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This November, WETA UK introduces all new British comedies and dramas to our television schedule including Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Mr. Bean and more! Read on for details on these great British series and when in November you can watch them!
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Call the Midwife begins November 6
You may have heard the buzz on the newest British drama to hit American television when PBS stations including WETA aired the six part series earlier this fall. With Call the Midwife, step into East London during the 1950s as novice nurse Jenny Lee travels through her new life as a midwife alongside an Order of Nuns, the Sisters of St. Raymond Nonnatus. While settling in and making friends, the Sisters and the midwives must overcome the medical struggles of that time and help bring safe childbirth to women in the East End. You can watch Call the Midwife on WETA UK Tuesdays at 8:00pm beginning November 6, 2012. Get a behind the scenes look at Call the Midwife on PBS.org video.
Blackadder begins November 11
When tomorrow is Monday, you need a good laugh to enjoy your Sunday night and WETA UK is your place to find the very best in British humor. Joining Yes, Minister and Fawlty Towers on Sunday evenings is Blackadder. Many great dynasties, strong and brave, have played a part in shaping Britain's heritage. The Blackadders are not one of them. From cowards to cads and back again, the Blackadders have managed to seriously lower the integrity of every era through which they have wended their serpentine way. This comedy is broken into four series, each set in a different era with actor Rowan Atkinson portraying a different Blackadder family member in each series. We begin with series 1, The Black Adder: the first recorded Blackadder, cursed from youth by a deformed haircut, creeps around medieval England in a pair of unattractive tights. His career starts with the murder of his own charming Uncle Richard III, and heads downwards from there, never helped by his companions, pea-brained Percy and pea-sized Baldrick. Join us at 9:00pm for the premiere of Blackadder November 11, 2012 and catch more episodes Sundays at 9:00pm. Want more details on series 1? Download THE WETA UK BLACKADDER SERIES 1 EPISODE GUIDE!
Mr. Bean begins November 11
Also joining the comedy bunch on Sunday nights is the one and only Mr. Bean! Laugh along with the exploits of Mr. Bean, a child in a grown man's body, as he blunders through everyday tasks wreaking havoc as he goes. Influenced by physical performers such as comic actors from silent films, Mr. Bean, played by Rowan Atkinson, rarely speaks and largely uses physical humor. Watch this classic British comedy premiering on WETA UK November 11 and watch every Sunday at 9:30pm! Print THE WETA UK MR. BEAN SERIES 1 EPISODE GUIDE so you don’t miss a second of the laughs! Download official Mr. Bean computer goodies like wallpapers and calendars at the Mr. Bean website!
Rosemary & Thyme begins November 15
Meet Rosemary Boxer (Felicity Kendal) and Laura Thyme (Pam Ferris), the new ladies of mystery on WETA UK. Two gardening enthusiasts, looking for a new direction after major changes in their lives are brought together by the sudden death of a mutual friend. Soon after, they find themselves caught up in a series of murder mysteries and use their talent for investigation to garden and solve crime as Rosemary & Thyme. British mysteries are our specialty and we hope you’ll enjoy this new addition to our schedule. Watch Thursdays at 8:00pm beginning November 15, 2012.
The WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock begins November 17
Watch both series of Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock on your television for free and without a Netflix subscription during The WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock! A thrilling contemporary version of the Victorian-era mystery based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is a consulting detective in 21st-century London with Dr. John Watson, played by Martin Freeman, as his loyal companion and side-kick. Fast-paced, funny, and captivating, this series is a must watch. Beginning November 17, catch two back-to-back episodes of Sherlock Saturdays from 8:00pm – 11:00pm through November. Watch this PBS video as co-creators and writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat discuss their Sherlock history, motivation, and casting for the show.
Miranda begins November 18
Midway through the month, one truly funny British woman joins the Sunday comedy block at 8:30pm. Miranda, is a unique woman standing 6’1” tall, owning and living in a joke shop. Trying to fit in with her old boarding school friends is just one of her struggles along with her exceptionally awkward behavior around men which doesn’t help as her mother constantly pushes her to find a husband. Naturally, a woman who can find humor in these uncomfortable situations encounters hilarious run-ins with her childhood friend and co-worker Stevie. Beginning November 18, every Sunday at 8:30pm watch the British comedy Miranda. Get acquainted with actor Miranda Hart in the BBC Blog for her Miranda.
We look forward to beginning these new series with you. Leave a comment telling us what you’re most excited to watch on WETA UK this November!