Tune in for FestiFall 2017 in November

Posted: November 9, 2017

There’s something for everyone during FestiFall, on Iowa Public Television. This celebration of programming takes place November 18-21 and 25-28 on statewide IPTV, and will feature everything from musical performances and travel specials, to local programs and lifestyle programs.

Each day of FestiFall viewers will have the opportunity to support the programming and services they enjoy all year long, and help make it possible for all Iowans to continue to enjoy these programs. Special thank-you gifts, including tickets and exclusive items, will also be available.

FestiFall will feature new specials and classic favorites. The schedule for IPTV is below; viewers can visit Iptv.org for programs airing on IPTV LEARNS and IPTV WORLD and for schedule updates.


  • The Blue Band 25th Anniversary, Sunday, November 19 at 4 p.m.; Monday, November 20 at 8:30 p.m.—Bobby’s Blue Band played its first gig in June 1981. In 2006, the group, now known as The Blue Band, performed in IPTV’s Studio III to celebrate 25 years of performing.
  • Iowa Experience: Vietnam, Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m.—In this new, extended program, veterans discuss experiences that changed them forever and challenged them to reclaim a sense of home in a country different from the one they left.


  • The ’60s Generation (My Music), Saturday, November 18 at 10 p.m.—This concert special focuses on the years 1964-1969 and includes essential ’60s generation folk rock, R&B and pop.
  • The ’80s (My Music), Sunday, November 26 at 10 p.m.—Hosted by original MTV “VJ” Martha Quinn, this special offers a non-stop celebration of pop hits that defined the decade by such superstars as Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Blondie, Madonna and more.
  • Andre Rieu: Waltzing Forever, Saturday, November 25 at 2:30 p.m.—Andre Rieu performs enchanting music in a stunning medieval town square in the Netherlands.
  • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week—The Touring Years, Saturday, November 25 at 7 p.m.—After their now-legendary North American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, The Beatles transfixed the U.S., transforming music and pop culture forever.
  • Big Band Years, Sunday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m.—Nick Clooney and Peter Marshall host a nostalgic look at hit makers and songs of the 1930s and ’40s.
  • Celtic Woman—Homecoming: Ireland, Monday, November 27 at 9 p.m.—On a winter’s night 14 years ago, an idea was born to create a musical show featuring classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. This concert special represents the next chapter of Celtic Woman’s extraordinary musical journey.
  • Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell, Saturday, November 25 at 6 p.m.; Sunday, November 26 at 1 p.m.—Daniel O’Donnell transports you to a winter wonderland, performing yuletide carols, classic hymns and seasonal sing-along favorites.
  • Classical Rewind (My Music), Sunday, November 26 at 2 p.m.—The greatest composers of all time and the origins of their music and compositions are explored.
  • Folk Legends: Isn’t This a Time!, Saturday, November 18 at 5 p.m.— Peter, Paul and Mary; Arlo Guthrie; Pete Seeger and The Weavers perform in a 2003 concert.
  • Great Performances: Hit Man: David Foster and Friends, Sunday, November 26 at 5:30 p.m.—The legendary producer is celebrated with performances by Celine Dion, Josh Groban and other stars.
  • Great Performances: Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed Live, Saturday, November 25 at 10:30 p.m.— Experience the memorable 50th anniversary performance of their Days of Future Passed album recorded live with full orchestra from Toronto's Sony Centre.
  • Johnny Mathis—Wonderful Wonderful (My Music Presents), Saturday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 19 at 2 p.m.—The legendary Johnny Mathis performs favorites including Chances Are and Twelfth of Never.
  • Magic Moments—The Best of ’50s Pop (My Music #102), Sunday, November 26 at 3:30 p.m.—The McGuire Sisters, The Lennon Sisters, The Chordettes, The Four Aces and others take the stage.
  • The Texas Tenors: Rise, Saturday, November 18 at 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 19 at 12:30 p.m.—Join America’s favorite tenors for an all-new concert filmed at Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House.


