Highlights December 26 to January 1

Posted on December 23, 2022

Monday, December 26

Steals and deals abound as ROADSHOW features great bargains including a Chiparus sculpture, an 1811 North Carolina fraktur, and "New Republic Portfolio" prints. Which of these was found at a flea market for $40 and is now valued at $15,000-$25,000? Antiques Roadshow Best Bargains at 7:00 pm.

MEMPHIS BELLE: HER FINAL MISSION is an hour-long documentary that tells the story of two teams: the crew who flew her into combat and the restoration team that took 13 years to return her to her former glory. Two teams, separated by more than six decades, are bound together by their love of this remarkable and historic plane called the Memphis Belle. Memphis Belle: Her Final Mission at 8:00 pm.

Home features Ojibwe artist Biskakone Greg Johnson, North House Folk School, ceramic artist Syd Carpenter, sculptor Wharton Esherick, architect Sim Van der Ryn & the Outlaw Builders, and curatorial consultant/educator Helen Drutt English. Craft In America Home at 9:00 pm.

Artist Adebanji Alade unlocks the secrets of the world's most iconic painting whilst creating a replica using traditional methods. Historian Martin Kemp reveals the story behind the sitter and why Leonardo's Mona Lisa is a true masterpiece. How to Paint The Mona Lisa at 9:59 pm.

Tuesday, December 27

Discover the enduring friendship between television personality Dick Cavett and his mentor iconic comedian Groucho Marx. Their relationship is chronicled through interviews with Cavett, archival footage and interviews with George Burns and others. American Masters Groucho & Cavett at 7:00 pm.

Dubbed "nothing short of masterful" by the Chicago Tribune, FRANK FERRANTE'S GROUCHO is a laughter-filled, theatrical portrait of "America's most gifted funnyman". Written and performed by actor Frank Ferrante, this filmed play with music celebrates the style and spirit of comedian Groucho Marx (1890-1977), whose irreverent humor continues to influence artists today. Frank Ferrante's Groucho at 8:30 pm.

The life and songs of musical legend Peggy Lee as told in her own words through vintage interviews and performances along with new commentary by family, friends and colleagues, including Quincy Jones, Andy Williams, Margaret Whiting, k.d. lang, Nancy Sinatra, Johnny Mandel, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Max Bennett, Billy May, Cy Coleman and Lee's daughter and granddaughter. Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee at 10:00 pm.

Wednesday, December 28

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has long protected survivors of the Ice Age, but this once remote and frozen fortress is on the brink of change. Now, for the caribou, musk oxen, polar bears, and Arctic foxes, the ice age is slipping away. Nature American Arctic at 7:00 pm.

Wielding chainsaws to extract fossils frozen into the permafrost and flying drones to map thousands of footprints, intrepid paleontologists discover that dinosaurs thrived in the unlikeliest of places -- the cold and dark of the Arctic Circle. Nova Alaskan Dinosaurs at 8:00 pm.

The story of a devastating series of storms in the Great Plains. Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming were hammered by blizzards lasting from January to April. Wyoming was one of the hardest hit states. But for all the tragedy and loss, suffering and death, there was also hope and heroism, unselfish sacrifice and generosity. The blizzard brought out the best in people. Wyoming citizens from all walks of life worked together and demonstrated exceptional ingenuity in the face of dire circumstances. Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of '49 at 9:00 pm.

Enjoy an hour of late Texas singer/songwriter legend Nanci Griffith's best Austin City Limits performances. Austin City Limits The Best of Nanci Griffith at 10:00 pm.

Thursday, December 29

ZOO MUM looks at the essential work undertaken by the staff of the UK's Colchester Zoo during the Covid-19 pandemic to protect and conserve the future of endangered species. Zoo Mum at 7:02 pm.

Kelly Corrigan sits down with lawyer, professor, and former Solicitor General of the U.S. Neal Katyal for a conversation about government structure and what to expect from those who are in positions of power. Neal speaks ab out higher justice as a way to serve society’s needs and shares his thoughts on the Supreme Court. He also recalls times when he thought the US was about to have a constitutional crisis. Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan Neal Katyal at 7:31 pm.

Chet heads to the coastal bend and explores one of the most historic towns in Texas. He learns how to throw an atlatl and how not to throw a disc for disc golf. He eats at the oldest deli in Texas and even jumps in the Guadalupe River. Daytripper Victoria, TX at 8:00 pm.

A beautiful manor houses historic beehives that produce highly-prized honey with extraordinary healing power. To what lengths will the owners go to ensure their success? Midsomer Murders The Sting of Death, 1 & 2 at 8:29 pm.

From Dickens to Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie to James Bond -- no police institution in the world has caught the public imagination in the same way as Scotland Yard. The name has become synonymous with London's police force, but actually comes from the location of the original police headquarters building. Its officers and "Bobbies" are often seen in the news as protectors of the Royal Family and other British officials, but Scotland Yard is most often associated with police detectives. By meeting with some contemporary sleuths we'll reveal the secrets of what it takes to become a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, and we'll uncover some grim and grisly details of detectives who have gone before. Secrets of Scotland Yard at 10:01 pm.

Friday, December 30

RENAISSANCE WOMAN RESTORED documents the restoration of a magnificent mural created by a 16th-century nun who is considered the first great woman artist of the Renaissance. As the half-hour documentary follows the restoration of the mural by a team of female art conservationists,experts speak to the scope of the art Plautilla Nelli created, the significance of her work, and the importance of highlighting women artists who have largely been ignored. Renaissance Woman Restored at 7:29 pm.

