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FEATURED PROGRAMS on Blue Ridge PBS

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scene from All Creatures Great and Small Season 3

All Creatures Great and Small, Season 3, on Masterpiece 

Sundays @ 9pm
James Herriot and crew deal with sick animals, eccentric farmers, courtship, and strict government mandates in a new season of the series lauded for its “soothing tone” by the New York Times. 

February 5 – Edward
Mrs. Hall conquers demons from her past. While she is away, Tristan discovers the challenge of housekeeping. Meanwhile, Helen is at loose ends.

February 12 – For Whom the Bell Tolls
As war comes in September 1939, everyone faces decisions small and large. Romance beckons for Tristan and Mrs. Hall. TB plagues Helen’s farm.

February 19 – Merry Bloody Christmas 
It's Christmas at Skeldale and Siegfried has to decide whether to protect Tristan at the cost of River's welfare. Mrs. Hall realizes she has to face her feelings for Gerald.

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American Experience- Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History 

Monday, February 20 @ 9pm
For generations, Monopoly has been America’s favorite board game, a love letter to unbridled capitalism and — for better or worse — the impulses that make our free-market society tick. But behind the myth of the game’s creation is an untold tale of theft, obsession and corporate double-dealing. Part detective story, part sharp social commentary and part pop-culture celebration, Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History presents the fascinating true story of the game and those who created it. Directed by Stephen Ives.

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Antiques Roadshow

Mondays @ 8pm
Part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW  is the most watched ongoing primetime PBS series. 

February 6 – Santa Fe’s Museum Hill, Hour 3
It's antique treasures galore at Santa Fe's Museum Hill with finds including Green Bay Packers salesman’s sample championship rings, Barbie dolls & wardrobe, ca. 1960 and a 1977 Keith Haring Bean Salad lithograph. Which is up to $200,000?

February 13 – Cheekwood Estate & Garden, Hour 1
Watch charming appraisals from Cheekwood Estate & Gardens including an 1880 Celia Thaxter hand-painted vase, a 1964 Presidential Rolex with the box and papers, and a Mary Elizabeth Price painted screen, ca. 1925. Guess the top find!

February 20 – Cheekwood Estate & Garden, Hour 2
Visit Music City for astonishing finds including a Civil War Union soldier archive, Disneyland railroad hat badges, ca. 1957, and an art deco diamond, sapphire & pearl necklace, ca. 1925. One find is $75,000 to $85,000!

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song

Saturdays @ 9:30pm
Tracing the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, THE BLACK CHURCH reveals how Black people have worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors’ enslavement across the Middle Passage.

February 11 – Episode 1
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of African American religion beginning with the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the extraordinary ways enslaved Africans preserved and adapted their faith practices from the brutality of slavery to emancipation.

February 18 – Episode 2
Discover how the Black church expanded its reach to address social inequality and minister to those in need, from the Jim Crow South to the heroic phase of the civil rights movement and the Black church’s role in the present.

 

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Classic Cinema on Blue Ridge PBS

Thursdays @ 8pm 
Watch classic movies uncut and uninterrupted!

February 2 – Father’s Little Dividend 
A doting father (Spencer Tracy) faces a series of comic trials when his newlywed daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) announces she is expecting her first child. The family comedy also stars Joan Bennett and Don Taylor.

February 9 – The Flying Deuces
When Oliver Hardy is dumped by his true love, he and friend Stan Laurel sign up for the French Foreign Legion. Misadventures and shenanigans ensue as one of cinema’s funniest duos blunder their way through one of their funniest movies.

February 16 – My Favorite Brunette
Bob Hope is a baby photographer who is mistaken for a detective by a beautiful baroness (Dorothy Lamour). The fake gumshoe is soon in all kinds of trouble in this comedic film noir parody that co-stars Alan Ladd, Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney, Jr.

February 23 – The Bigamist
A vacationing Canadian in London (Robert Donat) stumbles upon a conspiracy that has him running from spies and murderers alongside blonde beauty Madeleine Carroll in this film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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Dogs in the Wild: A Nature Miniseries

Wednesdays @ 8pm
Travel the globe and uncover the secrets of the most successful carnivores on the planet: wild dogs. From recognizable foxes and wolves to the lesser-known ones like the Japanese raccoon dog, canids have conquered every continent except Antarctica.

February 8 – Meet the Family
Travel the globe to meet the many species of the wild dog family, from the formidable Arctic wolf to the talkative Dhole, from the tiny Fennec fox to the long-legged Maned wolf.

February 15 – Secrets of Success
Discover the secrets to the canids’ success, which enables them to survive and raise families in the most extreme locations. Black-backed jackals leap skywards to catch prey, Swift foxes hide in dens and African wild dogs vote on a hunt by sneezing.

February 22 – Defending Wild Dogs
Join the researchers making ground-breaking discoveries and going to extraordinary lengths to save wild canids around the world, from endangered wolves to injured African wild dogs.

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Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

Tuesdays @ 9pm unless otherwise noted
An incredible narrative of struggle, triumph and resistance that is brought to life through the lens of an art form that has chronicled the emotions,

February 14 – Episode 2, Under Seige
Explore the 1980s and the birth of Hip Hop as social commentary in the Reagan Era with the emergence of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T, and NWA.

February 21 – Episode 3, Culture Wars
Experience the 1990s during the Clinton years and the unstoppable rise in popularity of Hip Hop, which becomes a force that is attacked by all sides of the political establishment.

February 21 @ 10pm – Episode 4, Still Fighting
Follow the evolution of Hip Hop as its artists turn into multimillionaires and successful entrepreneurs. As a cultural phenomenon, Hip Hop continues to change history and is adopted as the voice of protest around the world.

