FEATURED PROGRAMS on Blue Ridge PBS
Be sure to check our schedule for additional air times!
8 Days to the Moon and Back
Tuesday, March 2 @ 9pm
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.
All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece
Encore Presentation! Thursdays @ 7pm
James Herriot’s adventures as a veterinarian in 1930’s Yorkshire get a glorious new adaptation in a seven-part series based on his beloved stories. Exciting newcomer Nicholas Ralph will make his television debut as the iconic vet who became renowned for his inspiring humor, compassion and love of life. The 1970s adaptation, which aired on public broadcasting, was a favorite of millions of viewers.
Alone in the Wilderness
Wednesday, March 3 @ 8:30pm @ Thursday, March 18 @ 9:30pm
To live in a pristine land unchanged by man...to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed...to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin...to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available...to be not at odds with the world, but content with one’s own thoughts and company... Thousands have had such a dream, but Richard Proenneke lived them. He found a place in Alaska, built a cabin, and stayed to become part of the country. This is a simple account of the day-to-day explorations and activities he carried out alone, and the constant chain of nature’s events that kept him company.
American Experience: The Blinding of Isaac Woodard
Tuesday, March 30 @ 9pm
In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was taken off a Greyhound bus after a heated exchange with the driver, who refused to let him off at a rest stop to use the restroom. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind. The shocking incident made national headlines and, when the police chief was acquitted by an all-white jury, the injustice would change the course of American history. Based on Richard Gergel’s book Unexampled Courage, the film details how the crime led to the racial awakening of South Carolina Judge J. Waties Waring and President Harry Truman, who desegregated the military and federal offices two years later.
American Experience discovers the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present.
Explore the lives and creative journeys of America’s most enduring artistic and cultural giants.
Tuesday, March 23 @ 8pm - Flannery
Explore the life of Flannery O’Connor whose provocative fiction was unlike anything published before. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered journals and interviews with Mary Karr, Tommy Lee Jones, Hilton Als and more.
Friday, March 26 @ 9pm – Twyla Moves
Explore legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp’s career and famously rigorous creative process, with original interviews, first-hand glimpses of her at work and rare archival footage of select performances from her more than 160 choreographed works.
Baseball – Ken Burns’ Landmark 1994 Series
Thursday, March 25 @ 7pm
Join Ken Burns for the classic baseball stories from the Great Depression through the 1950s, from Joe DiMaggio and Satchel Paige to Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson, to Willie Mays and Don Larsen.
The Bee Gees One for All Tour – Live in Australia
Monday, March 1 @ Noon on SWVA PTV
Enjoy the tight harmonies of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb as they perform their greatest hits, as well as some rarely heard selections, in this fully restored, newly mixed and mastered concert recorded in Melbourne.
Celtic Thunder X
Monday, March 2 @ 8pm on SWVA PTV
Celebrate 10 Years of Celtic Thunder with a fantastic performance featuring 27 songs including traditional and contemporary Irish songs, classic hits, love songs, nostalgic songs and fun retro songs drawn from the soundtrack of our lives. A variety of solo and ensemble numbers featuring something for everyone and showcases the magic that turned Celtic Thunder into a household name in 2008.
Saturday, February 27 @ 9pm & Wednesday, March 3 @ 8pm on SWVA PTV
Experience the beauty, romance and dramatic power of musical masterpieces in this visual and auditory joyride through the world of classical hits. Host Martin Goldsmith guides viewers on this fresh and engaging exploration of the world of classical music, with personal reflections from Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Stewart Copeland of The Police, among others.
Dolly Parton & Friends: 50 Years at the Opry
Saturday, March 6 @ 8:30pm
A celebration of the country music legend’s 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, this special captures Dolly Parton delivering some of her biggest hits on one of the most iconic stages in the world. Featuring new interviews with Parton and guest appearances by some of her superstar friends, including Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Margo Price, Hank Williams, Jr., and more.
Downton Abbey Returns!
Saturday, March 6 @ noon & 10pm on SWVA PTV
Join host Jim Carter (Mr. Carson) for a celebration of the beloved hit series and a sneak peek at the movie. Features interviews with the cast and creators and never-before-seen video clips.