Around 1400, Europe rediscovered the aesthetics of ancient Greece and Rome. This rebirth of classical culture showed itself in the statues, paintings, and architecture of Florence, then spread to Spain, Holland, Germany, and beyond. The Renaissance-from art-loving popes to Leonardo's Mona Lisa and Michelangelo's David-celebrated humanism and revolutionized how we think about our world. Rick Steves Art of Europe The Renaissance at 8:00 pm.

Artist Adebanji Alade unlocks the secrets of the world's most iconic painting whilst creating a replica using traditional methods. Historian Martin Kemp reveals the story behind the sitter and why Leonardo's Mona Lisa is a true masterpiece. How to Paint The Mona Lisa at 8:59 pm.

Enjoy an hour of late Texas singer/songwriter legend Nanci Griffith's best Austin City Limits performances. Austin City Limits The Best of Nanci Griffith at 10:00 pm.

Saturday, December 31

Jazz Singsanong of Jitlada Thai and Louis Tikaram of E.P. & L.P. transport the palate around the world with the complex flavors of Thai cuisine. These chefs work to bring balance to the complexity of flavors that reflect the mixed cultural influences of their own backgrounds and experiences. Migrant Kitchen Louis & Jazz at 5:00 pm.

Founded by Andre Peart, Conconnect is a company that has revolutionized the process of reentry by connecting formerly incarcerated people with services instantly. Going through the process himself, Andre recognized the challenges that were leading to high recidivism rates, and decided to create a system that would give the formerly incarcerated a real chance at successful re-entry. Start Up Conconnect: Harlem, NYC at 6:00 pm.

Rejoice in a high voltage hour with New Orleans-born R&B/jazz/gospel musician Jon Batiste. The Stephen Colbert bandleader performs songs from his album We Are, including "I Need You" and "Freedom." Austin City Limits Jon Batiste at 7:00 pm.

No band in American Roots music is of greater legendary status than Asleep at The Wheel. Celebrating 50 years of the finest in Western Swing and Country and downhome Boogie, Ray Benson brings his Golden Anniversary tour to the Caverns. This gifted, one-of-a-kind band has kept the music of Bob Wills alive and jumping with a line-up of road-tested veterans and blazing young hot shots, AATW is heading into the 2nd half of an illustrious career at full gallop. Cavern Sessions Asleep at the Wheel at 8:00 pm.

Following New Year's Eve broadcasts that were filmed at historic Mount Vernon and Philadelphia's Independence Hall, this next episode of United in Song will feature multiple regions of the United States, filmed in Boise, Idaho, Marietta, Ohio, Atlanta, Georgia, Los Angeles,California, and New York City, and Washington D.C. As we ring in the New Year, we celebrate the extraordinary cultural diversity of our country - from folk and rock to opera, country to hip hop, Broadway to bluegrass, and beyond. This special performance will also reflect on what brings us together as Americans, as we unite through the arts. United In Song 2022: Ringing in the New Year Together at 8:30 pm.

Sunday, January 1

series description - ROUTE 66 WOMEN: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE MOTHER ROAD is a documentary series that uncovers the extraordinary lives and achievements of women who overcame gender discrimination and segregation to build fulfilling lives and legacies on America's most iconic highway.

Women embraced driving from the start, despite assumptions from early automobile makers that men would be behind the wheel. For them, Route 66 was not just a way of getting from point to point, an opportunity for entrepreneurship, creativity, political activism and independence.From Pueblo women opening up roadside stands in New Mexico to an African American hotelier in Springfield, MO listed in the Green Book, women overcame segregation and gender discrimination to succeed on Route 66. Route 66 Women: The Untold Story of the Mother Road The Origin of Women On Route 66 at 12:00 pm.

World War II brought renewed energy and purpose to Route 66 as the country suddenly needed to transport people, arms and ammunition from one coast to the other. Hospitality work was viewed as a natural extension of the domestic sphere, and on Route 66 many women worked in family businesses providing food and lodging. The war allowed women to move out of low paying jobs and perform patriotic duties that were highly skilled and dangerous, such as sorting ammunition. After the war, these women would create vibrant businesses on their own. From the CEO of an iconic Route 66 restaurant in Gallup, NM to Navajo women at the Ordinance Depot in Flagstaff, AZ these women rejected domesticity in favor of a career. Also the story of the writing of the iconic song "Route 66" by Bobby Troup. Route 66 Women: The Untold Story of the Mother Road World War II & The Post War Period at 1:00 pm.

In the 1950s, the creation of interstate highways, environmental disasters and unemployment begins to take a toll on Route 66 and the many small towns affected. Throughout it all, women were at the forefront to keep their main streets alive, from the first Latina mayor of San Bernardino, CA who created legislation for an off-ramp into a Mexican American neighborhood bypassed by the new highway; to Amy Inouye in Los Angeles, CA who has worked tirelessly to save the beloved "ChickenBoy'', a gigantic roadside statue. Women have been leading revitalization projects that keep the lights on in their communities, boost the local economy and preserve American history for generations to come. Route 66 Women: The Untold Story of the Mother Road The Death and Rebirth of the Mother Road at 2:00 pm.

Celebrate the new year with this annual classical music celebration featuring waltzes by Strauss from the opulent Musikverein hosted by PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville. Great Performances From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2023 at 7:00 pm.

Go behind-the-scenes of the hit series about the world's favorite veterinarian and his menagerie of animal patients. Interviews with cast members, creators and those who work with the animals provide fascinating background. All Creatures Great and Small: The Next Chapter at 8:30 pm.

With Ramon's help, Teresa discovers the connection between her father and Roberta's. Students are revolutionized with cosmetics, using lipstick to feel more beautiful, except for Maria Jesus. Macarena feels bad for Angela. La Otra Mirada Being A Woman at 10:00 pm.