Highlights Dec. 17-23

KLRU Highlights

Caroline’s new headship involves moving the family to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas, and Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian on Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Special Sunday at 7 pm.

As a new young queen, the young Victoria struggles to take charge amid plots to manipulate her on Victoria Doll 123 Sunday at 8 pm.

Discover the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, the dark secrets, and the hidden desires on Father Brown The Crackpot of the Empire Sunday at 10 pm.

Mark L. Walberg stops in Virginia’s capital city and attempts to stump an appraiser on Federal era materials on Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm.

Follow the unique coming-of-age story of Naomi, an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen who must navigate the perils on cyber-bullying and strict religious ideals on Independent Lens Supergirl Monday at 9 pm.

Visit Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas, with the Bargo Brothers, then head to Johnson Space Center and Mi Tierra in San Antonio on Highpointers with the Bargo Brothers Monday at 10:30 pm.

Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari learn contrasting stories of assimilation, independence, and success all over the globe on Finding Your Roots Funny Business Tuesday at 7 pm.

Larry David and Bernie Sanders discover they have more in common than they thought as they trace their roots from 1940s Brooklyn back to Jewish communities in Eastern Europe on Finding Your Roots The Impression Tuesday at 8 pm.

Lean how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy and how U.S. intelligence came to believe he targeted the 2016 presidential election on Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm.

Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to understand why they exist at all on Genius by Stephen Hawking Why Are We Here? Tuesday at 10 pm.

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent, and later came to conquer Africa on Nature The Story of Cats: Asia to Africa Wednesday at 7 pm.

Long mocked as empty-headed, birds hide surprisingly acute intelligence. But just how smart are they? Find out on NOVA Bird Brain Wednesday at 8 pm.

Explore the extremes of true flight: power, acceleration, top speed, maneuverability and endurance on Supernature – Wild Flyers Masters of the Sky Wednesday at 9 pm.

Enjoy intimate performances from singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Shakey Graves on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Join Walter Isaacson, former chairman of CNN and editor of Time magazine for a conversation on Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm.

Take a deeper look at the scope of food insecurity and affordability issues in Central Texas on Decibel, Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet tries his hand at wake surfing, explores Austin’s swimming areas, and dines at the “Sunset Capital of the World” on The Daytripper Lake Travis, TX, Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet travels to the edge of Texas to eat authentic Mexican food and learn why El Paso is known as the Boot Capital of the World on The Daytripper, Thursday at 8:30 pm.

The late mistress of Manderley casts her irresistible spell from beyond the grave in this adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s haunting novel on Rebecca, Thursday at 9 pm.

Learn about the wild beaches of Cape Lookout, a luminous bar of sand with no roads, bridges, or hotels in North Carolina on Ribbon of Sand Thursday at 10:34 pm.

Celebrate 40 years of Austin music with this behind-the-scenes special featuring clips from the show’s archives on Austin City Limits Pledge Special Thursday at 11:01 pm.

Washington Week delivers the most interesting conversation of the week featuring a group of journalists participating in a roundtable discussion of major news events Friday at 7 pm.

Join Walter Isaacson, former chairman of CNN and editor of Time magazine for a conversation on Overheard with Evan Smith on Friday at 7:30 pm.

Enjoy the festive Roundabout Theatre Company production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn Friday at 8 pm.

Explore the history of the entire universe with Professor Brian Cox in this comedic musical extravaganza on Eric Idle’s The Entire Universe Friday at 10:30 pm.

Enjoy Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops, a showcase of beloved classics performed at the historic Symphony Hall in Boston Saturday at 7 pm.

As a new young queen, the young Victoria struggles to take charge amid plots to manipulate her on Victoria Doll 123 Saturday at 8 pm.

Caroline’s new headship involves moving the family to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas, and Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian on Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Special Saturday at 10 pm.

 

Highlights Dec. 10-16

KLRU Highlights

See the timeless, searing, funny, and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America, told through the complex relationship between a Jewish widow and an African American man who works as her chauffeur, on Great Performances Driving Miss Daisy Sunday at 7 pm.

Based on the novel by celebrated writer Frances Hodgson Burnett, Making of a Lady tells the story of the well-born, educated but penniless Emily, who marries her employer’s wealthy nephew, but seeks solace elsewhere, Sunday at 8:30 pm.

Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of a soul – the passions, dark secrets, and hidden desires. He is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice on Father Brown The Hangman’s Demise Sunday at 10 pm.

Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Rosie Sayyah head to Joseff Jewelry to discuss Hollywood costume jewelry on Antiques Roadshow Anaheim, Hour Three Monday at 7 pm.

In Richmond, Virginia, Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Reid Dunavant travel to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art to talk about silver coffee and teapots on Antiques Roadshow Monday at 8 pm.

