TV Picks Feb. 10-16, 2008

All Times Eastern

MONDAY, various

Our Lady of Lourdes

EWTN Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first visit of Our Lady of Lourdes to 14-year-old St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 with Mary’s Mountain (3 a.m., 6:30 p.m.), a documentary about the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Md.; Meditations on Our Lady of Lourdes (3:30 a.m., 5:30 a.m.) with Father Benedict Groeschel; Bernadette (5 a.m.), a documentary bio of Our Lady’s chosen messenger; and Bernadette, Princess of Lourdes (4 p.m.), a CCC of America animated video for children that tells the story with careful devotion to the facts.

MONDAY, 9 p.m.

Cities of the Underworld: Hitler’s Last Secret

HISTORY CHANNEL Don Wildman hosts this look at Prague’s beneath-ground world, which includes medieval castles’ dungeons, quarries where Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler might have stored a powerful secret weapon and mines that the communists used as slave labor camps for prisoners of conscience. Re-airs 2 p.m. Saturday. Advisory: TV-PG.

MONDAY-TUESDAY, 8 p.m., live

Westminster Dog Show

USA NETWORK, CNBC See the opening and closing nights of the 132nd annual show of the Westminster Kennel Club in Madison Square Garden, New York. 2,627 dogs in all American Kennel Club-recognized 169 breeds and varieties will compete. USA airs 8-9 p.m. Monday and 8-11 p.m. Tuesday, and CNBC broadcasts 9-11 p.m. Monday.

TUESDAY, 8 p.m.

Nova: Astrospies

PBS This new special uses first-time interviews with American astronauts and ex-Soviet cosmonauts to uncover secrets about the military spying-in-space programs of the USA (Manned Orbiting Laboratory) and the USSR (Almaz space stations).

THURSDAY, 9 p.m.

We Have 15 Children

DISCOVERY HEALTH Sue and Ian Povey of Swindon, Wiltshire, England, have eight girls and seven boys in their six-bedroom home. Sue calls herself “a babyholic” who “loves newborns.” She says, “Having lots of children actually makes it easier to manage a family. There is always someone to play with, and everyone has got their jobs to do.” Reporters call the household well-organized but full of fun and even peacefulness.

SATURDAY, 5 p.m.

Tech Closeup

FAMILYLAND TV Technology reporters Marc Levenson and Cristina King cover the high-tech world by displaying the latest products and interviewing their creators, all the way from garage-based inventors to industry giants.

SATURDAY, 8 p.m.

It’s Me or the Dog: Event Special

ANIMAL PLANET Internationally known dog trainer Victoria Stilwell uses her four golden rules of dog ownership as she teaches a mass training class at an open-air dog festival. She uses positive, reward-based techniques and teaches owners to “Think dog.”

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.

Ancient Well, Eternal Water

In time for the first Sunday of Lent, a visit to Jacob’s Well, located in what is now the West Bank of the Palestinian Territories. This is the site at which Jesus began his long march toward Calvary by confirming to a Samaritan woman — and thus the world — that he was indeed the Messiah. By Stephen Bugno.