Highlights January 3 to January 9

Posted on December 31, 2021

Monday, January 3

Season 26 of Antiques Roadshow kicks off with captivating Connecticut treasures at the Wadsworth Mansion, including a Helen Hayes Verdura for Chanel cuff bracelet, a 1917 Boston Red Sox calendar and a 1904 Gandhi handwritten letter. Which is valued at $150,000? Antiques Roadshow Wadsworth Mansion Hour 1 at 7:00 p.m. Monday.

Travel with Antiques Roadshow to Bonanzaville in West Fargo for the biggest find of the season, and watch as the owner is literally floored by the $500,000-$700,000 appraisal of his treasure. Antiques Roadshow Bonanzaville Hour 1 at 8:00 p.m. Monday.

Presenting the power of architecture on the world's imagination, and its ability to affect a nation's dreams... Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World's Fair? captures the erosion of the American image as the country loses sight of its vision and values. Probing deeply into national identity, Mina Chow investigates the controversy surrounding US participation at World's Fairs for the last 25 years. The film asks important questions about the country's role in the world and perceptions of the American image. With our diminished presence at World's Fairs, have we lost sight of what it means to be American? Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World's Fair at 9:00 p.m. Monday.

In the late 1800s, Italians immigrated to St. Louis in search of the American Dream resulting in one of the largest Italian American neighborhoods in the United States today, The Hill. Here they started their own businesses, built their own church, and created a self-sufficient "city within a city." While similar immigrant neighborhoods across the country have long ago lost their identity, The Hill remains strong, making it the last of a dying breed. America's Last Little Italy: The Hill tells the story of this enduring neighborhood by looking at its past, present, and future. America's Last Little Italy: The Hill at 10:00 p.m. Monday.

Tuesday, January 4

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps Rebecca Hall and Lee Daniels solve family mysteries through DNA detective work, illuminating both history and their own identities on Finding Your Roots Hidden in the Genes at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. retraces the ancestral journeys of David Chang and Raul Esparza, whose families fled their homelands, leading them to find lost parts of themselves along the way on Finding Your Roots Children of Exile at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Investigating the threat of far-right violence in America a year after the attack on the Capitol. With ProPublica and UC Berkeley, an updated film examining the latest developments and where the movement may be headed on Frontline American Insurrection at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

When The Smoke Clears chronicles the Camp Fire from the day it struck to the aftermath, two years later. The film focuses on the town of Paradise and its people. It examines their reactions to the fire, and the devastation it wrought in their lives. We feel the resilience and hope of the Northern California community on When The Smoke Clears at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 5

Uncover the variety of activity, both human and natural, that occurs on the slopes of active volcanoes. See the surprising number of animals that survive and thrive alongside these fiery natural phenomena on Nature Living Volcanoes at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Over the past few decades, the number of skyscrapers worldwide has climbed dramatically. And as developers look to maximize limited urban space, and nations vie for prestige, these shimmering towers are being built higher and higher. In China alone, dozens of buildings rise to over 1,000 feet, with a few approaching 2,000 feet. But for all their impressive engineering, are these buildings safe? And are building regulations keeping up with the soaring heights of new structures? In San Francisco, skyscrapers can be built on unstable, sinking ground. And internal sprinkler systems are the only hope for extinguishing fires that burn beyond the reach of firefighters' ladders. Now, NOVA explores the science behind the risks of sky-high buildings, from the structural limits of building materials to the threats presented by wind, fire, and earthquakes. Experts show how the science of evacuation has shaped buildings in recent years, and what we have-and haven't-learned from past tragedies on NOVA High-Risk High-Rise at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Follow the build to make living beneath the waves into a reality as a team in Dubai attempts to construct a floating house combining the best of land and marine design. Will they achieve the impossible? Impossible Builds The Floating House at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Enjoy highlights from superstar rock band Foo Fighters' 2009 and 2015 episodes of Austin City Limits. Songs include "The Pretender" and "Best of You" on Austin City Limits Foo Fighters Rock Austin City Limits at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Thursday, January 6

Celebrating 10 years of Overheard, hear from top thought leaders who have been on the show on Overheard with Evan Smith Ten Years of Overheard: Thought Leaders at 7:03 p.m. on Thursday.

