August 2022 Programming Highlights

Check out the latest and greatest programming from Connecticut Public for June, including CPTV and CPTV Spirit.



Sundays at 9 p.m.

The series picks up in the long hot summer of 1959 with wedding season in full swing in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester. Starring Robson Green as Geordie Keating and Tom Brittney as Will Davenport.


Sundays at 9 p.m.

Follow the British Prime Minister and his Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (COBRA) committee, comprised of leading contingency planners and senior politicians, as they navigate the difficulties in overcoming a major national crisis.

Midsomer Murders

Season 21 premieres July 22 at 8 p.m.

In MIDSOMER MURDERS, the town of Causton’s detective chief investigator and his detective sergeant investigate the scandals and deadly deeds that lurk just beneath the well-manicured surface of the county of Midsomer. The series is bolstered by a rotating cast of investigators and many special celebrity appearances.


Friday at 9:30 p.m.

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.

Shark Attack (Mini-Marathon)

Wednesday, August 3 beginning at 9 p.m.

  • Operation Maneater | Great White Shark at 9 p.m.
    Mark Evans travels to Western Australia, where seven people have been killed by sharks in the last three years. Authorities have implemented radical measures to catch and kill any shark they deem a threat. Evans wants to find non-lethal solutions to keep people – and sharks – safe. He enters the water to attach tracking tags to great whites; joins beach patrol teams searching for sharks; and tests a new “multi-spectral” camera that spots sharks from the air even when they are hidden several meters underwater.
  • Expedition with Steve Backshall | Socorro: Expedition Shark Island at 10 p.m.
    Dive with Steve on an expedition to the remote volcanic island of Clarion in the Revillagigedo National Park. Steve and his team are looking to discover where shark mothers give birth and help protect a new generation of these ocean giants.

Shakespeare & Hathaway (Mini-Marathon)

Thursdays, August 4, 11 & 25 at 8 p.m.

Private inspector Frank Hathaway has always worked alone. But Frank isn’t doing so well. He’s out of shape and low on cash. Frank needs a partner. Frank needs ex-hairdresser and people-person Lu. He just doesn’t know it yet. The two eventually join forces and form a highly unlikely and hugely entertaining detecting duo. Frank and Lu quickly discover that all is not as peaceful as it seems in their pretty theatre town. The mayor is murdered, vengeful lovers stalk the streets and a magician’s trick fatally misfires. Welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon, where low life criminals get caught up in deliciously high drama.

All the President’s Men

Monday, August 8 at 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

On Monday, August 8th, the 48th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation, watch the classic film that told the story of Watergate and the coverage surrounding the event.

CPTV Goes to the Dogs (Mini-Marathon)

Wednesday, August 10 beginning at 8 p.m.

  • Nature | Dogs in the Land of Lions at 8 p.m.
    NATURE takes viewers into the heart of an African wild dog family. When lions kill her mate, a wild dog mother called Puzzles suddenly must raise two generations of pups all on her own without the help of a pack. Witness the loyalty and selflessness that sets wild dogs apart from other large, social carnivores in this deeply intimate portrayal of motherhood. But in this unforgiving Zimbabwe wilderness, it turns out the top dogs are the big cats – lions are the wild dogs’ ultimate enemies. The young dogs provide some light-hearted moments while discovering the world around them, but as they grow up, they must face these eternal enemies on their journey to independence.
  • Nova | Dog Tales at 9 p.m.
    Dogs have long been dependable companions by our sides. But it wasn’t always that way-and a look at their closest living relative, the wolf, makes it clear why. Researchers reveal how humans tamed fearsome canines over tens of thousands of years, and how modern dog intelligence and behaviors have made them indispensable companions.

Wild Weather Night (Mini-Marathon)

Wednesday, August 24 beginning at 8 p.m.

  • Wild Weather at 8 p.m.
    Watch an innovative documentary that illustrates how weather works by performing brave, ambitious (even unlikely) experiments that show how nature transforms simple ingredients like wind, water and temperature into something spectacular and powerful.
  • Flood of ’55 (CPTV) at 9 p.m.
    The Flood of ’55 is a gripping program that examines the disaster of the floods in August 1955, accounting what happened when two hurricanes struck Connecticut eight days apart. On the night of August 18, 1955, and into the morning of the 19th, the landscape of nearly half of Connecticut and the lives of the people who live there changed forever.
  • American Experience | Fatal Flood at 10 p.m.
    In the spring of 1927, after weeks of incessant rains, the Mississippi River went on a rampage from Cairo, Illinois to New Orleans, inundating hundreds of towns, killing as many as a thousand people and leaving a million homeless. In Greenville, Mississippi, efforts to contain the river pitted the majority black population against an aristocratic plantation family, the Percys — and the Percys against themselves. A story of greed, power and race during one of America’s greatest natural disasters.


