Look what's coming to Blue Ridge PBS!
Check our schedule for additional show times.
(Programs on SWVA PTV can be seen over the air on WBRA 15.2 and on cable: Citizens 82, Cox 107, Comcast/Infinity 264, umos 17, Shentel 157 & Dish 16.)
American Experience discovers the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Television’s most-watched history series, acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, has been honored with every major broadcast award.
Monday & Tuesday, May 4 & 5 at 9:00pm - George W. Bush
Explore the life and tumultuous presidency of George W. Bush, from his unorthodox road to the White House to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the myriad of challenges he faced over his two terms, from the war in Iraq to the 2008 financial crisis.
Tuesday, May 19 at 9:00pm - Mr. Tornado
Meet pioneering meteorologist Ted Fujita, who transformed our understanding of tornadoes. His technological advancements saved lives and helped Americans prepare for and respond to dangerous weather phenomena.
Fridays at 9:00pm
AMERICAN MASTERS, which pioneered the television biography genre, continues to offer insightful profiles of important figures in America's artistic and cultural life. Winner of the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.
May 22 - Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
Explore the entertainer’s vast talent and journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Features Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and clips from his TV, film and concert performances.
May 29 – Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Discover the ingenious inventor behind the pretty face as the Hollywood star tells her own story in a newly discovered interview. Hedy Lamarr’s pioneering work is the basis for secure WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. Susan Sarandon is co-executive producer.
Beyond Your Backyard - NEW SEASON!
Tuesdays at 7:00 & Wednesdays at 7:30pm
This Emmy Award-winning travel series explores North America and beyond.
May 5 & 6 – Staunton, VA
Erik the Travel Guy travels to a small Virginia town with a big Virginia past! In this episode, he explores Staunton’s historic architecture, visits a Presidential birthplace and library, learns a little Shakesperian stage magic and enjoys a delicious farm-to-table dinner! Big fun in small-town Virginia.
May 12 & 13 – The Olympic Peninsula
Puget Sound the alarm! Erik the Travel Guy and Crew travel to a breathtaking National Park on the Pacific West Coast. Join them as they explore the natural beauty of Hurricane Ridge, learn about Native American culture by carving a totem pole and try their hand at shucking some of the country’s finest oysters!
May 19 & 20 – At The Helm
Get your sea-legs ready, landlubbers! Erik the Travel Guy steps aboard Carnival Horizon for exclusive behind-the-scenes access with the ship’s captain and crew. He’ll visit the crew-only areas, explore the ship’s bridge and engineering, as well as witness first-hand how the crew feeds thousands of meals each week.
May 26 & 27 – A Return to Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoor Region
A return visit to this region of Pennsylvania proves to be even more fun for the whole family! Erik learns more about the French and Indian war, discovers a wild Elk herd and so much more. He also explores Cook Forest State Park, gets behind the gears of a missive piece of machinery and samples delicious rustic cuisine. So much to do we had to shoot part two!
Expedition with Steve Backshall - NEW EPISODES!
Wednesdays at 10:00pm
Head into the unknown with explorer Steve Backshall as he journeys to the world’s last unexplored places and faces challenges around the globe, encountering extraordinary wildlife and meeting remarkable people along the way.
May 6 – Mexico - Maya Underworld
Return to Mexico, where Steve Backshall explores a honeycomb of subterranean Mexican caves that the ancient Maya believed were a portal to a terrifying underworld. In a dark and flooded cave, Steve finds incredible never-before-seen artifacts.
May 13 – Greenland - Ice Mountain
Follow Steve Backshall as he tries to summit a remote and unclimbed mountain in Greenland’s Stauning Alps. After facing quicksand, a river and a glacier to reach basecamp, the climb gives Steve a unique insight into a fast-changing environment.
May 20 – Suriname - Ghost River
Join Steve Backshall in a region of Suriname that’s so remote, it could conceal undiscovered natural wonders. He and his team travel deep into the jungle to kayak an unnamed river. The journey results in a surprise beyond their wildest dreams.
May 27 - Oman - Desert Fortress
Visit the remote and impenetrable Dhofar Mountains in Oman, where Steve Backshall hopes to become the first to climb unexplored cliffs. Along the way, he encounters one of the rarest animals on Earth.