Look what's coming to Blue Ridge PBS!
Life from Above – NEW SERIES!
Wednesdays at 10:00pm
Behold Earth as it’s never been seen before. Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand-new perspective, revealing its incredible movements, colors, patterns and just how fast it’s changing.
October 23 – Moving Planet
See new footage of the greatest, most beautiful and powerful movements on our planet. Cameras in space capture events like an elephant family’s struggle through drought, and thousands of Shaolin Kung-Fu students performing in perfect synchronicity.
October 30 – Colorful Planet
View Earth’s kaleidoscope of colors as seen from space. Swirls of turquoise phytoplankton trigger an oceanic feeding frenzy, China turns yellow as millions of flowers bloom, and at night the waters near Argentina are spotted with green lights.
Poldark, Season 5, on Masterpiece
Sundays at 9:00pm
Aidan Turner returns as the heroic Ross Poldark for a final season of drama in Cornwall. Also returning are Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza and Jack Farthing as George Warleggan.
October 6 – Episode 2
Demelza and the children become caught in a dangerous web. George pursues the fruits of his new alliance, but his grief has unexpected consequences. Dwight’s expertise on insanity and honorable intentions places him and his friends on shaky ground.
October 13 – Episode 3
Ross’ tenacity in helping Ned bears fruit, but at a cost. Demelza wrestles with how best to equip the community to look after itself; Morwenna lends herself to the cause. George’s sanity deteriorates. Cary struggles under mounting responsibilities.
October 20 – Episode 4
Ross is given hope for the Despards’ return. Demelza helps the community help itself. Dwight gains unexpected patients. Morwenna begins to secretly slip away from the village. A discovery leaves Geoffrey Charles and Cecily in turmoil.
October 27 – Episode 5
Ross returns to London with the Despards and Enyses. Morwenna tackles the grief of being parted from her son. Geoffrey Charles’ intent to marry Cecily lands them both in trouble. George conspires once again against his old enemy.
Press on Masterpiece
Sundays at 10:00pm
Set in the world of newspapers in London – its past riven by hacking scandals, its present at the mercy of the digital age and the 24-hour news cycle, its future uncertain – this razor sharp and observant drama explores the current, turbulent media landscape and the ethical dilemmas that journalists and editors face each day.
October 6 – Death Knock
Holly, deputy news editor of the Herald, tries to obtain CCTV footage of a fatal hit-and-run after it's given to a tabloid. Post reporter Ed comes under pressure to run a story against the will of the parents of an athlete who took his own life.
October 13 – Pure
Holly helps Leona investigate a lead at a hospital. Ed struggles with his conscience after a night working on the Post's showbiz desk.
October 20 – Don't Take My Heart, Don't Break My Heart
Holly investigates a lead that a powerful business tycoon coerces young women into sleeping with him. As another source comes forward, Amina feels pressured to run the story. Duncan proposes a deal that could make waves in the political world.
October 27 – Magic
Amina feels defeated in the wake of a scandal and suffers a personal crisis. Duncan is shocked when the Post is banned from Downing Street's daily press conferences. Ed learns not to underestimate Holly's commitment to her work above all else.
Retro Report on PBS – NEW SERIES!
Sundays at 9:00pm
Retro Report makes sense of the present by revealing the past. Celeste Headlee and Masud Olufani connect the present to the past with stories from Retro Report, and New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz adds his signature wit.
October 7 – Episode 1
Learn social media’s addictive power. Discover NFL protests’ ties to 1968. See how Wall Street women fought harassment, and a python invasion. Andy Borowitz compares politics ads to cigarettes.
October 8 – Episode 2
Uncover crime evidence pulled from DNA websites. See how drug rules stem from a pill’s side effects. Learn.how a screen addiction cure is rooted in the past and why Americans are ambivalent about robots. Andy Borowitz objects to “no news.”
October 14 – Episode 3
Learn why crime witnesses fail to act. Meet a Naval officer who transformed the military. Psychedelic drugs like LSD are back in the lab. Follow the voyage of a trash barge that persuaded us to recycle. Andy Borowitz highlights lunar hoaxes.
October 15 – Episode 4
Hear how President Trump is taking on the press with a time-tested strategy. Learn the origins of vaccine fears. Discover the story behind free agency, and a law that was meant to rescue wild horses. Andy Borowitz bemoans the no-apology apology.
October 21 – Episode 5
Learn how texting could reduce suicides. See why surrogate parenthood is still being shaped by Baby M. Shine a light on lead, banned but not gone. Climate help may come from the Cold War. Andy Borowitz recalls a flaming river.
October 22 – Episode 6
Discover the lessons from a 1970s public housing experiment. Understand the roots of newborn testing. Explore head injuries in pro sports. See why too few people, not too many, is a problem. Andy Borowitz takes on Space Force.
October 28 – Episode 7
Learn how risks are measured after Challenger. Understand immigration controversies that echo the past. Learn the truth about a lawsuit over hot coffee and the origin of special ops forces. Andy Borowitz looks at Anita Bryant’s unintended influence.
October 29 – Episode 8
Discover how sex ed programs are informed by past failures. Debunk a myth about crime. Uncover the story behind new AIDS hot spots, Learn the legacy of Napster. Andy Borowitz tackles TV bullying.
Scanning the Pyramids on Secrets of the Dead
Tuesday, October 1 at 8:00pm
Travel with the scientific team granted unprecedented access by the Egyptian government to solve a 4,500-year-old mystery: what lies within the Great Pyramid at Giza. Using non-invasive technologies, they make a historic discovery.
Secrets of the Dead explores iconic historical moments while debunking long-held myths and shining new light on past events. Advances in investigative techniques, forensic science and historical scholarship offer new evidence on forgotten mysteries.