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Agatha Christie's England

Retrace the Queen of Crime’s footsteps to see the real places that inspired her literary universe. Learn how she immortalized her encounters in her mysteries.

Rick Steves' Travel as a Political Act

Rick shares his belief on the importance of traveling in order to experience other cultures, broaden perspective, and gain empathy toward people who may live and think differently.

Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii

It's the concert from 1973 that you can't get enough of. Elvis at the H.I.C. Arena in Honolulu in January 1973. Featuring "Burning Love," "Can't Help Falling In Love," and more!

Masterpiece: 50 Fabulous Years!

A celebration of the iconic PBS series. Masterpiece -- 50 Fabulous Years! features in-depth interviews. Award-winning actor Alan Cumming hosts a look back at this beloved series.

John Sebastian Presents Folk Rewind

This special focuses on the greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 1950s and 1960s folk era. Presented by John Sebastian, the lead singer of The Lovin’ Spoonful.

ABBA Forever - A Celebration

A celebration of the lifetime of joy the group has brought to millions of fans featuring interviews, rare footage and a lot of music.

The Brain Revolution

Learn how the brain works and how we can make it work for us. Features the latest scientific research and an easy-to-follow plan for maximizing and protecting the brain.

Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You

Celebrate the beloved singer-songwriter’s career from her early days to her success as a crossover pop superstar. Performances include Coat of Many Colors, 9 to 5, and more!

Josh Groban: An Evening of Harmony

An exclusive compilation of virtual concerts, including highlights and never-before-seen performances— a set filled with greatest hits, fan favorites, and a few new songs.

Ken Burns: Here & There

A unique view of the intimate relationship Ken Burns has with his America. This is the first time there has been a deeper dive into the DNA of what makes him, him.

Lea Salonga in Concert

In collaboration with Pacific Islanders in Communications, Great Performances presents Salonga in peak performance at the Sydney Opera House in November of 2019.

Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas has surprising Tudor origins, rooted in devotion and charity.

NOVA: Mysteries of Sleep

Virtually every animal sleeps. But why? Scientists are peering more deeply into the sleeping brain than ever before, discovering just how powerful sleep can be.

Stevie Nicks: 24 Karat Gold

Grammy Award winner, Stevie Nicks reminisces with her fans, looks back at her career, and tells introspective stories about the origins of her most cherished works.

Other Popular Specials

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Take an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Fred Rogers, a soft-spoken minister, puppeteer, and producer whose show aired in homes across America for more than 30 years.

Brain Secrets with Dr. Michael Merzenich

Join host Maria Shriver to discover how to improve and maintain cognitive fitness and deal with aging. Dr. Merzenich shows us how to rejuvenate and reshape our brains.

Celtic Thunder Ireland

A combination of 10 years of Celtic Thunder hits and focuses on their most popular songs of the last decade, their Irish and Celtic fan favorites.

Equus: The Story of the Horse

Travel around the world with anthropologist Niobe Thompson to uncover the history of mankind’s relationship with horses. Discover the habits and biology of these majestic animals.

Ken Burns: America's Storyteller

Join Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, George Lucas, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sam Waterston, Doris Kearns Goodwin and more for a tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker

Ken Burns: Country Music

This special highlights the most passionate, inspiring and revealing moments from the 16-hour epic film Country Music. A compelling history of this truly American art form.

Ken Burns: The Civil War

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark series with this in-depth overview of the iconic documentary. See video clips and interviews with Ken Burns and others.

Ken Burns: The National Parks

Explore the beauty and grandeur of our nation’s magnificent parks. Filmmakers Burns and Dayton Duncan reveal fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the series.

Rick Steves' Fascism in Europe

Rick Steves travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe. He traces the history from its roots to the rise of totalitarian societies.

Suze Orman's Ultimate Retirement Guide

Join the acclaimed finance expert for essential advice on planning for retirement. Suze provides information about key steps for anyone to achieve their “ultimate retirement.”