MPTV Premieres & Highlights: December 2013

Xmas Without China

December 1st / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Tom Xia emigrated from mainland China to California at age eight. A series of Chinese toy recalls forces Xia's neighbors, the Joneses, to have their son tested for lead poisoning. With China's assent to world superpower status heating up American fears, Xia challenges the Joneses to make it through the Christmas season without any Chinese products, beginning a journey to find American identity amongst all the American media hype, Chinese nationalist propaganda and cultural misunderstandings.

Classical Rewind (My Music Presents)

December 1st / 6:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Host Martin Goldsmith celebrates the greatest compositions and composers of all time. Musical masterpieces are woven with visual interpretations of the music set to iconic images of nature, fantasy, historical locations, architecture and art. Interviews with contemporary performers in both the classical and popular arenas offer shared musical memories and personal favorites.

Return to Downton Abbey

December 1st / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon revisits scenes from the past three seasons of "Downton Abbey," including a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of favorite moments. Sarandon explores "The Changing World of Downton Abbey," "The Women of Downton Abbey" and "Love and Other Relationships at Downton Abbey". A tantalizing taste of the upcoming fourth season is also presented.

Rick Steves' European Christmas

December 1st / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Rick Steves celebrates Christmas in Europe, with a vivid and intimate look at how seven diverse cultures celebrate Christmas. From England to Norway, Burgundy to Bavaria, and Rome to the top of the Swiss Alps, this special gets down on the carpet with wide-eyed children, up in the loft with the finest choirs, and into the kitchen with grandma and all her secrets. It's a traditional European Christmas, from flaming puddings and minced pies in jolly old England, to angelic girls' choirs sporting flickering crowns of candles in Olso; and from grandpa reading the Bible, high in Switzerland, to the pope in a jam-packed St. Peter's basilica for midnight Mass. Rick also shows why there aren't any plums in plum pudding, and why there isn't any mince in mince pies. Above all, traditional European holiday music--unfamiliar to most American ears--is performed by families and choirs in their homes, chapels, and cathedrals.

Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas

December 3rd / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Vocalists Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Meav Ni Mhaolchatha and Celtic violinist Mairead Nesbitt, perform timeless holiday favorites with their signature Celtic twist under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes. Filmed at Dublin's Helix Theatre.

Brit Floyd-Live at Red Rocks

December 3rd / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Relive the music and visual experience that defined a rock era with the world's greatest Pink Floyd Show from the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.

Making Warhorse

December 4th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

A behind-the-scenes look is taken at the creation of the National Theatre of Great Britain's epic staging of Michael Morpurgo children's novel. The production travels from the English countryside to the fields of France and Germany at the outbreak of World War I. A boy's beloved horse has been sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Caught up in enemy fire, the horse serves on both sides of the war, and survives an odyssey that leaves him alone in no-man's land.

The Texas Tenors - You Should Dream

December 4th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The Texas Tenors vocal group first came to public acclaim as the number one vocal group in the history of "America's Got Talent." Marcus, JC, and John smoothly blend country, classical, gospel and Broadway with a dedicated touch of humor and charm.

Haley's Hints: Household Heroes

December 4th / 9:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Graham Haley introduces time and money-saving tips using ordinary household items. He shows how to remove grass stains, clean grimy chrome faucets using vinegar, and using rubber dishwashing gloves to remove pet hair from furniture.

Layton's Legacy

December 5th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Frederick Layton was an English immigrant who settled in Milwaukee 1843. He went on to become a meat-packing mogul, philanthropist and art collector. He was among the very first art collector in America to fund a purpose-built civic art gallery for the public's use and enjoyment. A look is taken at the architectural history of the original Layton Art Gallery (Mason and Jefferson Streets) and its influence on the continuing lineage of the single-patron art museum.

