Between September 1 and September 11, a variety of television specials, documentaries and more will mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. In addition to the programs listed below, viewers should check programming on their local channels. Times given are for the East Coast.
Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero (7 pm, Discovery)
The second of Steven Spielberg’s two 3-hour reports on the construction of the World Trade Center complex. If you missed the first part, broadcast last week, you can catch repeats on Science Channel, September 4 and 11.
What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2001 (8 pm, Nickelodeon)
Many of today’s children are too young to remember the horrific events of 9/11, but they’ve heard about them. On this Nick News special hosted by Linda Ellerbee they can ask questions about the day’s events and receive answers.
9/11: Heroes of the 88th Floor (8 pm, TLC)
Port Authority construction manager Frank De Martini and inspector Pablo Ortiz saved dozens of lives, although they only had a crowbar, flashlight and walkie-talkies, before losing their own lives when the north tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. Their selfless actions are recalled by survivors.
9/11: Day That Changed the World (7 pm, Smithsonian Channel)
The day’s events are explored through exclusive interviews with Laura Bush, Dick and Lynne Cheney, Rudy Giuliani, and others. Martin Sheen narrates.
9/11: Stories in Fragments (8:30 pm, Smithsonian Channel)
The National Museum of American History’s collections related to 9/11.
Children of 9/11 (9 pm, NBC)
A year in the lives of 11 children from six families that suffered tragic losses in the attacks.
I Survived 9/11 (7 pm, Biography)
Twelve emergency responders, defense officials or office workers tell their stories.
Frontline: Top Secret America (8 pm PBS, but check local listings; times may vary)
Journalist Dana Priest joins the Frontline team that produced Bush’s War, Cheney’s Law, and The Torture Question to examine events that developed from the Global War on Terror.
Nova: Engineering Ground Zero (8 pm PBS, but check local listings; times may vary)
The stories behind the construction of One World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
9/11: The Days After (8 pm, History)
Explores how the September 11 attacks changed our daily lives. This is a follow-up to 102 Minutes That Changed America, the 2008 History documentary that won four Emmys. 102 Minutes will be shown on History at 8:46 am, September 11.
September 10 (8 pm, History)
Voices from Inside the Towers
Audio recordings of calls made from inside the doomed World Trade Center towers to families and friends and to emergency responders.
The Love We Make (8 pm, Showtime)
This documentary follows Paul McCartney’s post-9/11 journey through New York City and covers the planning and performance of his benefit concert at Madison Square Garden.
Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience (8:46 am, HBO)
Debuting 10 years to the minute after the attacks began, this TIME magazine–HBO collaboration focuses on previously untold stories, captured in words and images.
102 Minutes That Changed America (8:46 am, History)
Made for the seventh anniversary of the attacks, this multiple-Emmy-winning documentary primarily utilizes raw video footage shot by citizens trying to record the chaotic events of the day.
America Remembers—9/11 (7 pm PBS, but check local listings; times may vary)
NewsHour examines the significance and meaning of 9/11 in communities across America. The varied stories include those of memorial services, those of American Muslims dealing with mistrust in the wake of the attacks, and those of a small town in California concerning residents who gave their lives in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
9/11: 10 Years Later (7 pm, CBS)
French filmmakers who were making a documentary about a New York fire company found themselves shooting dramatic live footage from Ground Zero. Their award-winning documentary is updated in this presentation, using new interviews with many of the firefighters involved. Hosted by Robert De Niro.
Great Performances (8 pm PBS; check local listings for times)
Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic 10th Anniversary Concert for 9/11, featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. This will be a taped performance of the September 10 concert at Lincoln Center.
Rebirth (8 pm, Showtime)
A Sundance Film Festival entry covering the decade that has just ended in the lives of five people who lost loved ones on 9/11, examining their trauma and recovery.
The Space Between (8 pm, USA)
An attempt to view 9/11 through a fictional story about a flight attendant (Oscar winner Melissa Leo) who accompanies a Pakistani-American boy (Anthony Keyvan), whose father works in the World Trade Center, from Texas to New York City. The film will be followed by Dick Wolf’s Oscar-winning 2003 documentary short Twin Towers, about two brothers—one a firefighter, the other a police officer—and the courage they displayed in the September 11 events.
Twins of the Twin Towers (8 pm, OWN)
A BBC Wales documentary about twins who lost their siblings in the terrorist attacks. It will be followed by From the Ground Up, the personal stories of five widows whose firefighter husbands perished that day.
A Concert for Hope (8 pm, live on the Pentagon Channel and many ABC affiliates)
Country star Alan Jackson, R&B legend Patty LaBelle and mezzo soprano Denyce Graves perform at Washington’s National Cathedral as part of a three-day event titled “A Call to Compassion.” Jackson captured the feelings of many Americans on 9/11 with his song, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”
Remembrance and Renewal (9 pm, ABC)
The newsmagazine 20/20 presents moving stories from 9/11.