Stories by Jennifer Robinson
Festive spirit is in plentiful supply as Poplar gets ready for the holidays. A trip to see the Regent Street lights and a visit from a BBC film crew promise to make this 1960 Christmas one to remember. As the community pulls together to prepare for the televised carol concert, Nonnatus is rocked to the core when one of its own goes missing, causing a full-scale manhunt. Meanwhile an unexpected surprise for a grieving mother may help bring the Christmas magic home.
In this one-hour special, it's Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals' most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays? Find out on WILD KRATTS "A Creature Christmas."
As a leading icon of the British music revolution of the 1960s, Pete Townshend made his name by creating the power chord, smashing guitars onstage, and penning anthems of teenage rebellion like “My Generation.” Now, at 70 years old and half a century after he penned the archetypal rock lyric “Hope I die before I get old,” Townshend has created a “classical” version of one of The Who’s landmark albums – “Quadrophenia” – for a symphony orchestra, opera singer and choir.
Hosted by crooner Jack Jones, "Songbook Standards: As Time Goes By" (MY MUSIC) is a nostalgic hit parade of the best-loved songs from the iconic popular composers of the 1930s-1960s. These immortal melodies have become evergreens, embraced by the greatest performers of the past century and still performed by singers today. This all-star special offers rare footage not seen in decades, featuring Judy Garland, Johnny Mathis, Eydie Gorme, Steve Lawrence, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra and other legends singing favorites that span the generations.
It was 50 years ago, in 1965, when Arlo Guthrie took out the trash following a Thanksgiving dinner that "couldn't be beat." It started a chain of events including Arlo's arrest for littering, court appearance, and rejection from military service depicted in his hilarious and iconic song, "Alice's Restaurant." The song (an 18 minute musical monologue) went platinum, spawned a full length motion picture, and became an American tradition ubiquitously played on hundreds of radio stations at Thanksgiving. In "Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert," Arlo deftly performs the song for the first time in over a decade and receives a standing ovation from his delighted fans.
Using wisdom, down-to-earth directness and masterful storytelling, renowned life coach and best-selling author Richard Leider reveals the importance of identifying our individual purpose in "The Power Of Purpose With Richard Leider." Purpose provides lives with meaning, and Leider shows how understanding and acting upon our purpose is key to happiness and ultimate fulfillment. With great insight, Leider illuminates how purpose changes at points throughout our lives, including later in life, and offers a practical guide on how to determine our purpose at each of these critical transitions.
From the internationally famous Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy- winning producer David Foster, the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including “The Godfather,” “Scent of a Woman,” “Dr. Zhivago,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and many more.
Explore the science behind the headlines in PBS’ premier science series. See a dramatization of the remarkable story behind Albert Einstein’s famous equation, E=mc2. Einstein grappled with the implications of his revolutionary special theory of relativity and came to the startling conclusion that mass and energy are one.
Explore the science behind the headlines in PBS’ premier science series. In this episode, retrace Einstein's thought experiments as NOVA reveals the simple but powerful ideas that reshaped our understanding of gravity, illuminating the theory of general relativity-and Einstein's brilliance-as never before.
Jamestown, Virginia. The site of the first permanent English colony the Americas settled in 1607 and the home of the archaeological site “Historic Jamestowne” today. It has long been speculated that the harsh conditions faced by the colonists during the winter of 1609, often referred to as the “starving time,” might have made them desperate enough to participate in the unthinkable, and perhaps even commit murder to do so. SECRETS OF THE DEAD “Jamestown’s Dark Winter” follows archaeologists and forensic anthropologists as they excavate the early American colony to uncover a dark secret hidden for more than 400 years.
“The Pilgrims,” a new film by Ric Burns narrated by celebrated actor Oliver Platt, will premiere on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE on PBS. Produced by WETA Washington, D.C. and Steeplechase Films, in association with the BBC and CTVC, this two-hour documentary endeavors to tell the true story of the Pilgrims, a small group of religious radicals whose determination to establish a separatist religious community planted the seeds for America’s founding.
“Richard Pryor: Icon” tells the story of the groundbreaking entertainer who changed the rules of comedy. From his troubled upbringing in the slums of Peoria, Illinois, to his brave battle against multiple sclerosis, from performing on the ED SULLIVAN SHOW to being banned by the networks, the program examines the roller coaster life and times of this comedic trailblazer. Though he was one of the most successful and influential entertainers of his generation, Pryor wrestled with self-destructive behaviors that threatened his life.
