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Wednesday, December 5 at 10:30 p.m. on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD A Fiddler’s Holiday features Jay Ungar and Molly Mason’s Family Band performing a musical celebration of the winter holiday season accompanied by the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dr. Kevin P. Bartram. Ungar and Mason are best known for “Ashokan Farewell,” the musical centerpiece of Ken Burns’s film The Civil War (a co-production with WETA), and for other frequent collaborations with Burns.

5 Wednesday 7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 GREAT PERFORMANCES: ANDREA BOCELLI LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK —See the Sunday, December 2, 8:30 p.m. listing. 10:30 A FIDDLER’S HOLIDAY WITH THE JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON FAMILY BAND — A program presents a musical celebration of the winter holiday season with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason — best known for “Ashokan Farewell,” the musical centerpiece of the Grammy Award-winning score of Ken Burns’s blockbuster 1990 film The Civil War, co-produced with WETA. Repeats Thur 12/6, 3:30pm 11:30 A.D.D. & MASTERING IT — A program explores how attention deficit disorder can be managed and even turned to one’s advantage. The program presents a host of practical tips for managing ADD or ADHD, and experts explain the neurology and psychology of this condition. Repeats Fri 12/7, 3:30pm; Sun 12/30, 7am 1AM CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

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3:00 CELTIC WOMAN: A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION — A Christmas celebration features the Celtic Woman group performing popular holiday classics and several original compositions in concert at Dublin’s Helix Centre. Repeats Wed 12/5, 1pm 4:30 NATURE: ANIMAL ODD COUPLES — Informed by the observations of caregivers and noted scientists Temple Grandin and Marc Bekoff, Nature investigates why animals form special bonds in unlikely cross-species relationships and explores what these bonds suggest about animal emotions. {DVI} Repeats Mon 12/3, 1pm 6:00 MOYERS & COMPANY — Bill Moyers presents a conversation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring a range of thinkers who bring context, insight and meaning to important topics. 7:00 OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II—OUT OF MY DREAMS — Hosted by Matthew Morrison of Glee, a program celebrates the lyricist and librettist whose works include Show Boat (1927), Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951) and The Sound of Music (1959). Repeats Mon 12/3, 2:30pm 8:30 GREAT PERFORMANCES: ANDREA BOCELLI LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK — Renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli performs a concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert. Joining Bocelli on stage are Céline Dion, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti and David Foster. Sopranos Ana María Martínez and Pretty Yende, violinist Nicola Benedetti, bass baritone Bryn Terfel and flutist Andrea Griminelli perform, along with the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Paula Zahn hosts. Repeats Wed 12/5, 8pm; Thur 12/6, 1pm; Sat 12/29, 11:30am; Mon 12/31, 8pm 11:00 HAPPY HOLIDAYS: THE BEST OF THE ANDY WILLIAMS CHRISTMAS SPECIALS — Memorable segments from the late singer’s holiday-themed television programs include performances of favorite seasonal songs — and dance and skating routines. 12:30AM DR. FUHRMAN’S IMMUNITY SOLUTION — R

9:30 GREAT PERFORMANCES: ROD STEWART: MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY — Rocker Rod Stewart’s first solo holiday special, with songs produced by “Hitman” David Foster, features 13 classic holiday songs and includes duets with Michael Bublé (“Winter Wonderland”), Cee-Lo Green (“Merry Christmas, Baby”), Mary J. Blige (“We Three Kings”) and even Ella Fitzgerald (“What Are You Doing on New Year’s Eve?”). 11:00 ED SLOTT’S RETIREMENT RESCUE — The certified public accountant and IRA expert, author of five bestselling books, defines the fiscal problems facing Americans and provides a step-by-step solution to creating a plan of action to take control of one’s finances and achieve a comfortable retirement. Repeats Wed 12/5, 4pm; Sat 12/29, 10am, 11pm; Mon 12/31, 4pm 1AM CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

6 Thursday 7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 MASTERPIECE: DOWNTON ABBEY REVISITED — A special revisits fondly remembered moments from the first two seasons of the blockbuster British drama — and presents tantalizing previews of Season III, premiering in January. 9:30 MY MUSIC: MOTOWN: BIG HITS AND MORE — This program of original, classic Motown songs from 1958 to 1968 features many first-time extended stereo mixes of Motown’s biggest hits, B-sides, album cuts and radio classics from the Temptations, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Miracles, Martha & the Vandellas and other acts. 11:30 THE HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE WITH SHAWN ACHOR — See the Saturday, December 1, 6 a.m. listing. 1AM CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

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4 Tuesday 7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 BLENKO: BEHIND THE SCENES — See the Saturday, December 1, 2 p.m. listing.

