October 2012

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MD, DC, VA Events: WETA Around Town November 2 - 4

Looking for something to do this weekend in Maryland, Virginia, and DC? Check out our selection of musical, mysterious, and cinematic events right in your own backyard!

A Living Legend: Rama Vaidyanathan

If your only notion of Indian dance comes from Bollywood stereotypes, it’s probably time for a new perspective.  Take a cue from Dakshina’s Fall Festival of Indian Arts and watch a solo performance by one of India’s leading dancers.  Rama Vaidyanathan’s interpretation of Classical Indian dance introduces you to the beauty and elegance of ancient Bharata Natyam form.

Friday, 7:30pm

University of the District of Columbia Theater

4300 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC

Cost: Starting at $18.50

Purchase tickets here!


Dancing with the Dead

On Friday, the Torpedo Factory Art Center celebrates the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with their fourth annual extravaganza featuring arts and crafts and a costume contest ! Put on your best Calaveras mask and dance to the music of local rock group, The Torches, while enjoying the cash bar and snacks.  Friday too far away?  Check out the Target Gallery’s exhibition of altars and other Day of the Dead themed art work, going on now through Sunday! 

Costume & Dance Party: Friday, 8-11pm
Altar Exhibition: Now through Sunday

Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Tickets: Advance, $15; Door, $20 or two for $35 (Student tickets: $10)
Special Discount: Purchase 5 advance tickets or more & get them each for only $10

Reserve your advance tickets by contacting 703-838-4565 x2 or events@torpedofactory.org


Select films opening Friday, November 2

A Late Quartet        (R)

When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration.  Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener, and inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, A Late Quartet pays homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New York.



Brooklyn Castle      (PG)

Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at I.S. 318, a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The documentary follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories.

Brooklyn Castle - In theaters Oct. 19 [OFFICIAL TRAILER]


Flight              (R)

In this mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board.  After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?

Watch the Around Town review coming this Friday! 


The Man with the Iron Fist                       (R)

Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA—alongside an exciting international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold.  

The Man With The Iron Fists - Trailer (HD)


The Loneliest Planet          (NR)

The summer before their wedding, Alex (Gael García Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) are backpacking through the scenic Caucasus Mountains in Georgia.  The fit young couple, playful and affectionate, hire a local guide (Bidzina Gujabidze) to lead them on a camping trek, and the three set off into a stunning wilderness, a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed.  Suddenly, a brief but shocking pivotal incident occurs that changes everything.  Writer/director Julia Loktev's film is a haunting character study of love, betrayal and the ambiguities of forgiveness.

Watch the trailer here!


Last Chance!

Closing November 4th:

The Government Inspector at Shakespeare Theatre 

WETA Around Town | The Government Inspector


One Night with Janis Joplin at Arena Stage 

WETA Around Town | One Night with Janis Joplin

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Watch Mark Twain Prize honoring Ellen DeGeneres | Mark Twain: Ellen DeGeneres

Watch again Friday November 9 at 10:00pm & Monday November 12 at 10:00pm!

You’re invited! Join the celebration and prepare to laugh the night away as comedian Ellen DeGeneres is honored with the 2012 Mark Twain Prize at the Kennedy Center right here in Washington, DC.  Begun in 1998, The Mark Twain Prize annually recognizes comedians who had had an impact on society in ways comparable to Mark Twain, the 19th century writer. The 90-minute special will pay tribute to her success not only as a comedian, but recognize her myriad of accomplishments as a pioneer in the television and entertainment business, as well as her humanitarian achievements. From taking a stand against bullying, to supporting residents of her hometown- New Orleans- affected by Hurricane Katrina, helping others and standing up for what is right is just as important to DeGeneres as making audiences laugh. Further, DeGeneres has paved the way for others and broke ground after both she and her character on the hit television series Ellen came out as a lesbian.

With big dreams and a lot of talent, DeGeneres began her career as an emcee (not before attempting a very varied assortment of other careers) at a local comedy club in New Orleans. She was soon discovered, and was well on her way to the top. Television shows, comedic appearances, and talk shows would follow (not to mention an array of philanthropic causes).

With her signature dance moves, genuine kindness, and hilarious antics, Ellen has grooved her way into the homes and hearts of the world. In what is sure to be a star-studded evening, fellow comedians, actors, and personalities will show their praise for the woman who has become a comedic and popular culture icon. Presenters include Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Harvey, Sean Hayes, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski, John Leguizamo, Jane Lynch, Jason Mraz, Lily Tomlin and Loudon Wainwright III.

Join the celebration and watch the MARK TWAIN PRIZE: Ellen DeGeneres Tuesday, October 30 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.


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Free Movies in DC: WETA Fall Movie Festival October 27


Enjoy the excitement of a film festival right here in DC, MD, and VA while wearing your PJs with the WETA Fall Movie Festival on WETA TV26 and WETA HD. Tune in every Saturday for the finest films from all genres and generations for free and without commercials. Grab a blanket and some popcorn and prepare to cry, laugh, and think with the WETA Fall Movie Festival.