  • Bob Hope: American Masters, Saturday, November 25 at 4 p.m.; Monday, November 27 at 7 p.m.—Explore the entertainer's life with unprecedented access to his personal archives including writings voiced by Billy Crystal, clips from his body of work, and interviews with Woody Allen, Margaret Cho, Conan O'Brien, Tom Selleck and Brooke Shields.
  • Conversation with Bill Moyers, Sunday, November 19 at 11 a.m.—Journalist, political commentator and author Bill Moyers reflects on his life and storied career.
  • Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller, Saturday, November 18 at 1:30; Sunday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 26 at 11:30 a.m.— Tom Hanks hosts this celebration of filmmaker Ken Burns, aptly described as “America’s Storyteller.”
  • The Vietnam War: The Weight of Memory, Tuesday, November 28 at 8 p.m.—In the conclusion to Ken Burns’ documentary series, the Watergate scandal rivets Americans’ attention and forces President Nixon to resign, while the Vietnamese continue to savage one another in a brutal civil war.


  • 21 Days to a Slimmer, Younger You with Dr. Kellyann, Sunday, November 26 at 6 a.m.—Dr. Kellyann explains how you can undergo your own life-changing weight loss transformation.
  • Age Reversed with Miranda Esmonde-White, Saturday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 19 at 7:30 a.m.—The host of Classical Stretch offers valuable insights on how to combat the physical signs and consequences of aging.
  • Brain Fit: 50 Ways to Grow Your Brain with Daniel Amen, Saturday, November 18 at 5:30 a.m.; Sunday, November 19 at 9 a.m.; Sunday, November 25 at 12:30 p.m.— In this program, Dr. Daniel Amen and his wife, Tana Amen, discuss 50 ways to grow your brain and share their best secrets to ignite your energy and focus at any age.
  • Dr. David Perlmutter’s Whole Life Plan, Sunday, November 19 at 5:30 a.m.; Saturday, November 25 at 11 a.m.—Dr. Perlmutter provides a plan that can help you improve your physical, mental and cognitive health.
  • Eat to Live with Joel Fuhrman, MD, Saturday, November 18 at 9:30 a.m.—Get the facts you need to lose weight and lower blood pressure and cholesterol without drugs.
  • Ed Slott’s Retirement Road Map 2017, Sunday, November 19 at 10:30 p.m.—Ed Slott, America’s IRA expert, shows you how to steer clear of the roadblocks in your retirement.
  • New Rules of Food with Kristin Kirkpatrick, Saturday, November 25 at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, November 26 at 8 a.m.—Learn simple, life-changing steps to get your diet, weight, energy and overall health back on track.
  • On the Psychiatrist’s Couch with Daniel Amen, MD, Saturday, November 25 at 5:30 a.m.; Sunday, November 26 at 9:30 a.m.—In his 10th public television special, Dr. Amen gives viewers the most important lessons he has taught thousands of patients over the last 35 years.
  • Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions for You, Saturday, November 18 at 11:30 a.m.— Suze Orman provides advice to help individual viewers “find financial solutions for you.”

Drama & Entertainment

  • The Collection on Masterpiece, Sunday, November 19 at 9:30 p.m.—In the finale, Nina is torn between Claude, Billy and the baby she gave up for adoption.
  • David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize, Monday, November 20 at 7 p.m.—Emmy award-winning comedian David Letterman receives the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
  • Doc Martin—Seven Grumpy Seasons, Monday, November 27 at 11 p.m.—A behind-the-scenes look at the hit series featuring interviews with producers and cast members.
  • The Durrells in Corfu Season 2 on Masterpiece, Sunday, November 19 at 7 p.m.—In the season 2 finale, Louisa, Leslie and Spiro rescue Dr. Petrides as he deals with women in labor and a stabbing victim.
  • Poldark Season 3 on Masterpiece, Sunday, November 19 at 8:15 p.m.—In the season 3 finale, Elizabeth turns the tables on George, and Demelza and Lt. Armitage reveal their true feelings.
  • Victoria Returns, Sunday, November 26 at 9:30 p.m.—Featuring interviews with Daisy Goodwin, writer and creator of Victoria, this special includes highlights from season 1 and a sneak peek at season 2.
  • Young Hyacinth, Saturday, November 25 at 9:30 p.m.—Set in the 1950s, this special charts the early life of the remarkable Hyacinth, who is frantically trying to force her family to climb the social ladder.


  • Rick Steves’ Europe: Great German Cities, Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 a.m.—Rick Steves explores the German cities of Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Frankfurt and Nurnberg.
  • Rick Steves Special: European Christmas, Saturday, November 25 at 7:30 a.m. —Christmas in Europe is a rich and fascinating mix of Christian and pre-Christian traditions. Host Rick Steves explores holiday celebrations across Europe.