New British drama plus new seasons of Death in Paradise, Miss Fisher & more starting 4/17 on KLRU Q

KLRU Q gets dramatic with shows from around the world! It all starts at 8 pm! NEW episodes of Death in Paradise from the sunny Caribbean. Miss Fisher is on the case in 1920s Australia in all new episodes of Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries.  Charles Dickens faces his most iconic characters in 19th century London on the NEW SERIES Dickensian. And DCI Tom Mathias is on the case in all-new episodes of Hinterland from Wales.

Starting on April 17th, the new KLRUQ Monday night line up will be:
8:00 pm Death in Paradise Season 6
8:55 pm Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries Season 2
9:55 pm Dickensian
10:55 pm Hinterland Season 2

The new series Dickensian
Drama set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens critically acclaimed novels, bringing together some of his most iconic characters as their lives intertwine in 19th century London.

Death in Paradise Season 6
Hit BBC crime drama Death in Paradise is back to warm us all up with a sixth series of murders, mystery and Caribbean sunshine. Kris Marshall’s DI Humphrey and his love interest Martha Lloyd (Sally Bretton) are back at the centre of the drama on the fictional island of Saint Marie. The upcoming series features a London-based two-part special, some very special guest stars and some of the island’s most complex cases ever.

Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries Season 2
The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) is a thoroughly modern woman of the late 1920s operating in a mostly male world. The glamorous “lady detective” goes about her work with a pistol close at hand-and, more often than not, a male admirer even closer. The second season of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries continues to follow the personal and professional life of glamorous, sharp-witted Phryne Fisher: a socialite, aristocrat and private detective. Her cases include ghostly soldiers; pirates and buried treasure; murder on the airwaves; and a deadly Christmas in July. She continues to work with Detective Inspector John “Jack” Robinson (Nathan Page), who was reluctant to work with Miss Fisher at first but has begun to rely on her abilities, and Dorothy “Dot” Williams (Ashleigh Cummings) remains Phryne’s faithful companion. While she lives in the lap of luxury now, Phryne will never forget her humble beginnings, nor will she rest until she solves her sister Janey’s disappearance.

Hinterland S.2
A noir crime drama set in the scenic, centuries-old town of Aberystwyth, Wales. The area is a natural crucible of colliding worlds – a place where history, myth and tradition come face-to-face with modern life – but its panoramic vistas and quaint facade hide a multitude of sins. Into this realm steps the enigmatic DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington), a brilliant but troubled man on the run from his past. Together with his equally intelligent and complex partner DI Mared Rhys (Mali Harries), Mathias tackles mystifying murder cases that take viewers from the windswept sand dunes of the Welsh coastline to the badlands and beyond.

Throughout the second season of Hinterland, Mathias is drawn into a world of killers and their victims. Atmospheric and disturbing, this is a detective drama of poetry and scale, a story of blood, soil and belonging. This is Hinterland.

Q Night at the Movies: Judgement at Nuremberg on April 1st

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Q Night at the Movies brings you action packed features this week, including the Vikings, Nazi War criminals and Hitler’s soldiers.

Professor Anders Winroth from Yale University talks about real life Vikings and how they compare to The History Channel’s interpretation on the show “Vikings.” Turns out real Vikings were great poets with extraordinary hygiene! Science Goes To The Movies begins at 7:00 pm.

Writer/Director/Producer Charles Burnett shares his career development process in narrative and documentary filmmaking with Killer of Sheep (1978), his seminal film, which was definitive in highlighting African American cultural experience, all on On Story, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Stanley Kramer’s Oscar-winning account of the postwar courtroom proceedings against Nazi war criminals in 1948 Germany, Judgement At Nuremberg, this this week’s All-star Film Collection feature beginning at 8:00 pm.

Acted by German actors, speaking both German and English, they will quote directly from the highlights of over 100,000 hours of secretly recorded and therefore unguarded conversations between German POWs held in Britain. These long lost voices of the past are being brought back to life, bringing with them unique and exclusive insights into What the Nazis Really Thought. Secrets Of The Dead begins at 9:55 pm.

 

Just the BEAR necessities on KLRU Q 3/31

March 31st, join KLRU Q for a special night for one of mother nature’s fluffiest, cutest and scariest animals in the forest.

