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.

Highlights Mar. 19-25

KLRU Highlights

Home Fires tells the story of a rural English town on the verge of World War II.  Watch parts 1-6 back-to-back Sunday starting at 5:30 pm.

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative school for students at risk of dropping out; Black Rock is their last chance. Extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give these underserved students command of their own futures. Independent Lens airs at 9:00 pm Monday night.

Photographers Hakeem Adewumi and Moyo Oyelola take a global tale and make it feel like home on this Arts In Context, airing at 10:30 pm Monday.

Explore, through Lange’s granddaughter’s eyes, the life story of the influential “Migrant Mother” photographer. Never-before-seen photos and film footage, family memories and new interviews reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself, on a Dorothea Lange episode of American Masters, airing at 7:00 pm Tuesday.

Inside Iraq, as militias and the military fight for the future of the country. The film examines the power of the militias, the impact on civilians and the places where ISIS has been pushed out. Frontline begins at 9:00 pm Tuesday.

The “Girls” have been friends — and morbidly obese — for years. But now, having weight-loss surgery is about to upset everything they thought they knew about health, happiness, friendship and love. All Of Me by Independent Lens airs Tuesday at 10:00 pm.

Great Zebra Exodus explores parenthood and the fragility of young life—from zebras to lapwings to meerkats. It’s a tale of loyalty and sacrifice, of home and exile, of death and new life, set against the backdrop of one of Africa’s most surreal landscapes. Watch this episode of Nature at 7:00 pm Wednesday.

Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the ultimate escape plan: in a secret attic workshop, they constructed a two-man glider out of bed sheets and floorboards. As the hair-raising launch 90 feet up draws near, the program explores the Colditz legend and exposes the secrets of other ingenious and audacious escapes. Then, after a 70-year wait, the team finally finds out if the legendary glider plan would have succeeded. This episode of Nova airs at 8:00 pm Wednesday.

Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten. Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows this remarkable woman over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments and the warm, funny, and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.” My Love Affair With The Brain airs at 10:00 pm Wednesday.

Country music rocks on ACL with Eric Church. The country superstar performs hits and tunes from his bestselling album The Outsiders. Austin City Limits airs at 10:00 pm on Wednesday.

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change. In 2014, she was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 Most Influential People in the world and by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers. Watch Katharine Hayhoe talk on Overheard With Evan Smith, airing at 7:00 pm on Thursday.

David seeks out the man behind the biblical stories, looking at how he carved an identity as both leader and flawed believer during the earliest days of Christianity on David Suchet In The Footsteps Of St. Peter, which airs at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads north of Houston to explore a town built along the railroad. He visits its many historic sites and takes a flight on a WW2 B-17 “flying fortress” bomber. To polish off the day, he attempts to eat a “Mega Mel” burger coming in a 1 1/2 feet tall. The Daytripper airs at 8:30 pm Thursday.

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 at 9:00 pm. Part two begins at 9:50 pm. They air as a pair again, Friday night at 9:50 and 10:40 pm.

Taissa Farmiga stars in Share as a 15-year-old girl facing her return to school after someone shared an explicit video of her online. Next, watch as racial tensions explode between young people waiting in line to buy the hottest new sneakers on the market in Hypebeasts. Film School Shorts begins at 10:40 pm Thursday.

View dozens of classic TV and movie clips and hear comments from Moore’s co-stars and Moore herself. Oprah Winfrey recounts Moore’s critical role in inspiring her – and millions of others – as TV’s first independent career woman, on Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration, airing at 8:00 pm.

Discover how the prolific creator of “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” effected social change through his groundbreaking sitcoms and activism. Features George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Jon Stewart, Russell Simmons and others. The Norman Lear special of American Masters airs at 9:00 pm

In this week’s On Story, Lear remembers a few of his favorite episodes and how he created some of the most beloved characters in the history of tv. On Story begins at 10:30 pm.

Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor performs beloved classics and selections from his chart-topping new album Before This World, his first collection of original music in 13 years, on Austin City Limits, airing at 7:00 pm on Saturday.

Father Brown and his friends find themselves stranded with a group of hedonists. They soon become desperate to escape, for at Hotel Cuba, the dish of the day is death. The episode of Father Brown begins at 8:00 pm on Saturday.

Amid the upheaval, the mysteries continue and Lucien Blake will face his most personal challenge yet as he tries solving his own mother’s mysterious death. Doctor Blake Mysteries begins at 9:00 pm Saturday night.

