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December 2017 Program Highlights
All programs highlighted air on Channel 13.1 unless noted.

Friday

Pictured: Daniel Amen, MD on stage. Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, M.D.
Your brain’s history is NOT your destiny. Daniel Amen, MD, talks about how you can improve your memory and even rescue it if you think it’s headed for trouble. Learn how to supercharge your memory and remember what matters most to you, based on treating the 11 major risk factors that destroy your brain.
Friday, December 1 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Miranda Esmonde-White Forever Painless with Miranda Esmonde-White
Through compelling interviews from world-renowned health professionals attesting to the power of the body to rid itself of pain with the right approach to pain relief and management, Miranda Esmonde-White presents an accessible and widely available solution to the current pain epidemic, inspiring audiences to take their health into their own hands.
Friday, December 1 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: JENNA COLEMAN as Victoria and TOM HUGHES as Albert. Victoria Returns
Enjoy a recap of Season 1 of Victoria on Masterpiece, and get a sneak peaks at Season 2. The dazzling series that gives Queen Victoria a whole new image returns for a second season January 14, with Jenna Coleman as the feisty rookie monarch asserting her rule over the most powerful nation on the planet, and Tom Hughes as her smoldering consort Prince Albert.
Friday, December 1 at 8:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/3 at 6:30 pm and 11 pm, and 12/7 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: Image from Eight Days a Week film poster. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Explore the history of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco in 1966. The film, by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, reveals how the foursome united to become the global phenomenon that was “The Beatles.”
Friday, December 1 at 9 pm ET

Saturday

Pictured: Media Meet program logo Media Meet
“Chronic Wasting Disease Update”

A program focusing on continuing efforts to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer. Topics include the science of CWD, recent changes in the law governing cross border issues, a new study on deer migration patterns, and a new emphasis on monitoring deer during hunting season. Our guests represent the Michigan DNR: Michigan Natural Resources Commissioner J.R. Richardson, Upper Peninsula Wildlife Supervisor Terry Minzey, District 1 Law Supervisor Lt. Pete Wright, and Deputy Public Information Officer John Pepin. (Repeat from November)
Saturday, December 2 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/3 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: Daniel OĠDonnell Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell
Join O’Donnell and special guests for a winter wonderland of yuletide carols and seasonal favorites in this concert filmed in Dublin. Guests include Mary Duff, the Billie Barry Kids and the renowned Kilkenny Presentation Choir.
Saturday, December 2 at 7 pm ET
Repeats 12/3 at 4 pm ET

Pictured: High School Bowl series logo High School Bowl
“Pickford vs L’Anse; St. Ignace vs Iron Mountain”

Join host Jim Koski as he challenges the “best and brightest” from area high schools competing for scholarships and prestige in a battle of speed and knowledge. Cheer on your favorite team or test yourself against contestants from 40 Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin high schools in the 40th Anniversary season of High School Bowl.
Saturday, December 2 at 8 pm ET (special pledge version runs 90 minutes)
Repeats 12/4 at Noon ET

Pictured: Human Nature in concert at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas. Human Nature: Jukebox in Concert from the Venetian
Travel in a time machine of 50s and 60s hits with this vibrant and dynamic musical foursome. Joined by special guest Darlene Love, a seven-piece band and world-class dancers, the group celebrates a mix of pop, doo-wop, bandstand and soul standards.
Saturday, December 2 at 9:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/6 at 1 pm ET

Pictured:  Natalia Lafourcade Austin City Limits
“Natalia Lafourcade/Grupo Fantasma”

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of American music. This week, enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma. Mexican superstar Lafourcade performs songs from her Grammy-winning album Hasta la Ruiz and powerhouse Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma dazzle with irresistible grooves.
Saturday, December 2 at 11 pm ET

Sunday

Pictured: Daniel OĠDonnell Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell
Join O’Donnell and special guests for a winter wonderland of yuletide carols and seasonal favorites in this concert filmed in Dublin. Guests include Mary Duff, the Billie Barry Kids and the renowned Kilkenny Presentation Choir.
Sunday, December 3 at 4 pm ET
Repeats 12/6 at Noon ET

Pictured: JENNA COLEMAN as Victoria and TOM HUGHES as Albert. Victoria Returns
Enjoy a recap of Season 1 of Victoria on Masterpiece, and get a sneak peaks at Season 2. The dazzling series that gives Queen Victoria a whole new image returns for a second season January 14, with Jenna Coleman as the feisty rookie monarch asserting her rule over the most powerful nation on the planet, and Tom Hughes as her smoldering consort Prince Albert.
Sunday, December 3 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats tonight at 11 pm and 12/7 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars
Join Anne Shirley as she turns 13 and faces complex situations with friends, adults and Gilbert. Her free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to be sensible, a journey fraught with confusion and unfortunate—albeit amusing—mishaps. New sequel to the 2016 special featuring Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley and Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert.
Sunday, December 3 at 7 pm ET
Repeats 12/4 at 1:30 pm ET

Pictured: Host Peter Marshall The Big Band Years
My Music presents its first “Big Band” music retrospective featuring the biggest songs that got us through World War II and kick-started the baby boom with brassy legends that will take you on a sentimental journey. This warm and nostalgic program compiles the original hit makers and legends who define the GI generations’ memories. Peter Marshall (of the legendary Hollywood Squares) hosts this event which, for the first time, mixes vintage live, rare, and unreleased footage from the Big Band days.
Sunday, December 3 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/5 at 1 pm ET

Monday

Pictured: Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars
Join Anne Shirley as she turns 13 and faces complex situations with friends, adults and Gilbert. Her free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to be sensible, a journey fraught with confusion and unfortunate—albeit amusing—mishaps. New sequel to the 2016 special featuring Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley and Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert.
Monday, December 4 at 1:30 pm ET

Pictured: Program title graphic with portrait of Leaonard Nimoy. Remembering Leonard Nimoy
This intimate journey into the personal life of actor and director Leonard Nimoy, reveals how he helped raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the lung disease that took his life. Features stories from his childhood growing up in Boston in the 1930s and 1940s, an overview of his early career in Hollywood, and a snapshot of his big break-out role as Spock in the Star Trek franchise.
Monday, December 4 at 10 pm ET

