Television Program Guide

This Month's Highlights
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Nature - my garden of a thousand bees Premiere date: Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30 pm on WFSU

A wildlife cameraman spends his time during the pandemic lockdown filming the bees in his urban garden and discovers the many diverse species and personalities that exist in this insect family..

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Rick Steves European Christmas Premiere date: Thursday, December 2 at 3:00 pm on WFSU

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, RICK STEVES' EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. He begins his travels in England, where the Christmas pudding is the real centerpiece of a traditional English holiday meal. In Paris, the Eiffel Tower heralds the season with its red, twinkling lights. And in the countryside of Tuscany, villagers stack neat pyramids of wood for great bonfires. The lighting of the fires is a signal to villagers - dressed as shepherds - to come and sing old carols. RICK STEVES' EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS offers a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe where viewers will learn about customs from "the old countries," hear local choirs, and discover holiday family traditions.

Additional showtimes:
  • Thursday, December 2 at 7:30 pm on WFSU
  • Tuesday, December 7 at 4:00 pm on WFSU
  • Saturday, December 11 at 5:00 pm on WFSU Create
  • Saturday, December 11 at 10:00 pm on WFSU Create
  • Sunday, December 12 at 6:00 pm on WFSU
  • Saturday, December 18 at 2:00 pm on WFSU Create
  • Sunday, December 19 at 4:00 pm on WFSU Create
  • Thursday, December 23 at 9:00 pm on WFSU Create
Dean Martin And Frank Sinatra Family Christmas Premiere date: Wednesday, December 1 at 3:00 am on WFSU
Next showtime: Friday, December 3 at 8:30 pm on WFSU

Join Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and their families for this joyful holiday special filmed in 1967. Songs include "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Silent Night" and many more. With special guest Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Suze Orman's Ultimate Retirement Guide Premiere date: Saturday, December 4 at 3:30 pm on WFSU

Join the acclaimed personal finance expert for essential advice on planning for and thriving in retirement. With empathy, straight talk and humor, Suze provides information about key steps for anyone trying to achieve their 'ultimate retirement.'

Additional showtimes:
  • Monday, December 6 at 3:00 pm on WFSU
  • Sunday, December 12 at 4:00 pm on WFSU
Burt Bacharach's Best (my Music Presents) Premiere date: Saturday, December 4 at 5:30 pm on WFSU

For over half-a-century, the immensely popular and immediately identifiable melodies of celebrated composer Burt Bacharach have touched millions of music lovers around the world. Beginning his career as an accompanist to legendary actress-singer Marlene Dietrich, Bacharach in the 1960s established himself as a topical successor to his Tin Pan Alley predecessors, creating some of the most beloved and successful pop music to ever grace radio, television and film. This first-time ever archival PBS special includes all the original artists performing Bacharach's hits with rare archival footage and clips from the 1960s-1970s. Bacharach teamed with lyricist Hal David for a stunning run of classic songs, many in tandem with songstress Dionne Warwick ("Walk On By," "Anyone Who Had A Heart," "I Say A Little Prayer," "I'll Never Fall In Love Again"). British-born Dusty Springfield enjoyed Bacharach hits with the wistful "Wishin' & Hopin'" and the seductive "The Look Of Love" while Tom Jones popularized the playful "What's New Pussycat?" The smashes continued in the seventies when The Carpenters reached #1 with "(They Long To Be) Close To You," following another chart-topper, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," the Oscar-winning tune sung by B.J. Thomas in the film Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid. "Suave and debonair" Austin Powers #2, aka film and tv start Robert Wagner is our guide for this special. From his much loved series Hart to Hart, Robert brings his distinctively smooth charm and classy style of his characters to the role of host for this first-time, all archival compilation of Burt Bacharach's music and melodies. The pledge breaks are co-hosted by the beloved tv and recording star Marilyn McCoo, originally with the Fifth Dimension, who shined as a soloist on Burt and Hal's signature torch number "One Less Bell To Answer."

Additional showtimes:
  • Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 pm on WFSU
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Red, White And Rock (my Music) Premiere date: Saturday, December 4 at 8:30 pm on WFSU

Join Frankie Valli, The Righteous Brothers, Connie Francis and more for a 2002 patriotic celebration of America and pop oldies music. Featuring a dream lineup of artists from the rock, pop and doo-wop days of the late 50s and early to mid-60s.

