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A CAPITOL FOURTH Features Beach Boys, Host John Stamos

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

A CAPITOL FOURTH, America’s national Independence Day celebration, kicks off our country’s 241st birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.  Actor John Stamos is set to host the broadcast. Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi will recreate the Blues Brothers. Iconic music legends The Beach Boys (pictured), legendary Motown stars The Four Tops, Tony-nominated Phillipa Soo from Hamilton, country music star Trace Adkins and the National Symphony Orchestra bring inspirational performances home to America. The program is also broadcast to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. With 20 cameras positioned around the city, viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. A CAPITOL FOURTH airs LIVE! on Tuesday, July 4, 7 PM on KTWU-HD, 11.1, followed by the 15th annual CELEBRATION AT THE STATION from Union Station in Kansas City at 8:30 PM.


Friday, June 16th, 2017

Plunge into the Pacific with researchers and cinematographers and see the ocean’s rare and dazzling creatures in a way never before seen on television. Filmed in cinematic 4K, BIG PACIFIC examines an ocean that covers a third of the Earth’s surface. BIG PACIFIC premieres on Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. on KTWU-HD, 11.1.


Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Follow 12 amateur bakers in their quest to be named Britian’s best. As judges create 30 new challenges to test their skill and creativity. THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, Season 4, premieres on Friday, June 16, at 8 PM on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.


Sunday, May 28th, 2017

This program offers a look back at the creation, and ongoing influence, of the revolutionary 1967 Beatles album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” When The Beatles stopped playing live in 1966, they suddenly had the time to pour all of their energy into writing and recording, creating an album that was a performance unto itself. Released in 1967, after what had been essentially a media blackout on what the band had been up to, the album was immediately a sensation and was recognized as a new chapter, not just in rock music, but in the history of all music.
Hosted by British television presenter Howard Goodall, this film uses visually striking elements to conjure up the psychedelic world of Sgt. Pepper, provide context for the culture of the day, and show how the album was driving force within that culture. It also highlights how contemporary projects, like Beyonce’s “Lemonade”, would be unthinkable today had The Beatles not completely upended the whole concept of what an album should be. And for the Beatles fan in all of us, the show offers up material that has been squirreled away for decades, known only to a handful of people at Abbey Road Studios, including recordings of studio chat, and isolated instrument tracks and vocals.

SGT PEPPER’S MUSICAL REVOLUTION airs on Saturday, June 3, 7 PM, on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.

Modern Day Families Recreate VICTORIAN SLUM HOUSE on PBS

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

VICTORIAN SLUM HOUSE  takes viewers back to the British slums of the 1800s, where a group of modern day families, couples, and individuals recreate life in London’s East End as their forbearers once lived between 1860-1900. Faced with the virtually impossible task of earning enough money to pay the rent and put food on the table, over five episodes the participants experience first-hand the tough living and working conditions endured by the millions that made up the urban poor in Victorian Britain. It’s an eye-opening experience for the participants as they each confront the harsh realities of the past and together lay the groundwork for welfare reform in the 20th Century.  VICTORIAN SLUM HOUSE premieres on Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.


Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Journey through the prolific life of the ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Featuring new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons and others. “MAYA ANGELOU And Still I Rise” encores on American Masters on Tuesday, March 7, 7 PM on KTWU-HD, 11.1.


Sunday, January 8th, 2017

In this episode, long-buried secrets catch up with the Baker Street duo. Someone has been playing a long game indeed and Sherlock and Watson face their greatest ever challenge. Is the game finally over?

Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as John Watson, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Watson, Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper. Season 4 of SHERLOCK on MASTERPIECE concludes with “The Final Problem” on Sunday, January 15, at the special time of 6PM on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.

SHERLOCK Season 4 Continues Sunday Night on KTWU

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

In episode two of this new series, Sherlock faces perhaps the most chilling enemy of his long career: the powerful and seemingly unassailable Culverton Smith – a man with a very dark secret indeed.
Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as John Watson, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Watson, Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper and Toby Jones as Culverton Smith. Season 4 of SHERLOCK on MASTERPIECE continues with “The Lying Detective” on Sunday, January 8, 8PM on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.

London’s Hit Revival GYPSY Musical on KTWU Friday

Monday, November 7th, 2016

GREAT PERFORMANCES presents Imelda Staunton as the indomitable Momma Rose in London’s hit revival of Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Gypsy about stripper Gypsy Rose Lee’s rise to fame. With Peter Davison and Lara Pulver, the program airs Friday, November 11, 8 PM, on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1. Pictured: Louise (Lara Pulver) and Rose (Imelda Staunton) in “Gypsy”

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Revisits Korean War Battle

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Revisit this pivotal 1950 Korean War battle through the eyewitness accounts of participants. A harrowing story of bloody combat and heroic survival in the first major military clash of the Cold War. Pictured: Men of a U.S. Marine mortar squad rest at the side of a snowy road during their withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. (Dec. 8th, 1950).  THE BATTLE OF CHOSIN on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Tuesday, November 1, 8 PM, on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.