A number of films and documentaries reflect the religious themes of the season. On the sports side, the NBA playoffs get underway, joining the NHL festivities. A&E offers a look at Britain's Royal Family. NBC salutes Bob Hope on the eve of his 100th birthday. CBS features Susan Sarandon in a fact-based movie about a woman's survival. PBS's American Masters offers a portrait of blues man Muddy Waters. And the American Experience looks at how a racehorse, Seabiscuit, captured the country's heart.
100 YEARS OF HOPE AND HUMOR
Sunday at 7 on NBC
To honor show business legend Bob Hope on his 100th birthday, NBC will pay tribute to his life as a patriot, humanitarian and as one of the most beloved entertainers of the 20th century.
Jane Pauley ("Dateline NBC") will host the two-hour star-studded centennial celebration.
The ten commandments
Sunday at 7 on ABC
The Biblical epic follows the story of Moses, portrayed by Charlton Heston, as he grows from abandoned infant on the Nile to the leader who received the commandments from God.
This was Cecil B. DeMille's final film and won the 1956 Academy Award for best special effects, including the famous "parting of the Red Sea" scene.
The all-star cast also includes Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson and Yvonne DeCarlo.
A WOMAN'S SURVIVAL
AT THE SOUTH POLE
Sunday at 9 on CBS
Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon ('Dead Man Walking') stars as Jerri Nielsen, the cancer-stricken physician stranded at a South Pole research station.
Under dangerous circumstances, and with the help of her co-workers, Nielsen successfully treated her own illness.
Emmy Award-nominee Roger Spottiswoode ('And the Band Played On') is the director. Aidan Devine and Cynthia Mace co-star.
Monday at 8 on WB
The show marks its 150th episode with the promise of wedded bliss. A storm threatens to postpone the "I do's" of Lucy and Kevin, prompting a mad dash by the wedding party to make it to the church on time. A roster of guest stars includes Jeremy London, Bo Derek, Phyllis Diller and Ed Begley Jr.
Monday at 9 on Fox
Looking for love in a reality-series world, a young, beautiful, single woman will court several eligible men who must rely strictly on their personalities to win her heart. Each candidate will be disguised throughout the dating process, keeping his looks hidden from the heroine, but not from viewers.
As the series progresses, the woman will narrow her choice to the lone man whose personality outshines the rest of the field.
Monica Lewinsky will host.
NOVA: Secret of photo 51
Tuesday at 8 on PBS
NOVA unravels the tale behind the breakthrough discovery of DNA.
While a pair of scientists won the Nobel Prize for unlocking the mysteries of the 'double helix', the uncredited work of molecular biologist Rosalind Franklin was a key to the discovery.
The show explores the role of Franklin's X-ray photographs in the DNA drama and includes interviews with some of her colleagues.
Into the arms of strangers:
stories of the Kindertransport
Wednesday at 9 on PBS
Winner of the 2000 Academy Award for feature documentary, this show chronicles an extraordinary rescue mission by Britain during World War II.
More than 10,000 Jewish children, or "kinder," from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia were taken into foster homes and hostels in Britain to escape the Nazis. They had hoped to be reunited with their parents, but most of their families perished in the Holocaust.
Judi Dench narrates. Producer Deborah Oppenheimer's mother was one of the rescued children.
Saturday at 8 on ABC
Tom Hanks picked up his second straight Oscar for his portrayal of the man-child Forrest Gump, who believed that "life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get."
His story, told in flashbacks, puts Forrest into prominent moments in history, and leads him down strange but always interesting paths.
Also starring Sally Field, Gary Sinise and Robin Wright, the movie won the Academy Award for best picture of 1994.