Additional showtimes:
  • Sunday, December 5 at 3:00 pm on WFSU
  • Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 pm on WFSU
  • Wednesday, December 8 at 3:00 pm on WFSU
Classical Rewind (my Music) Premiere date: Sunday, December 5 at 1:30 pm on WFSU

Experience the beauty, romance and dramatic power of musical masterpieces in this visual and auditory joyride through the world of classical hits.

Additional showtimes:
  • Friday, December 10 at 3:00 pm on WFSU
  • Friday, December 10 at 10:30 pm on WFSU
Il Volo - Tribute To Ennio Morricone Premiere date: Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 pm on WFSU

Join the trio in the beautiful city of Verona as they pay tribute to the legendary Italian film composer. Filmed in 2021 at the Arena Di Verona, the program showcases arrangements from the Oscar-winning Morricone and favorites from Il Volo's albums.

Additional showtimes:
  • Saturday, December 11 at 8:00 pm on WFSU
Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony Premiere date: Sunday, December 5 at 8:30 pm on WFSU

Join the world's best-selling soprano for her first-ever Christmas special. Breathing new life into holiday classics and festive fan favorites of the season, Sarah is joined by guests Andrew Lloyd Webber, Aled Jones and choir Gregorian.

Carpenters: Close To You (my Music Presents) Premiere date: Monday, December 6 at 8:00 pm on WFSU

MY MUSIC Presents THE CARPENTERS: CLOSE TO YOU is a music-filled documentary that traces the Carpenters' career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group's friends in the music business, featuring their their top recording hits, including "(They Long to Be) Close to You," "Top of the World," "For All We Know," "Superstar," "Yesterday Once More," "Rainy Days and Mondays" and "We've Only Just Begun." Between 1970 and 1983, the Carpenters were awarded 10 gold singles and 9 gold albums, many of which also achieved multi-platinum status. They won Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Vocal group in 1970 and for Album of the Year in 1971. That same year, Karen and Richard hosted the NBC-TV summer series, "Make Your Own Kind of Music" and later starred in a series of specials on ABC-TV into the 1980s. Their soundtrack recording of "Bless the Beasts and Children" was nominated for an Academy Award, and they performed it at the Oscar telecast in 1972. From 1970 to 1981, the Carpenters consistently were represented on the Billboard charts with 17 of their singles in the Pop Top 20, including three #1 songs and six songs at #2 in addition to 17 songs hitting #1 on the Easy Listening chart. The Carpenters became the top American recording act of the 1970s and have sold over 100 million recordings worldwide. THE CARPENTERS: CLOSE TO YOU features interviews with Richard Carpenter in addition to the group's musicians, famous friends and colleagues, particularly those who helped them achieve stardom, including Herb Alpert, Paul Williams, Burt Bacharach and Petula Clark. The program also contains rare footage of Richard and Karen, including never-before-seen promotional films, concert performances, studio recording sessions, archival television appearances and outtakes.

Additional showtimes:
  • Thursday, December 9 at 9:30 pm on WFSU
  • Saturday, December 11 at 10:00 pm on WFSU
Big Band Years (my Music Presents) Premiere date: Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30 pm on WFSU

MY MUSIC Presents THE BIG BAND YEARS returns to the era of the legendary orchestras, great singers and song standards, drawing upon the most beloved melodies that kept the home fires burning and soliders' hearts alive during World War II. THE BIG BAND YEARS turns back the clock to a time when swing musicians ruled the radio and night clubs, bringing a joyful escape to Americans during one of the most turbulent times in the nation's history. Among the immortal artists featured are Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye, Tex Beneke, Cab Calloway and other greats. Hosted by veteran game show host and singer Peter Marshall.

Additional showtimes:
  • Saturday, December 11 at 6:00 pm on WFSU
Pavlo: Live In Santorini Premiere date: Wednesday, December 8 at 9:30 pm on WFSU

Enjoy the music of the Mediterranean guitarist and special guests in a concert from the mystical Greek island of breathtaking sunsets and panoramic views. Featuring classic songs from Pavlo, Benise and America's Got Talent finalist Daniel Emmet.

