Highlights 8/30 to 9/5

Kevin Whately returns as Inspector Lewis for a second season. The much loved Oxford policeman is once again joined by Laurence Fox (A Room with a View) as Lewis’ young partner DS Hathaway. And as the relationship between Inspector and Sergeant grows and develops we see new sides to the inimitable duo on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Uncovers a stoic act of defiance and dignity behind the Stalag 17’s barbed wire on History Detectives 8 p.m. Monday.

In his illustrious career, Herbert von Karajan led the legendary Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years; he was also closely associated with the Vienna Philharmonic and served as artistic director of the Vienna State Opera on Great Performances at 9 p.m. Monday.

NASA’s twin robot explorers, Spirit and Opportunity, have lasted sixteen times longer and driven twenty times farther than expected on Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Using new data from cave stalagmites and the Mississippi riverbed to understand how and why earthquakes strike in the heartland on Nova ScienceNow at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

P.O.V. at 9 p.m. Tuesday reveals the surprising history of the women who made such a law necessary and profiles two female matadors currently in the arena: the acclaimed Mari Paz Vega and neophyte Eva Florencia.

American Masters
at 10 p.m. Tuesday profiles Mexican muralist Orozco.

American Masters at 7 p.m. Wednesday is adapted from his son Christopher’s 2003 play and based on the remarkable letters Dalton Trumbo wrote during the devastation wrought by the “Red Scare” in the mid-20th century.

Wide Angle at 9 p.m. Wednesday continues it’s unprecedented, award-winning 12-year documentary project, Time for School. The series returns in 2009 with visits to seven classrooms in seven countries to offer a glimpse into the lives of seven extraordinary children who are struggling to get what nearly all American kids take for granted: a basic education.

Influential superstars R.E.M. take the stage in support of their latest acclaimed record, Accelerate on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

GSD&M Idea City’s Roy Spence discusses his career on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday presents Arthouse at the Jones Center’s Cantata for Twelve Choirs and Several Salamanders.

Grammy Award-winners the Foo Fighters rock the ACL stage with songs from their latest album on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.