Highlights March 6 to March 12

Posted on March 3, 2023

Monday, March 6

Utah's capital city is brimming with antique and vintage finds including an 1844 "Bellows Falls" LDS church hymnal, a 1914 Olaf Carl Seltzer oil on board and a 1969 prototype Hot Wheels "Beach Bomb." Can you guess which came in at $100,000-$150,000? Antiques Roadshow Salt Lake City, Hour One at 7:00 pm.

If the world is a stage, then Elvis Presley was its finest performer; his sound and style personified an era. The ultimate "rise and fall" megastar, he defined the heights and pitfalls of modern super-celebrity. His humble childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi, exposed him to Black cultural influences that created an electric fusion of elements that shaped a new musical sensation. Director David Upshal's acclaimed film delves deeply into the life and world of Elvis, revealing the true evolution of modern pop music. The film also explores why Elvis became an even bigger phenomenon after his death, worth more annually than John Lennon, Frank Sinatra and David Bowie combined. By dividing his life into seven distinct phases, the film marries his achievements to his times and their historical context. Seven Ages of Elvis at 8:00 pm.

Throughout the 1950s, Elvis Presley led the rock and roll revolution in music and pop culture. In the 1960s, he concentrated mainly on his successful movie career. By 1968, it had been more than seven years since he had appeared on stage in front of a live audience. In June of 1968, Elvis taped his first television special in Burbank, California. It aired on December 3 of that same year and accomplished two things: it saved his career and showcased some of the best music of his life. Premiering on NBC, it attracted 42% of the viewing audience, was the network’s biggest ratings victory that year and the season’s top-rated show. It stands today as one of the great moments in rock music history and as a stunningly brilliant milestone in Elvis’ career. Elvis Presley: '68 Comeback Special at 10:00 pm.

Tuesday, March 7

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the family secrets of journalist Gayle King, film director Jordan Peele, and comedian Issa Rae, introducing them to ancestors who raise profound questions about the shape and meaning of their family trees. Finding Your Roots Breaking Silences at 7:00 pm.

Courtney B. Vance hosts this celebration of the renowned, respected and popular historian, author and filmmaker. Features appearances by distinguished guests seen in Gates' work including Jodie Foster, Ken Burns, Jelani Cobb and LL Cool J. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - Uncovering America at 8:00 pm.

Discover how a man born into slavery became one of the most influential voices for democracy in American history. Oscar nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the role Douglass played in securing the right to freedom for African Americans. Becoming Frederick Douglass at 9:30 pm.

Go beyond the legend and meet the woman who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. One of the greatest freedom fighters in U.S. history, Tubman was an Underground Railroad conductor, a Civil War scout, and a spy. Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom at 11:00 pm.

Wednesday, March 8

Join Apollo 11 on its historic journey. The film seamlessly blends mission audio featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with new footage, NASA archive and stunning CGI to recreate the first moon landing. 8 Days: to the Moon and Back at 7:00 pm.

In SURVIVING DISASTERS WITH LES STROUD, host of public television's Wild Harvest and survival expert Les Stroud shares practical, life-saving survival tips in a calm, knowledgeable way. World-famous for introducing the "survival TV" genre with his ground-breaking series Survivorman, Les takes us through the stages of "Preparing, Surviving and Recovering" from any natural disaster and elicits advice from those who have experienced them. Free from hyperbole and sensationalism, as per Les' imitable style, this heavily researched special aims at helping all of us and covers the basic rules for safely facing hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods, blackouts, blizzards - and yes, pandemics. Surviving Disasters with Les Stroud at 9:00 pm.

Electro pop duo Sylvan Esso and indie rock band Lucius provide an entertaining hour of imaginative music. North Carolina's Sylvan Esso play songs from their LP Free Love. Acclaimed act Lucius perform tunes from their album Second Nature. Austin City Limits Sylvan Esso/Lucius at 11:00 pm.

