Looking for some great shows to dig into this month? GBH Passport is where you should be looking, and below are some top selections from Ron Bachman, Senior Director of Programming, and Devin Karambelas, Programming Manager. The member benefit that provides you with extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming, GBH Passport features current and past seasons of PBS and GBH shows — including drama, science, history, and the arts. Watch anytime on GBH.org or on the PBS App.
American Masters: Keith Haring: Street Art Boy
When Keith Haring died in 1990, he was one of the most famous artists in the world, known for a graffiti-influenced style that was colorful, cartoonish and unapologetically accessible. Haring, who spent most of his working life in Manhattan, sought to bridge the gap between the street and the rarefied fine art world. He also used his platform to bring visibility to the AIDS crisis and set up his own foundation one year after he was diagnosed with the disease. This documentary is the definitive portrait of the artist and activist, supported by an incredible collection of archive materials and interviews with friends and collaborators including Andy Warhol, Madonna and Grace Jones. You can also check out some of Haring’s work in the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s current exhibition, Writing the Future: [Jean-Michel] Basquiat and the Hip Hop Generation.—Devin
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Bleak House And Little Dorrit
(Available on GBH Passport on December 15) If you’ve been enthralled by Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the latest season of The Crown, you won’t want to miss her equally compelling turn as Lady Dedlock in the 2005 BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. The series was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards when it aired on MASTERPIECE in the US. Three years later, the BBC and MASTERPIECE returned to Dickens for an adaptation of Little Dorrit, starring Claire Foy, another actress who would take up The Crown as the young Queen Elizabeth. Both series feature stellar casts, indelible characters, high production values and gripping stories — all for your bingeing pleasure as a GBH member. —Ron
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Julia Child on Passport
Get out your apron and more butter than you think you need — everyone’s favorite French chef is on Passport! Stream the best of Julia Child, including original The French Chef episodes, Baking with Julia and this year’s tribute series Dishing with Julia Child, where nine top chefs look back on her most classic episodes and gush candidly about her legacy. This Julia Child holiday fix isn’t complete without an amuse-bouche of GBH’s digital series, You and Julia, where local chefs put their own spin on some of her most beloved recipes. Or let us cook-up the lineup for you and catch our annual Julia Child cooking marathon on GBH 2, starting at 11:30a on December 26th. I’ll be watching with a glass of White Burgundy, allegedly one of Julia's favorites. —Devin
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Last month, we told you about some Jane Austen adaptations we’ve recently added to Passport, but this one’s expiring next month — so catch it while you can! It stars Felicity Jones as the young and naïve Catherine Morland, whose imagination runs away with her when she visits the titular pile and begins to confuse real life with the Gothic romance of her favorite novels. This drama has something in common with the two Dickens series mentioned above: screenwriter Andrew Davies, who also wrote the beloved 1995 adaptation of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as well as Sense and Sensibility, both of which are currently available on Passport. You’ll have no shortage of first-class costume drama to binge over the holidays! —Ron
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American Masters: By Sidney Lumet
Picture the best New York-bred filmmakers. Martin Scorsese? Woody Allen? Spike Lee? Take them, you can have them — Sidney Lumet is forever my favorite. The director of 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network and 41 other films over a career that spanned 50 years was well-known for his preference of New York City’s streets to Hollywood’s backlots. Urban realism and exploration of moral character are central themes in Lumet’s body of work, and this American Masters biography delves into the experiences that shaped his social conscience and filmmaking style. Clips from Lumet's canon and a never-before-seen 2008 interview with the late filmmaker Daniel Anker help tell his story, in his own words. Stream this film on Passport before it expires on January 3rd. —Devin
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View more selections for December and beyond in the GBH Passport collection.