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Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:30pm
Pittsburgh 360°
We’ll find out what the residents of a local retirement community are doing to help bring comfort to the homeless. Then we find out how trash from Haiti and Honduras is being turned into something good before we tell you how you can decorate and dine on tableware products that truly give back. more info

Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 8:00pm
Tales from the Royal Bedchamber
Lucy Worsley gets into bed with Britain’s past monarchs to uncover the secrets of the royal bedchamber. She reveals that the obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. In fact, the rise and fall of the royals’ magnificent beds reflects the changing fortunes of the monarchy itself. more info

Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 9:00pm
Downton Abbey, Season 4 -- Parts 6 & 7
Six months after Downton Abbey's great tragedy, Mary is mired in grief and the estate is engulfed in death taxes. As the family struggles to lift their financial and emotional woes, clashes arise, sparks fly, and it is up to the older generation to bring Mary back to life, and Robert to his senses – no easy task in either respect. more info

Christmas & the Holiday Season

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 7:00pm
A Horizons Holiday Special
In the tradition of the Horizons series, musicians representing the region’s varied musical traditions perform songs that celebrate the holiday season. Groups include CoroLatino Americano, the Afro American Music Institute Boys Choir, Gabrielle and Mr. DeVilla, (Filipino folk music), The Bastard Bearded Irishmen, an Irish rock band and the Asian influenced jazz ensemble Silk Sound.

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 9:00pm
Christmas with the Morman Tabernacle Choir Featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies
Actor John Rhys-Davies and Soprano Deborah Voigt joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas concert of holiday favorites. more info |

Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11:00pm
Austin City Limits: Tom Waits
Austin City Limits presents one of the most requested episodes in the show's 37-year history: an unforgettable performance of Tom Waits captured in December of 1978. more info |

Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10:00pm
The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014
Actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson host this year’s National Christmas Tree lighting.

Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 7:30pm
Call the Midwife Holiday Special
In this special, newly married Chummy and Nurse Jenny Lee are hard at work during their first Christmas in Nonnatus House. As nurses and nuns minister to an abandoned newborn and search for the mother, and Jenny tries to find the children of an elderly vagrant, Chummy plans an ambitious nativity play. In true Chummy fashion, mishaps ensue. more info |

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 8:00pm
Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler
Join host Bruce Feiler on an unprecedented journey to the world’s most meaningful landscapes and rigorous religious pilgrimages. Feiler and contemporary sojourners journey to sacred sites cherished by billions and visited annually by hundreds of millions of pilgrims. Each episode follows a modern-day pilgrim on a private spiritual journey. The series presents a comprehensive picture of the practice of pilgrimage in its varied expressions around the globe, over thousands of years. more info

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 8:00pm
Nature: The Himalayas
The Himalayan mountain system is the planet’s highest and home to the world’s tallest peaks. NATURE explores the diversity of wildlife and habitats of this mountain chain starring the mysterious snow leopard. more info

Friday, December 26, 2014 at 9:00pm
American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered
Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903-October 14, 1977) was, without doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the 20th century. For more than three decades, through radio, film, television and records, he reigned supreme. This new documentary explores the life and legend of this iconic performer, revealing a man far more complex than his public persona. support this program |

Filmmakers Corner

Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10:00pm
Filmmakers Corner: What Does Trouble Mean: Nate Smith's Revolution
"What Does Trouble Mean" tells the story of the late local civil rights activist Nate Smith who fought to get African American workers on construction crews during the city’s building renaissance in the 1970’s. It includes re-enactments, news footage, and interviews. more info |

Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 11:30pm
Austin City Limits: Radiohead
As one of the most celebrated alternative rock groups of the past two decades, Radiohead’s musical legacy is undisputed. The band’s progressive sound and experimental structures have come to define them as masters of innovation in modern rock music, while speaking to the social and political climate of an entire generation. web extra

Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 10:00pm
Downton Abbey, Season 4 -- Part 8
Lady Rose meets the Prince of Wales and faces a dilemma. Trouble also plagues Cora’s mother, her brother, Edith and almost everyone else at Downton Abbey. more info

Monday, December 29, 2014 at 8:00pm
Antiques Roadshow: Manor House Treasures
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is taking inspiration from the furnishings and finery of the sprawling estates in popular period dramas such as “Downton Abbey” and “Upstairs, Downstairs” for its new special. “Manor House Treasures” features extraordinary objects from across the pond — and beyond — that would fit right in any stately homes of the rich and powerful, including a Lord Byron cellarette and portrait, ca. 1810; a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, ca. 1915, that was gifted to the caretakers of an estate; and a Louis Comfort Tiffany necklace, ca. 1905, that belonged to the owner’s wealthy great-grandmother and is appraised for $75,000 to $100,000. more info

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 8:00pm
Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler
Join host Bruce Feiler on an unprecedented journey to the world’s most meaningful landscapes and rigorous religious pilgrimages. Feiler and contemporary sojourners journey to sacred sites cherished by billions and visited annually by hundreds of millions of pilgrims. Each episode follows a modern-day pilgrim on a private spiritual journey. The series presents a comprehensive picture of the practice of pilgrimage in its varied expressions around the globe, over thousands of years. more info

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 8:00pm
Live From Lincoln Center: Gershwin Celebration
The New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve Concert is a highlight of the PBS end-of-the-year schedule. This year an all-Gershwin program will be conducted by Bramwell Tovey featuring singers Dianne Reeves and Norm Lewis as soloists. more info

Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 8:00pm
The Great British Baking Show: Biscuits
Follow the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers whose goal is to be named the U.K.’s best. Each week, the bakers tackle a different skill, the difficulty of which increases as the competition unfolds.
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Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 9:00pm
Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 1
Downton Abbey returns for an epic fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate—a deliciously entertaining formula that has made it the highest-rated drama in PBS history. more info

Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:00pm
Antiques Roadshow: New York
For the first time in 10 years, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visited the Big Apple to uncover New York's undiscovered treasures and heirlooms at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center! web extra

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10:00pm
Frontline: Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA
In Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA, FRONTLINE goes inside the politics of America's gun debate. Veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk investigates the NRA, its political evolution and influence, and how it has consistently succeeded in defeating new gun control legislation. more info