Return to Downton Abbey
Susan Sarandon hosts this look at "Downton Abbey." Included: remarks from cast members Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth McGovern and Sophie McShera, as well as creator-writer Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame. Friday, December 6 at 9:00 p.m.
Libera: Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland
Traditional Christmas carols are performed by the Libera boys choir at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland. Included: "Joy to the World"; "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen"; "The Wexford Carol"; "In Dulci Jubilo"; "Angels We Have Heard on High"; "Sanctus"; "Danny Boy"; "Carol of the Bells"; "O Holy Night"; "Still, Still, Still"; "Gaudete"; "Away in a Manger"; "Silent Night"; and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Saturday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m.
Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey, Season 3: Episode One
The third season of "Downton Abbey" commences with the family and staff preparing for Mary and Matthew's wedding; and Cora's mother (Shirley MacLaine) arriving from the U.S. Robert, meanwhile, receives bad news about an investment. Sunday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Antiques Roadshow: Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines features a collection of late-1950s and '60s Lucy M. Lewis Acoma Pueblo pottery; an 1820 Russian Loutkin snuff box inscribed with the Romanov dynasty's imperial arms; and a 1623 Shakespeare First Folio. Monday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw
Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas celebration that also features Col. Gail "Hal" Halvorsen (USAF Ret.), who dropped candy for German children during the 1948-49 Berlin airlift. Selections include "Sing Noel!"; "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"; "From Heaven on High"; "Bring Him Home" (from "Les Misérables"); "What Shall We Give?"; "Angels, From the Realms of Glory"; and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Also: the Christmas story. Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m.
NOVA: Ultimate Mars Challenge
A look at NASA's Curiosity mission to Mars. Included: remarks from Mars Science Laboratory personnel, including chief engineer Rob Manning, chief scientist John Grotzinger, deputy scientist Ashwin Vasavada and mission manager Michael Watkins. Wednesday, December 11 at 9:00 p.m.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013
The 91st annual national Christmas tree lighting ceremony, featuring performances by Janelle Monáe, Prince Royce, Arturo Sandoval and Train. Thursday, December 12 at 9:00 p.m.
An operatic retelling of the WWI Christmas Eve truce that occurred in 1914 France. Based on the Oscar-nominated film "Joyeux Noël," the opera was composed by Kevin Puts and features a libretto by Mark Campbell. Friday, December 13 at 9:00 p.m.
The Cafe: Time and Tide
Phil photographs Cyril's for the brochure; Chloe makes a surprise discovery. Saturday, December 14 at 8:30 p.m.
Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey, Season 3: Episode Three
Tom and the pregnant Sybil arrive at Downton after an incident in Ireland has left Tom a wanted man; Edith has a letter in support of women's suffrage published in a newspaper. Sunday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Antiques Roadshow: Junk in the Trunk
A 50-year-old chair made by a furniture designer who did commissions for Aristotle Onassis; WWII prison camp materials that posthumously established a glider pilot's eligibility for a medal; a drawing and lithograph by Grant Wood. Monday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m.
How Sherlock Changed the World
How the investigative techniques used by the fictional Sherlock Holmes influenced real-life criminal investigations. Included: remarks from forensic scientists, including Dr. Henry Lee, and author Anthony Horowitz ("The House of Silk"). Tuesday, December 17 at 900 p.m.
Nature–Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo
The ancient rite of wolves hunting buffalo is chronicled at Canada's Wood Buffalo National Park, which straddles Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Aerial cameras help document the tactics employed by a wolf pack and the buffalo's evasive maneuvers. Wednesday, December 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
A Christmas celebration at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, that features traditional carols and sacred choral anthems performed by the college's six choirs, symphony orchestra and Luther Ringers. Thursday, December 19 at 9:00 p.m.
Craft in America: Holiday
The wintertime holidays and the craft world are examined via Nordic folk artisan Harley Refsal in North Carolina, whose work celebrates the winter solstice; artist Susan Garson, who creates clay menorahs; and San Antonio ceramic artist Veronica Castillo. Friday, December 20 at 9:00 p.m.
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