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WETA Movie Night: April 26

This weekend, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the 1962 Broadway drama Gypsy. Music, dance, family drama, and the drive to make it big are the themes that have made this movie such a hit. Starring Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, and Karl Malden. Watch a preview of the film below.

Set during the 1920s in the vaudeville era, Rose is an aggressive and domineering woman who desires above all to make her two daughters June and Louise big entertainment stars. Herbie Sommers is an entertainment agent who falls in love with Rose. The two lock-in big circuit bookings for daughter June while the apparently less talented Louise is pushed into the background. Over time, June decides to break away from Rose and Herbie leaving pushy stage mother Rose to work on Louise’s career. Consequently, the trio winds up at a third-rate burlesque house in Wichita. Will Rose step aside and let her daughter rise to the top on her own true talent?
The musical classic Gypsy airs on WETA TV26 & HD Saturday April 26 at 9:30pm and Sunday April 27 at 11am.

 


 

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This Week on WETA UK: April 21-27

Monday at 9pm tune in for the last two mysteries of Midsomer Murders season 7! From 9-10:30pm watch “The Straw Woman”, a traditional festival at Midsomer Parva ends in tragedy when the curate is burned alive inside a straw effigy of a woman then his lover dies. Amid rumors of witchcraft, some villagers blame a particular man but only DCI Barnaby and Sergeant Scott will find out the truth. From 10:30-midnight watch “Ghosts of Christmas Past”, dark secrets and delving into the past to resolve the present are just some of the exciting themes in this festive episode.

Tuesday at 11pm Rumpole of the Bailey begins season 4 with “Rumple and the Old, Old, Story” where Rumpole defends a business man who is accused of trying to murder his partner. Rumpole and Hilda part ways without much regret.

Wednesday at 8pm Inspector Morse takes on “The Sins of the Fathers” by investigating Trevor Radford’s murder. The managing director of the family-owned Radford's Brewery was attacked and killed after hours and Morse becomes immersed in the implications of a hostile take-over bid by another company. Trevor's widow Helen finds her brother-in-law Stephen murdered but she’s particularly upset since she was having an affair with him.

Thursday at 8pm Spy goes undercover with “Codename: Citizen Lame”. Review time in the office approaches and when one employee is dismissed, the team is distraught. Tim changes Marcus' work assignment from ‘Accounting’ to ‘Retail’ forcing him to learn about the sale of merchandise and dreams. Don’t forget British comedies Twenty Twelve, Lead Balloon, and Outnumbered follow Spy.

Friday at 11am Ballykissangel begins season 6 with “God.com”. Vincent Sheahan, the new Australian priest, arrives in Ballykissangel. One of his first tasks is to answer questions from a journalist about a Ballykissangel online confessional. All Vincent can say is that he knows nothing about it. When he finds the website, he realizes that people are paying to have their sins forgiven and decides to investigate.

Saturday at 8pm new documentary series Billy Connolly’s Route 66 premieres on WETA UK! Scottish comedian/actor Billy Connolly takes the ultimate road trip as he travels the world's most famous highway, Route 66. With his unrivaled ability to tell a great story, he brings to life both the big and small moments of American history — the world changing events and the comic asides.  In episode one (of four), Billy travels from Chicago, IL to St. Louis, MO visiting attractions along the way including: the Chicago Tribune Building, the Route 66 "Pie Man," Abraham Lincoln's home, an Amish community and the Chain of Rocks bridge.

Sunday at 11pm begin the famous Doctor Who series from the very first episode “Rose”. Rose Tyler meets a mysterious stranger called the Doctor, and her life will never be the same again. Soon, she realizes that her mother, her boyfriend, and the whole of Planet Earth are in danger. The only hope for salvation lies inside a strange blue police box…
 

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WETA Movie Night: April 19

This weekend, celebrate spring-time with a classic musical and two nature documentaries. Saturday beginning at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD, catch the incredibly successful musical Easter Parade (1948), then two environmental documentaries at 11:30pm and 1am.