PLUS, see how it all began with Downton Abbey , Season 1, on Masterpiece! Marathon the whole season on March 6 beginning @ 2pm OR watch it March 9, 10, 11 & 12 @ 8pm
Extinction: The Facts
Wednesday, March 31 @ 8pm
With a million species at risk of extinction, Sir David Attenborough explores how this crisis of biodiversity has consequences for us all, threatening food and water security, undermining our ability to control our climate and even putting us at greater risk of pandemic diseases.
Fast Forward: Look Into Your Future
Wednesday, March 24 @ 10pm
If you could see your family’s future, would you change anything? This documentary film narrated by Rosario Dawson with an original song by Andrew Bird, follows four millennials and their parents as they travel through time to meet their future selves.
Finding Your Roots
The acclaimed series with Professor Gates explores the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of popular figures.
March 16 @ 8pm – The Vanguard
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and author and activist Janet Mock see their basic assumptions about their families challenged, placing their ancestors — of all colors — into the greater context of black history.
March 16 @ 9pm – Reporting on the Reporters
Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shows journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry and Lisa Ling that the stories within their own family trees are every bit as compelling as the news stories they have been covering for the world.
March 30 - @ 8pm – Freedom Tales
Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. delves deep into the roots of two African-American guests, actor S. Epatha Merkerson and athlete and television personality Michael Strahan. Both discover unexpected stories that challenge assumptions about black history.
Watch television’s longest-running performing arts anthology to enjoy the best in music, dance and theater.
Thursday, March 11 @ 10pm on SWVA PTV - An Intimate Evening with David Foster
Enjoy a star-studded concert with celebrated 16-time GRAMMY Award winner David Foster as he explores the music of his career with guest artists Loren Allred, Pia Toscano, Fernando Varela, Sheléa, Katharine McPhee and more.
Sunday, March 28 @ 8pm – Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP the Magazine
Honor the best films and performances of 2020 that resonate with older viewers including Career Achievement Award winner George Clooney. Celebrating movies that matter, the Awards champion movies for grownups, by grownups.
Great Performances at the Met - Renee Fleming in Concert
Friday, March 19 @ 9pm
Experience the beloved American soprano perform arias by Puccini and Massenet to selections by Handel and Korngold from the intimate music salon of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.
Howards End on Masterpiece
Sundays, March 21 & 28 @ 9pm
Follow two independent and unconventional sisters and the men in their lives seeking love and meaning as they navigate an ever-changing world in this fresh take on E.M. Forster’s masterpiece.
India: Nature’s Wonderland
Tuesday, March 9 @ 9pm
Join wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin, actor Freida Pinto and mountaineer Jon Gupta to explore India’s natural wonders. From tigers and gibbons to elephants and rhinos, the sacred Ganges to tea plantations, experience the subcontinent’s marvels.
It's What's Happening Baby (My Music Presents)
Sunday, March 7 @ 3pm
And Monday, March 8 @ 8pm on SWVA PTV
In addition to presenting all-star rock and soul concerts at the historic Brooklyn Fox theatre, Murray The K hosted a legendary TV special, "It's What's Happening Baby," which will be seen for the first time in over 50 years on Public Television. The concert features over a dozen iconic artists singing some of the greatest hits of all time, including Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, The Righteous Brothers, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Herman's Hermits, The Temptations, Four Tops, Little Anthony & The Imperials, The Ronettes and Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles.
Johnny Cash: A Night to Remember
Thursday, March 4 @ 8pm on SWVA PTV
Discover a never-before-seen concert from 1973, recently found in Sony’s vault. Songs include "Big River," "A Boy Named Sue," "If I were a Carpenter” and "Folsom Prison Blues." June Carter Cash also performs.
Live From Lincoln Center – Stars in Concert
Celebrate performances by the world’s distinguished artists on Lincoln Center’s legendary stages, showcasing the finest in music, theater and dance.
March 12 @ 9pm - Sutton Foster in Concert
Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster brings her irresistible talent and effusive charm to the intimate Appel Room for a special night with a special guest, two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Spring Awakening, Glee).
March 12 @ 10pm - Stephanie J. Block in Concert
Stephanie J. Block, a show-stopping Tony-nominated performer who was featured in Lincoln Center Theater’s Falsettos as well as in Wicked and The Boy from Oz, unleashes her immense voice and bold charisma for a special night of cabaret.
March 19 @ 10pm - Andrew Rannells in Concert
Known for his Tony-nominated, Grammy-winning performance as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon and as Elijah in HBO's Girls, Andrew Rannells brings his signature blend of superb vocal prowess and wry wit to a sparkling set of songs.
