Widely considered one of Charles Dickens’ greatest novels, Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday presents part one of “Great Expectations.” The story tells of Pip the battered orphan boy, who rises from blacksmith’s apprentice to gentleman under the patronage of a mysterious benefactor, who assures him of “great expectations.” Starring Gillian Anderson, David Suchet and Ray Winstone.
She was the pride of the British Empire. A leading example of state-of-the-art engineering in a time of groundbreaking scientific and technological innovations on a global scale: the Titanic. Yet she sank in less than three hours after striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912. Seeking to answer the question of what happened in the engine and boiler rooms after the collision, “Saving The Titanic” at 9 pm Sunday tells the story of the disaster from below deck, with the action taking place between the time the crew embark the Titanic at Southampton and the eventual sinking of the ship.
American Masters: Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel at 8 pm Monday examines the amazing endurance of “Gone with the Wind” and reveals the seminal events of Mitchell’s life through dramatic re-enactments based on her letters, as scenes from the movie weave together her life and her work.
American Masters: Harper Lee: Hey Boo at 9 pm Monday explores the author’s life and unravels its mysteries, particularly why she never published again. Illuminated with family photos, revealing personal letters and an exclusive interview with her sister, the film is steeped in the texture of the novel’s Deep South and the social changes it inspired. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and Andrew Young reflect on how “Mockingbird” shaped their lives.
Grand Coulee Dam: American Experience at 7 pm Tuesday explores how the tension between technological achievement and environmental impact hangs over the project’s legacy.
Panama Canal: American Experience at 8:30 pm Tuesday unravels the story of one of the world’s most significant technological achievements with an extraordinary archive of photographs and footage.
“On Story” at 10 pm Tuesday focuses on the inspiration and creative process at the conception of the filmmaking process.
On Nature at 7 pm Wednesday, “Deep Thinkers” finds out how clever – and how much like us – whales and dolphins might be.
David Pogue spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry on a quest to unlock the secrets of the elements on “NOVA: Hunting The Elements” at 8 pm Wednesday.
Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and Friday presents the evolution of electric guitar music with Sonic Youth and the Black Keys.
East Austin’s Trouble Puppet Theater takes Arts In Context on a journey into the art of puppetry at 7:30 pm Thursday.
Independent Lens at 8 pm Thursday presents “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey,” the story of a teenager whose dreams came true as he joined the creative force responsible for delivering the magic of Sesame Street.
The Daytripper at 9:30 pm Thursday heads to Brenham Texas, the home of Blue Bell Ice Cream and the home of a 100 dollar hamburger. After filling his stomach, Chet takes a bike ride around Lake Sommerville, then heads to Washington-on-the-Brazos, the birthplace of Texas.
R&B grooves the stage with Raphael Saadiq and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.