Highlights March 12-18

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GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more, airing Sunday night at 7:00 pm.

Many years have passed since Dr Blake first returned home from war to run his father’s old practice. Amid the upheaval the mysteries continue and Lucien Blake will face his most personal challenge yet as he tries solving his own mother’s mysterious death. Doctor Blake Mysteries airs Sunday at 9:00 pm and again Thursday night at 8:30 pm.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of an iconic concert with an all-star cast including Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J. D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes, on Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30, airing at 10:30 pm Sunday night.

The series, Ancient Roads From Christ To Constantine begins in Bethlehem and travels throughout the Holy Land. With the Gospels as a guide, host Jonathan Phillips traces the life of Jesus from his birth, ministry, passion, and resurrection. Watch the first episode of the series Monday at 8:00 pm.

Meet the man whose transformation is one of the most compelling in history, the Apostle Paul. Journey with Jonathan Phillips as he re-traces Paul’s bold quest to bring the Christian message to Asia and Europe, a quest which would see him imprisoned, beaten and on the brink of death. The second episode of Ancient Roads From Christ To Constantine begins Monday at 9:00 pm.

In RICK STEVES SPECIAL: LUTHER AND THE REFORMATION, travel expert Rick Steves sheds light on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by visiting key sites (including Erfurt, Wittenberg and Rome), and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe, from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation. This episode airs at 10:30 pm Monday night.

Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967). The program charts Garner’s extraordinary life, from his humble roots in Blossom Prairie, Texas, to his 38-year tenure on Capitol Hill where he wielded power as Speaker of the House during the darkest days of the Great Depression. Cactus Jack airs at 7:00 pm on Tuesday.

Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others. Maya Angelou: American Masters airs Tuesday at 8:30 pm.

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. We reveal how cats evolved with an in-depth look at lions, servals, caracals, cheetahs, tigers, fishing and sand cats. Watch The Story Of Cats: Asia To Africa, beginning at 7:00 pm on Wednesday.

Engineers are using origami to design drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. Watch The Origami Revolution Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Italy and Greece, RICK STEVES SPECIAL: EUROPEAN EASTER celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures, airing Wednesday at 10:00 pm.

Shawn Colvin is a singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas. She has won three Grammy awards, including one for Song of the Year for her hit “Sunny Came Home.” Colvin’s new album, titled “Colvin & Earle”, was released last month. Watch Colvin on Overheard With Evan Smith, Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Chet explores this old German town built along two pristine rivers. He starts at the oldest bakery in Texas and then heads to a museum and learns why the Germans picked this area, on The Daytripper, airing at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Join the international superstar trio and special guest Placido Domingo for a magical night of music beneath the stars in Florence, Italy’s beautiful Santa Croce Square. Il Volo pays tribute to the Three Tenors with songs in true operatic style. Il Volo Notte Magica airs at 10:00 pm on Thursday.

Savor a once-in-a-lifetime concert event by the legendary Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price on Last Of The Breed, airing Friday night at 8:00 pm.

Take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village. The Smothers Brothers and Judy Collins host This Land Is Your Land, airing at 9:30 pm Friday.

Highlights Mar. 5 – 11

KLRU Highlights

After Antietam, the Greens suffer a setback and Pinkerton’s inquiry heats up. Foster and Samuel visit Foster’s family plantation, where they intervene in a difficult labor. Catch Mercy Street, this Sunday at 7:00 pm.

The Young England episode of Victoria airs Sunday night at 8:00 pm and again Saturday night at 8:30 pm.

Discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades on John Denver: Country Boy, which airs at 9:30 pm on Sunday.

The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as The Band’s “farewell concert appearance,” and the concert saw The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Neil Young and more. Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary of the same name, released in 1978. The Last Waltz has been hailed by critics as one of the greatest concert films ever made. The Last Waltz airs at 8:00 pm on Monday and again at 9:30 pm on Saturday.

Celebrate the life and legacy of the groundbreaking “Crazy” singer who defined modern country music. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, the film features interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Beverly D’Angelo, Wanda Jackson and others. Patsy Cline: American Masters airs Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

In Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller, join Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, George Lucas, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sam Waterston, Doris Kearns Goodwin and more for a tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker and an exclusive look at the upcoming production THE VIETNAM WAR, airing at 8:30 pm on Tuesday.

Carl Reiner: A Conversation with a TV Legend discusses working with comedy giants Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the influential sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show, airing at 10:30 pm Tuesday.

Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing whether they are as strong and complex as our own. Join the spycams as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love, and are mourned by a troop of monkeys! Catch the Love installment of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Mini Series, airing at 7:00 pm Wednesday.

Join renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue as he sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work and uncover what the future of batteries means for our gadgets, our lives and even our planet, on Search For The Super Battery, airing Wednesday at 8:30 pm.

Journey back to a simpler time-before the Internet, GPS or airline security lines-when the roadtrip and hitchhiking reigned both at home and abroad. In this nostalgic special, Traveling In The ’70s, host Dean Cycon explores how travel has changed over the past 50 years, airing at 10:00 pm on Wednesday.

Thomas Haden Church is an actor best known for his roles in Spider-Man 3, Easy A and most recently the HBO TV series Divorce. Find out more about Church on Overheard with Evan Smith, airing Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Chet explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird”, on The Daytripper, airing Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Known for his chart-topping hit songs “Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” singer and songwriter Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album as the only artist to have won all four major Grammy categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Now, Cross returns to the spotlight in CHRISTOPHER CROSS AND FRIENDS, a concert special recorded live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas for Austin City Limits Live (ACL Live). See the special airing Thursday at 8:00 pm.

Join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -“the Mt. Rushmore of country music”- for this live concert recorded in 1990, in Highwaymen Live At Nassau Coliseum, airing at 10:00 pm on Thursday.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of an iconic concert with an all-star cast including Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J. D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes, on Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30, airing at 7:00 pm Friday night.

Brit Floyd celebrates the amazing musical legacy of Pink Floyd in truly spectacular fashion in front of sell out audiences in Liverpool, Red Rocks and Amsterdam. Combining the latest state-of-the-art technology and including the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle lighting design, Brit Floyd creates a performance that is as sonically perfect as it is visually awesome, with brand new behind the scenes footage and interviews. Watch Brit Floyd – The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show, which airs Friday at 9:30 pm.

Savor a once-in-a-lifetime concert event by the legendary Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price on Last Of The Breed, airing Saturday night at 7:00 pm.

GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more, airing Saturday night at 8:00 pm.

 

Highlights Feb. 26-Mar. 4

KLRU Highlights

Courtship at court leads to second thoughts and other complications. Will Victoria and Albert take the fateful step into matrimony? Find out on Victoria, airing at 7:00 pm on Sunday.

At loose ends in a foreign land, Albert finds a noble cause. Victoria gets her way at court and resorts to a folk cure in the bedroom, on Victoria, airing at 8:00 pm Sunday.

With a child on the way, Victoria must choose a regent in case she dies during childbirth. The Tory party disputes her choice, but she and Albert turn the tables with the aid of the latest in 19th-century technology. This episode of Victoria airs at 9:00 pm on Sunday, and 8:00 pm the following Saturday.

As a new queen, the young Victoria struggles to take charge amid plots to manipulate her. Her friendship with the prime minister leads to a crisis in Parliament, all on this episode of Victoria airing at 10:00 pm on Sunday.

Journey with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Kenya, Egypt and beyond as he discovers the origins of man, the formation of early human societies and the creation of significant cultural and scientific achievements on the African continent, on Africa’s Great Civilizations, airing at 8:00 pm Monday night.

Black Women In Medicine honors black female doctors around the country who work diligently in all facets of medicine. Through first-hand accounts from a cross-selection of black female pioneers in medicine and healthcare. Watch Black Women In Medicine Monday night at 10:00 pm.

Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations on Finding Your Roots, which airs at 7:00 pm Tuesday night.

PBS NewsHour coverage of President Trump’s State of the Union at 8 pm Tuesday.

John Singleton, the youngest and first African American filmmaker to win an Academy Award® for his work on Boyz in the Hood, discusses his process, influences, and inspirations, from the work of acclaimed playwright August Wilson to pioneering directors Spike Lee and Federico Fellini. This episode of On Story airs at 10:00 pm Tuesday.

This episode of Living Springs features segments including Salamander Survey, A Reflecting Pool, Plants and Polar Bear Plunge. Airs at 10:30 pm Tuesday.

The final “making of” episode takes us through the evolution of Spy Creatures from the original BoulderCam to the PenguinCams that inspired the “spycams” in this series. Marvel and laugh at unexpected and funny moments from the Spy Creatures’ POV in this installment of Spy In The Wild, airing at 7:00 pm Wednesday.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers the complex trade networks and advanced educational institutions that transformed early north and west Africa from deserted lands into the continent’s wealthiest kingdoms and learning centers. Watch Africa’s Great Civilizations airing at 8:00 pm Wednesday.

