September 2012

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Coming to WETA UK this October!

We’re thrilled to announce two new additions to the October WETA UK schedule as well as some exciting new series beginning this month. This is your guide to WETA UK October!

DOWNLOAD OUR WETA UK OCTOBER 2012 SCHEDULE HERE and come back to the Programmer’s Choice blog every Monday for a detailed WETA UK schedule for the week including downloadable WETA UK Episode Guides for new series!

Coming to WETA UK in October 2012


The WETA UK Event: The Complete Downton Abbey

Saturdays 8:00pm

Beginning October 6 at 8:00pm, WETA UK is bringing you’re the complete Downton Abbey as a part of our Saturday night WETA UK Event. Start watching this world renowned series from the very beginning for the best in today’s costume dramas. Set in 1912 England, the Crawley household, Downton Abbey, is bustling with both family and servants during the years just before World War I.

WETA UK Event: The Complete Downton Abbey


Inspector Morse

Wednesdays 8:00pm

Beginning October 10 at 8:00pm, invite Inspector Morse into your home as he investigates a new murder each week with the help of Sergeant Lewis. If you’ve seen Inspector Lewis or Endeavour, be sure to watch Inspector Morse, the series that inspired those two spin-offs, Wednesdays at 8:00pm!

WETA UK | Inspector Morse


NEW Series Beginning in October

Be sure to check back every Monday for exclusive WETA UK Episode Guide downloads for these new series.


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A Time Capsule of Drama THIS Sunday on WETA

Calling YOU to Call the Midwife

Based on the series of memoirs by Jennifer Worth, the hit new series Call the Midwife begins this Sunday. Detailing the harrowing experiences of working as a London-based midwife in the 1950s, Call the Midwife will leave you calling out for more episodes.

Wanting a challenge, fresh-faced rookie nurse Jenny Lee is stationed among an order of Anglican nuns, aiding a pre-contraception community that produces 80 to 100 new lives each month. Delivery conditions are less than comfortable with no lighting, bedbugs, and 

fleas. With these hurtles, Jenny and her fellow nurses must make sure the dozens of deliveries each month go as smooth as possible. Journey into a world in which the rights to birth control or optimal health care (which so encapsulate modern-day American debates), were trumped by the primal desire of women to survive.  The gritty and realistic conditions of birthing hospitals and life after World War II make Call the Midwife even more fascinating.

Sunday nights beginning this week September 30 at 8:00, tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD for Call the Midwife.

Learn more about the woman behind the story.

Meet the characters of Call the Midwife! We think you’ll recognize some of these iconic actors. 

Is working with babies on set heartwarming or stressful? Find out from Call the Midwife director Philippa Lowthorpe. 

Call the Midwife



You CAN Come Home Again

Love period dramas like Call the Midwife? Stay tuned in to WETA after the premiere of Call the Midwife for more excellent story-telling of a time long-ago. This Sunday at 9:00pm watch all three episodes of Upstairs Downstairs (2010) series one back-to-back to get ready for the WETA TV26 and WETA HD season two premiere coming this October!

Lady Agnes dubs her new home at Eaton a “ghastly mausoleum” when she and her husband, Sir Hallam Holland, after arriving to a much neglected 165 Eaton Place. But the series’ second go on TV dusts off the cobwebs, and the address’ former glory is quickly restored with the tumultuous, yet invigorating, year of 1936 in Great Britain. Follow the eccentric cast, with some new faces and some old, for the season one re-cap on WETA TV26 and WETA HD this Sunday beginning at 9:00pm. Be sure to bookmark this page and return to the Programmer’s Choice Blog for information on the premiere of Upstairs Downstairs series 2 on WETA.

Meet the characters of this rejuvenated series!

Catch up with the creators of the original series in these interviews, who you may also recognize from the new Upstairs Downstairs as well! 

Check out PBS’ “Across the Stairs: A Charticle” to see how characters and objects find their counterparts on the other side.  

Upstairs Downstairs



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WETA Fall Movie Festival | September 29, 2012

The WETA Fall Movie Festival continues this Saturday with the presentation of the most compelling movies and documentaries.  Take a load off from the busy week and feast your eyes and mind upon some great stories told through film.  Catch this weekend’s WETA Movie on Saturday followed by documentaries produced and filmed from all over the world. We bring it all to you so don’t miss out. Let the festival begin!


You won’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.  Old friends, old habits. History and heritage.  You can’t forget these elements that help to shape the person you’re destined to be.  Have you ever for a moment looked back through the years remembering the enjoyable times, the hard times, the mistakes and lessons learned?  These experiences hold priceless secrets to who we really are and they help fuel the fires of survival in a world where we are often misunderstood.  Tonight, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we bring you the stories of the Latin culture, the hardships of the past, and hopes for a better future.  Stop by a small community in Colombia where a man and his donkey strive to instill the importance of education into the poverty-stricken children there.  Learn about Latinos’ continued struggles for acceptance as they attempt to overcome discrimination in America.  These and other stories that we present prove that roots run too deep to be ignored.  There is still some history to be made.         

Roots of Friendship

Returning home, catching up with old friends, and visiting past haunts can evoke a strange combination of nostalgia and surrealism.  Tonight on WETA TV26 and WETA HD, experience the homecoming of a crew of old friends with Barry Levinson’s Diner (1982). The film follows childhood friends Eddie, Shrevie, Fen, Boogie, and Billy as they return home to Baltimore, Maryland for Shrevie’s wedding to woman who that he “can’t speak to for more than five minutes.” Once the friends are reunited again, mayhem and inappropriate conversation follow, making for a classic All American comedy-drama that reflects the uncomfortable transition from youth to adulthood. Featuring performances from Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, and Mickey Rourke, Diner also provides a profound commentary on the evolution of friendships and romantic relationships as age progresses. Watch this Saturday night at 9:30 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Diner (1982)


Roots of the Fallen

Over the past six years, the Mexican drug trafficking industry has resulted in over 60,000 deaths internationally. When prominent figures in this violent business die, their bodies are buried in extravagant mausoleums constructed to commemorate their service to the drug trade. Director Natalia Almada returned to her home state of Sinaloa in Northern Mexico to create El Velador (The Night Watchman), the story of those directly affected by the Mexican drug trafficking industry. The film follows the life of Martin, the watch guard for Jardines del Humaya, a cemetery that contains mausoleums for Sinaloa’s most powerful drug traffickers. An official selection at Cannes Film Festival and the International Film Festival in Amsterdam, El Velador provides a closer look at the epicenter of the Mexican drug war and the families that it affects. Watch Saturday at 11:30pm.

