April 2020 ETV program highlights

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April 2020 ETV program highlights


To view the full TV schedule, visit scetv.org/schedule.

*Denotes New Program/Episode


SCETV PBS Kids, our 24/7 PBS KIDS channel, is our .4 channel with antenna. Also, stream online at scetv.org/kids and through our SCETV app in the KIDS tab. With videos and games at your fingertips, kids can take all of the PBS educational shows wherever they go.

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April is National Autism Awareness Month 

PBS KIDS will mark National Autism Awareness Month with episodes featuring characters with Autism in several programs airing March 30-April 21. Additional information may be found here

Dinosaur Train 

  • The Beelzebufo Cometh/Dennis Comes to Visit **NEW**
  • Junior Conductors Academy

Sesame Street

  • Julia’s Haircut
  • The Fluffster Kerfuffle **NEW**


  • When Carl Met George/D.W. Swims with the Fishes
  • Pets and Pests/Go Fly a Kite
  • Carl's Concerto/Too Much of a Good Thing
  • He Said, He Said/Bunny Trouble    

PBS KIDS Holiday themed episodes: Easter, Earth Day, Arbor Day 

Easter themed episodes will air around April 12.  

Earth Day themed episode from Sesame Street will premiere April 20. PBS KIDS will air other Earth Day themed episodes around April 22. 

Wild Kratts: Amazin’ Amazon Adventure—Premieres Monday, April 20 on SCETV 

In this new one-hour special, premiering April 20, the Kratts brothers take their friend Aviva down the mysterious Amazon River to help her find inspiration for her next amazing invention. The special will play twice on April 20, 22 & 24, and will play once each day on April 25 & 26. 

PBS KIDS Weekday Schedule on SCETV (schedule adjusted 3 days a week for special At-Home Learning on SCETV) 

7:00 a.m.  Curious George 

7:30 a.m.  Nature Cat 

8:00 a.m.  Wild Kratts 

8:30 a.m.  Molly of Denali 

9:00 a.m.  Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum 

9:30 a.m.   Let’s Go Luna! 

10:00 a.m. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood 

10:30 a.m. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood 

10:30 a.m. Clifford The Big Red Dog (Fridays) 

11:00 a.m. Sesame Street 

11:30 a.m. Pinkalicious & Peterrific 

12:00 p.m. Dinosaur Train 

12:30 p.m. Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That 

1:00 p.m.   Sesame Street 

1:30 p.m.   Splash and Bubbles 

2:00 p.m.   Pinkalicious & Peterrific 

2:30 p.m.   Let’s Go Luna! 

3:00 p.m.   Nature Cat 

3:30 p.m.   Wild Kratts 

4:00 p.m.   Molly of Denali  

4:30 p.m.   Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum 

5:00 p.m.   Odd Squad 

5:30 p.m.   Arthur 


What Not to Miss in April 

World on Fire on Masterpiece – Series Premieres on Sunday, April 5 at 9 p.m. on SCETV 

World on Fire is an adrenalized, emotionally gripping and resonant World War II drama that follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people in five countries as they grapple with the effects of the war on their everyday lives.Set in Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States, the events of the seven-hour series take place during the first year of the war. The stellar cast includes Academy Award®-winner Helen Hunt (As Good As it Gets, Mad About You), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Academy Award®-nominee Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread), Jonah Hauer-King (Little Women on MASTERPIECE, Howard’s End) and Blake Harrison (A Very English Scandal). 


The Gene: An Intimate History – Series Premieres on Tuesday, April 7 at 8 p.m. on SCETV 

“The Gene: An Intimate History” brings vividly to life the story of today’s revolution in medical science through present-day tales of patients and doctors at the forefront of the search for genetic treatments, interwoven with a compelling history of the discoveries that made this possible and the ethical challenges raised by the ability to edit DNA with precision. 


Blood Sugar Rising – Airs Wednesday, April 15 at 9 p.m. on SCETV 

Blood Sugar Rising follows the diabetes epidemic in the U.S. Diabetes and pre-diabetes affect over 100 million people in the US, costing more than $325 billion each year. Blood Sugar Rising puts human faces to these statistics, exploring the history and science of the illness through portraits of Americans whose stories shape the film. 


