Feature

The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching

The best programs on TV this week

The Lazarus Effect
AIDS has killed more than 20 million people in Africa, but anti-retroviral medication is keeping many others alive, and can so improve a patient’s condition within just a few months that the recoveries have been likened to coming back from the dead. This documentary shows the remarkable “Lazarus effect” on four HIV-positive people in Lusaka, Zambia, including one woman who lost all three of her children to AIDS. Monday, May 24, at 9 p.m., HBO

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School
Before the Supreme Court banned public-school segregation in 1954, a respected state-run institution in Bordentown, N.J., educated generations of young African-Americans in academics, trade occupations, and social skills. This documentary traces the 70-year history of the Bordentown School, as well as the larger story of black education in America. Monday, May 24, at 10 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Independent Lens: A Village Called Versailles
Populated by Vietnamese refugees, the New Orleans neighborhood of Versailles was one of the first to recover after Hurricane Katrina—only to then be threatened by a government-mandated landfill of toxic Katrina debris. This documentary chronicles how the community came together in protest, forging a new identity and inspiring other neighborhoods to rebuild. Tuesday, May 25, at 10 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Saving Africa’s Witch Children
There are some 60 million Christians in Nigeria, where native superstition sometimes mixes dangerously with religious extremism. This disturbing film looks at tens of thousands of innocent children who have been branded “witches,” and subsequently subjected to abuse and abandonment. It also follows two men’s efforts to shelter and aid the children. Wednesday, May 26, at 8 p.m., HBO2

The Special Relationship
This third chapter in screenwriter Peter Morgan’s trilogy about former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (after The Deal and The Queen) explores Blair’s relationship with Bill Clinton in the late 1990s. Their bond was shaken by crises both personal (the Monica Lewinsky scandal) and political (the Kosovo conflict). Michael Sheen reprises his portrayal of Blair, while Dennis Quaid plays Clinton; Hope Davis and Helen McCrory are, respectively, Hillary Clinton and Blair’s wife, Cherie. Saturday, May 29, at 9 p.m., HBO

Other highlights

Delta Divers: Diver Down
Cameras follow divers 300 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico to repair an aging underwater oil well. Wednesday, May 26, at 9 p.m., National Geographic Channel

Toughest Military Jobs
A look at dangerous military tasks, including defusing bombs, defending against nerve gas, and handling munitions. Thursday, May 27, at 9 p.m., Military Channel

Jungle: Canopy
Zoologist Charlotte Uhlenbroek explores rain forests around the world. Sunday, May 30, at 6 p.m., BBC America

Recommended

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to activists in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus
Center for Civil Liberties
Democracy and Resistance

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to activists in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus

What OPEC's latest move means for Biden and Putin
A gas line.
Picture of Joel MathisJoel Mathis

What OPEC's latest move means for Biden and Putin

Thailand daycare massacre leaves 37 dead, including children
Police guards daycare
tragedy

Thailand daycare massacre leaves 37 dead, including children

Brittney Griner is 'very afraid' and at her 'weakest moment,' wife says
Brittney Griner
#FreeBrittney

Brittney Griner is 'very afraid' and at her 'weakest moment,' wife says

Most Popular

Survey reveals less than half of Americans plan to get flu shot this season
influenza vaccine syringe photo
Masks trump flu vax

Survey reveals less than half of Americans plan to get flu shot this season

Russian war bloggers warn Ukraine is threatening Kherson defensive lines
Ukraine inroads in Kherson
War on the Rocks

Russian war bloggers warn Ukraine is threatening Kherson defensive lines

Lizzo invited for an encore flute performance at James Madison's home
Lizzo
play it again sam?

Lizzo invited for an encore flute performance at James Madison's home