This fall on PBS, it’s a little bit Disney, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, with “American Experience” covering the life of the great storyteller Walt Disney this week; and a Halloween night concert from London as guitar master Eric Clapton celebrates his 70th birthday. Meanwhile, “Masterpiece” debuts two more intriguing British dramas.
Locally, Louisiana Public Broadcasting focuses on education with a daylong broadcast and outreach event, and October’s installment of “Louisiana Public Square.”
Here are some highlights:
“WALT DISNEY: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE”: 8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday. He was one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers. In this two-night, four-hour event, “Experience” offers rare footage from the Disney vaults and scenes from some of Walt Disney’s greatest films, plus interviews with animators, artists and biographers, to examine Disney’s life and legacy.
“INDIAN SUMMERS ON MASTERPIECE”: 8 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 27-Nov. 22. Explore the collision of the English ruling class and local people agitating for Indian independence in the twilight of British rule in India. The two sides clash and merge in intricate games of power, politics and passion. Starring Julie Walters.
“I’LL HAVE WHAT PHIL’S HAVING”: 9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 28-Nov. 2. Journey with Phil Rosenthal, creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” as he learns from chefs, vendors, culinary leaders and style setters who keep their communities’ traditions alive while creating new ones. Rosenthal visits kitchens on and off the gastronomic path.
“AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY: LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN”: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. The public media initiative — supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — is to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success. “American Graduate Day 2015” is a full-day broadcast and outreach event dedicated to informing the country about the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves.
“HOME FIRES ON MASTERPIECE”: 7 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 4-Nov. 18. Witness the bitter rivalry between Samantha Bond (“Downton Abbey”) and Francesca Annis (“Reckless”) to control the Women’s Institute in a rural English town as it struggles with the onset of World War II.
“LOUISIANA PUBLIC SQUARE: FUNDING THE FUTURE: EARLY CHILDHOOD OPPORTUNITIES”: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Access to quality early childhood education and childcare is the single biggest indicator of future educational success and worker retention. Louisiana passed legislation to restructure and improve early childhood options, but changes have been largely unfunded.
The show looks at these questions: How could the next governor and a newly elected Board of Elementary and Secondary Education alter the early childhood arena? If funds do come, what should be prioritized? How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce availability and overall economic outlook?
“ERIC CLAPTON: SLOWHAND AT 70 – LIVE AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL”: 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Celebrate the legendary guitarist’s 70th birthday with this concert in London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, featuring Clapton classics, including “Wonderful Tonight,” “Layla” and “Tears in Heaven.”
Louisiana Public Broadcasting (Channel 27, cable Channel 12) contributed to this report.