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This Month on CPTV

April 2024 Programming Highlights
Spring is here, and that means new show premieres highlight the CPTV and CPTV Spirit lineup of exceptional programming. You’ll be entertained, informed and inspired by the latest offerings.


Independent Lens: A Thousand Pines

Monday, April 1 at 10 p.m.
Over the course of a grueling eight months, a crew of Oaxacan guest workers plant trees throughout the United States. This intimate portrait shows how hard it is to balance the physical demands of reforestation and extreme isolation while staying connected to the family back home.

Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator

Tuesdays at 9 p.m. beginning April 2
The dramatic story of how nearly five centuries of ancient Roman democracy was overthrown in just 16 years... by one man. This is a three-part saga of a brazen, ambitious power-grab that saw Julius Caesar consolidate the vast power of Rome in his own hands.

NOVA: Great American Eclipse

Wednesday, April 3 at 8 p.m.
Explore the spectacular cosmic phenomenon of a total solar eclipse. In April 2024, the Moon’s shadow is sweeping from Texas to Maine, as the U.S. witnesses its last total eclipse until 2044, and scientists scramble to unlock the secrets of our Sun.

A Brief History of the Future: Beyond the Now

Wednesdays at 9 p.m. beginning April 3
Join Ari Wallach on his journey to seek the individuals and ideas that can shape a better, more sustainable future in this six-part series. Wallach weaves together history, science and storytelling to expand our understanding of where we find ourselves and what we can do to ensure a better future for the generations to come.

Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Nancy Corrigan (MEGAN CUSAK), Rosalind Clifford (NATALIE QUARRY) and Joyce Highland (RENEE BAILEY)

The Brokenwood Mysteries | Season 2

Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. beginning April 4
In the popular series, Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd, with the assistance of Detective Kristin Sims, investigates a wide range of murder mysteries in Brokenwood, a small town in the countryside of New Zealand.


Midsomer Murders | Season 4

Fridays at 8 p.m.
The international hit series MIDSOMER MURDERS, a crime series based on the novels of Caroline Graham, is set in the rural countryside of a fictional county in England. A lush visual style, quirky characters and ubiquitous red herrings recall classic public television British mysteries of the past. At the center of the MIDSOMER MURDERS investigations is Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, played by actor John Nettles (Bergerac).

YNDI Yoga | Season 3

Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on CPTV and Mondays at 6 a.m. on Spirit
Experience a transformational journey through atmospheric environments and soundscapes to find your yndi ,or bliss. Lana Vogestad, E-RYT 500 and visual artist, leads you through an immersive experience of yoga, meditation and art to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. Each practice is inspired by an archetype of empowerment, such as courage, acceptance, truth, magic, vision and transformation.

Trixie Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Nancy Corrigan (MEGAN CUSAK), Rosalind Clifford (NATALIE QUARRY) and Joyce Highland (RENEE BAILEY)
Andrea Southam/BBC Studios/Neal Street Production

Call the Midwife | Season 13

Sundays at 8 p.m.
This moving, intimate, funny and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London's East End in the 1950s. Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work in the poorest area of the city. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of women who minister to expectant mothers, many of whom give birth at home in appalling conditions. The drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients and learns to love the people who live in the East End. It is now 1969 and more babies are being born in hospital than ever before. Pressure on maternity beds remains extremely high across the country but Poplar is coping better than most due to the work of Nonnatus House and the popularity of home births under the auspices of the Sisters.

MASTERPIECE Mr Bates vs The Post Office Premiering April 7, 2024; 9-10pm ET on PBS Following one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in British legal history, Mr. Bates vs. The Post Office was created with direct input from the innocent – and indomitable – people caught up in it. When money started to seemingly disappear from its local branches, the government-owned Post Office wrongly blamed their own managers for its apparent loss. For more than a decade, hundreds were accused of theft and fraud, and many were even sent to prison - leaving lives, marriages, and reputations in ruins. But the issue was actually caused by errors in the Post Office’s own computer system - something it denied for years. Revealing a shocking David vs. Goliath fight for justice, this is the story of the decent ordinary people who were relentlessly pursued, coerced and controlled by a powerful corporation, and their ongoing battle, against seemingly insurmountable odds, to right so many horrific wrongs. Shown L-R: Shaun Dooley as Michael Rudkin, Lesley Nicol as Pam Stubbs, Monica Dolan as Jo Hamilton, Toby Jones as Alan Bates, Julie Hesmondhalgh as Suzanne Sercombe, Amit Shah as Jasgun Singh, and Will Mellor as Lee Castleton. For editorial use only. Courtesy of ITV Studios and MASTERPIECE.