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop of Grammy-nominated superstar Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP To Pimp a Butterfly alongside his hits on this episode of Austin City Limits, airing at 10:00 pm Wednesday.

DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist and educator. He is a predominant member of the Black Lives Matter movement and was named one of Fortune Magazine’s top 50 World’s Greatest Leaders in 2015. Watch Mckesson on Overheard With Evan Smith, airing Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Gates explores the impact of the Atlantic trading world, giving rise to powerful new kingdoms, but also transatlantic slave trade. Learn of the revolutionary movements of the 18th-early 19th centuries, including the advent of the Sokoto Caliphate, all on Africa’s Great Civilizations, airing Thursday at 8:00 pm.

With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies, and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role. Can the mighty UNIT contain Missy? Find out this Thursday at 10:00 pm, on Doctor Who.

Delve into the hit singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s New York to the music mecca of ’70s LA to the present. King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the tapestry, on this episode of American Masters, airing at 8:00 pm Friday.

GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more, airing at 10:00 pm on Friday and 8:00 pm Saturday.

Brit Floyd celebrates the amazing musical legacy of Pink Floyd in truly spectacular fashion in front of sell out audiences in Liverpool, Red Rocks and Amsterdam. Combining the latest state-of-the-art technology and including the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle lighting design, Brit Floyd creates a performance that is as sonically perfect as it is visually awesome, with brand new behind the scenes footage and interviews, airing at 9:30 pm Saturday.

Highlights Feb. 19-25

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Lisette re-creates on paper the face of a disfigured, amnesiac soldier, leading to a family reunion. When Anne’s plans to be made head nurse fail, she rejoins Hale to undermine McBurney’s authority. Watch Mercy Street at 7:00 pm on Sunday and 9:00 pm on Thursday.

With a child on the way, Victoria must choose a regent in case she dies during childbirth. The Tory party disputes her choice, but she and Albert turn the tables with the aid of the latest in 19th-century technology. Watch Victoria at 8:00 pm Sunday and the following Saturday.

Lucy Worsley gets into bed with our past monarchs to reveal that our obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. In fact, the rise and fall of their magnificent beds reflects the changing fortunes of the monarchy itself, all on Tales From The Royal Bedchamber, airing at 9:00 pm Sunday and the following Saturday.

Airing at 10:00 pm Sunday night, Father Brown witnesses the apparent suicide of a troubled student at Upcott Seminary. Convinced a murderer is at work, he persuades Sid to go undercover to flush out the killer.

In the wake of recent tragic and fatal events between men of color and law enforcement, learn how black and Hispanic families counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by the police, on Talk – Race In America, airing Monday night at 8:00 pm.

Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis. At the Selma March, Lewis came face-to-face with club-wielding troopers and exemplified non-violence. Now 76, he is considered the conscience of Congress. Watch John Lewis – Get In The Way at 10:00 pm Monday.

Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others. Watch Maya Angelou: American Masters airing at 7:00 pm on Tuesday.

On this Frontline special airing Tuesday night at 9:00 pm., watch the dramatic story of a Gitmo detainee released from the controversial U.S. prison after 14 years. With NPR, a report on the struggle over freeing prisoners once deemed international terrorists.

Beau Willimon (creator House of Cards) and Eli Attie (writer The West Wing) debate politically-driven narratives, power struggles, and dramatizing the truths and fictions that comprise ideologically-charged stories on this episode of On Story, airing Tuesday at 10:00 pm.

This episode of Living Springs features segments including Barton 4 Springs, Barbara Mahler, Science Detective, Salamander Captive Breedings and Waterworks, airing at 10:30 pm Tuesday.

Watch the Bad Behavior installment of Spy In The Wild as spy creatures infiltrate the underground world of animal mischief, crime and retribution. Spy Monkey is caught between crossfires as real monkeys fight over beach bar alcohol. Watch more Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.

Trains are essential for moving freight and people throughout the world, but they are far from accident-free. Follow investigators as they probe the wreckage of infamous accidents and watch safety experts test the latest crash prevention designs on this episode of NOVA, airing at 8:00 pm on Wednesday.

What goes up must come down-and getting passengers safely back to earth depends on complex global networks and some astonishing technology. Around the world, 100,000 flights a day make touchdown-almost every one safely. Learn what’s involved on City In The Sky, airing at 9:00 pm on Wednesday and 10:00 pm on Saturday.

