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KET's WinterPledge 2012 features Downton Abbey special, Kentucky covered bridges, Ed Sullivan's top performances and more
During WinterPledge 2012, Nov. 24 through Dec. 2, viewers have the opportunity to help KET carry out its mission of guiding all Kentuckians on an exciting and fulfilling journey through life to explore Kentucky and the world.

Plus, those who donate during this special event will have the opportunity to receive tickets to a wide range of concerts and experiences that KET offers as thank-you gifts.

“For more than 44 years, KET has been serving Kentuckians with rich and diverse educational resources and programming,” said Shae Hopkins, KET executive director and CEO. “It’s the annual contributions from more than 34,000 members that help KET purchase programs such as Antiques Roadshow, Downton Abbey, Doc Martin, Nature, Nova, Sesame Street and many more. We invite everyone that values KET to join with us during WinterPledge to help ensure that we’ll continue to have the funds to purchase, produce and provide the quality programs and services we all enjoy and expect.”

During KET’s WinterPledge, viewers may call 1-800-866-0366 or go online at to make a donation. These gifts allow KET to continue to deliver programming that provides insights, discoveries, issues, culture, excitement and entertainment to communities throughout the state — as well as provide a safe haven for the Commonwealth’s youngest citizens through award-winning PBS children’s programming.

Program highlights:

Using clips, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage, Downton Abbey Revisited features moments from the first two seasons of the popular award-winning Masterpiece series and tantalizing previews of season three. Downton Abbey Revisited airs Sunday, Nov. 25 at 8/7 p.m. on KET and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11:30/10:30 a.m. on KET2.

On Covered Bridges of Kentucky, a Kentucky Life special, the state’s remaining covered bridges are explored. Host Dave Shuffett talks with author Robert Laughlin about the bridges and his lifelong passion for researching and documenting them. The program visits the Fleming County Covered Bridge Museum, examines the truss designs of the remaining bridges, and takes a photo tour of each bridge. Covered Bridges of Kentucky airs Sunday, Nov. 25 at 5/4 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4/3 p.m. on KET and Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7/6 p.m. on KET2.

Also during WinterPledge 2012, a special edition of Kentucky Collectibles, KET’s newest series, features experts assessing the value and history of items, ranging from art, antique furniture, pottery and more. This program, hosted by Dave Shuffett and Amy Hess, airs Saturday, Nov. 24 at 5/4 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 29 at 8/7 p.m. on KET and Monday, Nov. 26 at 8/7 p.m. on KET2. Tickets for next year’s appraisal fair will be offered during these broadcasts.

Musical performances for all ages and musical tastes

Jackie Evancho, the America’s Got Talent sensation, returns to Great Performances in “Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies.” Recorded in the movie palace splendor of the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, the 12 year old showcases songs from the silver screen, including “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic, “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific, and many more. “Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies.” airs Saturday, Nov. 24 at 12:30 p.m./11:30 a.m. on KET and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m./noon on KET2.

Doo Wop Discoveries features new live and never-before-seen broadcast performances from The Del Vikings, The Clovers, Jerry Butler, The Drifters, Larry Chance & The Earls, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and many more. The program airs Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2/1 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7/6 p.m. on KET2 and Monday, Nov. 26 at 8/7 p.m. on KET.

Legendary TV presenter Ed Sullivan brought the greatest musical acts in the world into America’s living rooms every Sunday night live from New York. Now, KET viewers can relive the experience with Ed Sullivan’s Top Performers 1966-1969, a line-up of original 1960s performers singing their biggest rock hits. The program airs Monday, Nov. 26 at 10/9 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 30 at 9/8 p.m. on KET.

Ticketed events

Viewers who make a donation may request, as a thank-you gift, tickets to concerts that several WinterPledge artists have scheduled in Kentucky.

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