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CBC NEWS NETWORK'S THE PASSIONATE EYE BRINGS CANADIANS FIVE GRIPPING NEW DOCUMENTARIES

The Queen's Mother-In-Law airs Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT 
REAGAN: The Myth & the Legacy airs Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Stolen Seas: Tales of Piracy airs Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
My Thai Bride airs Feb. 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God airs Feb. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT


CBC News Network's THE PASSIONATE EYE presents five all-new documentaries, beginning Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Discover the unlikely royal life of Prince Philip's mother, Princess Alice, in The Queen's Mother-In-Law; an investigation into the paradoxes of the iconic Ronald Reagan in REAGAN: The Myth & the Legacy; a caught-on-camera pirate attack revealing the chilling reality of the multi-million dollar Somali pirate phenomenon in Stolen Seas: Tales of Piracy; whether it's possible for westerners to find love in Thailand in My Thai Bride; and the abuse of power and cover-ups in the Catholic Church in Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. 

Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. ET and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 11 p.m. ET on CBC News Network
We all know about the late Queen Mum - but few have even heard of the Queen's mother-in-law. And yet, the life story of Prince Philip's mother almost defies belief. The Queen's Mother-In-Law reveals the extraordinary story of Princess Alice, the great granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Married into the Greek royal family only to flee into exile after the monarch was overthrown by revolution, Princess Alice suffered a nervous breakdown, fought her way back from mental illness, and became an unlikely hero of the Second World War. Featuring exclusive interviews and previously unseen archival footage, this film sheds new light on one of the royal family's most remarkable personalities. The Queen's Mother-In-Law was a huge ratings hit in the U.K., attracting four million viewers. Produced and directed by Rob Coldstream; A Blink Films Production for Channel 4.

Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network 
As the Republican Party looks to the past for re-invention, REAGAN: The Myth & the Legacy offers a fresh look at Ronald Reagan and the fascinating paradoxes surrounding the most celebrated and mythologized Republican President of the century.  Award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki follows the 40th president's rise from small-town lifeguard, to Hollywood actor and Screen Actors Guild president, to revered architect of the modern world. This in-depth study investigates how Reagan's homespun political vision fueled his career - one that still shapes American life and the Republican Party to this day. 

HBO Documentary Films presents a Charlotte Street Film, produced by Eugene Jarecki and Kathleen Fournier; written and directed by Eugene Jarecki.
 
Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CBC News Network
With a dramatic pirate attack and hijacking caught on camera, Stolen Seas: Tales of Piracy documents the heart-pounding story of 13 powerless men trapped on a ship, and the fascinating relationship that developed between the ship's CEO and the Somali negotiator. The film explores the pirates' motivations, and the truths and misconceptions about one of the world's most frightening multi-million dollar growth industries, piracy. The filmmakers travel to some of the world's most dangerous locales for unparalleled access to real pirates, their victims, and the negotiators on both sides who raced against time to negotiate their release. The director, Thymaya Payne, will be in Toronto and available for interviews, Feb. 6 to 8.

Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network
Winner, Best Mid-Length Documentary, Hot Docs 2012
Is it possible to find love in Thailand? Ted is a middle-aged British salesman. Back home, young attractive women are, in his words, "priced out of my market." But when he travels to Thailand, he's free to enjoy the company of the exotic and alluring women who work in the bars of Bangkok. When he meets Tip, a 'bar' worker, she's kind, helpful, attentive, and most importantly, in need of him. 

In northeast Thailand marriage to foreign men seeking love and sex has become an industry. When she meets Ted, Tip thinks she has finally found a foreigner who will take care of her. After a few months, she convinces Ted to marry her. He sells everything he owns, finances a pig farm and builds them a house in her village. But since Thai property laws restrict foreign ownership, everything is in Tip's name. For many Thai women, marriage to a foreigner provides a way out of debt and a lifetime of difficult work. Now that Tip has control of the finances, does she have any use for Ted? My Thai Bride was directed and produced by David Tucker. 

Sunday, Feb. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network 
Director Alex Gibney exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland's churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. 

By investigating the secret crimes of a charismatic priest who abused over 200 deaf children in a school under his control--the film shows the face of evil that lurks behind the smiles and denials of authority figures and institutions who believe that because they stand for good they can do no wrong.

The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the U.S.--long before the crisis in Boston, a struggle of more than three decades that ultimately led to a lawsuit against the Pontiff himself. These heroes, four deaf young men, set out to expose the priest who abused them and so many others by trying to make their voices "heard". Their investigation helped to uncover documents from the secret Vatican Archives that shows the Pope--who must operate within the mysterious rules of the Roman Curia--as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.

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