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Top Picks: BBC America's murder mystery 'Broadchurch,' CDs from world music label Putumayo, and more

The iPad app The Guardian of Imagination lets kids give a world its color, the Starz show 'The White Queen' tracks the players in the wars between the houses of York and Lancaster, and more top picks.

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BBC America’s Broadchurch, airing on iTV, is full-on “accent TV,” meaning not just easy-for-Americans-to-understand pronunciation but also working-class accents that make close listening a must if you want to catch the details in this murder mystery. Set in the seaside town of Dorset, England, after the death of a young boy, the show slowly works its way through the lives of the town’s population as the police stumble their way to answers. It debuts Aug. 7.

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She picked them

What do Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Bette Midler, John Travolta, James Dean, Robert Redford, and Christopher Walken have in common? They were all plucked out of obscurity by Marion Dougherty – a legend in the world of film casting. She put Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight together in “Midnight Cowboy,” and broke racial stereotypes with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the “Lethal Weapon” series. Casting By featuring Ms. Dougherty debuts on HBO Aug. 5. 

Queenly power

Now that costume dramas with meaty historical backdrops are all the rage these days on cable, Starz is launching the latest worthy competitor, The White Queen. The tale is based on a popular book series, and tracks three queens through the era framed by the bloody wars between the houses of York and Lancaster. Viewers beware: Scenes with nudity and lusty grappling romp through the series as the kings and queens make war at home and on the battlefields.


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