Enjoy “Life of Sin” and other tunes from Sturgill Simpson’s acclaimed LP Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, as well as Western swing classics from Asleep at the Wheel’s album Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, all on this episode of Austin City Limits, airing at 10:00 pm Wednesday and Friday.

T.C. Boyle has published fifteen novels and ten volumes of short stories, including the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning World’s End; The Tortilla Curtain, which was awarded France’s prestigious Prix Médici étranger; and most recently, the New York Times bestseller The Harder They Come. Watch T.C. Boyle on Overheard With Evan Smith, this Thursday at 7:00 pm.

This episode of Living Springs includes segments like Salamander Survey, A Reflecting Pool, Plants and Polar Bear Plunge, airing Thursday at 7:30 pm.

From learning the real history of The Alamo, to floating The Riverwalk, to eating authentic Tex-Mex at the historic Market Square, The Daytripper shows folks why sometimes the path most traveled is the path best traveled, airing at 8:00 pm on Thursday.

Chet heads to the Dinosaur Capital of Texas to see the world’s best dinosaur footprints in the Paluxy River bed. He explores a wildlife preserve to feed giraffes and see rhinos. And also visits a museum challenging the status quo of modern science. Follow Chet in Glen Rose, Tx. on this episode of The Daytripper, airing at 8:30 pm Thursday.

In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn. Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming… “Death is not an end” promises the sinister organization known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was. This episode of Doctor Who airs Thursday at 10:00 pm.

Through the magic of modern technology, Elvis Presley is reunited with his original TCB band and back-up singers 25 years after his death, for a unique concert special, featuring Elvis from selected concerts including the Aloha From Hawaii satellite special. This one-of-a-kind concert event has stirred audiences around the world and ignited a passion for the King in a whole new generation of music lovers. Watch Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert this Friday at 8:00 pm.

Road to Austin is a legendary concert assembled by musical director, Stephen Bruton. The concert features Bob Schneider, Carolyn Wonderland and Bonnie Raitt and more, all on Road To Austin, airing at 9:00 pm on Friday.

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop of Grammy-nominated superstar Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP To Pimp a Butterfly alongside his hits all on Austin City Limits, airing at 7:00 pm on Saturday.

Highlights Feb. 12-18

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After the Second Battle of Bull Run, Hopkins and Emma set out to rescue a stranded group of wounded Union soldiers while Hopkins and Emma share an intimate moment on Southern Mercy airing at 7 pm Sunday and 9 pm Thursday.

At loose ends in a foreign land, Albert finds a noble cause. Victoria gets her way at court and resorts to a folk cure in the bedroom. Francatelli does Miss Skerrett a favor – for a price, on Victoria, airing at 8 pm on Sunday and 8 pm on the following Saturday.

Tales From The Royal Wardrobe, airing at 9 pm on Sunday and 9 pm on the following Saturday, examines the significance of the royal wardrobes of English monarchs over the last 400 years on.

In the new Father Brown, when Kembleford’s new cricket captain is framed for murder, Father Brown must prove his innocence to give his team any chance of beating neighbouring village Hambleston, airing at 10 pm Sunday night.

Meet African-American musician Daryl Davis, who has a peculiar passion – meeting and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan in an attempt to change their minds and forge racial conciliation, one racist at a time, in this week’s Independent Lens, airing at 9 pm Monday night.

In the new Arts-In-Context airing at 10:30 pm Monday, The House of Songs connects international & U.S. songwriters to bridge cultures & spark creativity.

Uncover a long history of military service in the families of Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore and John McCain, and how this has instilled in each of them an enduring spirit of strength and integrity in Finding Your Roots, airing at 7 pm Tuesday.

Examine the 1992 FBI siege at Ruby Ridge that helped launch the modern militia movement through eyewitness accounts, including Randy Weaver’s daughter and federal agents involved in the deadly confrontation. Ruby Ridge: American Experience airs at 8 pm on Tuesday.

Explore the deadly August 1, 1966, mass shooting at the University of Texas that left 16 dead. “Tower” reframes the events of that day via the perspectives of those who lived through it and examines the effects of the shooting over the last 50 years. This Independent Lens airs Tuesday at 9:00 pm and repeats on Friday at 8:00 pm.

On these segments of Living Springs, see Cleaning Day, Didgeman, Baptism and Eternal Vigilance, airing Tuesday at 10:30 pm and Friday at 9:30 pm.

