December 10, 2020

Dear Friends, 

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well. It has been a challenging year and at times it has been difficult to be grateful, but through it all, I hope you have been able to celebrate the simple pleasures and that perhaps the pandemic has forced us all to slow down a bit and indulge in things we might normally be too busy to enjoy. I am happy to share that we will have an abundance of new programs in January, including three new Masterpiece series! Until then we have many programs below that tie in beautifully to the holiday season. 

Now on to the shows.

- Heather Mazzoni, Chief Content Officer


Now on to the shows

History of Christianity

A History of Christianity 

A six-part series presented by Diarmaid MacCulloch, an Oxford history professor. The series reveals the true origins of Christianity and delves into what it means to be a Christian. Intelligent, thought-provoking, and magisterial in its scope the series will uncover how a small Jewish sect that preached humanity became the biggest religion in the world. Watch Now. 




Saving Notre Dame

NOVA Saving Notre Dame

When the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral erupted in flames in April of 2019, firefighters battled for nine grueling hours to save the historic landmark. Still, Paris came alarmingly close to losing more than 800 years of history. Now engineers are in a difficult race against time: to rebuild the rook and secure the medieval structure of Notre Dame. Watch Now. 




One Man Two Guvnors

Great Performances One Man, Two Guvnors 

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance by CBS Late Late Show host James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors by playwright Richard Bean delighted critics and audiences alike during its hugely popular debut at UK’s National Theatre and its subsequent West End and Broadway productions in 2011 and 2012. Enjoy Now. Digital rights expire January 5, 2021.



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Christmas Masterclass

Showcasing everyone's festive favorites, Paul and Mary divulge in real detail how to make the perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding, and Christmas cake – as well as introducing some new tasty treats for the holiday season. Enjoy Now








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Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife Christmas Special 

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. Premieres December 25, 9 p.m. Catch up on previous Call the Midwife Christmas specials now.







Staff Favorite



"I love to dip back into the astoundingly well done Sherlock series through Passport. While I've probably seen all the episodes at least three times, the strength of the writing, the acting, the cinematography, and suspense strikes me every time like it's brand new. And there's a simultaneous comfort of reuniting with some of my favorite literary characters. As is true with every Masterpiece Classic I've had the joy to watch, it's professional, intriguing, and always comforting." Watch Now

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Bec Feldhaus Adams 
News Director 





December 24, 2020

Dear Friends, 

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well and able to enjoy the holiday season. While 2020 has been an unparalleled year, I continue to witness compassion at every turn, smiling eyes, that no mask could ever cover, generosity, and small acts of kindness that help us keep faith in these difficult times. I hope you took a moment to witness nature's end of year gift, the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn was truly amazing and was last witnessed in March of 1226! NOVA did a brilliant series on The Planets, and we have featured it in our highlights below. It is my greatest hope that 2021 will be an easier year, I do know that whatever the New Year brings our community will thrive as we continue to look after one another. Happy Holidays! 

- Heather Mazzoni, Chief Content Officer


Now on to the shows

Salute to Music Legends

Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas 

Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas – from carols to gift-giving, feasting, and drinking – was just as popular 500 years ago, with some surprising Tudor twists. Enjoy Now.





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NOVA The Planets

In the complex dance of the cosmos, Jupiter and Saturn have partnered up this month creating a double planet effect that has not been visible since the Middle Ages, last witnessed in March 1226! While the official name for this phenomenon is a conjunction many are calling this a Christmas star. NOVA did a celestial series on the planets in 2019, which prompted us to share two episodes The Plants: Saturn and The Plants: Jupiter to give you a little more background on these spectacular planets.


Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

Ella Wishes You a Swingin’ Christmas with Vanessa Williams 

In collaboration with Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, the American Pops Orchestra presents an evening celebrating the entire iconic album of holiday classics. This performance starts host and vocalist Vanessa Williams with appearances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norm Lewis, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Nova Payton, Dave Detwiler, and Morgan James. Enjoy Now.



Christmas Masterclass


Masterpiece: Les Miserables 

Victor Hugo’s masterpiece Les Miserables is a six-part adaptation by multi-award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies. Dominic West stars as fugitive Jean Valjean, with David Oyelowo as his pursuer Inspector Javert and Lily Collins as the luckless single mother Fantine. Love, death, and struggle in 19th century France feature in this beautifully faithful retelling of one of the world’s most beloved stories. Watch Now. 





Mark Your Calendar

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Returning to television for the first time in nearly three decades, two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson stars as a woman desperately trying to solve two mysteries as she declines deeper into dementia. Elizabeth is Missing is an adaptation of Emma Healy’s acclaimed novel. Premieres Sunday, January 3, 2021, 9 p.m. Watch the Preview.







Staff Favorite

Great British Baking Show

The Great British Baking Show

“My pick is the Great British Baking Show. This show is “comfort TV” for me and I can watch it over and over again. I like getting to know the bakers over the course of a season and seeing the fantastic creations they come up with, and I love the way they will help each other out in a crisis, even though it’s a competition. I also enjoy the quirky humor, and of course the British accents!” Watch Now

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Wayla Chambo
Assistant Program Director WHRO FM & Host, Afternoon Classics