The emotionally engaging documentary BEARY TALES chronicles the gradual maturation of the bear twins as they flourish under Vaclav’s care: their first steps, early forest outings, and development from defenseless babies to cheeky, 135-pound teenagers. Using a well-balanced mix of factual information and charming scenes of the playful duo, the film deftly illustrates the specific complexities that arise when bear cubs are influenced by humans. Beary Tales airs at 8:00 pm.

Detailing the latest research, Chris Packham explores the specialised adaptations that have enabled bears to thrive, including how a polar bear’s hollow fur allows it to feed throughout the gruelling Arctic winter, whilst a state of ‘walking hibernation’ sees it through the summer months, on Wonder Of Animals, airing at 8:55 pm.

The Great Polar Bear Feast is the astonishing story of an annual natural phenomenon that occurs in early September on the north slope of the Arctic. Every year, up to eighty polar bears gather on the frozen shores, near the village of Kaktovik, to feast on the hunter-harvested bowhead whale remains. The film has extraordinary access to the work of scientist Todd Atwood, the lead polar bear scientist for the US Geological Survey. He has estimated that there has been a 40% decline in the polar bears around the South Beaufort Sea since 2006. It is an extraordinary decline, and he is determined to find out why. Watch the Great Polar Bear Feast, airing at 9:29 pm.

 

KLRU Q Night of mysterious royal deaths on 3/26

On March 26th, KLRU Q brings you mystery as each episode explores the ways of death of royalty and prominent English famlies, all by Hidden Killers.

While the Tudor era was a period of change and discovery, the threat of a grisly, unpleasant death was never far away in a world still mired in the grime and filth of the medieval period. In HIDDEN KILLERS OF THE TUDOR HOME, historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb identifies some of the most common Tudor killers: increased sugar consumption; new, unregulated building techniques and materials; and a lack of proper medical knowledge. The Tudor Home episode airs at 5:59 pm.

In HIDDEN KILLERS OF THE VICTORIAN HOME, a genuine horror story, Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb reveals the lethal killers that lurked in every room of the Victorian home and shows how they were unmasked. What new innovation killed thousands of babies? And what turned the domestic haven into a ticking bomb? Find out on the Victorian Home episode airing at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb takes us back to the Victorian era when cities were expanding and mass consumerism took hold. But, from the food they ate, to the clothes they wore and the new products that thrilled them, the Victorian’s were surrounding themselves with killers. What made taking a bath and drinking milk potentially so dangerous? Find out on the a new episode continuation of the Victorian Home, airing at 8:01 pm.

The dawn of the 20th century and the reign of a new king ushered in an era of fresh inventions and innovations that transformed the way people lived. Electricity, refrigeration and a whole host of different materials promised to make life at home brighter, easier and more convenient. But, a lack of understanding the potential hazards meant these “advances” frequently led to terrible accidents, horrendous injuries and even death. The new episode of The Edwardian Home airs at 9:02 pm.

This is the latest episode of Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb’s hugely popular Hidden Killers strand. Suzannah explores the time when the British embraced modern design for the first time after years of austerity and self-denial. The look and feel of the post-war 1950s home – a “modern” world of molded plywood furniture, fiberglass, plastics and polyester – had its roots in the materials innovations of World War Two. This bright new era encompassed a host of social changes, including higher living standards and improved technologies, but, as Suzannah will discover, there were also unexpected dangers lurking throughout the changing home. The Post-War Home airs at 10:03 pm.

 

New season of Midsomer Murders starts 3/23 on KLRU

Now in its 11th season in England, MIDSOMER MURDERS has become an international phenomenon. The rural countryside of a fictional county in England provides the backdrop for this crime series based on the novels of Caroline Graham. A lush visual style, quirky characters (frequently wealthy eccentrics), and ubiquitous red herrings recall classic public television British mysteries of the past. At the center of the MIDSOMER MURDERS investigations is Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, played by actor John Nettles (Bergerac).

Local PC Ben Jones steps into CID and DS Scott’s shoes to help Barnaby investigate the garrotting of two house hunters outside a deserted – supposedly haunted – house. The owner is anxious to sell, but the estate agent, Harriet Davis, who is representing Jack Magwood, seems reluctant to let anyone see the property. The House In The Woods, Part 1 airs Thursday, March 23rd at 9:00 PM and Saturday, March 25th at 9:50 PM. The House In The Woods, Part 2 airs Thursday, March 23rd at 9:50 PM and Saturday, March 25th at 10:40 PM.

