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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Around the Country and Across the Pond, WTVP
Celebrates the Holiday Season
Holiday Programming Starts Monday, November 25th with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Snowflake Day!”
- Lineup Includes “Return to Downton Abbey” and “Call the Midwife Holiday Special” -
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, when artist and artisan, newsman
and newsmaker, singer and songwriter celebrate the holiday season with PBS. This year, Tony-winner
Alfie Boe and veteran news anchor Tom Brokaw — along with “Hal” Halvorsen, the “candy bomber” who
dropped chocolates into post-war Berlin in 1948 — join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for an inspirational
concert at Temple Square. Harking back to WWI, PBS presents Silent Night, a poignant opera
based on the Christmas Eve truce of 1914, when French, German and Scottish soldiers laid down their
arms for one evening of peace.
As the countdown to the fourth season of “Downton Abbey”
on MASTERPIECE begins, PBS repeats Season 3 and presents RETURN TO DOWNTON ABBEY,
a selection of favorite moments from the past three seasons and a tantalizing taste of the upcoming season.
Academy Award®-winning actress Susan Sarandon hosts the special, which includes a mix of behind-the-scenes
footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and memorable scenes. [Watch Preview]
Later in December, PBS presents a new Call the Midwife Holiday Special. When an unexploded World War II bomb is found under a warehouse near Nonnatus
House, the nuns and dozens of local families are left homeless. Dr. Turner and Chummy are both in
a race against time — he to immunize children against polio and she to get everything in place for
a royal’s visit to the East End to open the new Community Centre.
For family viewing, PBS offers MR. STINK, a most unusual
stocking-stuffer — a comedy with a nose-clenching twist. Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) stars as
the eponymous Mr. Stink. For the youngest viewers, PBS KIDS rings in the holiday season with an
encore presentation of last year’s blockbuster hit THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS!, a special Holiday Week of themed programming, new holiday
episodes and specials from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD and SESAME STREET, as well as classic favorites including CURIOUS GEORGE: A VERY MONKEY CHRISTMAS and ARTHUR'S PERFECT CHRISTMAS.
Traveling to Norway, the renowned a cappella singers of St. Olaf College fill the
apse and nave of Trondheim’s historic Nidaros Cathedral with the sounds of Christmas. Back in the
US, renowned American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves hosts an evening of traditional carols and classical
masterworks sung by the Belmont University choir, while CRAFT IN AMERICA
embraces familiar and new winter celebrations as part of the American experience with the handmade.
As the year winds down, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER looks forward to
2014 with the New York Philharmonic’s gala opening concert, featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma. On New Year’s
Day, GREAT PERFORMANCES continues the cherished tradition of greeting the new year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the city’s opulent Musikverein. Beloved stage and screen star Julie Andrews returns as host.
Before this bounty of celebratory programming, PBS ushers in the holiday season with
an encore of NATURE “My Life as a Turkey,” airing on the eve of Thanksgiving. The true story of
writer and naturalist Joe Hutto, the film chronicles his experience of raising wild turkey hatchlings
Following, in broadcast order, are the programs that hail the holiday season:
NATURE “My Life as a Turkey” (Encore)
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Based on the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto, portrayed by wildlife photographer Jeff
Palmer, this film chronicles Hutto’s remarkable experience of imprinting wild turkey eggs and raising
the hatchlings to adulthood. Deep in the wilds of Florida, Hutto spent each day out and about as a
“wild turkey” with his family of chicks — until the day came when he had to let his children grow up
and go off on their own. As it turned out, this was harder than he ever imagined. [Learn More]
RETURN TO DOWNTON ABBEY
Premieres Sunday, December 1, 2013, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Savor fond memories from the past three seasons of “Downton Abbey” and get a tantalizing taste of
the upcoming fourth season. Academy Award®-winning actress Susan Sarandon — a devoted fan of the series
— hosts the program, which includes a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators
and cast members, and video clips of favorite moments. Structured around three themes,
RETURN TO DOWNTON ABBEY explores “The Changing World of Downton Abbey,”
“The Women of Downton Abbey” and “Love and Other Relationships at Downton Abbey.”
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET; encores Tuesday, December 24, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
As seen and heard by more than 80,000 people in the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, this
program features renowned TV personality Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning Les Misérables
tenor Alfie Boe in a concert of holiday favorites. Boe’s moving signature performance of “Bring Him
Home” is a highlight. The choir also welcomes a surprise guest, Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, the famous
candy bomber of the Berlin airlift. Together with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple
Square, these special guests bring attendees to their feet more than once during the night.