Tuesday, August 2 and 9 at 10 p.m.

  • Frontline | Ukraine: Life Under Russia’s Attack on August 2
    A dramatic and intimate look inside the Russian assault on Kharkiv. Told by displaced families trying to survive underground, civilians caught in the fight, and first responders risking their lives amid the shelling of Ukraine’s second largest city.
  • Frontline | Afghanistan Undercover on August 9
    An undercover investigation into the Taliban’s crackdown on women in Afghanistan. Correspondent Ramita Navai finds those being punished by the regime and confronts Taliban officials.

CUTLINE | Sheff v. O’Neill

Thursday, August 28 at 8 p.m.

The Sheff v. O’Neill lawsuit and its resulting school integration programs offer a unique and compelling look into critical societal issues as lived by Connecticut families, and have become a national model even while generating controversy in Connecticut.

On CPTV Spirit

Asteroids (Mini-Marathon)

Tuesday, August 2 beginning at 8 p.m.

  • Nova | Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday? at 8 p.m.
    The asteroid that exploded in the skies over Siberia injuring more than 1,000 and damaging buildings in six cities was a shocking reminder that Earth is a target in a cosmic shooting range. From the width of a football field to the size of a small city, the space rocks called asteroids have the potential to be killers: in a collision with Earth, they could set off deadly blast waves, raging fires and colossal tidal waves. But some audacious entrepreneurs look up at asteroids and see payday, not doomsday. That’s because some asteroids are loaded with billions of dollars-worth of elements like iron, nickel and even platinum. While NASA plans an ambitious mission to return samples from a potentially hazardous asteroid, would-be asteroid miners are dreaming up their own program to scout for potentially profitable asteroids. Will asteroids turn out to be our economic salvation — or instruments of extinction?
  • Nova | Touching The Asteroid  at 9 p.m.
    If spacecraft OSIRIS-REx can grab a piece of an asteroid and bring it back to Earth, scientists could gain great insight into our planet’s origins, and even how to defend against rogue asteroids. But NASA only gets three shots at collecting a sample.
  • Comet Encounter at 10 p.m.
    In this program, scientists around the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event, the path of the sun-grazing comet ISON. The comet, somewhere between one and 10 kilometers in diameter, is currently just beyond the orbit of Jupiter. As it races past Earth toward the sun, it will likely develop a tail to light up the night skies. Then ISON will slingshot around the back of the sun, to emerge perhaps brighter than ever. But there’s jeopardy, too; ISON could evaporate completely, or the sun’s gravity could tear it apart, producing a so-called “string of pearls” – several small comets arching across the night sky.

Remembering WWII and the Bombing of Hiroshima

Wednesday, August 3 beginning at 9 p.m.

  • Enola Gay’s Navigator: Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk at 9 p.m.
    Van Kirk flew 58 missions in England and North Africa before returning to the United States. He was assigned to navigation training and in November 1944 became group navigator of the 509th Composite Group training for atom bomb delivery. Quietly, in June 1945, the group started moving overseas to the Pacific island of Tinian in the Marianas chain. Their familiar arrowhead tail markings were changed on both sides to the letter “R” in a circle, standard identification for the Sixth Bomb Group. The idea behind this change was to confuse the enemy if they made contact, which they did not. On Aug. 6, 1945, Van Kirk was the navigator on the first atomic bombing mission. At 2:30 a.m., the Enola Gay lifted off North Field en route to Hiroshima, Japan. “I knew when we hit the coast of Japan we were well on the way to completing a successful mission and the new bomb we carried would be a great help in shortening the war,” Van Kirk said. At exactly 09:15:15, the world’s first atomic bomb exploded. When the Enola Gay landed back on Tinian Island at 2:58 p.m., the plane and crew were greeted by Gen. Spaatz, a large contingent of brass and jubilant GIs. Van Kirk later participated in the first Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests.
  • Unearthing Ogawa at 10 p.m.
    The life of a dead Japanese soldier is honored by an American who finds him with his diary in a battlefield cave and seeks to return the chronicle to the man’s family. Decades later, the American’s son retraces the footsteps and meets the Ogawa clan today. Powerful details are revealed in Tokyo, Hiroshima, and across the United States. Part history, part travelogue, part memoir, Unearthing Ogawa brings the past alive with unexpected discoveries and compassion.

