Join Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey, on Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special 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. Sunday at 7 p.m.
Join the revels as Poplar readies itself for Christmas 1960 on Call the Midwife Holiday Special, Sunday at 10 p.m. An unexpected surprise for a grieving mother brings the holiday magic home, while Nonnatus is rocked when one of its own disappears. A film crew promises to make this a memorable Christmas.
Sunday at 11:30 p.m. on Vicious Holiday Special, Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat. Ash (Iwan Rheon), their young upstairs neighbor, has volunteered to cook the meal, their feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour) is up to her old tricks, and a wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up hidden truths – and surprises as well.
Antiques Roadshow Junk in the Trunk 3 is a new episode with never-before-seen appraisals from Roadshow’s 2013 season, including a Myrtle Beach guest with a sports collection that would make any Celtics fan turn green with envy and a diamond and platinum ring in Corpus Christi. Monday at 7 p.m.
Monday at 8 p.m., travel through air, sea, land – and time – in Antiques Roadshow Treasures On The Move, featuring Art Deco travel posters, a Waltham railroad pocket watch, and a Lewis and Clark map. Which is appraised at $45,000?
East of Salinas is a story about immigration, childhood, and circumstance, airing Monday at 9 p.m.With little support at home, Salinas, California third grader Jose Ansaldo often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, once a migrant farm kid himself. Oscar helps Jose imagine a future beyond the lettuce fields where his parents work. But Jose was born in Mexico – and he’s on the cusp of understanding the implications of that.
Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special airs Monday at 10 p.m. This tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams features one of his last full-length interviews for the Pioneers of Television series, including never-before-seen comments on his life and comedic and dramatic work, as well as tributes to Williams by those who knew and worked with him.
Pioneers of Television Standup to Sitcom features fresh interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart. The program, which airs Tuesday at 7 p.m., reveals how America’s top standup comics made the transition to the sitcom format.
Tuesday at 8 p.m., Pioneers of Television Acting Funny peeks behind the curtain to reveal the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors. The program features the manic improvisational style of Robin Williams, along with his comic predecessor Jonathan Winters. They’re a fascinating contrast to Tina Fey, who explains her measured, highly prepared approach.
Using undercover footage, Frontline Escaping ISIS presents the gripping, first-hand accounts of women who escaped the brutal reign of ISIS – and follows an underground network that’s helping them escape. Tuesday at 9 p.m.
Tuesday at 10 p.m., Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner, dissects the culture, identity, and status quo of the show, and the psychology behind its beloved antihero, Don Draper in On Story Mad Men: A Conversation With Matthew Weiner.
Then, Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. in On Story Groundhog Day: Deconstructing the Comedy Classic, Danny Rubin, co-writer of Groundhog Day, deconstructs the unconventional romantic comedy’s progression from script to screen and reminisces on his unique collaboration with the legendary Harold Ramis.
Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive, shown on Nature Animal Misfits, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan Wednesday at 8 p.m. on In Defense of Food, a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. Pollan cuts through today’s barrage of conflicting dietary messages and makes it simple to enjoy food and stay healthy.
French band Phoenix plays tunes from its latest LP Bankrupt! and other hits, including “Lisztomania,” “1901” and “Entertainment!” on Austin City Limits Phoenix, Wednesday at 10 p.m.
Thursday at 7 p.m., ring in a new year with the Philharmonic and the sounds of Paris, featuring Alan Gilbert and Susan Graham in music by Ravel, Offenbach and Saint-Saens on Live From Lincoln Center New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Paris.
Then, Thursday at 9 p.m., keep ringing in the New Year with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein with celebrity performances including Darren Criss, star of the hit show Glee, Aaron Tveit from the new series Graceland and Leslie Odom from Smash. Michael Feinstein’s New Year’s Eve At The Rainbow Room celebrates the legendary New York nightclub, the Rainbow Room, where stars were born and legends perform.
Live From Lincoln Center New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Paris airs again Thursday at 10 p.m.
The Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Mariss Jansons performs favorite Strauss Family waltzes at the opulent Musikverein accompanied by the Vienna City Ballet on Great Performances From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2016. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host, touring the picturesque city. Friday at 6 p.m.
Masterpiece The Abominable Bride airs Friday at 8 p.m. The new Sherlock special marks the first time Sherlock premieres in the U.S. and U.K. the same day. The special finds Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) transported back in time to 1890s London.
Austin City Limits Phoenix airs again Friday at 9:35 p.m.
Join host Pete Evans on Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking Austin, Texas Friday at 10:32 p.m. as he gets a taste of some authentic Texas cuisine with father-son chef duo Jack and Bryce Gilmore. Pete meets them at Urban Roots Farm, an organization that uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people, where they pick vegetables and get honey right from the combs.
America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball takes us behind the scenes to connect kitchen-to-garden philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a new gardener feeds her family of seven from organic pickings all year long.
American bands Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble perform their blues-rock and classic rock tunes on Austin City Limits Alabama Shakes/Vintage Trouble, Saturday at 7 p.m.
Saturday at 10 p.m., Louisa has shocking news for Martin on Doc Martin Departure, Bert and Jennifer’s party goes off with a bang, and Al has a business proposition for Ruth.