Highlights 12/26 to 1/1

On Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday, filmmaker Ginger Kathrens chronicles the lives of horses living wild and free in the mountains of Montana in the sequel to “Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies”.

A reserved curator responsible for the safe and secret storage of priceless paintings in London’s National Gallery soon finds it difficult to keep his low profile, as well as his secret, from the local villagers in ”Framed” on Masterpiece Contemporary at 8 p.m. Sunday.

In Richard Bangs’ Adventures With Purpose “Hong Kong” at 11 p.m. Sunday, the traveler ventures into the heart of Hong Kong to uncover what forces drive a city in which the spiritual concept of chi and the worldly concept of wealth coexist.

The mysteriously clandestine life of iconic Baroque musician Glenn Gould is revealed and newly revered with benefit of his remarkable recordings and through interviews with those who knew him best on American Masters at 8 p.m. Monday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

William Kentridge: Anything is Possible at 10 p.m. Monday follows the distinguished artist on a behind-the-scenes international journey as he works on staging his production of Shostakovich’s opera “The Nose” for The Metropolitan Opera.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday presents “Secrets Beneath The Ice”, an exclusive journey to Antarctica following a state-of-the-art drilling probe known as Andrill in attempt to uncover the evidence behind the alarming implications that we may be heading toward an ice-free Antarctica.

One year after the deadliest domestic airline accident in seven years, Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday investigates the crash of Continental 3407 in Buffalo, NY, and discovers a dramatically changed airline industry, where regional carriers now account for half of the nation’s daily departures.

Summer of Birds at 9 p.m. Tuesday details a relatively unknown chapter in the life of renowned naturalist painter, ornithologist and literary figure John James Audubon.

On Tavis Smiley Reports: “Dudamel: Conducting a Life” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Smiley gives viewers an extraordinary look into the life and artistry of the L.A. Philharmonic’s charismatic conductor and youngest conductor of any major orchestra in the world.

Great Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday presents a festive program of bel canto overtures and arias, as well as popular Latin American songs and orchestral dances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and music director Gustavo Dudamel.

Ben Harper debuts his new band, Relentless7, with a rocking set drawn from his album White Lies for Dark Times on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review, discusses his career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Opera diva Frederica von Stade narrates The Singing Life at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, a moving look at the phenomenon of singing through the eyes and voices of Chanticleer, the internationally known male choral ensemble, and teenagers in a small town high school choir.

Live From Lincoln Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday rings in the new year with the New York Philharmonic in an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring pianist Lang Lang.

3, 2, 1 Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. Friday takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Washington D.C. July 4th celebration, featuring one of the largest and most colorful fireworks displays in the world, and captures every step of the renowned fireworks production.

Rock icons Cheap Trick take the Austin City Limits stage and perform tracks from their latest album “The Latest” along with familiar favorites on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Continuing its longstanding holiday tradition, Great Performances at 8 p.m. Saturday presents festive selections from the 27th annual New Year’s Day celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic at Vienna’s Musikverein.n