Third grader Jose Ansaldo was born in Mexico but imagines a life beyond the lettuce fields where his parents work. Watch his cruel circumstances play out, and understand what it means when children like Jose are denied opportunities on Independent Lens East of Salinas Monday at 9 pm.

Join narrator Neve Campbel for interviews with the creative team that reimagined an original tale, telling the story of how Marie fell asleep on Christmas Eve and dreamed of the World’s Fair on Making a New American Nutcracker Monday at 10 pm.

Three guests of disparate Southern backgrounds find astonishing tales of bondage in their family histories on Finding Your Roots Southern Roots Tuesday at 7 pm.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ava DuVernay and Janet Mock see their basic assumptions about their families challenged on Finding Your Roots The Vanguard Tuesday at 8 pm.

Frontline tells the story of how Russian President Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy, and why he targeted the American election Tuesday at 9 pm.

Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to find out who we really are by examining self-assembling machines and light-up bacteria on Genius By Stephen Hawking Are We Alone? Tuesday at 10 pm.

Get an intimate look at elephants through the lens of the greatest storytellers of natural history on Nature Soul of the Elephant Wednesday at 7 pm.

Uncover traces of the Allies’ devastating planting of explosives under German territory during WWII and learn why it failed to break the deadlock of trench warfare on NOVA Secret Tunnel Warfare Wednesday at 8 pm.

Explore the basic principles of flight to see how leapers and gliders become airborne – and how they overcome the powerful force of gravity on Supernature – Wild Flyers Defying Gravity Wednesday at 9 pm.

Welcome up and coming country singers Margo Price and Hayes Carll to Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Helen Thorpe is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Texas Monthly. See her on Overheard With Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Examine the transformation of Houston’s most glamorous address, from early settlers to shopping mecca and urban oasis on Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet heads to the “Pecan Capital of the World” where he learns about the 1000 or so different varieties of this nut on The Daytripper San Saba, TX, Thursday at 8:30 pm.

The late mistress of Manderley, Rebecca, casts her irresistible spell from beyond the grave in this adaption of Daphne du Maurier’s haunting novel on Rebecca, Thursday at 9 pm.

Go on a journey through the extraordinary history, art and architecture of Houston’s stunning skyline, historic homes, and quirky structures on The Art of Architecture: Houston Thursday at 10:36 pm.

Join the most interesting conversation of the week with a group of journalists participating in a roundtable discussion of the week’s major news events on Washington Week, Friday at 7 pm.

Helen Thorpe is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Texas Monthly. See her on Overheard With Evan Smith Friday at 7:30 pm.

Celebrate the holidays with Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle, a cross-cultural spectacular, featuring the world’s leading tenor Rolando Villazon, Friday at 8 pm.

Jordan Smith ’tis the Season showcases the season nine winner of The Voice and spotlights music from his new Christmas album, Friday at 9 pm.

Welcome up and coming country singers Margo Price and Hayes Carll to Austin City Limits Friday at 10 pm.

Enjoy intimate performances from Ryan Adams and Shakey Graves on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets and hidden desires of the criminal on Father Brown The Hangman’s Demise Saturday at 8 pm.

Caroline is overwhelmed at the prospect of looking after baby Flora, until a stranger walks into her life on Last Tango in Halifax Saturday at 9 pm.

Caroline is relieved to find that Greg is a natural with Flora and a positive influence on Lawrence on Last Tango in Halifax Saturday at 10 pm.

Caroline gets to the heart of the reason Gillian is reluctant to go through with the wedding, and Alan takes steps toward forgiving on Last Tango in Halifax Saturday at 11 pm.

Highlights Dec. 3-9

KLRU Highlights

Anticipate the return of this regal series with a look back at the romance and drama of Season 1, and get a sneak peek at Season 2 on Victoria Returns Sunday at 7 pm.

Worsley examines the happy marriage of Henry VIII to Katherine of Aragon and its eventual failure when she failed to give Henry the son he desired on Secrets of the Six Wives Divorced Sunday at 7:30 pm.

Henry breaks with the Roman Church to marry Anne, only to grow tired of her and marry Jane Seymour, who dies giving birth to his son on Secrets of the Six Wives Beheaded, Died Sunday at 8:44 pm.

The final three wives are presented: “ugly” Anne of Cleves, young Catherine Howard, and the far from saintly nurse Katherine Parr on Secrets of the Six Wives Divorced, Beheaded, Survived Sunday at 10 pm.

Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Philip Weiss travel to the Queen Mary to talk about ocean liner memorabilia, then to Rickenbacker International Corporation to discuss vintage guitars on Antiques Roadshow Anaheim Monday at 7 pm.

Meet 92-year-old Mimi, who is still caring for her 64-year-old disabled daughter Dona, and learn what happens when time is running out and a new home must be found for Dona on Independent Lens Mimi and Dona Monday at 9 pm.

Two short films follow families as they travel great distances, both physically and emotionally, to find a new home on Film School Shorts Border Crossings Monday at 10 pm.

