WCTE has announced its schedule for this week.
Tuesday, Dec. 22
7 p.m. – “Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths & Secrets”. Lucy Worsley explores how Elizabeth I’s image as a warrior queen shaped British national identity for centuries.
8 p.m. – “Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths & Secrets”. Lucy Worsley shares the inside story of the salacious gossip about Queen Anne’s love life that helped destroy her image and legacy.
9 p.m. – “Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths & Secrets”. Lucy Worsley uncovers the myths and secrets that led the doomed queen, Marie Antoinette, to the guillotine.
10 p.m. – “It’s Your Business with Michael Aikens”. Michael Aikens speaks to entrepreneurs who have fostered a wave of innovation to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic world.
10:30 p.m. – “Now That’s A Good Question with Phil Oldham”. Phil Oldham sits down with Dean Darron Smith and Professor Michael Best from Tennessee Tech University who are making a measurable impact with students under the College of Agriculture umbrella.
Wednesday, Dec. 23
7 p.m. – “Nature” travels across the snow globe to meet animal survivors of winter, from the penguins of Antarctica to the Arctic fox and the bison of Yellowstone.
8 p.m. – “NOVA”. New Horizons spacecraft attempts to fly by NASA’s most distant target yet. Since it explored Pluto in 2015, New Horizons is zooming toward Ultima Thule, an object four billion miles from Earth.
9 p.m. – “NOVA”. Scientists at NASA and start-up companies such as Boom Technology in Denver try to figure out ways to build a new generation of supersonic passenger planes that will be quieter, greener, and cheaper.
10 p.m. – “Angle of Attack”. The first part of this two-part documentary series begins by following young men and women on their way to “earning their wings”.
Thursday, Dec. 24
7 p.m. – “Putnam County Christmas Parade 2019”. WCTE PBS looks back to last year when Becky Magura and Zach Ledbetter as hosts and street correspondent Krystal Akehinmi for the 53rd Cookeville-Putnam County Christmas Parade in front of the Putnam County Courthouse Square.
7:30 p.m. – “Tennessee Crossroads”.
8:35 p.m. – “Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting & Celebration Service 2020”. A virtual lighting ceremony includes traditions such as The Christmas story told by local pastors of the Upper Cumberland, the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Cookeville’s Dogwood Park by Cookeville City’s Mayor Ricky Shelton and family, and three songs performed by “The Voice” winner, Jake Hoot, and Brittney Hoyt. Video production by Alex Lisic of Life Church in Cookeville.
9 p.m. – “Cookeville United Methodist”.
10 p.m. – “Nutcracker: A Gift from Ballet Memphis”. Filmed at the historic Mallory-Neely House and the Ballet Memphis studio, this version of the classic ballet feature’s the original music of Tchaikovsky and the entire Ballet Memphis professional company.
Friday, Dec. 25
5 p.m. – “WCTE Live at 5”.
5:30 p.m. – “BBC World News Today”.
6 p.m. – “PBS NewsHour”.
7 p.m. – “Washington Week”.
7:30 p.m. – “Firing Line with Margaret Hoover”.
8 p.m. – “Call The Midwife Holiday 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.
9:32 p.m. – “Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams”. An evening celebrating Ella Fitzgerald’s iconic album of holiday classics presented by American Pops Orchestra.
10:30 p.m. – “Song of the Mountains”. Jerry Salley/Lightnin’ Charlie/Kyle Petty.
Saturday, Dec. 26
7 p.m. – “Classic Gospel”. Stories and miracles of centuries ago come alive with new significance as Bill & Gloria Gaither and their Homecoming Friends visit the places where Christ’s life, death, and resurrection unfolded.
8 p.m. – “Antiques Roadshow”. Orlando, Hour One.
9 p.m. – “Lost River Sessions”. Nashville singer-songwriter Erin Rae performs a soothing live set at Goodnight Auditorium in Franklin, KY.
9:30 p.m. – “The Upper Cumberland Camera”. The sounds of DeKalb County West Elementary School Junior Chorus, DeKalb Middle School Junior Chorus, and DeKalb County High School Chorus.
10 p.m. – “Austin City Limits”. An hour with blues rocker Gary Clark Jr. The Austin singer-songwriter-guitarist performs songs from his highly acclaimed album “This Land”.
Sunday, Dec. 27
3 p.m. – “Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville”. Guest: Jimmy Fortune.
3:30 p.m. – “Sun Studio Sessions”. Reba Russell.
4 p.m. – “Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree 2020”. An online virtual version of this Tennessee tradition as contestants perform and compete for various awards and national titles.
5 p.m. – “Central Tennessee: WCTE PBS American Portrait Stories”. Laura Holloway, director of WCTE PBS Downtown Film Festival, introduces local stories in central Tennessee funded by PBS’s American Portrait series.
5:30 p.m. – “Bright Lights Little City” celebrates one small Appalachian mountain town that has embraced creativity without reservation, found success in self-determination, and through five decades has pursued the joy of self-discovery and cultural diversity through the arts.
6 p.m. – “PBS NewsHour Weekend”.
6:30 p.m. – “One On One with Becky Magura”. Becky Magura sits down to talk to 93 year-old Elyse Pervis, a trailblazer who made her mark in Buckhead, GA, as an accomplished realtor for over 50 years before retiring on a farm in Sparta.
7 p.m. – “Sanditon On Masterpiece”. With the approach of Sanditon’s regatta, the success of the resort hangs in the balance, as do assorted romances. How will Charlotte, Sidney and other lovers fare in the marriage game?
8 p.m. – “Sanditon On Masterpiece”. On the night of the Midsummer Ball, romance, jealousy, and betrayal fill the air. Events conspire to leave Charlotte and the Parker family facing difficult choices.
9 p.m. – “Tales from the Royal Bedchamber”. Lucy Worsley reveals that obsession with royal bedrooms, births, and succession is nothing new, with the rise and fall of their magnificent beds reflects the changing fortunes of the monarchy itself.
10 p.m. – “Lucy Worsley’s Royal Palace Secrets” takes a tour of London’s extraordinary palaces. From the Tower of London to Hampton Court to Kensington Palace, Worsley takes viewers behind the velvet ropes into each building’s secret places.