Join renowned actor Simon Callow as he uncovers the moving origins of the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night.” Simon journeys to the Austrian village of Oberndorf, as well as the city of Salzburg, where the story of the world’s favorite carol had its origins.

The First Silent Night introduces us to two impoverished children – Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber – who grew up in Austria’s cobbled streets and wooded villages. The hard years that shaped them would also destine them to meet one day in a poor country church to unite Gruber’s music and Mohr’s text into this classic carol about the birth of a third poor boy on a quiet night in ancient Palestine.

On CPTV: Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 7 p.m. (Encoring Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:30 p.m. and Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at 6 a.m.)