Inside The Pfister, A Milwaukee Hotel Icon

December 5th / 7:45 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

For 120 years The Pfister Hotel has served as a hospitality gateway to Milwaukee. Journalist Mark Siegrist goes behind the scenes to capture the daily rhythm, tradition, and luxury service of this treasured landmark. The documentary features breathtaking video of the The Pfister's architectural beauty, and explains how the hotel is embracing the arts and social media to maintain a strong sense of community.

John McGivern's Home for the Holidays

December 5th / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Milwaukee's John McGivern serves up a steady stream of holiday stories from his childhood. They recall an age of innocence bounded by snow days and Christmas presents, Catholic mass servings and Christmas fundraising cake-walks. John's unique take on the most festive time of year is guaranteed to generate loads of laughs and a warm, familiar glow inside.

Return to Pearl

December 7th / 10:00 am / MPTV Digital 36.1

Host Mark Siegrist travels with nineteen World War II veterans from around Wisconsin who returned to Pearl Harbor in June of 2012. He captures their memories, stories, thoughts and feelings about the event that catapulted the United States into World War II. For many of the veterans, this is the first time talking about those experiences.

Echoes of Creation

December 7th / 3:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

A profound journey is taken through the pristine wilderness of Alaska, ancient sequoias of California and the lush beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Experience nature like never before as Emmy Award-winning director Jan Nickman takes you on a one-of-a-kind field trip to the very soul of our planet.

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows

December 7th / 5:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Classic clips are featured from beloved singer and television personality Andy Williams' Christmas specials. The digitally re-mastered production numbers are complete with magnificent sets and costumes and a cast of singers, dancers, and skaters. Quintessential moments include Williams' solos on "Silent Night" and "Ave Maria," as well as ensemles with his brothers on "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and with the Osmond Brothers on "Silver Bells." Interviews with Williams, his son, Bobby, and Donny Osmond are interwoven with the clips.

Libera: Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland

December 7th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The iconic St. Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland, is the setting for a performance of Christmas songs by one of the world's most accomplished and acclaimed boy choirs, Libera. They sing traditional Christmas carols interpreted in the Libera style, and influenced by Irish music and melodies.

Doc Martin: Revealed

December 7th / 8:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

A behind-the-scenes look is taken at the production of Doc Martin-Series 6. Shot on location in Port Isaac, Cornwall, England. Cameras offer an inside look at the actors and crew as they film sequences on the balcony at Large's Restaurant and in the nearby pub that doubles for the Crab & Lobster.

Christmas on the Danube

December 7th / 9:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Experience the majestic Danube River as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture. The cities visited along the Danube, are particularly spectacular during the Christmas season.

Alsatian Christmas Table with Chef Hubert Keller

December 8th / 12:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Chef Hubert Keller recreates some of the beloved Christmas dishes from his native Alsace, on the Eastern side of France. Step-by-step, he prepares Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing and serves it with Braised Fennel with Dried Figs. (1 of 2)

Rick Steves Special: Symphonic Journey

December 8th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Rick Steves teams up with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Michael Miropolsky for a musical journey that begins in the United States, and touches down in seven different European countries. Playing musical tour guide, Steves utilizes his extensive knowledge of European history and culture to help set the context for each piece. Then, the orchestra performs a selection of stirring 19th-century anthems by Romantic-era composers, including Grieg, Smetana, Strauss, Berlioz, Elgar, Wagner and Verdi.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

December 9th / 7:00 am / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma--neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Arthur's Perfect Christmas

December 10th / 3:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even "Baxter Day" (Buster and his mom's special celebration). The only problem is, just like in real life, perfection is hard to attain, and things start to fall apart.

Paul Byrom - This Is The Holiday Moment

December 10th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Paul Byrom, an original member of the Irish music phenomenon Celtic Thunder, performs holiday songs including "Panis Angelicus," "Happy Holidays," "Oh, Holy Night," and a "Silent Night" duet with special guest Janine DiVita. Byrom was named 2012's "Best Irish Tenor" at the annual Irish Music Awards, and his 2011 album, "This Is the Moment," debuted at No.1 on the World Billboard Chart.

Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions

Christmas In Vienna, Austria

December 10th / 9:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Christmas is observed in cities throughout the world, but the festivities in the Austrian city of Vienna are unique. Burt joins the celebration, explains the ancient history and meaning of Christmas, tours Vienna's famous Christmas markets, and discovers why we have Christmas trees. He takes us inside the magnificent castle of the Habsburg family and unravels the story of how they became the most powerful rulers in Europe by using their marriages instead of their military. We also take a look at the foods of Christmas and discover their special meanings. The program gives us a real understanding of one of the world's most popular holidays.

Elmo's Christmas Countdown

December 11th / 9:00 am / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Sesame Street characters help Elmo count down the days leading up to Christmas.

Deepak Chopra: What Are You Hungry for?

December 11th / 11:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

World-renowned health expert, best-selling author and educator Deepak Chopra, M.D. returns to his medical roots and lectures on the scientific, behavioral and medical basis of hunger in all its manifestations and the healthy ways to fulfill it.

Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions

Vatican City

December 11th / 9:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Rome's Vatican City has a population of only 550 people and a landmass of just over 100 acres, which makes it the world's smallest independent state, but its influence is extraordinary. Burt takes viewers on a unique tour of the city and its history. There are some amazing images from the ceiling of St. Peter's Basilica as well as a look at St. Peter's Tomb below. We see the Sistine Chapel in close-up and visit the Vatican's 500-year-old mosaic studio.

Haley's Hints: To the Rescue

December 12th / 9:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Graham Haley shows how to use ordinary items and products to remove deodorant marks from your clothing, clean tile grout, make homemade carpet cleaner, and clever ways to keep flies off our food when eating outdoors.

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!

December 13th / 7:00 am / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home in time for Christmas. They depend on a variety of animals--from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs--and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

Letters to Santa 2013

Letters for Santa/DIY Tree Decorating/95.7 FM

December 16th / 5:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Kids read their Christmas letters to Santa. A mom and kid duo shows off their "do it yourself" tree decorating; and, a behind-the-scenes look is taken at Meg and Murphy's Oldies 95.7 radio show. Student Producer: Samantha Gruetzmacher. Student Director: Jordan Curtin. (1 of 7)

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013

December 16th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony kicks off with performances by Neil Patrick Harris, James Taylor, Jason Mraz, The Fray, Colbie Caillat, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Phillip Phillips, Ledisi, Rico Rodriguez, Evan Shinners, and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores. The evening's festivities are capped off with the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree by the President and First Family.

Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913

December 17th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The Copper Country strike in Michigan is traced from its hopeful start to its tragic conclusion, including the intensifying battle between organized labor and corporate power, as well as related issues of immigration, technology, and unchecked corporate interests. The "1913 Massacre," also known as the Italian Hall Disaster is also examined. The tragedy is attributed to strikebreakers yelling "fire" in a crowded auditorium. It remains the deadliest unsolved manslaughter in US history.

Teen Connection

School and Student Safety In Wisconsin

December 17th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Experts discuss the psychological origins and impact of bullying, school safety challenges, and efforts that have been undertaken to improve school and student safety. Panelists: Stephen Fernan, Assistant Director of Students Services Prevention and Wellness Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Betty DeBoer, Ph.D, Wisconsin School Psychologists, President and Professor in School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse; and, a mother and daughter whose son and brother committed suicide because of bullying.

Israel: Facing the Future

December 17th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

BBC journalist John Ware journeys to Israel for a fresh look at how it has responded to the changes sweeping the region in the wake of the Arab Spring. He meets Israelis from all walks of life to go beyond the news cliches and analyze what is next for the world's only Jewish state as both the religious and the secular battle over its future.

