March is Women’s History Month. Celebrate throughout the month with special programs on CPTV and CPTV Spirit showcasing the lives and contributions of great women.
Mondays at 10 p.m. in March, CPTV Spirit celebrates women chefs who have broken down barriers and influenced the way we cook, eat, and source our food. Special presentations include:
Fine Line: A Woman’s Place Is in the Kitchen
PREMIERES Monday, March 2, 2020 at 10 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
A Fine Line explores why less than 7% of head chefs and restaurant owners are women. Hear candid insights from world renowned chefs, including Lidia Bastianich, Dominique Crenn, Barbara Lynch, and more.
Julia Child: American Masters
Airs Monday, March 9, 2020 at 10 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
Savor the life and legacy of Julia Child, who introduced French cuisine to America through her public television series, The French Chef, in 1963. The film tells two love stories: “Julia and Paul Child” and “Julia and French food.”
Leah Chase – The Queen of Creole Cuisine
Airs Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
This documentary chronicles the humble beginnings in small-town Louisiana and storied career of one of the top chefs in the nation.
Alice Waters: American Masters
Airs Monday, March 23, 2020 at 10 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
Discover Alice Waters, who, with her cafe Chez Panisse, became a major force behind the way Americans eat and think about food, launching the explosion of local farmers’ markets and the edible schoolyard.
Other Women’s History Month programs include:
The Public Television Feature Film Collection – The Handmaid’s Tale
PREMIERES Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 8 p.m. on CPTV Spirit; Encores Friday, March 27, 2020 at 9 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
A young woman is put in sexual slavery in a dystopian, polluted religious tyranny. Natasha Richardson, Aidan Quinn, Faye Dunaway, and Robert Duvall star.
Independent Lens – Leftover Women
PREMIERES Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 10 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
Meet three Chinese women labeled “leftover,” a derogatory term for unmarried women in their mid-20s and 30s. Follow them as they struggle to stay true to their ambitions amid a state-sponsored campaign that stigmatizes women who aren’t married.
Mrs. Wilson on Masterpiece
Airs Friday, March 13, 2020 from 8 to 11 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
See all three parts of this miniseries back-to-back. When charming spy novelist Alec Wilson dies, his wife Alison begins to learn his real story. Ruth Wilson stars.
Vera, Season 8
Airs Thursdays, March 19 & 26, 2020 at 9:30 p.m. on CPTV (Continuing in April)
In Season 8, DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) and her team are drawn into four compelling cases: the body of a police officer discovered in an abattoir incinerator; a mysterious car crash; a suburban back-garden murder; and the circumstances that led to the death of a teenage boy.
Makers – Women in Comedy
Airs Friday, March 20, 2020 at 8 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
Track the rise of women in the world of comedy. Contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Mo’Nique, Sarah Silverman, Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, and Kathy Griffin, talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go.
The Public Television Feature Film Collection – Legally Blonde
PREMIERES Friday, March 20, 2020 at 9 p.m. on CPTV Spirit; Encores Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 9 p.m. on CPTV
Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen, is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school. While there, she figures out that there is more to her than just looks. Reese Witherspoon stars.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The Mark Twain Prize
Airs Friday, March 20, 2020 at 10:30 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the 21st annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to 11-time Emmy Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has starred in the acclaimed comedies Seinfeld and Veep.
Little Women on Masterpiece
Airs Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 8 to 11 p.m. on CPTV
See all three parts of this miniseries back-to-back. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. This adaptation is from the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife, Heidi Thomas, who also wrote Cranford and the latter-day Upstairs Downstairs for Masterpiece.
In Their Own Words – Queen Elizabeth II
Airs Monday, March 23, 2020 at 10 p.m. on CPTV
Follow Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life, from her youth to her uncle’s abdication, her father’s coronation as King George VI, her experience during World War II, her sudden ascension to the throne, and her eventful reign of more than 60 years.
The Restorers – The Aviatrix
PREMIERES Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
Learn about women aviators from throughout history and the determination they embodied to be allowed to fly. Follow the stories of a restored Travel Air biplane used by Louise Thaden to win the first cross-country Women’s Air Race in 1929; a group of students at a Texas community college who are working to restore famed female aviator Jackie Cochran’s Twin Beech; and an Ohio restorer who rebuilt a WWII Stearman biplane that served at Avenger Field in Texas, where the Women’s Air Service Pilots (WASP) were trained.
Amelia Earhart: American Experience
Airs Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 9 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
Explore the life of the trailblazing pilot who broke records but then mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on a solo flight around the world. An enduring American hero, Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women’s Cross Country Air Race
Airs Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 10 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
This documentary follows the female pilots of the 2014 Air Race Classic racers as they make their way across the country, while telling the story of the first women’s cross-country air race of 1929, also known as the Powder Puff Derby, which was comprised of 20 women, including Amelia Earhart, and was flown from Santa Monica to the finish line in Cleveland.
Makers – Women in Hollywood
Airs Friday, March 27, 2020 at 8 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
Follow the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment. Hear from actress-producer-activist Jane Fonda; television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes; screenwriter Linda Woolverton; writer-director-actress Lena Dunham; six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close; director Nancy Meyers; and actress Zoe Saldana.
Frontline – Weinstein
Airs Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11 p.m. on CPTV Spirit
Frontline explores how the Hollywood mogul allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades. With allegations going back to Weinstein’s early years, the film investigates the elaborate ways he and those around him tried to silence his accusers.
A Tale of Two Sisters – Anne & Mary Boleyn
Airs Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. on CPTV
Anne has been celebrated and damned — was she a schemer or a victim? Her sister Mary, where remembered by history at all, is often dismissed as a fool. This documentary seeks to uncover their real stories.
A Tale of Two Sisters – Queen Elizabeth I & Mary Tudor
Airs Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:15 p.m. on CPTV
Mary was the short-lived, little-favored Catholic, Elizabeth the long-reigning, all-admired Protestant — or so history has told us. But these two daughters of Henry VIII had more in common than meets the eye.
Call the Midwife – Season 9 Premiere
PREMIERES Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 8 p.m. on CPTV
Dr. Turner and Nurse Crane must deal with an alarming outbreak of diphtheria. Fred finds an abandoned baby in a dustbin, and the team must help locate its mother.
Independent Lens – One Child Nation
PREMIERES Monday, March 30, 2020 at 10 p.m. on CPTV
China’s one-child policy forever changed the lives of mothers and children. Inspired by the birth of her first child, filmmaker Nanfu Wang returns to China to speak with her mother and brother, and explore the ripple effect of this social experiment.
Independent Lens – Made in Boise
Airs Monday, March 30, 2020 at 11:30 p.m. on CPTV
Go inside the lives of four surrogates in Boise, Idaho, and the intended parents whose children they carry. Follows the women as they navigate the rigors of pregnancy and the mixed feelings of their own families, who struggle to understand.