"El Velador/The Night Watchman" Trailer


 Roots of Education

The Magdalena Province of Colombia, stained with poor and violent conditions finally has something to look forward to with the arrival of a man and two unusual companions.  Teacher, Luis Soriano believes in the power of education and displays that passion by bringing several books to the community children with the help of his donkeys.  Riding valiantly among wild animals, drug cartels, and intense weather conditions, Soriano is on a mission to provide as many reading materials as possible to the children and increase their chances for a better future. Saturday night at 1:30am on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD witness the most extraordinary mobile book drive ever in POV Biblioburro: The Donkey Library.  Be inspired by this heartfelt story of selfless dedication as Soriano and his hoofed companions come bearing literary treasures for the community.

POV | Biblioburro: The Donkey Library - Documentary Trailer - POV 2011 | PBS


Roots of Our Fathers

Within the history of our country, even fallen minority soldiers were discriminated against.  During WWII young Mexican American, Felix Longoria was killed in combat.  In hopes to honor his courage and service to the nation, Logoria’s widow attempted to arrange a wake for him at the one funeral home in Three Rivers, TX.  But because of racial tension between whites and Latinos, she had been denied a memorial service for her late husband.  In response to this act of racism, Mexican Americans all over the country rose together and began a civil rights movement gaining political and national attention.  Even with their efforts and the healing of time, tension still runs high among white and Latino residents.  There is even a common denial among white communities where they denounce the discrimination and segregation that took place.  Saturday night at 12:30am on WETA TV26 and WETA HD join us for the presentation of Independent Lens: The Longoria Affair as filmmaker John J. Valdez shines light on the racial unrest that continues to plague the small towns of Texas.

Independent Lens | THE LONGORIA AFFAIR | Clip 1 | PBS


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WETA Around Town Events | September 28 - 30, 2012

Films That Last

The controversial works of Miloš Forman are screening this weekend at the National Gallery of Art. As a filmmaker from the Prague Spring movement, Forman’s early films were often banned by the harsh communist rule of his homeland, but today they stand as a testament to his directorial vision and expertise. In celebration of his 80th birthday, four different Forman film can be seen in the National Gallery’s East Building Auditorium, with his Oscar-winning Amadeus capping off the event on Sunday.

The Fireman's Ball    Saturday September 29 at 1:00pm

Black Peter followed by Loves of a Blonde    Saturday September 29 at 3:00pm

Amadeus    Sunday September 30 at 4:00pm

National Gallery of Art - East Building Concourse, Auditorium

4th & Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20565

Amadeus - Trailer



Music from the South

Take a journey back in time with composer Kenneth Frazelle as he transforms his childhood experiences into music during An Evening of Southern Opera at HEMPHILL Fine Arts.  Frazelle’s North Carolina upbringing during the 1960s has fueled his musical creativity and ingenuity.  He had witnessed first hand the trials of the South but recalls more memorable times of pursuing his dreams of music composition.  Influenced by William Christenberry’s artistic depictions of Southern socialism and historical events, Frazelle was inspired to share his own tales through the art of music. Join Frazelle as he brings those memories back for an incomparable musical performance of Southern life and culture.

Saturday September 29 at 6:00pm

HEMPHILL - 1515 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20005

Reservations required. Please RSVP at 202-234-5601 or




Tailgate Party with Pat McGee
A chill in the air means Homecoming—and not just for football teams, 
either. Acoustic rocker Pat McGee and band mates from his high school alma mater, Bishop 

O’Connell in Arlington, reunite on Friday September 28 for their Homecoming Concert at Strathmore. This hometown boy made good returns to Washington to promote his newest album, No Wrong Way to Make it Right, which also features the talents of Jason Mraz, Emerson Hart, Stephen Kellogg, Keaton Simons and Ryan Newell of Sister Hazel. But before that, eat a BBQ sandwich and grab a beer at the Pat McGee’s pre-gig tailgate party. Pat McGee will be making an appearance. Starting at 5:30pm, fans can choose from a menu of North Carolina BBQ, bacon-wrapped Chesapeake brats, burgers and more before heading to the 8:00pm concert. Tailgate and concert tickets sold separately.



Girls Rock On!

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is hosting free workshops on Rock n’ Roll this Saturday. In partnership with Girls Rock! DC, these girls-only workshops are a great place for young rock stars to learn about the tools, the trade and the music of Rock greats, from the 

ladies who revolutionized the sound to the top female artists of today. Play some instruments, practice putting on a killer concert, and learn about the history of Rock n’ Roll Music. No experience necessary! Stay tuned for WETA Around Town’s look at the NMWA’s Women Who Rock exhibition!

Saturday: Youth Workshop: So You Wanna Be a Rockstar? ages 8-11 from 10:00am -12:00pm    Teen Workshop: Rock 101 ages 12-15 from 12:30pm - 3:30pm

National Museum of Women in the Arts -  1250 New York Ave NW Washington, DC 20005

Reserve your spot by emailing or by calling the NMWA at 202-783-7370



Select films opening Friday September 28:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up.  Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope—and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.

Won't Back Down

In this powerful story – inspired by true events – of  parenthood, friendship, hope and courage, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis portray determined mothers­ who will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner city school.  Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy and a system mired in traditional thinking, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children


In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market.  When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up.  Joe is getting rich and life is good… until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination.  The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and also stars Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels.  Ram Bergman and James D. Stern produce.

Pitch Perfect

Beca (Anna Kendrick) is that girl who’d rather listen to what’s coming out of her headphones than what’s coming out of anyone’s mouth.  Arriving at Barden University, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she would never have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together, in the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect.  Loaded with new takes on old favorites, to hits of right now that are seamlessly mixed together, mashed-up and arranged like you’ve never heard before, Pitch Perfect is directed by Jason Moore, who opened our eyes to the very misbehaved life of puppets in the surprise Broadway sensation Avenue Q. 


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This Week on WETA UK | September 24 – 30, 2012

It’s a big week on WETA UK! This is YOUR guide to new seasons, new shows, and 24/7 all-British programming this week!


Monday I, Claudius continues at 8:00pm with “What Shall We Do About Claudius?” Read up on the series and this episode with KCET’s wonderful Episode Guide. 

Also on tonight, series 3 of Foyle’s War begins at 9:00pm! Download and print our Foyle’s War Series 3 Episode Guide to get a full synopsis of each episode and keep you on track with the series. 

WETA UK | Foyle's War


Tonight a new show begins! Ashes to Ashes premieres tonight at 10:00pm on WETA UK! The follow up to fan-favorite Life on Mars sees DCI Gene Hunt and his sidekicks back on our screens. But this time, it’s the ‘80s calling as Alex Drake, a DCI uses psychological profiling rather than brute force to nail her men. Download our Ashes to Ashes Series 1 Episode Guide to follow along with the series.


