Highlights January 9 to 15

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday presents “Elsa‘s Legacy: The Born Free Story,” a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Born Free,”  a book and film that forever changed the way we think about wildlife. 

Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday presents part one of four of the Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes’ “Downton Abbey.” This drama is a depiction of the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them, set at their Edwardian country house in 1912.

U.S. Grant: Warrior: An American Experience at 8 p.m. Monday examines the life brilliant military strategist Ulysses S. Grant, who rose from obscurity to a rank held previously only by George Washington.

Children of the Revolution at 10:30 p.m. Monday presents “Henry and Elvira Cisneros,” the fascinating family story as told by Henry and his mother Elvira of how their temporary move from Mexico became permanent and how their family passion for public service has touched south Texas.

Follow a team of U.S. geologists entering Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake tragedy as they hunt for crucial evidence that will help them determine exactly what happened deep underground and what the risks are of a new killer quake on Nova: Deadliest Earthquakes at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday examines the uphill fight to rebuild Haiti in the face of deep-rooted corruption and intimidation.

Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Tuesday presents “Children of Haiti”, a film that captures the spirit of human survival and transports you to Haiti’s strange contrasts, breathtaking landscapes and rich history, through the eyes of some of Haiti’s most unforgettable characters.

The Territory, back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30 p.m., 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.

American Masters at 7 p.m. Wednesday presents “Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides” a reflection on the life of  the actor, musician, artist, and story teller extraordinaire who has been called “the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived”.

American Masters at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday presents “The Doors: When You‘re Strange”, the first feature documentary to chronicles the band’s history from the corridors of UCLA’s film school to the creation of their six landmark studio albums using only original footage shot between their formation in 1965 and Morrison’s death in 1971.

Indie rock supergroup Monsters of Folk perform songs from their self-titled debut album on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Ed Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania, talks about why Americans are wusses, what needs to be done to fix our infrastructure, why No Child Left Behind is a good thing on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Experience the beauty, the history and the cast of characters whose influence flows through the Palo Duro Canyon as you follow the timeline from the canyon’s prehistoric origins to its relevance today as a state park on Natural Wonder of Texas: Palo Duro Canyon at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Join Chet Garner as he travels to Canyon Lake, Texas to explore the Natural Bridge Caverns, ride through the Wildlife Ranch, and take a dip in the lake on The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Austin welcomes the cream of underground rock with The National and Band of Horses on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.