Inspector George Gently

Gently Evil

December 19th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

A young woman's body is found, and the subsequent investigation leads Gently (Martin Shaw) and Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) to suspect the victim's estranged husband; however, they soon come to realize her family is hiding a shocking secret. (1 of 4)

It's A Merry Red Green Christmas

December 19th / 9:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This holiday season, Red demonstrates cooking Christmas dinner; Harold writes a letter to Santa; Red and Bill make a snowman; the Lodge members demonstrate how to put a holiday greeting on your answering machine; and Ranger Gord experiences a Christmas miracle Also, we get recommendations on choosing pets as Christmas presents and learn the many practical applications for fruitcake. It's the usual comic madness provided in a holiday spirit by Red and his pals.

Craft In America

Holiday

December 20th / 10:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Nordic folk woodcarver Harley Refsal brings to life the rich history of winter solstice. Clay artist Susan Garson creates fanciful Chanukah menorahs. George Vanderbilt's opulent turn-of-the-century Christmas is recreated at the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. Daring chefs make lavish gingerbread houses for a competition; and, Navidad is celebrated in San Antonio with religious processions, tamales and Kathleen Trenchard's sparkling luminarias.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw

December 20th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Renowned veteran newscaster Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning Les Miserables tenor Alfie Boe join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra in a concert of holiday favorites and inspiring surprises. As a surprise guest, the choir welcomes Gail "Hal" Halvorsen, the American "candy bomber" who dropped gum and chocolate for German children during the Berlin airlift of 1948-49. Brokaw introduces Halvorsen after a dramatic reading of a story about the candy bomber.

Tracks of Imagination

December 20th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The creative team of Applied Imagination, a Kentucky-based studio creates spectacular holiday train displays that delight crowds at botanical gardens across the United States. Founder Paul Busse discusses his lifelong love of trains and shows the collaborative process that he and his team undertake to envision, create, and install one of their elaborate displays. Their displays combine model trains with an array of miniature buildings-many of them city landmarks, all of which are historically accurate, architecturally correct, and created completely from botanical materials.

They Never Walked Alone: The Story of St. Jerome's Catholic Church

December 20th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The Croatian parish of St. Jerome in Chicago has been ministering to Croatian immigrants and their families since the early 1900s. Like many unique ethnic parishes in the U.S., it has served as a refuge to preserve faith, family and identity. The history of the parish reveals why--at its core--for every mission--they were not alone.

A Christmas Carol: The Concert

December 21st / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

For the first time ever, Charles Dickens' popular 1843 novel is adapted for a live orchestra concert with choir and soloists. The concert celebrates classic storytelling and ensemble performances, which offer the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of seeing and hearing it told as never before. Bob Christianson conducts. Adapted by Alisa Hauser; starring: Michael Aaron Lindner (Ebenezer Scrooge), E. Faye Butler (Narrator), Scott Coulter (Fred/Bob Cratchit), Kyle Scatliffe (Marley/The Ghosts), and Arya Daire (Belle).

Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball

December 21st / 8:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

In honor of one of the world's most loved novels, Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," an authentic Regency ball is staged to capture a view of life in Austen's Britain.

Father Brown

The Hammer of God

December 21st / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Based on the short stories by G K Chesterton, Father Brown (Mark Williams) follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his London community. In this first of ten episodes, an ungodly man is murdered at the unveiling of a new church clock. Father Brown must find the killer before an innocent woman is sent to the gallows. (1 of 10)

Green Bay Holiday Concert

December 22nd / 3:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

A spirited holiday performance by the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra featuring the Dudley Birder Chorale and the Birder Studios children's choir.

Mr. Stink

December 22nd / 7:03 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Chloe (Nell Tiger Free) sees Mr. Stink (Hugh Bonneville) every day, but she's never spoken to him. Before she knows it, she tries to help Mr. Stink and his stinky dog Duchess. As Chloe struggles to make sure no one sniffs out Mr. Stink, she also has to cope with an overbearing mum, a dad with a secret of his own, her "perfect" younger sister Annabelle, and the nasty girls who make her life miserable at school. This special family comedy with a nose-clenching twist is based on David Walliams' best-selling book.