Shen “Sunny” Jun’s first dance piece is an attempt to translate the emotions and conflicts he felt as the adjusted from his old life in China to his new life in the United States on Arts in Context The Grit of Soul Monday at 10:30 pm.

Uncover family mysteries about two hip hop legends, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology on Finding Your Roots Family Reunions Tuesday at 7 pm.

Discover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America’s funniest men, Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear, and Bill Hader, on Finding Your Roots Tragedy + Time = Comedy Tuesday at 8 pm.

Investigate how the Bundy family’s fight against the government invigorated armed militias and “patriot” groups on Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm.

Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius on Genius by Stephen Hawking Can We Time Travel? Tuesday at 10 pm.

Explore one of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent – a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West on Nature The Sagebrush Sea Wednesday at 7 pm.

Meet the world’s most advanced humanoid robots as they leave the lab and endeavor to become part of our everyday lives on NOVA Rise of the Robots Wednesday at 8 pm.

Get a rare insight into the life of superstar scientist Stephen Hawking, as his mind soars beyond the ordinary but is trapped inside a mostly immobile body on Hawking Wednesday at 9 pm.

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Join author Nicole Krauss as she talks about her latest novel Forest Dark, the role literature plays in our lives, and her creative process on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Visit Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas, with the Bargo Brothers, then head to Johnson Space Center and Mi Tierra in San Antonio on Highpointers with the Bargo Brothers Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet heads to West Texas to explore one of the most beautiful and remote national parks on The Daytripper Big Bend National Park Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet and his crew head to Terlingua, where they explore the town’s old mining culture, eat at an old theater, and celebrate at the historic “La Kiva” bar on The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

In this parody of Jane Austen’s gothic fiction, at a medieval country house, Catherine Morland invests in a budding romance with Henry Tilney on Northanger Abbey Thursday at 9 pm.

Learn how in Yellowstone National Park, summer is for eating, fall is for mating, winter is for surviving, and spring is for rebirth on Yellowstone in Four Seasons Thursday at 10:35 pm.

Washington Week delivers the most interesting conversation of the week featuring a group of journalists in a roundtable discussion of major news events Friday at 7 pm.

Join author Nicole Krauss as she talks about her latest novel Forest Dark, the role literature plays in our lives, and her creative process on Overheard with Evan Smith Friday at 7:30 pm.

Join judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake on Great British Baking Show Christmas Masterclass Friday at 8 pm.

Rock with a great American stadium rock band, having sold 25 million records and won 11 Grammy awards on Foo Fighters – Landmarks Live in Concert Friday at 9 pm.

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma on Austin City Limits Friday at 10 pm.

Welcome up-and-coming country singers Margo Price and Hayes Carll to Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, and hidden desires on Father Brown The Brewer’s Daughter Saturday at 8 pm.

See how an unexpected visitor forces Alan to think about his past, making Gillian and Caroline anxious; meanwhile, Caroline and pregnant Kate set a date for their wedding on Last Tango in Halifax Saturday at 9 pm.

Alan finally lets Celia into his secret about Gary, but is saddened when Celia punishes Caroline on her wedding day for his mistake on Last Tango in Halifax Saturday at 10 pm.

Celia builds bridges with Alan and accepts Gary into her life, despite her initial reservations on Last Tango in Halifax Saturday at 11 pm.

 

Highlights Nov. 26 – Dec. 2

KLRU Highlights

In Jane Austen’s parody of gothic fiction, Felicity Jones plays Catherine Morland, whose budding romance with Henry Tilney in a medieval country house is cut short on Northanger Abbey Sunday at 7 pm.

Follow along with Father Brown as he uses intuition and psychology to investigate crime on Father Brown The Mask of the Demon Sunday at 9 pm.

Travel expert Rick Steves explores Germany’s culture in Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Frankfurt and Nurnberg in Rick Steve’s Europe: Great German Cities Sunday at 10:30 pm.

Mark L. Walberg joins an appraiser at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to learn about the photography of Dorothea Lange on Antiques Roadshow Kansas City, Hour Three Monday at 7 pm.

Explore the entertainer’s life with unprecedented access to his personal archives including writings voiced by Billy Crystal and clips from his work on Bob Hope: American Masters Monday at 8 pm.

Celebrated blues rock master Joe Bonamassa delivers a musical tribute to The Three Kings of the Blues at the legendary Greek Theatre, filmed in August 2015, on Monday at 10 pm.

Nixon resigns amidst Watergate, and North Vietnamese troops overtake Saigon with overwhelming force on Vietnam War The Weight of Memory Tuesday at 7 pm.

Join Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma, and more for a tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker on Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller Tuesday at 9 pm.

Meet the next generation of astronauts training to leave Earth’s orbit and travel into deep space on Beyond A Year In Space Wednesday at 7 pm.

