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Coming to PBS - January 2019
Take a peak at upcoming PBS Programming for January.
January 2019 Premieres
SEASON 3 PREMIERE:MASTERPIECE “Victoria”
(Sundays, January 13-March 3, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
Travel back to 1848 as revolution breaks out across Europe. In Britain, one woman stands between order and chaos: Queen Victoria. Jenna Coleman stars as the young but fearless monarch, facing a crisis that threatens to end her reign.
Along with “Victoria,” PBS will present a pair of additional specials about royal families:
TWO-PART SPECIAL: VICTORIA AND ALBERT: THE WEDDING
(Sundays, January 13 and 20, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET)
Celebrate the wedding that changed British matrimonial ceremonies forever with this glorious re-imagining hosted by Lucy Worsley. This two-part series commemorates an enduring love that was to melt the nation’s heart and set the standard for generations of brides to come.
SEASON 5 PREMIERE: FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.
(Tuesdays, January 8-February 26; April 2 and 9, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET)
Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to uncover the surprisingly ancestral stories of 28 cultural trailblazers with fascinating histories. Featuring Laura Linney, Michael Strahan, Sarah Silverman, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and more.
LIMITED SERIES: THE DICTATOR’S PLAYBOOK
(Wednesdays, January 9-February 13, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET)
From Mussolini to Saddam Hussein, dictators have had a profound effect on the 20th century. How did they seize and wield power? What forces rose up against them or resisted them in secret? How did they finally come to the bitter end? This series answers those questions in six immersive hours, each a revealing portrait of brutality and power.
TWO-PART SPECIAL: NATURE “Equus: Story of the Horse”
(Wednesdays, January 16 and 23, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
Travel around the world with anthropologist Niobe Thompson to uncover the history of mankind’s relationship with the horse. Discover the habits and biology of these majestic animals, and ride along with the world’s last nomadic tribes.
GREAT PERFORMANCES “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2019”
(Tuesday, January 1, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET)
Ring in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of conductor Christian Thielemann at the Musikverein. Hosted by Hugh Bonneville and featuring favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the dancing of the Vienna City Ballet.
SEASON 23 PREMIERE: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Meadow Brook Hall, Hour 1”
(Monday, January 7, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
Experience ROADSHOW’s all-new look as it kicks off a groundbreaking season of incredible items appraised at settings that are treasures in their own right. From the grounds of the historic Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan, learn the story behind beloved family heirlooms, thrift store finds and more — including a $77,500 appraisal!
INDEPENDENT LENS “My Country No More”
(Monday, January 7, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET)
Explore the rise and fall of the recent North Dakota oil boom through the intimate lens of one family fighting to preserve their agricultural way of life.
USS INDIANAPOLIS: THE FINAL CHAPTER
(Tuesday, January 8, 10:00-11:30 p.m. ET)
Follow a scientific detective story detailing the discovery of the USS Indianapolis wreck site under the Philippine Sea. The ship’s sinking during World War II was the largest loss of life in U.S. Naval history and the harrowing survival story of 316 sailors.
NATURE “Attenborough and the Sea Dragon”
(Wednesday, January 9, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
Join Sir David Attenborough as he pieces together the remarkable discovery of the Ichthyosaur, a fearsome fish lizard that lived during the age of dinosaurs.
GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration”
(Friday, January 11, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET)
Celebrate the Cleveland Orchestra’s centennial gala concert conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, featuring pianist Lang Lang and works by Mozart, Strauss and Ravel, with vignettes of past music directors.
INDEPENDENT LENS “Rodents of Unusual Size”
(Monday, January 14, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET)
Go deep into the bayous with fisherman Thomas Gonzales, who has lived through hurricanes and oil spills, but now faces a bigger threat: monstrous 20-pound “swamp rats” that are eating up coastal wetlands. It’s humans vs. rodents. May the best mammal win.
SEASON PREMIERE: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “The Swamp”
(Tuesday, January 15, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET)
Explore the story of Florida’s Everglades, America’s greatest wetland. A tale of greed, hubris and destruction, the film chronicles the repeated efforts to conquer what was once seen as a useless wasteland and the passionate efforts to preserve it.
GREAT PERFORMANCES “Orphée et Euridyce from Lyric Opera of Chicago”
(Friday, January 18, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET)
Reimagine Christoph Willibald Gluck’s enduringly popular opera based on the famous Greek myth. From Lyric Opera of Chicago in collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet.
INDEPENDENT LENS “RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World”
(Monday, January 21, 10:00-11:30 p.m. ET)
Take an electrifying look at the Native American influence in popular music, despite attempts to ban, censor and erase Indian culture.
GREAT PERFORMANCES “Doubt from Minnesota Opera”
(Friday, January 25, 9:00-11:30 p.m. ET)
Watch an adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s hit 2005 Broadway play and the 2008 film about suspicion leading to a battle of wills at a Bronx Catholic school.
INDEPENDENT LENS “The King”
(Monday, January 28, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET)
Climb into Elvis’ 1963 Rolls-Royce for a musical road trip that traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind.