TV highlights May 18-23 


8 p.m. Friday, May 19
The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70)

n Though author Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” has pretty much been lambasted as a dubious, thrown-together potboiler, even baloney has its source material. In Brown’s case, it appears that one source he was particularly fond of was “Holy Blood, Holy Grail,” an obscure-at-the-time volume that claimed to give the facts behind the marriage of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene and the conspiracy to hide their still-flourishing family tree (which, according to both “The Da Vinci Code” and “HBHG,” is the true meaning of “Holy Grail,” as opposed to some dusty old cup). Here, the authors of HBHG cash in — I mean “reveal new information” — on their ongoing research into the bloodline conspiracy, including an interview with the Deep Throat-like source that led them to connect their quest for the true nature of the grail to a shadowy group of powerful zealots called the Priory of Sion.

2 p.m. Sunday, May 21
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)

n While classic, skit-based radio shows have mostly gone the way of the dodo bird since the arrival of the first television sets more than 60 years ago, there is at least one shining bastion of good air left in America: “A Prairie Home Companion.” A weekend staple for many regular radio listeners, the Minnesota-based show celebrates its 30th year on the air this year, rewarding listeners for their loyalty with this filmed version of its anniversary celebration. Hosted by — who else? — Garrison Keillor, the show includes News From Lake Wobegon, Guy Noir, Private Eye, and all the other regular items listeners have come to love over the years. Drag a lawn chair close to your TV set, fix some lemonade and enjoy. It’s sure to be a treat.

9 p.m. Tuesday, May 23
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
n While we all might cherish that bit of sparkle on our wrist, ring finger or neck, the road that brought it there — like many of the luxury goods Americans enjoy — is rarely pretty. That fact is brought into sharp focus by the award-winning documentary, “The Devil’s Miner.” It’s the story of 14-year-old Basilio Vargas, who works alongside his 12-year-old brother Bernardino in a Bolivian silver mine to help support his family. A horrendously dirty and dangerous job (the title of the doc comes from the fact that Basilio resorts to worshipping the devil to try and avoid being killed underground like many of his comrades), it’s just the kind of hellish existence that many illegal immigrants are fleeing when they hop our borders in search of a better life. A moving portrait of what people will do to survive, it’s a must-see for lovers of the documentary form.



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