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On WETA UK this week, we premiere new shows as well as start some WETA UK favorites from the first season so you can experience them in entirety! Dramas, mysteries, comedies, modern, and classic, all make up the WETA UK schedule this week. Read on for our highlights in this week's WETA UK line-up.
Monday at 7:30pm begin the all new series Fresh Fields. 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. Also airs Tuesday February 5 at 9:00am, Friday February 8 at 1:00pm & 7:30pm, Saturday February 9 at 11:00am.
Monday at 9:00pm catch the first episode of Vera II: Ghost Position. Based on the best-selling Inspector Stanhope books by renowned writer Ann Cleeves, the new season finds DCI Stanhope and her team facing a series of daunting challenges. From delving into the unsettling private life of an old colleague, attempting to break through the code of secrecy in the army, to coping with the emotional impact on a family torn apart by addiction, each enthralling story is enhanced by captivating performances of this troubled yet brilliant detective in action. Combined with beautifully shot landscapes and atmospheric production, each episode creates a haunting backdrop for Vera's inner turmoil as she discovers hidden truths about her own past, which threaten to change her life forever. Also airs Tuesday February 5 at 3:00pm.
Tuesday at 7:30pm join us for the premiere of 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. Also airs Wednesday February 6 at 10:00am, Friday February 8 at 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 5:00pm, Saturday February 9 at 6:30am & 10:30am, Sunday February 10 at 7:00am.
Wednesday at 10:30am & 7:30pm watch the first episode of 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. This program airs new episodes Sundays at 8:00pm.
Thursday at 9:00pm tune in for Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Peril at End House. Poirot and Hastings are holidaying in Cornwall when they meet the beautiful Nick Buckley who has three near fatal accidents within a very short space of time. Intrigued, Poirot talks to Nick's friends who are loath to believe her stories of murder attempts. Also airs Saturday February 8 at 4:30pm.
Friday from 3:30 - 5:00pm watch the first three episodes of My Family season 3. This British comedy is about a family just trying to stay afloat in a crazy world. Dad, Ben is a dentist struggling to understand his wife Susan the terrible cook, daughter Janey the selfish shopping addict, youngest son Michael the brain, and eldest son Nick the lazy goof. Although loving and caring parents, Ben and Susan have a little trouble showing their children these true intentions since the kids are always up to something. Watch this series Mondays – Thursdays at 7:00pm.
Saturday beginning at 8:00pm continue the drama of Masterpiece Classic: Little Dorrit with parts 2 and 3 of the five part series. 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. Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Emma Pierson. Also airs Sunday February 10 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.
Sunday at 5:00pm catch the first episode of Born and Bred season 1. You can begin this series from the very beginning! Arthur Gilder has lived in the beautiful village of Ormston all his life and now he’s ready to hand over the reins of his doctor’s practice to his son,Tom. Tom moves his wife Deborah and four children from the hustle and bustle of Manchester to rural Ormston to take on the responsibility of his father’s practice. As the village’s long-serving and highly respected doctor, Arthur knows all the inhabitants of this tight-knit community and it’s not long before Tom is in the thick of things too. There’s the Reverend Brewer, not your average man of the cloth; Phyllis, the bold and brassy pub landlady; the slightly dippy Jean, who is infatuated with Eddie, the village mechanic; and Wilf, the stationmaster with a nose for trouble! Both father and son want the practice to succeed but this is the 1950s and Arthur clings to his old-fashioned, tried and tested ways, whereas Tom is determined that the hospital should adapt or die. To complicate matters further, Tom has to deal with his old flame Linda, who seems very pleased to see him despite the fact that she is about to marry Tom’s best friend, Len. Also airs Monday February 11 at 6:00am, Tuesday February 12 at 6:00pm, & Sunday February 17 at 9:00am.
Sunday at 8:30pm the hit comedy series Miranda begins from the very first episode! 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. Also airs Tuesday February 19 at 9:30am.