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Jewel in the Crown
Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:00pm
Tim Pigott-Smith (center) as Ronald Merrick, District Superintendent of Police.

In 1942, the Japanese, having conquered Burma, are threatening India. At Mayapore, Hari Kumar comes under suspicion of subversion by Merrick, the District Superintendent of Police.

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 9:30pm
Ernie Manouse, center, the host of “Manor of Speaking,” which is all about “Downton Abbey.” Credit Jonathan Sandys

Immediately following each episode of Downton Abbey, host Ernie Manouse leads a studio audience and a rotating cast of celebrated super fans and cultural experts through the world of “Downton Abbey.” They share the triumphs and sorrows of the Crawley family and their staff during a lively 30 minute after-show like no other.

‘Manor’ is a solidly packed show with re-caps, history lessons, surprise guests, behind-the-scenes stories and a whole lot of fun. Viewers are invited to participate via twitter, Facebook and the web at www.ManorOfSpeaking.org, making ‘Manor’ the perfect way to finish off an episode of the world’s number one drama series.

New York Now Special Edition
Wed, 01/07/2015 (All day)
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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo presents his annual State of the State Address, broadcast live on WSKG Radio and TV.

American Experience
Tue, 01/06/2015 - 9:00pm
Robert Ripley’s first odditorium was visited by over 2 million people at the Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago 1933-34, and would lay the ground work for 6 more during his life time. (1934)

LeRoy Robert Ripley rose to fame during the Great Depression, transforming himself from a skinny, bucktoothed boy into an entertainer who mesmerized the nation with his razzle-dazzle blend of homespun Americana, colorful exotica and freakish oddities. Over three decades, his “Believe It or Not!” franchise grew into an entertainment empire, expanding from newspapers to every form of “new media” in the 20th century: radio, film and, ultimately, television. At the center of it all was Ripley, whose obsession with the odd and keen eye for the curious made him one of the richest men in the country. Americans not only loved his bizarre fare, but were fascinated by the man himself; the eccentric, globetrotting playboy became an unlikely national celebrity. This is the story of the man who popularized the iconic phrase, and proof of why we still can’t resist his challenge to “Believe it — or not!”

A MASTERPIECE SPECIAL
Sun, 01/04/2015 - 10:15pm

Enter the world of Edwardian manners with Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to “Downton Abbey.” Bruce and the series’ leading cast members explain how they re-create the authentic etiquette of aristocrats and servants.

The Great British Baking Show
Sun, 01/04/2015 - 8:00pm
In the Showstopper segment, competitors create three-dimensional “biscuit scenes.”

One week down and 11 amateur bakers remain. Let the biscuit baking begin. The Signature challenge is to create biscuits that go well with a cheese course. For the Technical, the bakers must follow Mary’s basic instructions for her Florentines recipe. In the Showstopper, bakers are tasked with creating three-dimensional “biscuit scenes.” Who will leave the competition tent?

Father Brown
Sat, 01/03/2015 - 9:00pm

Season 2: Episode 5 – The Mysteries of the Rosary
The mysterious disappearance of an old friend sends Father Brown and
Sid on a quest to find the mythical Lannington Rosary. However can an
old adversary, back from the dead, be trusted to help?

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
Fri, 01/02/2015 - 9:00pm
Billy Joel (center) receives the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from Dr. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress (left) and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (right). Taped November 19, 2014, at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

This music special honors singer-songwriter Billy Joel’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The evening will include performances by Joel, as well as Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men, Gavin DeGraw, Josh Groban, Natalie Maines, John Mellencamp and LeAnn Rimes, with a special performance by Kevin Spacey — as well as a dance ensemble performance from Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’ Out.” Michael Feinstein will pay tribute to the legacy of George and Ira Gershwin and their collection, which is housed in the Library of Congress.

Great Performances
Thu, 01/01/2015 - 8:00pm
Zubin Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein.

Always one of “our favorite things,” PBS continues the cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year at the opulent Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of guest conductor Zubin Mehta, and featuring everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. In addition to the Musikverein concert setting, the broadcast features a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host.

Michael Feinstein New Year's Eve at the Rainbow Room
Wed, 12/31/2014 - 10:00pm
High atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza in the newly restored Rainbow Room, this celebration recaptures the heyday of the glamorous New York nightclubs.

Ring in the New Year with entertainer Michael Feinstein. The energetic performer recaptures the heyday of the glamorous New York nightclubs as he hosts this celebration from high atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza in the glittering, newly restored Rainbow Room. Guests include Darren Criss (“Glee”), Aaron Tveit (“Graceland”), Leslie Odom (“Smash”), Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, nightclub legend Marilyn Maye, Tony Winner Christine Ebersole and 17-year-old Julia Goodwin.

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