Tuesday

Pictured: Host Peter Marshall The Big Band Years
My Music presents its first “Big Band” music retrospective featuring the biggest songs that got us through World War II and kick-started the baby boom with brassy legends that will take you on a sentimental journey. This warm and nostalgic program compiles the original hit makers and legends who define the GI generations’ memories. Peter Marshall (of the legendary Hollywood Squares) hosts this event which, for the first time, mixes vintage live, rare, and unreleased footage from the Big Band days.
Tuesday, December 5 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Artist and teacher Buck Paulson Painting with Paulson
Artist and teacher Buck Paulson teaches his special painting techniques of Pochade painting. Join Buck in his studio and discover his new expressive form of painting, Mystic Realism. This week, Buck begins a painting entitled "Rolling Home Part I."
Tuesdays at 3 pm ET, begins December 5

Pictured: Peter Greenberg The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg
“Training Passengers Like Crew Members”

CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg shares cutting-edge travel news, must-have information, and insider secrets on navigating the travel process. Each episode provides need-to-know tips to improve the travel experience: how — and when — to book a hotel room, avoiding nickel-and-diming fees, and how to speed through airport security. The 8-part series also features signature “Hidden Gems” destination segments, where Greenberg highlights his personal picks and favorite experiences off the tourist map. Reports on volunteer vacation opportunities show how you can help local communities around the world. In addition, Greenberg showcases “Hotels with a Past,” featuring places to stay around the world that have a unique history connected to them. This week, learn how to prepare for an emergency just like a flight crew member.
Tuesdays at 5:30 pm ET, also airs at 9 pm ET on TV13 PLUS 13.3, begins December 5

Pictured: Professor Gates, Executive Producer, Writer, Presenter Finding Your Roots
“Family Reunions”

Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as he delves into the genealogy of 27 new guests. Each story illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that makes up the fabric of America. This week, uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations.
Tuesday, December 5 at 8 pm ET

Pictured: Jacob DeShazer and Mitsuo Fuchida NHK Special: Road to Redemption
This documentary sheds light on two former World War II soldiers, Mitsuo Fuchida and Jacob DeShazer, who overcame hatred and embraced peace. Seventy years ago, the two men stood on opposite sides of the front line in World War II. Mitsuo Fuchida, the chief commander of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, led the aerial attack wave that sank four U.S. war ships. Jacob DeShazer, a U.S. Army Air Force corporal, dropped nearly 300 incendiary bombs on Nagoya in central Japan, in a revenge raid. Five years after the war ended, fate brought the two together. Both became devout Christians and embarked on missions in each other's homeland, where they worked to spread a message of forgiveness.
Tuesday, December 5 at 9 pm ET

Pictured: Man riding horse with American flag. Frontline
“American Patriot”

See how one family’s fight against the government invigorated armed militias and “Patriot” groups. Go inside the Bundy family’s standoffs over land in the West, and the groups aligned with them that have grown to levels not seen in decades.
Tuesday, December 5 at 10 pm ET

Wednesday

Pictured: Daniel OĠDonnell Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell
Join O’Donnell and special guests for a winter wonderland of yuletide carols and seasonal favorites in this concert filmed in Dublin. Guests include Mary Duff, the Billie Barry Kids and the renowned Kilkenny Presentation Choir.
Wednesday, December 6 at Noon ET

Pictured: Human Nature in concert at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas. Human Nature: Jukebox in Concert from the Venetian
Travel in a time machine of 50s and 60s hits with this vibrant and dynamic musical foursome. Joined by special guest Darlene Love, a seven-piece band and world-class dancers, the group celebrates a mix of pop, doo-wop, bandstand and soul standards.
Wednesday, December 6 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: A male greater sage-grouse in the midst of his strut display. Pinedale region, WY. Nature
“The Sagebrush Sea”

One of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent consists of a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West. This spartan yet spectacular landscape supports more than 170 species of hardscrabble birds and mammals. Among those that have adapted to survive here are birds found nowhere else: greater sage-grouse that lead remarkable lives mostly hidden in the sage. But once each year, males emerge for days on end to strut and display as prospective mates for discriminating females, which mate with only one or two of them. Females must then raise their chicks on their own, with little food, water or shelter to sustain them, while plenty of predators wait for their smallest mistake. Today, they must also contend with wells and pipelines tapping the resources buried deep below. The sagebrush and the grouse carry on, but they’re losing ground.
Wednesday, December 6 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/13 at Noon ET

Pictured: Carnegie Mellon's rescue robot CHIMP in a car. NOVA
“Rise of the Robots”

Machines with human-like capabilities have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until now. Meet the world’s most advanced humanoid robots as they leave the lab, battle real-world challenges and endeavor to become part of our everyday lives.
Wednesday, December 6 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/7 at Noon ET

Pictured: Stephen Hawking and his assistant Judith Croasdell in his office at DAMTP, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge Hawking
This is the intimate and revealing story of Stephen Hawking’s life. Told for the first time in Hawking’s own words and with unique access to his home and public life, this is a personal journey through Hawking’s world. The audience joins him at home, under the care of his nursing team; in San Jose as he “wows” a packed theatre audience; in Silicon Valley as he meets a team of technicians who hope to speed up his communication system; and as he throws a party for family and friends. HAWKING also carefully tells Hawking’s life journey, from boyhood under-achiever to PhD genius, and from a healthy cox on the Oxford rowing team to diagnosis of motor neuron disease, given just two years to live — yet surviving several close brushes with death. The film also highlights his greatest scientific discoveries and plots his rise to fame and superstardom.
Wednesday, December 6 at 10 pm ET

Thursday

Pictured: Alan Jackson Alan Jackson Precious Memories
Recorded to honor his mother’s request that he release an album of gospel classics, Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories CD quickly made its way to the top of the sales charts and into the hearts of fans, selling over 1.8 million copies. The concert that followed was taped at the historic Ryman, in Nashville, TN, and features signature renditions of traditional hymns and gospel favorites. Selections include: “When We All Get to Heaven,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Thursday, December 7 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: JENNA COLEMAN as Victoria and TOM HUGHES as Albert. Victoria Returns
Enjoy a recap of Season 1 of Victoria on Masterpiece, and get a sneak peaks at Season 2. The dazzling series that gives Queen Victoria a whole new image returns for a second season January 14, with Jenna Coleman as the feisty rookie monarch asserting her rule over the most powerful nation on the planet, and Tom Hughes as her smoldering consort Prince Albert.
Thursday, December 7 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: Ask the DNR program logo Ask the DNR
“Snowmobiling, Post-Deer Season, Ice Fishing”

