WETA UK brings television viewers in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan area the very best in British programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since our launch in June 2012, we have introduced a wide variety of British shows to PBS audiences around the local area and we continue to do so in this coming month. Here’s a look at the new shows coming to WETA UK February 2013.
The WETA UK Event: The Complete Little Dorrit
Saturdays 8:00pm - 11:30pm beginning February 2 | Also airs Sundays at 12:00pm
This Masterpiece Classic drama is based on the book by Charles Dickens. Amy Dorrit has lived in Marshalsea Prison her entire life, but nothing can ruin her love for her father William Dorrit, the prison’s longest serving inmate. After his father’s mysterious death, Arthur Clennam explores this mystery which intertwines with the Dorrits. Clennam's exhaustive search for answers involves murder, fortunes gained and lost, the upper society and lower, and most surprising of all, a gentle romance. Watch the five part series on WETA UK over three Saturdays February 2, 9, & 16. Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Emma Pierson.
Yes, Prime Minister
This comedy series is the sequel to the hit British comedy Yes, Minister. True to the law that says people rise to the level of their incompetence, James Hacker MP, Minister for Administrative Affairs, has ascended to the highest political office in the land. Fortunately for the country, however, his scheming adversary Sir Humphrey Appleby - now Cabinet Secretary - is more than willing to help him steer the unsteady ship of state through the perilous waters of government. Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne.
Hester and William Fields are a typical couple: happily married, middle-aged, and middle-class. When their daughter Emma leaves home to live with her boyfriend Peter, the empty nesters become increasingly bored. William runs a small accountancy firm in the city and Hester ends up taking on a wide-range of activities in hopes to add some variety in her life. She attends classes and events while running around after her elderly mother and gossiping with next-door neighbor Sonia. Stars: Julia McKenzie, Anton Rodgers.
May to December
Alec Callendar is a small-town solicitor, with big-time dreams. Semple, Callendar and Henty handles routine work in a typically suburban legal practice, but privately Alec wishes he were more like his hero, Perry Mason. One day, into his life walks an Angell – Zoe Angell, who has come to consult him about a divorce. On the face of it, the professional widower and the young PE teacher from a family of greengrocers should have nothing in common. But a mutual love of old musicals and a whimsical sense of humor spark a romance which surprises not just Alec and Zoe, but also the entire office staff, his two grown-up children and the rest of their families and friends. Stars: Anton Rodgers, Frances White.
Men Behaving Badly
Fridays at 10:30pm beginning February 15
Gary and Tony are two beer-guzzling flat mates enjoying endless TV and mindless talks about women. Gary sells burglar alarms for a dead-end company and his staff drive him mad with their old-fashioned ways. Tony stumbles through a range of jobs including modeling, bartending, and miming. Gary has an on-again-off-again relationship with nurse Dorothy and Tony has many girlfriends but really likes Deborah the woman who lives in the flat above. Stars: Martin Clunes, Caroline Quentin, Leslie Ash, Neil Morrissey.
Masterpiece Classic: South Riding
Saturday February 16 from 9:30pm – 12:30am
As forward-thinking young headmistress Sarah Burton brings her modern ideas to a conservative girls' school in depression-era Yorkshire, she sparks trouble and attraction with Robert Carne, a stubborn landowner hindered by a questionable past. Sarah encourages girls to think for themselves and despite others’ protests, outside of school Sarah finds an supporter in Joe Astell, an advocate of progress. Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, David Morrissey, Penelope Wilton.
People Like Us
Sundays at 9:30pm beginning February 17 | Also airs Thursdays at 9:00am & Fridays at 11:30am
BBC interviewer Roy Mallard travels the country to talk to ordinary folk. Mallard has little or no skill as an interviewer: he is over-earnest, and after most of his voice-overs, you realize there's something slightly odd about what he's said. He's apt to talk nonsense and is so obviously unattractive there's a running joke that nobody can believe he's married. But we never catch a glimpse of him: the central character of this program is always out of shot.
Death in Paradise
Wednesdays at 9:00pm beginning February 20 | Also airs Thursdays at 4:00pm & Saturdays at 6:00pm
A light-hearted detective series which takes place against a stunning Caribbean island backdrop. Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, quintessentially British cop Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. Awaiting Richard is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing. His new partner, DS Camille Bordey is instinctive, feisty and brilliant, and the rest of the team certainly has their own unique way of doing things. Though Richard would never admit it, they make the perfect team, and with a new mind-boggling mystery to solve every episode, Death in Paradise will intrigue and tantalize – but will Richard ever come to see the beauty of his surroundings? Perhaps not, but he might one day loosen his tie. Stars: Ben Miller, Sara Martins.
Dalziel & Pasco
Wednesdays at 10:00pm beginning February 20 | Also airs Thursdays at 5:00pm & Saturdays at 7:00pm
Andy Dalziel does not suffer fools gladly, but he has even more trouble with what he calls the "smart arses" of this world. So when the inexperienced, soft-spoken, whiz-kid graduate Peter Pascoe joins his team at Mid-Yorkshire CID, there could be problems. Pascoe is one of the new breed of career police officers, armed with a degree in Social Sciences, a caring attitude and a sharp brain. At first Pascoe is somewhat taken aback by his brash and ballsy boss, but it soon becomes apparent there is more to Andy Dalziel than meets the eye. Pascoe and his feisty girlfriend Ellie find Dalziel by turns exasperating and amusing. And although Pascoe often has to bear the brunt of Dalziel's taunts, it is hard to resist his clumsy attempts at friendship. Stars Warren Clarke, Colin Buchanan.
The WETA UK Event: The Complete Return to Cranford
Saturdays from 8:00pm – 11:00pm beginning February 23 | Also airs Sundays at 12:00pm
Change is coming to the 1840s, small, close-knit village of Cranford run by the women of the town. The Industrial Revolution is upon them and change as well as romance is in the air. When a shocking event disrupts Cranford from its innocence, can a bit friendship save the day? Stars: Judi Dench, Claudie Blankley, Julia McKenzie, Alex Jennings.
Mondays at 8:00pm beginning February 25
This fan-favorite, World War II crime drama returns to WETA UK on a new day and time starting from the very beginning. The first season is set in spring and summer of 1940 when World War II has just begun and England faces an inevitable German invasion. Despite the war, someone must tend to crimes on the home front and Christopher Foyle is the man to do it. The detective chief inspector faces four difficult cases in the first season of Foyle's War. Stars: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks.
Rumpole of the Bailey
Tuesdays at 9:00pm beginning February 26 | Also airs Wendesdays at 4:00pm
Horace Rumpole is a messy, old London barrister with one glass eye who defends in criminal cases. He is likes wine, poetry, and fair dealing, and is not looked on as a success by his wife, Hilda. Rumpole refuses to handle most suits and will only defend, not prosecute. Each of his trials has a victory and a defeat and his acquitted clients are often angrier than those who are found guilty. Stars: Leo McKern, Jonathan Coy, Julian Curry.