Mr Bates vs The Post Office

Sundays at 9 p.m. beginning April 7
Based on the infamous British Post Office scandal, the series tells the story of hundreds of people who ran branches of the Post Office across Britain, and who were wrongly accused of theft due to a faulty IT system. For more than a decade, hundreds were accused of stealing and fraud, and many were even sent to prison – leaving lives, marriages and reputations in ruins. But the issue was actually caused by errors in the Post Office’s own computer system – something it denied for years.

Kurt Patzak

Alice & Jack

Sundays at 10 p.m.
Andrea Riseborough (To Leslie) and Domhnall Gleeson (The Patient) star in this love story for the ages written by Victor Levin (Mad Men, Mad About You). When Alice (Riseborough) and Jack (Gleeson) first meet they’re bound by a connection so powerful it seems nothing can break it, but will their path lead them to a place of happiness and togetherness? Or will life and their own emotional complexities get in the way? Honest, intimate, and surprisingly funny, the six-part series shows love in all its unexpected, technicolor, kaleidoscopic beauty.

RFDS: Royal Flying Doctor Service | Season 2

Sundays at 11 p.m.
Based on remarkable real-life stories, this gripping drama series follows the modern-day heroes of the Royal Flying Doctor Service as 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.

Gavin Bond/Gavin Bond

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song: Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Monday, April 8 at 8 p.m.
The Library of Congress recognizes the incomparable, trail-blazing talents of songwriting duo Elton John and Bernie Taupin with the 2024 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Hosted by Billy Porter, the all-star concert lineup includes artists spanning the generations that followed in Elton's and Bernie's footsteps, including Joni Mitchell, Garth Brooks, Brandi Carlile, Annie Lennox, Metallica, Maren Morris, Charlie Puth and Jacob Lusk of Gabriels, culminating with a showstopping performance from Elton John.

Independent Lens - Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s

Monday, April 8 at 11 p.m.
In Matter of Mind: My Parkinson's, three people navigate their lives with resourcefulness and determination in the face of a degenerative illness, Parkinson’s disease. An optician pursues deep brain stimulation surgery; a mother raising a pre-teen daughter becomes a boxing coach and an advocate for exercise; and a cartoonist contemplates how he will continue to draw as his motor control declines.

The Invisible Shield: Follow the Data

Tuesday, April 9 at 10 p.m.
Learn how data collection has been an essential public health tool for centuries. Increasing understanding and mitigating the spread of disease, data has helped make sense of the threats to collective health.

Nature - Raptors: A Fistful of Daggers

Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning April 10
An insightful and spectacular celebration of raptors and what makes them some of the world’s most successful predators. United by a hooked beak, a taste for flesh and a set of razor-sharp talons, these birds of prey have conquered the globe from the African savannah to the high Arctic. Learn more about eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons as well as the lesser-known hunters such as secretary birds, caracaras, seriemas, and others. Explore the question of what the future holds for these remarkable birds in a rapidly changing world due to habitat loss, climate change, persecution, and pollution.

Seeds of Change

Monday, April 15 at 9 p.m.
Filmed over the course of two years, this documentary chronicles the work of an organic farmer in Maine who sets out to transform the prison food system. The film features the intersecting stories of lifelong farmer Mark McBrine and several incarcerated men as they grow their own food on a five-acre prison garden unlike any other. In a place where life is routinely defined by shame and despair, good food can be a gateway to meaning, wellness and dignity. Discover the power of using organic agriculture as a means to reform our food systems and change the course of people's lives.

Unforgotten High Res Title Still
Sam Hockaday

Unforgotten: Connecticut’s Hidden History of Slavery

Tuesday, April 16 at 8 p.m.
As stories of slavery are being uncovered and reclaimed, Connecticut Public explores this hidden history in a special series of stories on radio, TV, podcast and online – featuring historians, experts and descendants of the enslaved.

American Experience - Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at Love Canal

Monday, April 22 at 9 p.m.
Revisit the story of the 1970s Love Canal disaster, one of the most notorious environmental and public health disasters in US history. The battle for justice, led mostly by women, created the basis for the landmark federal Superfund program.

The Express Way with Dule Hill

Tuesdays at 9 p.m. beginning April 23
This series delves into the power of the arts. Led by renowned actor, dancer and singer Dule Hill, the show captures diverse artists' stories from across America, celebrating community, humanity, and the transformative potential of creative expression.

Independent Lens: One with the Whale

Tuesday, April 23 at 10 p.m.
Hunting whales is a matter of life or death for the residents of St. Lawrence. When a shy Alaska Native teen becomes the youngest person ever to harpoon a whale for his village, his family is blindsided by thousands of keyboard activists brutally attacking him online—without full perspective on the importance of the hunt to his community's well-being.

Changing Planet: Coral Special

Wednesday, April 24 at 8 p.m.
In the third year of this 7-year project examining the issues facing the planet’s most threatened ecosystems, Dr. M. Sanjayan visits the Maldives to take an in-depth look at coral reefs and the urgent efforts to help them survive climate change.

My Life Is Murder

Thursdays at 8 p.m. beginning April 25
Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Parks and Recreation) stars as retired cop Alexa Crowe in MY LIFE IS MURDER, a contemporary Australian detective drama. Her old boss (Bernard Curry, Once Upon a Time) regularly asks for her insight on cold cases and a young police data-analyst (Ebony Vagulans) is eager for mentorship. Whether Alexa wants to or not, she can't seem to stop solving crime.

Art Happens Here with John Lithgow

Sunday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
This one-hour special features actor John Lithgow (“Killers of the Flower Moon,” “The Crown,” “Interstellar”) going back to school to demonstrate the transformative power of arts education. He immerses himself with teachers and students to explore four arts disciplines: dance, ceramics, silk-screen printing and vocal jazz ensemble. The program celebrates how arts education nurtures and inspires the hearts and minds of students of all ages. Featuring organizations that include Self Help Graphics & Art, The Debbie Allen Dance Academy, the La Canada-Flintridge Community Center and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA).

American Masters: Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Monday, April 29 at 10 p.m.

Discover the life of former U.S. Senator and diplomat Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Considered to have one of the broadest public careers in U.S. political history, he served four terms in the Senate under four presidents—two Republicans and two Democrats.


On Spirit

America's Test Kitchen - Season 24
Daniel J. van Ackere/Daniel J. van Ackere

America's Test Kitchen | Season 24

Mondays at 8:30 p.m.
Hosts Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison lead a team of test cooks as they deconstruct recipes and reveal the test kitchen’s secrets to foolproof cooking at home. The 24th season features veteran test cooks Dan Souza, Becky Hays, Elle Simone Scott, Lan Lam, Erin McMurrer, and Keith Dresser, and introduces new test cooks Sam Block, Joe Gitter, Antoinette Johnson, and Erica Turner. This season, we grill up Whole Trout with Marjoram and Lemon; share the secrets to a show stopping Rainbow Cake; stir-fry some Jamaican Pepper Steak, and bring out the multicooker to make Hawaiian Oxtail Soup. We also show you how to expand your frying skills and change the way you approach cooking basics.

Joseph Rosendo’s Steppin’ Out

Mondays at 9:30 p.m. beginning April 1
Features the six-time Emmy-winning host in a new travel series that takes viewers to picturesque and ethnically rich destinations, highlighting the people who make our naturally wondrous and culturally diverse planet a better place to live. Rosendo believes a passion for traveling and exploring the world is a part of living well and aging adventurously, and the series reflects this idea. Eight half-hour episodes bring viewers a deep commitment to authentic, responsible and sustainable travel. Rosendo continues to end each episode with the enduring truth of Mark Twain's quote: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness."

Epic Train Journeys From Above

Mondays at 10 p.m.
This six-part series follows some of the world’s most extraordinary railway journeys from above and on the ground, taking the audience on an adventure of a lifetime. We fly above spectacular scenery and explore exceptional engineering; meeting the people who maintain and run these incredible railroads as well as those who live alongside them.

Poetry in America

Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. beginning April 4
A 12-part series that draws students of all ages into conversations about poetry. Hosted by Harvard University professor Elisa New, each half-hour episode highlights the work of one distinguished poet (Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks) with a reading by an individual well known for accomplishments outside the humanities (actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Grammy-Award winner Herbie Hancock; former vice president Joe Biden, and rapper/poet Nas), as well as a chorus of others, including: a chorus of pick-up basketball players, young naturalists at the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and students at the Parsons School of Design. The fast-moving, beautifully shot series offers viewers a fully immersive experience in hearing, reading and interpreting a single American poem.


Hamish Macbeth

Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.
Hamish Macbeth Based on the popular books from MC Beaton (Agatha Raisin), stars Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, Angela’s Ashes) in the title role as an unambitious rural policeman. Hamish patrols the lovely Scottish Highland village of Lochdubh with his indispensable canine partner, Wee Jock.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness

Wednesday, April 17 & 24 at 9 p.m.
Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness is a two-part documentary that explores America’s mental health crisis through the eyes of more than twenty young people and the providers, advocates, family, and friends who support them.