Tuesday another new series begins on WETA UK at 8:00pm. In Country House Revealed architectural historian Dan Cruickshank takes an exclusive tour around one of Britain's oldest country homes - an immaculately preserved relic of the Mediaeval and Tudor ages. Journey to “South Wraxall” in the first of six episodes and explore the fascinating and dramatic history of this manor.

At 10:00 Tuesday night, begin series 3 of MI-5! Watch the series and use our MI-5 Series 3 Episode Guide to keep track of all the action and drama! 




Wednesday at 8:00pm join Trevor McDonald for the final installment of Queen and Country as he explores the Queen as the Traveller. The Queen is head of the 16 realms that make up the Commonwealth and at the age of 85, the queen remains undaunted by long-haul travel. In Perth, Western Australia, Queen Elizabeth is on tour before opening the Heads of Government Meeting, which is especially important for the monarchy.  The Commonwealth countries are being asked to change the rules of succession so that a first-born girl may inherit the crown.  If it’s approved, it will be the single biggest change to the monarchy for centuries. 


Thursday catch the first episode of Waking the Dead series 3 beginning at 9:00pm! Download our Waking the Dead Series 3 Episode Guide to follow all the cases this season. 

WETA UK | Waking the Dead



Friday don’t miss lots of laughs with our ALL DAY Comedy Fridays on WETA UK! Back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin from 7:00pm – 9:00pm followed by As Time Goes By, Outnumbered, Coupling, and Blackbooks. 

WETA UK | Comedy Fridays



Saturday join us at 8:00pm for the WETA UK Movie: Sharpe’s Challenge. Sean Bean is British soldier-hero Richard Sharpe, a rough diamond who has risen through the ranks of the army on the back of his brave exploits. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, "Sharpe" is based on the popular novels of Bernard Cornwall. A year after the battle of Waterloo, dispatches from India warn that a local Maharaja is threatening British interests. Sharpe is sent to what turns out to be his most dangerous mission to date in "Sharpe's Challenge." Meet the characters of the movie with PBS' Character Guide.


Sunday continue watching Yes, Minister at 8:00pm! While battling one another on the Civil Service reduction issue, the Minister and Sir Humphrey learn of a plan that would adversely affect them both. They must now work together for the first time.


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WETA Fall Movie Festival | September 22, 2012


It’s that time again! If the long week has gotten the best of you, we’re here to help with this Saturday’s lineup of great films and documentaries.  Tune in every Saturday night on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD for a film extravaganza filled with inspirational and thought provoking masterpieces from past to present.  Hold a film festival right at home in your living room as we bring a WETA Movie and POV documentary right to you!


There are times in life when you realize that you alone are your best advocate.  No one knows the truth or struggle better than you.  All the more reason to fight for what you value and hold true to yourself.  A man wrongly accused for murder can only rely on his true innocence and crack the murder mystery for himself.  A woman desperate to reclaim her home that had been damaged by a storm learns that sometimes “no” can’t be taken for an answer.  This Saturday night be inspired by these individuals’ stories of fighting for what is right even when the odds aren’t in their favor.  To simply try is half the battle.    


The Fight for Innocence

This Saturday at 9:30pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD, we bring you one of old time Hollywood’s most celebrated actors, Humphrey Bougart in the film, Dark Passage.  Bougart plays Vincent Perry, a prisoner at San Quentin who had been convicted of his wife’s murder.  But knowing his own innocence, he makes a daring escape from prison and finds himself immediately on the run.  Those who cross his path make attempts to turn him back in to authorities.  But Perry unexpectedly finds help in Irene Jansen.  She believes in Perry’s innocence and agrees to keep him hidden.  Now Perry must undergo his own investigation to solve the mystery of his wife’s murder while always staying a step ahead of the police and other former acquaintances who attempt to double-cross him.  A long road lies ahead before Perry can find himself at peace.  He just might have to get his hands dirty to discover the truth.  Don’t miss this classic film noir as Perry fights for his innocence.  

WETA Movie: Dark Passage (1947)


The Fight for My Home

Although the torrential flooding and devastating damage of Hurricane Katrina forced many New Orleanians from their homes in 2005, some of the city’s most devoted residents braved the difficult aftermath of the storm and led ambitious rebuilding efforts. I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, and The Beautiful tells the inspiring story of one woman who didn’t give up on her city and her community in the face of destruction and social injustice. One of the first residents to move back to her community after storm waters retreated, Carolyn Parker became a strong advocate for residents of the Lower Ninth Ward, the area hardest hit by Katrina. Follow Carolyn Parker as she reminisces New Orleans of the past and overcomes great challenges to rebuild her home and her community, all while maintaining a positive spirit. Watch Saturday night at 11:30 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Festival 2011: I'M CAROLYN PARKER teaser #1


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WETA Around Town’s Events | September 21 – 23, 2012

Cinefiles rejoice! A new theater opens its doors in Fairfax.

The Angelika Film Center and Café opens their doors on Friday, September 21 at Mosaic in Fairfax, Virginia.  The new art house cinema features independent, foreign and specialty films and Chef Lee Anne Wong provides the culinary vision for the Café.  This Virginia facility joins Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano, and the original cultural institution in New York City.  Check out these films opening Friday at the new theater: The Master, Hello I Must Be Going, Grand Illusion, Samsara, Keep the Lights On, and Liberal Arts. 

Mosaic at Lee Highway and Gallows Road, Fairfax, VA

Stay tuned for an upcoming WETA Around Town video feature about this facility!



Apple Butter and Appalachian entertainment on Skyline Drive

Welcome the first day of autumn on September 22 at the 13th Annual Apple Butter Celebration.  Festivities begin at dawn with the lighting of the fires and filling of the copper kettles.  Get a sneak peek at the Shenandoah National Parks’ fall foliage, and enjoy Appalachian cultural offerings such as the High Horse Cloggers and High Ground Blue Grass Band. 

Skyland Resort, Mile 41.7 on Skyline Drive Shenandoah National Park, VA

Saturday, 9:45am – 5pm



Hyattsville arts on display

Another festival happening this weekend is the 5th Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival.  You’ll find over 50 visual and performing artists, educators, and craft vendors on Jefferson Street and Baltimore Ave. (Route 1) in the Gateway Arts District.  Exhibitors range from literary arts and jewelry, to photography and printmaking.

Shoppes at Arts District Hyattsville, 5331 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Saturday, 11am – 5pm



Watch and learn about the Ngas of Nigeria

Join Deirdre LaPin, Ph.D., for a free screening of Sons of the Moon at the National Museum of African Art.  The documentary traces the lives of the Ngas peoples of Nigeria over a single growing season.  LaPin, an anthropologist who has lives and worked in Nigeria for over 40 years, and who researched the Ngas of the Jos Plateau for the Sons of the Moon, will introduce the film.