The Man Who Tried to Feed the World: American Experience – Airs Tuesday, April 21 at 8 p.m. on SCETV 

In 1966, drought and an exploding population confronted India with the imminent threat of a severe famine that many scientists and intellectuals feared was a harbinger of global catastrophes to come, as the world’s population outstripped its ability to produce food. India turned to Norman Borlaug, an unassuming plant breeder from Iowa whose combination of scientific knowledge and raw determination had made him a legend among a small handful of fellow specialists. 

The Man Who Tried to Feed the World recounts the story of the man who would not only solve India’s famine problem but would go on to lead a “Green Revolution” of worldwide agriculture programs estimated to have saved one billion lives. He was awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work but spent the rest of his life watching his methods and achievements come under increasing fire. 


Inside the Vatican – Airs Tuesday, April 28 at 8 p.m. on SCETV 

Filmed over the course of one year, Inside the Vatican gains unprecedented access to one of the most important places in the Christian world. Nestled in the city of Rome, the Vatican is the head-quarters of the Catholic Church and an independent city-state. 


Local/National Interest Programs 

Making It Grow—Tuesdays 7 p.m. 

Palmetto Scene—Thursdays 8 p.m.; Sundays 1 p.m. 

This Week in South Carolina—Fridays 7:30 p.m.; Sundays 11:30 a.m. 

Somewhere South—Fridays at 9 p.m. on SCETV + repeat on Sunday’s at 7 p.m. 

By The River—Friday, April 5 at 4 and 4:30 p.m. and Friday, April 19 at 4 p.m. 

Reconnecting Roots Season 2 Premiere – Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV starting 4/9 

Reel South Season 5 Premiere* – Thursdays at 9 p.m. on SCETV starting 4/9 



4/06   9 p.m. Rick Steves: European Easter 

Rick celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures in Spain, Slovenia and Greece. 

4/12   4 p.m. Risking Light* 

People who have transformed their profound grief and anger into radical forgiveness are profiled. 

4/12   5 p.m. Fires of Faith* 

The events leading up to the publication of the King James Bible and its impact are explored. 


Earth Day 

4/22    7 p.m.    Sea Change 

Narrator Patrick McMillan takes viewers to coastal communities in South Carolina and Georgia, exploring diverse perspectives on the impact of sea level rise. 



New Series/Seasons 


4/04    8 p.m.    Father Brown – Season 8 Premiere 

Based on the short stories by G K Chesterton, Father Brown follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community. It is a quintessentially English world: drawing rooms in large country houses, miles of countryside, village halls and secret gardens, as well as country fairs, railway stations and rural parish churches. Each episode sees the enigmatic priest investigate a crime in his own particular way, using intuition and psychology. Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul - the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires. Many years spent hearing his parishioners' confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgment--Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice. 


4/04    10 p.m.  Death in Paradise (new season 3)* 

Tragedy hits the tiny paradise island of Saint-Marie when DI Richard Poole is murdered at his university reunion party. Can replacement DI Humphrey Goodman, earn the respect of his new colleagues by solving this particularly sensitive and challenging case? 


4/13    7:30 p.m.    Farmer and The Foodie* 

The Farmer, Maggie, shares her agricultural knowledge of how the food they use on the show is grown and raised while The Foodie, Lindsey, creates simple recipes that combine the spirit of Kentucky with her flare for global cuisine. Join them around the table as they visit working farms, farmers' markets and interview food entrepreneurs. Walk away with the knowledge of how to cook easy to replicate, tasty meals for any occasion, and of course enjoy their fun, energetic personalities and great sense of style. 


4/25    1 p.m.    J. Schwanke’s Life in Bloom (new season 2)* 

A lifestyle series about flower arrangement, design and instruction. Host J Schwanke – a fourth-generation florist, award-winning author, and well-known floral educator – aims to help viewers have fun with flowers and incorporate their beauty into their homes and everyday lives. The series takes viewers around the country, touring flower farms, greenhouses, markets, festivals and special events. 

Episode: Host J Schwanke incorporates blooms and branches from the garden into arrangements for the home. 


4/26   11:30 p.m.   Ecosense for Living* Season 4 Premiere 

Thought-provoking series of eco-topics ranging from reconnecting kids to nature, green jobs, and healthy lifestyles limiting the impacts of toxins on our home and bodies. The series aims to empower viewers with practical solutions geared toward saving money, treading lighter on the planet, and improving quality of life. 

Episode: Engineers and wildlife managers are helping animals find safe passage in a developed world. 