Christmas in the Basilica with the Bel Canto Chorus

December 23rd / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Milwaukee's Bel Canto Chorus performs beloved carols and hymns at the historic St. Josaphat's Basilica. Musical Director Richard Hynson conducts. The Stained Glass Brass Ensemble and the Bel Canto Boy Choir, conducted by Ellen Shuler also perform. Bel Canto is approximately 100 voices strong. The Chorus draws its singers from communities throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. This special holiday concert is a Milwaukee Public Television production.

Frontline

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians - Pax Romana/A Light To The Nations

December 24th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Jesus of Nazareth grew up in a hotbed of radicalism and political activism, eventually becoming a preacher. His message was characterized by simple metaphor and targeted at an agrarian populace. To the authorities, however, he was a politically dangerous social reformer who threatened the peace of Rome. Yet his death would become one of the most important events in human history. Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence and interviews with the nation's leading New Testament scholars, this documentary explores the life of Jesus and the movement he started, challenging familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity. (1 of 3)

American Holiday Festival

U.S. Army Band 'Pershing's Own'

December 24th / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

The United States Army Band, known as "Pershing's Own," performs Christmas songs and medleys at the historic Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, in Washington, DC. The Band was founded in 1922 by Army Chief of Staff General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing.

Start Up

Zombies, Pickles and Cheese Oh My!

December 26th / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

This series offers an up-close and personal look into the world of the modern American entrepreneur. Gary Bredow and the crew travel to Milwaukee to meet with the "Gouda Girls" to find out how they started an award winning grilled cheese food truck. In Detroit, they profile "McClures Pickles," a company that started at a farmers market and is now a a global brand. In Pittsburgh, they meet with "House of the Dead," a zombie store that has customers dying to buy some zombie swag. (1 of 13)

Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom

Kwanzaa

December 27th / 10:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Kwanzaa runs from December 26th to January 1st. It is not a religious holiday, but a holiday of reflection--an opportunity for African Americans to celebrate their African roots. Burt Wolf uncovers the epicenter of African American culture in the U.S. and takes a tour of Harlem. He also stops in to the Apollo Theater on Amateur night, explores what faith means at Abyssinian Church, and picks up some down-home recipes.

Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom

New Year's

December 27th / 6:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The moment when the old year turns into the New Year is always dangerous--it is the instant when the past and the future meet. Burt Wolf prepares for it by taking stock of strengths and weaknesses, and making plans for the future. In this program, he explains why the New Year is celebrated on January 1st, how noise keeps the evil spirits away, what makes a champagne cork go pop, and why caviar is an acceptable food to eat on New Year's Eve, but not on New Year's Day.

American Masters

Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love

December 27th / 8:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

By age 31, Marvin Hamlisch had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize. Hit after hit, he became the go-to composer for film and Broadway producers, and the go-to performer for every president since Reagan. His streak was unprecedented. A child prodigy accepted at Juilliard at age six, Hamlisch's classical training laid the groundwork for his popular compositions. A rich archival legacy, interviews with his collaborators, and family members tell his rich and engrossing story.

Chicago Drawbridges

December 27th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Author and bridge historian Patrick McBriarty narrates the importance of Chicago's bridges from the first footbridge built in 1832 by a tavern owner to the iconic structures of today.

Bottoms Up: Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries

December 27th / 9:30 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

The rich architecture and history of Wisconsin breweries and bars are showcased. The film also explores the rise of breweries, the effects of temperance and Prohibition, and attitudes about gender, ethnicity, and morality. It traces the development of the mega breweries, dominance of the giants, and the emergence of microbreweries in Wisconsin. Seventy featured taverns and breweries represent diverse architectural styles, from the open-air Tom's Burned Down Cafe on Madeline Island to the Art Moderne Casino in La Crosse, and from Club 10, a 1930s roadhouse in Stevens Point, to the well-known Wolski's Tavern in Milwaukee.

