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Canadian FlagI am writing from British Columbia's beautiful Okanagan Valley. We are just north of Washington State and have our own wine and fruit country, plus boating and skiing etc. But you can rest assured that the splendid quality of DPTV will always draw us inside to watch the latest terrific series like Midwife and Selfridge's. We are avid DPTV fans and you are one of the finest examples of the good side of the Internet!! Thanks.

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Masterpiece Classic Sweepstakes LAST WEEK TO ENTER


Enter the 2013 MASTERPIECE Classic Sweepstakes daily thru April 30, 2013, for a chance to win a trip for two adults from the US to Britain. The trip includes VIP tours of Highclere Castle (the setting of “Downton Abbey”), Kensington Palace, Selfridges & Co and more! Travel to Britain must be from Sept. 21-26, 2013. Enter at

Michigan Theater: Not Just For Kids

The Michigan Theater Not Just For Kids series features original musicals based on beloved kids’ books. Don’t miss our season finale of Seussical on Sunday, April 28, at 1:30pm. For more information, visit

Antiques Roadshow is Coming to Detroit...Tickets are Dwindling!

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Antiques Roadshow is coming to the Cobo Center in Detroit on June 1st as part of the 2013 summer tour! Most of our ticket supply is gone now, and DPTV is now the only place to get your tickets to the taping by going to our store here >

For more information about the taping >

And don't forget to watch Antiques Roadshow Mondays at 8pm ET.

META Theaters


Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance (META), and Meadow Brook Theatre announce the inaugural META Theatre Conference on May 6, 2013, and unified auditions May 6 and 7, 2013 at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University.

For more information about the conference schedule, please visit or contact Lesley Braden at




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Detroit Public TV invites you to a special advanced online screening and discussion for "10 Buildings that Changed America"

10 Buildings that Changed AmericaInterested in Architecture?  Don’t miss a SPECIAL ONLINE  PREVIEW of 10 BUILDINGS THAT CHANGED AMERICA

May 1 from noon - 1pm, log in and watch a new one-hour documentary about buildings that changed the way we live, work and play, including the Highland Park Ford Plant in Highland Park, Michigan.  The program’s producers will be there for a live chat.  Join the discussion by registering now >

The program will broadcast on-air on DPTV (Channel 56) Thursday, May 16, at 9 p.m.


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Featured Programming

Under the Radar MichiganUnder The Radar Michigan Saturday, 4/27 from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., repeated Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.; also Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on 56.3 Create. Traverse City / Mt. Clemens - Trail riding on bikes in Traverse City and a place with weird stuff in Mt. Clemens are featured.   

Bletchley-Circle-small.jpgThe Bletchley Circle Sunday, 4/28 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean undertake the investigation themselves after Scotland Yard dismisses their theories about the case. To that end, they set a trap for their suspect, but things don't go as planned.      

The-Undocumented.jpgIndependent Lens Monday, 4/29 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. The Undocumented - Undocumented immigrants who died while crossing the border between Mexico and Arizona are the focus. Features the Pima County, Ariz. medical examiners who work to identify their remains.

Saturday Night Concert Series

Elvis LivesElvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert Saturday, 4/27 from 9:00 - 10:30 p.m ET. The show features some of  Elvis' finest performances from the big concert era of his career including  the historic 1973 global television special "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, via Satellite.

Love-for-Levon.jpgLove for Levon Saturday, 4/27 from 10:30 p.m. - Midnight ET. Dozens of luminaries from rock, soul, and country gathered at the Meadowlands’ Izod Center on October 3, 2012, in an incredible final tribute to Levon Helm, including Roger Waters, Mavis Staples, and My Morning Jacket

Arts & Culture

In-the-Footsteps-of-Marco-Polo.jpgIn the Footsteps of Marco Polo Sunday, 4/28 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET.  Adventurers Denis Belliveau and Francis O'Donnell re-create Marco Polo's journey from Italy to China, which includes crossing Afghanistan and the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts. 

Rodgers-and-Hammerstein's-Carousel.jpgLive from Lincoln Center Sunday, 4/28 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET. Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel" With the New York Philharmonic - A production of the Rodgers-Hammerstein musical "Carousel," about an ill-fated romance between a millworker and carousel barker.

Call-the-Midwife-small.jpgCall the Midwife Sunday, 4/28 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Episode 5 - The community prepares for the annual summer fête, which is slated to feature a baby show with a celebrity judge.  Check out our blog, Modern Day Midwives, the local midwives have been doing an amazing job telling powerful and poignant stories about modern obstetrics in relation to the show.

Mr.-Selfridge-Small.jpgMasterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge Sunday, 4/28 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. Episode 5 - Mr. Grove takes charge in Harry's absence, but faces a plethora of problems, including a suffragette march that's supposed to pass in front of the store. In other events, Agnes gets to know Henri, the window dresser.

Frontline-Never-Forget-to-Lie.jpgFrontline Tuesday, 4/30 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Never Forget to Lie - Filmmaker Marian Marzynski attends a Warsaw meeting of fellow Holocaust survivors, where he and others recall the horrors they endured as children. Writer Lilian Boraks-Nemetz recalls how she and her mother were saved by her father.

Environment, Energy, & Science

Nature-White-Stallion.jpgNature Wednesday, 5/1 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Legendary White Stallions - This story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions focuses on the bond that develops between the horses and their caregivers, beginning at the moment of their birth and culminating in the perfect harmony between horse and rider.

Nova-Australia-Strange-Creatures.jpgNova Wednesday, 5/1 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures - Conclusion. The evolution of creatures unique to Australia, such as the kangaroo and cassowary, is chronicled alongside the change in the continent's landscape.

Secrets-of-the-Dead-Bugging-Hitlers-Soldiers.jpgSecrets of the Dead Wednesday, 5/1 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. Bugging Hitler's Soldiers - The thoughts and opinions of German POWs during WWII are revealed in this installment, which relies on transcripts from an MI19 bugging operation that secretly recorded the conversations of 4000 German prisoners.

gln-connect-med.jpg Just in time for the summer season, Detroit Public Television and The Nature Conservancy are teaming up again to bring you another Great Lakes Now Town Hall Event, this time on Beaches. The broadcast will include topics on safety, health, water levels, and more. Watch the live webcast or broadcast on Channel 56.2, May 14, 2013, 9a.m. – 12noon on Detroit Public TV. 

Leadership & Public Affairs

MiWeekMiWeek Friday, 4/26 from 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. ET. Christy McDonald, Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson join to provide context and perspective on the top news stories affecting Metro Detroit, the State of Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Miss an episode? Watch it now >

American Black JournalAmerican Black Journal Sunday, 4/28 from 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET.  Currently hosted by Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit Free Press, the show features topics about arts and culture, and community issues such as politics, race, and religion.

Children & Education

Ariel-&-Zoey-&-Eli,-Too2.jpgAriel & Zoey & Eli Too Friday, 4/26 from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET.  Having sold over 3.5 million records, The Verve Pipe performs music for all ages.  AZ&E perform a song with the group and then gain advice from the members about the importance of practicing and becoming a strong musician.

Thomas & FriendsThomas & Friends Weekdays from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. ET. Adventures of a cartoon train named Thomas and his pals. Thomas the Tank Engine can be described as a cheeky, fussy, true blue engine who proudly wears the "#1" on his side as he makes tracks to great destinations on the Island of Sodor and beyond.

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