If we look back far enough on our lives, either a smile or a tear may appear on our faces.  Ore hearts may skip a beat or we may release a long and drawn-out sigh.  The wonders of memory and our ability to playback eventful moments in our minds can be considered a gift or a curse. Perhaps we experienced things in our lives that we’d rather forget.  And if for a second a thought of the dark past crosses our minds, we become angry with ourselves for allowing such memories to resurface.  But maybe memory also holds the missing pieces of life’s puzzle that we so desperately try to solve.  In a world where unexplainable events take place, within this thing called life where so many of our curiosities are unanswered, memory just might be what we need for new discoveries to be revealed.  Tomorrow night, join us for thought provoking films that explore memory and its abilities to bring unsolved mysteries to light.

Remember a Brother

When selfish and conceited LA car dealer Charlie Babbitt learns of his father’s sudden death, he’s surprised to find that he is left with hardly any money from the estate.  Much to Charlie’s confusion, his father left behind a handsome sum of money to a mental institution.  Charlie is soon shocked to realize that he has an older brother named Raymond who resides there as an autistic patient.  Although being completely unaware that he even had a brother, Charlie wastes no time to use Raymond as a pawn to try and claim a piece of his father’s estate.  But spending time with his long lost brother allows Charlie to see a different side of him under his autistic symptoms.  Vague moments of their early history together become clear when Charlie recalls false childhood memories of having an imaginary friend named “Rain Man.”  He finally realizes that a Rain Man really did exist.  It was his brother, Raymond whose name he had difficulty pronouncing as a child.  Will Charlie squander his brother’s inheritance or overcome his jealousy and greed?  Saturday night at 9:30 on WETA HD and WETA TV26 tune in for the Oscar-winning drama, Rain Man starring Hollywood favorites, Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman.

Rain Man (1988)


Remember Suffering

One of the most captivating locations on Earth rests within the Chilean Atacama Desert.  Although the desert hills and cliffs rising 10,000 feet above sea level stand isolated from the valleys below, in the skies above hover some of the most breathtaking cosmos that scientists and natives alike have ever seen.  The desert stands away from civilization where city lights and activity would distort the bright and colorful activity of the night sky.  Scientists from all over the world come to the Atacama Desert for a rare and incomparable look at the stars and galaxies that seem just a grasp away.  It is truly a beautiful place full of wonder and mystery.  For Chilean locals however, the Atacama Desert holds a dark past.  The red sands of the desert remain as a harsh resting ground for hundreds of political prisoners who were mercilessly murdered and burned during the Pinochet dictatorship.  Family members of the “disappeared” souls search for their remains almost daily, but the terrain can be so unforgiving that many are left only to wonder.  Saturday at 11:30pm, WETA HD and WETA TV26 present the POV: Nostalgia for the LightHow could a land with a beautiful massive sky above experience so much pain and death below?  Join us for a film that displays an entire community’s search for answers, some scientific, and others emotional. 

Enjoy this POV interview with filmmaker Patricio Guzman.

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MD, DC, VA Events: WETA Around Town October 24 - 28

Looking for something to do this weekend in Maryland, Virginia, and DC? Check out our selection of spooky, American, and educational events right in your own backyard!


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Kid Friendly Event!

Looking for some not-so-scary Halloween fun for the whole family?  Check out the National Theatre’s Saturday Morning series of free live shows for kids! This Saturday, Ichabod Crane takes his fateful ride through Sleepy Hollow in a performance of the Halloween classic.  But be sure to get there early -- The free tickets are distributed before the show on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Saturday, 9:30am and 11am

National Theatre

1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

Information: (202) 783-3372


Ghosts in DC?

Shadows on the wall, whispers in an empty room, pale figures in the hall…is it just your imagination or are there ghosts haunting DC’s Lafayette Square?  DC Walkabout brings the most haunted spot in the city alive with their Haunted History walking tours!  This free 2.5hr 

tour starts when the sun goes down and the ghosts and ghouls come out.  The Haunted History tours end November 1, so don’t miss your chance to discover the secrets and scares in one of Washington DC’s most famous districts!

Thursday, 7:30pm

Sunday, 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 31, 7:30pm (Halloween Special!)

Meet in Lafayette Park at the corner of 16th St and H St NW.

Reserve your space!


Have a good story to tell?

There’s a storyteller in all of us, and the Virginia Storytelling Alliance celebrates that this weekend with a Storytelling Concert.  Lead storytellers Anthony Burcher, Ellouise Schoettler, and Margaret Chatham will start off the evening with their tales.    Be sure to stay afterwards for the Open Mic, hosted by Gary Lloyd,  which gives audience members a chance to hop on stage and tell their best stories. 

Busy that night?  Catch one of the workshops held earlier that day, starting at 10 am, with topics ranging from “Weaving Music and Story Together” to “Ten Ways to Tell a Tale.”  Whether you’re looking to become a professional storyteller (yes, they do exist!) or simply a better conversationalist at cocktail parties, these workshops will help you practice your speech and narrative skills.