Spy Creatures and their new wild friends rely on each other to look out for predators. A Spy Meerkat babysits meerkat pups while a Spy Cobra pretends to attack the mob. Spy Crocs witness a convenient partnership between real crocodiles and birds. Watch the Friendship installment of Spy In The Wild, this Wednesday at 7 pm.

The ancient art of paper folding is sparking scientific advances, affecting drug development and future NASA space missions. Discover how the art of origami is reshaping the world around us as scientists uncover the power of folding in this episode of NOVA, airing at 8:00 pm Wednesday.

Examine the hidden army that keeps your plane safe, and explore just what it takes to keep the “city in the sky” functioning and safe between take-off and landing. Learn why flying has become safer than ever, all on City In The Sky, this Wednesday at 9:00 pm and again on Saturday at 10 pm.

On this Austin City Limits which airs at 10 pm on Wednesday and Friday, revel in an hour of modern rock with UK superstars Foals and Texas legend Escovedo. Foals play tunes from the album What Went Down, while Texas bard Escovedo showcases Burn Something Beautiful, joined by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and alt-rock luminaries.

Overheard With Evan Smith airs at 7 pm Thursday night, featuring Marcus Samuelson, a chef and restaurateur who has written numerous cookbooks, talks about his newest book, The Red Rooster Cookbook which is titled after his New York City restaurant.

On these segments of Living Springs, see Barton 4 Springs, Barbara Mahler, Science Detective, Salamander Captive Breedings and Waterworks, airing at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

Chet tours Boerne, a German community with stops along Main Street for “fickle” pickles and milkshakes at an vintage drive in, all on The Daytripper at 8:00 pm Thursday.

At 8:30 pm, catch Chet in The Daytripper as he dives in the rich history and food of this East Texas town. He takes a trip back in time in the old high school, eats at a hamburger institution, and then investigates a little-known NASA facility sending scientific balloons up into the sky.

Doctor Who airs at 10:00 pm, in which one morning in every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to face the most surprising invasion yet. Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth. It doesn’t take the Doctor long to discover that the final days of humanity have arrived.

Saturday at 7:00 pm, join Austin City Limits and enjoy “Life of Sin” and other tunes from Sturgill Simpson’s acclaimed LP Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, as well as Western swing classics from Asleep at the Wheel’s album Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.

Highlights Feb. 5-11

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As Pinkerton looks at the Greens more closely, they join forces to hide an ugly secret. McBurney, hoping to distance Foster from Mary, sends him to a nearby army camp on a house call, all on this week’s episode of Mercy Street, airing Sunday at 7:00 pm and again on Thursday at 9:00 pm.

Courtship at court leads to second thoughts and other complications. Will Victoria and Albert take the fateful step into matrimony? And will the queen promise “to obey” her foreign prince? Find out on this episode of Victoria, which airs at 8:00 pm on Sunday and again at 8:00 pm on Saturday.

In this week’s Secrets Of The Six Wives, Worsley presents the last three wives: Anne of Cleves, called “ugly”; young Catherine Howard, whose tragic childhood was abusive; and finally, the far from saintly nurse, Katherine Parr. Airs at 9:00 pm Sunday, and again at 9:00 pm on Saturday.

A murder at the local army barracks using a legendary broken sword leads Father Brown to investigate another death at Dunkirk some 13 years ago. Find out on Father Brown, airing Sunday at 10:00 pm.

D.W. Griffith’s 1915 The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle still waging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. The film features Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and others. This episode of Independent Lens, “Birth of a Movement”, airs Monday, February 6 at 9:00 pm.

Interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city on Austin Revealed, airing at 10:00 pm on Monday.

In Sacred Hearts, singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez’s latest work carries the weight of generations, airing at 10:30 pm Monday night.

Uncover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America’s funniest men-Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader-as they learn how comedy truly has its place in all aspects of life, in this episode of Finding Your Roots, airing at 7:00 pm Tuesday.

Follow the rise of the extremist militia movement, from Ruby Ridge to Waco, that led to the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history the 1995 bombing by Timothy McVeigh that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City: American Experience airs at 8:00 pm on Tuesday.

In this episode of On Story, 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, which airs Tuesday at 10:00 pm.

Spy Creatures infiltrate the world of animal intelligence, ingenuity, and creativity. Watch our spies disguised as animals observe a gray squirrel stealing Spy Nut, a sea otter cracking open a meal, and an orangutan washing with soap! Watch the Intelligence installment of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Miniseries, airing Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Weighing 54,000 gross tons and stretching over two football fields, the Seven Seas Explorer is no ordinary boat. Join pioneering shipbuilders as they endeavor to build the ultimate cruise ship on NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Learn what it takes to get a million people off the ground-from building the world’s biggest passenger plane to controlling the flow of passengers through the busiest airport on the planet to the perils of takeoff in the coldest city on Earth on City In The Sky, airing Wednesday at 9:00 pm and again at 10:00 pm Saturday Night.

