Highlights Dec. 18-24

KLRU Highlights

Return to the world of manners with Alastair Bruce, “Downton Abbey’s” historical advisor. With interviews with cast members like Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, the program navigates the social protocol of aristocrats and servants in the 1920s in this episode of More Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special airing Sunday at 7 pm.

On this episode of Great Performances, bitter rivalries erupt on The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part II. The feeble King Henry is overshadowed by Queen Margaret. Edward IV takes the throne, but youngest brother Richard has his eyes on the crown, Sunday at 8 pm.

Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat on the Holiday special of Vicious, airing at 10:30 pm on Sunday.

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. Catch Rick Steves in Europe on Rick Steves’ European Christmas this Sunday & Saturday at 11 pm.

Tune in to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and hear Broadway star Laura Osnes, acclaimed British screen actor Martin Jarvis and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in the annual Christmas concert. Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir repeats Monday, December 19th at 8 pm, Thursday, December 22nd at 9 pm, and Saturday, December 24th at 8:00 pm.

Take an unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers — Walt Disney on Walt Disney: American Experience Monday at 9 pm.

In the second program, FRONTLINE 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. Watch the second installment of From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians special, airing Tuesday at 9 pm.

Gain access to America’s most iconic residence-symbol of national history and icon of democracy, and learn how the White House is the story of America itself on White House: Inside Story airing Tuesday at 10 pm.

From the filmmakers who brought viewers the spectacular 3-part miniseries, “Penguins: Spy in the Huddle,” comes this intimate and incredible journey of one vulnerable and charismatic Emperor penguin chick. Watch his new-found independence in this extraordinarily difficult and dangerous place is filled with humor and danger that will test his parents until the day he leaves them, on this episode of Nature airing Wednesday at 7 pm.

A 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising new version of the Biblical flood story, complete with how-to instructions for assembling an ark. Discover new aspects to the classic story of NOVA airing at 8 pm on Wednesday.

This film examines a world wonder so elusive, most people have decided it must be mythical. This film proves the spectacular Hanging Gardens of Babylon did exist, shows us where they were, what they looked like and how they were constructed. Watch on this episode of Secrets of the Dead airing Wednesday at 9 pm.

Relish the best in smart indie rock with Sleater-Kinney and Heartless Bastards. Seattle veterans Sleater-Kinney rock tracks from their acclaimed LP No Cities to Love on this episode of Austin City Limits, airing Wednesday & Friday at 10 pm.

Watch Evan Smith with Mike Love, a singer/songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys. His credits include such classics as “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls”and “I Get Around” on Overheard With Evan Smith, this Thursday at 7 pm.

On this episode of Arts In Context, The House of Songs connects international & U.S. songwriters to bridge cultures & spark creativity, which airs at 8pm on Thursday.

Chet heads to Lufkin to explore the Texas Piney Woods and one of Texas’s four National Forests. Watch as he paddles the Neches River, hikes beneath the towering pines, and visits the Texas Forestry Museum to learn the history of the people who lived here, all on The Daytripper, airing Thursday at 9 pm.

Chet then joins the “snowbirds” and heads to the Texas coast in the winter time to see some of the only remaining wild whooping cranes on this episode of The Daytripper on Thursday at 9:30 pm.

Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s The Voice (and biggest selling The Voice artist to date), stars in his very first one-hour concert program, Jordan Smith ’tis the Season, which airs Thursday at 10:00 pm.

On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Great Performances presents the RSC’s star-studded gala, with David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes, John Lithgow, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, David Suchet and many more, on Friday at 8 pm.

Check out the Christmas Eve specials here: http://www.klru.org/blog/2016/11/klru-holiday-programs/