Learn how NASA’s epic 1977 Voyager mission revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Urans, and Neptune, and how 2012’s Voyager 1 ushered humanity into the interstellar age on Farthest – Voyager in Space Wednesday at 8:30 pm.

The Wild Kratt team is led on a wild chase as they follow the difficult and incredible journey of a Sockeye salmon on the “Salmon Run” on Wild Kratts Alaska Hero’s Journey Thursday at 7 pm.

Chet heads to West Texas to explore one of the most beautiful and remote national parks in the U.S., from desert to mountain hikes on The Daytripper Big Bend National Park Thursday at 8 pm.

Great Performances follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and the history behind it, with interviews from Presidents Obama and George W. Bush on Hamilton’s America Thursday at 9 pm.

Washington Week delivers a conversation of the week’s events with a roundtable group of journalists, Friday at 7 pm.

Explore the history of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco on Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years Friday at 8 pm.

Enjoy a career-spanning performance by R&B icon and Grammy winner Ms. Lauryn Hill in a rare television appearance on Austin City Limits Friday at 10:30 pm.

Experience the memorable 50th anniversary performance of the band’s seminal album, including “Knights in White Satin,” recorded live with full orchestra on Great Performances The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed Live Saturday at 7 pm.

Follow along with Father Brown as he uses intuition and psychology to investigate crime on Father Brown The Mask of the Demon Saturday at 9 pm.

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, Rick Steves’ European Christmas celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent on Rick Steves’ Specials European Christmas Saturday at 10:30 pm.

PBS KIDS Rings in the Holiday Season with a Full Slate of Programming for the Whole Family

Shorter days and colder nights offer a good reason to cozy up with family to enjoy holiday favorites on PBS KIDS. Beginning this month and running through the end of the year, kids and families can celebrate the joy of the season with holiday-themed specials every weekend as part of Family Night, a special viewing destination on the KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream. This includes the Primetime Emmy- and WGA Award-winning ONCE UPON A SESAME STREET CHRISTMAS, THE GRUFFALO and new holiday-themed episodes from READY JET GO!, SPLASH AND BUBBLES and CYBERCHASE. Holiday-themed episodes from PBS KIDS favorites will also air on PBS stations and stream on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video app throughout December. For additional programs airing, check out klru.org/holiday

ONCE UPON A SESAME STREET CHRISTMAS
Premieres and streams November 22, 23, 24 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night); December 4, 11-15, 18
A bedtime story for Elmo recalls a gloomy time when Sesame Street was devoid of holiday spirit until a distant relative brought tidings of comfort and joy to its residents.

THE GRUFFALO
Airs December 1-3 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
A cunning mouse goes for a walk through the forest and has to outwit a succession of predators.

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS!
Airs December 8-10 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night), 12, 14, 16, 26
This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thinga-ma-jigger breaks down, and they depend on a variety of animals – from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs – and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

SPLASH AND BUBBLES: Whitebeard/Coral Day – NEW
Airs December 11, 15-17 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
“Whitebeard” – Ripple is excited because, according to legend, tonight is the night that Whitebeard, a mysterious creature who lives at the North Pole, sails over Reeftown, singing his beautiful music. She tries to convince the other Reeftown friends to stay up and watch for him to appear.
“Coral Day” – It’s the holiday season in Reeftown as everyone gets ready for Coral Day, a celebration of the wonderful coral that makes up their home. Splash, new to Reeftown and its traditions, wonders what he can contribute to the festival.

PEG + CAT + HOLIDAYS
Airs December 11, 15-17 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night), 26
“The Hanukkah Problem” – When Albert Einstein invites Peg and Cat over for Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al’s home and save his Hanukkah.
“The Christmas Problem” – When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world and deliver them using 100 sleighs.
“The Penguin Problem” – Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew “over,” “under” and “in between.”

READY JET GO!: Holidays in Boxwood Terrace – NEW
Premieres and streams December 11, December 22-24 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
“Holidays in Boxwood Terrace, Part 1” – Jet pitches an idea for the annual Boxwood Terrace Christmas Pageant, and not only is it accepted, he gets to direct it! He casts Sean, Sydney, Mindy and Sunspot as characters in the play and hires Mitchell Petersen to help him find this elusive thing called “Christmas Spirit.”
“Holidays in Boxwood Terrace, Part 2” – Jet is looking for the Spirit of Christmas, something intangible that Sean and Sydney can’t quite define. Mitchell wants to belong to the group, but doesn’t know how to do it. Both kids get their answer in a heartfelt conclusion.

WILD KRATTS: A CREATURE CHRISTMAS
Airs December 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 22-24 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night), 25
In this one-hour special, it’s Christmastime and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. The Wild Kratts must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays?

