Television Program Highlights
Antiques Roadshow
The Boomer Years
Monday, December 22, 8:00 pm ET

The “Baby Boom” of the mid-20th century created a generation of people who grew up witnessing the rise of television, space exploration, and rock ‘n’ roll. In celebration of the “Boomer Years,” ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is looking back with nostalgia at the vintage treasures from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, including a 1956 Elvis “Love Me Tender” standee that was found during a home renovation; a 1958 Martin Luther King, Jr. letter purchased for $20 at the estate of a Richard Nixon biographer; and Charles Schulz comic strip art, ca. 1960, owned by a former Hallmark employee who worked with Schulz for 12 years and is valued at $200,000 to $250,000.

Tales from the Royal Bedchamber
Monday, December 22, 10:00 pm ET

Lucy Worsley gets into bed with Britain’s past monarchs to uncover the secrets of the royal bedchamber. She reveals that the obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. In fact, the rise and fall of the royals’ magnificent beds reflects the changing fortunes of the monarchy itself.

Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiller
Jerusalem
Tuesday, December 23, 8:00 pm ET

Sukkot, or the Feast of the Tabernacles, is one of three festivals in the Jewish calendar when Jews from across Israel were commanded to come to the Temple in Jerusalem on pilgrimage. Although the pilgrimage has lessened in importance, Christian pilgrims began coming to Jerusalem and the Holy Land within centuries of Jesus’ death. During the week of Sukkot, host Bruce Feiler travels to Israel with Jewish and Christian pilgrims, and returns to his own Jewish roots.

Call the Midwife
Holiday Special
Thursday, December 25, 8:00 pm ET

Rehearsals for the Sunday School Christmas concert are underway, creating inconvenience for the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House. Two unmarried patients are dispatched to York Lodge, a badly managed home for pregnant women. Chummy takes over running the facility after an outbreak of chicken pox there. Dr. Turner treats a destitute older couple, former residents of a mental hospital closed under the mental health reforms. As residents of Nonnatus welcome the new year, the question on everyone’s mind is, what will 1960 bring?

Masterpiece Classic
Downton Abbey, Season 4: Part Eight
Sunday, December 28, 9:00 pm ET

Lady Rose meets the Prince of Wales and faces a dilemma. Trouble also plagues Cora’s mother, her brother, Edith and almost everyone else at Downton Abbey

Antiques Roadshow
Manor House Treasures
Monday, December 29, 8:00 pm ET

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is taking inspiration from the furnishings and finery of the sprawling estates in popular period dramas such as “Downton Abby” and “Upstairs Downstairs” for its new special. “Manor House Treasures” features extraordinary objects from across the pond — and beyond — that would fit right in any stately homes of the rich and powerful, including a Lord Byron cellaret and portrait, ca. 1810; a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, ca. 1915, that was gifted to the caretakers of an estate; and a Louis Comfort Tiffany necklace, ca. 1905, that belonged to the owner’s wealthy great-grandmother and is appraised for $75,000 to $100,000.

Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiller
Kumbh Mela
Tuesday, December 30, 8:00 pm ET

Every twelve years, tens of millions of men, women and children gather in Allahabad, India, for the largest gathering of humanity for religious purposes, and host Bruce Feiler is there. This is the Kumbh Mela, the Hindu festival where pilgrims come from around the world, to bathe in the water where two sacred rivers meet. At least 100 million people will attend what Hindu astrologers have declared as the most auspicious Kumbh Mela in 144 years.

Bruce travels with a group of spiritual seekers to take part in traditional rituals on the Ganges, India’s most sacred river. The group settles into the Mela tent city, surrounded by millions of other pilgrims, holy men, gurus and ash-covered Naga babas. After surviving an out-of-season monsoon that floods much of the camp, Bruce and the American pilgrims meet with some of India’s leading spiritual gurus. They also join in the ‘holy dip’ at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in a ritual that Hindus believe washes away sins and breaks the endless cycle of reincarnation.

Live from Lincoln Center
Gershwin Celebration at the New York Philharmonic Dianne Reeves Live on New Year's Eve
Wednesday, December 31, 8:00 pm ET

Ring in the New Year with style and swagger, as jazz great Dianne Reeves and Broadway leading man Norm Lewis join the New York Philharmonic for a lush orchestral bounty of Gershwin classics, including his Cuban Overture, Catfish Row, and his own suite of music from Porgy and Bess.

Great Performances
From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015
Thursday, January 1, 8:00 pm ET

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.

Billy Joel: The library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Music
Friday, January 2, 9:00 pm ET

Billy Joel performs during a concert honoring singer-songwriter Carole King in the East Room of the White House, May 22, 2013. President Barack Obama presented King with the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during the event, which was part of the “In Performance at the White House” series.