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TV Picks: 'Chasing Shackleton,' 'Spoils of Babylon,' sitcoms!
TV Picks: 'Chasing Shackleton,' 'Spoils of Babylon,' sitcoms!

"Chasing Shackleton" (PBS, Wednesdays). Complex in ways that were possibly not intended, this engrossing three-part documentary follows British adventurer Tim Jarvis as he seeks to re-create the perilous sea and land journey undertaken in 1916 by polar explorer Edward Shackleton to find help for his crew, marooned for two years in Antarctica. There is, of course, a significant difference between the two trips, the first being necessary and desperate and the second elective, if not particularly fun. Indeed, Jarvis' team of nautical types, daredevil engineers and extreme this-and-thats were dressed for the event in period costume, with all the lack of insulation that entails,...

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