Personnel from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers on this live broadcast. Guests: Cody Norton, Wildlife Biologist, Shingleton; Darren Kramer, Fisheries Biologist, Escanaba; Grant Emery, Dist. 1–Area 1 Law Supervisor, Baraga; and Ron Yesney, Upper Peninsula Trails Coordinator, Marquette. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, December 7 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/8 at Noon ET

Pictured: The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. Journey Home to the USS Arizona
Follow the family of Raymond Haerry Sr. as they travel 5,000 miles from New Jersey to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, to place his ashes aboard the sunken battleship. Following the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, 19-year-old Ray was blown into the water and swam through oil and fire to Ford Island, an islet in the center of Pearl Harbor, Oahu. There he found a rifle and opened fire on Japanese planes. Later, Ray helped to recover the bodies of his fallen shipmates. One of the few remaining crew members from the USS Arizona who survived the Japanese attack during World War II, Ray Haerry Sr. passed away at the age of 94 on September 27, 2016.
Thursday, December 7 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 12/8 at 2 pm ET

Friday

Pictured: The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. Journey Home to the USS Arizona
Follow the family of Raymond Haerry Sr. as they travel 5,000 miles from New Jersey to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, to place his ashes aboard the sunken battleship. Following the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, 19-year-old Ray was blown into the water and swam through oil and fire to Ford Island, an islet in the center of Pearl Harbor, Oahu. There he found a rifle and opened fire on Japanese planes. Later, Ray helped to recover the bodies of his fallen shipmates. One of the few remaining crew members from the USS Arizona who survived the Japanese attack during World War II, Ray Haerry Sr. passed away at the age of 94 on September 27, 2016.
Friday, December 8 at 2 pm ET

Pictured: Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood The Great British Baking Show
“Christmas Masterclass”

Join judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood for a masterclass that showcases festive favorites. In this new Season 5 Christmas special, Mary and Paul detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, and introduce some tasty treats for the holiday season.
Friday, December 8 at 9 pm ET

Pictured: Foo Fighters frontman David Grohl performing at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus from the Acropolis in Athens. Foo Fighters - Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special
Rock with the great American stadium rock band, having sold 25 million records and won of 11 Grammy Awards, captured in peak performance at the iconic ancient amphitheater at Athens’ Acropolis, hosted by Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer.
Friday, December 8 at 10 pm ET

Saturday

Pictured: Media Meet program logo Media Meet
“Unmet Needs”

Guests discuss the challenges of responding to the basic needs of community members unable to make ends meet. Guests: Marquette County Salvation Army Captain Doug Winters, U.P. St. Vincent de Paul Executive-Director Laurie Schmit, and Room at the Inn Executive Director Douglas Russell. (Repeat from December 2016)
Saturday, December 9 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/10 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: High School Bowl series logo High School Bowl
“Hancock vs Bark River-Harris; Manistique vs Ishpeming”

Join host Jim Koski as he challenges the “best and brightest” from area high schools competing for scholarships and prestige in a battle of speed and knowledge. Cheer on your favorite team or test yourself against contestants from 40 Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin high schools in the 40th Anniversary season of High School Bowl.
Saturday, December 9 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/11 at Noon ET

Pictured: Margo Price Austin City Limits
“Margo Price/Hayes Carll”

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of American music. This week, welcome up-and-coming country singers Margo Price and Hayes Carll to ACL. Price supports her debut album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, while Carll sings songs from his album Lovers and Leavers.
Saturday, December 9 at 11 pm ET

Sunday

Pictured: Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones Great Performances
“Driving Miss Daisy”

Enjoy performances by Angela Lansbury as a well-to-do Jewish matron and James Earl Jones as her African-American chauffeur, a twosome whose unlikely friendship evolves during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights era.
Sunday, December 10 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/11 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Lydia Wilson as Emily Fox Seaton The Making of a Lady
Based on the novel by celebrated writer Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden), this is the story of the educated but penniless Emily (Lydia Wilson). During her duties as a lady’s companion for Lady Maria (Joanna Lumley), she meets her employer’s wealthy widower nephew, Lord James Walderhurst (Linus Roache). Accepting his practical if unromantic marriage proposal, Emily finds solace in the company of Walderhurst’s nephew Alec Osborn (James D’Arcy) and his glamorous wife, Hester (Hasina Haque), after Lord James leaves to rejoin his regiment. Emily, alone with the Osborns, increasingly comes under their control. She begins to fear for her life.
Sunday, December 10 at 9:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/13 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Moose in pond. Yellowstone in Four Seasons
Yellowstone National Park has 4 seasons that can change at any time. Summer is for eating, Fall is for mating, Winter is for surviving and Spring is for re-birth. Mother Nature has worked millions of years to sculpt this grand treasure, and her finest work is on display for us all to appreciate and enjoy. Yellowstone's splendor lies in its solitude, its grandness, its complexity and its simplicity. And for thousands of years this real life drama has performed the same 4 act play over and over again.
Sunday, December 10 at 11 pm ET
Repeats 12/11 at 2:30 pm ET

Monday

Pictured: Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones Great Performances
“Driving Miss Daisy”

Enjoy performances by Angela Lansbury as a well-to-do Jewish matron and James Earl Jones as her African-American chauffeur, a twosome whose unlikely friendship evolves during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights era.
Monday, December 11 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Moose in pond. Yellowstone in Four Seasons
Yellowstone National Park has 4 seasons that can change at any time. Summer is for eating, Fall is for mating, Winter is for surviving and Spring is for re-birth. Mother Nature has worked millions of years to sculpt this grand treasure, and her finest work is on display for us all to appreciate and enjoy. Yellowstone's splendor lies in its solitude, its grandness, its complexity and its simplicity. And for thousands of years this real life drama has performed the same 4 act play over and over again.
Monday, December 11 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: DW logo. DW News
An English-language version of the news as reported by Deutsche Welle, the leading German news broadcaster. Includes German, European, and international news as well as culture and sports and provides public television viewers the unique opportunity to see our world from another perspective. (Replaces Public Eye News and Priscilla's Yoga Stretches during NMU's winter break.)
Monday, December 11 at 4 pm ET

