America in Primetime at 7 pm Sunday presents “The Misfit”, a celebration of the unique characters who defied comic stereotypes and societal expectations to reflect America’s diverse personalities.
Two ex-lovers meet for lunch at their favorite haunt from years before. Will sparks reignite? Will some other explosion ensue? Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility) and Alan Rickman (Harry Potter) star in “The Song of Lunch” on Masterpiece Contemporary at 8 pm Sunday.
Rape of Europa at 9 pm Monday tells the epic and miraculous tale of how Europe’s art treasures survived the systematic theft and deliberate damage perpetrated by the Third Reich during World War II.
Secrets of the Dead: Churchill’s Deadliest Decision at 7 pm Tuesday reveals the darkest side of Britain’s Finest Hour, where Winston Churchill had to make a choice between trusting the promises of the new French government that they would never hand over their ships to Hitler or by destroying them himself.
Nazi Hunt: Elusive Justice at 8 pm Tuesday explores the 65-year effort to identify, prosecute and punish the 20th century’s most notorious murderers of the Nazi regime.
Nature at 7 pm Wednesday presents “My Life As A Turkey”, the story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto’s rare opportunity to raise wild turkeys from chicks deep in the wilds of Florida.
Nova at 8 pm Wednesday presents “The Fabric of the Cosmos“, where physicist and acclaimed author Brian Greene will take you on a mind-bending reality check and journey to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe. On this week’s episode, Greene brings quantum mechanics to life in a nightclub like no other, where objects pop in and out of existence and things over here can affect others over there, instantaneously without anything crossing the space between them.
On Nova at 9 pm Wednesday, physicist Brian Greene springs the surreal world of string theory to life on the screen on “The Elegant Universe“. In this week’s episode, Greene describes the serendipitous steps that led from a forgotten 200-year-old mathematical formula to the first glimmerings of strings – quivering strands of energy whose different vibrations give rise to quarks, electrons, photons and all other elementary particles.
Songwriting legend Randy Newman takes the stage with a selection of his greatest tunes on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 9:30 pm Friday.
Andy Borowitz, writer and satirist who’s been described as “one of the funniest people in America,” talks about humor on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.
Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday explores the remote Texas city of Marfa and looks at what made the Trans-Pecos town nestled near Big Bend National Park the desert destination it is today.
Chet Garner travels to Spicewood, Texas to sip some coffee, swim in Krause Springs, go ziplining through the trees, and eat some delicious BBQ on this week’s episode of The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.
Independent Lens at 9 pm Thursday presents “We Still Live Here”, which tells the story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no Native speakers has been revived in this country.
PBS Arts From Cleveland: Women Who Rock is a performance documentary that chronicles and celebrates female musicians from early groundbreakers to contemporary powerhouses. The film features the stories of trailblazers like Bessie Smith and Mahalia Jackson, as well as contemporary stars Darlene Love, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Bonnie Raitt, Cyndi Lauper and more.
Author Sharon Lovejoy makes a solar oven out of a pizza box, along with lots of fun garden projects for children and gardeners of all ages on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit the next generation of gardeners at Casis Elementary.
ACL Presents at 7 pm Saturday highlights the annual Americana Music Awards ceremony taped at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and includes performances by Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman and Robert Plant.