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Downton Abbey, Season One on Masterpiece
Thursdays at 7:00pm
The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville, Miss Austen Regrets); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith, David Copperfield); and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course.
Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew's bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton's dynasty takes shape. But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey. Created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), Downton Abbey offers a spot-on portrait of a vanishing way of life.
The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece
Sundays at 8:00pm
Keeley Hawes stars as a widow who transplants her four unruly children from Britain to sun-drenched Corfu in 1935. Based on Gerald Durrell’s autobiographical trilogy, the series was lauded as “completely satisfying” when it aired in the UK.
October 16 – episode 1
Louisa Durrell and her four headstrong children, ages 11 to 21, arrive penniless on the bucolic Greek island of Corfu in 1935. They soon fall in with the locals and a menagerie of animals.
October 23 – episode 2
At wits’ end, Louisa orders her children to put food on the table. Larry bites the bullet and goes hunting—bad idea. Meanwhile, Margo, Leslie and Gerry pursue their various love interests.
October 30 – episode 3
Gerry’s new soulmate has a surprising background. Leslie suffers the pangs of heartbreak. Louisa has another go with Sven. And Margo takes a stab at the medical profession.
Fridays at 9:00pm
Television’s longest-running performing arts anthology to enjoy the best in music, dance and theater.
October 14 - Grammy Salute to Music Legends
All-star concert salutes The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement, Trustee and Music Educator award winners. Honorees include Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, John Cage and more.
October 21 – Hamilton’s America
GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.
Indian Summers, Season 2 on Masterpiece
Sundays & Thursdays at 10:00pm
The series described by Variety as “picturesque, wonderfully soapy and set against a rich historical backdrop” returns for a second season. It’s 1935 in Simla—an Indian retreat for British colonials set in the Himalayas.
October 2 – Episode 4
Sooni confronts Aafrin and receives a shock. Madeline tries to line up a key ally for Ralph. Lord Hawthorne’s interest in Leena deepens dangerously.
October 16 – Episode 5
Lord Hawthorne wants Adam arrested for setting him afire. Alice and Aafrin’s affair teeters on exposure. A marriage descends into sadism. The dead and presumed dead return.
October 23 – Episode 6
Naresh executes a diabolical plan. Aafrin tries desperately to stop it. Ralph finally puts two and two together. Simla’s populace turns out innocently for a picnic.
October 30 – Episode 7
Three rivals vie for Sooni. The Maharajah tests Ralph and Madeline. Sarah starts a new life. Aafrin and Alice play with fire. Cynthia opens up about the past.
Nature - NEW SEASON!
Wednesdays at 8:00pm
NATURE has been the benchmark of natural history programs on television, capturing the splendors of the natural world from the African plains to the Antarctic ice. The series has won more than 700 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including Emmys, Peabodys and the first award given to a television program by the Sierra Club. Find out more about NATURE at pbs.org/wnet/nature/
October 12 – Super Hummingbirds
Enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds through high-speed cameras and breakthrough science. For the first time, see them mate, fight and raise families. They are super hummingbirds—great athletes, yet tender moms who are up for any challenge!
October 19 – My Congo
Wildlife cameraman Vianet D'jenguet returns to the Congo to reveal the beauty and majesty of his homeland. During his journey, he discovers his roots in a vibrant “African Eden” and a jungle tribe who reveres his great-grandfather.
October 26 - Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants
What does it take to relocate a herd of wild giraffes in Africa? One man, his family and a band of enthusiastic helpers will journey across the wild heart of Uganda and the mighty Nile River to move the world’s rarest and most precious “cargo.”