Pictured: Mark Twain Mark Twain’s Journey to Jerusalem: Dreamland
Retraces Mark Twain's footsteps as a cub reporter on a bold adventure sailing around the Mediterranean and throughout Europe in 1867, with Jerusalem and the Holy Land as his ultimate destination. The 31-year-old reporter convinced a San Francisco newspaper to pay for his excursion aboard the Quaker City (the world's very first cruise ship at that time), in exchange for writing about his travels in regular dispatches. Narrated by Martin Sheen, the documentary reveals Twain's deep rooted and complex relationship with religion.
Monday, December 11 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 12/12 at 2 pm ET

Tuesday

Pictured: Mark Twain Mark Twain’s Journey to Jerusalem: Dreamland
Retraces Mark Twain's footsteps as a cub reporter on a bold adventure sailing around the Mediterranean and throughout Europe in 1867, with Jerusalem and the Holy Land as his ultimate destination. The 31-year-old reporter convinced a San Francisco newspaper to pay for his excursion aboard the Quaker City (the world's very first cruise ship at that time), in exchange for writing about his travels in regular dispatches. Narrated by Martin Sheen, the documentary reveals Twain's deep rooted and complex relationship with religion.
Tuesday, December 12 at 2 pm ET

Pictured: Program title graphic with Professor Gates and featured guests. Finding Your Roots
“Southern Roots”

Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to uncover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 guests in Season 4. Each story illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that makes up the fabric of America. This week: Three guests of disparate Southern backgrounds, DJ and producer Questlove, talk show host Dr. Phil and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, find astonishing tales of bondage in their family histories.
Tuesday, December 12 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/14 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Program title graphic with Professor Gates and featured guests. Finding Your Roots
“The Vanguard”

Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to uncover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 guests in Season 4. Each story illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that makes up the fabric of America. This week: Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and author and activist Janet Mock see their basic assumptions about their families challenged, placing their ancestors — of all colors — into the greater context of black history.
Tuesday, December 12 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/14 at 2 pm ET

Pictured: Program title graphic with Vladimir Putin Frontline
“Putin's Revenge, Part 1”

Amid claims he hacked the 2016 election, this 2-part Frontline special tells the inside story of Vladimir Putin’s conflict with the U.S. An investigation of Putin’s mounting grievances with the U.S. and his efforts to exact revenge leading up to the presidential election.
Tuesday, December 12 at 10 pm ET

Wednesday

Pictured: Lydia Wilson as Emily Fox Seaton The Making of a Lady
Based on the novel by celebrated writer Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden), this is the story of the educated but penniless Emily (Lydia Wilson). During her duties as a lady’s companion for Lady Maria (Joanna Lumley), she meets her employer’s wealthy widower nephew, Lord James Walderhurst (Linus Roache). Accepting his practical if unromantic marriage proposal, Emily finds solace in the company of Walderhurst’s nephew Alec Osborn (James D’Arcy) and his glamorous wife, Hester (Hasina Haque), after Lord James leaves to rejoin his regiment. Emily, alone with the Osborns, increasingly comes under their control. She begins to fear for her life.
Wednesday, December 13 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Woman reading to baby. Fostering an Unconditional Love
Every year hundreds of thousands of children enter the foster care system. In 2014 over 100,000 youth were waiting for adoption while 50,600 were actually adopted. Worst of all, 22,392 children were emancipated, meaning they exited the foster care system without a permanent, legal family. This documentary aims to educate the public on the plight of these children, to share the efforts of the people who work to help them, and to build an awareness of what can be done to address this serious national issue.
Wednesday, December 13 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: Silhouette of an elephant bull (Loxondonta Africana) at sunset with a stormy cloud in the background in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Nature
“Soul of the Elephant”

Delve into the hearts, minds and even souls of elephants through the eyes of award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, whose uniquely personal experiences with these iconic creatures of Africa provide a window into their remarkable lives
Wednesday, December 13 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/20 at Noon ET

Pictured: Archaeologists excavate a German WWI underground tunnel at Messines in Belgium. NOVA
“Secret Tunnel Warfare”

During WWI, the Allies devised a devastating plan, planting 600 tons of explosives in secret tunnels driven under German trenches. Join NOVA to uncover traces of the operation and learn why it failed to break the lethal deadlock of trench warfare.
Wednesday, December 13 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/14 at Noon ET

Pictured: Hummingbird wings beat at up to 80 times a second, giving them the ultimate control in the air. SuperNature - Wild Flyers
“Defying Gravity”

Explore the wonder and science of one of nature’s greatest innovations — the power of flight. Cutting-edge camera technology and computer-generated graphics help explain airborne animals’ remarkable powers and how they work. Part 1 of 3 explores the basic principles of flight to see how animals become airborne in the first place. From leapers to gliders and those that effortlessly fly for hours, each creature has special techniques. But all must overcome a powerful force — gravity.
Wednesday, December 13 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 12/15 at 2 pm ET

Thursday

Pictured: Ask the Doctors program logo Ask the Doctors
“Geriatrics/Palliative Medicine/Hospice”

Area physicians visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers during this live broadcast. Host Dr. Jennifer Dehlin welcomes guests: To be announced. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, December 14 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/15 at Noon ET

Pictured: Program title graphic Real Rail Adventures: Swiss Winter Magic
Hosted by veteran traveler and avid train buff Jeff Wilson, this special showcases the construction marvels and visual splendors of the Swiss rail system, world-class mainlines, stunning scenic routes, and beautiful cog trains. Wilson rides the Albula Bernia Express, the Glacier Express and the Golden Pass Panoramic VIP Train touring Switzerland's winter resorts.
Thursday, December 14 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 12/19 at 2 pm ET

Friday

Pictured: Hummingbird wings beat at up to 80 times a second, giving them the ultimate control in the air. SuperNature - Wild Flyers
Explore the wonder and science of one of nature’s greatest innovations — the power of flight. Cutting-edge camera technology and computer-generated graphics help explain airborne animals’ remarkable powers and how they work. Part 1 of 3 explores the basic principles of flight to see how animals become airborne in the first place. From leapers to gliders and those that effortlessly fly for hours, each creature has special techniques. But all must overcome a powerful force — gravity.
Fridays at 2 pm ET, begins December 15

