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Wednesday, October 17th at 8 PM
Travel journalist Samantha Brown, BBC presenter Chris Packham and wildlife cinematographer Bob Poole will host the multi-platform television experience from alongside Squam Lake, New Hampshire. Similar in format to PBS’ previous summer spectacles BIG BLUE LIVE and WILD ALASKA LIVE, the new series will include a mix of live feeds and pre-taped footage from across New England. Unique to AUTUMNWATCH – NEW ENGLAND, the live event will focus on cultural traditions and historical sites in addition to local wildlife and the colorful gold and red landscapes in the region that’s best known for them. To accomplish this, local experts in food, wildlife, music, literature and history will join the trio of hosts each night to showcase characteristics special to New England.
Friday, October 19th at 7:30 PM (Repeats Sundaty, October 21 at 3:30 PM)
A new film by local filmmaker Malcolm DeSoto highlights efforts by artists Zuzka Sabata, Julie McNiel, and Janessa Johnsrude to bring the arts inside Pelican Bay's prison walls. We interview the artists, preview portions of the film, and discuss the value of such pursuits in the rehabilitation of society's forgotten men and women. The film features prisoners discussing and performing their work.
Friday, October 19th at 9:00 PM
“Measure for Measure” takes an astonishingly timely look at sexual morality, hypocrisy and harassment. Shakespeare asks us to “measure” the price of liberty against the moral and social cost of libertinism. It’s a play about vice, the law and sexual corruption at the highest levels and, for nearly two centuries, it was considered too racy to be produced on the English stage. Garai explains why there is no light-hearted happy ending in this play, but something much darker and more complex — truly a sexual tale for our time.
Friday, October 19th at 10:00 PM
Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” is a play that upholds liberty against tyranny. But what is tyranny? And who decides? Shakespeare doesn’t make it simple. In order to preserve the freedom of the Roman Republic, Julius Caesar, an “over-mighty” leader, is assassinated by Roman Senators led by Caesar’s friend Brutus. Caesar wanted to become an emperor. Is Brutus a traitor or a great hero and defender of liberty? Brian Cox explores how “Julius Caesar,” for many years, was seen to represent the American experience: the birth of a Republic. The play explores how easy it is for a free republic to fall into corruption. More than that, the play challenges us to think about who or what to trust and what values we want to live by — and to look inside and wonder how well we even know ourselves.
Saturday, October 20th at 9 PM
Relish an hour of blue-eyed soul with worldwide superstar Sam Smith and emerging singer-songwriter Anderson East. UK native Smith sings mega-hits and tunes from his sophomore album The Thrill of It All. Alabama soul/R&B singer East romps through songs from his acclaimed LP Encore.
Sunday, October 21st at 10 PM
Combining, romance, intrigue, and danger, Wilkie Collins’ beloved mystery novel has taken generations of readers on a thrilling ride along the corridors of English country houses, and down into the dankest, deepest corners of the Victorian madhouse. This bold new adaptation by Fiona Seres retains the creeping atmosphere that has captured the imaginations of the book’s readers for over a century, while bringing a distinctly modern take to its striking female characters, its charismatic, formidable villains, and its gripping, labyrinthine plot. When Walter Hartright, a young drawing master, encounters a ghostly woman dressed all in white on a moonlit road on Hampstead Heath, he is drawn into a web of intrigue that will transform his life forever. Offering his assistance to this distressed, spectral woman, he is later shocked to discover that she had just escaped from a nearby insane asylum.
Monday, October 22nd at 9 PM
Join chef Vivian Howard after the harvest season as she hosts a special harvest feast for the show's most beloved personalities to gather for one last batch of quintessential Southern ingredients.
Tuesday, October 23rd at 9 PM
Native America is a four-part PBS series that challenges everything we thought we knew about the Americas before and since contact with Europe. It travels through 15,000-years to showcase massive cities, unique systems of science, art, and writing, and 100 million people connected by social networks and spiritual beliefs spanning two continents. The series reveals some of the most advanced cultures in human history and the Native American people who created it and whose legacy continues, unbroken, to this day. The series explores this extraordinary world through an unprecedented combination of cutting edge science and traditional indigenous knowledge. It is Native America as never seen before—featuring sacred rituals filmed for the first time, history changing scientific discoveries, and rarely heard voices from the living legacy of Native American culture.
Wednesday, October 24th at 8 PM
Meet the planet’s ultimate cats. Cheetahs are renowned as the fastest animal on land, but the latest scientific research suggests that speed isn’t actually their greatest weapon. In Sri Lanka, a tiny rusty spotted cat explores his forest home. A male snow leopard, perhaps the world’s most lonesome cat, searches for a mate in the Himalayas. The Canada lynx lives farther north than any cat, relying on snowshoe hares to survive the bitterly cold winters. An African leopard mother fights to raise her cub in the worst drought in decades. In Tanzania, lions form super prides in order to hunt giant prey.
Thursday, October 25th at 9 PM
Episode #209 – "I Do, I Do" -- With Anna's wedding imminent, Sarah returns to live in Inverness with Rene. Sarah determinedly suppresses her feelings for George out of loyalty and love for her husband.
Friday, October 26th at 9 PM
A “winter’s tale” was Jacobean slang for something fanciful and unreal — a campfire story. Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” written during the period 1609-1611, is classified as one of his late romances. This is a play driven by passion and obsession, by the uncontrollable jealousy of King Leontes, who recklessly rejects his wife’s love and accuses her of an affair with his old friend. Acting like a man possessed, he orders his friend killed and his pregnant wife imprisoned. In 17th-century marriages, even royal ones, a wife believed guilty of adultery could indeed be brutally punished. The play’s second half, something of an idyllic comedy despite the stark and brutal first half of the play, returns the people Leontes thought he lost through one of the greatest theatrical coups of all time — a magic trick that uses no magic.
Friday, October 26th at 10 PM
Shakespeare’s Richard III is one of the most infamous villains of all time — and one of the most relished. Sher explains how Shakespeare created both a loathsome and brilliant manipulator, as well as a real man. Shakespeare’s history play is at least as much play as history. They hinge on character, on strength and on frailty, and explore what humans will resort to in order to achieve power. While historians still debate the merits and vices of the real King Richard, there is no truly reliable evidence that he was the villain Tudor historians described; but Shakespeare’s character is larger than life and for this reason stands for all times.
Saturday, October 27th at 9 PM
Enjoy an unforgettable hour with acclaimed artist Brandi Carlile. The Seattle singer-songwriter performs highlights from her critically lauded album "By the Way, I Forgive You."
Sunday, October 28th at 10 PM
Walter is sent away before he can learn the truth about Anne. Laura confesses her feelings about Walter to Sir Percival, who in turn moves up their wedding. Anne's mother visits the newlyweds' home in search of her daughter, who's been seen nearby.
Tuesday, October 30th Part 1 at 9 PM with Part 2 immediately following at 10 PM
Hear the early warnings about Facebook's impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world, as well as the company's response to charges of promoting "fake news" and disrupting American politics. Dozens of original interviews and rare footage show how Facebook faced claims of misuse while becoming an unprecedented global player, and show the company's role sowing division worldwide and the challenges facing the social media platform.