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TV: Five shows worth watching tonight: Jan. 18

A select viewing guide for Wednesday, Jan. 18

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REALITY Ice Pilots, NWT History, 8 p.m. ET/PT That's a wrap for the fly boys of Buffalo Airways. The third season of this popular reality series documenting the daily routine at the Yellowknife-based airline comes to a close tonight and still no word whether we can expect a fourth campaign. You might not want to get your hopes up, since most of the good storylines in this show have already been appropriated by the new CBC drama Arctic Air. In any event, the closer finds the rookie water-bomber pilot Scott receiving his first real taste of action when he responds to an emergency call to douse fires in Alberta. Elsewhere, airline owner Joe McBryan marks his 50th year of piloting old planes by, uh, piloting an old plane, while his sons Mikey and Rod are over the moon when they buy a million-dollar plane on eBay at a rock-bottom price. Or so they think.

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SCIENCE NOVA PBS, 9 p.m. ET/PT There are more uses to 3-D technology than kids' movies. Tonight's episode of this revered science series rewinds the clock to the latter stages of the Second World War when rumours abounded that Hitler's scientists had made huge advances in rocket and missile weaponry. Allied intelligence reacted by bringing together several brilliant minds from British universities and Hollywood film studios for a clandestine meeting in a country house outside London. Over several weeks, the team used 3-D stereoscopes to examine air photos of German territory taken by high-flying Spitfires and eventually spotted the signs that revealed hidden Nazi rocket bases. The subsequent bombing raids defused the German rocket program and ensured the Allied success at D-Day.

Mark Bassett

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MOVIE All Fall Down TCM, 12:15 a.m. ET; 9:15 p.m. PT Warren Beatty spent the first half of his career playing a bounder, thanks in large part to his convincing performance in this torrid 1962 drama. Directed by John Frankenheimer, the 1962 film casts Beatty as the handsome young dastard Berry-Berry (yep, that's his name), who moves from one female conquest to the next and has no compunction whatsoever about fleecing them in the process. Berry-Berry has no time for his alcoholic father (Karl Malden) or controlling mother (Angela Lansbury), but maintains contact with his younger brother Clinton (Brandon de Wilde). The brotherly bond is torn asunder when Berry-Berry attempts to seduce the lovely Echo (Eva Marie Saint), who has already captured Clinton's heart.

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