A true 'Friendship'

The Baltimore Sun

Parts of the story of Pip Moyers and Zastrow Simms, a saga about two who dared to defy racial segregation, have been told in The Baltimore Sun and other papers from time to time.

But you can see the full arc of this remarkable relationship tonight in the new documentary, Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship, on MPT.

From Annapolis in 1968, with the two men working to save the community after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., to 2005 as the 71-year-old Simms tries for a seat on the Annapolis city council, this is an inspirational story told with sensitivity, power and grace (10 p.m., MPT-Channels 22 and 67). *** 1/2

Your other best bets tonight are return trips to the royal family of Windsor on PBS and the royally over-the-top bunch of contestants at Top Chef on Bravo. Both started strong last week.

Tonight on Monarchy: the Royal Family at Work, the producers take viewers backstage at Balmoral, the queen's Scottish retreat (8 p.m. MPT-Channels 22 and 67). ** 1/2

Meanwhile, Baltimore chef Jill Snyder continues her effort to be Top Chef (10 p.m., Bravo).

LATE-NIGHT GUESTS Anchorwoman Katie Couric visits Late Show with David Letterman. Comedian Bill Maher appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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