The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize salutes Eddie Murphy. Taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 18, 2015, the special features a star-studded cast of Murphy’s friends and colleagues including top entertainers and comedians, Dave Chapelle, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Brittany Howard, George Lopez, Sam Moore, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Nealon, Trevor Noah, Jay Pharoah, Joe Piscopo and Chris Rock. The evening pays tribute to the humor and accomplishments of the comedy icon.
This episode features fine instrument makers and renowned musicians, including Joan Baez with her Martin guitar, Jake Shimabukuro playing his Kamaka ukulele, trumpet maker Dave Monette and leader of the Count Basie Orchestra Scotty Barnhart, Tony Ellis and Stelling banjos, musician Rhiannon Giddens with minstrel banjo maker Jim Hartel, and Joe Pereira, timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with mallet maker Jason Ginter.
“First You Dream” is a landmark television event: a tribute to John Kander and Fred Ebb, the legendary Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy-award winning songwriting team whose Broadway shows include “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “The Act,” “Curtains” and “The Scottsboro Boys” and timeless songs including “New York, New York,” “All That Jazz,” “Money Makes the World Go Around” and “Maybe This Time.”
When he was executed outside a Havana prison on March 11, 1961, the strange story of William Morgan seemed to vanish from the popular imagination as quickly as it had appeared. But recent scholarship, based on thousands of newly declassified government documents, has brought Morgan’s story back into the public eye. Like something out of a dime store novel or a Hollywood Cold War thriller, the story of William Alexander Morgan has it all — adventure and romance, mobsters and spies, and a cast of characters that includes J. Edgar Hoover, Chè Guevera, and Fidel Castro.
Witness the rise of ISIS in Afghanistan and how they're training the next generation of jihadists. With rare access to ISIS, correspondent Najibullah Quraishi sees first-hand their spreading power. FRONTLINE will also include a second segment exploring a Pakistani police unit's fight against the Taliban, whose militants now have a strong presence in the slums encircling the city of Karachi. In “Taliban Hunters,” reporter Mobeen Azhar rides along with a counter-terrorism unit in Karachi that’s dedicated to tracking down Taliban suspects.
This four-part series takes an in-depth look at the workings of some of Scotland’s most magnificent country estates through the eyes of the current owners, the ghillies, the gardeners and the housekeepers, not forgetting the paying guests who frequent these stunning country estates. The programs, filmed entirely in Scotland, tell the fascinating stories behind these magnificent buildings.
The ever-popular pairing of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” comes to THIRTEEN’S GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET on PBS. Sir David McVicar directs the first new Met production of the popular verismo double bill in 45 years, with Argentinean tenor Marcelo Álvarez making his company role debut in both leading tenor parts: the unrepentant seducer Turiddu and the clown Canio. Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the role of Santuzza, the abandoned woman at the heart of “Cavalleria Rusticana,” and American soprano Patricia Racette stars as Canio's ill-fated wife Nedda in “Pagliacci.” George Gagnidze also stars in both operas, singing the principal baritone roles of Alfio in “Cavalleria” and Tonio in “Pagliacci.” Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads both operas. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham hosts the broadcast.
In this Tony Award-nominated Best Play from Lincoln Center Theater, James Lapine has fittingly re-imagined this memoir for the stage, creating a world as vivid and transformative as the stage itself. “Act One” features a first-rate cast led by Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin and Santino Fontana. The show is written and directed for the stage by James Lapine, and directed for television by Matthew Diamond.
Set in the deceptively idyllic fictional English county of Midsomer, the suspenseful drama MIDSOMER MURDERS is based on the popular novels of Caroline Graham. Featuring an eccentric cast of characters, ubiquitous red herrings, and quaint countryside scenery, this long-running crime series recalls classic public television British mysteries of the past. At the heart of the show is the perceptive and meticulous criminal investigator Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby.
Using both current and rare archival footage, "Sands Of War" recounts the over looked story of the creation and role of the Desert Training Center against the backdrop of WWII. Narrated by Peter Coyote, and told through the personal experiences of WWII veterans, the program provides a compelling account of the young men and women thrust onto the stage of world conflict.
PBS presents “Debt Of Honor: Disabled Veterans In American History,” a new documentary film by six-time Emmy Award-winning director Ric Burns, that will premiere nationwide on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, at 9 p.m., as part of PBS’ Stories of Service. This film examines the way in which the American government and society as a whole have regarded disabled veterans throughout history, beginning in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War and continuing through today’s conflicts in the Middle East.