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7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 MY MUSIC: MOTOWN: BIG HITS AND MORE — See the Saturday, December 1, 8 p.m. listing. 10:00 USE YOUR BRAIN TO CHANGE YOUR AGE, WITH DR. DANIEL AMEN — Dr. Daniel Amen explores how to improve memory and energy; how to reduce the outward signs of aging; how to promote brain healing after injury, stroke or substance abuse; and how to make healthier decisions. Repeats Tue 12/4, 3pm; Sun 12/30, 12:30am 12M JOEL HARPER: FIRMING AFTER 50 — The fitness expert and personal trainer presents an easy-to-follow exercise program — a complete body workout with no equipment necessary — for all ages and fitness levels. Repeats Tue 12/4, 5pm 1AM CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon Monday, December 10 at 10 p.m. on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD Mark Russell’s America pays tribute to the humorist’s talent and legacy of laughter. The documentary features interviews alongside clips from some of Russell’s more than 100 public television specials, in which he shared his insights on politics and society via quips, one-liners and sharp-witted piano parodies.

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7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL AND NATIONAL JOURNAL — Moderator and managing editor Gwen Ifill leads a discussion by a panel of journalists on the news events of the week. 8:30 INSIDE WASHINGTON — Host Gordon Peterson moderates a discussion of the news of the week. 9:00 THE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING 2012 — Now in its 90th year, the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree signals the start of the holiday season across the country. Taped at President’s Park in Washington, D.C., this special features performances by musical artists including James Taylor, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Colbie Caillat and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. The festivities will be capped by the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree. 10:00 IL VOLO TAKES FLIGHT — R 11:30 DR. FUHRMAN’S IMMUNITY SOLUTION — R 1AM CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

Wednesday, December 12 at 8 p.m. on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD Nature: Revealing the Leopard explores the world of these felines, the most intelligent and dangerous of the big cats. They hunt from South Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Sri Lanka, and are the most widespread predator of their size on land.

9:00 THE TITANIC WITH LEN GOODMAN — British television personality Len Goodman examines the 100-year legacy of the Titanic, exploring the human stories that unfolded in the years after the ship sank. He visits Belfast, where Titanic was built, and journeys to other towns scarred by the tragedy. Repeats Wed 12/12, 4pm 10:00 FRONTLINE: THE UNDERTAKING — Frontline enters the world of poet/undertaker Thomas Lynch. 11:00 CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

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SIMULCAST ON WETA TV 26 & WETA HD, 6AM–6AM: 6AM–6PM WETA VIEWER FAVORITES 6PM MOYERS & COMPANY — Repeats Mon 12/10, 5pm 7PM–6AM WETA VIEWER FAVORITES

7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 NATURE: REVEALING THE LEOPARD — Leopards are the most feline, the most intelligent, the most dangerous and one of the least understood of the great cats. They hunt from South Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Sri Lanka, and are the most widespread predator of their size on land. {DVI} Repeats Thur 12/13, 2pm; Sun 12/16, 2pm; Mon 12/17, 2:30pm; Tue 12/18, 1pm 9:00 NOVA: SECRETS OF STONEHENGE — Dated to the late Stone Age, Stonehenge may be the best-known relic of prehistory, but the monument’s meaning has continued to elude us. Granted exclusive access to the dig site at Bluestonehenge, a prehistoric stone circle monument discovered near Stonehenge, NOVA joins researchers finding clues to the mystery. {DVI} Repeats Thur 12/13, 3pm; Sun 12/16, 3pm 10:00 SECRETS OF THE DEAD: CHINA’S TERRACOTTA WARRIORS — The first emperor of China was preparing a tomb for his journey into the afterlife — and decreed that he be protected forever. But how was a terracotta army of 8,000 warriors made in less than two years using the technology of 2,200 years ago? Repeats Thur 12/13, 4pm; Sun 12/16, 4pm; Mon 12/17, 3:30pm 11:00 CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