Saturday, 7pm (Storytelling Concert)

Workhouse Arts Center

9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA

Cost: $15 for the concert, $30 per workshop, $95 all-day pass (3 workshops + concert)/$85 for VASA & Workhouse members

Click here for more info and tickets!


Music for Uncivil Discourse

Election season isn’t over yet, so you might as well celebrate it with music.  The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s music ensemble-in-residence, 21st Century Consort, will honor the democratic process with an election special concert featuring Fred Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated, Jon Deak’s Greetings from 1984, and Peter Maxwell Davies’s dramatic portrait of George III, Eight Songs for a Mad King

Learn a little something beforehand with a pre-concert lecture and snack a bit afterwards 

with a post-concert reception.

Saturday, 4pm – 8pm

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Eighth and F Streets, NW,  Washington, DC

Cost: $20 (includes lecture & reception)

Purchase tickets here!


Select films opening Friday:

Chasing Mavericks (PG)

Based on the inspirational true story of surfing icon Jay Moriarity, OF MEN AND MAVERICKS tells the story of a young man’s quest to surf Mavericks, Northern California’s most dangerous wave, and the local legend who takes him under his wing.  What begins as a mentorship turns into a unique and kindred bond, which ultimately transforms the lives of both men.

Chasing Mavericks Official Trailer 2


Cloud Atlas (R)

Drama, mystery, action and enduring love thread through a single story that unfolds in multiple timelines over the span of 500 years.  Characters meet and reunite from one life to the next.  Born and reborn.  Based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell, Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks and Halle Berry lead an international cast.  Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the story moves through time.

Cloud Atlas - TV Spot 6


Simon and the Oaks (NR)

Based on the Swedish bestseller of the same name, written by Marianne Fredriksson. Simon and the Oaks offers a unique depiction of fate, destiny and free will and vividly portrays the situation for Jews in Sweden during World War II.  Playing at E Street Cinema

Simon & the Oaks (2011) - Official Trailer [HD]


The Other Son (PG-13)

In the moving family drama The Other Son, as he prepares to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk) discovers he is not his parents' biological son, but that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs. (Partially subtitled)

The Other Son - Trailer


The Sessions

Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California–based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man who lived most of his life in an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity.  With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.


Last Chance!

Closing October 27 - William Christenberry: Assembled Memory at HEMPHILL Fine Arts

WETA Around Town | William Christenberry: Assembled Memory


Closing October 28 - Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Arena Stage

WETA Around Town | Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins


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Nature: Magic of the Snowy Owl

Our PBS wildlife series Nature invites you on a journey north to meet the intriguing snowy owl. Travel to Alaska to investigate these majestic birds without leaving your DC, Maryland, or Virginia home.

The Harry Potter sensation brought magical concepts and highly imaginative creatures to the surface including the grand and noble snowy owl as Harry’s companion Hedwig. There must be more to the snowy owl than a beautiful white coat, laser sharp eyes, and a job as a wizard’s mail courier.  Tomorrow night at 8:00 tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD for a brand new Nature: Magic of the Snowy Owl. Get a close-up look at the species in its tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska and watch as the snowy owl and his family survive the harsh conditions of their natural habitat. A day in the life of this family of snowy owls revolves around getting enough food to make it til tomorrow…and it’s truly a family effort. The snowy owl may not have magic at the tip of his wing, but the beauty, intelligence, resourcefulness and fearlessness of the creature is mesmerizing. 

Tune into WETA tomorrow, October 24 at 8:00pm for Nature: Magic of the Snowy Owl.

Nature: Magic of the Snowy Owl


Click image to englarge. Image courtesy of PBS.org


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This Week on WETA UK: WETA UK Schedule October 22 – 28

This week we continue serving prime British television shows to the Washington, DC area on WETA UK. Drama, mystery, comedy, and costumes are just a few of our dynamic and exciting programming genres. Come back every Monday for the week in details and be sure to see all our new shows coming to WETA UK in November.

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Via antenna: 26.2, Comcast: 265, Cox: 800, Verizon FiOS: 474, RCN: 39


Monday start watching Chef! from the very beginning as we air episode 1 of series 1 tonight at 7:30pm! Meet Britain's most talented - and most ill-tempered - chef. Gareth Blackstock, chef at the prestigious restaurant Le Chateau Anglais, takes great pains to set the most exacting standards for his kitchen staff, but they show their gratitude by bending or 

breaking the rules whenever they can. Although every single one of Gareth's meals is a masterpiece, some customers still have the nerve to ask for salt. His beautiful wife, Janice, lacks Gareth's enthusiasm; bored being a neglected housewife she'd rather go back to her high-powered job in finance. Gareth dreams of being head chef and proprietor of his own restaurant, but a few obstacles - like no money - stand in his way. With Janice's patient help, he overcomes the bank manager's doubts and qualifies for a loan. Suddenly, ownership brings exposure to the harsh realities of restaurant management... Check out our downloadable and printable WETA UK CHEF! SERIES 1 EPISODE GUIDE!

