Join Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey, as he reveals the secrets of how the aristocratic set dined and dressed, how they married and made money, how they interacted with the servants, and above all why they behaved as they did in 1900s Britain on Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special at 7 pm on Sunday.
Sherlock and Watson are plunged into a case of blackmail involving crafty dominatrix Irene Adler, whose motto is “know when you are beaten” on Masterpiece Mystery!: Season 2 – A Scandal in Belgravia at 8:30 pm on Sunday. It seems she has incriminating photos of a session with a British royal. Can she outsmart Sherlock at his own game? And at a battle he is ill prepared to wage – love?
On Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park at 10:30 pm on Sunday, join the iconic duo and the more 500,000 fans who came out for this once-in-a-lifetime 1981 benefit concert for the world’s most famous urban park. The concert features the pairs’ greatest hits, from “Mrs. Robinson” to “Sounds of Silence.”
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. There, FAME Studios founder Rick Hall brought black and white together in a cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. Independent Lens Muscle Shoals at 8:05 pm on Monday will also air with the short film “Waiting For A Train: The Toshio Hirano Story.”
On PBS Previews – Best of the Fall on Monday at 10:30 pm, get a look at PBS’ fall 2015 programs, including Walt Disney: American Experience, Indian Summers on Masterpiece, Gorongosa Park, American Epic, Earth’s Natural Wonders, NOVA, Nature, I’ll Have What Phil’s Having and the PBS Arts Fall Festival.
FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Rising Road (1933-1939) at 7 pm on Tuesday. Aimed at ending the Depression, his sweeping New Deal restores the people’s self-confidence and transforms the relationship between them and their government.
Hear about the exceptional women – past and present – who have taken the world of business by storm on Makers Women In Business at 9:30 pm on Tuesday. Told by female business leaders themselves, this is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it and a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven – on Wall Street, in corporate America or business empires of their own – that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be.
Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable. Instincts gone awry? Nature Animal Odd Couples on Wednesday at 7 pm investigates why animals form these special bonds and what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions.
Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. Scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance – and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair’s-breadth precision. NOVA The Incredible Journey of Butterflies at 8:05 pm on Wednesday flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way.
Imagine a world without the power to capture or transmit sound. Journey with How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Sound at 9:30 pm on Wednesday to the Arcy sur Cure caves in northern France, where Johnson finds the first traces of the desire to record sound – 10, 000 years ago.
SongwritingWith:Soldiers offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters on Arts in Context In Their Words at 7 pm on Thursday.
Chet heads to the “Sports Capital of Texas”—Round Rock, Texas—on The Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday. He eats a Texas-sized donut, takes a beekeeping class from Round Rock Honey, and then explores the history of town on Hairy Man Road and Main Street, where outlaw Sam Bass faced his final shootout.
On Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case at 9 pm on Thursday, after returning to Styles with Hastings, Poirot confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders. He must summon the last of his strength and push his “little grey cells” to the very limit, as he battles his ultimate nemesis in his last ever case.
Journey to the heart of a London institution, a museum housing masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century on National Gallery at 8 pm on Friday. The Frederick Wiseman film is the portrait of a place, its relations with the world, its staff, public and art.
Keep your plants and spare the water on Central Texas Gardener Drought Tips to Save Water at noon on Saturday. Then, tour artistic lifestyle outdoor living with succulents.