In memory of the legendary Sidney Poitier, OWN will present a day of special programming on Sunday, January 9 including re-airings of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” episodes from 2000 and 2007; “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Legends Who Paved the Way” from 2015; and the 1967 feature film “To Sir, With Love.” The episodes from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and the feature film “To Sir, With Love” will be available on the WatchOWN app beginning January 9.
Following Poitier’s passing, Winfrey shared the following in his honor:
For me, the greatest of the “Great Trees” has fallen: Sidney Poitier. My honor to have loved him as a mentor. Friend. Brother. Confidant. Wisdom teacher. The utmost, highest regard and praise for his most magnificent, gracious, eloquent life. I treasured him. I adored him. He had an enormous soul I will forever cherish. Blessings to Joanna and his world of beautiful daughters
Programming Schedule – Sunday, January 9 on OWN:
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Sidney Poitier Measure of a Man
Sunday, January 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET/PT and 8:00 p.m. ET/PT
Original Air Date: April 7, 2000
Oprah talks to Sidney Poitier, author of “The Measure Of A Man — A Spiritual Memoir,” about his life and career, including his role in one of Oprah’s all-time favorite films, “Lilies of the Field.” During the “Remembering Your Spirit” segment, Sidney Poitier talks about growing up in the Bahamas and how he now connects more deeply with his spirit by remembering that simpler time and honoring his parents, whose values he continues to uphold.
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Dinner of a Lifetime with Sidney Poitier
Sunday, January 9 at 2:00 p.m. ET/PT and 7:00 p.m. ET/PT
Original Air Date: March 28, 2007
Oprah hosts a special dinner for Sidney Poitier where they discuss his book, “The Measure of a Man.”
To Sir, With Love
Sunday, January 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT
Release Date: June 14, 1967
This 1967 feature film is about a novice teacher facing a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60s. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London’s tough East End. The graduating class, led by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title song), sets out to destroy Thackeray as they did his predecessor by breaking his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a work force where they must stand or fall on their own. When offered an engineering job, Thackeray must decide if he wants to stay.
Oprah Winfrey Presents: Legends Who Paved The Way
Sunday, January 9 at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT
Original Air Date: January 18, 2015
Oprah Winfrey hosts a gala of events celebrating the film “Selma” and honoring some of the legendary men and extraordinary women of the civil rights movement who made history.