Thursday, March 9

Continuing to work with our Opportunity Coaches, our families strengthen their financial resilience and independence by using the tools provided to them including visiting resources in their communities.The families continue using what they learned from their Opportunity Coaches while they advance on the road to achieving financial freedom.The families now have all the tools they need to succeed on their own. Opportunity Knock$ Help Was Alway$ There at 7:00 pm.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of "Rocky Mountain High," the iconic title track from Denver's 1972 album, the John Denver estate is partnering with Sony Legacy to digitize the concert special John Denver's Rocky Mountain High. Filmed in 1974 at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater, the concert features Denver performing in his prime at this stunning outdoor venue. One of the world's best-known and best-loved artists, Denver earned international acclaim as a songwriter, performer, actor, environmentalist and humanitarian. Denver's career spanned four decades, and his timeless music has outlasted countless trends and garnered numerous awards and honors. Today, millions of fans old and new enjoy the work of this extraordinary performer, celebrated for songs such as "Leaving On a Jet Plane," "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Sunshine On My Shoulders, " "Annie's Song," "Rocky Mountain High" and many more. John Denver's Rocky Mountain High at 7:30 pm.

Fresh off their 18-month 50th Anniversary Tour, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music - continues to add to their legendary status. With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits, multiple GRAMMY, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band's accolades continue to accumulate. In September 2022, the band played at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, performing Bob Dylan songs that include "Forever Young," as well their groundbreaking album Will the Circle Be Unbroken, which has been inducted into the Library of Congress as well as the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - The Hits, The History & Dirt Does Dylan at 9:00 pm.

Grab a front-row seat to this 1984 Tokyo concert, one of Nelson's live legendary performances. Filmed at Budokan, the famous martial arts hall, the show features an amazing collection of Nelson's greatest hits. Willie Nelson: Live at Budokan at 10:30 pm.

Friday, March 10

A historical documentary detailing the work of the Pack Horse Library Project, a Works Progress Administration (WPA) program that delivered books to remote regions in the Appalachian Mountains between 1935 and 1943. The Pack Horse Librarians of Appalachia at 7:30 pm.

OLYMPIA is an intimate look into the life and career of beloved Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis and her courageous journey to find her own voice. Olympia at 8:00 pm.

Mabel Dodge was an independently wealthy writer, early feminist, social activist, and champion for women and native America rights. In 1917 she moved from Greenwich Village to Taos, New Mexico where she met and eventually married Tony Lujan a full blooded Tiwa Indian from Taos Pueblo. She was responsible for bringing major modern artists to New Mexico including Georgia O'Keeffe, Ansel Adams, and D.H. Lawrence. Awakening In Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story at 9:00 pm.

Electro pop duo Sylvan Esso and indie rock band Lucius provide an entertaining hour of imaginative music. North Carolina's Sylvan Esso play songs from their LP Free Love. Acclaimed act Lucius perform tunes from their album Second Nature. Austin City Limits Sylvan Esso/Lucius at 10:00 pm.

Saturday, March 11

While living out of his car during the pandemic, a selfpublished author travels to bookshops around the country with a simple question:why should people shop at an independent bookstore? The Bookstour at 6:00 pm.

Enjoy an hour featuring acclaimed British soul singer and songwriter Yola. The Bristol native performs tunes from her solo debut Walk Through Fire. Austin City Limits Yola at 7:00 pm.

Lord Arthur Hawthorne and his wife return to Kembleford when he retires from editorship of his newspaper and holds a garden party to announce his son Gabe would takeover as editor. Hawthorne had expected Father Brown to give him his personal attention and when he refuses finds himself accused of breaking the seal of the confessional and is suspended from his parish; his place taken by Father Featherstone, Hawthorne's London priest. At the garden party Hawthorne is threatened by Stanley Buchanan, a homosexual exposed in Hawthorne's newspaper. When a rifle shot wounds Hawthorne, Inspector Mallory arrests Buchanan, although Hawthorne suspects his wife or son.A second attempt on Hawthorne's life leads to Buchanan's release. Father Brown investigation with Mrs McCarthy's help uncovers Hawthorne's philandering, his wife's unhappiness, his son's unwillingness to take over editorship, and Father Featherstone's thwarted ambitions. Father Brown The New Order at 7:59 pm.

The dreamy frontman of buzzy rock 'n' roll band The Queenmakers is found dead in the dressing room, just as they are about to go on for their set. Upon inspection, Sister Boniface finds a peculiar sting on the back of his neck. Sister Boniface Mysteries Song for the Dead at 8:45 pm.

Poirot and Hastings are entertaining Japp when the conversation turns to the recent disappearance of a banker, Mr Davenheim, from his large country house, the Cedars. Boasting, Poirot agrees to a five-pound bet with Japp that he could solve the case within a week without moving from his chair. Agatha Christie's Poirot The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim at 9:31 pm.