National Museum of African Art, Lecture Hall, Sublevel 2

Saturday, 2pm.  Free and open to the public.



If you love books, this is the event for you..

Bibliophiles already know that the Library of Congress hosts the National Book Festival this weekend.  But Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Graphic Novel lovers will want to head down to the National Mall on Sunday to check two pavilions devoted to their beloved genre. 

Not a fantasy fan? There is something for everyone!  Other pavilions open Saturday and Sunday: Children, Family Storytelling Stage, Teens, Fiction & Mystery, Poetry & Prose, History & Biography and Contemporary Life. Festival-goers will have the chance to meet their favorite author, get books signed and even get photos taken with storybook characters. 

National Mall

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday




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The Young, the Brave, the Fallen


The United States faced extreme challenges in the wake of the Civil War. Brother fighting against brother, the Civil War was marked as one of the darkest periods in our country’s history causing a divide among citizens and resulting in an unprecedented number of casualties. 750,000 lives were lost during the four years of bloody warfare. Many soldiers were unburied and unidentified, leaving families and friends devastated and unaware of whether they had survived. The Civil War would change America forever.  As the country grappled with the harsh reality of war and the staggering numbers of the fallen, a question that seems to remain unanswered today was posed upon post-war survivors; how many must continue to die so that others may live in peace? Tonight at 8:00pm on WETA HD and WETA TV26 we present American Experience: Death and the Civil War. Experience the drastic changes our country faced during the aftermath of the war to accommodate the hundreds and thousands of brave souls that were lost. The broken country stained with the blood of husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers would need to find a way to somehow put itself back together again.

American Experience: Death and the Civil War


Sit with director, Ric Burns as he reflects on the making of the documentary in this behind-the-scenes interview.

Death and the Civil War - Ric Burns Interview


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This Week on WETA UK: September 17 – September 23, 2012


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Monday at 8:00pm continue the excitement of I, Claudius with Waiting in the Wings. KCET has a great breakdown of this episode including an explanation of the historical background to Claudius finding the baby wolf.

WETA UK: I, Claudius


Tuesday at 8:00pm discover Britain's least known, yet most romantic, royal palace in Queen’s Palaces: Palace of Holyroodhouse. Being one of Britain's smallest palaces it was also the last place where a royal prince challenged the right of an English king to sit on the throne. Host Fiona Bruce discovers remarkable objects from the Royal Collection that are intimately bound to the Palace's turbulent history. Explore more items from the collection here!

Wednesday at 8:00pm take a peek at the Queen’s surprising possessions in Queen and Country: The Queen’s Possessions. Among them are “peculiars of the crown” including Westminster Abbey and the Chapels Royal, the Channel Islands, and the Tower of London – part of a collection of Historic Royal Palaces. Take a trip to England with host Trevor McDonald to explore these wonderful, historic possessions. 


Thursday at 8:00pm take a special look at Plant Predators on the David Attenborough show Life of Mammals. Discover some of the biggest predators on Earth whose plant prey is armored, indigestible and sometimes even poisonous! 

WETA UK | Life of Mammals


Friday join WETA UK for Comedy Fridays! Get all your British laughs back-to-back ALL DAY including two episodes of Doc Martin from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Check out our Doc Martin Series 3 Episode Guide to catch up with the series! 

Saturday beginning at 8:00pm, catch three hours of I, Claudius with Fool’s Luck, A God in Colchester, and Old King Log. As the series continues, keep up with the characters with this KCET Character Guide. 

Sunday continue the laughs with Yes, Minister at 8:00pm. In this episode, Big Brother, the 

Minister wants to give citizens access to their files on a new national database, but Sir Humphrey is at his wittiest. Accused by his political advisor and his wife of being a mouthpiece for the civil service, Hacker decides that he is going get his way on this one. Will he take the advice of his predecessor, now an Opposition MP? 


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WETA Fall Movie Festival | September 15, 2012


The WETA Fall Movie Festival continues this Saturday night on WETA TV26 and WETA HD. Experience the finest filmmaking has to offer with two critically acclaimed documentaries: PBS’s American Masters and Independent Lens’ Waste Land. At 9:30, get comfortable and experience the magic of cinema from the comfort of your own living room.



Whether it changes our state of mind or our perception of the world around us, the arts have the ability to transform lives. Tonight’s films explore the influence of artists who have used their amazing talents to transform the lives of others. American Masters: Judy Garland explores the rich and impactful life of late actress and singer Judy Garland. Follow Garland from her vaudevillian start as a Minnesota girl to her meteoric rise to become one of the most revered performers of all time. Waste Land follows Brooklyn-based, Brazilian-bred artist Vik Muniz as he travels to Rio de Janeiro’s Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill. Striving to both capture and improve the life of impoverished and marginalized catadores (garbage pickers), Muniz’s story shows the close connection between art and social justice. Tune in to experience the transformative potential of art for yourself!


Transformation: Small Town Show Girl to Superstar

She took generations of fans with her on a journey over the rainbow.  She warmed our hearts with her rich and melodious voice within her thirty-year career.  The epitome of a true star, Judy Garland has made a mark in the world of entertainment that has remained undisputed for decades. We remember her so well from her incomparable performances in films such as The Wizard of Oz and A Star Is Born.  But who was Judy Garland really? A question most individuals didn’t think to ask. Only she knew in her heart there was more.  Overwhelmed by the price of stardom as well as the societal changes of the 60s, Judy Garland thought it best to tell her story all on her own without the lights, glamour, and red carpet fogging up her true self inside. Saturday at 9:30pm tune in to WETA TV 26 and WETA HD as she shares her very own story in American Masters: Judy Garland: By Myself.  Meet the authentic Judy as she was without the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and fame.

American Masters Judy Garland: By Myself


Transformation: From Trash to Wealth

Brooklyn based artist Vik Muniz’s work gives a new meaning to the saying “One man’s trash is

 another man’s treasure.” Independent Lens Waste Land follows Muniz as he returns to his home country of Brazil to embark on his most ambitious and philanthropic project to date. Hoping to capture and improve the quality of life for impoverished garbage pickers in Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill, Muniz took photographs of these self-employed catadores and then used these photos to create mixed-medium portraits. Once completed, Muniz sold the art and gave the money back to the catedores who modeled for his photographs. Waste Land explores how art can transform the lives of others and provide a commentary on human wastefulness and immense poverty. Watch Saturday at 11:30pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD!


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WETA Around Town Events: September 14 – September 16, 2012


¡Fiesta! at the National Zoo

September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage month, and the National Zoo celebrates with their “Fiesta Musical!” This annual event is guaranteed to be a fun-filled 

afternoon for the whole family. 

