Sunday at 8 p.m., Lord Merton delivers a bombshell to Isobel, and Mary does likewise to Tony on Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 4. Police suspicions deepen in an unexplained death. Robert and Sarah lock horns.
Then, Sunday at 9 p.m., it’s a double feature! On Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 5, Rose makes a handsome new acquaintance. Something is wrong with Thomas. Edith’s link to Marigold draws attention. Bricker and Robert lose control.
On Foyle’s War Revisited, go behind-the-scenes of the acclaimed, must-see series with host John Mahoney (Fraiser) and learn the secrets of the final Foyle’s War episodes in season 8. Sunday at 10 p.m.
Freddie and Stuart expect a long-awaited guest at their anniversary party on Vicious Episode 106, Sunday at 11 p.m. When Ash accidentally mentions the party to Stuart’s mother, Stuart decides, finally, to tell her that he and Freddie are a couple. The whole clan comes around again to celebrate a typically awkward and eventful evening.
On Antiques Roadshow Junk In The Trunk 5, Part 2, discover more previously unseen appraisals from this season’s eight-city tour, such as Fantasia drawings and sketches from 1940, Alvin & the Chipmunks puppets, ca. 1958, and Israel Regardie’s manuscripts and book. Monday at 7 p.m.
Walt Disney: American Experience, Monday at 8:30 p.m., provides an unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers — Walt Disney.
Follow Jim Henson’s career, from his early television work with the Muppets in the 1950s to his commercial work and network appearances, his breakthrough with SESAME STREET and “The Muppet Show,” his fantasy films and his sudden death in 1990 on In Their Own Words Jim Henson, Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, Frontline From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians transports viewers back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity. Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.
Nature Pets: Wild At Heart: Secretive Creature is packed with incredible filming techniques, from Schlieren photography that makes smells visible, to moving X-rays, ultra slow-motion, and ultraviolet vision as well as HD horsecams and doggycams, discover how our pets experience the world through their astonishing senses and hidden channels of communication. Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Everybody’s heard of it, but what does the world’s most famous equation E=mc2 really mean? NOVA Einstein’s Big Idea, Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., dramatizes the stories of the men and women whose innovative thinking across four centuries led finally to Einstein’s bold breakthrough.
On Overheard with Evan Smith John Sununu, Former Gov. New Hampshire, Thursday at 7 p.m., Smith interviews the former Governor of New Hampshire. He was also White House Chief of Staff for President George H.W. Bush. Most recently he was Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party.
Featuring larger-than-life creatures powered by pedals, Austin Bike Zoo is a one-of-a-kind blend of puppetry and cycling, featured on Arts In Context Beautiful Creatures, Thursday at 7:45. This “Human Powered Puppetry” was born out of a passion to combine the beauty and strength of human movement with the artistry and theater of puppets and a dedication to creating interactive works.
Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Carpenters: Close To You (My Music Presents) is a music-filled documentary that traces the Carpenters’ career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group’s friends in the music business, featuring their their top recording hits, interviews with Richard Carpenter in addition to the group’s musicians, famous friends and colleagues, particularly those who helped them achieve stardom. The program also contains rare footage of Richard and Karen, including never-before-seen promotional films, concert performances, studio recording sessions, archival television appearances and outtakes.
From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, Rick Steves’ European Christmas celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, airing Thursday at 10 p.m., Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.
Lidia Celebrates “Home for the Holidays” Friday at 8 pm