AETN Passport has a special gift for members! Celebrate the season with a new holiday PBS playlist including holiday-themed episodes of PBS favorites, including “Downton Abbey,” “The Great British Baking Show,” “NOVA” and more, through Dec. 31.
What are the special, on-demand episodes you have to look forward? Read on for details, and go here to learn how you can give the AETN Passport to your friends and family members through holiday gift memberships.
AETN Passport Holiday Playlist:
“Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes”
For most, the holidays are a time of celebration with family and friends. However, for members of the military, the season can be emotional — especially when stationed far from home or overcoming service-related injuries. In “Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes” Lidia Bastianich meets with seven veterans to discuss their serve and longing to be with family during the holidays.
“NOVA: Great Cathedral Mystery”
The dome that crowns Florence’s great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo, is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity … and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome in the world six centuries later, how did its secretive architect Filippo Brunelleschi create it? NOVA’s team of U.S. master bricklayers try to uncover the Duomo’s secrets by building a model using period techniques.
“The Great British Baking Show - Season 1: Christmas Masterclass”
In the countdown to Christmas, join Mary and Paul to get festive in the kitchen with six recipes to bake for the family, including St. Lucia Buns, a twist on classic Mince Pie, a French Galette, Christmas Cake, Christmas Pudding and Genoa Cake with Kranskake.
“The Great British Baking Show - Season 2: Christmas Masterclass”
Get ready for Christmas with Mary and Paul with their favorite recipes for Stollen, Mincemeat Streusel, a Gingerbread House, Scottish Black Bun, Tunis Cake and Paul’s Hand-raised Boxing Day Pie.
“Downton Abbey — Season 2, Episode 8: Christmas Special”
With plans for Matthew’s Christmas wedding festivities in full swing, the Spanish Flue disrupts live for the abbey when Lavinia, Carson, Molesket and other staff members fall ill. Meanwhile, other dramas continues to unfold as Ethel elects to keep her son and Jane resigns.
“Downton Abbey — Season 5, Episode 9: Christmas Special”
As the Crawleys retreat for a shooting holiday, stories ranging across season five are resolved as the investigation into Mr. Green’s murder, Isobel’s engagement and the missing Princess Kuragin are resolved. Meanwhile, unexpected events unfold leaning the future of “Downton Abbey” as we know it in question.
“Downton Abbey — Season 6, Episode 9: Christmas Special”
In the final episode of the award-winning drama’s sixth and final season, Mary endeavors to build bridges with her sister while Edith’s secret continues to pose a threat. Meanwhile, as Henry settles into the role of husband and stepfather, finding his place at Downton proves more difficult.
“My Mother and Other Strangers — Season 1, Episode 5: Christmas Episode”
The squadron at the base put on a Christmas party for the children of Moybeg, providing a colorful, lively antithesis to the village’s usual affairs. Yet, an unwelcome note leads to a disastrous meeting. Tillie tries to stop the captain and Rose from a terrible mistake.
“Vicious: Holiday Special”
Freddie and Stuart celebrate the season in traditional style — bickering with loved ones — which can only get worse … or better, depending on your view, when everyone comes over to Freddie and Stuart’s for Christmas dinner.
“Grantchester — Season 3, Episode 1: Christmas Special”
It’s Christmas in Grantchester as Sidney and Amanda prepare for a very unconventional holiday. If that isn’t enough to keep Sydney busy, there’s a new case to solve. When a would-be groom is found dead with the wedding rings in an unusual arrangement, Geordie is horrified. These are the hallmarks of a years-old unsolved murder.
“Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve”
Ring in the New Year with two-time Emmy and Five-time Grammy nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein. Known as “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” Feinstein captures the heyday of the glamorous New York nightclubs as he hosts a celebration with special guests from high atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza in the glittering, restored Rainbow Room.
“American Experience: The Pilgrims”
Explore the converging forces, circumstances, personalities and events that propelled a group of English men and women west across the Atlantic in 1620. While the story is universally familiar in its broad outline, its actual rich and compelling history is almost entirely unfamiliar to most.
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