Pictured: Scott and Suzy Phillips American Woodshop
Join Scott and Suzy Phillips for a series featuring 13 woodworking projects for every skill level. This season, Scott and Suzy will bring you fantastic home accents for inside and out. Techniques include: turning, joinery, tool tune-ups, making jigs, bench building, and furniture and cabinet making. It’s tool time with Scott and Suzy! This week: Learn how to recreate turned spindles and finials to build a 1910 heirloom Victorian Hall Tree.
Fridays at 4:30 pm ET, begins December 15

Pictured: The stage at Temple Square decked out for Christmas. Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Rolando Villazon
Celebrate the holidays with the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This season's cross-cultural spectacular features the world's leading tenor, Rolando Villazon, and seasonal favorites. Grammy Award-winning and multiple Emmy Award-winning all-volunteer Mormon Tabernacle Choir, is composed of 360 men and women who join their talents to create their trademark, instantly recognizable sound, are accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square, a 150-member symphony that is likewise all-volunteer.
Friday, December 15 at 9 pm ET

Pictured: Host Lidia Bastianich picks patty pan squash with Army veteran Matt Smiley of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Lidia Celebrates America
“Homegrown Heroes”

Join Lidia Bastianich to celebrate our homegrown heroes–veterans who now cultivate the land they fought to defend. For many vets, farming is therapy for the wounds of war. Lidia farms and cooks with them, then gathers with them for a holiday dinner. Pictured: Host Lidia Bastianich picks patty pan squash with Army veteran Matt Smiley of the Farmer Veteran Coalition.
Friday, December 15 at 10 pm ET

Saturday

Pictured: Closeup of Gown and tassles NMU Mid-Year Commencement
Live coverage of Northern Michigan University’s mid-year commencement ceremonies broadcast from the Superior Dome. Congratulations graduates and families! Information on this year's speaker will be posted when available.
Saturday, December 16 at 10:30 am ET

Pictured: Program title graphic A Craftsman's Legacy
“The Sword Smith”

Inspire. Discover. Restore. These are the tenets of A CRAFTSMAN’S LEGACY and they’ve never been better celebrated than in the upcoming season. Join host Eric Gorges as he combs the country for America’s finest craftsmen, documenting what it means to be a modern day maker. Traveling across the U.S. to Kentucky, Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma and Indiana, Eric interviews the men and women who are carrying the tools, trade and traditions of fine craftsmanship into the 21st century. This week, Eric takes a stab at sword-smithing with Master Bladesmith Kevin Cashen, learning about the mystical world of metallurgy, forging a spatha.
Saturdays at 3 pm ET, new season begins December 16

Pictured: Media Meet program logo Media Meet
“Marijuana Policy”

A look at how states have developed policies around the legalization of Marijuana since the federal government took a hand-off approach to such initiatives. Featured guest is Lewis Koski, who helped develop the regulatory framework for Colorado, considered the test case for Marijuana states.
Saturday, December 16 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/17 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: High School Bowl series logo High School Bowl
“Marquette vs Gladstone; Houghton vs Lake Linden”

Join host Jim Koski as he challenges the “best and brightest” from area high schools competing for scholarships and prestige in a battle of speed and knowledge. Cheer on your favorite team or test yourself against contestants from 40 Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin high schools in the 40th Anniversary season of High School Bowl.
Saturday, December 16 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/18 at Noon ET

Pictured: Ryan Adams Austin City Limits
“Ryan Adams/Shakey Graves”

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of American music. This week, enjoy intimate performances from singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Shakey Graves. Adams performs a special acoustic set of hits and deep cuts. Graves showcases his latest effort, And the War Came.
Saturday, December 16 at 11 pm ET

Sunday

Pictured: Program title graphic Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas
It's Christmas Eve on Sesame Street! After putting out cookies for Santa, Elmo's dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster Elmo and how Sesame Street was once an unfriendly street. Everyone was grouchy and there was no holiday spirit. With the help of Grandmonster Elmo's new friends, they try to find a way to bring back the holiday spirit in hopes that Santa would come to visit. They learn that all you need is kindness!
Sunday, December 17 at 7 am ET
Repeats 12/29 at 11:30 am ET

Pictured: Program title graphic Christmas in Christ Chapel at Gustavus
Students from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota present an African-themed music, dance, spoken word and visual event to celebrated the holidays. The performance, which takes place under a symbolic and sacred baobab tree, contains artistic choices grounded in the African continent, and celebrates unity by connecting the incarnation of Christ with the creation of humankind in Africa.
Sunday, December 17 at 4 pm ET

Pictured: Caroline (SARAH LANCASHIRE), Celia (ANNE REID), Gillian (NICOLA WALKER), Alan (DEREK JACOBI) Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Special, Part 1
Packed with shocks and surprises, this heartwarming 2-part special continues the compelling story of childhood sweethearts, Alan and Celia, reunited after nearly 60 years apart, as they and their families negotiate the highs and lows of life and relationships. In part 1, the family moves to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian, who’s consumed by thoughts of the afterlife, convinced she’s being haunted by Eddie.
Sundays, December 17 & 24 at 8 pm ET, Repeats Thursdays at 10 pm ET
Repeats 12/21 at 10 pm ET

Pictured: Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria. Victoria on Masterpiece
“Doll 123”

Follow Victoria’s (Jenna Coleman) dramatic story, from the time she becomes queen in 1837 at age 18 through her relationship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), her first prime minister, and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). In part 1, the young Victoria struggles to take charge amid plots to manipulate her.
Sunday, December 17 at 9 pm ET

Pictured: Program title graphic Inside Out: Leaving Prison Behind
The prison system can be a revolving door for people trapped in a cycle of incarceration. This documentary follows three inmates in Juneau, Alaska, from the moment they’re released. While reentry is a struggle for everyone, why are some able to leave prison behind forever? What makes the difference?
Sunday, December 17 at 11 pm ET

Monday

Pictured: David zum Brunnen The Night Before Christmas Carol
Renowned Dickens scholar and author Dr. Eliot Engel, crafts this entertaining study that complements every holiday schedule. Filmed in the spirit of a classic BBC-style presentation, actor David zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens -- and seventeen other familiar characters from the ghostly classic, "A Christmas Carol."
Monday, December 18 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 12/20 at 1 pm ET

