Programming

Feast on These Shows About Food and Famous Chefs

Posted by on May 17, 2017 at 5:55 pm

We’re serving up a selection of delicious programming over the next few weeks, including new American Masters profiles of television chefs James Beard and Jacques Pépin, airing 8 p.m. Fridays, May 19 and 25. If these show whet your appetite, remember to sample our full buffet of cooking shows, Saturday afternoons on NPT and Wednesday […]

Victorian Treats Premiere on NPT This Week

Posted by on May 2, 2017 at 8:00 am

The Victorian era was a time of extraordinary breakthroughs, particularly in engineering, science and literature. Beginning this week, NPT will air two series that explore this fascinating era: Victorian Slum House, a living history experience, begins Tuesday, May 2; while Dickens’ characters intermingle in new plotlines in Dickensian, starting Thursday, May 4.   East Enders […]

NPT and Local Museums Commemorate the Great War with Programs, Exhibits

Posted by on April 6, 2017 at 10:43 am

In April 1917, the United States entered the First World War, a conflict that had been consuming Europe for two-and-a-half years. NPT is airing The Great War, a documentary miniseries, and a special Great Performances dance presentation to mark the centennial of U.S. involvement in the war. If these programs spark your interest in the […]

‘Call the Midwife,’ ‘Home Fires’ Return Sunday, April 2; VU Nursing Blog on April 3

Posted by on March 31, 2017 at 11:53 am

Call the Midwife and Home Fires, two dramas highlighting communities of women, premiere Sunday, April 2, on NPT with compelling and powerful episodes. Babies and battles The sixth season of Call the Midwife begins in 1962 amid numerous societal shifts and a leadership contest between Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) and the austere Sister Ursula (Harriet […]

Maya Angelou, Smokey Robinson Among 2017 Black History Month Features

Posted by on February 2, 2017 at 8:00 am

NPT is observing Black History Month with new programs celebrating the lives and accomplishments of African Americans. This year’s offerings include a new profile of Maya Angelou; a Smokey Robinson special, a new Henry Louis Gates Jr. series; and The Talk, an insightful documentary about conversations parents of color feel they must have with their […]

As on ‘Mercy Street,’ Spying and Smuggling Were Common in Civil War Tennessee

Posted by on January 30, 2017 at 8:00 am

By Rob DeHart Tennessee State Museum Spoiler alert: This blog post may contain plot spoilers. In The House Guest, this week’s Mercy Street episode, Alice Green feigns love for a Union soldier in order to gather information for the Rebellion. This scheme turns out to be more dangerous than she thought and results in tragic […]

‘Mercy Street’ Civil War Drama and State Museum Curator’s Blog Return

Posted by on January 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

Mercy Street, PBS’ original Civil War drama in more than a decade, returns for a second season Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. Again this year we’ve invited Tennessee State Museum curator Rob DeHart to write a weekly blog post that will draw on the museum’s collection to localize the story to the Middle Tennessee […]

‘Victoria on Masterpiece’ Begins Jan. 15; How to Binge-Watch

Posted by on January 14, 2017 at 9:00 am

The much-anticipated Victoria on Masterpiece begins Sunday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m., on NPT. While the Victorian era has been a go-to time period for Masterpiece and PBS for decades, this is a new look at the storied reign of the legendary monarch. Prefer to binge-watch? Following the Jan. 15 premiere, the entire season of […]

Opera Based on Ann Patchett’s ‘Bel Canto’ Airs Jan. 13 on NPT

Posted by on January 7, 2017 at 1:16 pm

The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Bel Canto the Opera, an adaptation of Nashville author Ann Patchett’s award-winning novel about a hostage crisis in a South American embassy, will air on PBS’ Great Performances series, Friday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m. on NPT. The new opera was composed by Jimmy López with a libretto by Pulitzer […]

New Masterpiece Dramas Start January 1 with ‘Sherlock’

Posted by on December 30, 2016 at 11:54 am

A fresh trio of Masterpiece dramas premiere in January, starting with Sherlock on Masterpiece on New Year’s Day at 8 p.m., followed in the coming weeks by the new series Victoria, and the second season of Mercy Street. GAME CHANGER Season 4 of Sherlock begins with “The Six Thatchers,” which finds the famously manic and […]