In this episode, test cook Erin McMurrer shows host Christopher Kimball how to make pork ragu at home. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for dish towels. Finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to making perfect pasta with roasted garlic sauce, arugula, and walnuts.
An unforgettable journey back to the iconic site of one of the fiercest battles of World War II, “Iwo Jima: From Combat To Comrades” is the powerful and moving story of the American and Japanese servicemen who came together 70 years later for a historic reunion in March 2015. This island battlefield is the only former combat zone in the world that sees men who once were enemies return as friends in a ceremony of peace and remembrance. Hosted by "Flags of Our Fathers" actor Ryan Phillippe, “Iwo Jima: From Combat To Comrades” premieres on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 as part of Veterans Day programming on KPBS.
From the director of the Oscar-nominated “Winter's Bone” comes this portrait of a motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran. There's more to Ronnie "Stray Dog" Hall than meets the eye; behind the tattoos and leather vest is a man dedicated to helping his fellow vets and immigrant family as he comes to terms with his combat experience.
Think of neon signs and you think of Vegas. Perhaps more than any other city on the planet, the neon sign is integral to Las Vegas' aesthetic, economic and cultural history. The signs are icons that defined Las Vegas. They are spectacles signifying fantasy, fun and the kind of frontier freedom that has slipped away from so many other places in the American West. Through archival photos and footage, "Restoration Neon" presents the history of the neon signs from their first usage in Las Vegas in the late 1920s to present day. The film also offers an inside look at what it takes to bring these luminous historic icons back to life.
Discover never-before-aired appraisals from this season’s eight-city tour, including a 1925 San Francisco pictorial map, NASA signed photos and a Chinese jadeite peach-form bowl from around 1900. In hour 2, discover more items such as Fantasia drawings and sketches from 1940, Alvin & the Chipmunks puppets, ca. 1958, and Israel Regardie's manuscripts and book.
PBS and OnStage In America present a stage comedy about racism in America that throws political correctness out the window in a free-wheeling send-up of contemporary attitudes. The lighthearted, irreverent satire hits squarely home and still finds reasons for hope. “Honky” by Greg Kalleres was performed at San Diego Repertory Theatre under the direction of Sam Woodhouse. It received its World Premiere at Urban Stages Theater in New York in 2013 under the artistic direction of Frances Hill.
Legendary Broadway performer Chita Rivera has been lighting up international stages for over seventy years. With starring roles in such iconic Broadway shows as "West Side Story," "Bye Bye Birdie," and "Chicago," Rivera returned to Broadway in 2015 to star in the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical "The Visit." In addition to archival clips from Rivera’s many shows and TV appearances, this career retrospective also features interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen, Carol Lawrence and many more to tell the story of Rivera’s peerless show biz virtuosity.
Explore the science behind the headlines in PBS’ premier science series. NOVA “Making North America” is an unprecedented three-part series exploring the bold and sweeping biography of our homeland. How was it built? How did life evolve? How did the landscape shape us? Paleontologist Kirk Johnson hosts an epic journey to reveal the incredible story of a continent.
EARTH’S NATURAL WONDERS, a three-part series that visits some of the most extraordinary places on Earth and tells the remarkable stories of people who live there, premieres Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 on PBS. The documentary travels around the globe to Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon and the Amazon Rainforest. And while truly spectacular, each location poses extreme challenges for those who call it home.
The bottle of 1896 Hennessy Cognac was uncorked in front of hundreds of people. The surviving World War II veterans from one of history’s greatest military missions were about to raise their silver goblets one last time ending a decades long tradition. It was time for the veterans to hold this final toast. They could wait no longer. Their numbers had dwindled to just a few. Many of the names of the 80 flyers who took part in the April 18, 1942 raid on Japan may not be familiar to most, but collectively they will always be known in history as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.
Between 1981 and 1990, five Vietnamese-American journalists in cities across the U.S. were murdered, and many others in the community were intimidated and attacked. Who was responsible for this reign of terror — and why has that question gone unanswered for so long? On Nov. 3, FRONTLINE and ProPublica will unveil “Terror In Little Saigon,” a multiplatform investigation that reopens a domestic terrorism case that has gone unsolved for decades.
Halloween's almost here! Hang onto your hats! It's George's first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the Legend of No Noggin — a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend really real? George and Allie are determined to find out by taking a picture of No Noggin in hat-kicking action. But first George needs to figure out what he's going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival. Will George's quest for the perfect costume interfere with his quest for the truth? Only the curious will find out!
