Highlights January 8 to January 14

Posted on January 5, 2024

Monday, January 8th

Watch ROADSHOW's first visit to Alaska for treasures that include a 1969 Rolex Oyster cosmograph, an English bass violin, and Susan Butcher's 1990 Iditarod trophy. Which Anchorage find is worth $50,000 to $100,000? Antiques Roadshow Alaska Native Heritage Center Hour 1 at 7:00 pm.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW hits a homerun in the premiere of season 19 with a treasure-filled visit to New York City and its largest sports memorabilia find ever! Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Eric Silver take a trip to the New-York Historical Society to discuss Frederic Auguste Bartholdi Statue of Liberty statuettes. Highlights include an unpublished Art Spiegelman book proposal, ca. 1974, that was positioned to become a sequel to his quotation book Whole Grains; a headboard from the set of The Godfather, Part II that was purchased for under $25; and an archive of rare photographic baseball cards with a handwritten letter from the 1871-1872 Boston Red Stockings, appraised at $1,000,000. Antiques Roadshow New York City, Hour 1 at 8:00 pm.

PLAY explores the intersection of play and artistry, featuring Calder Kamin (Austin artist), Lorena Robletto, Roberto Benavidez, Schroeder Cherry, the Cotsen Children's Library, Chris Green, and the Skirball Cultural Center. Craft In America Play at 9:00 pm.

Explore the issue of reparations for African-Americans. Building on key issues of diversity and democracy; slavery and its aftermath; and socio-economic indicators, this documentary puts real people and their family histories into the reparations debate. Personal stories, expert interviews and rich archival materials underscored by evocative music weaves a narrative around the issue of reparations today so many years after the historical understanding of the end of slavery in America. Noted speakers address the cumulative impact that Reconstruction, Black Laws, Jim Crow, modern day violence, discrimination added to divergent wealth trajectories and opportunities firmly rooted in the system of enslavement. Individuals seeking to bridge our human divide share their reparations quests and we begin to understand the myriad of initiatives already happening across the country on local, state & national levels to make reparations a reality. The Cost of Inheritance: An America Reframed Special at 10:00 pm.

Tuesday, January 9th

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. meets Valerie Bertinelli and Brendan Fraser two actors who found fame when they were young and lived their lives in the limelight, cut off from their roots. Each discovers ancestors who paved the way for their success. Finding Your Roots Forever Young at 7:00 pm.

Grammy award winning film documenting the rise of soul music legend Sam Cooke, from his beginnings as a gospel singer to his crossover to the pop and R&B charts. This biography takes on a scope of greater dimensions than music alone. Sam's good friend Muhammad Ali plays an integral role, with Malcolm X and the Beatles, to share the world stage with Sam in Miami at the time of the first Ali-Sonny Liston fight. The film includes illuminating interviews with Aretha Franklin,Lloyd Price, Bobby Womack, Lou Rawls, Lou Adler, Dick Clark, and Sam's brothers, sister and daughter, all of whom speak with rare candor and insight about a man whose contributions continue not only to be recognized but to grow long after his death. Songs include "You Send Me", "(What a) Wonderful World", "Having a Party", and "A Change Is Gonna Come" Narrated by Jeffrey Wright. Sam Cooke: Legend at 8:00 pm.

The gripping story of families attempting to escape oppression in North Korea, revealing a world many have never seen. Independent Lens Beyond Utopia at 9:00 pm.

Wednesday, January 10th

Big Little Journeys - Small animals must sometimes make epic journeys to find a home or a mate. Follow six tiny animals on the greatest adventures of their lives in Big Little Journeys, a NATURE three-part miniseries. Episode 2: In Canada, a tiny turtle ventures through a forest of giants in search of the lake where she will spend the next 50 years of her life.In South Africa, a young bushbaby is drawn towards a world of light in his quest to find a new home. Nature Big Little Journeys: Home at 7:00 pm.

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. Nova High-Risk High-Rise at 8:00 pm.

The night when Vincent van Gogh cut his own ear defines his turbulent life and art. Generations have theorized about what really happened on December 23, 1888, in the French town of Arles, but no one has been clear on the details-until now. Secrets of the Dead Van Gogh’s Ear at 9:00 pm.

Thursday, January 11th

Richard Linklater is a director and writer. He is best known for his films Dazed and Confused, Boyhood, Slacker and Everybody Wants Some. Linklater is the Artistic Director and founder of the Austin Film Society. He has won a Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Movie Awards and BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture. Linklater currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. Overheard with Evan Smith Richard Linklater, Director/Writer at 7:00 pm.

The "Pie Capital of Texas" is a slice of heaven. Chet starts with pie for breakfast and finishes with Frito pie for dinner. Along the way, he plays disc golf at the strangest course in Texas, swims in the Blanco River, and learns the history of this railroad town. The Daytripper Kyle, TX at 8:00 pm.

