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callthemidwifeBased on the memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, this quiet cousin to the other PBS British dramas (“Downton Abbey,” “Sherlock”), follows a group of London midwives. The series has its own special charms (and rabid fan base), but its heart and soul can be found in the character of Chummy (comedian Miranda Hart). For season three — set in 1959 — there are changes afoot, with a big move and new arrivals. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 30, on KCTS

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patinamillerThe 2013 Tony Award winner for best actress (in the recent Broadway revival of “Pippin”) takes center stage, telling the story of how she came from Pageland, S.C., to New York City, and — of course — singing a few Broadway tunes. Part of PBS’ “Live from Lincoln Center” series. 9 p.m. Friday, March 28, on KCTS

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This is nothing short of amazing. It’s based on Steven Jay Schneider’s book series, and took creator Jonathan Keogh a year to create.

Give yourself 10 minutes and watch. You’ll be glad you did.

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Portlandia%205_3_0_2270359328Ecoterrorists storm an animal testing facility on tonight’s episode, but don’t worry — this quirky comedy hasn’t gone all hard-core political. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (and guest star Olivia Wilde) have a way of making these characters uniquely human and likable. And that is what makes this clever comedy — now in its fourth season — endlessly watchable. Oh, and did you see that bird in the opening sequence of last week’s premiere episode? 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, on IFC.

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Front row, from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyong’o Jr. and, second row from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o and Angelina Jolie.

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