Friday, December 13, 2013, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
The opera Silent Night 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. With a libretto by Mark Campbell, Silent Night is sung in French,
English, German, Italian and Latin with English subtitles.
CRAFT IN AMERICA “Holiday”
Friday, December 20, 2013, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
“Holiday” celebrates some of our most important traditions. Nordic folk woodcarver Harley Refsal
brings to life the rich history of winter solstice. Clay artist Susan Garson creates fanciful Chanukah
menorahs. George Vanderbilt’s opulent turn-of-the-century Christmas is recreated at the Biltmore in
Asheville, North Carolina. Daring chefs make lavish gingerbread houses for the competition at Grove
Park Inn. Navidad is celebrated in San Antonio with religious processions, tamales and Kathleen
Trenchard’s sparkling luminarias. Garcia Art Glass makes colorful ornaments, and Veronica Castillo
creates a traditional Mexican Tree of Life. [Learn More]
CHRISTMAS AT BELMONT 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013, 9:00-10:00 p.m.
Nashville shows why it’s called Music City as acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves hosts
this annual production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted
seasonal favorites taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Nearly 700 Belmont University student
musicians join Graves, the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir to
present the seasonal celebration. The program also features the University Symphony Orchestra, Belmont
Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Bluegrass Ensembles.
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Delight in a family comedy with a nose-clenching twist. Chloe (Nell Tiger Free) sees Mr. Stink (Hugh
Bonneville) every day, but she’s never spoken to him, which isn’t surprising, because he’s a tramp —
and he stinks. But before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed when
it seems Mr. Stink and his stinky dog, Duchess, might be driven out of town. As Chloe struggles to
make sure no one sniffs out Mr. Stink, she also has to cope with an overbearing mum who is more
interested in her own political ambitions than her daughter, her put-upon dad who has a secret of his
own, her “perfect” younger sister, Annabelle, and the nasty girls who make her life miserable at school.
There is also one other person with an extraordinary secret, as it turns out that there is more to
Mr. Stink than meets the eye ... or nose.
Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
Monday, December 23, 2013, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
From Trondheim’s historic Nidaros Cathedral, Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
treats PBS viewers and lovers of choral music to a spectacular holiday concert featuring the
75-voice St. Olaf Choir from St. Olaf College and the Norwegian girl choir, Nidaros Jentekor.
The production pairs the cathedral’s spare gothic beauty and stunning acoustics with the distinctive
a cappella singing style for which the St. Olaf Choir — which owes its origins and legacy
to Norway — is internationally known. Musical selections include innovative arrangements of Christmas
music (“The Word Was God” and “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming/The Rose”), gospel spirituals (“This Little
Light of Mine”) and beloved Norwegian hymns and folk songs.
CALL THE MIDWIFE Holiday Special
Sunday, December 29, 2013, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
CALL THE MIDWIFE follows nurse Jenny Lee and the midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House convent, who
visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care.
Chummy, PC Noakes and baby Freddy are back in the East End, Sister Bernadette, now known as Shelagh
since leaving the convent, is preparing for her wedding to Dr. Turner and Jenny is facing huge
challenges personally and professionally. At Christmas, when an unexploded World War II bomb is found
under a warehouse close to Nonnatus House, the nuns and dozens of local families become homeless. Dr.
Turner is in a race against time to immunize children against polio, but when the illness strikes
closer to home, he finds there’s nothing he can do but hope. Chummy persuades a royal visitor to the
East End to open the new Community Centre. It’s a race against time as Chummy tries to get everything
in place for the big day. [Learn More]
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma”
Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER rings in the new year with a special broadcast of the New York Philharmonic’s
opening gala concert featuring music director Alan Gilbert and special guest cello soloist Yo-Yo Ma.
The concert, taped in September at Avery Fisher Hall, features dance-inspired orchestral works, including
Azul by Osvaldo Golijov, a cello concerto written for Ma; the world premiere of an arrangement
of Astor Piazzolla’s La serie del Ángel by Octavio Brunetti, commissioned by the New York
Phliharmonic; and two classics by Maurice Ravel, Alborada del gracioso and Boléro.
Audra McDonald hosts the broadcast, which features interstitial interviews with Yo-Yo Ma and
composer Osvaldo Golijov.
