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Program Highlights

  • Silent Night

    Airs Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
    Lead photo Silent Night

    This opera recounts the true story of the World War I Christmas Eve truce. For one magical evening on December 24, 1914, French, German and Scottish soldiers laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration reflecting the peace, fellowship and humanity of the season. Based on the Academy Award-nominated film "Joyeux Noel," this two-act production was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera and premiered in November 2012 to national acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize for Music for composer Kevin Puts.

  • The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014

    Airs Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6 p.m. on KPBS TV
    Lead photo The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014

    Co-hosted by actor and producer Tom Hanks and singer-songwriter, actress, and producer Rita Wilson, this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting features a talented line-up of performers, including Wilson herself. Additionally, pop phenomenon Fifth Harmony, Grammy-winning legend Patti Labelle, multi Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actor NE-YO, multiplatinum-selling artist Steve Miller, pop world duo Nico & Vinz, award-winning vocal group The Tenors, and country star Chely Wright will perform holiday favorites.

  • Tales From The Royal Bedchamber

    Airs Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
    Lead photo Tales From The Royal Bedchamber

    Host Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, snuggles up with Britain’s monarchs to uncover the fascinating secrets of the royal bedchamber. From Hampton Court to Hever Castle to the great English country manors, Worsley shows the opulence of Royal State bedrooms and explains how these private spaces were once very public hubs of English politics and policy. It was in these rooms that royal marriage ceremonies were held, royal births were observed by crowds eager to verify the baby’s sex. Even the process of creating royal babies took place in a semi-public context, Worsley says, because everyone had a stake in its outcome.


    Airs Sundays, December 14 - 28, 2014 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
    Lead photo AGATHA CHRISTIE'S POIROT: Season 13

    In season 13, David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in three mysteries: "Elephants Can Remember," "The Labours Of Hercules" and "Curtain: Poirot's Last Case," based on the novels by Agatha Christie. Whether he's on holiday abroad, taking a countryside break or simply going about his business near his central London home, Poirot finds himself exercising his "little grey cells" by helping police investigate crimes and murders, whether they ask for his help or not.

  • Elmo's Christmas Countdown

    Airs Monday - Thursday, December 22 - 25, 2014 at 7 a.m. & 10 a.m. on KPBS TV
    Lead photo Elmo's Christmas Countdown

    There’s a miracle on Sesame Street in this special holiday tale. Elmo, Abby Cadabby and their new friend Stiller the Elf (voice of Ben Stiller) are going to count down to Christmas with the Christmas Counter-Downer. But all the counting boxes have gone missing and Christmas may never come again! Can Elmo, Abby and Stiller the Elf save Christmas? With the help of very special guests Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Ty Pennington, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico and Kevin James (as Santa Claus), Elmo and friends learn to believe in Christmas miracles.