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This fall, turn up the drama with the return of favorite programs and the premieres of tantalizing new series and specials!

Whether you eagerly anticipate learning Ross Poldark’s fate or are looking forward to learning how voters are exerting influence in the 2016 election, we have a collection of gems to look forward to in your September calendar:

“The Contenders: 16 for ’16,”

Discover the humanity, the twists of fate and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history in this eight-part series airing on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., beginning Sept. 13.

“Forces of Nature,”


Wednesdays at 7 p.m., beginning Sept. 14

See how we experience Earth’s natural forces, including shape, elements, color and motion in each of the four “Forces of Nature” episodes. Although we can’t immediately feel the motion of Earth’s fundamental forces, we witness the consequences, such as tidal bores surging through the Amazon rainforest or the intense and ruinous power of hurricanes.

“Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War,”


Tuesday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m.

Investigate the account of a daring rescue mission that occurred on the precipice of World War II in “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War.” It tells the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to multiple, life-threatening missions in Europe. Over two dangerous years, they helped to save hundreds of imperiled political dissidents and Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe.

“A Place to Call Home: Season 3,”


Thursdays at 9 p.m., beginning Sept. 22

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As Australia faces internal and external threats to its way of life, so, too, do the people of Inverness. In “A Place to Call Home: Season 3,” see how previous alliances and relationships are tested as, in the sleepy village of Inverness, sex, death and secrets are never far below the surface.

“Poldark: Season 2,”


Sundays at 7 p.m., beginning Sept. 25

In 18th century Cornwall, the times are as tough as the rocky shoreline. Unemployment, hunger and sickness are widespread among the working class, while the wealthy landowners prosper. Only one man dares to defy the status quo, and he’s behind bars.

What will become of our swashbuckling hero? Can the ever-resilient Demelza find a way to save him? Find out in “Poldark: Season 2” opening with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. The series continues on Sundays at 8 p.m. through Nov. 27.

“POV: Kingdom of the Shadows,”


Sunday, Sept. 25, 10 p.m.

Take an unflinching look at the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-Mexico drug war in filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz’ “Kingdom of Shadows.” Viewers will witness the human side of the conflict through the eyes of a U.S. drug enforcement agent, an activist nun in Mexico and a former Texas smuggler.

“FRONTLINE: The Choice 2016,”


Tuesday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most polarizing presidential candidates in modern history. Go behind the headlines to investigate what has shaped these two candidates, where they came from, how they lead and why they want one of the most difficult jobs imaginable. From veteran “FRONTLINE” filmmaker Michael Kirk, “The Choice 2016” will investigate formative moments in Clinton and Trump’s lives through interviews with those who know them best, providing in-depth, trustworthy reporting and powerful new insights at a moment when voters are being bombarded with conflicting partisan stories about each candidate.

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