This February, join TVO as the network invites viewers into the world of inspiring new documentaries, hard-hitting dramas, and celebrate Black History Month with informative programming. February highlights include the world premiere of the Lone Twin, a documentary commissioned by TVO that explores the moving world of twins, and what happens after one passes away.
Other highlights include:
- North American premiere of Attenborough and the Giant Egg brings the world-famous naturalist back to Africa, and face-to-face with the egg of the biggest bird that ever lived.
- North American premieres of new documentaries and dramas, including Edwardian Farm, The Ball, One Kiss Could Kill Him, and The Jury Series II.
Lone Twin – World Broadcast Premiere
Wednesday February 15, 2012 at 9 pm ET
Produced by Storyline Entertainment and Wild Heart Productions in association with TVO.
Twins fascinate us. But what happens when one dies? Having lost her fraternal twin brother in a tragic accident at age 20, filmmaker Anna Van der Wee explores the impact of being a lone twin for most of her life. Taking audiences deep into the fascinating world of fraternal twins, Lone Twin reveals what twins can teach us about ourselves and our search for the perfect soul mate. Lone Twin is a moving journey into the nature of solitude, togetherness and the universal search for wholeness.
Edwardian Farm – North American Premiere
Mondays February 6 to April 23, 2012 at 7 pm ET
12 / 50 minutes
Produced by Lion Television for BBC
The creators of Victorian Farm return to uncover the lost world of the Edwardian “Working Countryside” in a scale and scope never before seen. For a full year, historian Ruth Goodman and her team bring Morwellham Farm back to life. Reflecting the traditional life and entrepreneurial spirit of the era, the team expands their horizons to explore a vibrant and diverse community where farming, market gardening, mining and fishing came together.
The Ball – North American Premiere
Sunday February 12, 2012 at 8 pm ET
Produced by Princess Pictures for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
The Ball follows four students with special needs as they prepare for their school’s debutante ball: first loves, fist fights and falls on the dance floor all combine with honest interviews and intimate moments captured in their homes, plus a grand finale on the dance floor. The film provides a heart-warming insight into the day-to-day lives of these unique young people as they start to be interested in the opposite sex, begin to crave more independence and want the satisfaction of earning a living, making a home, and starting a family.
Attenborough and the Giant Egg – North American Premiere
Wednesday February 22, 2012 at 7 pm ET
Produced by BBC Earth
In 1960 David Attenborough visited Madagascar and acquired one of his most treasured possessions: a giant egg belonging to the extinct “elephant bird” – the largest bird that ever lived. 50 years later, Attenborough returns to find out more about this amazing creature and to see how the island of Madagascar has changed. Could the elephant bird’s fate provide lessons that may help protect Madagascar’s remaining wildlife? Just how old is David’s egg?
One Kiss Could Kill Him – North American Premiere
Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 9 pm ET
Produced by One Life for BBC
Toby Ellis has Ipex Syndrome, an extremely rare auto-immune disease. His body lacks the cells required to help his immune system decide what’s harmful and what’s harmless, and attacks his own major organs. Toby’s mother has never been allowed to kiss him, as her everyday germs could kill him. Without a bone marrow transplant Toby will die. The film captures Toby’s transplant operation.
Secret Mediterranean with Trevor McDonald – North American Premiere
Fridays February 3 to 24, 2012 at 7 pm ET
4 / 60 minutes
Produced by Plum Pictures Limited
Spanning three continents and 21 countries, the Mediterranean has nurtured some of the most dazzling civilizations of antiquity. Today, amid the stunning landscapes, more cultures live side by side here than anywhere else on earth. In this series Sir Trevor McDonald explores the various countries that make up the Mediterranean, their individual cultures and traditions, and looks beyond the beaches and old towns of holiday brochures to discover the truly secret world.
National Geographic – Great Migrations – TVO Premiere
Saturdays February 4 to 25, 2012 at 7 pm ET
4 / 52 minutes
Produced by National Geographic Television
Filmed in more than 20 countries across a three-year period, by more than 30 of the world’s leading wildlife filmmakers using the very latest technology, this landmark four-part series is perhaps National Geographic Television’s most impressive program in its 45-year history. Our planet is in constant motion: death-defying dramas playing out every day across the land, sea and sky and millions of creatures moving because their lives depend on it.
My Street – North American Premiere
Wednesday February 22, 2012 at 9 pm ET
Produced by Wellpark Productions for Channel 4 Television Corporation
Filmmaker Sue Bourne has more than 300 people living in the 116 houses on her street and she barely knew a soul. Showcasing remarkable stories hidden from view, Bourne reveals millionaires living next to people on benefits and convicted drug smugglers alongside classical composers. The film ranges from flashes of joy to total darkness, and reflects the rich variety of life in a modern city.
The Jury Series II – North American Premiere
Sundays February 5 to March 11, 2012 at 10 pm ET
5 / 50 minutes
Produced by ITV Studios Global Entertainment
Written by BAFTA award-winning writer Peter Morgan, The Jury is a compelling, gripping and emotionally charged courtroom drama where everyday people find themselves at the centre of one of the most controversial criminal retrials of their time. Passionate defence barrister Emma Watts is determined to free a man convicted for the violent murders of three women he met on the Internet, while the jurors face the complexities of being caught up in the experiences of being key players in such a high-profile trial.
Black History Month Specials
This February, join TVO as we celebrate Black History Month in Ontario. On Friday February 3, at 10 pm, Allan Gregg in Conversation welcomes Georges Laraque, former NHL enforcer and author of a new memoir, as he talks about the racism he faced in the rink as a child and gives his insider’s take on fighting in hockey.
Documentaries include, The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu on Monday February 6 at 10 pm, in which filmmakers travel to discover Africa’s oldest literature and find out why its preservation matters. A Walk to Beautiful on Sunday February 19 at 8 pm tells the stories of five Ethiopian women who suffer from devastating childbirth injuries and make the spiritual journey to reclaim their lost dignity. And The Little Black School House on Sunday February 26 at 8 pm explores the little-known history and experience of the children, women and men who studied and taught at all-black, segregated schools in Canada in the 1960s.
TVOKids relaunches the Time Trackers series with the story of Harriet Tubman.