WVPT PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS: JANUARY 2015

January 2015 Primetime Schedule (Printable Grid)
January 2015 Create Schedule (Printable Grid)

BILLY JOEL: THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE
Friday, January 2 at 9:00 p.m.
This music special honors singer-songwriter Billy Joel’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The evening will include performances by Joel, as well as Tony Bennett, Boyz II Men, Gavin DeGraw, Josh Groban, Natalie Maines, John Mellencamp and LeAnn Rimes, with a special performance by Kevin Spacey — as well as a dance ensemble performance from Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’ Out.” Michael Feinstein will pay tribute to the legacy of George and Ira Gershwin and their collection, which is housed in the Library of Congress.
DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 5
Premieres Sunday, January 4 at 9:00 p.m.
This Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning hit drama returns for a fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate — an entertaining formula that has made “Downton Abbey” the highest-rated drama in PBS history. The acclaimed ensemble cast is joined by guest stars Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton and Peter Egan as Lord Flintshire, together with new characters played by Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia.

MASTERPIECE SPECIAL: THE MANNERS OF DOWNTON ABBEY
Sunday, January 4 at 10:00 p.m.
Enter the world of Edwardian manners with Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to “Downton Abbey.” Bruce and the series’ leading cast members explain how they re-create the authentic etiquette of aristocrats and servants.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - RIPLEY: BELIEVE IT OR NOT
Tuesday, January 6 at 9:00 p.m.
LeRoy Robert Ripley rose to fame during the Great Depression, transforming himself from a skinny, bucktoothed boy into an entertainer who mesmerized the nation with his razzle-dazzle blend of homespun Americana, colorful exotica and freakish oddities. Over three decades, his “Believe It or Not!” franchise grew into an entertainment empire, expanding from newspapers to every form of “new media” in the 20th century: radio, film and, ultimately, television. At the center of it all was Ripley, whose obsession with the odd and keen eye for the curious made him one of the richest men in the country. Americans not only loved his bizarre fare, but were fascinated by the man himself; the eccentric, globetrotting playboy became an unlikely national celebrity. This is the story of the man who popularized the iconic phrase, and proof of why we still can’t resist his challenge to “Believe it – or not!”

THE KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH
Tuesday, January 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Renowned as the richest gold strike in North American mining history, the Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899) set off a “stampede” of more than 100,000 people on a colossal journey from Alaska to the gold fields of Canada’s Yukon Territory. The boomtown of Dawson City emerges as the heart of this story of determination, luck, fortune and loss. Known as the “Paris of the North,” it’s filled with banks, saloons, stores and hotels; for the stampeders and the outside world, it’s a place where lives can in fact be revolutionized. Award-winning author Charlotte Gray and historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the event. Excerpts from Tappan Adney’s celebrated book The Klondike Stampede (1900) bring the Harper’s Weekly correspondent to life. Present-day characters reveal that the Klondike still resonates with the frontier spirit.

THE QUEEN'S GARDEN
Sunday, January 11 at 10:00 p.m.
With permission from Queen Elizabeth, this program covers a year in Buckingham Palace Garden, exploring the history and the natural history of this remarkable hidden royal treasure in the heart of London.

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW: SEASON 2
Premieres Tuesday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Follow a diverse cast of participants on an emotional journey that uses history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories. Each individual’s past will link to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America. The programs feature participants from three American cities – St. Louis, New Orleans and Philadelphia – who want to explore a genealogical mystery.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: KLANSVILLE USA
Tuesday, January 13 at 9:00 p.m.
Investigate the reasons North Carolina, long seen as the most progressive state in the South, became home to the largest Klan organization in the country, with more members than all the other Southern states combined, during the 1960s.

NEW! ROAD TRIP TO HISTORY: HARPER'S FERRY
Thursday, January 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Step back in time to visit this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. Before and during the American Civil War (1861–1865), this small, isolated town was an economically thriving community with great strategic importance because of its location along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and its firearms industry – including the United States Arsenal and Armory and Hall’s Rifle Works. In 1859, Harpers Ferry emerged onto the national stage when the radical abolitionist John Brown and a small band of followers raided the armory in an attempt to ignite a slave insurrection.

DIVINE DISCONTENT: CHARLES PROTEUS STEINMETZ
Sunday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m.
The life of “The Wizard of Schenectady” Steinmetz’s contributions live today within every electrical pulse and circuit. Dr. Ronald Kline of Cornell University headlines a group of historians and engineers who bring back to life. Together with the help of the Schenectady Historical Society, and MiSci, the Museum of Science and Innovation, and home of General Electric’s archives, they combine to tell a compelling story of innovation and triumph in America’s Golden Age of Invention.

MASTERPIECE: MYSTERY! GRANTCHESTER
Sunday, Premieres January 18 at 10:00 p.m.
James Norton (Belle) stars as Sidney Chambers, a young and charismatic vicar who turns amateur investigator when one of his parishioners dies under suspicious circumstances. Chambers turns to gruff, down-to-earth police inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green, “Reckless”) for help, and the two become crime-solving partners and friends in the hamlet of Grantchester.
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: EDISON
Tuesday, January 20 at 9:00 p.m.
The holder of 1,093 patents, Thomas Alva Edison was nearly synonymous with invention. Driven, intensely competitive and never more at home than he was at work, Edison would be remembered as the genius who created the modern world.

SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: SEASON 2
Premieres Friday, January 30 at 9:00 p.m.
Shakespeare Uncovered continues with a second season on PBS. Like the first series, the second installment of Shakespeare Uncovered combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts – Hugh Bonneville, Kim Cattrall, Joseph Fiennes, Morgan Freeman, David Harewood, and Christopher Plummer – to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

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