 

Easter Parade (1948) - Saturday at 9:30pm
A vaudeville nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner and make his former partner jealous. He's determined to prove that he can make any partner a star and finds love along the way. Stars Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, and Ann Miller.

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Saturday 11:30pm
Explore two of America’s most pressing issues:  environmentalism and terrorism as this film reveals a radical environmental group, the Earth Liberation Front which the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat”. Daniel McGowan is a former member of the Earth Liberation Front and faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. Learn of the environmental group and McGowan’s story on POV’s If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.

Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison – Sunday 1am
This documentary shows the history of human relations with the largest land mammal on the continent. There have been many different threats to wild bison throughout the centuries. Learn how this rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation, and spiritual relations with an icon of wild America shows us that the bison is not only a symbol of a lost world, but may also show us the path to a more sustainable future.


 

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New Ken Burns Documentary | The Address on WETA TV26

WETA TV26 presents the premiere of the newest Ken Burns documentary, The AddressTuesday April 15, 2014 at 9pm. Each year at a school in Putney, Vermont called the Greenwood School, students are encouraged to memorize, practice, and recite the Gettysburg Address.  All the students at The Greenwood School have complex learning differences that make their personal, academic, and social progress challenging. Ken Burns’ The Address demonstrates how President Lincoln’s historic words motivate and engage these students a century-and-a-half after Lincoln delivered a speech that would go on to embolden the Union cause. Explore the Greenwood School and unlock the history, context, and importance of President Lincoln’s powerful speech. In November 2013, on the 150th anniversary and of the Gettysburg Address, Ken Burns and PBS launched LearnTheAddress.org, an initiative that invites people to upload videos of themselves reciting the Gettysburg Address to the project’s website. Catch a preview of the show here.

Watch this moving documentary Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 9pm on WETA TV26 & HD!


 

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This Week on WETA UK: April 14-20

Monday at 9pm Midsomer Murders season 7 continues with two back-to-back mysteries, “Sins of Commission” and “The Maid in Splendor”. DCI John Barnaby is a British police inspector who investigates mysteries and murders in the rustic English county of Midsomer.

Tuesday at 10:30pm the hilariously uptight Chef! continues with the episode “Masterchef”. Everton has created his own signature dish and is achieving some notoriety of his own, which provokes Gareth's anger. Will Everton  consider leaving to avoid his boss' now considerable wrath?

Wednesday at 9pm Father Brown takes on “The Three Tools of Death”. A troubled young woman's father is killed just weeks after her mother's death and Father Brown steps in to help her manage her grief. Can he solve the father's inexplicable murder by one of three weapons?

Thursday at 12:30pm take your lunch break with My Family as season 4 starts. This British comedy follows an outrageous family who always seems to be stepping on each other’s toes and getting into mishaps.

Friday at 8pm Rosemary and Thyme investigate “In a Monastery Garden”. Wellminster Cathedral is preparing for a Royal visit and the Custos have asked Rosemary and Laura to restore the old monastery "physik" garden to mark the cathedral's millennium. But someone is not happy about the ladies working on the herb garden, and when the Custos' daughter Trish is found murdered there, the two women realize they could be in serious danger

Saturday at 9pm Inspector Lewis continues with series 4 “Wild Justice”. Lewis and Hathaway investigate the poisoning at a religious college of an American female bishop. They suspect she was slain for her progressive views but when additional murders follow, they’re forced to develop a new theory for the case.

Sunday at 8pm the WETA UK premiere of Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant kicks off. Get a taste of the incredible luxury and often scandalous history of some of the world’s best hotels in this up-market travel series presented by actor Richard E Grant. He begins by examining the roles power and money play in the business, checking into Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, California's Barkley Pet Hotel, and the $44,000-a-night Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons in New York.
 

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