The Child In Time is a lyrical and heart-breaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Stephen Lewis, a successful writer of children’s books, who is confronted with the unthinkable: the loss of a child.
American Epic is a documentary series that ‘explores the pivotal recording journeys at the height of the Roaring Twenties.’
The premiere episode of American Epic, The Big Bang, explores music captured by traveling recorders – music by The Carter Family, Jimmie Rogers and the Memphis Jug Band.
Rapper Nas talks about the Memphis Jug Band and their music still sounds contemporary because of its content, ‘These guys are talking about carrying guns, shooting something, protecting their honor, chasing after some woman who’s done them dirty…it’s the same as rap music today, so it just tells you something about American culture, American music…’
American Epic premieres on PBS on Tuesday, May 16th. Concert film American Epic Sessions will premiere on Tuesday, June 6th.
Dalya’s Other Country is the story of how Dalya, a Syrian girl, and her family face adjusting to a new, very different culture – and how her life has changed since she and her family were displaced from their home city of Aleppo in Syria’s ongoing conflict.
Dalya’s Other Country with two equally timely shorts: the Oscar®-nominated 4.1 Miles, which follows local coast guard officers stationed off the Greek island of Lesbos, where thousands of migrants have braved the Mediterranean to flee conflicts at home; and From Damascus to Chicago – two young Syrian siblings recently resettled in Chicago enroll in a dance class as their family navigates a new city and country.
Dalya’s Other Country, 4.1 Miles and From Damascus to Chicago premiere on POV on PBS on Monday, June 26th.
PBS plans to take its audience on a Summer of Adventure, this year – with Programs like The China of China (pictured), Prime Suspect: Tennison, season three of Grantchester, The Great British Baking Show and more.
A ninety-one year old man donates an old violin to a New York program for putting musical instruments into the hands of underprivileged kids.
It’s a simple story – until you learn the history behind it – a story that became the inspiration for the Academy Award®-nominated documentary short feature, Joe’s Violin. The story of how a connection was formed between a Holocaust survivor and a twelve-year old Bronx schoolgirl…
POV, the critically acclaimed documentary series on PBS, has acquired the the film for broadcast on PBS later this year.
In honor of Mary Tyler Moore, PBS will present an encore broadcast of the 2015 documentary Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration.
Featuring interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Betty White and more, Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration looks at her more than fifty year career in the entertainment industry – on television, in the movies, on stage – and its lasting impact in shaping the world we live in today.
Follow the jump for a trailer and a clip featuring Oprah Winfrey.
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise and Smokey Robinson: Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song are among the many programs that PBS has slated to air during Black History Month.
Emmy-winning docuseries Independent Lens will air two important installments – Birth of a Movement (based on the book The Birth of a Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights by Dick Lehr) and Accidental Courtesy (an African American musician befriends members of the KKK).
The second season of PBS original Civil War series Mercy Street will premiere in February. Set in Alexandria, Virginia and the Mansion House Hospital, one of the themes it explores is the role that African Americans — including slaves, free blacks and contraband (African Americans who fled slavery in the hope of securing their freedom behind Union lines) — played in the hospital and the city.
Other exceptional related programs include The Talk – Race in America and Africa’s Great Civilizations. Premiere dates, times and More detailed program descriptions follow the break.
We’ve all seen one or more of the many television series about England’s King Henry VIII and his six wives. All have been told either from the point of view of Henry, or from a neutral position.
Secrets of the Six Wives, a new historical drama coming to PBS, looks at history from the perspectives of the wives. The series is hosted by historian Lucy Worsley – who will move from past to present as an observer and commentator.
Secrets of the Six Wives premieres on Sunday, January 22nd – following Mercy street and the second episode of Victoria on Masterpiece. for further details, read on.
PBS has announced its massive Mid-Season Schedule and it brings great news for Holmesians – Sherlock returns to Masterpiece Mystery! on January 1st.
Masterpiece drama Victoria, the new series about the life of Britain’s young Queen Victoria starring Jenna Coleman, premieres on January 15th; Season two of Mercy Street premieres on January 22nd and the popular Call the Midwife is set for April 2nd.
A major new strand for Great Performances – Landmarks Live In concert – will feature Alicia Keys on January 20th and Brad Paisley on January 27th.
PBS staples like Frontline, American Masters, Nova and more, also return with new episodes. For the complete PBS Mid-Season Schedule, read on.
PBS’ documentary series POV will air the documentary Hooligan Sparrow – the story of Chinese women’s rights activist Ye Haiyan (above) who takes on a school principal and a member of the education bureaucracy who abducted six students (aged 11-14), took them to a hotel and raped them.
The film, the first by Nanfu Wang, was a selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Hooligan Sparrow airs on Monday, October 17th on PBS. Check your local listings for times and read on for more details.
Dame Maggie Smith has made her acceptance speech via PBS’ Twitter account – and it’s obvious that the Dowager Countess isn’t the only one with a sense of humor.
For Dame Maggie’s brilliant response, read on.