This Old House Cambridge Project Marathon

Thursdays on August 4, 11, and 25 beginning at 9 p.m.

Homeowners John Stone and Sally Peterson want to turn an 1887 Victorian-era two family house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, into a one-family home.

CPTV Gets a Little Batty (Mini-Marathon)

Sunday, August 7 beginning at 8 p.m.

  • Nature | The Bat Man of Mexico at 8 p.m.
    An ecologist tracks the Lesser Long-nosed bat’s epic migration across Mexico, braving hurricanes, snakes, Mayan tombs and seas of cockroaches, in order to save the species and the tequila plants they pollinate.
  • Nova | Bat Super Powers at 9 p.m.
    Bats have been implicated in deadly epidemics such as COVID-19 and Ebola, yet scientists are discovering evidence that they may hold a key to a longer and healthier life. From caves in Thailand and Texas to labs around the globe, NOVA meets the scientists who are decoding the superpowers of the bat.

When Disaster Strikes (3-part series)

Tuesday, August 9 beginning at 8 p.m.

  • When Disaster Strikes | A Perfect Storm: Mozambique at 8 p.m.
    Hear the extraordinary story of bravery and hope after Cyclone Idai strikes Mozambique. The world races to help rescue and support survivors from flooding on a biblical scale.
  • When Disaster Strikes | The Silent Killer: Somalia at 9 p.m.
    Hear shocking stories as another drought strikes Somalia. Mass migration, food shortages and malnutrition mean famine is a very real threat, but resolute humanitarians race to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable.
  • When Disaster Strikes | Paradise Lost: Bahamas at 10 p.m.
    Hear an epic tale of survival as one of the Caribbean’s strongest hurricanes strikes The Bahamas. The government and international aid workers battle to meet the survivors’ basic needs in the chaos of the aftermath.

“Why?” Marathon (Mini-Marathon)

Tuesday, August 23 beginning at 8 p.m.

  • Nova | Why Bridges Collapse at 8 p.m.
    In 2018, Italy’s Morandi Bridge collapsed, killing 43 people. NOVA investigates what went wrong and explores other bridge collapses across the United States. How can new engineering techniques make bridges safer and prevent such tragedies?
  • Nova | Why Ships Crash at 9 p.m.
    When the colossal Ever Given container ship crashed into the bank of the Suez Canal in March 2021, international supply chains ground to a halt. How could such a disaster happen? And can the investigation help prevent future accidents?
  • Nova | High-Risk High-Rise at 10 p.m.
    Over the past few decades, the number of skyscrapers worldwide has climbed dramatically. And as developers look to maximize limited urban space, and nations vie for prestige, these shimmering towers are being built higher and higher. In China alone, dozens of buildings rise to over 1,000 feet, with a few approaching 2,000 feet. But for all their impressive engineering, are these buildings safe? And are building regulations keeping up with the soaring heights of new structures? In San Francisco, skyscrapers can be built on unstable, sinking ground. And internal sprinkler systems are the only hope for extinguishing fires that burn beyond the reach of firefighters’ ladders. Now, NOVA explores the science behind the risks of sky-high buildings, from the structural limits of building materials to the threats presented by wind, fire, and earthquakes. Experts show how the science of evacuation has shaped buildings in recent years, and what we have-and haven’t-learned from past tragedies.

Spotlight on the Supreme Court

Wednesday, August 24 beginning at 9 p.m.

  • American Experience | Sandra Day O’Connor: The First at 9 p.m.
    When Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor as the Supreme Court’s first female justice in 1981, the announcement dominated the news. Time Magazine’s cover proclaimed “Justice At Last,” and she received unanimous Senate approval. Born in 1930 in El Paso, Texas, O’Connor grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona in an era when women were expected to become homemakers. After graduating near the top of her class at Stanford Law School, she could not convince a single law firm to interview her, so she turned to volunteer work and public service. A Republican, she served two terms in the Arizona state senate, then became a judge on the state court of appeals. During her 25 years on the Supreme Court, O’Connor was the critical swing vote on cases involving some of the 20th century’s most controversial issues, including abortion, affirmative action – and she was the tiebreaker on Bush v. Gore. Forty years after her confirmation, this biography recounts the life of a pioneering woman who both reflected and shaped an era.
  • Frontline | Supreme Revenge: Battle for the Court  at 11 p.m.
    The conservative takeover of the Supreme Court that paved the way to overturning Roe v. Wade. How a partisan political war, led by Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump, transformed the highest court with far-reaching consequences for the country.