Ai Jen Poo has been organizing domestic workers for over two decades, ensuring that they have the same structure and security we give to every other job we value. In this episode, she sits down to discuss the roots of her activism, the art of listening with dignity, and the future of caregiving as a profession. Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan Ai-Jen Poo at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Follow the pursuit of democracy from the Revolutionary War through recurring cycles of civil rights progress and backlash, the 2021 Capitol riot and beyond. Explore the impact of voter rights and a civics curriculum on engaged and informed citizenson on Preserving Democracy: Pursuing A More Perfect Union at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.

What emotions connect a political leader to his followers? What is large group identity and why is it the most important factor in American politics since the Capitol insurrection of January 6, 2021? For more than four decades, renowned psychiatrist Vamik Volkan, a five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, has worked in traumatized areas around the globe. Vamik's work is key to helping us understand national, ethnic, religious and cultural identity, and has shaped the leading model of conflict resolution used around the world today. Blind Trust: Leaders & Followers In Times of Crisis at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Friday, January 7

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 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

When Patsy Cline Was Crazy is an acclaimed documentary about an American music icon. From humble roots, she grew into that rare and mythical artist - a self-taught singer with a distinctive, precise, disciplined voice and a unique depth of emotional expression. When Patsy Cline Was Crazy at 8:00 p.m. on Friday.

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 9:00 p.m. on Friday.

Enjoy highlights from superstar rock band Foo Fighters' 2009 and 2015 episodes of Austin City Limits. Songs include "The Pretender" and "Best of You" on Austin City Limits Foo Fighters Rock Austin City Limits at 10:00 p.m. on Friday.

Saturday, January 8

In the premiere episode of Charlie Bee Company, follow Charlie & friends on a hunt of some bees that survived a removal more than 10 years ago. This time, he’s here for them all! The Bee Mobile gets a makeover, Charlie meets soapmakers who love his honey, and Charlie does a removal underneath a portable building. Times get rough as Charlie tackles an angry africanized hive in an old oak tree, but nothing will stop Charlie from saving the bees. The only thing getting crushed is the job! Charlie Bee Company Welcome to TX Beekeeping! at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Discover a dish that is truly unique to the United States, the Viet-Cajun Crawfish. Relatively new, this Asian-inspired food craze is also a story of Vietnamese refugee immigration. In Houston and along the coast, Vietnamese culture infuses the traditional Texas landscape, bringing together Gulf and Vietnamese influences and ingredients for a delicious Houston original. Roadfood Houston, TX - Viet-Cajun Crawfish & Beef Pho at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Celebrate the 2021 ACL Hall of Fame inductees as Alejandro Escovedo, Lucinda Williams and Wilco are honored. Guest performers include Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Rosanne Cash and Sheila E. on Austin City Limits 7th Annual Hall of Fame Honors at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

As the multi-million pound restoration of a global icon begins, historian Anna Keay follows the three clockmakers taking apart the giant mechanism for the first time in its history on Big Ben: Saving The World's Most Famous Clock at 8:05 p.m. on Saturday.

As the clock tower is dismantled into thousands of pieces and sent for repair, new technologies uncover astonishing secrets of the past. But will Ben's bells be ready in time to chime for New Year? Big Ben: Saving The World's Most Famous Clock at 8:50 p.m. on Saturday.

Anna meets some of the country's best craftspeople – clock mechanics, engineers, scaffolders, glass cutters – and historians of the 162-year-old Elizabeth Tower who have been painstakingly bringing this British icon back to its original Gothic glory in the face of unprecedented challenges. Big Ben: Saving The World's Most Famous Clock at 9:40 p.m. on Saturday.

Phileas Fogg bets a fortune that he can circle the Earth in no more than 80 days. He enlists a new valet and attracts a persistent reporter. The three run amok in Paris. Masterpiece: Around The World In 80 Days at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Sunday, January 9

Having survived mayhem in France, Fogg and his party are crossing Italy when their train comes to a screeching halt. Can they continue and save a boy's life in the process? Masterpiece: Around The World In 80 Days at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

James and Helen test the waters of their relationship as James ponders a new job prospect. Tristan dives into his vet practice a bit too confidently. Masterpiece: All Creatures Great and Small Where The Heart Is at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.

When a depressed Hungarian countess drowns in the bath, it looks like suicide. Intense scrutiny falls on her psychoanalyst, Max. Oskar teams up with Max to solve the riddle of the countess's death and clear Max's professional reputation. Vienna Blood The Melancholy Countess, Part 1 at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Esther Summerson, brought up an orphan, is summoned to London by her guardian's solicitors, where she is to meet the Wards of Court in the Jarndyce versus Jarndyce case. Bleak House Episode 1 at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.