November 2022 Programming Highlights

Check out the latest and greatest programming from Connecticut Public for November, including CPTV, CPTV Spirit, Election 2022 Coverage, and Native American Heritage Month.


On CPTV

NOVA: Nazca Desert Mystery

Wednesday, November 2 at 9 p.m.

Explore one of archaeology’s greatest enigmas.

Father Brown

Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CPTV

Sister Boniface Mysteries

Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CPTV

First there was Father Brown. Now, say hello to Sister Boniface. This clever, moped-riding nun is the police’s secret weapon for solving murders in this divine Father Brown spin-off.

Hope Street

Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CPTV

Set in the fictional town of Port Devine on the Northern Irish coast, HOPE STREET focuses on Port Devine’s police department and the mysterious arrival of English Detective Constable Leila Hussain, the first Muslim police officer in the town’s history. The series stars Amara Karan (The Night Of), Niall Wright and Ciarán McMenamin (Primeval).

Midsomer Murders | Season 20

Saturdays at 9 p.m. on CPTV Spirit

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Entering its 20th season, MIDSOMER MURDERS is an established fan favorite with audiences around the world and arguably Britain’s best-selling TV drama export. The classic whodunit drama series centers on Inspector Barnaby, who is kept very busy investigating murders despite the apparent idyllic nature of the county.

Hamish Macbeth

Fridays at 9:30 p.m. on CPTV

Hamish MacBeth is an offbeat “whodunnit” series, spiced with laconic wit and outrageous black comedy. Hamish is a young policeman, who has a shrewd knack of solving the bizarre cases that come his way. His beat is the apparently sleepy village of Lochdubh in the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Starring Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, Once Upon a Time, Trainspotting).

Miss Scarlett and the Duke on Masterpiece | Season 2

Sundays at 8 p.m. on CPTV

Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders) stars in a six-part mystery as the headstrong, first-ever female detective in Victorian London, who won’t let any naysayers stop her from keeping her father’s business running. Stuart Martin (Jamestown) stars as her childhood friend, professional colleague, and potential love interest, Scotland Yard Detective Inspector William Wellington, a.k.a., The Duke.

Season 2, premiering Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, 8/7 on MASTERPIECE, opens a few months after the conclusion of Season One: Eliza has solved her father’s murder, her relationship with William (the “Duke”) continues to slowly simmer, and she continues to face the challenges of being a female private detective in male-dominated Victorian London.

Magpie Murders on Masterpiece

Sundays at 9 p.m. on CPTV

A beguiling murder mystery with a solution that will both astonish and shock viewers, the plot of Magpie Murders revolves around the character Susan Ryeland, an editor who is given an unfinished manuscript of author Alan Conway’s latest novel, but has little idea it will change her life.

Adapted from Anthony Horowitz’s bestselling mystery by the author himself, Magpie Murders stars Leslie Manville (World on Fire, Phantom Thread, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) as editor turned amateur sleuth Susan Ryeland and Tim McMullan (Patrick Melrose, Foyle’s War) as world-famous detective Atticus Pünd.

Annika on Masterpiece

Sundays at 10 p.m. on CPTV

Nicola Walker (Unforgotten, Last Tango in Halifax) stars as DI Annika Strandhed, the speedboat-driving head of Glasgow’s newly-formed Marine Homicide Unit, who juggles baffling cases and a rebellious teenage daughter.

Walker is joined by Jamie Sives (Guilt) as DS Michael McAndrews, Annika’s old colleague; Katie Leung (Harry Potter, Roadkill) as DC Blair Ferguson, the forensic brains behind the unit; and Ukweli Roach (Grantchester) as DS Tyrone Clarke, the new cop at the station.

A police procedural with wit, Annika delighted critics during its recent UK broadcast. “The dialogue is so droll and the performances so charming I’m in for what fisherfolk call the long haul,” enthused the reviewer for The Guardian (UK) and The Times (UK) offered this praise, “Annika allows Walker to let loose a warm sense of humor.”

NOVA: Crypto Decoded

Wednesday, November 9 at 9 p.m. on CPTV

Unravel the truth behind this intriguing technology.

CUTLINE | Antisemitism Rising: Bearing Witness Then and Now

Thursday, November 17 at 8 p.m. on CPTV

Connecticut saw a record high number of antisemitic incidents last year. The Holocaust remembrance movement says “never forget,” but surveys find the problem is deeper — many young people lack basic knowledge of the Holocaust. On the next Cutline, we hear personal stories – then and now. We look at links between antisemitism and extremism, visit a Connecticut classroom teaching the Holocaust, and explore the story of Sobibor, a secret Nazi death camp that was a site of bravery and resistance.

Tutankhamun: Allies and Enemies

Wednesday, November 23 at 8 p.m. on CPTV

Uncover mysteries of King Tut’s life and burial.

Great Performances: Josh Groban’s Great Big Radio City Show

Friday, November 25 at 9:30 p.m. on CPTV

The renowned baritone performs songs from many genres, with special guests Cyndi Lauper, Denee Benton and more.

Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom

Wednesday, November 30 at 8 p.m. on CPTV

Meet the woman who repeatedly risked her life to liberate others from slavery.


On CPTV Spirit

Broadchurch | Season 2

Saturdays at 8 p.m. on CPTV Spirit

When a young boy is murdered, this small town of Broadchurch in Dorset suddenly becomes the focus of a major event in the full glare of the media spotlight. DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) lead the investigation.

La Otra Mirada

Saturday nights at 10:30 p.m. on CPTV Spirit

Set in 1920s Seville, where Teresa, a woman with a mysterious past, flees to a young girls’ academy with a secret goal related to the academy itself. This series portrays the journey of brave women finding their own voice.


Election 2022 Coverage

Vote 2022: Election Night Special – NewsHour anchors election night with live coverage

Tuesday, November 8 at 8 p.m. on CPTV

With control of the House and Senate hanging in the balance, PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff leads live coverage of the results.

Antiques Roadshow: Election Collection

Monday, November 7 at 9 p.m. on CPTV

Explore political items from both sides of the aisle, across the history of the United States in this special episode, including one find now valued at $600,000-$800,000.

American Experience: Taken Hostage

Monday, November 14 (Part 1) & Tuesday, November 15 (Part 2) at 9 p.m. on CPTV 

The series looks back on the events that led to the Iranian Revolution and the taking of 52 American hostages.


Native American Heritage Month

The People’s Protectors

Monday, November 14 at 11 p.m. on CPTV

Meet four Native American veterans who reflect on their experiences in the military during the Vietnam War and how their communities helped them carry their warrior legacy, even as they struggled with their relationship to the U.S. government.

American Masters | Buffy Sainte Marie: Carry It On

Tuesday, November 22 at 9 p.m. on CPTV

Discover the groundbreaking ascent of Indigenous artist Buffy Sainte-Marie as she rises to prominence in New York’s folk music scene and blazes a path as an Oscar-winning singer-songwriter, social activist, educator, and artist.

Art of Home: A Wind River Story

Tuesday, November 22 at 11 p.m. on CPTV

From modern art to beading and leather work to drumming, and music, we’ll follow Native American artists with a connection to the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming through their creative process. These artists explain how their art connects them to their tribal past, present, and future.