Tuesday

Pictured: Program title graphic Real Rail Adventures: Swiss Winter Magic
Hosted by veteran traveler and avid train buff Jeff Wilson, this special showcases the construction marvels and visual splendors of the Swiss rail system, world-class mainlines, stunning scenic routes, and beautiful cog trains. Wilson rides the Albula Bernia Express, the Glacier Express and the Golden Pass Panoramic VIP Train touring Switzerland's winter resorts.
Tuesday, December 19 at 2 pm ET

Pictured: Program title graphic with Professor Gates and featured guests. Finding Your Roots
“Funny Business”

Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to uncover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 guests in Season 4. Each story illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that makes up the fabric of America. This week: Comedic guests Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari and Maya Rudolph take a serious look at their family trees, learning contrasting stories of assimilation, independence, hardship, and success all over the globe.
Tuesday, December 19 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/21 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. with Bernie Sanders on the set of FINDING YOUR ROOTS. Finding Your Roots
“The Impression”

Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to uncover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 guests, including Scarlett Johansson, Larry David, Amy Schumer, Ted Danson, Paul Rudd, Lupita Nyong'o, Carmelo Anthony and Ta-Nehisi Coates. This week, comedian Larry David and politician Bernie Sanders discover they have more in common than they thought as they trace their roots from 1940s Brooklyn back to Jewish communities in Eastern Europe.
Tuesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/21 at 2 pm ET

Pictured: Program title graphic Frontline
“Putin's Revenge, Part 2”

How the U.S. struggled to confront Vladimir Putin over Russian involvement in the 2016 election. The film investigates how revenge may have motivated Putin to target American democracy, and the U.S. responses under Presidents Obama and Trump.
Tuesday, December 19 at 10 pm ET

Wednesday

Pictured: David zum Brunnen The Night Before Christmas Carol
Renowned Dickens scholar and author Dr. Eliot Engel, crafts this entertaining study that complements every holiday schedule. Filmed in the spirit of a classic BBC-style presentation, actor David zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens -- and seventeen other familiar characters from the ghostly classic, "A Christmas Carol."
Wednesday, December 20 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Performers at the 2007 Hope College Vespers Hope College Christmas Vespers 2017
This program, from WGVU Productions, features traditional Christmas music performed at Dimnent Memorial Chapel in Holland, Michigan by the Hope College Chapel Choir, Symphonette, College Chorus, and Brass Ensemble. Thousands of members of the Holland, Michigan and Hope communities gather for the services each year.
Wednesday, December 20 at 2 pm ET

Pictured: Baby Cheetah. Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, Namibia. Nature
“The Story of Cats: Asia to Africa”

Cats are among the most feared and revered creatures on the planet. Their power, strength, and enigmatic nature have fascinated us for centuries. Join NATURE in this epic two-part event tracking down the origins of these diverse creatures and get an in-depth look at the evolutionary tricks and adaptations that truly make a cat, a cat. In part 1, discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. Next week, part 2 follows cats into the Americas.
Wednesday, December 20 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/27 at Noon ET

Pictured: Goffin Cockatoo NOVA
“Bird Brain”

Join NOVA to witness the brainpower of birds. Long mocked as empty-headed, our feathered friends hide surprisingly acute intelligence. But how smart are they? Watch as scientists test avian aptitude and challenge our basic notions of intelligence.
Wednesday, December 20 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/21 at Noon ET

Pictured: Specially trained whooper swans ride the bow wave of rising air behind a speeding boat. SuperNature - Wild Flyers
“Masters of the Sky”

Explore the wonder and science of one of nature’s greatest innovations — the power of flight. Many animals take to the skies for a split second, but to stay there, the planet’s strongest flyers push the laws of physics to the limit. Part 2 of 3 explores the extremes of true flight: power, acceleration, top speed, maneuverability and endurance.
Wednesday, December 20 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 12/22 at 2 pm ET

Thursday

Pictured: Ask the Lawyers program logo Ask the Lawyers
Area attorneys visit the Public TV 13 studios to answer phoned-in questions from viewers during this live broadcast. This week’s guests are: To be announced. Call in your questions during the broadcast at 800-227-9668.
Thursday, December 21 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/22 at Noon ET

Pictured: Caroline (SARAH LANCASHIRE), Celia (ANNE REID), Gillian (NICOLA WALKER), Alan (DEREK JACOBI) Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Special, Part 1
Packed with shocks and surprises, this heartwarming 2-part special continues the compelling story of childhood sweethearts, Alan and Celia, reunited after nearly 60 years apart, as they and their families negotiate the highs and lows of life and relationships. In part 1, the family moves to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian, who’s consumed by thoughts of the afterlife, convinced she’s being haunted by Eddie.
Thursday, December 21 at 10 pm ET

Friday

Pictured: Holiday Pops concert logo Holiday Pops Featuring The Flint Symphony Orchestra
Annual live broadcast featuring the Flint Symphony Orchestra, Flint Festival Chorus and other local soloists and ensembles performing a variety of popular holiday music. Joy, merriment and the holiday spirit abound in this beloved season favorite with the Flint Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Enrique Diemecke.
Friday, December 22 at 9 pm ET

Pictured: Noel Fielding, Eric Idle and Warwick Davis Eric Idle’s The Entire Universe
Explore the history of the entire universe with Professor Brian Cox, a chorus of singers and dancers, show tunes, and guest stars Warwick Davis, Noel Fielding, Hannah Waddingham and Robin Ince in this comedic musical extravaganza.
Friday, December 22 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 12/28 at 2 pm ET

Saturday

Pictured: Media Meet program logo Media Meet
“Basic Elder Law”

Elder Law attorney Paul Sturgul discusses fundamental topics in elder law, including estate planning, wills, trusts and probate; pensions, finance and debt management, powers of attorney, healthcare issues, long-term care and similar matters. (Repeat from November)
Saturday, December 23 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/24 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: High School Bowl series logo High School Bowl
“Negaunee vs Sault Ste. Marie; Carney-Nadeau vs Republic-Michigamme”

Join host Jim Koski as he challenges the “best and brightest” from area high schools competing for scholarships and prestige in a battle of speed and knowledge. Cheer on your favorite team or test yourself against contestants from 40 Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin high schools in the 40th Anniversary season of High School Bowl.
Saturday, December 23 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/25 at Noon ET

Pictured: Tom Waits performs in this classic episode from 1979. Austin City Limits
“Tom Waits”

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of American music. This week, Tom Waits performs in a classic episode from 1979.
Saturday, December 23 at 11 pm ET