CYBERCHASE: A REBOOT EVE TO REMEMBER – NEW
Premieres and streams December 29; 30-31 (on KLRU PBS KIDS 24/7 Family Night)
It’s almost Reboot Day – when all of Cyberspace celebrates a fresh start for the new year! It’s Delete’s favorite holiday, but Hacker is in a bad mood because he’s low on energy. Fortunately for Hacker, the blustery town of Bottawa has a powerful energy source he can steal. Unfortunately for Bottawa, this energy source raises the big ball at midnight on Reboot Eve, and the celebration is being broadcast live across Cyberspace! When Hacker goes through with his plan, Delete stays in Bottawa to join forces with the CyberSquad and save the holiday. Can they find a way to use Bottawa’s wind to raise the big ball by midnight? And will Hacker’s Reboot resolution bring Delete home?
Other new episodes include “Creech’s Creature Quandary” (December 26), “A Murky Mystery in Mermaidos” (Dec ember27) and “Plantasaurus!” (December 28).

CURIOUS GEORGE: A VERY MONKEY CHRISTMAS
Airs December 11, 15, 17, 25
Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There’s only one dilemma – neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Holiday programming on KLRU 2017

Great British Baking Show

KLRU presents special programing that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Rick Steves’ Special “European Christmas”
Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 am and repeats on Saturday, December 2 at 10:30 pm; It Sunday, December 3 at 1:00 pm.
In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

Great British Baking Show “Christmas Masterclass”
Friday, December 8 at 8:00 pm and repeats on Saturday, December 9 at 5:30 pm
Join judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, and introduce some tasty treats for the holiday season.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 
Friday, December 15 at 8:00 pm
Celebrate the holidays with the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This season’s cross-cultural spectacular features the world’s leading tenor, Rolando Villazon, and seasonal favorites.

Great British Baking Show “Christmas Masterclass”
Saturday, December 16 at 5:30pm
Mary and Paul share favorite recipes for Christmas classics like stollen, mincemeat streusel and a gingerbread house, and some lesser-known bakes: Scottish black bun, Tunis cake and Boxing Day pie-the perfect way to use trimmings from the day before.

Great Performances “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn”
Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 pm and repeats on Friday, December 22 at 8:00 pm.
Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score including the Oscar-winning “White Christmas” with big dance numbers, comedy and a hit parade of the great songwriter’s famous tunes.

Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Specials
Sunday, December 17 and Sunday, December 24 at 7:00 pm
Caroline’s new headship involves moving the family to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian, who’s consumed by thoughts of the afterlife, convinced she’s being haunted by Eddie.

Great British Baking Show
Saturday, December 23 at 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm
In the first program, Mary and Paul share favorite recipes for Christmas classics like stollen, mincemeat streusel and a gingerbread house, and some lesser-known bakes: Scottish black bun, Tunis cake and Boxing Day pie-the perfect way to use trimmings from the day before.  In the second program, watch Mary prepare a pavlova wreath, and Paul a Chelsea bun Christmas tree. Mary makes decadent trifle layered with fruit compote and a rosace a l’orange. Paul puts leftovers to use in turkey and ham pie and closes the show with a towering pandoro.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Monday, December 25 at 7:00 pm
Join the midwives as they battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. Valerie helps a young couple who experience a traumatic birth and Sister Julienne tries to reunite a family.

Highlights Nov. 19-25

KLRU Highlights

With two women in labor plus a stabbing victim, Dr. Petrides has his hands full on Durrells in Corfu Sunday at 7 pm.

Elizabeth turns the tables on George, Rev. Whitworth is checkmated, and Poldark makes a vow on Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

Nina is torn between Claude, Billy and the baby she gave up for adoption, and Charlotte’s new business venture hits the rocks on Collection on Masterpiece Sunday at 9 pm.

A fugitive who takes sanctuary in St. Mary’s and asks for help turns out to be Inspector Sullivan on Father Brown The Owl of Minerva Sunday at 10 pm.

Hailed as one of the most innovative and influential broadcasters in the history of television, David Letterman receives the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Monday at 7 pm.

Based on Andrew Feinstein’s globally acclaimed book, Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade on Independent Lens Monday at 8:30 pm.

Film School Shorts Hidden Passions shows that we all harbor secrets we’re afraid to share with the world, but sometimes you have to take a leap of faith, Monday at 10 pm.

Learn about how Anuradha Naimpally started Austin Dance India 25 years ago to give girls and women a connection to their culture on Arts in Context Lift the Heart Monday at 10:30 pm.

Actresses Tea Leoni and Gabi Hoffmann are introduced to the stories of their ancestors, thanks to DNA and detective work on Finding Your Roots Relatives We Never Knew We Had Tuesday at 7 pm.

South Vietnamese forces fighting on their own suffer a defeat in Laos, and Nixon strikes a peace deal on Vietnam War A Disrespectful Loyalty Tuesday at 8 pm.

Using the experiences and issues of the Vietnam War, teens and baby boomers discuss the role of citizenship both then and now on ATX Together Lessons from Vietnam Tuesday at 10 pm.