Monday after Chef! stay tuned to WETA UK for the continuation of I, Claudius part 8: Reign of Terror at 8:00pm. Visit KCET’s recap page to get all the details on tonight’s episode and be sure to use their helpful character guide! 


Tuesday take a journey into a historic British estate filled with one man’s treasures from his many adventures on Country House Revealed: Clandeboye House at 8:00pm. Clandeboye House and estate is incredible and surprisingly little has changed since owner Lord Dufferin died in 1902. The house is overflowing with relics from the empire and Dufferin's aristocratic ventures - stuffed baby bears, Egyptian monuments, tiger skins and weaponry from India, Canada and Burma to mention just a few.

Tuesday at 11:00pm catch the launch of series 6 Are You Being Served?


Wednesday Inspector Morse begins a new adventure with Promised Land part 1 of 2. Morse and Lewis go to Australia in search of a witness who has been in witness protection for ten years, but this is one witness who really doesn't want to be found.


Thursday at 7:00pm series 15 Last of the Summer Wine begins! Get in on the laughs, no need to have watched from series 1, start anytime!

Thursday live the high life with David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals: Life in the Trees at 8:00pm. These mammals have adapted to a life at height. Since one third of the world's surface is still covered by forest, animals such as the hyrax, tamanduas, and flying squirrel have developed skills to thrive in these high up conditions.


Friday the doctor prescribes laughter! Beginning at 9:00am, watch all the best British comedies on our Friday Comedy Block! Here’s the line up!

WETA UK | Comedy Fridays


Saturday at 8:00pm continue the drama and delight with The WETA UK Event: The Complete Downton Abbey as series 2 continues with three back-to-back episodes. Love this series? Take the WETA Downton Abbey Personality Quiz to find out which character you are! 


Sunday catch the second to last episode of Primeval at 9:00pm. Still reeling from Stephen's death and with the depth of Helen's betrayal now revealed, Nick Cutter must fight to re-focus his embattled team. Cutter's crew are joined by some new recruits in the form of maverick policeman Danny Quinn, sparky Egyptologist Sarah Page, and the new leader of the ARC's security forces Captain Becker. But as the anomalies continue to present an unrelenting series of threats, the task in hand seems almost insurmountable. It's not just deadly creatures the team has to contend with, they also face a threat to the future of not just the ARC but of mankind itself.

WETA UK | Primeval


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New British Shows Coming to DC in November!

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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Via antenna: 26.2, Comcast: 265, Cox: 800, Verizon FiOS: 474, RCN: 39

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. 

Call the Midwife


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. 

WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock


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!


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Free Movies in DC: WETA Fall Movie Festival October 20

WETA’s Fall Movie Festival brings you the best movies of all genres and generations with the convenience of never leaving your home or searching for a film. Added bonus? No commercials and entirely free! It’s all right here on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.  Every Saturday, check out the WETA Movie, a major feature film followed directly by documentaries from Independent Lens or P.O.V.


If all goes well, the sun will rise again tomorrow, signaling to nature that a new day has begun.  We are aware of its physical attributes; warm, bright, and a nutrients provider.  But when thinking about the sun in a more figurative sense, we are able to expand our imaginations and decide for ourselves what the sun means and does for us. Perhaps filmmakers of Saturday’s movies considered the sun’s capabilities and intended to explore its influences (good and bad) on people and nature.  Join us for this Saturday’s Fall Movie Festival event as we present films that will display a side of the sun that we may not have seen or experienced before.

From Sunrise to Sunset

Long Island social butterfly, Judith Traherne is living the good life with her passions for horses, parties, and just about all the material things that money can buy.  She hasn’t known any other way than to live life in the fast lane.  But when she begins to experience unusual episodes of headaches and dizziness, close friends insist that she slows down and arranges a visit with a Dr. Steele who specializes in brain cell research.  Steele discovers some life-threatening conditions in Judith’s system but decides to keep it to himself in hopes that she will enjoy the little time she has left without worry.  Love sparks between them as Judith returns again and again for more tests.  Their relationship blossoms but is it only out of pity that he cares for her? Or is it true love? Saturday night at 9:30 tune in for this week’s WETA Movie: Dark Victory (1939) on WETA TV26 and WETA HD. 

WETA Movie: Dark Victory


Deadly Rays

When a rare disease threatens the lives of their young children, Navajo couple Dorey and Yolanda Nez desperately seeks answers from their ancestors, elders, and community members as to how the disease came about.  The illness, Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), makes sunlight deadly when one’s skin is exposed and it is so rare that just one child out of a million is affected.  But several children in the Navajo community suffer from the disorder.  The Yez family must go deep within their tribal roots back to historical events to discover the history of XP.  But no event seems more potent and relevant than the Long Walk of 1864Saturday at 11:30pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD, join us for the POV documentary, Sun Kissed as the Navajo community struggles to save their children from the deadly sun’s touch.


Watch TV26 here!

Via antenna: 26.4, Comcast: 26 & 92, Cox: 26 & 802, Verizon FiOS: 26 &471, RCN: 26, DISH Network: 8076


Watch HD here!

