Top 10 Holiday Specials Now Streaming on IdahoPTV Passport

1. The Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra Family Christmas Show

Join Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and their families for this joyful holiday special filmed in 1967. Songs include “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night” and many more. With special guest Sammy Davis, Jr.

2. Rick Steves’ European Christmas

Buon Natale! Fröhliche Weihnachten! Joyeaux Noël! Merry Christmas!

Join Rick Steves for a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe. From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy, you’ll see the bright Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families…and even play in the snow!

3. Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she recreates how Christmas was celebrated during the age of Henry VIII – eating, drinking, singing, dancing and partying like people did 500 years ago. On each of the traditional twelve days of Christmas, Lucy reveals a different aspect of the festivities uncovering fresh insights into the Tudor mind and casting a captivating new light on Christmas itself. 

4. Monstrum: The Wicked Feline Murder Floof, a Yule Cat Story

Christmas isn’t just a time for presents, cookies, and holiday cheer, but the hunting period of Iceland’s murderous monster feline, the Yule Cat. This giant, fluffy cat towers over buildings, roaming the snowy countryside for human victims who have yet to receive new clothes before Christmas.

5. All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.

6. CLOWN by Quentin Blake

If you’ve ever read a Roald Dahl story, most likely you’re familiar with the art of Quentin Blake.

Quentin Blake’s Clown is a half-hour animated special that brings to life the adventures of a little toy clown who has been thrown away. On Christmas Eve, Clown goes on an exciting journey to find a new home for himself and his friends.

7. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Conceived by John Mauceri, this new work is a re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker.” Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 book, Alan Cumming recounts the origin story of how a prince got put into a nutcracker. Unlike the ballet, we also learn what happens when the young girl grows up, having saved the prince, and what they are doing today.

8. Santa School

Follow six would-be Santa Clauses as they take an intensive workshop to learn to dress, walk, and talk like Santa. But who are they and what inspires them to take this path?

9. Happy Holidays with Bing & Frank

Celebrate the holidays with this timeless favorite featuring the magical combination of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby in an early color television special from 1957.The two legends swap Christmas carols, songs, and stories, pay a musical visit to Victorian England and a duet on Christmas classics. Directed by Sinatra, with music conducted by Nelson Riddle.

10. Christmas Celebrations Around the Globe

Celebrating the world through their festivals is a great way to experience a country and its people. In this episode, host Joseph Resendo begins in Venice, California at the annual holiday boat parade. Then Joseph returns to San Antonio’s world-famous riverwalk and the Lake Geneva region of Switzerland for their Christmas celebration. Joseph shows that Christmas is about more than twinkling lights and cups of cheer.

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Top 10 American History Programs Now Streaming on IdahoPTV Passport

1. The Vote – American Experience

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic story of the hard-fought campaign, waged by American women, for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

2. Reconstruction: American After the Civil War

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change. The twelve years that composed the post-war Reconstruction era (1865-77) witnessed a seismic shift in the meaning and makeup of our democracy.

3. Betrayed: Surviving An American Concentration Camp

Discover the story of a group of Japanese Americans and their incarceration by the U.S. government during World War II. Through the compelling voices of survivors of Minidoka, a concentration camp in the Idaho desert, Betrayed tells a universal story about unjust incarceration and the loss of civil rights.

4. The Pilgrims – American Experience

Explore the converging forces, circumstances, personalities and events that propelled a group of English men and women west across the Atlantic in 1620. The challenges they faced in making new lives for themselves still resonate almost 400 years later: the tensions of faith and freedom in American society, the separation of Church and State, and cultural encounters resulting from immigration.

5. The Day the ’60s Died

The Day the ’60s Died chronicles May 1970, the month in which four students were shot dead at Kent State. The mayhem that followed has been called the most divisive moment in American history since the Civil War. From college campuses, to the jungles of Cambodia, to the Nixon White House, the film takes us back into that turbulent spring 45 years ago.

6. The Klondike Gold Rush

The Klondike Gold Rush tells the legendary story of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush. Over 100,000 people voyage to the far North intent on reaching the Canadian boom-town Dawson City and striking it rich. Historians and Authors bring insight and perspective to the event that changed the lives of thousands. Present-day characters reveal that the frontier spirit is still alive in the Klondike.

