Nature: The Gorilla King at 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday retraces the life of Titus, a silverback gorilla, from birth to present reign, spanning a tumultuous period in the history of the species.
Ariadne Oliver returns to join forces with Poirot to investigate a drowning at a Halloween Party on Masterpiece Mystery! “Poirot X: Halloween Party” at 8 p.m. Sunday.
The annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday brings viewers some of the country’s best known musicians with the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as the most spectacular fireworks display anywhere in the nation.
Each week, retirees from Georgetown, TX, give heartfelt thank-yous to soldiers reporting for duty at Fort Hood as well as those injured in combat. Accentuated by stunning imagery of America’s largest military base, Operation Appreciation at 10 p.m. Monday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday follows the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at the Army base.
Chet explores Austin south of the Colorado River including trailer parks, Barton Springs, and country two-steppin’ on this episode of The Daytripper at 10:30 p.m. Monday.
Wes Cowan investigates a raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, Eduardo Pagan wonders why U.S. troops were in Siberia during World War I, and Elyse Luray sizes up a Ronald McDonald costume on History Detectives at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Shot amidst the grandeur of Montana’s wilderness, POV: Sweetgrass at 9 p.m. Tuesday follows the last modern-day cowboys as they lead their flocks of sheep into the breathtaking and often dangerous mountains for summer pasture.
Academy Award winning films are discussed by the creative minds behind Apollo 13, Schindler’s List, and A Beautiful Mind during On Story: Austin Film Festival at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The great apes – which include chimps, orangutans, gorillas and bonobos – seem to have rich emotional lives similar to our own. But just how smart are these animals? NOVA: Ape Genius at 8 p.m. Wednesday follows a new generation of investigators as they reveal the extraordinary abilities of great apes.
How well can we understand what’s going on in the brains of non-human animals? Do our pets – like dogs – have the same feelings we do? How smart are animals really? NOVA ScienceNow explores these questions and more at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Austin City Limits presents Texas singer/songwriters with Robert Earl Keen and Hayes Carll. Veteran Keen precedes up-and-comer Carll at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.
Join Evan Smith as he chats with Emmy and Grammy nominated actor and writer, Harry Shearer, whose credits include Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, and The Simpsons on Overheard at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.
An American Family was one of the most controversial television programs of the 70s. Now, more than 35 years later, the original film crew have adapted the footage of the Loud family into this compilation of the most memorable and compelling moments of the series on An American Family: Anniversary Edition Thursday at 8 p.m.
William Welch selects the Southern heirloom plants that match today’s waterwise concerns on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit an heirloom garden in Bastrop.
Great voices and songs combine with Rosanne Cash and Brandi Carlile on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday. Cash presents tunes from her C&W tribute album The List, and Brandi Carlile follows with genre-spanning tunes from Give Up the Ghost.