Celtic Woman: Postcards From Ireland Premiere date: Friday, December 10 at 8:30 pm on WFSU

Join the Grammy-nominated ensemble on a musical journey through stunning land and seascapes around Ireland. Shot in 14 locations on the island, the new special is filled with songs from their latest album, including "The Dawning of the Day."

20 Years Of Christmas With The Tabernacle Choir Premiere date: Monday, December 13 at 8:00 pm on WFSU

Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the Choir and Orchestra for this two-hour 20th anniversary retrospective with performances from Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Gladys Knight, Angela Lansbury, Hugh Bonneville, Renee Fleming and more.

Additional showtimes:
  • Friday, December 24 at 9:00 pm on WFSU
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King Premiere date: Tuesday, December 14 at 9:00 pm on WFSU

Join Alan Cumming for the real story of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King with the beloved music of Tchaikovsky. Featuring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the direction of John Mauceri, this new version is a rare holiday treat.

Additional showtimes:
  • Friday, December 17 at 3:00 pm on WFSU
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Nature - santa's wild home Premiere date: Wednesday, December 15 at 8:00 pm on WFSU

Get an intimate look into life in Lapland, fabled land of Santa Claus and actual home of tenacious wildlife such as reindeer, wolverines, Brown bears and more

Additional showtimes:
  • Monday, December 20 at 4:00 pm on WFSU
Call The Midwife Holiday Special Premiere date: Saturday, December 18 at 9:00 pm on WFSU

Everyone at Nonnatus House looks forward to a traditional holiday, but nothing goes quite to plan. Meanwhile, the Circus arrives in Poplar, bringing new friendships, new experiences and an exciting adventure for Nurse Crane.

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Antiques Roadshow - naughty or nice Premiere date: Monday, December 20 at 8:00 pm on WFSU

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's special edition, "Naughty or Nice," makes a list and checks it twice. Enlivening the year-end holiday season, this lineup of favorite appraisals from past seasons will satisfy everyone's wish list. Highlights include: an 1863 Temperance lithograph illustrating the evils of imbibing spirits; a letter from Gerald Ford, written when he was House Minority Leader, to his kindergarten teacher in Michigan who called him "naughty little Gerry Ford"; and a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the film Some Like It Hot that was so tight she had to be sewn into it, valued at $150, 000 to $250,000.

Additional showtimes:
  • Saturday, December 25 at 5:00 pm on WFSU
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American Experience - voice of freedom Premiere date: Tuesday, December 21 at 9:00 pm on WFSU

Explore the fascinating life of celebrated singer Marian Anderson. In 1939, after being barred from performing at Constitution Hall because she was Black, she triumphed at the Lincoln Memorial in what became a landmark moment in American history.

Additional showtimes:
  • Sunday, December 26 at 1:00 pm on WFSU
Nature - mystery monkeys of shangri-la Premiere date: Wednesday, December 22 at 8:00 pm on WFSU

This is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, gentler than others of their kind. Elfin-like, they seem both childlike and wise beyond their years. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. The survival of this unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas, depends on strong defensive strategies and the cooperation and interdependence of them all.

Additional showtimes:
  • Monday, December 27 at 4:00 pm on WFSU
Call The Midwife Holiday Special Premiere date: Saturday, December 25 at 9:00 pm on WFSU

Christmas 1966 promises to be a memorable one. The Nonnatus House team are faced with their busiest Christmas Day ever as the Maternity Home is filled with expectant moms and challenging cases. Luckily Mother Mildred is on hand to support the team.

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American Experience - the codebreaker Premiere date: Tuesday, December 28 at 9:00 pm on WFSU

Discover the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst who helped bring down Al Capone and break up a Nazi spy ring in South America. Her work help lay the foundation for the National Security Agency (NSA).

Additional showtimes:
  • Thursday, December 30 at 4:00 pm on WFSU
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Climate Change - The Facts Premiere date: Wednesday, December 29 at 10:00 pm on WFSU

Scientists explore the impact of climate change and what could happen if global warming exceeds 1.5 degrees. Discover how the latest innovations and technology are posing potential solutions and what individuals can do to prevent further damage.

Great Performances At The Met - new year's eve gala Premiere date: Friday, December 31 at 10:30 pm on WFSU

Great Performances at The Met delights audiences with productions featuring the world's leading stars of opera.