WHAT MAKES RABBIT RUN? A PROFILE OF JOHN UPDIKE
PBS (10-11 p.m. ET)
“My duty as a writer is to make the best record I can of life as I understand it.” So says 51-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner John Updike, a novelist admired for his insights on marriage, divorce, friendship and adultery among friends. Filmmaker David Cheshire follows the writer from a publicity tour for his novel Rabbit Is Rich to a visit with his mother on her farm in Shillington, Pa., where he grew up. In this perceptive documentary, the author emerges as a likable man, a self-professed “average” person who has produced some extraordinary writing.