10 Monday 7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: ORLANDO, FL — Repeats Tue 12/11, 2pm; Wed 12/12, 1pm 9:00 MARKET WARRIORS — Antiquing in Pasadena, CA. Rpts Tue 12/11, 3pm; Wed 12/12, 2pm; Thur 12/13, 1pm 10:00 MARK RUSSELL’S AMERICA — For three decades, humorist Mark Russell — a master of pointed oneliners and sharp-witted piano parodies — has been an equal-opportunity quipster, lampooning events and newsmakers from all political persuasions. A new retrospective pays tribute to his talent and legacy of laughter, featuring clips from some of Russell’s more than 100 public television specials. Repeats Tue 12/11, 4pm 11:00 CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

11 Tuesday 7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 SAVING THE TITANIC — A program presents a dramatic interpretation of the Titanic’s final hours, told from the point of view of the engineers below deck as they struggled to maintain power and keep the ship afloat. Repeats Wed 12/12, 3pm; Sun 12/16, 1pm COURTESY STEPHANIE SEABROOK ©360 PRODUCTION LTD.

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Tuesday, December 11 at 8 & 9 p.m. on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD Two programs explore the 100-year legacy of the great tragic ship. At 8 p.m., Saving the Titanic presents a dramatic interpretation of the vessel’s final hours. At 9 p.m., The Titanic with Len Goodman spotlights human stories that unfolded in the years after Titanic sank.

7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE DYING DETECTIVE — Holmes (Jeremy Brett) gets a visit from Adelaide Savage, who is worried about her husband Victor’s increasing habit of smoking opium to heighten his powers for writing poetry. Repeats Fri 12/14, 1pm 9:00 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT: THE ADVENTURE OF THE ITALIAN NOBLEMAN — Captain Hastings finally decides to buy an elegant Italian car from Mr. Vizzini’s showroom and is completing the order form when a dubious character arrives at the showroom with the message that Vizzini’s time is up. Poirot (David Suchet) investigates. Repeats Fri 12/14, 2pm 9:50 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT: THE CHOCOLATE BOX — Accompanied by Poirot, Inspector Japp is visiting Brussels where he is to receive the “Branche d’Or for his services to Belgium. A remark brings back memories of a case which Poirot “failed” to solve years before. Repeats Fri 12/14, 3pm 10:40 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT: THE DEAD MAN’S MIRROR — Poirot (David Suchet) is keen on an Art Deco mirror, but is outbid at auction by Gervase Chevenix, who asks Poirot to find out if he is being defrauded — offering him the mirror as a fee. Repeats Fri 12/14, 4pm 11:30 CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

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14 Friday 7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL AND NATIONAL JOURNAL — Moderator and managing editor Gwen Ifill leads a discussion by a panel of journalists on the news events of the week. Repeats Sat 12/15, 6:30pm 8:30 INSIDE WASHINGTON — See the Friday, December 7, 8:30 p.m. listing. Repeats Sat 12/15, 6pm 9:00 LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: THE RICHARD TUCKER OPERA GALA — The Richard Tucker Music Foundation features its 2012 award winner, soprano Ailyn Pérez, joined by an array of opera luminaries and members of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Choral Society in a program of favorite arias and ensembles with Maestro Patrick Summers on the podium. Audra McDonald hosts. 11:00 NEED TO KNOW 11:30 CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

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17 Monday 7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: GREATEST GIFTS — A Roadshow special features appraisals of items that guests received as presents. Repeats Tue 12/18, 2pm; Wed 12/19, 1pm 9:00 MARKET WARRIORS — Antiquing in Canton, TX. Repeats Tue 12/18, 3pm; Wed 12/19, 2pm; Thur 12/20, 1pm 10:00 CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR FEATURING JANE SEYMOUR AND NATHAN GUNN — Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour and Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a Christmas special featuring seasonal songs. Repeats Tue 12/25, noon 11:00 CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