On Austin City Limits, thrill to an hour of soul and gospel. Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise, which airs at 10:00 pm Wednesday.

Margaret Atwood is an award-­winning author of more than 40 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction. She’s best known for her novels The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000. Listen to this week’s Overheard with Evan Smith, airing at 7:00 pm on Thursday.

This week’s segments of Living Springs include: Cleaning Day; Didgeman; Baptism; Eternal Vigilance, airing at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

For this episode of The Daytripper, Chet visits a town in the piney woods known for designing the famous “Lone Star” flag. He tours a wolf sanctuary, eats meatloaf in the historic district, and then goes “fly boarding” on beautiful Lake Conroe. This episode airs Thursday night at 8:00 pm.

Join Chet as he explores what makes San Antonio the #1 tourist town in Texas. From learning the real history of The Alamo, to floating The Riverwalk, to eating authentic Tex-Mex at the historic Market Square, join Chet on all his adventures on The Daytripper, this Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension. But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? With people to save and the Doctor trapped, Clara comes up against an enemy that exists beyond human perception. Find out what happens on this episode of Doctor Who, airing at 10:00 pm on Thursday.

Join host Samuel L. Jackson for an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Gershwin Prize, with a special appearance by Berry Gordy, founder of Motown. Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song airs Friday, February 10 at 8:00 pm and repeats on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 pm.

This year’s Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was given to Carole King — the first lady of pop music songwriting — whose career has crossed six decades. Join for musical performances from many popular artists as well as The President of the United States Barack Obama, this Friday at 9:30 pm.

This one-hour documentary presents one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement, Rep. John Lewis. Lewis was one of the leaders of the SNCC, one of the original Freedom Riders, and the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. The program follows Lewis today and tells the stories of his role in the Civil Rights Movement and early political career. John Lewis – Get in the Way airs Friday, February 10 at 10:30 pm and repeats Monday, February 20 at 10:00 pm.

In this episode of Austin City Limits, revel in an hour of modern rock with UK superstars Foals and Texas legend Escovedo. Foals play tunes from the album What Went Down, while Texas bard Escovedo showcases Burn Something Beautiful, joined by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and alt-rock luminaries, airing at 7:00 pm Saturday night.

Highlights Jan. 29-Feb. 4

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When Mary falls gravely ill, Foster’s attempts to care for her antagonize the new chief. Charlotte tries to contain the smallpox epidemic and Samuel has to make a difficult decision on Mercy Street, Sunday night at 7:00 pm and Thursday night at 9:00 pm.

Albert pays a visit against the queen’s wishes and meets royal disdain on Victoria, Sunday and the following Saturday at 8:00 pm.

Henry breaks with the Roman Church to marry Anne, but as Worsley notes, he grows tired of her and falls for Jane Seymour, and Anne’s fate is sealed; she is executed and Henry immediately marries Jane, who dies soon after she gives birth to a son, this episode of Secrets Of The Six Wives, airing at 9:00 pm Sunday and the following Saturday.

The circus brings death to Kembleford when a clown is murdered. Father Brown must determine who the killer is and why a parishioner has agreed to marry the sinister wizard Welkin on Father Brown, this Sunday at 10:00 pm.

Visit Strathcarron, a Scottish hospice center where patients face pain, uncertainty and the possibility of life’s end with song and humor on POV, which airs at 9:00 pm on Monday.

In the tradition of great house documentaries, Ballyfin: A Portrait of An Irish Country House is a new special featuring an eye-popping Irish estate with nearly 200 years of fascinating history. The house has been restored to it’s original, resplendent condition, creating the impression that the family has only recently taken leave. It is now regarded as one of the best hotels in the world. Take a look at the hotel in Ballyfin: Portrait Of An Irish Country House, airing at 10:00 pm Monday night.

Explore the shared Irish ancestry of Soledad O’Brien, Bill O’Reilly and Bill Maher and how they have been deeply influenced by their Irish roots on Finding Your Roots, this Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

Learn how America’s first subway, in Boston, overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen and the great fears of its citizenry to create a rapid transit system soon replicated throughout the country on Race Underground: American Experience at 8:00 pm on Tuesday.