Sikes escapes back to London with a badly wounded Oliver, and Nancy nurses him. Oliver Twist at 8:30 pm.

The Portwenn surgery has reopened, but between Martin and Louisa sharing the office and a less-than-competent new receptionist, things aren't running very smoothly. When Louisa's childhood dream home goes on the market, she jumps at the chance to look for a larger space. The house's owner is an accident-prone recent widower who seems haunted by his wife's death-perhaps literally. Doc Martin One Night Only at 8:59 pm.

Eliza questions her decision to move to Australia, as Pete's simmering resentment towards her comes to a head during a tense mid-air birth. RFDS: Royal Flying Doctor Service at 9:45 pm .

Friday, January 12th

DESIGN IN MIND: UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF PLACE WITH GIL SCHAFER explores the life and work of the acclaimed architect Gil Schafer III.As one of the country's leading practitioners of contemporary classical design, his work has received multiple awards, and has been featured in Architectural Digest, Town & Country, Veranda, and The New York Times. In this portrayal of a master at the height of his craft, Gil discusses how he draws upon the power of memory to create extraordinary homes and reflects on the spaces that have shaped his sensibilities as an architect. Design In Mind: Unlocking The Mysteries of Place With Gil Schafer at 7:30. pm

Jonathan Adams sets off across America to explore Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpieces and life. Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America at 8:00 pm.

INSIDE HIGH NOON explores both the landmark 1952 film starring Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges and Katy Jurado, and the gripping story behind its troubled production. The documentary reveals how many of the studios passed on the project and major Hollywood actors turned it down before Gary Cooper accepted the lead role. When it was ultimately released, High Noon was seen by some as an attack on the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). At least half-a-dozen people involved in the production were blacklisted; among them, screenwriter Carl Foreman and cinematographer Floyd Crosby. Gary Cooper put his career on the line for Foreman during and after production, hailing him as "The finest kind of American." INSIDE HIGH NOON also explores the film itself: why it has aroused controversy among critics, how its treatment of women and of masculinity was ahead of its time, and why HIGH NOON has come to be seen as a masterpiece of American cinema. Inside High Noon at 9:00 pm.

Saturday, January 13th

Beto visits the taqueria that was his biggest source of inspiration for Cuantos Tacos and talks about on his life-changing surgery; Xose and Anthony recount a nearly fatal car wreck at Discada that almost put them out of business; Edgar and Sara plant a community garden and visit their friend at Side Eye Pie to reflect on past fundraising efforts to support Beto, Anthony and Xose in times of need. Taco Mafia Sacrificio at 5:00 pm.

The ninth annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction honors singer/songwriter John Prine. ACL 9th Annual Hall of Fame Honors John Prine at 7:00 pm.

The visit of Princess Margaret to Kembleford is jeopardized when a school janitor is found murdered. Can Father Brown save the royal visit from being canceled? Father Brown The Royal Visit at 8:00 pm.

As the end of the First World War nears, Hastings calls on Poirot in his rooms to discuss the sensational news of the day – the attempted assassination of the Prime Minister, David MacAdam. They are interrupted by two visitors: Lord Estair, Leader of the House of Commons and Bernard Dodge, a member of the War Cabinet. They enlist Poirot to help with a national crisis – the Prime Minister has been kidnapped. Agatha Christie's: Poirot The Kidnapped Prime Minister at 8:46 pm.

Sunday, January 14th

Subsidies for electric cars have helped make them popular, but have gone mostly to the wealthy. These and mandates may have unintended consequences. We need more affordable EVs, even if they have lower range, say Dr. Beia Spiller, Director of the Transportation Program at Resources for the Future, and Dr. David Rapson, Economic Policy Advisor for the Fed and Professor of Economics, UC Davis. Energy Switch Electric Cars - Pros and Cons, Part 2 at 6:00 pm.

When a close friend of Mr. Potts is murdered, Eliza finds herself investigating the dark and macabre world of Victorian undertakers. Miss Scarlet and the Duke On Masterpiece Six Feet Under at 7:00 pm.

Siegfried has the bright idea of bringing in an experienced bookkeeper, Miss Harbottle, to bring method to their madness. James and Helen take inspiration from Siegfried's 'Carpe Diem' approach and make a long-awaited decision. All Creatures Great and Small Carpe Diem at 8:00 pm.

Barbara lands a lead role in a new TV sitcom, but just as she's about to realize her dream, news from home threatens to derail her plans. Will she return to Blackpool or seize her moment in London? Funny Woman Episode 2 at 9:00 pm.

The battle is on. Zoe has surrounded herself with powerful allies and begins a hardcore training routine to help her make a successful comeback. In the meantime, Sebastien has his own hands full with other problems: a talented dancer who threatens to leave the company and a choreographer who wants live wolves for his new production. L’Opera at 10:00 pm.