The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

PBS | 9:00 pm

While many people know and love Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet "The Nutcracker," in this charming holiday special, narrator Alan Cumming goes all the way back to the 1818 book by E.T.A. Hoffmann to fill in the blanks with story details missing from the ballet — chief among them, how the character of the Prince got turned into a nutcracker in the first place. John Mauceri is the conductor.