Via antenna: 26.1, Comcast: 220 (DC) 219 (Baltimore), Cox: 1026 (Fairfax) 1003 (Fredericksburg), Verizon FiOS: 526, RCN: 613, DirecTV: 26 & 26-1


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MD, DC, VA Events: WETA Around Town October 17 - 21

Looking for something to do this weekend in Maryland, Virginia, and DC? Check out our selection of fun and spooky events right in your backyard!

Zombies, Werewolves and Vampires, Oh My!

Can’t wait for Halloween to get your fright on?  The AFI Silver Theater is hosting the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival now through Saturday, October 20th!  From half way across the globe to our own backyard, these films range from the absurd, the hilarious, to the truly terrifying! And if that wasn’t tempting enough, some shows even include a post-screening Q&A session with the grizzly minds behind these gruesome films!

Ends Saturday

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD

Cost: All tickets $11.50 unless otherwise noted.

Click here for show times and tickets!



Migrant music from Africa

Africa had its own gold rush, where all roads led not to California, but Johannesburg, South Africa.  The great migration that followed led to new ways of life on train and in settlement camps.  With these new lifestyles came new music.  Internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer, and lyricist Hugh Masekela and singer Sibongile Khumalo honor the music of late 19th century African migrant workers in Songs of Migration.  Come celebrate the song and dance of another time and place.

Wednesday - Saturday

The Kennedy Center

2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Cost: Starting at $30

Click here for show times and tickets!



Dance all weekend long

World-class dance companies show off their moves at DC’s own Shakespeare Theatre Center for the VelocityDC Dance Festival.  For the fourth year in a row, the festival showcases a variety of area troupes, from Step Afrika! and The Washington Ballet to El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador and Flamenco Aparicio.  And the best part? All shows are $18! 

Thursday - Sunday

Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall

610 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Cost: $18

Click here for show times and tickets!



Costume contest for the artiste

Shock? Laughter? — However people may react when they see your Halloween costume, make sure they react in a big way.  Because if they do, you just might win Hillyer's costume contest!  At Hillyer Presents: A Night of the Living Dead (Artist)!, prizes will only be awarded to the most interesting, the most artistic, and the most creative get-ups.  And if you're more into sweet than spooky, know that a portion of the proceeds will benefit the work that St. Johns Community Services does for artists with disabilities.  Now get out that duct tape and create your masterpiece! 

Friday, 7pm

Hillyer Art Space

9 Hillyer Court, NW, Washington DC

Cost: $7/advance, $10/door,

Click here for more information and advance tickets!



Bring your ukulele to the concert

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain strums, plucks and laughs it way through the music of historical classics to classic rock at the Strathmore this Saturday. In a send up of the stringed instrument, the Orchestra’s combination of dry humor and beloved melodies played on the ukulele are sure to please. Want to join in on the fun? Head to the website below to download sheet music for a special “play-along” number! 

Saturday, 2pm

Music Center at Strathmore

5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD

Cost: $18 - $48

Click here for tickets and sheet music!



Fall for the arts

Is there any better season for an arts fair than fall?  Washington Performing Arts Society doesn’t think so!  They are hosting the first annual WPAS Fall Arts Fair at THEARC, this Sunday from 11:00AM-4:30PM.  Enjoy this free community event with live music, dance and theatrical performances.  Bring the kids along for face painting and magic shows! 

Sunday, 11am - 4:30pm


1901 Mississippi Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC

Cost: Free!

Click here for more information!



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Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Outnumbered: This Week on WETA UK | October 15 – 21, 2012

This week on WETA UK we begin Downton Abbey series 2, Doctor Who series 5, Outnumbered series 4 and continue with I, Claudius, Life of Mammals, and more! Read on for more details and share with us what you're planning to watch!


Watch WETA UK here:  Via antenna: 26.2, Comcast: 265, Cox: 800, Verizon FiOS: 474, RCN: 39


Monday the award winning series I, Claudius continues at 8:00pm with Queen of Heaven. Get all the exciting, strange, and dramatic moments explained here with KCET’s I, Claudius episode guide! 



Tuesday at 7:00pm kick off series 14 of Last of the Summer Wine with us! Click here to download or print THE WETA UK LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE SERIES 14 EPISODE GUIDE so you can follow along with the comedy! A trio of old men never seem to grow up and develop a unique perspective on their equally eccentric fellow townspeople through their youthful stunts. Don’t let 14 previous series hold you back, you can start watching this series at any point. No time like the present!

At 8:00pm Tuesday, discover the powerful and mysterious Wentworth Woodhouse in Country House Revealed. Once one of the most powerful places on earth, it was commissioned by one of the wealthiest families in the country whose power and riches put them on par with royalty and it is still one of the largest privately owned homes in Europe. Today, Wentworth Woodhouse is something of a mystery since few people know the house. Unravel its hidden history to reveal a story of intrigue, family feuding and political wrangling dating back over two hundred years.

