Close Up: A look at October’s Documentaries

Here is a sample of some of the new documentaries from “Frontline,” “P.O.V,” and “Independent Lens” airing on SOPTV this month.  
Frontline: The Crown Prince
Airs Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 9 p.m.   Frontline investigates the rise of the young … Continued

Life From Above

The Four-Part Series Airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m., beginning Oct. 23, 2019.

Behold Earth as it’s never been seen before. Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand-new perspective, revealing its incredible movements, colors, patterns and … Continued

Press on Masterpiece

Premieres Sunday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. (6 episodes)

Set in the world of newspapers in London – its past riven by hacking scandals, its present at the mercy of the digital age and the 24-hour news cycle, its future uncertain … Continued


Airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. all October (2019).

RETRO REPORT on PBS, a new one-hour magazine format series hosted by journalist Celeste Headlee and artist Masud Olufani and featuring New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz, premieres Monday and Tuesday, October … Continued

Finding Your Roots: Season 6

Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Today’s most compelling personalities discover the surprising stories buried within their own families in the sixth season of the critically acclaimed PBS series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. The new … Continued

Havana Time Machine (Great Performances)

Airs Friday Sept. 20 at 11 p.m.

Singer Raul Malo of The Mavericks Explores His Cuban Heritage in Breakthrough Performance Documentary
Eliades Ochoa, Ivette Cepeda, Roberto Fonseca, and the Sweet Lizzy Project join the versatile roots music star in a historical and … Continued

Great Performances: Now Hear This

4-part Mini-Series Airs Fridays at 9 p.m. beginning Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 through Friday, Oct. 11.

Travel Across Europe on a Journey of Musical Discovery
Join Scott Yoo, renowned violinist and conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic, in Now Hear This, a … Continued

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music)

Airs Friday, Sept. 6 at 10 p.m.

Join John Sebastian of The Lovin’ Spoonful in a special featuring the greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 50s & 60s folk era, with historic footage and new performances.

August 2019 Arts

AUGUST 2019 – Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special
Friday, Aug. 2 at 10 p.m.

Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night 2019
Friday, Aug. 9 at 9 p.m.

Great Performances: The Sound of Music
Friday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.

Great Performances: The Opera … Continued

Poldark: Season 5

Premieres Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m.

Aidan Turner returns as the heroic Ross Poldark for a final season of drama in Cornwall. Also returning are Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza and Jack Farthing as George Warleggan. This season diverts from the … Continued