Hampton Court is the ultimate royal pleasure palace — embodying the indulgent and grandiose kingship built by Cardinal Wolsey and developed by Henry VIII. Through its rooms, chart King Henry VIII’s decline from fit young warrior to bloated womanizer and recall the vivid stories of the ladies who became his queens. Learn how William and Mary demolished half of the Tudor palace to replace it with an exquisite baroque structure, making Hampton Court one of the most unusual palaces in the world. Go beneath the brick and stone of this true pleasure palace and now thriving tourist location to uncover an abundance of art and stories that bring Hampton Court alive.
Islands of Britain
Sat, 06/29/2013 - 10:00pm
In the final episode, Clunes explores islands off the south coast of the British mainland. First stop is Guernsey in the Channel Islands — a tax haven popular with wealthy settlers. Then we follow our intrepid guide to Sark, another nearby island. With just 600 inhabitants, it is in a timewarp; at the time of filming it's the last feudal state in Europe and the only motorized vehicles allowed are tractors. Next is St. Michael's Mount, a tiny island comprising a castle and a few houses, just off the Cornish coast. The stage of the journey through islands of the south includes a visit to the Scilly Isles, off Land's End in Cornwall.
Lidia Celebrates America
Fri, 06/28/2013 - 10:00pm
Join host and chef Lidia Bastianich as she celebrates independence and freedom with different cultures across America. The celebrity cast includes actress Anna Deavere Smith, opera singer Renée Fleming, singer Martha Wainwright, chef Jacques Pepin and actor Alec Mapa.
Fri, 06/28/2013 - 9:00pm
The show-stopping musical Annie, its characters and its songs are timeless and classic. It’s been 35 years since the little orphan Annie first stepped onto a Broadway stage. For Annie’s return to Broadway, this documentary offers a memorable behind-the-scenes look at every step of a single Annie production number, from the earliest phases of discussion among the creative team, rehearsals with actors, to opening night on Broadway. Through the staging of the song “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” viewers are introduced to the work of the actors who play the orphans and the professionals who shape and contribute to the final production of the song.
British Antiques Roadshow
Thu, 06/27/2013 - 10:30pm
Fiona Bruce and the team of experts head to Derbyshire where thousands await them at Chatsworth House for another busy day. Amongst the pieces intriguing the experts are a rare boxing tile commemorating one of the biggest bare knuckle fights, a portrait painted by Stanley Spencer brought in by the model for the picture, while an Egyptian head found buried in a Derby garden surprises everyone.
Thu, 06/27/2013 - 9:00pm
Battling with her emotions for new arrival James Dowland, Dorcas sets out to defeat the dashing property developer in the parish council elections. In her quest to win, she finds herself caught up in a battle to prove there is a place for a woman in politics.
Wed, 06/26/2013 - 9:00pm
This groundbreaking special reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of Earth. Produced in consultation with NASA scientists, “Earth From Space” takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms them into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate web of forces that sustain life on earth. See the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet: how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine “waterfall” off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the sun’s heating of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane.
Wed, 06/26/2013 - 8:00pm
The black mamba is one of Africa's most dangerous and feared snakes. Most people would kill it on sight. But in the tiny country of Swaziland, one husband and wife team has taken a different approach to the mamba. They've initiated a study that they hope will change perceptions of what they feel is the world's most misunderstood snake.
Tue, 06/25/2013 - 8:00pm
HENRY FORD paints a fascinating portrait of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century. Ford’s Model T automobile and his five-dollar-a-day wage ushered in the modern world, earning Ford reverence from millions of Americans. Yet many of the changes he wrought deeply troubled the carmaker. In frustration, he lashed out at enemies, real and imagined, blamed Jews for the country’s problems, bullied those who worked for him and exhibited great cruelty to his only son, often, it seemed, wishing to retreat to an idyllic fantasy of the past.
Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:00pm
Through the eyes of Harlem funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. “Homegoings” takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, drawing on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. The film paints a portrait of the departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones “home.”