4/29    7 p.m.    Weekends with Yankee Season 4 Premiere* 

Weekends with Yankee is the ultimate travel guide to the unique attractions that define New England. The magazine-style series is hosted by world-class explorer and Emmy Award-winning host Richard Wiese and Yankee Magazine senior food editor Amy Traverso. Season four explores the sights, sounds and tastes of all six New England states, from the women's world cup in skiing to the nightlife of Provincetown, Mass. 

Episode: Tour Boston’s Chinatown and make dumplings, visit the Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, RI for natural beauty and culinary treats, and learn about special farmers in Tiverton, RI. 


PBS Programming 

4/02    9 p.m.    Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with The Cleveland Orchestra 

The Cleveland Orchestra performs in honor of Dr. King on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.


4/02   10 p.m.    Roosevelts: An Intimate History 

"The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. This seven-part, fourteen hour film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. Preview

4/05    6 p.m.    Shelter Me: In Times of Need* 

Hilary Swank hosts a look at an innovative program where Alzheimer's facilities foster kittens.


4/05    8 p.m.    Call The Midwife (Season 9 continues with episode 2) 

Fred and Sister Monica Joan catch a woman stealing the team's milk and learn that she is pregnant. 


4/05    9 p.m.    World on Fire On Masterpiece* 

When war breaks out, young translator Harry vows to help his Polish lover Kasia flee Warsaw. 


4/05    10 p.m.   Windermere Children* 

Child survivors of the Holocaust find hope and recuperate at an estate at England's Lake Windermere. 


4/06    10 p.m.   Broken Places*  

Explore why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. 


4/07    8 p.m.    Gene: An Intimate History—Episode 1* 2 hours  

Patients with rare genetic diseases and their doctors search for cures, often in a race against time. 


4/12    10 p.m.   Baptiste on Masterpiece* 

Julien Baptiste hunts for a missing prostitute in Amsterdam's seamy criminal underworld. 


4/14    8 p.m.    Gene: An Intimate History #102* 2 hours  

Geneticists wrestle with the moral implications of groundbreaking new technologies. 


4/14    10 p.m.   Definition of Insanity*  

A team of dedicated Miami-Dade County public servants work to help people with mental illness. 


4/15    8 p.m.    Nature: Naledi: One Little Elephant 

A team of caretakers and researchers help a baby elephant survive and find her place in the herd. 


4/15    9 p.m.    Blood Sugar Rising* + repeat on 4/26 at 3:30 p.m.  

The history and science of diabetes, an epidemic that affects 100 million Americans, is explored. 


4/19   4:30 p.m.  Stories of Survival (episode 2 at 5 p.m.)* Holocaust Remembrance 

Episode 1: In 1944, Magda Brown and George Brent arrived as teenagers to the Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center. 

Episode 2: George Mueller and Steen Metz's gripping fight for survival within the Nazi camp system is detailed. 


4/19   6 p.m.     Empowered By Parkinson’s*  

People who have reclaimed their lives by mitigating their symptoms of Parkinson's are highlighted. 


4/20    9 p.m.    Real Rail Adventures: Swiss International Hubs* 

Rail hubs in Switzerland that enable efficient trips to Germany, France and Italy are explored. 


4/22    8 p.m.    Climate Change: The Facts* Earth Day 


4/26    6 p.m.    Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story* 

Archival footage and interviews trace the life of social activist and Catholic convert Dorothy Day. 


4/28    8 p.m.    Secrets of the Dead: Building Notre Dame* 

Historians, architects and engineers discuss how the iconic cathedral of Notre Dame was created. 


4/28    9 p.m.    Inside the Vatican* 

Rare behind-the-scenes access reveals the daily lives of those who live and work in the Vatican. 


Arts Programs 

4/24    10 p.m.   International Jazz Day: From Australia* 

World-renowned artists assemble for an extraordinary International Jazz Day concert in Australia. 



4/03    9 p.m.     Somewhere South (season 1 continues) 

Host and award-winning chef Vivian Howard digs deeper into the lesser-known roots of Southern food, Southern cooking, and Southern living. Each episode of “Somewhere South” explores the connectivity of a single dish, and the ways people of different backgrounds interpret that dish while expressing the complex values, identities, and histories that make up the American South. 


4/03   10:30 p.m.  Dishing with Julia Child (2 episodes)* 

Starting in 1963, Julia Child and The French Chef series taught a nation how to cook well, eat well and drink well. Now today’s chefs share insightful, funny and personal comments in appreciation of the first lady of cooking. Bon appétit!