Through firsthand accounts, Central Texans share their experiences during the Vietnam war on Austin Revealed Stories from Vietnam Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

Discover epic survival stories of the world’s smallest animals, from a tiny sengi to the “cheetah” of the shrew world on Nature Miniature Miracles Wednesday at 7 pm.

Every animal has some kind of weapon, whether claws, horns, or fangs, but why are some armaments so huge and extreme? Find out on NOVA Extreme Animal Weapons Wednesday at 8 pm.

Follow the stories of three young girls who are growing up against the backdrop of their families’ struggles on Frontline Poor Kids Wednesday at 9 pm.

Katy Tur is a correspondent for NBC News and the recipient for a 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. See her on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Experience Shen “Sunny” Jun’s first dance piece, an attempt to translate his emotions about adjusting from his old life in China to his new life in the United States on Arts in Context The Grit of Soul Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Anne Shirley’s free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to be sensible after she turns 13 on Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars Thursday at 8 pm.

The Bargo Brothers visit Texas to see the Johnson Space Center, eat at Mi Tierra in San Antonio, and climb up Texas’s highest point at Guadalupe Peak on Highpointers with the Bargo Brothers – Texas Thursday at 9:30 pm.

Chet goes on the “best little day trip in Texas” to paddle the Colorado River, explore Texas Czech culture and enjoy some kolaches on The Daytripper La Grange, TX, Thursday at 10 pm.

Join Betty White, Tina Fey, Margaret Cho, and many more as they recount backstage stories and their impact on American entertainment on Pioneers of Television Carol Burnett and the Funny Ladies Thursday at 10:30 pm.

Journalists host a roundtable discussion of major news events on Washington Week Friday at 7 pm.

Join the award-winning journalist, political commentator and author as he reflects on his life and career on Conversation with Bill Moyers Friday at 8 pm.

Celebrated blues rock master Joe Bonamassa delivers a musical tribute to the Three Kings of Blues at the legendary Greek Theatre, filmed in August 2015, on Friday at 9:30 pm.

Explore the history of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco in 1966 on Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years Saturday at 7 pm.

Look back at the creation and ongoing influence of the revolutionary 1967 Beatles album on Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution Saturday at 9:30 pm.

Highlights Nov. 12-18

KLRU Highlights

Vasilia makes the least-romantic proposal in history, and Spiro and Hugh organize a cricket match between the Greeks and English on Durrells in Corfu Sunday at 7 pm.

Morwenna gives birth and plunges into despair and George and Elizabeth’s relationship collapses on Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

While Dominique is in recovery, Charlotte courts Claude for her renegade fashion house, and Nina tells Claude the truth on Collection Sunday at 9 pm.

Father Brown finds himself in an impossible situation when he is told that Bishop Talbot will be assassinated on Father Brown The Deadly Seal Sunday at 10 pm.

Discover never-before-aired appraisals from all six Season 21 cities, including a 1927 Yankees signed baseball and a Vairocana Buddha, circa 1410 on Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm.

Antiques Roadshow packed a trunkful of treasures to share from the six cities visited during the Season 17 tour, including a diamond and platinum ring and a valuable, old and mysterious book Monday at 8 pm.

In an attempt to put haunting memories of combat behind them, two friends and veterans embark on a cross-country trek on POV Almost Sunrise Monday at 9 pm.

Lupita Nyong’o, Carmelo Anthony and Ana Navarro investigate the political choices of their fathers, and discover unexpected heritage on Finding Your Roots Children of the Revolution Tuesday at 7 pm.

When troops begin withdrawing, soldiers left in Vietnam ask what they are fighting for, and the Cambodia invasion sparks large protests on Vietnam War The History of the World Tuesday at 8 pm.

Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class in On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam Tuesday at 10 pm.

Follow astronaut Scott Kelly’s record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, on Year In Space Wednesday at 7 pm.

Picking up where the first film left off with Scott Kelly’s last day in space and return to Earth – the final installment introduces viewers to the next generation of astronauts training to travel into deep space on Beyond a Year in Space Wednesday at 8 pm.

He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong? NOVA First Man on the Moon answers that question Wednesday at 9 pm.

Spend an hour with Seattle-based folk rock band The Head and the Heart, and New Orleans’ Benjamin Booker on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Bob Schieffer is an eight-time Emmy award winner, CBS News political contributor and the former host of CBS’s Face the Nation. He is featured on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Learn how Anuradha Naimpally started Austin Dance India in her garage 25 years ago so she could share her love of traditional Indian dance with her community on Arts in Context Lift the Heart Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Savor a new adaption of the classic novel about the orphaned Anne, placed in the care of uptight Marilla and her brother Matthew on Anne of Green Gables (2016) Thursday at 8 pm.

Celebrate “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize Thursday at 9:30 pm.

