Program Guide Highlights

Black and white photo of the featured musicians.
Watch Friday, December 8 at 9:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -"the Mt. Rushmore of country music"- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like "Big River," "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Always on My Mind."

Lucy at the 360 Restaurant, Istanbul
destination unknown
Watch Sunday, December 10 at 8:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Agatha Christie's shocking disappearance in 1926 gripped the nation. Lucy Worsley unravels the mystery and reveals the profound influence this episode had on her writing.

man and woman embrace at a wedding
second time lucky
Watch Sunday, December 10 at 9:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Wedding bells chime and animal ailments abound in Season 3 of this charming MASTERPIECE series. The season begins in spring 1939 as James and Helen prepare to walk down the aisle. Will their wedding go off without a hitch? Having passed his exams at long last, Tristan must now face the world as a qualified vet. Will he rise to the occasion? And the wonderfully eccentric Mrs. Pumphrey returns with her pampered Pekingese. In the finale, war with Germany comes in September 1939 and everyone faces decisions small and large. Romance beckons for Tristan and Mrs. Hall and tuberculosis plagues the cattle on Helen's farm.

Megan Hilty and Neal McDonough perform in "O Holy Night: Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir"
Watch Tuesday, December 12 at 8:00 pm on WFSU-D1

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square join with award winning artists Lea Salonga and Sir David Suchet for Season of Light: Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir, a festive and uplifting Christmas special. This concert will illuminate your holiday experience with timeless carols, treasured songs, and a story of heroic service.

Lynx in canada winter
canada: surviving the wild north
Watch Wednesday, December 13 at 8:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Journey from Canada's high arctic to boreal forest and discover how polar bears, coastal wolves, lynx and more survive in the North. Timing and seizing opportunity can mean the difference between life and death in this wild and rugged outpost.

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the next pompeii
Watch Wednesday, December 13 at 9:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Discover Campi Flegrei, a lesser-known volcano in the shadow of Vesuvius. If it erupts, millions of lives could be at risk. Meet the scientists exploring its geography and developing a warning system to prevent Naples from becoming the next Pompeii.

rainbow colored pool in a vast field
Watch Wednesday, December 13 at 10:00 pm on WFSU-D1

A Yellowstone winter is a brutal one. With temperatures that plunge down to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit the wildlife has to find strategies to survive. Some animals leave, some hide and some tough it out. Grizzlies hunker down and hibernate, but this winter the temperatures have been erratic and some bears are emerging early. Finding food is a huge challenge, but our camera crews follow one male who's lucky enough to hit the jackpot and find a bison that's been released from its icy tomb down in the valley. But he has to hang onto it while the scavengers hassle him. Great Gray owls suffer as their prey hides under an icy layer of snow that proves almost impossible to break through. Will this lack of food affect their mating and ability to raise a family in the Spring? Cameraman Jeff Hogan is following them to find out. And top wolf biologist Doug Smith explains why he's concerned about the number one predator. With a winter that's had less snow than usual it's favored the prey and the wolves are starving hungry. Host Kirk Johnson who's the Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, visits this unique wilderness to unravel the story of this particular winter in Yellowstone.

Lucy on motorbike at Ugbrooke House.
unfinished portrait
Watch Sunday, December 17 at 8:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Rich, famous, successful... an enigma hiding in plain sight. Lucy Worsley examines Agatha Christie's later life, and discovers how she became the Queen of Crime.

man and woman with old model t
surviving siegfried
Watch Sunday, December 17 at 9:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Siegfried's First World War experiences resurface as he struggles to save a racehorse. Helen faces a decision over James's TB testing plan.

Apollo Antiques on display
out of this world
Watch Monday, December 18 at 8:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Explore the universe of space-themed treasures, including NASA Space Program autographed photos, a 1737 celestial & terrestrial atlas, and a Star Trek treatment, script and letters. Have the values of these stellar finds skyrocketed in the market?