GREAT PERFORMANCES “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2014”
Wednesday, January 1, 2014, 1:30-3:00 and 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Always one of “our favorite things,” GREAT PERFORMANCES continues the cherished
tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic, at the opulent Musikverein, under
the baton of guest conductor Daniel Barenboim and featuring everyone’s favorite Strauss Family
waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. In addition to the Musikverein
concert setting, the broadcast will feature a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. Stage and screen
legend Julie Andrews returns as host.
PBS Special Programming for December Membership Drives
CELTIC WOMAN: Home for Christmas
Saturday, November 30, 5:30-7:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the holidays with timeless favorites performed with a Celtic twist in this new chapter
of musical enchantment from the enormously popular all-female ensemble. A visual and aural feast,
this moving and festive celebration was filmed at Dublin’s Helix Theatre.
Home for Christmas: The Chris Mann Christmas Special
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 7:00-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Unwrap a special holiday treat from extraordinary vocalist Chris Mann. Joined by country icon
Martina McBride and saxophone star Mindy Abair, Mann brings new life to Christmas classics,
including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “O Holy Night” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
IL VOLO BUON NATALE
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Join the Italian vocal trio Il Volo to usher in the holiday season with performances of favorite
Christmas classics. Filmed at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, this new special
features “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “O Holy Night,”
“Jingle Bell Rock” and many more.
LIBERA: Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 5:30-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 14, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Warm your heart and soul with the angelic voices of one of the world’s most acclaimed boy choirs as
they perform traditional Christmas carols infused with the musical sounds of Ireland. Recorded in
the spectacular St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland, the concert also features virtuoso
musicians, including Irish flute player Brian Dunning and violinist Zoe Conway.
PBS KIDS Holiday Programming Highlights
The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!
Wednesday, November 27, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.; repeats on November 28 at 7:00 a.m. and
2:00 p.m., November 29 at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., November 30 at 6:00 a.m., and December 1 at
6:30 a.m., December 13 at 7:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and December 24 at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
This November, the blockbuster hit The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!
returns to PBS KIDS. Families can ring in the season with this one-hour special, which finds the Cat in the
Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to
Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thinga-ma-jigger breaks down and they
depend on a variety of animals — from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs — and
their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home. With gorgeous animation and
pull-out-all-the-stops musical numbers, The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!
will have families singing and celebrating all season long.
PBS KIDS Holiday Week
This December, PBS KIDS will air a week of holiday- and winter-themed programming from favorite series.
“Holiday Week” includes encore presentations of holiday favorites, including Curious George:
A Very Monkey Christmas (12/9, 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.), Arthur’s Perfect
Christmas (12/10 at 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.) and holiday-themed episodes from WILD
KRATTS, SUPER WHY! and more.
DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD
Premieres November 25, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
In this thirty minute holiday musical episode, the Neighborhood is celebrating Snowflake Day!
Daniel has a very important role as the snowflake in the Neighborhood’s Snowflake Day Show and he
can’t wait to say his lines! The Enchanted Garden is full of excitement and winter cheer as everyone
pitches in to make the celebration a true Neighborhood success!
“A Snowy Day”
Premieres December 2, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
It’s snowing in the Neighborhood! Miss Elaina is coming over to Daniel’s house to play in the snow.
When it's time to go outside, Mom Tiger helps Daniel change out of his pajamas into clothes that will
keep him warm and he learns how important it is to choose the proper clothes.
ELMO’S CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN
Premieres November 27; repeats December 11 and 25, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
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 will learn to believe in Christmas miracles.
SHALOM SESAME - CHANUKAH: THE MISSING MENORAH
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Moishe Oofnik is selling 2,000 year old sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts traditionally eaten on Chanukah),
and Anneliese is bringing her family’s menorah to light at Shoshana’s in celebration of the first
night of Chanukah. Grover the waiter is serving levivot (potato pancakes or latkes), when he and
Anneliese are both startled by Brosh and a chicken. Anneliese’s menorah (a nine-branched candelabrum)
goes flying. Anneliese can’t find her menorah anywhere, so everyone helps her look. The pressure is
on to find it before sunset, and everyone sings a song about the search. Finally, Avigail finds it
and everyone heads inside to light the candles. In the end, the Sumsum crew lights the menorah together
and sings a song.
**Encore presentations of holiday/winter-themed episodes of a variety of PBS KIDS shows
will also air throughout the holiday season.**
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