Join journalists in a roundtable discussion about the week’s major news events on Washington Week Friday at 7 pm.

The iconic interviewer brings his unique style to prime time with the best stories and interviews of the past week on Charlie Rose: The Week Friday at 7:30 pm.

See Paula Vogel’s Tony Award winner inspired by the true story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance on Great Performances Indecent Friday at 8 pm.

Spend an hour with Seattle-based folk rock band The Head and the Heart, and New Orleans’ Benjamin Booker on Austin City Limits Friday at 10 pm.

Father Brown finds himself in an impossible situation when he is told that Bishop Talbot will be assassinated on Father Brown The Deadly Seal Saturday at 8 pm.

Morwenna gives birth and plunges into despair, and George triumphs as his relationship with Elizabeth collapses on Poldark Saturday at 8:50 pm.

Rene goes under the knife and Sarah worries he may never wake up, and Regina tries to persuade James to return to Ash Park on Place to Call Home Saturday at 9:50 pm.

Savor a new adaption of the classic novel about the orphaned Anne, placed in the care of uptight Marilla and her brother Matthew on Anne of Green Gables (2016) Saturday at 10:45 pm.

Highlights Nov. 5-11

KLRU Highlights

Larry is recovering from the mumps, and Aunt Hermione arrives with a spiritualist friend who tries to get in touch with Louisa’s dead husband on Durrells in Corfu Sunday at 7 pm.

Rev. Whitworth tortures Morwenna, Aunt Agatha and George cross swords in a deadly match, and Demelza’s lover owes his life to Ross on Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

On a weekend at his partner’s chateau, Paul expels unwelcome guests, Charlotte makes her move, and Nina shames Billy on Collection on Masterpiece Sunday at 9 pm.

When a dead man is found inside a locked bank vault, Father Brown must solve the mystery to save an innocent man on Father Brown The Paradise of Thieves Sunday at 10 pm.

Travel across America and back in time with appraisals of items from all 50 states in the part two of the Antiques Roadshow special Monday at 7 pm.

Explore the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, from its troubled beginnings of the 1920s to the modern VA system in VA: The Human Cost of War Monday at 8 pm.

Independent Lens Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary is a portrait of a remarkable jazz artist, and reveals his critical events, passions, and challenges, Monday at 9 pm.

Faced with the unique challenge of having a name that occasionally sparks controversy, indie rock band Migrant Kids must reckon with a culture clash that most bands never have to think about on Arts in Context Monday at 10:30 pm.

Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee, and Suzanne Malveaux discover a tapestry of the unexpected in their ancestry on Finding Your Roots Black Like Me Tuesday at 7 pm.

Draft-age Americans face wrenching choices, Nixon wins the presidency, and soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery on Vietnam War The Veneer of Civilization Tuesday at 8 pm.

A group of Vietnam veterans from Texas fights for recognition on the Texas Capitol grounds in a journey would take nearly as long as the war itself, and result in a long overdue tribute to a generation on Texas Welcomes Them Home Tuesday at 10 pm.

Wildlife cameraman Kim Wolhuter reveals in intimate detail cheetah cubs’ remarkable journey to adulthood and their mother’s dedication in raising them on Nature The Cheetah Children Wednesday at 7 pm.

Uncover geologic fingerprints of colossal floods that violently reshaped the ancient world on NOVA Killer Floods Wednesday at 8 pm.

When disaster strikes, who profits? Follow an investigation of the agencies that were supposed to help and the companies that made millions after Superstorm Sandy on Frontline Business of Disaster Wednesday at 9 pm.

Enjoy a show-stopping hour with country superstar Miranda Lambert in her third appearance on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Pete Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has been called “the most interesting person you’ve never heard of” by the Washington Post; see him on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Seeking to make a positive impact on his community, spoken word artist, poet and educator empowers others to tell stories in their own ways on Arts in Context Oh Snap, My Alien Children are Trying to Kill Me Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet explores Austin’s swimming areas, goes wake surfing, and dines at the “Sunset Capital of Texas” on The Daytripper Thursday at 8 pm.

Chet wanders off the beaten path of Houston, going underground to an ancient cistern and finding authentic eats in the Indian district on The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

When a doctor is killed in a hit and run, Barnaby and Jones discover the dead man had once been accused by his business partner of stealing from their medical practice on Midsomer Murders Death and Dust Thursday at 9 pm.

Journalists host a roundtable discussion of major news events on Washington Week Friday at 7 pm.

Iconic interviewer Charlie Rose brings his unique style to PBS prime time with the best stories and interviews of the past seven days on Charlie Rose: The Week Friday at 7:30 pm.

 

Highlights Oct. 29-Nov. 4

KLRU Highlights

A birthday party for Louisa leaves her brooding about her age, and Vasilia offers her a diabolical deal on Durrells in Corfu Sunday at 7 pm.