7. Surviving the Dust Bowl – American Experience

In 1931 the rains stopped and the “black blizzards” began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains — the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes. One journalist traveling through the devastated region dubbed it the “Dust Bowl.”

Surviving the Dust Bowl is the remarkable story of the determined people who clung to their homes and way of life, enduring drought, dust, disease — even death — for nearly a decade.

8. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

The remarkable story of the entire Corps of Discovery – not just of the two Captains, but the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clark’s African-American slave, and the Shoshone woman named Sacagawea, who brought along her infant son. As important to the story as these many characters, however, was the land itself, and the promises it held.

9. Goin’ Back to T-Town – American Experience

Goin’ Back to T-Town tells the story of Greenwood, an extraordinary Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that prospered during the 1920s and 30s despite rampant and hostile segregation. Torn apart in 1921 by one of the worst racially-motivated massacres in the nation’s history, the neighborhood rose from the ashes, and by 1936 boasted the largest concentration of Black-owned businesses in the U.S.

10. The War of 1812

This documentary shows how the glories of war become enshrined in history. How failures are quickly forgotten and how inconvenient truths are ignored forever. With stunning reenactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, The War of 1812 presents the strange and awkward conflict that shaped the destiny of a continent.

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Top 10 Water Features and Creatures Programs Now Streaming on IdahoPTV Passport

1. Birthplace of the Giants

An epic scientific expedition to the breeding grounds of the humpback whale. Traveling to the Kimberley region in Western Australia, whale researchers Curt and Micheline Jenner capture never-before-seen whale behavior using the latest aerial camera drones and night vision cameras, providing insight into the secret life of these enigmatic giants.

2. Changing Seas

Now in its 14th Season, Changing Seas is a public television series produced by South Florida PBS in Miami, Florida. Since 2009, the series has taken viewers on an exciting adventure to the heart of our liquid planet.

Changing Seas goes to sea with explorers and scientists as they uncover new information that could lead to scientific breakthroughs. This documentary series lets viewers experience first-hand, how oceanographers and other experts study earth’s last frontier, and it sheds light on how human activities are threatening ocean resources.

3. NATURE – Oceans | Animals with Cameras

Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan leads a team using state-of-the-art cameras, offering a fresh look at the lives of some of the animals in our oceans such as sharks, elephant seals, turtles and gannets.

4. Rivers of Life

Experience the extraordinary animals, epic landscapes, and remarkable people who live alongside iconic rivers. Visit the Amazon, the Nile, the Mississippi and more in this landmark series.

5. The Green Planet: Water Worlds

Sir David Attenborough explores bizarre and beautiful water plants, which use nature’s super-glue, counting, and killer spikes to get a leaf up. Some escape from animals by rolling away, while others create bubbles in a magical river in Brazil.

6. Idaho Headwaters

We are a state rich in rivers. And the waters that feed those rivers—Idaho’s headwaters—are truly some of the West’s sacred places.

In this hour-long program, Outdoor Idaho pays tribute to the hundreds of miles of small streams that transport water from the upper reaches of the watershed to the main part of a river. Headwaters help determine the character of major rivers, like the Snake, the Salmon, the Selway, the Boise, the Owyhee, the St. Joe; and in turn those rivers help define Idaho and the West.

Located in some of the state’s most beautiful, hard-to-reach places, Idaho Headwaters reminds us what it is that’s worth protecting in this world of ours.

7. Planet California: Rivers of Gold

It is a land of extremes – tallest, deepest, highest, hottest. And home to the richest biodiversity in the Americas, from gray whales traveling the California Current to mountain lions in the Sierra Nevada and redwoods harvesting water from the air. In a rapidly changing and thirsty world, drought, dams and fire pose dire threats to an ecosystem connected by rivers on land, air and sea.

8. Life on the Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on earth. It’s home to a stunning array of animals, from microscopic plankton to 100-ton whales. This three-part series presents a unique and fresh angle on Australia’s greatest natural icon, seen through the eyes of those who live, work, and play in this natural wonderland.

9. The Colorado

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Mark Rylance, The Colorado is an epic film about North America’s wildest river. From the earliest settlements in the region to the impact of climate change today, the documentary is a sweeping exploration of the river’s history. Along the way, The Colorado tells the stories of European and Anglo- American explorations in the 18th and 19th centuries.

10. Big Pacific

Plunge into the Pacific with researchers and cinematographers and see the ocean’s rare and dazzling creatures in a way never before seen on television. The show examines an ocean that covers a third of the Earth’s surface.

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Top 10 Binge-Worthy Passport Exclusives Now Streaming on IdahoPTV Passport

1. Jamaica Inn

Based on the novel by the English writer Daphne Du Maurier, Jamaica Inn is a gripping mystery that tells the story of Mary Yellan, a woman who is forced to move into the ominous Jamaica Inn with her aunt and uncle. Mary must uncover the secrets of a local group of smugglers while also managing her growing attraction to the mysterious Jem Merlyn.

2. La Otra Mirada

Set in 1920s Seville, where Teresa, a woman with a mysterious past, flees to a young girls’ academy with a secret goal related to the academy itself. This Spanish language series portrays the journey of brave women finding their own voice.

3. Pie in the Sky

Henry Crabbe, a reluctant detective with a passion for food gets set to retire and open his own restaurant, Pie in the Sky. However, his supervisor, Chief Constable Fisher, keeps drawing Crabbe back into investigations.

4. Land Girls

Follow the lives, loves, highs, and lows of members of the Women’s Land Army working at the Hoxley Estate during World War II. As men fought on the battlefields, women from all walks of life worked the farms that fed the nation, doing their part to keep the home front running.

5. Hope Street

The sudden arrival of DC Leila Hussain in Port Devine results in residents pondering the reason behind her arrival. Inspector Finn O’Hare knows why Leila has transferred to Port Devine, but is keeping it to himself.

6. Cobra

Follow the British Prime Minister and his Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (COBRA) committee, comprised of leading contingency planners and senior politicians, as they navigate the difficulties in overcoming a major national crisis.

7. Royal Flying Doctor Service

Based on remarkable real-life stories, this gripping drama series follows the modern-day heroes of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. They navigate private lives as turbulent and profound as the heart-stopping emergencies they attend to across some of the most beautiful and inhospitable places in the Australian outback.

8. Before We Die

Determined to solve her lover’s murder, Detective Hannah Laing persuades one of his confidential contacts to help her. But when Hannah discovers the informant’s identity, she realizes there is far more at stake than bringing the killers to justice.

9. Apple Tree Yard

What could have brought a law-abiding woman — an eminent geneticist — into court to be accused of complicity in a violent crime? And about to be exposed in a highly damaging and compromising lie? Adapted from the best-selling novel, this is a tense, provocative mini-series about a respected female scientist (Emily Watson) and the single impulsive act that leads to her standing trial for murder.

10. Broadchurch

When a young boy is murdered, this small town of Broadchurch in Dorset suddenly becomes the focus of a major event in the full glare of the media spotlight. DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) lead the investigation, as one by one the community of Broadchurch are drawn into the police inquiry, starting with the immediate family, and then radiating outward.

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Bruce Reichert’s Top 10 Outdoor Idaho Episodes Now Streaming on IdahoPTV Passport

To me, coming up with a Top Ten list from our more than 300 programs is virtually impossible, especially in a state that possesses such a convergence of wonders. I could have chosen others, but I selected these ten precisely because they were not easy. They involved many miles and lots of interviewing, research, writing, and editing.  
My colleagues and I really did swing for the fences with these particular shows. And even when we may have only hit a double, to me they represent a lot of effort and lots of love. I do hope you enjoy them. — Bruce

Photo credit: Tim Tower

1. 50 Years of Wilderness

With the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964, Americans began a grand experiment in land management—to set aside certain areas “where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”

For the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Outdoor Idaho visits each of Idaho’s designated wilderness areas—the Selway Bitterroot, Craters of the Moon, Sawtooths, Hells Canyon, Gospel Hump, Frank Church River of No Return and Owyhee Canyonlands—to explore what we’ve learned since the passage of this landmark legislation.

2. Idaho Headwaters

We are a state rich in rivers. And the waters that feed those rivers—Idaho’s headwaters—are truly some of the West’s sacred places.

In this hour-long program, Outdoor Idaho pays tribute to the hundreds of miles of small streams that transport water from the upper reaches of the watershed to the main part of a river. Headwaters help determine the character of major rivers, like the Snake, the Salmon, the Selway, the Boise, the Owyhee, the St. Joe; and in turn those rivers help define Idaho and the West.

Located in some of the state’s most beautiful, hard-to-reach places, “Idaho Headwaters” reminds us what it is that’s worth protecting in this world of ours.

3. Salmon Reckoning

Idaho’s salmon are facing extinction. Idaho’s twelve-term congressman, Mike Simpson, says we need to breach the four lower Snake River dams in the state of Washington. His proposal – not yet a bill – has got a lot of people talking. Salmon advocates call it far-sighted and the only way to keep Idaho’s ocean-going fish from going extinct.  Simpson’s proposal would also compensate all those impacted by the loss of the dams, to the tune of $33.5 billion. 

Opponents of dam removal say the structures allow Lewiston to function as an inland “seaport,” making it possible to barge Palouse wheat to Portland and elsewhere. The four dams — Lower Granite, Little Goose, Lower Monumental, and Ice Harbor — also account for about 1,000 megawatts of hydropower. Why, they ask, should we take down the dams when the real culprits are things like unfavorable ocean conditions, warming rivers, predators and over-harvest.

Outdoor Idaho interviews people on all sides of one of the most controversial and consequential issues facing the Northwest.

Photo credit: Peter Morrill

4. Sawtooths On My Mind

Who can forget that first view of the Sawtooth Mountain range, one of the West’s most iconic settings? For many people, the Sawtooth wilderness is their favorite, so accessible, with mountain lakes within walking distance and jagged peaks shaped like the blade of a crosscut saw.

During the summer months, it is not unusual to find hikers from all over the world enjoying the hundreds of miles of trails that connect so many of the 400 lakes scattered throughout the distinctive granite peaks.

“Sawtooths on My Mind” examines the attraction of this remarkable mountain range, from the point of view of people who are seeing it for the first time, and folks who have worked for decades to preserve the unique flavor of the region. They all speak from the heart about one of Idaho’s truly inspiring landscapes.

5. State of Change

It seems like only yesterday Idaho was the forgotten state, the one routinely confused with Iowa. But no longer. Today the state with more cattle than people is now on everyone’s radar screen.

The changes in Idaho have been astounding, affecting just about everything, from cities and towns to public lands and wildlife. But throughout Idaho’s seven degrees of latitude, there’s a real sense of unease. Ask people who have lived here for 30 years. To them it feels like a no-turning-back kind of change.

The Outdoor Idaho crew examines some of those changes – as well as some reasons for optimism – in the nation’s 43rd state…a State of Change.

Photo credit: Link Jackson

6. Land of the Lost River Range

They are Idaho’s tallest mountains, but many would be hard pressed to find them on a map. Geologists call it Basin and Range. We’ll meet some of the hardy individuals who work and play among these 12,000-foot peaks. This is a part of the state that in many ways still resembles the Old West.

The Outdoor Idaho crew explores the unique formations of the province geologists call Basin and Range, and meets the hardy individuals who live, work and play alongside these 12,000-foot peaks. “They’re so majestic,” says Mackay rancher and native Kevin Donahue. “They draw you home.”

Photo credit: Peter Morrill

7. 35th Anniversary Special

You can cover a lot of territory in 35 years and still just barely scratch the surface. We know because we’ve been doing that—exploring the beauty, the drama, the science of nature for 35 years. This special revisits some of the scenic wonders we’ve uncovered along the way. We also take viewers behind the scenes and remember the folks who have shared their stories with us over the years.

8. Into the Pioneers

Positioned between glamorous Sun Valley and desolate Craters of the Moon, the Pioneer Mountains are, for many, just a blank spot on the map. The Outdoor Idaho crew set out to change that, exploring the valleys and the tallest peaks of Idaho’s second-highest mountain range. This is not official wilderness, but it’s every bit as wild as the nearby Boulders and White Clouds, with a rich history and diverse landscape sure to inspire and intrigue.

Photo credit: Chadd Cripe

9. Beyond the White Clouds

It’s some of the most dazzlingly diverse country in the West, deserving of the gold standard of protection. In this hour-long special, the Outdoor Idaho crew visits the three new wilderness areas in the center of Idaho—the White Clouds, the Hemingway-Boulders and the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness—to tell the fascinating fifty-year story of how the threat of an open-pit molybdenum mine eventually led to a unanimous vote for wilderness in Congress. This program also examines some of the major battles yet to be decided.

10. The Frank

It’s the largest forested wilderness in the lower 48, larger even than some states. Outside of Alaska, only Death Valley Wilderness is larger. So how did the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness become law?

It’s been 35 years since Congress established the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Outdoor Idaho takes the pulse of this remote, magical vastness that many now call, simply, The Frank.

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Top 10 Architecture Programs Now Streaming on IdahoPTV Passport

1. Secrets of the Dead: Building Notre Dame

Notre Dame — it’s the world’s most famous cathedral. Majestic and inspiring, this marvel of Gothic architecture seemed to defy time. Follow an investigation into the centuries-long construction of Notre Dame de Paris, uncovering the vast architectural, technical and human challenges experienced throughout the turbulent history of one of the world’s most celebrated buildings.

2. Impossible Builds

Learn about the creation of some of the world’s most ambitious and technologically advanced buildings. From subaquatic homes to futuristic towers and pencil thin skyscrapers, see how these previously impossible structures are taking shape.

3. Brooklyn Bridge

Today it’s a symbol of strength and vitality. But 135 years ago, it was a source of controversy. This documentary examines the great problems and ingenious solutions that marked the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. From conception to construction, it traces the bridge’s transformation from a spectacular feat of heroic engineering to a time-honored symbol in American culture.

4. Secrets of Sacred Architecture

For most of America’s history, sacred buildings represented our greatest feats of innovative engineering and artistic design. For a time, America’s tallest structures and its largest-capacity buildings were churches, and a Maryland church organ was the most complex machine. Unlock the elements of design that make these structures so fascinating and unveil their meanings in religious architecture.

5. Super Skyscrapers

As urban space shrinks, we build higher and faster than ever before. Super skyscrapers are pushing the limits of engineering, technology and design to become greener, stronger, smarter and more luxurious than their predecessors. This four-part series follows the creation of four extraordinary buildings, showcasing how they will revolutionize the way we live.

6. 10 Buildings that Changed America

A state capitol that Thomas Jefferson designed to resemble a Roman temple, the home of Henry Ford’s first assembly line, an airport with a swooping concrete roof that seems to float on air — these are among the buildings surveyed in this cross-country journey to 10 influential works of American architecture.

7. The Statue of Liberty

This 1985 Ken Burns film chronicles the creation and history of the Statue of Liberty and what it represents to all Americans. Narrated by David McCullough, the film traces the development of the monument — from its conception, to its complicated and often controversial construction, to its final dedication — and offers interviews with a wide range of Americans to explore the meaning of the statue.

8. NOVA: Secrets of the Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is the world’s biggest and most extravagant palace complex ever built. For five centuries, it was the power center of imperial China and survived wars, revolution, fires, and earthquakes. How did the Ming Emperor’s workforce construct its sprawling array of nearly 1,000 buildings and dozens of temples in a little over a decade? How were stupendous 250-ton marble blocks moved across many miles to reach the site? And how did fantastically intricate woodwork, all fastened without nails or glue, enable the palaces to survive hundreds of earthquakes, including recent ones that obliterated nearby modern structures?

9. Great Estates Scotland

This four-part series takes an in-depth look at the workings of some of Scotland’s most magnificent country estates through the eyes of the current owners, the ghillies, the gardeners and the housekeepers, not forgetting the paying guests who frequent these stunning country estates. Filmed entirely in Scotland, the show tell the fascinating stories behind these magnificent buildings.

10. Outdoor Idaho – Designing Idaho

Now for some buildings a little closer to home – which ones do you recognize?

Outdoor Idaho explores Idaho’s architectural heritage, including some of Idaho’s oldest and grandest buildings, as well as some of Sun Valley’s finest residences and even some alternative architecture.

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Top 10 British Monarchy Programs Now Streaming on IdahoPTV Passport

1. Lucy Worsley’s Royal Photo Album

Over the last century-and-a-half, the camera has been the royal family’s confidante, messenger, keeper of memories – and pursuer. In this revealing and inventive film, British historian Lucy Worsley takes us through the story of the royal photograph, showing how the royal family collaborated with generations of photographers to create images that reinvented the British monarchy.

2. The Queen: Anthology – A Life on film

In this anthology film, a treasure trove of short films presents a unique perspective on the remarkable life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who in 2022 celebrated her record-breaking Platinum Jubilee after 70 years on the throne. From her birth and her days as a young queen-in-waiting, to her Coronation, major life events and milestones, viewers will be mesmerized by this unique documentary.

3. In Their Own Words: Princess Diana

This unique exploration of Diana’s life looks back through a contemporary lens that credits her choices, her suffering, and her triumphs as the ultimate disrupter for a generation of women across the globe.

Meet those closest to Princess Diana and follow her story as she grew from a shy, aristocratic schoolgirl into a dynamic force for change. This is a journey from the inside of her life, and the story of a woman who defied expectations and evolved into one of the most impactful icons of our time.

4. Royal Wives at War

A revealing new look at the abdication crisis of 1936 through the eyes of the two women at its very heart. In a series of dramatized monologues set in 1967, Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson look back at the dramatic events, which led to the British King, Edward VIII, giving up the throne for the woman he loved.

5. Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths & Secrets

In this series, British historian Lucy Worsley travels across Britain and Europe visiting the incredible locations where Royal history was made. From the Spanish Armada to the French Revolution and in beautiful castles and on dramatic battlefields, Worsley investigates how Royal history is a mixture of fact, exaggeration, manipulation and mythology.

6. Margaret: The Rebel Princess

Sister to Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret’s life and loves reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed the Western world during the 20th century. With sumptuous archival materials and revealing interviews, the series follows Margaret’s life as she redefined our image of the modern princess, showing how her character combined the rebellious force of modernity with a respect for tradition.

7. Inside the Court of Henry VIII

Henry VIII is the most iconic king of English history. Part medieval tyrant, part renaissance prince, he ruled over his people as no king of England had ever done before. He took a country salvaged by his father from the wreck of civil war and set over it a single, sovereign ruler. By the end of his reign, the power of the Tudor dynasty was absolute – but at a terrible cost.

In “Inside the Court of Henry VIII” we journey back into this remarkable story. Visit the castles and palaces where Henry lived, examine the relics that still survive – the carvings, engravings and symbols that each tell part of the story of his remarkable court. Through expert interviews, attempt to understand the reign of this colossus of England’s history – whose rule transformed a nation, and the world.

8. Prince Albert: A Victorian Hero Revealed

History largely remembers Prince Albert as Queen Victoria’s German husband whose untimely death inspired decades of mourning. However, a wealth of new material suggests he played a profound role in shaping Victorian Britain.

Professor Saul David examines Albert’s influence and innovative ideas, which transformed the nation’s fortunes and created a legacy that lives on today.

9. Tales from the Royal Bedchamber

Lucy Worsley gets into bed with our past monarchs to uncover the secrets of the royal bedchamber. She reveals that our obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. In fact, the rise and fall of their magnificent beds reflects the changing fortunes of the monarchy itself.

10. Secrets of Royal Travel

Pack your bags for a rare inside look at the monarchy’s luxurious private planes and trains. Climb aboard for an inside look at the history of the “palace on wheels,” from its lavish past as the royal “express of excess” to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s mobile home away from home.

You’ll also take to the skies for an insider’s look at the regal luxury of royal air travel. From 1936 when Edward became Britain’s first reigning monarch to fly as both passenger and pilot, to the present, discover how jet-setting has defined the modern royals.

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Top 10 Animal Programs Now Streaming on IdahoPTV Passport

1. Magical Land of Oz

Burrow into the magical depths of Australian animal life as unique species navigate extremes on land and sea. Blue chip cameras capture the continent’s diverse animal populations in its highest snow peaks, frigid southern seas and suburban backyards.

2. Life at the Waterhole

Explore the daily drama as African wildlife flock to a manmade waterhole rigged with cameras. Dr. M. Sanjayan and his team uncover the complex dynamic of this bustling oasis where elephants, lions, leopards and more meet and compete for water.

3. Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

Experience the inspiring rebirth of an African wilderness through the eyes of Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman Bob Poole. Darting lions, wrestling crocs, facing down angry elephants – it’s all part of a day’s work as he joins the battle to re-wild a legendary national park.

4. Africa’s Wild Roommates

A unique look at three of the greatest builders of the African Savannah: weaver birds, aardvarks and termites. In their spectacular buildings they do not live alone! Many roommates from other species, from small insects, reptiles and birds to large mammals, not only live together — they also benefit from sharing the same roof.

5. Animal Babies: First Year on Earth

Meet six baby animals from across the globe. Follow along as they experience joy and hardship, confront near-daily adversities, navigate their habitats, and overcome challenges in their first year of life.

6. Nature’s Great Race

Follow three iconic animals on three of the world’s most breath-taking wildlife adventures. Across hundreds of miles of Canadian arctic wilderness and African bush, we follow every life and death decision these herds make as they overcome immense obstacles and face fearless predators in a race to reach their destination.

7. NOVA Wonders What Are Animals Saying?

From singing whales and squeaking bats to thumping spiders and clicking dolphins, the world is filled with the exotic sounds of our fellow creatures. What are they saying? Can we decode their communications? NOVA Wonders follows researchers around the globe who are deciphering an amazing array of clues that reveal how animals share information critical to their survival.

9. To the Ends of the Earth: East Africa

Tour the incredible landscape of East Africa and the amazing creatures that inhabit it in this documentary, featuring the videography and photography of award-winning wildlife photographer Todd Gustafson and the narration of Dr. Jane Goodall.

9. Magnificent Beast

Explore the unique relationship of pigs as food, friend, and foe to humans. Interviews with archaeologists, farmers, chefs, hunters, and pet owners reveal the complicated bond between people and pigs, including the “pork taboo.”

10. Wild Metropolis

Discover the extraordinary animals adapting to life in the world’s most loved cities, and witness the remarkable ways they meet the challenges of surviving in the newest habitat on the planet.

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Top 10 Spooky Programs Now Streaming on IdahoPTV Passport

1. Exhumed: A History of Zombies

Braaaaaaaains! Braaaaains!
The desire for living brains is pretty much the main thing that people know about zombies. In this one-hour Halloween PBS special, Dr. Emily Zarka takes audiences deep into the lore of the zombie throughout American history, examining zombie legends and tales that explain what these creatures reveal about shifts in society, history and our deepest anxieties.

2. Shakespeare’s Tomb

“Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear, to dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.”

In this special, Historian Dr. Helen Castor explores the mysteries surrounding Shakespeare’s burial place. Will the first-ever scientific investigation discover why his tombstone’s only inscription is a curse against any man who ‘moves my bones’?

3. The House on Haunted Hill (1959)

In one of his signature roles, Vincent Price plays an eccentric millionaire who offers five guests $10,000 each if they can spend the night in his genuine haunted house. As the evening progresses, the guests are trapped inside the house with ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. Will they survive?

4. Nightmare Theatre

The Baron Mondo Von Doren (Mike Ensley), is a minor demon assigned to inflict misery upon mankind by way of bad movies. With his sidekicks—the masked wrestler El Sapo de Tempesto (Chip Chism) and pet werewolf Mittens (Lemmie Crews)—the Baron introduces old horror films in a humorous manner with little respect and a side of intriguing film history.

5. Monstrum – Unlocking the Mysteries of the Loch Ness Monster

While reported sightings of a mysterious creature in Loch Ness go back hundreds of years, it received little global recognition until the 1930s. Historical records, newspapers articles, blockbuster films, and advanced scientific technologies all play a role in this story. Watch this episode to find out what theories have been disproven—and what questions are still unanswered.

6. Antiques Roadshow – “Kooky & Spooky”

Celebrate Halloween with thrilling and chilling finds, like a rag doll nicknamed “Chucky,” a nightmarish Leonora Carrington painting, and an eye-catching “Bride of Frankenstein” pressbook. Which macabre and magnificent treasure is $250,000-$350,000?

