Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday presents new examples of animal/human conflicts based on the highly popular film from 2000, “Animals Behaving Badly.”
David Suchet returns to his signature role as suave Belgian supersleuth Hercule Poirot in a new mystery based on the novels by Agatha Christie on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Great Performances at 9:30 p.m. Sunday features Chess in Concert. Set during the Cold War intrigue of an international chess tournament, the musical dramatizes the romantic checkmate between an American chess champion, his lover, and a Russian opponent secretly planning to defect to the West.
History Detectives at 8 p.m. Monday returns with a new season of everyday mysteries. In this episode the detectives look at what might be Thomas Edison’s PsychoPhone and a cryptic letter from a soldier to another military man.
Make ‘Em Laugh at 9 p.m. Monday looks a the business of humor in America. This episode focuses on “Nerds, Jerks & Oddballs.” Austin artists Austin Kleon made these drawings while watching the original broadcast of the series earlier this year. See them on austinkleon.com
Following Make ‘Em Laugh is Pioneers of Television at 10 p.m. This episode focuses on the history of sitcoms specifically “I Love Lucy,” “The Honeymooners,” “Make Room for Daddy,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”
Ape Genius focuses on the investigators who are revealing the secret mental lives of great apes on Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Frontline/World at 8 p.m. Tuesday presents a global investigation into the dirty secret of the digital age — the dumping of hundreds of millions of pounds of electronic waste around the world each year.
Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Perez pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. P.O.V. “New Muslim Cool” at 9 p.m. Tuesday takes viewers on Hamza’s ride through streets, slums and jail cells — following his spiritual journey to some surprising places in an America that never stops changing.
The Territory at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday showcases new directions in film and video. These films offer a provocative mix of experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated shorts that allows the audience to take TV trips around the world and to major U.S. media festivals.
Panda Nursery at 7 p.m. Wednesday tells the inspiring story of the birth of twin panda cubs at Wolong Natural Reservation Park in Sichuan, China.
Music Instinct: Science and Song at 8 p.m. Wednesday provides a groundbreaking exploration into how and why the human organism is moved by music. New work in neuroscience is giving us clues to the mysteries of how and why music penetrates the brain and the emotions.
R&B veteran Bettye LaVette sings songs from her critically lauded album The Scene of the Crime, followed by legendary pianist Pinetop Perkins and his catalog of blues classics on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.
Rick Riordan transformed from a beloved teacher into a best-selling children’s author with The Lightning Thief, the start of a much-loved series about a 12-year-old demigod and his friends. Riordan talks about his writing career on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Reunited after 12 years, New Zealand favorite Crowded House makes its first television appearance since the mid-90s on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.