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ON WETA TV 26, 6AM–6PM. See weta.org/hd for WETA HD listings. 6AM NEW SCANDINAVIAN COOKING 6:30 NICK STELLINO COOKING WITH FRIENDS 7:00 CIAO ITALIA 7:30 HUBERT KELLER: SECRETS OF A CHEF 8:00 JOANNE WEIR’S COOKING CONFIDENCE 8:30 RICK STEVES’ EUROPE 9:00 EASTENDERS — (two episodes, simulcast on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD) Repeats Fridays, 5pm 10:00 THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR 11:00 ESSENTIAL PÉPIN 11:30 PATI’S MEXICAN TABLE 12N CUISINE CULTURE 12:30 MEXICO—ONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS 1:00 CHEF JOHN BESH’S NEW ORLEANS 1:30 SARA’S WEEKNIGHT MEALS 2:00 BAKING WITH JULIA 2:30 LIDIA’S ITALY 3:00 IN JULIA’S KITCHEN WITH MASTER CHEFS 3:30 JACQUES PÉPIN: MORE FAST FOOD MY WAY! 4:00 COOK’S COUNTRY FROM AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN 4:30 AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK’S ILLUSTRATED 5:00 MARTHA STEWART’S COOKING SCHOOL 5:30 THE MIND OF A CHEF SIMULCAST ON WETA TV 26 & WETA HD, 6PM–11PM: 6:00 INSIDE WASHINGTON — R 6:30 WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL AND NATIONAL JOURNAL — R 7:00 AS TIME GOES BY 7:30 KEEPING UP APPEARANCES 8:00 DOC MARTIN, SERIES V — Parts 4 & 5 of 8. Mother Knows Best/Remember Me. 9:33 THE WETA MOVIE: SOLDIER IN THE RAIN — The 1963 comic drama spotlights an Army supply sergeant (Steve McQueen) and his tragic hero: a portly master sergeant (Jackie Gleason) who knows his way around. Tuesday Weld co-stars. (1:28) Repeats Sun 12/16, 11:30am

8:00 MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: ZEN: VENDETTA — Surrounded by corruption, honest cop Detective Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell) works for justice in modern-day Italy in a trio of cases based on the bestselling novels by Michael Dibdin. In Vendetta, a killer is seeking those who wrongly imprisoned him. But Zen is too busy dealing with a politically-charged murder to notice that he’s on the hit list. Meanwhile, Zen is getting to know his officemate Tania Moretti (Caterina Murino). 9:30 MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: ZEN: CABAL — In Cabal, a disgraced aristocrat jumps off a bridge. Or was he pushed? As usual, Zen gets mixed signals from his scheming bosses. The plot thickens when it appears that the victim was trying to inform on a shadowy group with conspirators at the highest levels of Italian society. 11:00 MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: ZEN: RATKING — In Ratking, when a wealthy industrialist and political party funder is kidnapped, the Ministry of Justice wants Zen to get the hostage back alive. But these kidnappers don’t seem to be playing by the rules. (90 min.)

18 Tuesday 7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 FIRST FREEDOM: THE FIGHT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY — A film by Lee Groberg created in association with WETA explores how the Founding Fathers raised the ideal of religious freedom to the level of a human right — told through re-enactments, the Founding Fathers’ own words and the commentary of key experts. See the inside cover for details. The documentary profiles the lives and times of the colonial Americans — including Jefferson, Franklin and Washington — who codified freedom of conscience for the first time in human history as an inalienable right protected by law. {DVI} Repeats Wed 12/19, 3pm 9:30 THE IRANIAN AMERICANS — Filmed around the United States — from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. — this documentary chronicles the history of a group of immigrants finding refuge, overcoming adversity and creating new lives in the United States.