7. Historian’s Take: The Surprising Origins of Vampires

Our fascination with vampires has spanned centuries, but it didn’t all start with Dracula. In fact, the first vampires (dating back to the 1800s!) were actually women. This genre of literature gave writers an outlet to explore female sexuality and societal taboos, leading to a cult of lesbian vampire films in the 60s and 70s.

8. Haunted History

In these short specials, Haunted History explores the ghost stories surrounding historic locations across New York state. The series uses interviews, archival photographs, and onsite cinematography to tell this interesting aspect of the local history.

9. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

In this black and white horror classic from George A. Romero, a group of everyday people comes together to barricade themselves inside an old rural farmhouse in western Pennsylvania to escape the bloodlust of the ‘living dead’.

10. Monstrum – Baba Yaga: The Ancient Origins of the Famous ‘Witch’

One of the most beloved (and feared) figures in Russian and East Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is more than just a witch. She’s a rumored cannibal who lives in a strange rotating house and flies around in a magical mortar and pestle–but she’s also a helpful grandmotherly figure.

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Top 10 Reimagined Classics Now Streaming on IdahoPTV Passport

1. Little Women

Loved by generations of women worldwide, Little Women is a truly universal coming-of-age story. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage.

2. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe star in a Tony Award-winning revival of the beloved musical about a British schoolteacher instructing the royal children of the King of Siam, featuring classic songs including “Hello, Young Lovers” and “Shall We Dance.”

3. Around the World in 80 Days

Let the adventure begin!

Around the World in 80 Days is a thrilling adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1872 classic adventure novel. Phileas Fogg is an eccentric Englishman who bets a fortune that he can circumnavigate the planet in a mere eighty days. Fogg is accompanied on the daunting journey by his quick-thinking valet, Passepartout, and Abigail “Fix” Fortescue, a determined and headstrong journalist.

4. Oliver Twist

A new and modern retelling, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist is the much-loved tale of the poor orphan who falls in with audacious young pickpockets and diabolical villains. On a dark and stormy winter’s night in a miserable, dank room, lit only by a few candles, Oliver is born into a life of poverty and misfortune. Growing up in a workhouse, watching the suffering and cruelty endured by the boys at the hands of his masters, Oliver decides he wants more and sets out for London. There he meets the Artful Dodger, Fagin and the boys.

5. Romeo & Juliet

This stylized film of Shakespeare’s masterpiece from the National Theatre celebrates theatrical imagination. In this contemporary retelling, a company of actors in a shuttered theater bring to life the tale of two young lovers who strive to transcend a world of violence and hate. Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley star as Shakespeare’s immortal star-crossed lovers.

6. Les Miserables

Victor Hugo’s masterpiece comes to life in 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.

7. Much Ado About Nothing

For the first time in over four decades, Great Performances presents a Public Theater production recorded live at Free Shakespeare in the Park. After a highly successful, critically acclaimed run at the outdoor Delacorte Theater in New York City’s Central Park, “Much Ado About Nothing” is a bold interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece featuring Danielle Brooks as Beatrice.

9. Little Dorrit

This mini-series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long-term inmate of Marshalsea debtors prison in London. Amy and her family’s world is transformed when her boss’s son, Arthur Clennam, returns from overseas to solve his family’s mysterious legacy and discovers that their lives are interlinked.

9. Howards End

Often considered E.M. Forster’s masterpiece, Howards End is the story of two independent and unconventional sisters and the men in their lives, seeking love and meaning as they navigate an ever-changing world. Margaret Schlegel is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox, a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End.

Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen takes up the cause of Leonard Bast, a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work, and at home with his partner Jacky. In the absence of their late parents, the sisters’ loving but interfering Aunt Juley tries to keep the young ladies and their brother Tibby on the straight and narrow.

10. Bleak House

In Charles Dickens’ classic, Bleak House, young orphan Esther Summerson is brought before London’s High Court of Chancery with Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, wards of court who are caught up in the infamous and never-ending case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce. Meanwhile, Lady Dedlock finds her world turned upside down when her husband’s lawyer Tulkinghorn gets wind of a dark secret in her past, and begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.

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