Mary Berry on set.
Watch Monday, December 18 at 9:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Mary Berry spends Christmas in her mother's homeland of Scotland to enjoy a winter break soaking up her Scottish heritage and enjoying traditional festive delights with familiar faces, as well cooking up some of her own indulgent dishes.

Lidia is all smiles on the boat ride to the Statue of Liberty.
Watch Monday, December 18 at 10:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Beloved chef Lidia Bastianich celebrates 25 years on public television in this documentary special. Join Lidia's family and celebrity friends for an intimate look at the memorable moments of her life, both on and off the screen.

A reindeer
santa's wild home
Watch Wednesday, December 20 at 8:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Get an intimate look into life in Lapland, fabled land of Santa Claus and actual home of tenacious wildlife such as reindeer, wolverines, Brown bears and more

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decoding the great pyramid
Watch Wednesday, December 20 at 9:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Stunning new archaeological evidence provides clues about the Egyptians who built the Great Pyramid of Giza -- and how they did it. Join researchers as they delve into the logbook of a work crew and discover how the massive project transformed Egypt.

Grizzly bear mother standing up with her three cubs on a snow path
Watch Wednesday, December 20 at 10:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Our cameras continue to follow the wildlife dramas in Yellowstone, and Spring brings many new challenges. While the brutal cold temperatures and deep snow of winter have gone, the weather is still erratic and there's the impending danger of the Thaw. When temperatures are high enough to melt the snowpack, millions of tonnes of water will cascade down the mountain, bulldozing everything in its path. Wildlife cameraman Jeff Hogan discovers a nest of Great Gray owls. There are three chicks, but one is a runt, significantly smaller than its siblings and at risk of starvation. And when the worst storms for years hit the Beartooth Mountains, Jeff wonders whether it can hang on. Down on the Snake River the family of beavers is busy making the most of the Spring vegetation. Infra red cameras give Jeff and host Kirk Johnson a secret view of life inside the lodge, as the beavers squabble over food. Kirk also dons a dry suit to head underwater to admire the engineering skills of these rodents. Massive boulders and branches are there to strengthen their dams, but will they be enough to withstand the Thaw. When the torrent of water begins to hit, Kirk joins a hydrologist to help measure the water flow in the rivers and work out how this year's weather has affected the Thaw. And bear expert Casey Anderson follows a mother grizzly and her cubs - and explains that the biggest dangers come not from other predators, but surprisingly from their own kind.

A woman holding a big roast
Watch Sunday, December 24 at 8:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas - from carols to turkey, gift-giving to mistletoe and mulled wine - has surprising Tudor origins, rooted in devotion and charity.

man and woman facing one another in conversation
for whom the bell tolls
Watch Sunday, December 24 at 10:00 pm on WFSU-D1

As war comes in September 1939, everyone faces decisions small and large. Romance beckons for Tristan and Mrs. Hall. TB plagues Helen's farm.

People standing in the snow
holiday special
Watch Monday, December 25 at 8:00 pm on WFSU-D1

In this special, newly married Chummy and Nurse Jenny Lee are hard at work during their first Christmas in Nonnatus House. As nurses and nuns minister to an abandoned newborn and search for the mother, and Jenny tries to find the children of an elderly vagrant, Chummy plans an ambitious nativity play. In true Chummy fashion, mishaps ensue.

Additional showtimes:
  • Monday, December 25 at 9:30 pm on WFSU-D1
Musician Jon Baptiste while taping Finding Your Roots.
Watch Tuesday, December 26 at 8:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actor Sterling K. Brown, comedian Sasheer Zamata and musician Jon Batiste discover the unexpected places their ancestors called home, providing new insight into the people and places that made them who they are today.

Image of Queen Latifa, black woman with large earings smiling
this land is my land
Watch Tuesday, December 26 at 9:00 pm on WFSU-D1

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the unexpected family trees of entertainer Queen Latifah and actor Jeffrey Wright, redefining their sense of the black experience -- and challenging preconceptions about America's past.

Family at a table during Christmas
merry bloody christmas
Watch Sunday, December 31 at 9:00 pm on WFSU-D1

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.