ON WETA TV 26, 6AM–6PM. See weta.org/hd for WETA HD listings. 6AM–9AM WETA KIDS PROGRAMMING 9:00 WHITE HOUSE CHRONICLES 9:30 TO THE CONTRARY WITH BONNIE ERBE 10:00 THIS IS AMERICA WITH DENNIS WHOLEY 10:30 RELIGION AND ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY 11:00 GREAT ROMANCES 11:30 THE WETA MOVIE: SOLDIER IN THE RAIN — (1:28) R 1:00 SAVING THE TITANIC — R 2:00 NATURE: REVEALING THE LEOPARD — {DVI} R 3:00 NOVA: SECRETS OF STONEHENGE — {DVI} R 4:00 SECRETS OF THE DEAD: CHINA’S TERRACOTTA WARRIORS — R 5:00 GLOBE TREKKER SPECIAL: VOLCANOES, RING OF FIRE — Repeats Mon 12/17, 1:30pm SIMULCAST ON WETA TV 26 & WETA HD, 6PM–12:30AM: 6:00 MOYERS & COMPANY — Repeats Mon 12/17, 5pm 7:00 CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR FEATURING THE KING’S SINGERS — England’s King’s Singers join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas celebration featuring some of the season’s most beloved songs.

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Wednesday, December 19 at 10 p.m. on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD The second program of a NOVA double-header on Egypt (along with Riddles of the Sphinx at 9 p.m.), Building Pharaoh’s Ship follows a team of archaeologists and boat builders as they reconstruct the mighty vessel shown on a wall carving on one of Egypt’s most impressive temples and then launch the ship on a Red Sea voyage.

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10:30 FRONTLINE: FROM JESUS TO CHRIST: THE FIRST CHRISTIANS — Part 1 of 2. Frontline charts the story of the rise of Christianity, from the life of Jesus to the period that followed his death. 12:30AM CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

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19 Wednesday 7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 THE WETA GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS — A WETA TV 26 production explores Christmas festivities and rituals around Greater Washington, offering a host of ideas about where and how to experience the spirit and atmosphere of the holiday — from local sights to popular annual performances and much more. Repeats Thur 12/20, 2pm; Sun 12/23, 1:30pm; Mon 12/24, 8:30am; Tue 12/25, 4pm 9:00 NOVA: RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX — NOVA follows an international team of archaeologists, architects and engineers racing against time to save Egypt’s Great Sphinx from erosion. {DVI} Repeats Thur 12/20, 3pm; Sun 12/23, 3pm 10:00 NOVA: BUILDING PHARAOH’S SHIP — NOVA follows a team of archaeologists and boat builders as they reconstruct a vessel depicted on the wall of one of Egypt’s most impressive temples. {DVI} Repeats Thur 12/20, 4pm; Sun 12/23, 4pm 11:00 CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

20 Thursday 7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE GOLDEN PINCE-NEZ — Holmes (Jeremy Brett) investigates when Willoughby Smith, secretary to Professor Coram, is found dead clutching a pince-nez. Repeats Fri 12/21, 1pm 9:00 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT: JEWEL ROBBERY AT THE GRAND METROPOLITAN — Poirot (David Suchet) is taking a holiday on the south coast of England; his arrival coincides with the opening of a new stage production in which the leading lady wears a magnificent pearl necklace for her role. When the necklace is stolen, Poirot must help recover it. Repeats Fri 12/21, 2pm 9:50 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT: THE ADVENTURE OF THE CLAPHAM COOK — Poirot (David Suchet) is unenthusiastic when Mrs. Todd asks him to find her cook. But he is positively insulted when she proceeds to dismiss him from the case with a token fee for his services — once he agrees to take on a case he sees it through to a conclusion. Repeats Fri 12/21, 3pm 10:40 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT: MURDER IN THE MEWS — Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) turns to Poirot (David Suchet) for assistance with his investigation into the apparent suicide of a beautiful young woman. Was she in fact murdered? Repeats Fri 12/21, 4pm 11:30 CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