The mother of a deceased one-time carnival queen is found dead in a stream. Once again, Barnaby must dig up the past to solve the case. Barnaby is convinced he has seen two people from an earlier mystery around the village. He is puzzled because the people in question were brutally murdered. Is Barnaby seeing ghosts? Catch Dead Letters, Part 1 Thursday, March 30th at 9:00 PM and Saturday, April 1st at 10:38 PM. Dead Letters, Part 2 airs Thursday, March 30th at 9:52 PM and Saturday, April 1st at 11:30 PM.

Wealthy, eccentric, obese aristocrat Freddy Butler drops dead after gathering all three of his wives at his hall. Although the cause of death is revealed to have been natural causes, the case is far from simple when, soon after, his solicitor is killed in a house fire. Vixen’s Run, Part 1 airs Thursday, April 6th at 9:00 PM and Saturday, April 8th at 10:38 PM. Vixen’s Run, Part 2 airs Thursday, April 6th at 9:52 PM and Saturday, April 8th at 11:30 PM.

Blackmail, revenge and, of course, murder strike again in Midsomer. Barnaby has plenty of suspects with motives but no real proof. For once his investigations take him beyond the confines of Midsomer, with trips to the seaside – where he even takes time out for a paddle. Down Among The Dead Men, Part 1 airs Thursday, April 13th at 9:00 PM and Saturday, April 15th at 10:39 PM. Down Among The Dead Men, Part 2 airs Thursday, April 13th at 9:48 PM and Saturday, April 15th at 11:37 PM.

#TBT – Win this Retro PBS Logo Tote Bag

It’s almost the 50th anniversary of PBS and KLRU is celebrating with a Throwback Thursday giveaway!

PBS is dusting off some of its classic television moments to commemorate nearly 50 years on the air. Take a look at some of the featured old school episodes here.

And what better way to show off your enduring love for PBS than by rocking our retro cotton canvas bag?

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU and this hip and helpful tote could be yours. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your favorite classic PBS show and you’ll be entered.

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Turn trash into art: Win this origami tutorial book!

Recycling just got a lot more fun! 

KLRU airs NOVA: The Origami Revolution tonight at 8:30 p.m. The University of Texas Origami Club will even drop in to show off some of their creative folding.

If you’re feeling inspired to try your hand at some origami, you’ll love our book and DVD guide giveaway, Trash Origami: 25 Paper-folding Projects Reusing Everyday Materials. Learn how to fold up your old paper into something beautiful while honing your origami skills.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win! 

To enter, simply comment with your favorite current show on any one of KLRU’s 4 channels. We want to know what you love!

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Win this Prickly Pear Tea Towel!

Who is Cactus Jack and how did he get such an odd nickname?

John Nance Garner IV, or “Cactus Jack” as he was known, was a Texas politician, a presidential contender in 1932 and our 32nd Vice President under FDR. While Garner was in the Texas House of Representatives, the legislature worked to choose a state flower, and he lobbied hard for the prickly pear cactus. Of course, it was the bluebonnet that won out, but hence was born his nickname Cactus Jack.

To commemorate Texas and the prickly pear cactus that Garner so loved, we’re giving away this adorable tea towel. This item is locally made by Austin artist Carolyn Kimball and provides the perfect pop of whimsy for any kitchen.

Tune into KLRU for Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill at 7 p.m. to learn more about this fascinating man. 

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win
the Prickly Pear Tea Towel. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your choice for Texas state flower and you’ll be entered. Had you been able to cast a vote in 1901, what would you have picked?
1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

Travel with intention: Win this Rick Steves how-to guide!

Get tips on how to get more out of your next international trip!

KLRU is giving away a copy of Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act, a guide which The Society of American Travel Writers named “Travel Book of the Year.” Rick Steves shares his decades of world-wandering experience, providing lessons on how to “sightsee with an edge” as he reflects on deeply integrating, learning and connecting while out of his comfort zone.

Tonight on KLRU, travel to Germany and learn more about Martin Luther, no stranger to political acts himself. Tune into Rick Steves’ Special: Luther and The Reformation at 10:30 p.m.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU to win
Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act. There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Comment with your favorite travel destination—whether it’s a place you’ve been or want to go to—and you’ll be entered.
1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will be notified by March 21.

See Broadway in Austin: BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical!

Don’t miss your chance to see the inspiring true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom!

Donate $250 today
and we’ll thank you with a pair of tickets to the opening night of Beautiful at Bass Concert Hall on March 21st at 8pm.
Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL, the musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom.

Tickets are limited so you won’t want to miss this joyous celebration about the life and career of Carole King…you’ll see how she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.