-  Hang around with sloths and golden lion tamarins while learning about their behavior and habitat. 

-  Move and groove alongside costumed dancers to the beat of original Latin music by Benecio Gonzalez and Wizard Girls. 

-  Make your own Hispanic crafts with authentic materials. 

-  And be sure to bring your appetite to dine on tasty flavors of Latin American cuisine. 

At the National Zoo on Sunday, 11:00a-5:00p. Cost: Free.


Capital City Showcase

Have you always wanted to experience some of DC’s hottest artists, but didn’t know where to go?  Head to The DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan for The Capital City Showcase.  Hosted by Christian Hunt, this variety show features comedians, musicians and performing artists from DC, Maryland and Virginia. 

This weekend’s Showcase will feature (in alphabetical order)*:

comedian Mariya Alexander, musician Harris Face, comedian Mike James, musician Jeremy King, comedian Adrian Rodney, comedian Kasaun Wilson

The DC Arts Center - 2438 18th St NW, Washington DC 20009 on Saturday at 10:00 pm

Tickets: $10 if you purchase them online at $15 if you purchase them at the door on the night of the show  Info: Call 202-431-4704


Healthy Fun at Brookside Gardens

Just because school is back in session doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!  Get moving again with Brookside Gardens “Adventures with Food - Eat Like a Rainbow!”  Inspired by Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Program,  this event invites kids of all ages to spend an afternoon participating in heart pumping activities. 

-  Learn about some of the healthiest foods you can find. 

-  Experience what it takes to plant vegetables that will grow into tasty meals.  Get your face painted or take part in games that emphasize good eating and exercise habits. 

-  Don’t forget to save some energy for a jam out session with Jay Mankita as he performs hits from his latest album, “Eat Like a Rainbow.” 

Brookside Gardens - 1800 Glenallan Avenue,  Wheaton, MD 20902 on Saturday, 11:00a-4:00p. Cost: FREE.


Select films opening Friday, September 21:

House At The End of the Street (PG-13)

Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Oscar®-nominee Elisabeth Shue; Leaving Las Vegas, Piranha 3D) and her daughter Elissa (Oscar®-nominee Jennifer Lawrence; The Hunger Games, X-Men: First Class) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret.

End of Watch (R)

A powerful story of family, friendship, love, honor and courage, End Of Watch stars Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as young Los Angeles police officers Taylor and Zavala as they patrol the city’s meanest streets of south central Los Angeles.

Trouble With The Curve  (PG-13)

Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus—who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat—refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career.  Academy Award® winner Clint Eastwood ("Million Dollar Baby," "Unforgiven"), Oscar® nominee Amy Adams ("The Fighter," "Doubt," "Junebug"), and Justin Timberlake ("The Social Network," "Friends with Benefits") star in Trouble with the Curve, which marks the feature film directorial debut of Eastwood's longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz.

The Master (R)

A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master unfolds the journey of a Naval veteran, Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix), who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader, Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Amy Adams plays Dodd’s wife, Peggy.

10 Years (PG-13)

In this ensemble comedy, 10 Years follows a group of friends on the night of their high school reunion who, a decade later, still haven’t quite grown up.  Written and directed by Jamie Linden, and produced by Channing Tatum, 10 Years also stars Brian Geraghty, Ron Livingston, Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Porter, Aaron Yoo and Nick Zano.


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Der Ring des Nibelungen | Wagner's Ring Cycle


Experience the timeless grandeur of Wagner's famed opera, Der Ring des Nibelungen with Great Performances at the Met: Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Directed by visionary director Robert LePage, this breathtaking new production of Wagner’s masterpiece has already received critical acclaim from opera fanatics and theatre critics alike. All four parts of the Der Ring des Nibelungen production at New York’s famed Metropolitan Opera House will air through Friday at 9:00pm. Learn more about this iconic opera with this synopsis from Great Performances

Great Performances at the Met: Wagner's Ring Cycle


Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold)

The opening opera in Wagner’s Ring Cycle tells the story of rising tensions between the Valhalla Gods, the Underworld Dwarves, and the Brawny Giants. Mayhem ensues when the sinister Nibelung dwarf Alberich steals gold from the bottom of the Rhine to create a ring with infinite power. After Wotan, King of the Valhalla Gods, receives news of the ring he uses his magic to steal the ring for himself. However, Wotan is completely unaware that Alberich has cursed the ring to bring misfortune to anyone who wears it. The ring’s curse eventually leads Wotan to breach a contract with the Giants who have kindly built the Gods a new castle in the sky.  Airs tonight, September 11 at 9:00.

Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)

The second opera in the cycle focuses on the illicit romance between twin siblings Siegmund

 and Sieglinde. After Siegmund meets Sieglinde during a stroke of fate, the two fall in love and break the rules of the Gods. When Wotan’s wife Fricka, forces Wotan to punish the two lovers, Brunnhilde, Wotan’s valkyrie daughter challenges her father’s authority and begs him to spare the two from punishment. After Brunnhilde challenges the judgement of her father, he banishes her to mortal life and a deep sleep on a mountain top, where she is surrounded by a magic ring of fire that can only be broken by the bravest warrior. Airs tomorrow, September 12 at 9:00pm.


The third part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle tells the story of Siegfried, the son of Siegmund and Sieglinde. After his mother dies during childbirth, he is raised in the wilderness by Mime, the deceitful brother of Alberich. To prove his worth as a noble warrior, Siegfried slays the evil dragon Fafner and takes the all-powerful ring. In order to fulfill his destiny, he must overcome King Wotan and capture Brunnhilde from her high and fiery captivity. Airs Thursday September 13 at 9:00pm. Watch this interview with Kay Hunter Morris, Siegfried in Robert Lepage’s new Ring cycle at the Met. 

Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods)

After Siegfried finally rescues Brunnhilde, their love is brought to a halt by a trio of mischievous humans hoping to steal the ring for themselves. Even though the plan fails, the altercation results in Siegfried’s death. Heartbroken after the death of her true love, Brunnhilde takes the ring and burns herself with Siegfried on the hero’s fire causing global mayhem and signaling the end of the world. Airs Friday September 14 at 9:00pm.

Tune in every night Tuesday through Friday to experience the timeless grandeur of Wagner’s Ring Cycle on WETA TV26 and WETA HD!

Just for fun, remember this Looney Tunes rendition of Der Ring des Nibelungen in “What’s Opera, Doc?” (1957)? 

chuck jones WHAT'S THE OPERA DOC


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This Week on WETA UK: September 10 – 16, 2012


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Monday, tonight, at 8:00pm, continue the saga that is I, Claudius on WETA UK. Need a review for the first two episodes? Check in with our friends at KCET where they have a full recap of A Touch of Murder parts 1 & 2. 

