays at 12 Midnight ET
Blockbusters and classic films continue on VisionTV’s Great Movies. Watch for the network premiere of 38 Columbo movies starring Peter Falk!