22 Saturday ON WETA TV 26, 6AM–6PM. See weta.org/hd for WETA HD listings. 6AM–6PM See the Saturday, December 15 listings. SIMULCAST ON WETA TV 26 & WETA HD, 6PM–11:30PM: 6:00 INSIDE WASHINGTON — R 6:30 WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL AND NATIONAL JOURNAL — R 7:00 AS TIME GOES BY/KEEPING UP APPEARANCES 8:00 DOC MARTIN, SERIES V — Parts 6 & 7 of 8. Don’t Let Go/ Cats and Sharks. 9:33 THE WETA MOVIE: NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS — In the 1958 comedy, a naive and stubborn Georgia rube (Andy Griffith) joins the peacetime Air Force and talks back to his sergeant (Myron McCormick). (1:59) Repeats Sun 12/23, 11:30am

23 Sunday ON WETA TV 26, 6AM–6PM. See weta.org/hd for WETA HD listings. 6AM–11:30AM See the Sunday, December 16 listings. 11:30 THE WETA MOVIE: NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS — (1:59) R 1:30 THE WETA GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS — R 2:30 TAKE THE DAY OFF—THE WETA GUIDE — A WETA TV 26 production explores fun and engaging things to do around Greater Washington on a free day. 3:00 NOVA: RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX — {DVI} R 4:00 NOVA: BUILDING PHARAOH’S SHIP — {DVI} R 5:00 GLOBE TREKKER: HOLY LANDS: JERUSALEM & THE WEST BANK SIMULCAST ON WETA TV 26 & WETA HD, 6PM–12:30AM: 6:00 MOYERS & COMPANY 7:00 THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS! — An animated children’s special featuring musical numbers finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world, helping a lost reindeer make his way home in time for Christmas. Repeats Tue 12/25, 8am 8:00 MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: WALLANDER, SERIES III: AN EVENT IN AUTUMN — Kenneth Branagh reprises his Emmy-nominated role as the soul-searching Swedish detective created by best-selling novelist Henning Mankell. In An Event in Autumn, a pregnant woman leaps to her death from the side of a ferry. Or was she pushed? When Wallander’s work gets too close to home, he follows the leads of two investigations that become increasingly entangled.

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Friday, December 21, 9–11 p.m. on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD Great Performances spotlights The Beatles’ 1967 film production Magical Mystery Tour with a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the surreal movie, followed by the film itself.

9:00 GREAT PERFORMANCES: MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR REVISITED — The Beatles’ 1967 production Magical Mystery Tour is the least known of the films starring the band members. This documentary — featuring unseen footage and contributions from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Martin Scorsese, Peter Fonda and Terry Gilliam — chronicles the story of the film’s creation. 10:00 GREAT PERFORMANCES: THE BEATLES’ MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR — Released in 1967, Magical Mystery Tour was a mostly improvised and loosely plotted script based around a surreal dreamlike bus trip to an unknown destination. Great Performances presents the film, a showcase for six classic Beatles tracks including “I Am the Walrus,” “The Fool on the Hill” and “Your Mother Should Know” and features John, Paul, George and Ringo as themselves. 11:00 NEED TO KNOW 11:30 CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

21 Friday 7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL AND NATIONAL JOURNAL — Moderator and managing editor Gwen Ifill leads a discussion by a panel of journalists on the news events of the week. Repeats Sat 12/22, 6:30pm 8:30 INSIDE WASHINGTON — Repeats Sat 12/22, 6pm

Wednesday, December 26 at 8 p.m. on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD Nature: Wild Balkans explores the region’s wild landscapes, where wild animals that have all but vanished from the rest of Europe still survive. Above: Montenegro’s Lake Skadar.

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Wednesday, December 26 at 9 p.m. on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD NOVA: Building the Great Cathedrals features an international team of engineers, architects, art historians and computer scientists exploring how medieval builders raised Gothic cathedrals to such great heights and revealing the buildings’ architectural secrets.

9:30 MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: WALLANDER, SERIES III: THE DOGS OF RIGA — A raft adrift in Swedish waters holds a grisly cargo: two dead tortured Latvians. Arriving to investigate is a Latvian police major, who reports back to his Riga headquarters and then vanishes. Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) becomes embroiled in the case, which threatens to make him the next victim. 11:00 MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: WALLANDER, SERIES III: BEFORE THE FROST — An escapee from a psychiatric hospital commits horrific acts with fire. While investigating the ongoing arson-murders, Wallander (Kenneth Branagh), learns that his estranged daughter Linda’s friend Anna may be connected. (90 min.)

