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With a new year comes MANY new British shows on WETA UK! From documentaries, to dramas, to comedies, we’re bringing British television to the Washington, DC area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and all for free on your TV. Read on for descriptions and video previews of all our new programs coming to WETA UK in January!
Premieres Tuesday January 1 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm | Three episodes air back-to-back
This is the story of one of the world's most fascinating regions and its wildlife: Indonesia. From freezing glaciers to coral reefs, orangutans to Komodo dragons, the sheer diversity of landscapes and life defies the imagination.
Premieres Tuesday January 1 at 11:00pm | Airs late night during the week
This sketch-based, slapstick comedy show starring Benny Hill is a classic British comedy. Benny appears in many different costumes and portrays a vast array of characters.
Downton Abbey Season 1
Premieres Wednesday January 2 at 3:00pm | Two back-to-back episodes Wednesdays at 3:00pm
Set in the Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, this period drama depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era — with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and the British social hierarchy in general.
Premieres Wednesday January 2 at 9:00pm | Airs Wednesdays at 9:00pm
Tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot combine drama, crime, and thrill in this series.
Sherlock Holmes & Agatha Christie’s Poirot
Premieres Thursday January 3 at 8:00pm | Sherlock & Poirot air back-to-back Thursdays at 8:00pm
The classic 1980s version starring Jeremy Brett and David Burke moves from WETA TV26 & HD to WETA UK Thursdays at 8:00pm. Agatha Christie’s Poirot starring David Suchet also moves to WETA UK airing Thursdays at 9:00pm.
Premieres Friday January 4 at 8:00pm | Airs Fridays at 8:00pm
Three generations of a family host customers at their seafront cafe in this warm and funny comedy series. Sarah moves back home from London, having lost her boyfriend and her job, so she's helping out her mum Carol at the café. Returning home has its pluses and minuses, find out how Sarah handles them in this comedy series.
Primeval Season 1
Premieres Monday January 7 at 4:00pm | Airs Mondays at 4:00pm
This series is returning to WETA UK! When evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter discovers prehistoric creatures alive and well in the present day, the natural world is turned on its head and humanity faces a threat to its very existence. Unexplained anomalies are ripping holes in the fabric of time, allowing creatures from the very earliest stages of Earth's development to roam the modern world. Cutter and his team struggle to keep the looming disaster secret while dealing with savage dinosaurs and other deadly foes.
Premieres Monday January 7 at 9:00pm | Airs Mondays at 9:00pm
Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope is an experienced and brilliant murder investigator in North East England. Kind-hearted but an inherent loner, Vera freely admits she can become obsessed with her job; driven by her own demons, the detective faces the world with sarcastic wit, guile, and courage. (Vera II begins Monday January 28)
Life of Mammals
Premieres Tuesday January 8 at 4:30pm | Airs Tuesdays at 4:30pm
David Attenborough introduces us to the most diverse group of animals ever to live on Earth, from the smallest to the largest. This is the story of 4,000 species which have outlived the dinosaurs and conquered the farthest places on earth, dry or wet, hot or cold.
The WETA UK Event: The Complete Garrow’s Law
Premieres Saturday January 12 at 8:00pm | Airs Saturdays at 8:00pm
Garrow's Law is a legal period drama depicting William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey in the 18th century.