Sunday

Pictured: Actors portray Christ and children. The 32nd Annual Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant
A winter wonderland, familiar carols, a new multidimensional urban streetscape, elegant promenades, a twist on the Tchaikovsky tradition, and fresh musical selections guide viewers along a sleigh bell journey in this year's edition of the Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant. With nearly 1,000 volunteer cast members involved in the production, the pageant features a festive opening scene with familiar carols, a turn-of-the-century setting, a repertoire of inspirational contemporary songs, and a dramatic musical interpretation of the nativity and life of Christ.
Sunday, December 24 at 4 pm ET

Pictured: Caroline (SARAH LANCASHIRE), Celia (ANNE REID), Gillian (NICOLA WALKER), Alan (DEREK JACOBI) Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Special, Part 2
Packed with shocks and surprises, this heartwarming 2-part special continues the compelling story of childhood sweethearts, Alan and Celia, reunited after nearly 60 years apart, as they and their families negotiate the highs and lows of life and relationships. In part 1, the family moves to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian, who’s consumed by thoughts of the afterlife, convinced she’s being haunted by Eddie.
Sunday, December 24 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/28 at 10 pm ET

Pictured: Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria. Victoria on Masterpiece
“Brocket Hall”

Follow Victoria’s (Jenna Coleman) dramatic story, from the time she becomes queen in 1837 at age 18 through her relationship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), her first prime minister, and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). In part 2, facing rioters and suitors, Victoria grows into her royal role. As she ponders marriage, her friendship with Lord Melbourne grows more complex.
Sunday, December 24 at 9 pm ET

Pictured: Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria. Victoria on Masterpiece
“The Clockwork Prince”

Follow Victoria’s (Jenna Coleman) dramatic story, from the time she becomes queen in 1837 at age 18 through her relationship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), her first prime minister, and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). In part 3, Albert pays a visit against the queen’s wishes and meets royal disdain. Where could it possibly lead? Meanwhile, the mystery of Miss Skerrett’s past deepens.
Sunday, December 24 at 10 pm ET

Pictured: Santa statue in Basel Christmas on the Danube
Travel the majestic Danube river as it passes through stunning European landscape and culture, through historic cities which are particularly spectacular at Christmas. Stops include Vienna, where Christmas Markets come alive within the city’s grand buildings; Budapest, with its grand Parliament and spectacular river setting, and its folk Christmas Market; Salzburg, where music fills the air at the Christmas Markets in Mozart’s birthplace; and Oberdorf, where we learn of the origin and the most famous of all Christmas carols, Silent Night.
Sunday, December 24 at 11 pm ET
Repeats 12/29 at 12:30 pm ET

Monday

Pictured: Curious George wearing a Christmas wreath Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma -- neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! The Man finds George's wish list filled with geometric shapes and other indecipherable images. And George doesn't have a clue what to get The Man who has everything. What ensues is a twelve-day merry montage of Man and Monkey Mayhem involving all your favorite characters. Through it all George tries repeatedly to create a homemade gift for The Man, and The Man enlists everybody and everything trying to decipher George's cryptic Christmas list.
Monday, December 25 at 8:30 am ET

Pictured: Barbara (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE) and Trixie (HELEN GEORGE) Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2017
Join the midwives as they battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. Valerie helps a young couple who experience a traumatic birth and Sister Julienne tries to reunite a family.
Monday, December 25 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/26 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Santa Claus with Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart at the opening night of Holiday Pops.Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops
Showcases the best of the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performing beloved classics, including "Christmas Canticles"and "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel’s Messiah. Features bass-baritone Justin Hopkins. Country superstar Sara Evans, and Mad Men and Broadway star Robert Morse reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas” with musical accompaniment.
Monday, December 25 at 10:30 pm ET

Tuesday

Pictured: Barbara (CHARLOTTE RITCHIE) and Trixie (HELEN GEORGE) Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2017
Join the midwives as they battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. Valerie helps a young couple who experience a traumatic birth and Sister Julienne tries to reunite a family.
Tuesday, December 26 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Santa statue in Basel European Christmas Markets
The town centers, market squares or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. This special travels along the rivers that connect Germany, France and Switzerland (the Mosel, Rhine and Main rivers), visiting cities and towns to learn of their history, see their major sights, and visit their charming markets. Besides being a visual treat, the show is also a musical treat, as the Kingston Trio provides special folk arrangements of traditional Christmas carols to add to the magic and enchantment of the medieval and castle towns we visit.
Tuesday, December 26 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: Zack Beyer portrays Sultan al-Kamil. The Sultan and the Saint
Explore how St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt risked it all to end the Crusades. A simple Christian friar and a mighty Muslim leader met on a bloody battlefield 800 years ago. What happened next changed world history.
Tuesday, December 26 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 12/28 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Tall ship sailing on the ocean into the sunset. Secrets of Spanish Florida - A Secrets of the Dead Special
Join a team of archaeologists, scientists and historians as they reveal the little-known history of America’s Spanish colonists who settled in Florida in 1565, long before Jamestown or Plymouth. Actor Jimmy Smits narrates.
Tuesday, December 26 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/27 at 1 pm ET

Wednesday

Pictured: Tall ship sailing on the ocean into the sunset. Secrets of Spanish Florida - A Secrets of the Dead Special
Join a team of archaeologists, scientists and historians as they reveal the little-known history of America’s Spanish colonists who settled in Florida in 1565, long before Jamestown or Plymouth. Actor Jimmy Smits narrates.
Wednesday, December 27 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Baby Cheetah. Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, Namibia. Nature
“The Story of Cats: Into the Americas”

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia and later conquered the savannah of Africa. In part 2, track the story of cats into the Americas, from battles with the rival Canids, to the rise of domestic cats. Meet the mighty jaguar, the urban mountain lion, the curious ocelot, the Canada lynx, the nimble margay, the Siamese cat and the Sphynx.
Wednesday, December 27 at 8 pm ET

Pictured: Program title graphic NOVA
“Day the Dinosaurs Died”

Investigate how an asteroid vanquished the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Join scientists as they drill into the impact crater and, for the first time, reconstruct the hell on earth that unfolded in the minutes, hours and months after the impact.
Wednesday, December 27 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 12/28 at Noon ET

Pictured: Hummingbird wings beat at up to 80 times a second, giving them the ultimate control in the air. SuperNature - Wild Flyers
“Crowded Skies”