Country House Revealed: Wentworth House



Wednesday, join us as we begin series 5 of Doctor Who at 4:00pm! Matt Smith stars as the

 newest Doctor. With explosive regeneration, the Eleventh Doctor awakes to discover his TARDIS is about to crash! Once safe on the ground, he pulls himself out of the wreckage to come face-to-face with young Amy Pond. Still wearing the remains of the Tenth Doctor’s suit, the Doctor promises to take Amy to the stars. But before they can begin their journey, they become mixed up in an alien plot that could destroy the Earth! Use THE WETA UK DOCTOR WHO SERIES 5 EPISODE GUIDE to follow each episode of this series!

Wednesday at 8:00pm, watch part two of Inspector Morse: Greeks Bearing Gifts which began last week. 



Thursday night at 8:00 continue exploring mammals with David Attenborough in Life of Mammals: Return to the Water. After millions of years, the increasing competition to survive forced some mammals to take one of the greatest steps in evolution – they returned to the water. Keeping the fur of their shore bound ancestors’, mammals like voles, otters and seals still return to land to breed yet have the ability to swim to great depths in their search for food. Still breathing air and giving birth to live young, dolphins and whales became the new hunters of the world’s oceans. With complex communication, perfect streamlining and great underwater speed, these mammals have mastered all the problems that had to be solved to survive in this harsh world.

At 11:30 Thursday night, catch the first episode of Allo, Allo series 5! Don’t worry about watching this show from the very beginning, jump in with the new series Thursday night!

WETA UK | Allo, Allo



Friday get ready for the series 4 premiere of Outnumbered beginning at 9:30pm! Follow the battle of wills between two parents and their three young children who are seemingly locked into a never-ending contest to see just whose patience will run out first. Print THE WETA UK OUTNUMBERED SERIES 4 EPISODE GUIDE to follow along with the wit, humor, and fun of this unique series.

WETA UK | Outnumbered



Saturday at 5:30pm tune in for episode 1 of Are You Being Served? series 4. A large, old-fashioned department store in London named Grace Bros. is still run on strictly hierarchical lines. Each member of staff knows their place -- in theory. In practice, they are all engaged in their own private wars with management and with each other in this classic British comedy. No need to watch from series 1, we invite you to join us and follow along with this program using THE WETA UK ARE YOU BEING SERVED? SERIES 4 EPISODE GUIDE.

Saturday night beginning at 8:00pm, the WETA UK EVENT: The Complete Downton Abbey continues with two more episodes! Watch series 2 from the beginning and get ready for series 3 coming this winter. Keep track of characters and the drama by using PBS' detailed episode guide. Want more details on characters and the actors that play them? Check out this Downton Abbey series 2 character chart from PBS. Get exciting details about the series from the actors with these Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey cast interviews!

WETA UK Event: The Complete Downton Abbey



Sunday tune in for series 2 episode 1 of Yes, Minister. Set in the corridors of power in London's Whitehall and Westminister, this comedy surrounds The Right Honorable James Hacker MP, the newly-appointed Cabinet Minister for Administrative Affairs. He soon finds many of his ideas for reform openly opposed by the civil servants whose job it is to implement them. One in particular is his Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby. Their respective struggles to gain and maintain the levers of power form the basis of the comedy series. Names can be tricky! Keep THE WETA UK YES, MINISTER SERIES 2 EPISODE GUIDE handy to reference characters and story lines while you watch!


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WETA Fall Movie Festival | October 13, 2012

Wrap up the week with two great films as the WETA Fall Movie Festival continues on WETA TV26 and WETA HD!  Saturday nights join us for the WETA Movie, followed by documentaries from Independent Lens or POV.  So, grab a friend, and have some snacks at the ready for another Saturday night of brilliant storytelling through film!


This Saturday’s films don’t possess any of our favorite superheroes such as Superman or Captain America.  But they do tell the stories of everyday people, fiction and non-fiction, who strive to fight for what they believe in and protect what is their own.  If we look back through our nation’s history we may recall the struggles that people experienced with poverty, civil rights, dangerous working conditions, wars, etc.  Their perseverance is a tale of heroism in itself.  Their triumphs in the midst of difficult times have brought forth a better future.  A hero can even be a family member who looks out for the well-being of others.  Heroes are everywhere. No supernatural powers are necessary.  What counts is that one has good intentions.  So tonight we present films that display heroes as they are. Strong in the soul, fast at lending a helping hand, and brave enough to stand up for what’s right.


To the Rescue

Ethan Edwards has just returned to his home in Texas after serving as a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War for three years.  Just days after his homecoming things go horribly wrong when he finds his brother and sister-in-law murdered.  His two nieces, Lucy and Debbie are also missing.  Some clues leave Edwards to believe that the Comanche Indians are behind the murders and abduction.  Wasting no time he forms a search party with his close friends and they begin a perilous journey to find the girls.  Battling rough terrain and Comanche, the men get seemingly closer to where the girls are being held captive.  But they experience several setbacks along the way. Lucy’s dead body is discovered near a Comanche camp and several of Edward’s comrades lose their lives during the search.  Edwards will stop at nothing to bring Debbie back to safety.  But first he must gather every last ounce of strength and determination to break the influence that the Comanche tribe has on her.  Saturday night at 9:30 join us for an adventure as we present the western, The Searchers on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.  Saddle up and meet an everyday man turned hero as he fights for his family.

