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NHPTV Connections Farewell To Downton & The Crawleys Downton Abbey 6 The waiting and wondering will be over January 3rd, when the addictive, award-winning drama returns for its sixth and final season of intimately interlaced stories. We first met the Crawleys in 1912 at Downton Abbey when a crisis was sparked by the sinking of the Titanic. Having weathered the demise of a string of heirs, the horrors of World War I, the Spanish flu, false convictions and romantic betrayals, not to mention the death of a Turkish diplomat in the throes of passion, Downton Abbey is primed for new surprises. The final season opens in 1925 with the family deciding how it will face changes in British society. Women’s rights have given Lady Mary and Lady Edith new positions of responsibility: Mary runs the estate, and Edith manages the magazine she inherited from Michael Gregson. Large manor houses in Yorkshire and elsewhere are being downsized and sold as the way of life has changed. This impacts the servants, too, those who wish to stay in service as well as those who long for a different line of work. It’s truly an end of an era for Downton Abbey and its fans!

Sundays, January 3 - March 6 • 9 PM on NHPTV PRIME

Finale Screening Party For Downton Abbey On the afternoon of March 6th, New Hampshire Public Television is hosting a special screening of the final episode of Downton Abbey – before it airs! Guests are invited to dress in the style of the 1920s, enjoy tea and other treats, and relish the 90-minute ninth and final episode with other avid fans. Finale flourishes are planned! Find out before everyone else what the future holds for Downton Abbey and those who live upstairs and downstairs! Visit or call (603) 868-4431 for details.

January 2016 Ringing In The Old & The New At NHPTV Could there be a better way to start the the new year than with some extraordinary Masterpieces on New Hampshire Public Television! I’m not just referring to Downton Abbey—which begins its final season—or the much anticipated Sherlock special that airs January 1st. I’m also thinking of new programs from Nature, NOVA and American Experience. There are new episodes of Windows to the Wild to look forward to, as well as the third episode of our new series, Our Hometown. Where else but on New Hampshire’s PBS stations—PRIME, EXPLORE, World and Create— can you enjoy such a range of fascinating programs? Thanks to members like you who appreciate high-quality television, we can bring you these and many more enduring programs. Your support also enables us to provide educational services to K-12 students in our Granite State communities. Please stay in touch, and thank you for your support.

Peter Frid, NHPTV President & CEO

NHPTV KIDS Writers Contest Returns Poetic tales, animal tales, tall tales, family tales, magic tales and nature tales—any kind of illustrated tale can be entered in the NHPTV KIDS Writers Contest! Children in grades K-5 are invited to participate by writing and illustrating an original story and submitting it to New Hampshire Public Television by March 31st. Full details for families, kids and teachers about how to write and submit a story can be found at

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Program Top Picks Great Performances: From Vienna

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns for the seventh time to host the annual New Year’s celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic. Under the baton of Mariss Jansons, the orchestra performs cherished Strauss Family waltzes at the opulent Musikverein, accompanied by the Vienna City Ballet. As the orchestra plays, host Andrews takes viewers around the legendary sites of Vienna.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in this exciting 90-minute special. Our heroes find themselves in 1890s London. Beloved characters Mary Morstan, Inspector Lestrade and Mrs. Hudson also turn up at 221b Baker Street. They team up when the ghost of a bride begins to terrorize London, and Holmes and Watson must use all their cunning to combat an enemy seemingly from beyond the grave.

Friday, January 1 • 7:30 PM on NHPTV PRIME

Friday, January 1 • 9 PM on NHPTV PRIME

Finding Your Roots

Windows To The Wild

Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. unearths the family histories of influential people who shape our national identity. This season, Gates explores the ancestral trails of 28 new guests, including Maya Rudolph, Richard Branson, Soledad O’Brien, Bill Hader, Julianne Moore, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Senator John McCain, Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes, and others. Each of their stories illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that make up the fabric of America.

Host Will Lange is off on two new adventures this month! First, Will’s family reminisces about their camping vacations. Then, Will and his daughters take a camping trip to northern Vermont. On the second show, accessibility and the outdoors is explored. Will joins a group on accessible hiking trails created for the Crotched Mountain Foundation in western New Hampshire.

Tuesdays • 8 PM on NHPTV PRIME

Wednesdays, January 6 & 27 • 7:30 PM on NHPTV PRIME

Nature: Natural Born Hustlers

Mine Wars: American Experience

Get to know the cheats, sneaks and masters of disguise in the animal world in a 3-part Nature mini-series. Double-crossing cuttlefish, bearded lady lions and gangster monkeys are but a few of the remarkable animals that go to elaborate lengths to claw their way to the top. Watch as seemingly innocent animals fight and outwit each other to stay alive, hustle for food and use sex, lies and deception to beguile enemies and mates while competing for resources.

At the dawn of the 20th century, coal was the fuel that powered the nation. Yet few Americans thought much about the men who blasted the black rock from underground and hauled it to the surface. Go inside the bitter battle to unionize coal miners at the dawn of the 20th century. And discover what led to the largest armed insurrection since the Civil War, and turned parts of West Virginia into a bloody war zone.

Wednesdays, starting January 13 • 8 PM on NHPTV PRIME

Tuesday, January 26 • 9 PM on NHPTV PRIME

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Beyond The Civil War Battlefields

Starring Idris Elba (The Wire), Luther is a gripping, smart and entertaining psychological thriller driven by an intellectually brilliant but emotionally impulsive cop. Luther’s profession is a vocation rather than a job. He serves his own idea of a moral order as much as rules and codes of criminal law. Through solving cases, we see him learn his capacity for violence as well as kindness; why his wife left; and why his colleagues are frequently left open-mouthed in awe.

Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, Mercy Street follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict: Mary Phinney, a staunch New England abolitionist, and Emma Green, a naive young Confederate belle. The two collide at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel that has been transformed into a Union Army Hospital in Alexandria, a border town between North and South and the longestoccupied Confederate city of the war. Ruled under martial law, Alexandria is now the melting pot of the region, filled with civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded soldiers from both sides, free blacks, enslaved and contraband (escaped slaves living behind Union lines) African Americans, prostitutes, speculators and spies. The intersection of North and South within a small occupied town creates a rich world that is chaotic, conflicted, corrupt, dynamic and even hopeful—a cauldron within which these characters strive, fight, love, laugh, betray, sacrifice and, at times, act like scoundrels.


Mondays, starting January 11 • 9 PM on NHPTV EXPLORE

New Tricks A team of retired former detectives with over 80 years service among them and three very distinct personalities is recruited to re-examine unsolved crimes. Leading the squad is Sandra Pullman, a detective in disgrace after bungling a hostage situation. Adapting to the new touchyfeely 21st-century police strategies—not to mention working under a tough woman with her future on the line—isn’t easy, as the three discover with plenty of comic results.

Wednesdays, starting January 13 • 9 PM on EXPLORE

The FUN CLUB for Kids! NHPT V

Mercy Street

Sundays, starting January 17 • 10 PM on NHPTV PRIME

Exploring The Wild, On And Off Camera!

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Free Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening - In Football We Trust January 12 - Peterborough Community Theatre January 12 - Red River Theatres, Concord January 26 - Franklin Pierce University, Rindge Downton Abbey Finale Screening Party March 6 - - (603) 862-4431 The Tenors: Under One Sky March 10 - Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord


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