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Finding Your Roots

Tuesdays @ 8pm
The acclaimed series returns with Professor Gates exploring the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of popular figures.

February 7 – Lost and Found
Henry Louis Gates uses DNA detective work to solve family mysteries for actor Joe Manganiello and football star Tony Gonzalez—uncovering close relatives whose names they’ve never heard and compelling each man to rethink his own identity.

February 14 – Chosen
Henry Louis Gates helps actors David Duchovny and Richard Kind trace their roots from Jewish communities in Eastern Europe to the United States—telling stories of triumph and tragedy that laid the groundwork for his guest’s success.

February 21 – And Still I Rise
Henry Louis Gates reveals the unexpected family trees of activist Angela Y. Davis and statesman Jeh Johnson, using DNA and long-lost records to redefine notions of the black experience—and challenge preconceptions of America’s past.

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Great Performances

Fridays @ 9pm
Watch television’s longest-running performing arts anthology to enjoy the best in music, dance and theater.

February 17 – Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP
Honor the best films and performances of 2022 that resonate with older viewers with these Awards that honor and encourage filmmaking a grownup state of mind.

February 24 – The Magic of Spirituals
Glimpse behind the curtain at opera legends Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman’s famed concert at Carnegie Hall on March 18, 1990, featuring performance clips and new interviews with opera star Angel Blue, Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb and more.

John Sebastian

John Sebastian’s Folk Rewind 

Saturday, February 4 @ 9:30pm & Sunday, February 26 @ 10:30pm
This My Music Special focuses on the greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 1950s and 1960s folk era. Presented by the lead singer of The Lovin' Spoonful ("Do You Believe In Magic"), FOLK REWIND features a treasure trove of historical footage that has not been seen in more than four decades, plus new performances by artists who are still appearing in concert today. Featuring Pete Seeger and Judy Collins singing "Turn, Turn, Turn," Harry Belafonte’s hit "Jamaica Farewell," Trini Lopez's rendition of "If I Had a Hammer," Rod McKuen's classic "Seasons in the Sun," Bobby Darin's heartfelt "Simple Song of Freedom" and many, many more.

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Making Black America 

Fridays, February 3 & 10 @ 9pm

Despite the gains of legal desegregation, all Black political and cultural movements, from Black Power to Black Twitter, provide a safe space for a community driven by class, sexuality and generational divisions to debate, organize and celebrate.

Miss Scarlet

Miss Scarlet and The Duke, Season 3, on Masterpiece 

Sundays @ 8pm
Eliza finds herself in fresh and surprising mysteries, ranging from a disappearing magician to police corruption, as she struggles to build her detective agency. Growing competition from a rival agency creates new problems, and all the while she is still juggling her relationship with Inspector William Wellington, the Duke. And she has a new challenge on that front: a beautiful woman from her childhood has caught the Duke’s eye.

February 5 – The Heir
Eliza is on the verge of earning life-changing money when she offers to help the heir to an unclaimed fortune. It’s a race against time to claim the money and Eliza will need the Duke’s help, but a revelation about his personal life makes working together impossible.

February 12 – The Jewell of the North
The season comes to an explosive climax when Eliza receives a bomb in the mail. Who sent it and why? Eliza teams up with the Duke, Moses and her old enemy Patrick Nash to find out who is behind the deadly delivery.

Elephant

Nature: The Elephant and the Termite

Wednesday, February 1 @ 8pm
Witness the dramas of Africa’s great wildlife meeting place – the waterhole. From mighty elephants to tiny termites, an entire community of creatures call the waterhole their home.

scene from London's Super Tunnel

NOVA - New Season!

Wednesdays @ 9pm
Explore the science behind the headlines in PBS's premier science series. With compelling stories and spectacular visuals, NOVA programs demystify science and technology for viewers of all ages and spotlight people involved in scientific pursuits.

February 1 – London Super Tunnel
Thousands of engineers, technicians and workers race to build Europe’s biggest construction project–London’s new railroad, the Elizabeth Line.

February 8 – Star Chasers of Senegal
A visionary astronomer in West Africa attempts a high-stakes observation of a distant asteroid vital to a NASA mission. From prehistoric ruins to Islamic skywatchers, explore the heritage and future of African astronomy.

February 15 – Ancient Builders of the Amazon
Recent discoveries in archaeology are exploding the myth of the Amazon as a primeval wilderness, revealing traces of ancient civilizations that flourished for centuries, with populations numbering in the millions.

February 22 – New Eye on the Universe 
Follow scientists as they peer deep in time to answer some of astronomy's biggest questions. How did the first stars and galaxies form? What role did supermassive black holes and dark matter play? And can we see the fingerprints of life in the atmospheres of distant exoplanets?

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Vienna Blood, Season 3  

Sundays @ 10pm
1900s Vienna is a hotbed of philosophy, science and art. Dr. Max Liebermann’s extraordinary skills of perception and Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt’s determination lead them to some of the city’s most mysterious and deadly cases.

February 5 – Death is Now a Welcome Guest, Part 1
It’s 1908 and the magical new world of cinema has captured the imagination of the Viennese public. When tragedy strikes at a film premiere, Max and Oskar investigate the murder of a famous actress, a former patient at Max’s hospital.

February 12 – Death is Now a Welcome Guest, Part 2
The search for the killer of a screen star confounds Max and Oskar. Was it an obsessive fan, a rival actress or an American politician pushing a pro-German, anti-immigrant, nationalist agenda in Austria?