The Searchers (1956)


Heroes of Butte

A new discovery of copper in the mines of Butte, Montana transformed the area from a small frontier town to a region booming with opportunity.  Electricity had become a new phenomenon during the turn of the 20th century resulting in copper being a much needed and valuable resource.  Miners from all over the world flocked to Butte seeking work in the mining business, a profession no doubt extremely dangerous and challenging to one’s health.  With every week came the news of several miners having lost their lives while on the job leaving women and children behind to fend for themselves.  Questions were raised about the lack of safety and concern for laborers.  Miners were well aware of the risks of going to work each day having witnessed several fatal accidents and regretfully bidding friends farewell.  In light of several tragedies however, miners broke ethnic barriers to join together and support one another during the struggles for decent working conditions.  You may ask why they put their lives at risk everyday for the advancement of electricity, a cause much bigger than themselves.  You may wonder how they stood against the systems demanding safer conditions in the wake of horrific deaths of fellow miners.  Possibly, to help raise their families from the ground up and also give each other the support and sense of camaraderie that they deserved.  Anyone can easily give in to tragedy and struggle.  But a hero takes the difficult situations in stride and strives to overcome them.  Saturday at 11:30pm tune in to WETA TV26 and WETA HD for the presentation of Independent Lens’ Butte, America.  Don’t miss this display of determination and bravery as this film tells the story of how the town of Butte, Montana brought in miners and molded them into heroes.


Watch this behind the scenes video about the making of the movie and read more from Producer/Director Pamela Roberts. 


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WETA Around Town Events | October 11 - 14, 2012

Make ‘em Ríen!

This weekend, Gala Hispanic Theatre is highlighting Mexican comedy in film! Stop by for classic comedies from the 1940s and 1960s as well as modern comedic gold! La Pantalla Cómica (The Funny Screen) showcases the Mexican masters of humor with a follow up discussion panel on Mexican cinema and celebrity from the1940s through today. Films will be screened in their native language and only some films have English subtitles.


El Sueño del Caimán/Caiman’s Dream (2001) - 7pm. In Spanish with English subtitles

Discussion Panel: Mexican Film – 9pm


Su Excelencia/His Excellency (1967) - 3pm. In Spanish with English subtitles

Abel (2010) DC Premiere - 7pm. In Spanish with English subtitles
Conozca la cabeza de Juan Pérez/Meet the Head of Juan Pérez (2008) - 3:30pm. In Spanish with English subtitles


Los Tres Garcia/The Three Garcias (1947) In Spanish with English subtitles

El Rey del Barrio (1949) - 3pm. In Spanish only

Gala Hispanic Theatre

3333 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010

Tickets: $5 (suggested donation per movie)


DC Labor Film Fest

Catch the opening weekend of the DC Labor FilmFest for a dose of just plain fun. The films highlight “work,” which may mean a teacher in the American educational system or an unemployed college graduate during the late 1980s recession. With 11 films at the AFI Silver Theatre, the festival also features 3 free screenings at Busboys & Poets and the AFL-CIO.

Thursday, 12pm

Friday, 12pm-11:30pm

Saturday, 11am-11:30pm

Sunday, 12:30pm-5pm

AFI Silver Theatre

8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland

Ticket prices vary


Mike Daisey performs for the interns

Not all mammoths are big; some are tiny—at least at Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s internship program, affectionately known as “Tiny Mammoths”. This Sunday, you can support these oxymoronic-named theatre artists by sitting back and watching a play.

Monologist, author, and actor Mike Daisey has volunteered to make the first workshop performance of American Utopias a benefit for Woolly’s internship program. All proceeds will go toward intern stipends and development of the internship programs. You’ll really get to see what you’re paying for because that show is produced by the interns themselves!

Sunday, 7pm

Woolly Mammoth Theatre

641 “D” Street, NW, Washington DC

Tickets: start at $25


Select films opening Friday, October 12:

Somewhere Between (NR)

As a result of the Chinese government's one-child policy instituted in 1979, hundreds of thousands of babies were abandoned, mostly girls.  “Somewhere Between” tells the intimate stories of four Chinese girls who are born to families who are unable to keep them. Instead of being raised by their biological parents the baby girls are given to orphanages and eventually adopted by American families. The film lets four girls tell their own stories, from their point of view. We gain access to their deepest thoughts—about their families, their feelings of being an "other," and their powerful connections to a past that most of them cannot recall. Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton.

Watch the trailer here!

Wuthering Heights (NR)

A fresh and distinct take on the classic novel by Emily Brontë. An epic love story that spans childhood well into the young adult years, the film follows Heathcliff, a boy taken in by a benevolent Yorkshire farmer, Earnshaw. Living in Earnshaw's home, Heathcliff develops a passionate relationship with the farmer's teenage daughter, Catherine, inspiring the envy and mistrust of his son, Hindley. When Earnshaw passes away, the now-grown characters must finally confront the intense feelings and rivalries that have built up throughout their years together.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS - Official Theatrical Trailer (US)


Argo   (R)

Based on real events, the dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis—the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck (“The Town,” “Good Will Hunting”) directs and stars in the film, which is produced by Oscar® nominee Grant Heslov (“Good Night, and Good Luck.”), Affleck, and Oscar® winner George Clooney (“Syriana”).