George is driven to the breaking point and decides to set a trap for Drake, and Dwight’s prison experience threatens his relationship with Caroline on Poldark Sunday at 8 pm.

Inspector Bompard tightens the noose on the Sabines, Paul concocts false evidence, and Claude has a new lover on Collection Sunday at 9 pm.

A death in a polio-stricken village leads Father Brown to believe dark forces are at work and another sacrifice may be imminent on Father Brown The Standing Stones Sunday at 10 pm.

Celebrate America’s hidden treasures from all 50 states in part one of this two-hour special on Antiques Roadshow 7 pm Monday.

Explore the misinterpretations of Poe and discover how he tapped into what it means to be human in a sometimes frightening world on Edgar Allan Poe: American Masters Monday at 8 pm.

When skeletal remains of at least ten people turned up in Benjamin Franklin’s basement, people wondered if the Founding Father had a much darker side on Secrets of the Dead Ben Franklin’s Bones Monday at 9:30 pm.

Discover the middle school Barton Hills Choir and learn how they’ve performed at SXSW and ACL and with acts like Pink Floyd on Arts In Context Let All The Children Boogie Monday at 10:30 pm.

Actors Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd and John Turturro gain greater understanding of the unique challenges their ancestors faced by way of prejudice and poverty at home and abroad on Finding Your Roots Immigrant Nation Tuesday at 7 pm.

Seeing the violence and brutality of the Tet Offensive unfold on television, Americans begin to doubt Johnson’s promise of “light at the end of the tunnel” on Vietnam War Things Fall Apart Tuesday at 8 pm.

Learn about how ending the draft has created a citizenry completely disconnected from the soldiers who experience the burdens of war on Draft Tuesday at 9:30 pm.

Screenwriter Mark L. Smith discusses adapting The Revenant from book to screen, working with Alejandro Inarritu, and getting that famous bear attack right in On Story Script to Screen: The Revenant Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

Author Helen Macdonald digs deeper into the world of hawks by following a family in the wild and raising a goshawk of her own on Nature H is for Hawk: A New Chapter Wednesday at 7 pm.

Follow a team of experts investigating the Great Hurricane of 1780 that killed more people than any other Caribbean hurricane on NOVA Killer Hurricanes Wednesday at 8 pm.

Investigate how revenge may have motivated Putin to target American democracy, and hear U.S. responses under Presidents Obama and Trump on Frontline Putin’s Revenge, Part 2 Wednesday at 9 pm.

Enjoy an unforgettable hour with dynamic performances from acclaimed singer-songwriters Norah Jones and Angel Olsen on Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm.

Evan Smith talks with Jason Kander, a former Army captain, President of Let America Vote, and Missouri’s 39th Secretary of State on Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Faced with the unique challenge of having a name that occasionally sparks controversy, indie rock band Migrant Kids must reckon with a culture clash that most bands never have to think about on Arts in Context Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Chet explores a small town that’s known as the home of “Billy the Kid” and uncovers the story of whether or not Billy died in New Mexico on The Daytripper Hico, TX Thursday at 8 pm.

Join Chet for a trip to Lake Travis, where he tries his hand at wake surfing and then dines at the “Sunset Capital of Texas” on The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Barnaby is delighted that his favorite band is reuniting to play at the Midsomer Rocks festival until a string of bizarre incidents culminate in a backup singer dropping dead on Midsomer Murders The Axeman Cometh Thursday at 9 pm.

Join a conversation featuring a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events on Washington Week Friday at 7 pm.

Charlie Rose discusses the week’s defining moments in news, sciences, the arts, and entertainment in Charlie Rose: The Week Friday at 7:30 pm.

Enjoy legendary Tony Award-winner Kevin Kline in Noel Coward’s backstage comedy about a self-obsessed actor in a midlife crisis in Great Performances Noel Coward’s Present Laughter Friday at 8 pm.

Spend an unforgettable hour with dynamic performances from acclaimed singer-songwriters Norah Jones and Angel Olsen on Austin City Limits Friday at 10:30 pm.

Savor a show-stopping hour with country superstar Miranda Lambert in her third Austin City Limits appearance as she performs hits from her acclaimed LP The Weight of These Wings Saturday at 7 pm.

A death in a polio-stricken village leads Father Brown to suspect that dark forces are at work and that another sacrifice may be imminent on Father Brown The Standing Stones Saturday at 8 pm.

George is driven to the breaking point and sets a trap for Drake, and Dwight’s prison experience threatens his relationship with Caroline on Poldark Saturday at 8:50 pm.

Sarah gets sick and fears for the life of her baby, and George wonders if the baby could be his on Place to Call Home In the Heat of the Night Saturday at 9:50 pm.

Barnaby is delighted that his favorite band is reuniting to play at the Midsomer Rocks festival until a string of bizarre incidents culminate in a backup singer dropping dead on Midsomer Murders The Axeman Cometh Saturday at 10:47 pm.