Look what's coming to Blue Ridge PBS!
King Charles III on Masterpiece
Sunday, May 14 at 9:00pm
The hit Broadway show King Charles III is adapted for television. A 2016 Tony nominee for Best Play, King Charles III imagines Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death. Lauded by the New York Times as a “flat-out brilliant portrait of a monarch in crisis,” the play was critically acclaimed in London and New York. The 90-minute adaptation will star members of the Broadway cast and will reunite the Tony-nominated creative team behind the play: Writer Mike Bartlett will adapt from his own script — daringly written in blank verse—and Rupert Goold will direct.
Home Fires, Season 2 on Masterpiece
Sundays at 9:00pm
Home Fires follows the story of a group of inspirational women in an English village during World War II. Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Francesca Annis (Reckless) head the extraordinary cast.
April 2 – Episode 1
It’s June 1940, and Britain faces the threat of imminent invasion. Pat strikes up a friendship with a Czech soldier stationed nearby. Sarah receives some shocking news about Adam, but her sorrow is overshadowed by a tragedy for Frances.
April 9 – Episode 2
The attraction between Pat and Marek continues to grow, but the risk of acting on their feelings is huge. At the reading of his will, Frances discovers that Peter was keeping a secret from her.
April 16 – Episode 3
As the war intensifies, the women must do all they can to keep spirits high. Frances learns that there is more to Peter’s affair than she realized. Steph is concerned by Stan’s behavior on the farm. The Brindsleys receive some wonderful news.
April 23 – Episode 4
Teresa is asked on a date. Alison worries that her involvement with the Lyons could be dangerous. The Brindsleys make a disturbing discovery. Meanwhile, there’s joyful news in the Campbell house, and Joyce unexpectedly joins forces with Erica.
April 30 – Episode 5
Steph risks losing the farm. Sarah finds herself in a dangerous situation, while Teresa has a big decision to make. Alison discovers the real reason behind the parachute accidents – but can she warn Frances before it’s too late?
May 7 – Episode 6, Series Finale
There’s cause for joy in the village as everyone prepares for a wedding. Even as the allies cheer for victory in the Battle of Britain, there’s one more twist of fate in store for the citizens of Great Paxford.
Latin Music USA
Fridays at 9:00pm
From Latin jazz and mambo to salsa, Tejano, Chicano rock, Latin pop and reggaeton, LATIN MUSIC USA tells the story of the rise of new American music forged from powerful Latin roots and reveals the often overlooked influence of Latin music on jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll - and on all of American culture. It's a fresh take on America's musical history, reaching across time and across musical genres to embrace the exciting hybrid sounds created by Latinos, musical fusions that have deeply enriched popular music in the U.S. over more than five decades. Jimmy Smits narrates.
April 28 - Bridges / The Salsa Revolution
Trace the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and the cha-cha as they swept the U.S. from East to West and see how Latin music infiltrated rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll through the 1960s. In hour two, learn how Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvented the son cubano and the plena from Puerto Rico by adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa — which became a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.
May 5 - The Chicano Wave / Divas and Superstars
Mexican Americans in California, Texas and throughout the Southwest created their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. See how their music played an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights and ultimately propelled them from the barrio to the national stage. In hour two, focus on the Latin pop explosion at the turn of the 21st century and the success of artists like Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Shakira in the English-language market. Learn why Latino youth have gravitated toward urban fusions like Spanish rap and reggaetón, as well as rock en Español.
The National Memorial Day Concert 2017
Sunday, May 28 at 8:00pm & 10:00pm
This marks the 28th annual broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, bringing us together as one family of Americans to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, military families and all those who have given their lives for our country. The concert features acclaimed actors Joe Mantegna, Laurence Fishburne and Gary Sinise and an all-star lineup of actors and musicians, along with top pops conductor Jack Everly and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Show segments include a tribute to the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders, who flew the daring bombing mission over Japan after Pearl Harbor; the story of the sacrifices made by Captain Luis Avila and his wife, Claudia, as they courageously face life-changing injuries incurred from an IED bomb blast; and the healing journey of a Gold Star family from the Vietnam era who reach out to support grieving families from recent conflicts. This tribute to our military airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, a broadcast audience of millions and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network.
Mark Twain Prize
Friday, May 12
9:00pm - Bill Murray
Celebrate beloved actor and comedian Bill Murray, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center, a star-studded lineup salutes the achievements of the comedic trailblazer.
10:030pm - Jay Leno
This special celebrates “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, a lineup of the biggest names in comedy salutes the 17th recipient of the humor prize.