Masterpiece Classic “Upstairs Downstairs” at 8 p.m. Sunday continues the saga at 165 Eaton Place with new characters upstairs and down in a three-part sequel to the much-loved Masterpiece series from the 1970s.
Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook: Putting on the Tail Fins focuses on the 1950s and 1960s, when the Great American Songbook competed with new forms like rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm & blues 9 p.m. Monday.
RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope tells the unknown story of Robert Kennedy’s 1966 visit to South Africa during the worst years of Apartheid 10 p.m. Monday.
History Detectives investigate the link between a basket and a woman Congress honored as a heroine of the Modoc Indian Wars. Then, the Detectives investigate the link between a woodcarving of Andrew Jackson and the Constitution 7 p.m. Tuesday.
High school football has never had a higher profile, but as high school players grow better, faster and stronger, there are growing concerns about the health and safety of these young players. Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday explores if the amped-up culture of high school football overshadowed necessary protections for the boys who play the game.
POV “Shortcuts: Big Birding Day” at 9 p.m. Tuesday offers a sneak peek into the world of competitive bird watching, as three friends attempt to see as many species as possible in 24 hours.
The creative minds behind Jarhead, The Company Men, Cast Away, and Falling Down discuss reflecting the real world in film during On Story: AFF 10 p.m. Tuesday. The creative minds behind Rambo, Lethal Weapon, and Braveheart discuss developing and understanding heroes and villains during this episode of On Story: AFF 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2011 presents an open-air concert in the gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schonbrunn Palace 7 p.m. Wednesday.
American Masters “Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends” at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday offers reflection on Bennett’s life and music through personal interviews, and includes complete coverage of Bennett’s 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival performance.
Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters, and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin join forces as Them Crooked Vultures on Austin City Limits 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.
Evan Smith chats with Garrison Keillor, former host and writer of the long-running public radio show A Prairie Home Companion 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Each week, retirees from Georgetown, TX, give heartfelt thank-yous to soldiers reporting for duty at Fort Hood. Operation Appreciation follows the volunteers as they collect baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at the Army base 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Featuring a plethora of interviews ranging from the bona-fide stars to the up-and-comers of the entertainment world, SXSW Flashback takes viewers back to March 2011 for one hour of SXSW excitement 8 p.m. Thursday.
Learn how to extend summer vegetables and get ready for fall crops on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit East Side Cafe, where organic gardens inspire daily recipes.
Austin City Limits welcomes rock icon Cheap Trick 7 p.m. Saturday. The band performs material from its acclaimed album The Latest and selections from their classic catalog.