Tuesday, live lavishly at 8:00pm as Fiona Bruce introduces us to Windsor Castle in Queen’s 

Palaces. As the world's oldest and largest inhabited castle, it dates back to the 11th century and took more than a thousand years to reach its familiar look. It has been a fortress, a home to medieval chivalry, a baroque palace, and finally a romantic fantasy. Take a virtual tour of Windsor Castle courtesy of the British Monarchy. 

Wednesday, take a Royal Visit to London in the next chapter of Queen and Country beginning at 8:00pm. See the Queen in Scotland at the Braemar and follow her on a visit to Liverpool – the sort of regional trip that happens every week but attracts little publicity.  View unique 3D footage of the young queen, shot in 1953 and held by the British Film Institute.

Thursday, David Attenborough investigates The Life of Mammals: Insect Hunters right in your living room at 8:00pm. These mammals once shared the planet with the dinosaurs. When the giant reptiles disappeared, the mammals seized the chance to conquer new territory. David meets moles that can swim through sand, a shrew that hunts underwater, and the world's strangest bat in New Zealand.

Friday, it’s a date with back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin! Series three begins at 7:00pm Friday so download our Doc Martin Complete Series 3 Episode Guide right here!

Saturday, catch three more hours of The WETA UK Event: I, Claudius from 8:00pm – 11:00pm. This epic BBC series spans the history of the Roman Empire from Augustus through Claudius, a stuttering scholar who learns early to play the fool and stay alive.

Sunday, series 6 of Red Dwarf begins at 11:00pm with back-to-back episodes! Download our Red Dwarf Complete Series 6 Episode Guide so you can follow along with this great program!



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BIG Weekend of New Shows on WETA

FRIDAY September 7 - A Night with the Legends

Tonight beginning at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD, spend quality time with two of music’s greatest legends: Sam Cooke and Paul McCartney. Brought to you by American Masters and Great Performances, tonight’s programming will provide you with an intimate look into these lives of these master performers. Learn more about Sam Cooke’s unprecedented ability to transcend multiple music markets and Paul McCartney’s musical inspiration. Tune in tonight to learn more about these music icons!

American Masters Sam Cooke

Even though we’ve all gotten lost in the sweet sound of his classic “A Change Is Gonna Come”, how much do we really know about Sam Cooke? Tonight on American Masters Sam Cooke: Crossing Over, take a privileged glimpse into the life of this game changing artist. Beginning with his origins as a choir boy at the First Baptist Church in Chicago, and following his rise to fame in the Pop, Gospel, and R&B markets, Crossing Over not only pays tribute to Cooke’s musical talent, but also his role as an activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Narrated by Danny Glover and featuring interviews with James Brow, Muhammad Ali, and Smokey Robinson, this documentary showcases Sam Cooke’s influence on entertainment, as well as social and political life. Tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD, tonight at 9:00pm.

American Masters: Sam Cooke: Crossing Over


Great Performances: Paul McCartney: Live Kisses

While many of today’s musicians cite The Beatles as an influence, what inspired the great Sir Paul McCartney? Performing songs from his covers album titled “Kisses on the Bottom”, Great Performances: Paul McCartney: Live Kisses captures an intimate one-time performance of Sir Paul’s favorite songs. Accompanied by the renowned Diana Krall and her band, watch Paul perform classics from his album like “Home” “Always” and “Bye Bye Blackbird”. In Great Performances: Paul McCartney: Live Kisses captures a one-time performance event from the Capitol Records Building in Los Angeles. Hear Paul sing the songs that changed his life tonight at 10:00pm!

Great Performances: Paul McCartney's Live Kisses


SUNDAY September 9 - Let Me Be Your Star

Dozens of high school musical theatre students have dreams of one day breaking legs on Broadway and will do anything to make it there.  But when they participate in an intense week of “theatre boot camp” in the documentary series, Broadway or Bust, their talent and hunger for the spotlight are put to the test.  Students endure hours of auditions and rehearsals in preparation for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards where they will be expected to shine in front of a panel of prestigious theatre judges and a live audience. Will these young stars in the making rise up to the challenge? Or will the demanding rehearsal schedule get the best of them?  Students must be in step. Vocals must be flawless. Character must shine through.  This is a make it, or break it story of the road to center stage. Sunday nights starting this week September 9 at 8:00, tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD for Broadway or Bust and see how a theatre sensation is created. 

Mark your calendar and catch this three part series for a front row view of the behind-the-scenes journey to stardom!

The Casting Call, September 9, 8:00pm

Boot Camp, September 16, 8:00pm

And the Winner Is…, September 23, 8:00pm

Broadway or Bust


SUNDAY September 9 - A Gentle Disposition, A Rough Job

His knack for investigating and empathy for victims has brought Wallander many triumphs and heartaches, and your loyalty to the show has brought Wallander back for a third season!

Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Kenneth Branagh is resuming his role as the lovable Swedish cop, Kurt Wallander, with the first of three new episodes beginning this Sunday September 9 at 9:00pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD. Season Two left off with Wallander finally finding some inner-peace, but when two girls are murdered in An Event in Autumn, his new start could come to a quick end. With two more gruesome investigations in The Dogs of Riga (September 16) and Before the Frost (September 23), how will our fragile Wallander maintain his momentarily stable ground? Tune in Sundays at 9:00pm on WETA to find out!

Do some investigating of your own and watch this scene from An Event in Autumn Wallander to see if you think he will be able to handle these three, tough new cases! 

Masterpiece Mystery! Wallander: An Event In Autumn


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WETA Fall Movie Festival: September 8, 2012


You’ve made it through another week! Now, treat yourself by enjoying more great films as we continue with the WETA Fall Movie Festival this Saturday night on WETA TV26 and WETA HD!  This week settle in for an inspiring program from American Masters followed by a thought provoking film from Independent Lens.  So shake off the busy schedule, sit back, relax, and enjoy the magic of filmmaking


Whether you go with the flow or you’re an aggressive go-getter, our lives are defined by a life long for quest for knowledge, happiness, and fulfillment. Tonight’s films tell two different stories inspired by life’s pursuits. Beginning Saturday night at 9:30, American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night explores the late night host’s drive for fame and his influential life at the top. Next at 11:30, Lost Souls captures Juan Mandelbaum’s search for the truth about his girlfriend’s disappearance during Argentina’s violent dictatorship in the Dirty War. Tune into tonight’s films and join the quests for money and knowledge!

