December Highlights on VIA TV

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Call the Doctor - You & Your Doctor

Wednesday, December 4th, 7:30p

The relationship you have with your doctor builds confidence where the patient can feel comfortable discussing the most personal medical problem that may arise. Whether you’re managing a chronic illness, have a family history of disease or consider yourself the picture of health, a strong doctor patient relationship is most important in receiving the best medical care possible.

Call the Doctor - Under Pressure: Coping with Stress

Wednesday, December 11th

Stress wreaks havoc on your mental and physical health restricting your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and enjoy life. When one is stressed a person may experience a number of symptoms including increased heart rate, blood pressure and rate of breathing. One way you can deal with daily stress and anxiety is to practice mindfulness.

Our Town Forty Fort

Monday, December 9th 8pm

Welcome to Forty Fort! The 37th in VIA's "Our Town Series", Our Town Forty Fort is a "day-in-the-life" video scrapbook focusing on the people, places and happenings of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, as seen through the eyes of its residents. Encores: Monday, December 9th 10pm, Saturday, December 14th 9pm, Sunday, December 15th 12pm


Aretha Franklin Remembered (My Music)

Sunday, December 1st 8pm

Celebrate the legendary Queen of Soul and the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with her greatest hits from television appearances spanning the 1960s-2000s, many of which have never been seen in the U.S. 

Country Music: Live At The Ryman

Monday, December 2nd 8pm

Join celebrated musicians for a concert celebrating the film by Ken Burns. Hosted by Burns and featuring performances and appearances by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam and more. 

Ken Burns: Country Music

Monday, December 2nd 10pm

Join host Kathy Mattea to learn more about the making of the epic documentary series devoted to the history of this truly American art form. Features interviews with Rosanne Cash, along with Ken Burns and other members of the filmmaking team. 

Christmas Classics (My Music)

Tuesday, December 3rd 8pm

There’s nothing more heart-warming than the familiar songs of the season at holiday time. Old-fashioned favorites celebrated through the generations are featured in A Classic Christmas (My Music). Hosted by Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) and Marion Ross (Happy Days), this nostalgic special spotlights traditional carols (“Silent Night,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,”) as well as popular standards (“White Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”), children’s tunes (“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty The Snowman,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”) and romantic selections (“The Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Merry Christmas Darling”). Among the great artists featured are Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Judy Garland, The Carpenters, Andy Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Gene Autry, The Beach Boys, Brenda Lee, Burl Ives, The Lennon Sisters, Eddy Arnold, Mitzi Gaynor, Mahalia Jackson, The Harry Simeone Chorale, Jimmy Boyd, Jose Feliciano and Ronnie Spector. For the first-time ever, these iconic singers and timeless performances spanning the decades are brought together for families of all ages to share and enjoy. 

Rick Steves' European Christmas

Tuesday, December 3rd 10pm

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, RICK STEVES' EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. He begins his travels in England, where the Christmas pudding is the real centerpiece of a traditional English holiday meal. In Paris, the Eiffel Tower heralds the season with its red, twinkling lights. And in the countryside of Tuscany, villagers stack neat pyramids of wood for great bonfires. The lighting of the fires is a signal to villagers - dressed as shepherds - to come and sing old carols. RICK STEVES' EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS offers a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe where viewers will learn about customs from "the old countries," hear local choirs, and discover holiday family traditions.   

Great Performances - An Intimate Evening With David Foster

Friday, December 6th 9pm 

Enjoy a star-studded concert with celebrated 16-time GRAMMY Award winner David Foster as he explores the music of his career with guest artists Loren Allred, Pia Toscano, Fernando Varela, Shelea, Katharine McPhee and more. 

John Fogerty: My 50 Year Trip

Saturday, December 7th 9pm

Travel on a musical journey through Fogerty's hit parade with Creedence Clearwater Revival and selections from his iconic songbook. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the concert recreates the sounds and spirit of 1969. 


8 Days: To The Moon And Back

Tuesday, December 10th 8pm

Join Apollo 11 on its historic journey. The film seamlessly blends mission audio featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with new footage, NASA archive and stunning CGI to recreate the first moon landing. 

Count Basie - Through His Own Eyes

Monday, December 16th 8pm

This revealing biography, told in Count Basie's own words, uncovers for the first time the private passions and ambitions that inspired the world-famous bandleader and pianist. Until recently, little was known about Basie's private and family life, but this documentary uncovers a treasure-trove of home movies and photo albums that expose Basie's remarkable relationship with his wife Catherine, whose pioneering support for African-American causes placed her at the side of Martin Luther King. Through Basie's intimate footage and letters - and interviews with Quincy Jones and former band members - the film discovers the Count's protective love for his disabled daughter Diane who 'was never out of his heart and mind: the hidden core of his creative life'. Basie's musical achievements were remarkable: the first African-American to win a Grammy, he brought the Blues to the big band podium. He was 'the King of the Swing Kings'. We see rare performances with Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis Jr. and many others. But this film digs deeper, uncovering the inner motivation and passions that drove Basie's career as he became a unique link between jazz and America's turbulent social history.  

Marian Anderson: Once In A Hundred Years

Monday, December 16th 9:30pm

Marian Anderson (1897-1993) is considered one of the most important opera performers of the 20th century. The celebrated contralto was born in South Philadelphia on Feb. 27, 1897, and played a vital role in the acceptance of African Americans in classical music and other segregated performing arts genres. MARIAN ANDERSON: ONCE IN A HUNDRED YEARS traces the arc of Anderson's life and her struggles against racism and poverty. The program culminates with her battle against the Daughters of the American Revolution, which led to her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial. 

Christmas With The Tabernacle Chior Featuring Kristin Chenoweth

Tuesday, December 24th 9pm

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are joined by Kristin Chenoweth, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer, for this beloved Christmas tradition featuring favorite holiday music,dancing and storytelling.  


Lucy Worsley's 12 Days Of Tudor Christmas

Wednesday, December 25th 8pm

Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas - from carols to turkey, gift-giving to mistletoe and mulled wine - has surprising Tudor origins, rooted in devotion and charity. 

Call The Midwife Holiday Special

Wednesday, December 25th 9pm  

Mother Mildred and the Nonnatus House team go to the Outer Hebrides in response to a nursing shortage. Navigating the terrain, they strive to keep up with the needs of the locals. 

Live From Lincoln Center - New York Philharmonic: Celebrating Sondheim

Tuesday, December 31st 8pm & 9:30pm

The New York Philharmonic and guest vocalist Katrina Lenk ("The Band's Visit") celebrate the orchestral music of Stephen Sondheim, performing suites from "Sunday in the Park," "Into the Woods," "Sweeney Todd" and more. 

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