Weekly TV Picks
All times Eastern
SUNDAY, AUG. 25
The Chelsea Flower Show 2002
Home & Garden TV, 5 p.m.
This spectacular annual exhibition on the grounds of the Royal Hospital in London features nearly 50 floral gardens and two mammoth floral pavilions.
MONDAY, AUG. 26
Nickled and Dimed in America
A & E, 9 p.m.
Barbara Ehrenreich took a series of poverty-level jobs and then wrote a book about her experiences. This episode of “Investigative Reports” describes her impressions about the daily lives and financial difficulties of America's “working poor” labor force.
TUESDAY, AUG. 27
History Channel, 8 p.m.
America is dotted with mysterious centuries-old stone structures. This show describes one such site in New Hampshire. Some scholars think its monoliths, stone passageway, underground chamber, rock slab and “speaking tube” were the work of pre-Columbian Celts. Others believe American Indians or colonial settlers were the builders.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28
Against All Odds:
Rowing the Pacific
National Geographic Channel, 9 p.m.
Tired of waiting for a hip replacement in socialized-medicine England in June 2000, businessman Jim Shekdar decided to have an adventure instead. This installment of “On the Edge” shows what happened after he decided to row across the Pacific single-handed.
THURSDAY, AUG. 29
Swallowed by the Sands
National Geographic Channel, 1 p.m.
“Many brave hearts lie asleep in the deep,” as the lyric runs. In this 60-minute “Expedition Journal,” divers comb massive sandbars to find the shipwrecks underneath.
FRIDAY, AUG. 30
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
PBS, 5 p.m.
Kim Lawton reports from Shanksville, Pa., on what residents are saying about their spiritual lives one year after the hijacked United Flight 93 crashed nearby on the morning of 9-11-01. Program content is subject to last-minute change.
SATURDAY, AUG. 31
College Football Kickoff Classic
ABC, 8 p.m.
Yes, it's already time for another season of college gridiron heroics. Catholics will notice that the names of each team in tonight's contest from the Meadowlands in New Jersey are reminders of the Blessed Mother: Maryland and Notre Dame.
SATURDAY, AUG. 31
Facelift for the Facade
EWTN, 9 p.m.
This half-hour documentary follows the Knights of Columbus-funded restoration of the façade of St. Peter's Basilica that began in 1985. It took 70 artisans two years to finish reconditioning the giant statues, replacing the tiles and hand-cleaning the exterior.
Dan Engler writes from Santa Barbara, California.
- August 25-31, 2002