Highlights December 29 – January 4

KLRU Highlights

Amid preparations for Christmas celebrations and Christmas baby arrivals, Poplar’s routine is interrupted when an unexploded German bomb is found in the neighborhood, prompting evacuations on Call The Midwife Holiday Special Sunday at 6:30 pm.

Masterpiece presents Downton Abbey, Season 3 – Part 7 Sunday at 8 pm. The Great War is over and  along-awaited engagement is on, but all is not tranquil at Downton Abbey as wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues and personal crises grip the majestic English county estate.

Father Brown joins the search when a girl who is believed to be radioactive goes missing overnight Father Brown The Devil’s Dust Sunday at 10 pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Phoenix, Arizona and visits Phoenix’ Desert Botanical Garden with appraiser Don Creswell for a discussion of antique botanical artwork Monday at 7 pm.

Don’t miss Antiques Roadshow‘s Phoenix, Arizona – Hour Three Monday at 8 pm. Mark Walberg and Natalie Linn visit the Heard Museum to discuss American Indian Basketry.

Independent Lens presents How To Survive A Plague Monday at 9 pm. This film is the story of two grassroots coalitions – ACT UP and Treatment Action Group – made pu of innovative activists who fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

BBC journalist John Ware journeys to Israel for a fresh look at how it has responded to the changes sweeping the region in the wake of the Arab Spring on Israel: Facing The Future Monday at 10:30 pm.

Life from Lincoln Center presents New York Philharmonic Gala With Yo-Yo Ma Tuesday at 7 pm. Cello soloist Yo-Yo Ma joins maestro Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for a festive celebration of dance-inspired orchestral music.

Return To Downton Abbey Tuesday at 8:30 pm savors fond memories from the past three seasons of “Downton Abbey” and get a tantalizing tantalizing taste of the upcoming fourth season.

Frontline From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians Tuesday at 9 pm examines the period after the first revolt, tracing the development and impact of the Gospels and looking at the increasingly hostile relationship between the Christians and the Jews.

Great Performances presents The Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State ballet for the beloved annual traditions against the joyful backdrop of the picturesque city Wednesday at 7 pm.

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday goes inside Peligrosa, a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists re-energizing the sights and sounds of Latin America.

The Daytripper goes to El Paso, Johnson City, San Marcos and Houston in back-to-back episodes starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Sherlock and Watson are plunged into a case of blackmail involving crafty dominatrix Irene Adler on Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia at 9 pm Friday.

See how romantic English design joined the melting pot of American garden style on Central Texas Gardener at noon and 4 pm Saturday. On tour, English-born gardeners adapted memories with drought tough native plants.

Queens of the Stone Age performs rock anthems from its latest LP on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.