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Everyone’s favorite Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot is back for one more season of solving! David Suchet (Henry VIII, The Way We Live Now) returns to this signature role for two new mysteries – “The Big Four” and “Dead Man’s Folly” – based on the novels by Agatha Christie.


Whether he’s on holiday abroad, taking a countryside break or simply going about his business near his central London home, Poirot finds himself exercising his “little gray cells” by helping police investigate crimes and murders, whether they ask for his help or not. Here’s a little more information about both of the new episodes…


The Big Four

July 27 at 9pm

CET and ThinkTV16

Adapted by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), “The Big Four” plunges Poirot into a world of global espionage, set against the backdrop of the impending WWII. The public is in a panic after the shocking death of a Russian chess grandmaster, and Poirot must navigate international figures and intrigue to identify the culprit, with the help of old friends Captain Hastings, Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon.


Dead Man’s Folly

August 3 at 9pm

CET and ThinkTV16

A wealthy financier and his wife stage a grand party at their new summer home. Poirot is a reluctant guest, urged to attend by his old friend Ariadne Oliver, who suspects the “murder hunt” game she is preparing may turn out to be a real murder.


07/17/2014 Programs 0 Comments

Witness the special connection between animals and humans in a new four-part series, My Wild Affair.  This new series premieres at 8pm Wednesday, July 16, on CET and ThinkTV16 with The Elephant Who Found a Mom.


In this new series, humans share their individual experiences with animals in what is a profoundly moving journey, paired with unique access to home movies, film and television archives spanning the 1950s to 1980s. These rare relationships cross the divide between species and give viewers a glimpse into the inner life of the creatures who share our world. Each animal anecdote provides an insightful lesson about the incredible nature of the species.


Here is the line-up of episodes:


July 16 at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16

The Elephant Who Found a Mom

Focusing on the intense bond between Aisha, a baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent, a crisis arrives when Daphne leaves Aisha with a babysitter for a few days to attend her daughter’s wedding. Aisha refuses to eat, leading to her death. Heartbroken, Daphne uses the lessons learned from Aisha’s short life to help her save more than 150 orphans over the next 40 years.


July 23 at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16

The Ape Who Went to College

Follow the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”


July 30 at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16

The Rhino Who Joined the Family

Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, Rupert, an orphaned black rhinoceros, was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife veterinarian Dr. John Condy. Rupert captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years later, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.


August 6 at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16

The Seal Who Came Home

Witness the true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to sacrifice his wildness.

07/10/2014 Programs 0 Comments

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: 

07/03/2014 Programs 0 Comments

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


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