David Suchet stars as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in “Murder on the Orient Express” on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.
The History Detectives at 8 p.m. Monday find out if a Pennsylvania man has a notebook that once belonged to a World War I spy.
The first episode of Turmoil and Triumph: The George Shultz Years at 9 p.m. Monday deals with Shultz’s early years in politics.
Faces of America episode two at 10 p.m. Monday explores the many journeys to becoming American that transformed the United States from a sleepy agrarian country into a booming industrial power.
Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday investigates the collision of two Boeing 747 airliners on the runway at a tiny airport in the Canary Islands — in which 583 passengers and crew died.
Alan Alda witnesses the spectacular paintings and carvings that date back some 30,000 years, artwork that archeologists once thought to be the first record of people with minds like our own on episode one of Human Spark at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
POV at 10 p.m. Tuesday features “Good Fortune” a documentary exploration of how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit.
Breakfast Special at 7 p.m. Wednesday is a celebration of going out for a morning meal featuring quirky restaurants throughout the nation.
Ken Burns’ Baseball seventh inning at 8 p.m. Wednesday features rare newsreel film and interviews celebrate the glorious heyday of New York City baseball.
M. Ward highlights his latest LP Hold Time on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday. Austin indie rock favorite Okkervil River follows.
Learn more about journalist Morley Safer’s fascinating past, his run-in with LBJ and his new connection to Texas on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Find out how to renew summer’s worn-out soil for an extra plant boost and to get ready for fall additions on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, see how a San Antonio couple turned nightmare drainage into a soothing pond.
Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann debuts on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday. Folk rockers Iron & Wine, showcasing their acclaimed songs.