On-the-ground reporting from Iraq reveals what’s happening in areas where ISIS has been pushed out. With rare access, an investigation into powerful militias and growing sectarianism shaping Iraq, on Frontline, this Tuesday at 9:00 pm.

Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1000 years, this formidable fortress has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armoury and the Royal Mint. In this episode of Secrets Of The Tower Of London, we go behind the Tower’s ancient walls, opening it up to expose its secrets and stories, airing at 10:00 pm on Tuesday.

Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing whether they are as strong and complex as our own. Join the spycams as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love, and are mourned by a troop of monkeys in the Love category of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Miniseries, airing at 7:00 pm on Wednesday.

Join renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue as he sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work and uncover what the future of batteries means for our gadgets, our lives and even our planet on NOVA, this Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Examine legends about the origins and meaning of the aurora, the colorful glow that often brightens the night sky in Earth’s polar regions. Investigate the myths of Finland’s Saami, Alaska’s Inuit, Canada’s Native Americans and New Zealand’s Maori, in Aurora – Fire In The Sky, which airs at 9:00 pm Wednesday.

Enjoy modern roots rock with Band of Horses and Parker Millsap, playing on Austin City Limits at 10:00 pm on Wednesday and Friday.

Join Overheard with Evan Smith this week to take a deeper look at Henry Louis Gates Jr. who is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He is also known for the documentary series Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise. This episode airs Thursday at 7:00 pm.

In Living Springs, watch segments of Of Mills and Picnics; Mr. Habitat; Barking Springs; Studying the Aquifer; Spirit Waters, airing Thursday at 7:30 pm.

In a town that epitomize Texas Bar-B-Q, Chet interviews 3 different pit masters, each with their own spin on Texas que. He visits a museum dedicated to the governor who defeated the KKK in Texas and goes fishing on the best “crappie” lake in the state, on this episode of The Daytripper, Thursday at 8:00 pm.

Chet tours this German community with stops along Main Street for “fickle” pickles and milkshakes at an vintage drive in. He goes underground at a cave without a name, hikes through a nature center along Cibolo Creek, and then joins a shooting club in operation since 1864, in this episode of The Daytripper airing at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world’s major music festivals. The visionary programming celebrates the genius of Mozart with signature performances and new commissions, in this episode of Live From Lincoln Center, airing at 8:00 pm on Friday.

Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise, on Austin City Limits airing at 7:00 pm on Saturday.

Hampton Court is the ultimate Royal pleasure palace — it embodies the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII. A true palace of pleasure and now a now thriving tourist location, we scratch beneath the brick and stone to unveil an abundance of art and stories that bring Hampton Court alive on Secrets Of Henry Viii’s Palace airing at 10:00 pm on Saturday.

 

Highlights Jan. 15-21

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In this episode of Sherlock on Masterpiece at 6 pm and 9 pm on Sunday, 9 pm Thursday, 10 pm Saturday written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, long-buried secrets catch up with the Baker Street duo. Someone has been playing a long game indeed and Sherlock and Watson face their greatest ever challenge. Is the game finally over?

As a new queen, the young Victoria struggles to take charge amid plots to manipulate her. Her friendship with the prime minister leads to a crisis in Parliament. Watch the first episode of Victoria Sunday at 8 pm and Saturday at 8 pm.

Austin filmmaker Mat Hames newest documentary What Was Ours airs on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday. A tribal elder and Vietnam vet, who hasn’t left the Wind River Indian Reservation in over 40 years, visits the underground archives of Chicago’s Field Museum with two young Arapaho to explore ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years. Together they try to learn how these artifacts vanished from their tribe in the first place.

Ladonna Harris: Indian 101 at 10 pm Monday profiles Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris.

Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill at  7 pm Tuesday and 7:30 pm Thursday reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967).

Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday and 8 pm Wednesday examines the partisanship that gridlocked Washington and charged the 2016 presidential campaign, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle and the racial tensions that have erupted throughout the country.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features David Fahrenthold, a reporter at The Washington Post and most recently covered the 2016 presidential campaign.

Grammy-winner Alicia Keys performs in notable locations all around New York on Alicia Keys – Landmarks Live In Concert at 8 pm Friday.

From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, American Masters August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand at 9 pm Friday captures the legacy of the man some call America’s Shakespeare.

Welcome up-and-coming country singers Margo Price and Hayes Carll to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. Price supports her debut album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, while Carll sings songs from his album Lovers and Leavers.