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What We’re Watching — August 2018

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With travels across Arkansas and the globe, brand new concerts, documentary marathons, new series, the return of old favorites and the ultimate Betty White special, August is an action-packed viewing month on AETN! Keep reading to find out what we’re looking forward to — from “Outback” and “Wonders of Mexico” to “Maigret” and “Brandi Carlile in Concert” — in our August schedule.

Exploring Arkansas August 2018 Bluffton Preserve

“Exploring Arkansas”

This month on “Exploring Arkansas” join host Chuck Dovish as he visits the Nature Conservancy’s Bluffton Preserve near Clinton, a secret hideaway at Pogue Springs along North Sylamore Creek, Historic Cane Hill – which is home to 16 structures on the National Register of Historic Places – in Northwest Arkansas, and the Susie Q Malt Shop Drive-In in Rogers.

Tune in Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

“Brandi Carlile in Concert: A Bluegrass Underground Special”

Deep inside The Caverns, “Bluegrass Underground” presents a concert special by roots-rocker Brandi Carlile. With amazing vocals, string arrangements and searing guitar, the one-hour special features personal songs of love, joy and loss from a growing Americana legend.

Tune in Friday, Aug. 3, at 9 p.m.


Journey with the people and animals of Australia's Kimberley region in North West Australia: a vast, rugged and remote wilderness, bursting with character. Boasting some of the most spectacular wilderness (and tough characters) in existence, the region comes to life across the dry and wet seasons as we meet the humans and the creatures who populate this diverse and surprising landscape.

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. starting Aug. 1.

“Wonders of Mexico”

Mexico, our neighbor to the south, is a country rich in culture and ablaze with color. Travel down — along Mexico's mountain spine — through the seasons to explore the tropical forests of the Maya and journey across the deserts of Northern Mexico. The three-part series uncovers amazing wildlife and culture as it investigates hidden underworlds, diversity of life, and a mosaic of vast landscapes that create a festival of life.

Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning Aug. 1.

“Reel South” Documentary Marathons

The American South’s culture, landscape, people and history are captivating, yet complicated. In the cherished tradition of Southern storytelling, the “Reel South” documentary series delves into its heritage through diverse voices and perspectives in two special marathons.

Watch with us Sundays, Aug. 5 and 12, starting at 12:30 p.m. each day.

“Sherlock Season 4”

Featuring three episodes that promise laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary adventures, a special encore broadcast of “Sherlock: Season 4” joins the consulting detective back on British soil as Watson and Mary prepare for their biggest challenge yet: becoming parents.

Sundays at 8 p.m. beginning Aug. 5.

“FRONTLINE: Our Man in Tehran”

In a fascinating and revealing view of life inside Iran, New York Times correspondent Thomas Erdbrink shares a rare journey into a private Iran often at odds with its conservative clerics and leaders.

Monday, Aug. 13, and Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 8 each night.

“Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018”

Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic's annual open-air concert from Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, featuring conductor Valery Gergiev and internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Netrebko as a guest soloist.

Friday, Aug. 17, at 9 p.m.

“Betty White: First Lady of Television”

Beloved television and film legend Betty White – who celebrates 80 years in show business this year – officially boasts the longest career in the history of TV. Explore her roles both on-camera and as an industry pioneer in “First Lady of Television.”

Tune in Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m.

Maigret Season 2


Legendary detective Jules Maigret returns in a second season of the popular mystery series. Sifting through false identities, bizarre links and complicated histories, Maigret works to bring murderers to justice in “Maigret’s Night at the Crossroads” and “Maigret in Montmartre.”

Tune in Saturday Aug. 18 and Thursday, Aug. 23 at 8 each night.

“Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks”

In 1971, Penny Patterson began teaching sign language to a gorilla named Koko, unaware that this relationship would define both their lives. More than 40 years later, Koko had become famous and continued to redraw the line between people and animals.

See the special encore broadcast in honor of Koko’s memory Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m.

“The Tenors: Fan Favorites”

With their signature soaring harmonies and repertoire of memorable songs, The Tenors — Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray and Fraser Walters — provide an intimate musical experience with a selection of timeless hit songs from Motown, Broadway and The Great American Songbook. Featured fan favorites include “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “My Way,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Nessun Dorma,” “Always on My Mind,” “Hallelujah” and many more.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 8:30 p.m.

Nathan Carter Celtic Country

“Nathan Carter: Celtic Country”

Country and Irish music sensation Nathan Carter was catapulted to stardom in 2012 when his version of “Wagon Wheel” became a hit. In a concert recorded live in Dublin in April 2017, we rejoin the singer to hear a variety of country and Irish classics and playing the accordion, piano and guitar.

Sunday, Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.

Ken Burns Mark Twain

“Mark Twain”

In his time, Mark Twain was considered the funniest man on earth. Yet he was also an unflinching critic of human nature, using his humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and racism. In a special encore broadcast of the Ken Burns mini-series, take in an illuminating portrait of the man who is also one of the greatest writers in American history.

Tuesdays, Aug. 28 and Sept. 4, at 7 each night.

“American Masters: Eva Hesse”

Discover the story of an artist whose groundbreaking work changed the course of art history. The 1960s creative communities in New York and Germany were never the same after Eva Hesse’s short but highly influential career.

Friday, August 31, at 8 p.m.


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