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It’s hard to believe that we have to wait another SIX MONTHS for new episodes of Downton Abbey. How can we survive more than 180 days without the wit of The Dowager Countess of Grantham? Or the drama of Lady Mary’s life? Or the ever changing life of Lady Edith?


But try not to fret! For those of us in Southwest Ohio, ThinkTV14 has an answer – or least something to tide you over. We’ll be starting encores of Downton Abbey each Friday night at 8pm on ThinkTV14.


The first encore – the very first episode of the first season – will be at 8pm Friday, July 11. ThinkTV14 can be found on basic channel 14, digital channel 14.1, Time Warner Cable channel, 1014 in Dayton and Time Warner Cable channel 982 in Cincinnati.


And here’s a trailer for season 5: 

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A new three-part program, Time Scanners, will be premiering on CET and ThinkTV16 next week. In this program, teams use cutting-edge technology that can “read” buildings, ruins and landscapes from ancient worlds to reveal physical and forensic history, allowing viewers to reach out and touch the past.


Learn more about the series’ first three programs and watch a series preview below.


Time Scanner: Egyptian Pyramids

Tuesday, July 1, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET


The team travel to Egypt to scan the pyramids - the tombs of the mighty Pharaohs. They want to find out how the necropolis evolved from simple mud-brick structures to the most impressive buildings in the ancient world. They use their cutting-edge laser technology to scan Djoser’s Step Pyramid at Saqqara, Meidum’s collapsed pyramid, the mysterious Bent Pyramid at Dashur and the world famous Great Pyramid at Giza.


Time Scanners: St. Pauls Cathedral

Tuesday, July 8, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Structural engineer Steve Burrows leads his team of laser-scanning experts to Jordan in the Middle East, to scan the ancient desert city of Petra. Using cutting-edge 3D laser-scanning technology he wants to discover its construction secrets and shed new light on this architectural wonderland that was lost to the West for more than 1,000 years.


Time Scanners: Petra

Tuesday, July 15, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Structural engineer Steve Burrows takes his team of laser-scanning experts to St Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of London. They venture inside the majestic dome to explore its ground-breaking 3-part structure, they discover how the cathedral’s architect Sir Christopher Wren overcame unstable foundations and immense structural forces to support his dome and they investigate how the cathedral survived a direct hit by a German bomb during the London Blitz. The laser scans produce genuine revelations and give the team new insight into this iconic architectural masterpiece.


Series Preview:


06/26/2014 Programs 0 Comments

Before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse, fed up with police work and ready to nip his career in the bud by handing in his resignation. That is, until a murder turned up that only he could solve. Now Shaun Evans (The Take, The Virgin Queen) returns for a second season as the young Endeavour Morse, before his signature red Jaguar but with his deductive powers already running in high gear.


This new season includes four new episodes:



Sunday, June 29, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Four months after DC Endeavour Morse’s brush with death, he returns to duty with Oxford

City Police and is reunited with DI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam, Parade's End). Morse’s first case involves a John Doe who plummets to his death in what appears to be a routine suicide. When Morse discovers the man’s mysterious final message, he begins to consider seemingly unrelated cases, causing Thursday to worry that Morse’s wounds may have been more in mind than body.



Sunday, July 6, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

When an elderly man is murdered with a ceremonial dagger, Morse’s investigation leads him to an isolated and dreary school for girls. Endeavour digs into the school building’s disturbing history and learns of a series of murders that took place almost 100 years ago to the day. As the centenary approaches, Morse races to prevent the ghosts of the past from crashing into the present.



Sunday, July 13, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

A woman found choked to death with a black silk stocking marks the third strangling in a month, putting the Oxford City Police on edge. Morse and Thursday grapple with their own personal travails as they work to narrow down the list of possible suspects before the Oxford Strangler strikes again.



Sunday, July 20, at 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Morse investigates the cases of a missing boy, a dead journalist, and an absconder from an open prison, drawing him into a chain reaction of troubling events that could reveal horrors of the past. Morse and Thursday band together as their investigation deepens and leads them to confront corruption on the police force and misconduct extending to the upper echelons of Oxford society.


06/19/2014 Programs 0 Comments

If you’re a kid, summer is the best time of year, but if you’re a parent or grandparent, it can have its challenging moments. How do you keep your kids engaged when they don’t have school during the day? How do you help them avoid the summer slide? And how do you keep them from staring at a computer, tablet or TV screen for 3 months?


PBS Parents recently released a special “Summer Camp” webpage that’s full of free (or nearly free) activities, ways to include learning in summer fun, cool outdoor activities and so much more.  There’s even a summer bucket list for 2014 that includes activities like catching fireflies, making homemade popsicles (recipe included), going to the county fair and building a bug house.


Check it out and let us know some of your favorite summer activities in the comments! Here’s the link to the camp page:


We also especially love the bucket list:

06/13/2014 Education 0 Comments

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world – both in terms of population and geography. More than 192 million people call this land their home. Taking up over half of South America, Brazil is a mix of races, religions, sophistication, wildness, wealth, poverty and unexplored wilderness. The country is considered one of the rising global powers – less scary than China, less authoritarian than Russia and less chaotic than India with vast natural resources, a burgeoning industrial base and a strong currency that make it the envy of all.


Join Michael Palin on CET and ThinkTV16 as he visits Brazil and travels from the lost world of Amazonia to the buzzing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, to meet the people and visit the places that shape this nation.


This series has four parts, which will air on two consecutive days. Here’s the breakdown:


Brazil with Michael Palin: Out of Africa

Monday, June 9, at 9pm

The city of Sao Luis and the coastal lagoons of the Lencois Maranhenses national park are explored.


Brazil with Michael Palin: Into Amazonia

Monday, June 9, at 10pm

The magnificent Manaus Opera House, the Xingu River and the capital city of Brasilia are showcased.


Brazil with Michael Palin: The Road to Rio

Tuesday, June 10, at 9pm

The state of Minas Gerais and its giant mines as well as the city of Rio de Janeiro are highlighted.


Brazil with Michael Palin: The Deep South

Tuesday, June 10, at 10pm

The beautiful town of Parati, the city of Sao Paolo and the wetlands of the Pantanal are visited.


Here’s a preview of the series:

06/05/2014 Programs 0 Comments


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