Needham Documentary To Debut on WGBH

'Big Little Town' tells the story of Needham from its establishment in 1711 through today.

The documentary film, “Big Little Town: The Story of Needham,” will premiere on WGBH this week.

Originally screened at held in Needham's , the film—a joint presentation of Needham 300, the and —will be broadcast on Thursday, July 19 at 10 p.m. The film will air again from July 20-22 (see the full schedule below).

A description of the film provided by the Historical Society states:

Before there was a United States, there was a Needham. First a part of Dedham in 1630, Needham was established as an independent town in 1711. Over the next 300 years, this small town transformed itself from a sleepy farming village, to a thriving mill center, to an ethnic melting pot, to an industrial showplace, to an affluent suburb. It is the story of America—told with humor, drama and unforgettable characters. There are some BIG stories in this LITTLE TOWN…

“Big Little Town” was directed by Kathryn Dietz and Marc Mandel and narrated by Natalie Jacobson.

The film is also available for purchase at the Needham Historical Society, online at needhamhistory.org/biglittletown), and at .

The WGBH schedule is as follows:

Premiere: Thursday, July 19, 10 p.m., WGBH (Channel 2)


  • Friday, July 20, 2:30 p.m., WGBX (Channel 44)
  • Friday, July 20, 3 a.m., WGBH (Channel 2)
  • Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m., WGBH Kids (multicast)
  • Saturday, July 21, 11 p.m., WGBH Kids
  • Saturday, July 21, 2 a.m., WGBH Kids
  • Sunday, July 22, 4 p.m., WGBX (Channel 44)


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