Explore the wonder and science of one of nature’s greatest innovations — the power of flight. The sky is a crowded world where mammals, birds and insects hunt, escape, mate, defend territory, sleep and even die on the wing. Survival up there depends not just on beating gravity or mastering flight, but also out-flying the competition. Part 3 of 3.
Wednesday, December 27 at 10 pm ET
Repeats 12/29 at 2 pm ET

Thursday

Pictured: Zack Beyer portrays Sultan al-Kamil. The Sultan and the Saint
Explore how St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt risked it all to end the Crusades. A simple Christian friar and a mighty Muslim leader met on a bloody battlefield 800 years ago. What happened next changed world history.
Thursday, December 28 at 1 pm ET

Pictured: Noel Fielding, Eric Idle and Warwick Davis Eric Idle’s The Entire Universe
Explore the history of the entire universe with Professor Brian Cox, a chorus of singers and dancers, show tunes, and guest stars Warwick Davis, Noel Fielding, Hannah Waddingham and Robin Ince in this comedic musical extravaganza.
Thursday, December 28 at 2 pm ET

Pictured: Program title graphic Rick Steves Special
“European Festivals”

In his latest special, travel expert Rick Steves travels throughout the Continent celebrating the top 10 festivals, each one rich with tradition, great food and fun. In Spain, Rick runs the bulls in Pamplona and dances with locals at the April Fair in Seville. He also dons a mask in Venice for Carnival, which first began in 1162, and cheers on the horses at The Palio di Siena in Italy. Continuing the celebration across Europe, Rick hoists a frothy stein at Munich's Oktoberfest, tosses a caber (a large tapered pole) at a Scottish Highland Games, and joins several European families for their traditional Easter and Christmas observances.
Thursday, December 28 at 8 pm ET
Repeats 1/1 at 12 pm ET

Pictured: Caroline (SARAH LANCASHIRE), Celia (ANNE REID), Gillian (NICOLA WALKER), Alan (DEREK JACOBI) Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Special, Part 2
Packed with shocks and surprises, this heartwarming 2-part special continues the compelling story of childhood sweethearts, Alan and Celia, reunited after nearly 60 years apart, as they and their families negotiate the highs and lows of life and relationships. In part 1, the family moves to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian, who’s consumed by thoughts of the afterlife, convinced she’s being haunted by Eddie.
Thursday, December 28 at 10 pm ET

Friday

Pictured: Program title graphic Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas
It's Christmas Eve on Sesame Street! After putting out cookies for Santa, Elmo's dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster Elmo and how Sesame Street was once an unfriendly street. Everyone was grouchy and there was no holiday spirit. With the help of Grandmonster Elmo's new friends, they try to find a way to bring back the holiday spirit in hopes that Santa would come to visit. They learn that all you need is kindness!
Friday, December 29 at 11:30 am ET
Repeats 12/31 at 7 am ET

Pictured: Santa statue in Basel Christmas on the Danube
Travel the majestic Danube river as it passes through stunning European landscape and culture, through historic cities which are particularly spectacular at Christmas. Stops include Vienna, where Christmas Markets come alive within the city’s grand buildings; Budapest, with its grand Parliament and spectacular river setting, and its folk Christmas Market; Salzburg, where music fills the air at the Christmas Markets in Mozart’s birthplace; and Oberdorf, where we learn of the origin and the most famous of all Christmas carols, Silent Night.
Friday, December 29 at 12:30 pm ET

Pictured: Bob Hope, circa 1955. Bob Hope: American Masters
During his eight-decade career, Bob Hope was the only performer to achieve top-rated success in every form of mass entertainment: Vaudeville, Broadway, movies, radio, television, popular song and personal appearances, including hosting the Academy Awards a record 19 times and his annual USO Christmas military tours. American Masters explores the entertainer’s life with unprecedented access to his personal archives and clips from his classic films (“The Road” pictures, My Favorite Blonde), radio and TV shows.
Friday, December 29 at 9 pm ET

Saturday

Pictured: Media Meet program logo Media Meet
“Marijuana Policy”

A look at how states have developed policies around the legalization of Marijuana since the federal government took a hand-off approach to such initiatives. Featured guest is Lewis Koski, who helped develop the regulatory framework for Colorado, considered the test case for Marijuana states. (Repeat from December 16)
Saturday, December 30 at 6:30 pm ET
Repeats 12/31 at 2:30 pm ET

Pictured: Bitter Tears album cover Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears
Examine the story of Cash’s little-known concept album Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian and his unique collaboration with folk artist Peter Lafarge. Based on the book A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears.
Saturday, December 30 at 8 pm ET

Pictured: Program title graphic ACL Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve
Enjoy the 2017 Austin City Limits special as Roy Orbison, Rosanne Cash and the Neville Brothers are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Performers include Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, Trombone Shorty, Raul Malo, Ry Cooder and more. Chris Isaak hosts.
Saturday, December 30 at 11 pm ET

Sunday

Pictured: Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria. Victoria on Masterpiece
“An Ordinary Woman”

Follow Victoria’s (Jenna Coleman) dramatic story, from the time she becomes queen in 1837 at age 18 through her relationship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), her first prime minister, and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). In part 4, courtship at court leads to second thoughts and other complications. Will Victoria and Albert take the fateful step into matrimony? And will the queen promise “to obey” her foreign prince?
Sunday, December 31 at 8 pm ET

Pictured: The New York Philharmonic on stage. Live from Lincoln Center
“NY Philharmonic New Year's Eve: Bernstein on Broadway”

Ring in 2018 with a celebration of Leonard Bernstein's best-loved works for Broadway, including West Side Story, featuring the New York Philharmonic and special guests.
Sunday, December 31 at 9 pm ET
Repeats 1/1 at 1 am ET

Pictured: Program title graphic ACL Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve
Enjoy the 2017 Austin City Limits special as Roy Orbison, Rosanne Cash and the Neville Brothers are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Performers include Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, Trombone Shorty, Raul Malo, Ry Cooder and more. Chris Isaak hosts.
Sunday, December 31 at 11 pm ET

Pictured: Hugh Bonneville Great Performances
“From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2018”

Ring in the new year with the Vienna Philharmonic, at the opulent Musikverein, under the baton of conductor Riccardo Muti and featuring favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. Hugh Bonneville hosts.
Monday, January 1 at 2:30 pm ET and 9 pm ET

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