Johnny Carson

During his 30 year reign as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson become one of the most iconic figures in entertainment and captured the heart of millions of Americans. However, behind every star’s path to fame lies an emotional rollercoaster ride filled with triumph, obstacle, and unexpected setbacks. American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night follows the legend from his modest upbringing in rural Iowa to his rise to fame in Hollywood. The documentary features interviews from Tonight Show staff, as well as prominent comedians like Conan O’Brien and Steve Martin. Tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD tomorrow night at 9:30 to learn more about the private life of Johnny Carson, one of television’s biggest legends.

AMERICAN MASTERS | Johnny Carson: King of Late Night | Coronation of the King | PBS


Pursuit of the Lost Souls

The violence and dictatorship Argentina suffered between 1976 and 1983 still remain fresh in natives’ minds.  The whereabouts of family and friends going all the way back to the grueling military regime remain a mystery.  Thousands have fallen victim to the corrupt government and were killed, leaving relatives behind to assume the worst.  Director Juan Mandelbaum desperately searches for answers to the disappearance of a former girlfriend and Argentine.  Throughout his personal journey he finds that the nation still mourns the losses and dictatorship that was suffered decades ago.  He strives to bring natives’ stories to light as they recount the violent time period and reminisce about loved ones and friends whose lives were brutally taken away.  It is about time that they be spoken for.  Tomorrow at 11:30p on WETA TV26 and WETA HD, join Mandelbaum on his quest of piecing together untold stories of the victims in the Independent Lens, Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos.

Interviews - 'Our Disappeared / Nuestros Desaparecidos'


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New Season of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

This coming Tuesday, September 11 The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! kicks off a brand new second season with FIVE all new episodes! The Cat, Nick and Sally will take their first trip to space and go inside the human body as they invite viewers to explore the world around (and within!) them. We’re so excited about the new season of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! we’re giving you double the opportunity to see these great new episodes. Find the episode descriptions and air dates below! Check out for The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! games, printables, and activities to keep the learning and fun going! 

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Premiere! “Jumping on the Moon/Sneezy Riders”

Airs on WETA Kids

Tuesday September 11, 2012 at 9:00am

Friday September 28, 2012 at 9:00am

Airs on WETA TV26

Wednesday September 12, 2012 at 8:30am

Monday October 1, 2012 at 8:30am


Jumping on the Moon

Nick and Sally are trying to jump high enough to touch the moon, but “what goes up must come down,” says the Cat. That’s gravity! And to show them just what gravity is, that means a trip to the moon! That’s where they meet Astronaut Audrey, who takes them for a space walk to learn all about gravity.

Sneezy Riders

Sally and Nick are playing hide and seek, but Nick keeps sneezing! How can they stop it from happening? Good thing Cat’s friend Cluey Looey will be able to help them! At Muddyfeet Waterhole they discover that Looey is having the same problem! Nothing a trip inside Looey’s nose can’t solve! Inside a super shrunken Thingamajigger, Nick, Sally and Cat discover what causes sneezing and what they can do to avoid it from happening!

Premiere! “No Night Today/Fun in the Sun”

Airs on WETA Kids

Wednesday September 12, 2012 at 9:00am

Tuesday October 2, 2012 at 9:00am

Airs on WETA TV26

Thursday September 13, 2012 at 8:30am

Wednesday October 3, 2012 at 8:30am


No Night Today

Nick and Sally want to keep playing, but it’s getting dark. Why does nighttime have to come? The Cat knows someone who can answer that question – Astronaut Audrey! With a trip to her International Space Station and a large model of the solar system, the kids learn that it’s the earth’s spinning near the sun that makes it night or day.

Fun in the Sun

Phew it’s hot! Too hot to play outside. Not according to the Cat! His friend Hilda the Hippo knows all about having fun in the sun. A visit to Muddymoo River teaches them that hippos make their very own sunscreen to protect them from the hot sun. Now that they all have their sunscreen on, it’s time for some fun in the sun!

Premiere! “Bounce/Timmy Tippy Toe”

Airs on WETA Kids

Thursday September 13, 2012 at 9:00am

Monday October 1, 2012 at 9:00am

Airs on WETA TV26

Friday September 14, 2012 at 8:30am

Tuesday October 2, 2012 at 8:30am



Nick and Sally are wondering why their ball is so bouncy. Fish tells them it’s because it’s made from rubber, and rubber comes from trees. Cat doesn’t believe him so it’s time to ask the expert, Dr. Twiggles! It turns out Fish is right! And Dr. Twiggles shows them all just how rubber is made, and all the wonderful things rubber can make!

Timmy Tippy Toe

Nick and Sally are playing on a climbing frame but just can’t manage to get to the top. Cat tries to show them how it’s done but he can’t do it either! Time to go see Timmy Tippy Toe, the Klipspringer who is an expert climber! Timmy teaches them to use their hands and their feet, and now they can reach the top of their own “mountain”!

Premiere! “Inside Out/Hear Here”

Airs on WETA Kids

Friday September 14, 2012 at 9:00am

Thursday September 27, 2012 at 9:00am

Airs on WETA TV26

Monday September 17, 2012 at 8:30am

Friday September 28, 2012 at 8:30am


Inside Out

Nick keeps trying to surprise Sally, but he just can’t do it! The Cat takes them to find a real surprise in the Skippylarito Fields! Once there, Cat shows them a special bean – that suddenly moves! With a shrunken Thingamajigger, they go inside the bean and meet the moth larvae that lives there. They learn that it’s really the moth that causes the bean to move. What a neat surprise indeed!

Hear Here

The kids hear chirping but can’t find where it’s coming from. If only they had better ears. Ears like an elephant? Or maybe an owl or even a fox? Not a problem when the Cat’s around! He takes them to meet these animals with amazing ears. Back home the kids used what they learned from their new friends to find the sound – a teeny tiny cricket! What other great sounds are around?

Premiere! “Stripy Safari/Wool”

 Airs on WETA Kids

Monday September 17, 2012 at 9:00am

Wednesday September 19, 2012 at 9:00am

Airs on WETA TV26

Tuesday September 18, 2012 at 8:30am

Thursday September 20, 2012 at 8:30am


Stripy Safari

Nick and Sally set off on a safari with the Cat in the Hat to find all kinds of stripes. Along the way, Sally and Nick discover that stripes mean different things to different animals – the stripes of Jake the coral snake tells other animals to stay away, and Zelda and Zoran’s zebra stripes help them to identify each other. And best of all, Cat discovers that his stripes are just right for him!


Nick wants to learn how to knit a scarf like Sally, but they’ve run out of wool! A visit to Finola’s Farm is the perfect place to get more. The Cat, Nick and Sally have fun helping Finola get the wool from Feleecia the sheep and then turning it into yarn. Now Sally can teach Nick how to knit his own scarf!