Movie: Rebel Without a Cause

December 28th / 7:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

James Dean became a national symbol for '50s teen angst with this powerful character study of an alienated young man who deals with rejection at school and inattentiveness from his parents by finding friendship with fellow outcasts Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood. Jim Backus and Dennis Hopper; Nicholas Ray directs.

Family Travel with Colleen Kelly

New Orleans - Beignets, Beads, and Bugs!

December 29th / 6:30 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Colleen Kelly, accompanied by local parents, uncovers the gems of New Orleans, starting in the heart of the French Quarter, where they sample Beignets at the iconic French Market. They tour Mardi Gras World, where artists design more than 80% of all parade floats. Later, they take a Bug Cooking Class at the Insectarium, the largest museum in the United States dedicated to bugs! At the National World War II Museum, they find a treasure chest of information for visitors of all ages. (1 of 13)

Call The Midwife Holiday Special

December 29th / 6:32 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Newly married Chummy (Miranda Hart) and Nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) are hard at work during their first Christmas in Nonnatus House. Nurses and nuns minister to an abandoned newborn and search for the mother. Jenny tries to find the children of an elderly vagrant, and Chummy plans an ambitious nativity play.

Alone in the Wilderness

December 29th / 8:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Richard Proenneke dreamed about building a cabin far away from civilization and living in harmony with the land, self-sufficient and content with the natural world. This is the story of how he fulfilled his dream for 35 years, living in a remote Alaskan area, in a pristine land.

Around The Corner with John McGivern

John Gurda Special

December 30th / 9:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

John Gurda, our resident historian, author and friend, has been schooling John McGivern for two seasons now. In 26 communities around our state of Wisconsin, John Gurda has had three minutes in each community to share the history, geography and demographics of the area. Yep. Just three minutes, and John Gurda thinks that's too short, too! So in this special one hour episode, John Gurda gets to go a little more in depth as he expounds on eight specific locations: The Milwaukee River Greenway, Walker's Point, Forest Home Cemetery, Port Washington, the Wisconsin Dells, Madison, Greendale, and the old National Soldiers Home. Even an hour is too short, but we are sure that you're going to learn something. John McGivern sure did, and he enjoyed every minute of it. You will, too!

Doobie Brothers: Live at the Greek Theatre 1982 Farewell Tour

December 31st / 10:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Experience the Doobie Brothers' last show of their "Farewell Tour" from 1982. The band performs their best-loved hits from across the decades and founding member Tom Johnston joins the crew on stage for the last two tracks. Several other former members, including original drummer John Hartman, Tiran Porter and Michael Hossack, participate in the celebratory finale of "Listen to the Music."

New Year's Eve with Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians

December 31st / 11:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Legendary band leader Guy Lombardo and his big band perform their greatest hits, including "The Music Goes 'Round And Around," "Auld Lang Syne," and "Beer Barrel Polka".

Great Performances

Paul McCartney's Live Kisses

December 31st / 11:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Paul McCartney has continued to push boundaries for over 40 years as a solo artist. His latest adventure is "Kisses on the Bottom," a collection of standards beloved to McCartney since childhood, along with two of his own new songs, "My Valentine" and "Only Our Hearts." McCartney performs an intimate concert at the historic Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, featuring performances of such standards as "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Always," "Bye Bye Blackbird" and more.

Live From Lincoln Center

New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma

December 31st / 7:00 pm / MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2

Special guest cello soloist Yo-Yo Ma joins maestro Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for a festive celebration of dance-inspired orchestral music. Highlights include a performance of a work expressly written for Ma by Osvaldo Golijov, one of the world's most celebrated living composers, and a stunning interpretation of Ravel's beloved Bolero.

The Hollies: Look Through Any Window 1963-1975

December 31st / 9:00 pm / MPTV Digital 36.1

Part of the British Invasion, the Hollies were one of the most successful British groups of the '60s and early '70s. Interviews with band members Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott, tell the story of the band's peak years, when the band scored 27 UK Top 40 singles, 17 of which were Top 10s. Songs include "Bus Stop," "On a Carousel," "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," and "Carrie Ann."