Downton Abbey might be finishing up its third season, but KQED will continue to be your destination on Sunday nights with the premiere of Mr. Selfridge, starring Jeremy Piven, and the return of Call the Midwife. Here are the highlights for March 2013 on KQED 9 and KQED Plus.
|Sunday, March 24, at 10:30pm on KQED 9
POV: GIRL MODEL Girl Model, which was an “Official Selection” of the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, strips away the façade of the modeling industry by following two people whose lives intersect because of it. Ashley is a deeply conflicted American model scout, and 13-year-old Nadya, plucked from a remote Siberian village and promised a lucrative career in Japan, is her latest discovery. As the young girl searches for glamour and an escape from poverty, she confronts the harsh realities of a culture that worships youth — and an industry that makes perpetual childhood a globally traded commodity.
|Sunday, March 31, at 9pm on KQED 9
MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: MR. SELFRIDGE In 1909 London, an American retail tycoon arrives to jettison fusty British tradition and open the biggest and finest department store the world has ever seen: Selfridges. Three-time Emmy winner Jeremy Piven (in his first television appearance since his iconic role as Hollywood agent Ari Gold in Entourage) stars as Harry Gordon Selfridge, the flamboyant entrepreneur and showman seeking to provide London’s shoppers with the ultimate merchandise and the ultimate thrill.
|Sunday, March 31, at 8pm on KQED 9
CALL THE MIDWIFE SEASON 2 Based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, England’s runaway hit returns for a second season with more births, babies and bicycling, plus blossoming romance from an unexpected quarter. Extended to eight episodes, the second season opens the doors of Nonnatus House to warmly welcome the audience back into 1950s East End London and continues to follow Poplar’s community of exceptional midwives and nursing nuns.