7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: ORLANDO, FL — Repeats Wed 12/26, 1pm 9:00 CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR FEATURING NATALIE COLE AND DAVID McCULLOUGH — Grammy Award-winning musical artist Natalie Cole and Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a Christmas celebration featuring seasonal songs. Cole performs with the choir; McCullough reflects on “American Christmas Memories.” Repeats Tue 12/25, 11am 10:00 CHRISTMAS AT LUTHER: TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY — A program celebrates the joy and traditions of Christmas with the renowned choirs of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Holiday music, 500 choristers, a symphony orchestra, and glowing candlelight capture the wonder and joy of the season. Repeats Tue 12/25, 3pm 11:00 CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 NATURE: WILD BALKANS — Thick forests, vast wetlands, deep chasms — this is a wild, inaccessible place, home to bears and wolves. Middle Europe’s landscape is still relatively untouched, and in it are wild animals that have all but vanished from the rest of the continent. {DVI} Repeats Thur 12/27, 2pm 9:00 NOVA: BUILDING THE GREAT CATHEDRALS — Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring atop a spider web of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? A team of engineers, architects, art historians and computer scientists searches the structures for clues to their construction. {DVI} Repeats Thur 12/27, 3pm 10:00 WETA ALL ACCESS: NATIONAL CATHEDRAL — A WETA TV 26 production explores the history and many facets of the 100-year old grand gothic cathedral that towers over Washington, D.C. from the top of Mt. St. Alban. 10:30 THE WETA GUIDE TO GREAT VIEWS — A WETA TV 26 production explores locations around Greater Washington that feature remarkable views of cityscapes, natural beauty, sunsets and more. 11:00 CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

27 Thursday 7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE RED CIRCLE — A man is murdered by a member of “The Red Circle” and Holmes (Jeremy Brett) takes up the investigation. Repeats Fri 12/28, 1pm 9:00 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT: THE ADVENTURE OF JOHNNY WAVERLY — Poirot (David Suchet) is called in to investigate a series of kidnap threats against the three-year-old son of a wealthy aristocrat. However, once installed at Waverly Court, Poirot becomes suspicious about the child’s parents. Repeats Fri 12/28, 2pm 9:50 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT: FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS — Poirot (David Suchet) is dining out in London one evening when eminent artist Henry Gasgcoine enters the restaurant for his dinner. The next morning, Poirot reads in the newspaper that the painter has been found dead. Repeats Fri 12/28, 3pm 10:40 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT: THE THIRD FLOOR FLAT — Poirot (David Suchet) is bored —he hasn’t had a case

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7AM–6PM HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING: See page 1 for listings. 6:00 BBC WORLD NEWS AMERICA 6:30 NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT 7:00 PBS NEWSHOUR 8:00 BREAKFAST SPECIAL 2: REVENGE OF THE OMELETS — A film celebrates more great breakfast spots around the nation — such as Big Ed’s in Raleigh, North Carolina; Post Road Diner in Norwalk, Connecticut; and Square Cafe and Hot Metal Diner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rpts Wed 12/26, 4pm; Thur 12/27, 1pm, 5pm 9:00 BREAKFAST IN WASHINGTON — Where should you go for the most important meal of the day? A WETA TV 26 production features two dozen delicious dining suggestions throughout Greater Washington. Repeats Wed 12/26, 3pm 10:00 FRONTLINE: FROM JESUS TO CHRIST: THE FIRST CHRISTIANS — Part 2 of 2. Frontline documents the rise of Christianity from a small Jewish sect to an official religion of the Roman Empire. 12M CHARLIE ROSE — Repeats next weekday, noon

COURTESY HERBERT MIGDOLL

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Friday, December 28 at 9 p.m. on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD American Masters: Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance explores the story of the Joffrey Ballet, the first quintessentially American dance company, which pioneered a new dance philosophy by combining modern and traditional techniques and art with social statement.

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December 2012 - WETA Magazine  

The WETA program guide features TV schedules, Classical WETA highlights, and updates on special events and more for the month ahead.

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