Enter the world of Edwardian manners with Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to “Downton Abbey” on Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special at 7 pm on Sunday. Bruce and the series’ leading cast members explain how they re-create the authentic etiquette of aristocrats and servants.
Downton Abbey Rediscovered at 8:30 pm and 10 pm on Sunday and 8:30 pm on the following Saturday will combine clips, interview bites, and behind-the scenes footage, and will be hosted by a well-known actor to provide a seamless flow of fondly remembered moments from the show.
On PBS Previews – Best of the Fall on Sunday at 11:30 pm, Tuesday at 10:30 pm and Thursday 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 PBS Arts Fall Festival.
Pyanki is a nine-year-old monk living in Laya, a Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas. The nearest road is a three-day walk distant, and Pyanki has never left his village. In 2012, however, Laya will be connected to electricity, and the first television will flicker on before Pyanki’s eyes. Learn how these images shape a child so isolated from commerce, materialism and celebrity on Independent Lens Happiness at 8:05 pm on Monday.
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 9:10 pm on Monday.
Hitmakers at 10 pm on Monday is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers. These crucial players have shaped the music business over the past 100 years, changing pop culture in the process.
On Ken Burns: The Civil War at 7 pm on Tuesday, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark series in September 2015 with this in-depth overview of the iconic documentary. See video clips and interviews with Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Buddy Squires and others.
During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. On Last Days in Vietnam: American Experience at 8:30 pm on Tuesday, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands.
The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. On Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 pm on Wednesday, left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive.
Follow the historic rescue of Hubble—the space telescope that unveiled the cosmos on NOVA Invisible Universe Revealed at 8:05 pm on Wednesday.
Only in the last 200 years have humans learned how to make things cold. On How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Cold at 9:30 pm on Wednesday, Johnson explains how ice entrepreneur Frederic Tudor made ice delivery the second biggest export business in the U.S. and visits the place where Clarence Birdseye, the father of the frozen food industry, experienced his eureka moment.
On Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday, Evan talks with S. C. Gwynne, best-selling author and journalist, whose most recent book Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson is a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award. His 2010 book Empire of the Summer Moon was a New York Times best-seller and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Learn how the brisket became a popular centerpiece of Central Texas BBQ on BBQ with Franklin Brisket at 7:40 pm on Thursday. Hear from legends of Texas BBQ and be guided through a step-by-step brisket cook experiment using three different methods.
50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary at 8:30 pm on Thursday is a documentary that celebrates the impact of the preeminent trio that brought folk music to America’s mass audiences, combining their artistry with their activism and inspiration over the last 50 years. The program will feature powerful, moving, performances by Peter, Paul and Mary starting with the era of the group’s emergence in Greenwich Village through the Civil Rights and anti-war eras.
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 during Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park at 8 pm on Friday. The concert features the pairs’ greatest hits, from “Mrs. Robinson” to “Sounds of Silence.”
Soar with the perfect harmony of the charming trio as they pay homage to their home country. The young tenors perform classic Italian favorites and original songs in Il Volo: Live From Pompeii at 9:30 pm on Friday, filmed in the spectacular ancient ruins of Pompeii.
Mingle those structural succulents with floppy and flowering plants in drought defiant companionship on Central Texas Gardener Succulent Companions at noon on Saturday. Then, on tour, a front yard has become the family’s new playground since homeowners swapped grass for food, layers of perennial texture and cozy hangouts.
Texas country reigns on Austin City Limits at 7 pm on Saturday with Kacey Musgraves and Dale Watson. Contemporary songwriter Musgraves sings tunes from her winning LP Same Trailer Different Park, while honky-tonker Watson plays tunes from throughout his career.