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WETA Around Town Events for September 7 – September 9, 2012

Silver Spring Jazz Festival

Bring your lawn chair or blanket to downtown Silver Spring to hear the Grammy Award winning bossa nova/jazz/funk artist, Sérgio Mendes, at the ninth annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival

Saturday, 4:30pm-10pm.  Cost: Free

Location: Veterans Plaza at Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive


John Cage -- a retrospective: music, watercolors, dance, theater

The John Cage Centennial Festival wraps up this weekend with a closing concert by the National Gallery of Art’s New Music Ensemble in the East Building.  Sunday, 6:30pm. Cost: Free

The origins of the percussion revolution will be explored by Percussion Group Cincinnati, and red fish blue fish – a percussion ensemble from the University of California, San Diego.  In addition to a performance of John Cage’s Third Construction, the program also includes compositions by young, emerging composers who wrote pieces in response to Cage’s influence on percussion music in the 20th century.  Friday, 7:30pm.  Cost: $10 regular, $5 students

Attend a lecture by Cage’s watercolor collaborator. “Choice, Chance, and Circumstance in John Cage’s Watercolors” is presented by Ray Kass at the Kreeger Museum. Saturday, 12:30pm. Cost: Free

The multi-day/multi-venue festival celebrates the 20th century American composer and artist, John Cage, who would have been 100 years old this year.

Check out the full list of festival events.

red fish blue fish perform John Cage’s Third Construction.

RFBF: Third Construction



Conversations in the Corridor

Busboys and Poets Hyattsville hosts a free screening and discussion of the award-winning documentary film, A Chemical Reaction.  Sunday, 5pm-9pm

The film tells the story of one of the most successful community action initiatives in North American history - led by one woman who championed the effort to ban synthetic lawn & garden chemicals for an entire Canadian province. 

A Chemical Reaction trailer:


Discussion Facilitators:

Paul Tukey, producer of A Chemical Reaction, is one of the nations leading experts on organic lawn care and is founder of and the author of The Organic Lawn Manual.

Dr. Diana Post, DVM, is the Executive Director of The Rachel Carson Council, based in Silver Spring, which seeks to educate the public about the effects of pesticides threatening health, welfare, and survival of living organisms & biological systems

Maia Carroll, renowned local artist, has personally experienced the devastating effects of pesticide poisoning.

Conversations in the Corridor gathers activists and community members focused on local issues to promote a shared vision of what it means to live in the Gateway Arts District --Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Hyattsville--and Prince George's County through the art of conversation.

Register here!


Q-Art Scavenger Hunt at the King Street Art Festival

Got a smart phone? Enjoy art? Then head to Alexandria this weekend to take part in a 10 point scavenger hunt through the art festival.  The hunt starts at the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser booth at the Alexandria Art Experience tents next to Market Square at King and

 North Fairfax streets.


10th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival

Saturday, September 8, 10am-7pm |  Sunday, September 9, 10am-5pm

Old Town Alexandria on King Street from Washington Street to the Potomac River waterfront

Free and open to the public.


Select films opening Friday, September 7:

The Words (PG-13)

A multi-layered romantic drama with an all-star cast, The Words centers on Rory Jansen, a talented writer with a beautiful wife and mounting internal and external pressure to achieve success.  What he chooses to do in order to fulfill his ambition has the potential to cost him everything, and he soon finds himself repeating the mistakes of someone in the past.  Now, the worlds of two men living in different times threaten to converge as both are forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for placing ambition before love.


Beloved (NR)

Catherine Deneuve and her real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni star in this sexy yet exquisitely romantic musical drama that spans over three decades as it follows a mother and daughter's misadventures in love. Written and directed by Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, Dans Paris). (Fully subtitled)


Little White Lies (NR)

French box-office sensation Little White Lies is an ensemble dramatic comedy by Guillaume Canet (Tell No One), starring Academy Award winners Jean Dujardin(The Artist) and Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) along with François Cluzet (Tell No One, The Intouchables) and Gilles Lellouche (Point Blank, Mesrine).  With its nostalgic soundtrack of classic hit songs from The Isley Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, David Bowie, Nina Simone and others, Little White Lies is Mr. Canet's spin on The Big Chill, a generational statement on youthful frivolity giving way to middle-aged pleasures and sorrows. (Fully subtitled)


Photo credits:

King Street Art Festival images - Howard Alan Events, Kass image - Ian Cobb-Ozanne


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This Week on WETA UK: September 4 - 9, 2012

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Tonight, Tuesday at 8:00 on WETA UK, begin the royal adventure that is Queen's Palaces with episode one, "Buckingham Palace". Buckingham Palace is one of the most famous buildings in the world, but its story is much less familiar. Fiona Bruce reveals how England's most spectacular palace emerged from a swampy backwater in just 300 years. 

Queen's Palaces: Buckingham Palace


Wednesday, continue the regal experience with the first hour of Queen and Country, “London, Royal City” at 8:00pm. London is known as the capital of Britain's royal life. A young Princess Elizabeth grew up here before World War II where she and her sister, Margaret, mingled, incognito, with the joyous crowds on VE Day. Today, it is still the center of a working monarchy. Trevor McDonald reports on the tradition of Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visits Horseguards to meet the man who is in charge of the troops who guard the queen.  

Queen and Country | London: Royal City


Thursday at 8:00pm, get wild with David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals, “A Winning Design”. David Attenborough investigates why mammals are the most successful creatures on the planet. Travel to Australia and South America on WETA UK to study the lives of marsupials and mammals such as humans, who develop their young in wombs rather than pouches.  Learn more about the iconic natural history film maker: David Attenborough.

WETA UK | Life of Mammals


Friday night find Brit humor with Doc Martin at 8:00. In the episode “Erotomania”, Mark Mylow comes in for his medical checkup and Martin is concerned at one particular aspect of his physiology. Combined with fiancée Julie's big news, this could mean some bumps in the road as far as their relationship is concerned. Martin and Louisa have a heart to heart talk and, in his cups, he tells her exactly how he feels.


Saturday, keep the togas flowing with the next three hours of The WETA UK Event: I, Claudius beginning at 8:00pm: “Poison is Queen”, “Some Justice”, and “Queen of Heaven” continue this dramatic tale. Pre-game with this excellent character guide from our friends at KCET, the public television station that serves Southern and Central California. Be sure to print your copy of the Claudian family tree and read the episode recaps!

WETA UK: I, Claudius


Sunday, feel free to laugh at the Minister as we continue with the very first series of Yes, Minister at 8:00pm. In episode two, “The Official Visit”, the Minister has a plan to turn an official visit by the President of Buranda to party political advantage. The Permanent Secretary dislikes the plan, especially when it precipitates an unforeseen crisis.