INSIDE THE SECRET SERVICE
Sunday at 8 p.m. on National Geographic
A new profile of the agency assigned to guard the president offers an inside view of the protective bubble.
From the intricate dance of logistics that is the prelude to every presidential appearance, to the agents' rigorous training in Beltsville, to the war on counterfeiting, this program explores the details of the Secret Service mission.
Among those interviewed are former agents Clint Hill, who in 1963 famously leaped on the presidential vehicle in Dallas to push Jackie Kennedy out of sight; and Jerry Parr of the District, who talks about John Hinckley's 1981 attempt on Ronald Reagan's life.
Former presidents Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush discuss the balance of privacy and trust.
THE BROOKE ELLISON STORY
Monday at 8 p.m. on A&E
The late Christopher Reeve directed this two-hour movie based on the true story of an 11-year-old who becomes paralyzed from the neck down when she is struck by a car on her way home from school. Despite her disability, Brooke Ellison remains determined, graduates from Harvard and goes on to earn her PhD.
Lacey Chabert, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and John Slattery star.
Reeve, who was similarly paralyzed after an equestrian injury, had been developing this movie since he read about Ellison's graduation from high school and acceptance into Harvard.
But the former actor best known as Superman did not live to see the premiere of the film; he died on Oct. 10 of heart failure at age 52.
Monday at 8 p.m. on BBC America
In a new psychological thriller, John Hannah stars as Mack Stone, a troubled cop whose life is turned upside down when his wife, Lucia (Beatriz Batarda), disappears. The story, filmed in London and on the Isle of Wight, also stars Anthony Calf, Jemma Redgrave, Patrick Malahide and Brendan Coyle.
HOW THEY WON
Tuesday at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Pop-culture historian Maurice "Mo" Rocca, who has studied more than two centuries of elections, offers seven secrets for those aspiring to become president.
Among his suggestions: The candidate should pose as an ordinary person even if he or she comes from a privileged background; have an eccentric in the family; own a dog; and sport a full head of hair.
CNN's Jeff Greenfield, GOP pollster Frank Luntz, psychologist Joyce Brothers, folk singer Oscar Brand and historian Allan J. Lichtman help Rocca evaluate the current presidential contenders.
LONG WAY ROUND
Thursday at 10 p.m. on Bravo
This new one-hour program is reminiscent of the short-lived reality show "I'm a Celebrity. Get Me Out of Here!" but this time actors and friends Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are in for the long haul. The six-episode series chronicles their transcontinental journey by motorcycle. Left to their own devices and forgoing their more comfortable lifestyle, McGregor and Boorman travel more than 20,000 miles over four months.
Saturday at 9 p.m. on Oxygen
The network's second original 90-minute movie chronicles what happens to buddies Lauren (Joelle Carter) and Adam (Jayce Bartok) when their friendship turns into love.
Oxygen's series of romance-themed movies is based on Harlequin's "Blaze" novels. The first movie, "My Sexiest Mistake," aired in March.