March programming highlights: Pledge Week, 'Victoria' finale, 'Ovarian Psycos,' more

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"Patsy Cline: American Masters" debuts March 6.
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"Patsy Cline: American Masters" trailer

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Musical favorites, the season finale of Victoria and more are heading your way during our March pledge week, with other great programming to come later in the month.

Special programming will air from March 3 to 12, including an encore presentation of Right on Q, a Live Here episode featuring grillmaster Steven Raichlen and Amarillo barbecue giant Tyler Frazer. The hour-long broadcast airs at 7 p.m. March 9 (or you can watch the full episode above).

New programs include season finales of Mercy Street and Victoria at 7 and 8 p.m. March 5; Patsy Cline: American Masters at 7 p.m. March 6 and 5:30 p.m. March 12; Il Volo: Notte Magica at 8:30 p.m. March 6 and 7 p.m. March 12; and Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller at 7 p.m. March 7.

Also new this month are Daniel O’Donnell: Back Home Again at 7 p.m. March 4 and 3 p.m. March 12; and Rick Steves’ Europe: Great German Cities at noon March 4 and 8 p.m. March 9; Christopher Cross and Friends at 10 p.m. March 11 and 8:30 p.m. March 12; and Andre Rieu: Waltzing Forever at 10 p.m. March 5 and 1 a.m. March 11.

Roy Orbison, "Oh, Pretty Woman"

Returning favorites include Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30 at 10 p.m. March 4 and 8:30 p.m. March 7; Hamilton’s America at 8 p.m. March 3; and He Touched Me: Gospel Music of Elvis Presley at 7 p.m. March 11 and noon March 12.

Also returning are Maya Angelou: American Masters at 8 p.m. March 10; John Denver: Country Boy at 3:30 p.m. March 4 and midnight March 10; Rock Rewind: 1967-1969 at 5 p.m. March 4 and midnight March 8; and Nature episodes The Story of Cats and Super Hummingbirds at 7 and 8:30 p.m. March 8.

While you’re watching these special programs, please consider making a renewal gift or an additional gift to the station that values educational and inspiring content.

Also coming this month:

Independent Lens: The Bad Kids 

"The Bad Kids" trailer

Black Rock Continuation High School in an impoverished Mojave Desert community is an alternative school for at-risk students — basically, their last chance. This documentary, debuting March 20 and available online March 21, chronicles the efforts of extraordinary educators to give these underserved students command of their own futures.


The Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters on Masterpiece

"To Walk Invisible" trailer

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte, all unmarried, faced a bleak future in this drama based on their real lives that debuts March 26. Unable to rely on their alcoholic brother and near-blind father to provide for them, they were forced to work as governesses to privileged and often unruly children — and to defy odds by having their genius for writing romantic novels recognized in the male-dominated world of the 19th century.


Independent Lens: Ovarian Psycos

"Ovarian Psycos" trailer

An unapologetic crew of women of color — the “Ovarian Psycos” — cruise the streets of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles and Lincoln Heights in an effort to reclaim their neighborhoods and create safer streets for women. The film, debuting March 27 and available online March 28, rides along  with them, exploring the impact of the group’s brand of feminism on neighborhood women and communities as they confront injustice, racism and violence.


Dead Reckoning: War & Justice

Dr. Karl Brandt, Hitler's doctor and director of Nazi experiments on humans, is seen during his trial in Nuremberg.
PD / U.S. Signal Corps

This new three-part series, airing in a block on March 28, explores how a model of justice conceived after World War II still has a global impact today. Viewers will see how a standard by which all conflicts are judged and how justice has been secured — and occasionally denied — for crimes that continue to plague the world.




Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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