Travel to the deserts of Iraq for an archaeological dig, where the famous crime writer unravels a series of mysterious murders. Lyndsey Marshal stars as Agatha Christie and Jonah Hauer-King is Max Mallowan,the archaeologist vying for her affection. Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar at 10:25 pm.

Surpassed only by the Bible and Shakespeare, Agatha Christie is the most successful writer of all time. We all know her characters and incredible plot twists, but what do we know about Agatha herself? Combining rare access to Agatha's family, her personal archive and speaking to those who know her work best, discover what made the world's most successful crime writer tick. Inside The Mind of Agatha Christie at 12:05 am.

Sunday, March 12

Samantha explores the Tennessee River and Northshore areas with travel writer Cory Lee. She joins Naturalist Haley Hamblen through the Reflection Riding Arboretum. At the Chattanooga Aquarium, Samantha visits one of the world's largest freshwater aquariums where she learns about the fascinating sturgeon, and then high atop Lookout Mountain, Samantha takes in the stunning views of seven states. Samantha Brown’s Places to Love Chattanooga, Tennessee at 11:30 am.

Hidden Saudi Arabia is hosted by Peter Greenberg, and explores the kingdom's hidden gems that few have ever seen, including Riyadh, Jedda, Red Sea, Al Ula, and the Red. Hidden Saudi Arabia at 12:00 pm.

Recall the early days of post-WWII Europe through the nuclear arms race, American paranoia, the Korean War and the Soviet movement into Europe as well as McCarthyism, NATO and the Warsaw PACT leading up to the building of the Berlin Wall. Highlighted films include The Third Man, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Soldier Of Fortune, The Manchurian Candidate, Bridge Of Spies and The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. Cold War & Cinema The Cold War Begins 1945-1960 at 1:01 pm.

Paranoia dominates the 1960’s from the Cuban Missile crisis, Post-Wall Berlin, spies and the assassination of JFK and others, to the early days of Vietnam and the proxy wars being fought on foreign soil. Highlighted films include From Russia With Love, Dr. Strangelove, JFK, Fail Safe, Seven Days In May and The Right Stuff. Cold War & Cinema Cuba & A New Dawn at 1:51 pm.

The height of the nuclear hysteria, the true fear of possible annihilation and the beginning of the decline of the Soviet Union. Highlighted films include The Quiet American, Apocalypse Now, War Games, No Way Out, Charlie Wilson's War, and The Hunt For Red October. Cold War & Cinema Vietnam, Pershing & The Fall of the Soviet Union at 2:40 pm.

Magpie Murders Marathon begins

A mystery author turns in the manuscript for his latest book, but the last chapter is missing. His editor investigates and is soon on the trail of a suspicious death. Episode 1 at 3:30 pm.

Everyone he knew had reason to kill mystery author Alan Conway. But was his fatal fall actually murder? The missing last chapter of his new book may hold the secret. Episode 2 at 4:30 pm.

Angling to sell his publishing firm and retire, Charles leans on Susan to take over as CEO. In a parallel story, the detective plot in Alan's last novel unfolds. Episode 3 at 5:30 pm.

PBS News Weekend at 6:30 pm.

Magpie Murders Marathon continues

The puzzle pieces of Alan's death get more and more jumbled. At the same time, the plot of his new book and the lives of his acquaintances start to converge. Episode 4 at 7:00 pm.

Susan's sister and Andreas have unexpected connections to Alan. Meanwhile, Pund wraps up his investigation, promising, "Very soon all will be made clear!" Episode 5 at 8:00 pm.

Susan cracks her case-not without mishap then accompanies Pund as he lays out the solution to Alan's final book, as magpies watch from above. Episode 6 at 9:00 pm.

Magpie Murders Marathon ends

Upset with Vicente, Luisa receives an unexpected visit: her son, Arcadio, and Catalina, his fiance, a lady of Luisa's age. Arcadio wants to reconcile with his mother, but the science teacher doesn't know what to think or do about it. La Otra Mirada There Is No Failure at 10:00 pm.

Discover the writer's plan to sell a manuscript that kills off her famous detective-Hercule Poirot. Struggling with money and under investigation by tax authorities in America and the UK, Agatha (Helen Baxendale) must come up with an enormous sum. Agatha and the Midnight Murders at 11:28 pm.