SUNDAY, Aug. 11, 7am

Heavy Metal: HMS Victory

HISTORY This episode uses memoirs and re-enactments to highlight the battles and the incredible firepower of the British warship that was the flagship of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Launched in 1765, the 850-man, 104-gun vessel was built with enough wood to cover the Empire State Building 1.5 times. Advisory: TV-PG.

VARIOUS, Aug. 12, 14, 15

EWTN Season Preview

EWTN At 5:30am Monday, 2:30pm Wednesday and 5:30pm Thursday, host Doug Keck previews EWTN’s slate of new shows for fall 2013.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, Aug. 12-16, 3am, 6:30pm

Catholic Way Bible Study: The Gospels

EWTN "Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ," warned St. Jerome in the fifth century. In this five-part series, filmed in the Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington, Ky., "Catholic Way Bible Study" leader Lavinia Spirito offers an overview and then explores each Gospel separately. (Starting time for the early showing Monday only is 3:30am.)

TUESDAY, Aug. 13, 7am

Civil War Journal: Battlefield Medicine

HISTORY During the Civil War (1861-1865), typhoid, dysentery and infection killed more soldiers, North and South, than did actual combat. Advisory: TV-PG.

TUESDAY, Aug. 13, 9pm

Fixing Juvie Justice

PBS This new documentary profiles child psychiatrist Lauren Abramson’s efforts to create a court-diversion alternative to Baltimore’s juvenile justice system by focusing on accountability, conflict resolution, healing and rehabilitation.


The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

EWTN At 8am, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word will celebrate Mass for the feast day. At noon, Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

FRIDAY, Aug. 16, 9pm

Great Performances: Tanglewood’s 75th Anniversary

PBS This edition of the Tanglewood Festival in western Massachusetts features the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood chorus and orchestra and soloists Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Serkin and James Taylor in a broad spectrum of musical classics.

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2:30pm

The Story of Knock

EWTN On the evening of Aug. 21, 1879, Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared by the church in Knock, County Mayo, Ireland. Along with them was an altar with a cross and a lamb, and angels were nearby. Today, the site is a much-loved Marian shrine.


EWTN Family Celebration 2013

EWTN Today’s lineup features a 9am Morning Session; a 10am address by Marcus Grodi; a 1pm Religious Liberty Roundtable with EWTN President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Warsaw, Becket Fund general counsel Kyle Duncan and others; and a 4pm Women of Grace Special with Johnnette Benkovic. The celebration concludes tomorrow, with a 10am Sunday Morning Session and addresses by Bob and Penny Lord (1:30pm) and Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa (4pm).

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.