BOSTON — Shows worth noting for APR. 24 - 30
Listings are not necessarily recommended by the Monitor. All times Eastern, check local listings.
Borneo Burning (Animal Planet, 9-10 p.m.): This BBC production is an emotional journey of rescuing orangutans after El Nio-driven forest fires ravage the paradise that's Borneo.
The Personals - Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years (HBO Signature, 8-8:45 p.m.): Winner of this year's Oscar for Documentary Short Subject, this is a young Japanese woman's affectionate look at a group of Jewish senior citizens as they stage a play about dating through the personal ads in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Titanic: Answers from the Abyss (Discovery, 8-10 p.m.): Part science, part speculation, and pretty fancy, this documentary examines various theories surrounding the sinking of the Titanic. The next hour will feature "Inside the Titanic" which takes the viewer inside the vessel to view its current condition. (TV-G)
Durango (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Based on the bestselling novel by Irish writer John Keane, this "Hallmark Hall of Fame" adventure stars Matt Keeslar as a young Irishman who in 1939 plans a daring 40-mile-long cattle drive to outfox a ruthless local merchant. Features beautiful shots of the Irish countryside and a first-rate supporting cast. (TV-G)
Home Movies (UPN, 8:30-9 p.m.): New animated series that's offbeat and funny focuses on a young boy and his divorced mother. In the opener, Brendan's mom deals with the ups and downs of dating. (See story above.)
Dean Koontz's Mr. Murder (ABC, 9-11 p.m.): A two-part thriller that centers on a genetic experiment involving the "perfect" soldier who poses a dangerous situation for a mystery writer (Stephen Baldwin stars in a dual role).
Great Composers (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): The six-part series concludes tonight with profiles of Tchaikovsky and Puccini.
The Living Edens: Borneo (PBS, 8-9 p.m): A feast for the eyes. Narrated by James Coburn, this exquisitely filmed series showcases the exotic wildlife of the misty island, including orangutans and airborne snakes.
AMC Swings! Featuring Cherry Poppin' Daddies (AMC, 10-11 p.m.): Swing is the thing! The special, taped at the Supper Club in New York, will feature professional swing dancers jumpin' and jivin' to Cherry Poppin' Daddies' hit songs.
Battlefield: Vietnam (PBS, check local listings): Significant military battles are chronicled in this six-week documentary airing in two-hour installments.
A Celebration: 100 Years of Great Women (ABC, 9:30-11 p.m.): Barbara Walters presents past and current interviews with Madonna, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, among others.