Loretta Lynn: My Story in My Words
Saturday, March 6 @ 7pm
and Sunday, February 28 @8p on SWVA PTV
2021 marks the 50th anniversary of “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” the Loretta Lynn song that became a book, a feature film, and an indelible part of popular culture. Like so many other songs written by Lynn, the lyrics told the story of her life and spoke to women who struggled to make ends meet. Lynn’s simple, straightforward song stories gave legitimacy to the joys, heartaches, struggles and triumphs of daily life.
Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths & Secrets
Sunday, March 14 @ 8pm
Join Lucy Worsley on a journey across Europe to visit the incredible locations where royal history was made. From the Spanish Armada to the French Revolution, learn how royal history is a mixture of facts, exaggeration, manipulation and mythology.
The Miniaturist on Masterpiece
Sunday, March 7 @ 8pm
See what happens when a teen bride's new husband gives her an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet that is a miniature replica of their home—and seems to predict and unravel the future with unsettling precision.
Wednesdays @ 8pm
Experience the splendors and compelling stories of the natural world from all over the globe. The series delivers the best in original natural history films.
February 24 – The Mighty Weasel
Discover the truth about the infamous weasel, often associated with unsavory behavior. Do these critters deserve their bad reputation? Follow the adventures of a first-time weasel mom, fearless honey badger and a tiny orphan weasel.
March 10 – H is for Hawk: A New Chapter
Helen Macdonald’s international best-selling book “H Is for Hawk” told the story of a grieving daughter who found healing in the form of Mabel, a goshawk. The goshawk is one of Mother Nature’s own fighter jets, capable of finding and killing its prey with tremendous speed. For the first time after Mabel’s death, Macdonald tries again to train another one of these secretive birds of prey and intimately explore their lives in the wild forests they call home.
March 17 – Fox Tales
Intelligent, resilient and bold, the red fox can change its behavior to thrive in new environments, from urban locales to the Arctic tundra. New scientific research offers a fascinating look into the secret life of these foxes.
March 24 – Hippos: Africa’s River Giants
Go beneath the surface and meet Africa’s river giants, the hippos. Discover an unexpected side of these aquatic mammals that can’t even swim as hippos protect their families, face their enemies and suffer in a drought. Narrated by David Attenborough.
Retire Safe and Secure with Ed Slott for 2021
Friday, March 5 @ 9pm
Congress has done it again and changed many of the tax laws that most affect your hard-earned retirement savings -- "The Slott Solution for 2021" provides a detailed and easy-to-follow guide to help you "move from Forever taxed to Never taxed."
Suze Orman’s Ultimate Retirement Guide
Monday, March 1 @ 9pm
Join the acclaimed personal finance expert for essential advice on planning for and thriving in retirement. With empathy, straight talk and humor, Suze provides information about key steps for anyone trying to achieve their “ultimate retirement.”
This Land is Your Land
Saturday, March 13 @ 7pm
and Sunday, February 28 @ 9:30pm on SWVA PTV
Take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village. The Smothers Brothers and Judy Collins host.
Tina Turner: One Last Time
Sunday, March 7 @ 2pm on SWVA PTV
Join one of the best-selling recording artists of all time for her unforgettable concert filmed at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2000. The powerhouse performer blasts out hit after hit from her four-decade career.
To Catch a Comet
Wednesday, March 10 @ 10pm
Watch this compelling documentary that details the complexities and challenges of the 10-year, four-million-mile journey of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) spacecraft Rosetta as it chased down and landed on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in a history-making feat.
Waylon Jennings: The Outlaw Performance
Saturday, March 13 @ 8:30pm
At the pinnacle of the outlaw movement in country music, Waylon Jennings gave an exclusive performance in Nashville. The concert was taped but never released for broadcast. WAYLON JENNINGS – THE OUTLAW PERFORMANCE captures this hidden 1978 concert and features a 16-song set combined with Jennings' own words about his life and music. Songs include "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," "This Time," "Good Hearted Woman," "Luckenbach, Texas," and "Are You Ready for the Country."
The Windermere Children
Sunday, March 21 @ 7:30pm
Child survivors of the Holocaust are brought to an estate near England’s Lake Windermere to recuperate with the help of volunteer therapists. Without their families, they find kindship in each other and form bonds that give them hope for the future.