I’LL HAVE WHAT PHIL’S HAVING invites audiences to join an international culinary exploration with Phil Rosenthal, creator of the TV hit EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, and one of Hollywood’s funniest producers. Tag along as Phil invites his LA friends, such as Martin Short and Allison Janney, to his favorite spots around the city, including the city’s oldest farmers’ market. A taco truck crawl and visits to special LA kitchens and bakeries complete the tour.
Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. Discover an eclectic array of discoveries in Chicago, such as 1989 Keith Haring graffiti art, a 1910 Walter Johnson All-Star watch, and a Walt Whitman Civil War letter. Watch to learn the $50,000 find! Take a field trip to the Chicago Civic Opera.
Explore the science behind the headlines in PBS’ premier science series. From baboons to bulls, crocodiles to cows, a vast menagerie of animal mummies lies buried in Egyptian catacombs. Hi-tech imaging reveals what’s inside the bundles and the strange role that animals played in ancient Egyptian beliefs.
Composer and performer Danny Elfman descends on Lincoln Center with a symphony orchestra and choir, led by conductor John Mauceri, as well as a colorful assortment of Tim Burton fans. This unique episode arrives just in time for Halloween and captures all the excitement of this cultural invasion, climaxing in wildly entertaining performances of Elfman’s most beloved scores from films in collaboration with Tim Burton such as “Batman,” “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” which features Danny Elfman singing his iconic songs.
Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make skillet roast chicken and potatoes at home. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of brown mustard. Then, Chris shares a test kitchen tip for aerating wine. Next, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to perfect Brussels sprout salad. And finally, Chris teaches a cooking class all about secret ingredient biscuits.
THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES is an original 10-part murder mystery series starring Craig McLachlan (NEIGHBOURS, BUGS, McLeod’s Daughters) as the maverick country town doctor, Lucien Blake. It’s 1959. Dr. Blake has returned to a place he once called home, to take over his deceased father’s medical practice. Haunted by the horrors of the Second World War, his own personal loss and changed by his experiences as a POW, the wry, dry, yet very human Dr. Blake undertakes his other role as police surgeon with precision and gusto - yet many find his unpredictable and unconventional manner unnerving. Ahead of his time, Blake looks to the science of forensics and his own understanding of the human heart to help solve the mysteries that inevitably come his way.
All eyes are on Syria as Russia’s military campaign intensifies, and as tens of thousands of refugees continue to flee the war-torn country for Europe. What is life like for those who are left behind? Join correspondent Martin Smith in Syria as he reports from government-controlled areas while the war rages. With on-the-ground reporting and firsthand accounts from Syrians caught in the crisis, the film shines new light on the ongoing conflict.
SECRETS OF THE DEAD investigates why vampires have such a hold on our imagination, and whether the undead might still lurk among us. In 1897, Bram Stoker penned his gothic novel "Dracula" and popularized the modern vampire myth with the introduction of Count Dracula. But the discovery of manuscripts dating back to medieval England suggest the belief that the dead could rise from the grave originated during a much earlier era. These accounts were written hundreds of years before Stoker created his nocturnal creature, long before the Eastern European legends gained popularity. “Vampire Legend” brings together scientists, historians, archeologists, a real-life modern day vampire slayer, and the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker to examine if the origin of the vampire lore lies in fact rather than fiction. "Vampire Legend" opens Season 15 of SECRETS OF THE DEAD.
I’LL HAVE WHAT PHIL’S HAVING invites audiences to join an international culinary exploration with Phil Rosenthal, creator of the TV hit EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, and one of Hollywood’s funniest producers. Venture with Phil to enjoy a world-class breakfast of foie gras and eggs, a tapas crawl and even a vermouth bar. He's also in for a lesson on all things jamon, Spain's most prized culinary export.
Written by Debbie O’Malley (LAW & ORDER: UK, SILK), THE GUILTY follows DCI Maggie Brand (Tamsin Greig) as she leads a new investigation into the five-year-old case of a boy’s disappearance during a neighborhood cookout. Driven by her obsession to discover what happened, she risks her own happy family life.
Pitmaster Aaron Franklin takes a boisterous BBQ culture road trip — featuring the people, the places and, of course, the food. The series celebrates the traditions and storied histories passed down through the generations, as well as those breathing new life into this distinctly American culture. Tour guide Franklin, owner and chief firestarter at Franklin BBQ in Austin, is widely regarded as one of the most influential pitmasters in the United States. The series takes viewers into Franklin’s world, visiting BBQ joints, trying new recipes, answering questions and shoveling coals at his BBQ pits.
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