“Finding Your Roots” at 7 pm Sunday features Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and more as they examine their families roots.
Masterpiece Classic at 8 pm Sunday presents part two of “Birdsong,” an adaptation of Sebastian Faulk’s best-selling novel about lovers torn apart by World War I. Eddie Redmayne (The Pillars of the Earth) plays Stephen Wrayford, whose pre-war affair with Isabelle Azaire (Clemence Poesy, Harry Potter) has an enduring effect on him as he fights in the trenches.
The intimate story of Britain’s royal weddings, from the Queen Mother through to Princess Margaret, told from the point of view of people who were there on “Britain’s Royal Weddings” at 9 pm and 10 pm Monday.
Jesse Owens: American Experience at 7 pm Tuesday tells the story of the young American athlete who channeled his raw emotions into some of the most remarkable achievements in the history of athletics, winning four gold medals in the face of Nazi racism at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street at 8 pm Tuesday pivots to the inner workings of global high finance, which four years after the crisis exploded remains largely shrouded in secrecy and laden with risk.
Nature at 7 pm Wednesday explores how being born in the wild has evolved over time and how animals interacting with their young, wrestling with the feelings and dilemmas that come with raising a baby, can mirror our own experiences on “Born Wild: The First Days of Life”.
Nova at 8 pm Wednesday takes viewers inside an IBM lab where a crack team has been working for nearly three years to perfect a machine that can answer any question on “Smartest Machine On Earth”.
Cross the country with host Yul Kwon to look at traditional and not-so-traditional types of manufacturing on “America Revealed: Made In The U.S.A.” at 9 pm Wednesday.
Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday presents a special digitally remastered and edited version of Roy Orbison’s 1982 live performance on the show. Orbison’s appearance was a milestone in the 25-year history of the Austin City Limits as he brought the show to a new level, a larger audience and the status of being a nationally recognized television program.
All major United States Senate candidates, both Democrat and Republican, vying to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison, will take part in a two-hour live event “Conversations with the Candidates” at 7 pm Thursday.
Independent Lens at 9 pm Thursday presents “Circo”, an intimate portrayal of the Ponce family circus as it struggles to make a living from its artistry, sweat and wit against the backdrop of Mexico’s collapsing rural economy.
“Art In The Twenty-First Century” at 9 pm Friday profiles artists Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold and Sarah Sze, whose works explore the gap between art and existence, challenge the distinction between seeing and knowing and demonstrate that the pursuit of harmony can be a radical proposition.
Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday showcases the best in modern country with Miranda Lambert and Jeff Bridges.
Sherlock must solve perplexing and dangerous puzzles specifically laid out for him on “The Great Game” on Masterpiece Mystery! Presents Sherlock at 8 pm Saturday.