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LPB’S SUMMERFEST KICKS OFF FRIDAY, AUGUST 16!

Starting Friday, August 16, Louisiana Public Broadcasting presents premieres on music, history, and nature, plus intriguing new dramas during Summerfest. Here’s a preview:

For Drama and History Buffs:

Friday, August 16 at 8PM, don’t miss Great Performances: The Sound of Music. Enjoy this new British production of the long-running hit that garnered the Best Musical Tony for 1959. Then keep watching at 10:30PM to see Downton Abbey Returns! Join host Jim Carter (the much-loved butler Mr. Carson) for a celebration of the beloved hit series and a sneak peek at the upcoming movie.

Sunday, August 18 at 10AM, see the premiere of Rick Steves Fascism in Europe. At 1PM, make a date with the Crawleys with Downton Abbey Season 2 on Masterpiece. The Season 2 finale airs the following Sunday, August 25 at 12:30PM. During both shows, find out how you can see the upcoming Downton Abbey movie before its national release! Then, watch Downton Abbey LIVE at 8PM on August 18. (encore at 9:30PM). Join cast members and creators for a celebration of the award-winning series.

On Thursday, August 22 at 7PM, see the premiere of The Blake Mysteries: Ghost Stories. It's 1963. The world has changed... and Jean Blake is still adjusting to life after her husband Lucien's disappearance 8 months earlier, when she's unexpectedly drawn into a crime investigation.

Sunday, August 25 at 7:30PM, Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 celebrates the legendary musical filmed at London's O2 Arena and features a stellar cast.

On Monday, August 26 at 8PM, see a special sneak preview of the premiere episode of Season 15 of Midsomer Murders. As Barnaby and Jones try to find out the truth behind a ghostly figure, their investigation uncovers shocking secrets.

On Thursday, August 29 at 7PM, see the Season 5 premiere of A Place to Call Home. This "instantly irresistible saga" (Wall Street Journal) is brimming with secrets, passion, romance, and intrigue.

For Nature Enthusiasts:

Saturday, August 17, at noon, explore the beauty and grandeur of our nation’s magnificent parks on Ken Burns: The National Parks.

Tuesday, August 27 at 7PM, learn about a master gardener with a mission in LPB’s documentary, Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall’s Journey to Save our Seeds and Stories.

On Wednesday, August 28 at 8PM, it’s the premiere of Nature: A Squirrel’s Guide to Success. The squirrel family, with almost 300 species - from tiny chipmunks to big prairie dogs - is one of the most widespread on Earth. Find out the secret to their success. Then at 9:30PM on Life From Above: Moving Planet, marvel at new footage of the greatest, most beautiful and powerful movements on our planet.

For Music Lovers:

Saturday, August 17, primetime means music! At 5:30, join hosts Tony Orlando and Dawn for Straight from the Heart: Timeless Music from the 60s & 70s (encores at 8:30PM). At 7PM, see the premiere of The O’Jays: Live in New York. At 10PM, join Patti LaBelle for an all-star reunion of the legends of Motown, R&B, and soul on 70s Soul Superstars.

Sunday, August 18 on Moments to Remember at 2:30PM, Patti Page and Nick Clooney co-host performances from the late 50s and early 60s with fellow co-hosts Peter Marshall, Wink Martindale and Mary Lou Metzger of "The Lawrence Welk Show.” At 5PM, John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind. Then, don’t miss PBS Previews: Country Music. Meet the filmmakers and go behind the scenes of the sweeping new series from director Ken Burns, and learn how you can see Miranda Lambert in concert. (encore Friday, August 23 at 8PM)

On Monday, August 19 on Nat King Cole's Greatest Songs, celebrate the centennial of the timeless artist in this special featuring his cherished hits.

Tuesday, August 20 at 7PM, find out how you can see Celine Dion in concert during the program Great Performances: Hitman: David Foster & Friends, featuring performances by Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble and more. At 9PM on Prince: Rave Un2 The Year 2000, experience Prince's legendary talent at a dazzling show filmed at Paisley Park Studios.

Wednesday, August 21, Story Songs premieres at 7PM. Join host B.J. Thomas for vintage performances of the songs that united us including "American Pie," "Ode to Billie Joe," "Harper Valley PTA" and "Wichita Lineman."

Friday, August 23 at 9PM, see the premiere of The Doobie Brothers Live From Beacon Theatre and join the band as they return to the famed theatre for the first time in 25 years.

Saturday at 4:30PM, see never-before-seen performances on Peter, Paul and Mary at Newport 1963-65, followed at 6PM by Magic Moments: The Best of 50s Pop, hosted by Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone, and Nick Clooney. Then at 8PM, watch a special encore of Story Songs. At 9:30PM, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the concert that became a touchstone for a generation with Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation.

Sunday, August 25 at 4PM, Big Band Years features the songs of “The Greatest Generation.”

Tuesday, August 27 at 8:30PM, discover the man behind the music in John Denver: Country Boy. That’s followed at 10PM by the number one selling duo in music history with premiere of Daryl Hall & John Oats: Live in Dublin.

For Your Best Health:

Saturday, August 17, see two new programs on ways to better your health beginning at 9AM with 3 Steps to Pain-Free Living, followed at 11AM with Feel Better with Pressure Point Therapy. Then watch the popular Keto Diet with Dr. Josh Axe at 2PM and Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, M.D. at 3:30PM.

On Sunday, August 18 at 11:30AM, discover how to improve your cognitive fitness on Brain Secrets with Dr. Michael Merzenich, hosted by Maria Shriver.

Perennial Favorites:

On Monday, August 19 at 7PM, see Antiques Roadshow: Junk in the Trunk 8 and find out which previously unaired appraisal tops six figures. Then at 8:30PM, it’s the This Old House – 40th Anniversary Special! (encore Saturday, August 24 at 3PM)

On Saturday, August 24 at 9AM, see The Best of the Joy of Painting: Special Edition. The late Bob Ross' enduring popularity is attributable to more than just his paintings. He had a serene, nurturing disposition, and his respect for nature has helped heighten environmental awareness.

On Monday, August 26 at 7PM, the LPB documentary, 1000 Homes: The Legacy of A. Hays Town is a tribute to the Baton Rouge architect whose homes have reconnected Southerners with their past.

For more information about LPB’s Summerfest including information about the thank you gifts associated with each program, visit LPB.org/pledge.