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What's New Next Week? January 4, 2019

Journalist Ann Curry and many others will join Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as the acclaimed series "Finding Your Roots" returns next week for a fifth season. Credit: Courtesy of McGee Media/Ark Media


Next week, GPB brings you the return of some of your favorites, along with several fascinating premieres. With so much in store, you'll want to get a jump start on all we've got coming up!

The Six Queens of Henry VIII - Sunday, January 6 at 7:00 pm

Famously, Henry VIII married six times over his 36 year reign. Join historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones for an original and enlightening look at the real people at the center of the action during one of the most turbulent, passionate and violent periods in English history.

Antiques Roadshow Season 23 - Monday, January 7 at 9:00 pm

After more than two decades of inspiring finds, shocking values, and unforgettable reactions, Antiques Roadshow has another surprising reveal: an all-new look! PBS’s most-watched ongoing series returns for a new season of incredible items appraised both indoors and outdoors at distincive, historic venues that are treasures themselves. In the season premiere from the grounds of Meadow Brook Hall, learn the story behind family heirlooms, thrift store finds, and more—including a $77,500 appraisal.

The Secret Agent - Monday, January 7 at 10:00 pm

In this thrilling BBC adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s timeless novel, Toby Jones stars as Anton Verloc, an unassuming Soho shopkeeper. Unbeknownst to even his loyal wife, Verloc also works for the Russian embassy as a spy. Wishing to spur the London authorities into action against a group of local anarchists, Verloc’s employers give him a mission: plant a bomb at the Greenwich Observatory to paint the anarchists as terrorists. 

Finding Your Roots Season 5 - Tuesday, January 8 at 8:00 pm

This season features an array of celebrated guests who are cultural trailblazers with fascinating family stories. Their roots cover the globe — from Samoa, Nigeria, Taiwan and Sicily to Iran, Ireland, India and Cuba — and almost everywhere in between. Their family trees are filled with compelling characters — slaves and kings, artists and entrepreneurs, abandoned children and missing parents, revolutionaries, soldiers, and a constant flow of ordinary individuals who did remarkable things, laying the groundwork for their successful descendants

American Masters: Decoding Watson - Tuesday, January 8 at 9:00 pm

American Masters introduces viewers to the Nobel Prize-winning scientist behind the double helix as he confronts his complex legacy. With unprecedented access to James Watson and his family, the film explores his life, achievements, controversies and contradictions.

Nature: Attenborough and the Sea Dragon - Wednesday, January 9 at 8:00 pm

Nature joins Sir David Attenborough as he pieces together the remarkable discovery of the Ichthyosaur, a fearsome fish lizard that lived during the age of dinosaurs, from the challenging extraction of the fossils to the 3D reconstruction of the sea creature.

NOVA: Einstein's Quantum Riddle - Wednesday, January 9 at 9:00 pm

Einstein called it “spooky action at a distance,” but today quantum entanglement is poised to revolutionize technology from computers to cryptography. Physicists have gradually become convinced that the phenomenon—two subatomic particles that mirror changes in each other instantaneously over any distance—is real. But a few doubts remain. NOVA follows a ground-breaking experiment in the Canary Islands to use quasars at opposite ends of the universe to once and for all settle remaining questions.

The Dictator's Playbook - Wednesday, January 9 at 9:00 pm

From Mussolini to Saddam Hussein, dictators have had a profound effect on the 20th century. How did they seize and wield power? How did they finally come to the bitter end? The first episode of this six-part series explores how Kim Il Sung built the most controlled society on earth and launched a dictatorship that has lasted for three generations.

Monarch of the Glen - Friday, January 11 at 8:00 pm

In this beloved and heartarming series, the young owner of a fashionable London restaurant is lured back to his ancestral home in Scotland under false pretenses and learns he has inherited his family's large estate. He must choose between restoring his Highland home, Glenbogle, or returning to his life and fiance in London.

Doc Martin Season 8 - Friday, January 11 at 9:00 pm

Martin and his wife Louisa are back together in Portwenn with their infant son, James Henry. However, family life proves to be stressful. As some relationships bloom and others falter, can Martin cope with all the changes — or will he risk the fragile accord he's forged with his family?


Let us know in the comments if you're excited about what's coming up in 2019. From all of us at GPB, Happy New Year!