Highlights 7/31 to 8/6

What does an honest cop do when his bosses are on the side of the lawbreakers? Outwitting prosecutors, politicians, mobsters and run-of-the-mill kidnappers and killers, Detective Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell) brings justice to modern-day Italy on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: Blind with Weeping at 9 p.m. Monday. This episode tells the story of the last 16 months of the Civil War – from Gettysburg to the surrender at Appomattox to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

Live from Lincoln Center joins the Mostly Mozart Festival and conductor Louis Langree for the opening night of their 2011 season at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

POV: Steam of Life at 9 p.m. Tuesday presents a moody, comic and moving study of Finnish men, as framed by the national obsession with the sauna. There, they come together to sweat out not only the grime of contemporary life, but also their grief, hopes, joys and memories.

Local filmmakers behind Office Space, Lonesome Dove, and El Mariachi discuss working within the studio system during this episode of On Story: Austin Film Festival at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The creative minds behind The Usual Suspects, The Silence of the Lambs, The Big Easy, and Lethal Weapon discuss suspenseful storytelling during this episode of On Story: Austin Film Festival at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The black mamba is one of Africa’s most dangerous and feared snakes. A team of herpetologists hopes their six-week study will change public perception of what they feel is the world’s most misunderstood snake on Nature: Black Mamba at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Every half-century an explosion in the rat population devastates crops and induces a crippling famine throughout the remote Indian state of Mizoram. NOVA follows this gripping tale of nature’s capacity to engender human suffering on Nova: Rat Attack at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Songwriting genius Elvis Costello returns to Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday to showcase songs from his latest, Americana-influenced record Secret, Profane and Sugarcane. Austin’s rootsy songwriting collective the Band of Heathens follows.

Join Evan Smith as he chats with John Mackey, Founder and CEO of Whole Foods, on Overheard at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Discover the facts and legends behind the wildflowers that captivate us every spring on Wildflowers: Seeds of History at 7:30 Thursday.

Chet explores Austin south of the Colorado River including trailer parks, Barton Springs, and country two-steppin‚ on this episode of The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m Thursday.

Recorded on the grounds of the spectacular Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, Great Performances: Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me in Concert at 8:30 p.m. Friday marks the solo concert debut of the 10-year-old girl with the extraordinary soprano voice.

William Welch selects the Southern heirloom plants that match today’s waterwise concerns. On tour, visit an heirloom garden on this week‚s episode of Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Clips from the The Ed Sullivan Show at 6 p.m. Saturday focusing on comedy including Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, Joan Rivers, Alan King, Jack Paar, Jackie Gleason, Victor Borge and many more.

Actors from As Time Goes By go behind-the-scenes of the best British comedies to show you the writers, directors and cast at 8 p.m. on Saturday.