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What’s On TV? – Sunday (04/05/2020) – PBS Plans a World War II Double Feature With ‘World on Fire’ and ‘The Windermere Children’

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Although television can often serve as a distraction during tough times, this Sunday’s lineup seems eager to confront the darkness head on. With the World War II dramas from PBS, a serial killer documentary series on HBO, and an all-too-relevant “The Hunger Games” marathon, moments of levity are few and far between.


“The Windermere Children” (PBS) at 10:00 PM EDT

Based on the experiences of Holocaust survivors in the immediate aftermath of World War II, “The Windermere Children” focuses on a group of refugee children who are sent to the Lake District in England to physically and emotionally recover. Although far from a sunny topic, its optimistic tone and depiction of healing from trauma offer a brief spot of light in the wake of tragedy.


“World on Fire” (PBS) at 9:00 PM EDT

Another World War II drama making its way across the Atlantic after originally debuting on BBC, “World on Fire” features a large, international ensemble. It explores the lives of everyday people in Great Britain, Poland, France, Germany, and the United States as they each face their own unique challenges during the war. Utilizing a variety of perspectives, it hopes to present a more well-rounded view of the actual experiences of wartime life throughout Europe and America.

“Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children” (HBO) at 8:00 PM EDT

During the 1970s and 1980s, at least 30 African American children and teenagers were murdered in Atlanta. The story may sound familiar, as it was covered extensively on the second season of “Mindhunter.” But this five-part documentary series takes a closer look at the actual flurry of abductions and murders which remain unsolved to this day, although last year Atlanta announced it would be re-opening the case.


“The Hunger Games” Marathon (BBC America) at 8:00 PM EDT

“The Hunger Games” may feel like unnecessarily dark fare for these times, but at least it gives us all the opportunity to prepare for any impending dystopian future that might be lurking out there. Based on a best-selling book series, “The Hunger Games” tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl who volunteers for a brutal teen gladiator event in an effort to protect her younger sister. It’s brutal and at times unrelentingly bleak, but it also features moments that showcase the hope and vigor of an emotionally resonant resistance movement.


Still looking for something else to watch? Check out more of tonight’s lineup below!

  • “American Idol” (ABC) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “The Wall” (NBC) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “VICE” (Showtime) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “Spy Wars with Damian Lewis” (Smithsonian) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (NBC) at 9:00 PM EDT
  • “Homeland” (Showtime) at 9:00 PM EDT
  • “Family Karma” (Bravo) at 9:00 PM EDT
  • “Forbidden History” (Sci) at 9:00 PM EDT
  • “Westworld” (HBO) at 9:00 PM EDT
  • “Black Monday” (Showtime) at 10:00 PM EDT
  • “Sister Wives” (TLC) at 10:00 PM EDT
  • “The Rookie” (ABC) at 10:00 PM EDT
  • “Good Girls” (NBC) at 10:00 PM EDT

What are you watching tonight? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Audrey Fox

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