Argo - Official Trailer 1 [HD]


Middle of Nowhere (R)

From the Sundance Film Festival to the big screen, Ava DuVernay’s film “Middle of Nowhere” brings forth a unique story about one woman’s journey of self-realization.  When the promising medical student’s husband is incarcerated for several years, she must put her dreams on hold and learn to cope with his absence as life brings some unexpected surprises her way. 

Watch the WETA Around Town panel review, to be posted on Friday.


And just for a little Wednesday fun, a furry take on Seven Psychopaths trailer.  Get ready for Seven PsychoCATS!

Seven PsychoCATS Trailer HD


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This Week on WETA UK | October 9-14, 2012


Continue exploring some of the most remarkable architectures in the British country side as Country House Revealed continues this Tuesday at 8:00pm with a look at Easton Neston. Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank takes us on a journey to Easton Neston where ingenious construction is just one of the secrets hidden behind its elegant facade. Along with its rich history, recently it has hosted a Formula One racing team and it is now the headquarters of a global fashion brand.



New show alert! Beginning this week, every Wednesday at 8:00pm tune into WETA UK for Inspector Morse! This week we kick-off Morse with Greeks Bearing Gifts part 1. The murder of a chef at Lewis' favorite Greek restaurant causes the Greek community of Oxford to close ranks. Morse turns to the cream of the University's Greek scholars to help solve the murder.

WETA UK | Inspector Morse


Inspector Morse isn’t the only thing that’s new this Wednesday! Start watching series 4 of Hustle at 10:00pm. DOWNLOAD OUR WETA UK HUSTLE SERIES 4 EPISODE GUIDE HERE to prepare yourself for all the excitement, action, and drama that Hustle has in store this series.

We’re piling on the “new” this Wednesday adding the beginning of Allo, Allo series 4 at 11:30pm. DOWNLOAD OUR WETA UK ALLO, ALLO SERIES 4 EPISODE GUIDE HERE so you don’t miss a second of the laughs.



Can’t get enough animals? Then this Thursday is perfect for you! Start series 7 of All Creatures Great and Small at 5:00pm. Need to catch up or want to follow along with the episodes? DOWNLOAD OUR WETA UK ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL SERIES 7 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

WETA UK | All Creatures Great and Small


David Attenborough carries on his wildlife adventures Thursday at 8:00pm with Life of Mammals: Opportunists. In this episode, meet some of the most interesting omnivores that walk the earth. They need to be opportunists and have developed skills and features to adapt to their situation. Ranging from raccoons, with their sensitive hands to bears that gorge while the salmon are running up river, you’ll see how animals survive on both plant and animal.



WETA UK Comedy Fridays are always a blast and this week is even more exciting! At 7:00pm begin watching series 4 of Doc Martin with two back-to-back episodes! Get all the details on this series and DOWNLOAD OUR WETA UK DOC MARTIN SERIES 4 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

Keep the laughs coming on Friday at 10:30pm as we premiere Black Books series 1! Bernard is grumpy and doesn’t understand the rest of the world. He’s created his own safe haven within the grubby confines of his book shop. Bernard loves his books and hates his customers – a combination unlikely to earn him a businessman of the year award but a one that leads to many hilarious encounters. DOWNLOAD OUR WETA UK BLACK BOOKS SERIES 1 EPISODE GUIDE HERE so you can stay on top of the series as it progresses!

WETA UK | Black Books



Stay in and brew some tea this Saturday while you watch more of our WETA UK EVENT: The Complete Downton Abbey beginning at 8:00pm. This week we conclude series 1 with episodes 3 and 4 back-to-back. Get excited for series 2 beginning next Saturday!

WETA UK Event: The Complete Downton Abbey


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This Weekend on WETA: Art and Drama

See his work, see into his soul

Visit The National Gallery of Art in your home this Friday night and prepare to be captivated by the many works of twentieth century painter, George Bellows. A brilliant fusion of art and narration tells (but better yet, shows) the many strokes of the life of this artist in the half-hour program, National Gallery of Art: George Bellows.

Born and raised in Ohio, Bellows left for New York at a time when the city was well on its way to becoming a bustling metropolis. The new scenery served as the inspiration for much of his paintings, in which he depicted the changing city, plight of the poor, and excitement and chaos of the city. Unlike fellow artists of his time, Bellows was interested in painting reality and truth-that which was right before his eyes, even when the truth was not a “pretty sight”. Through just a sampling of Bellows’ Portfolio, National Gallery of Art: George Bellows brings you the story of New York’s transformation, Bellows’ life and artistic evolution, and a reflection of Bellows’ understanding of life in an ever-expanding metropolis. 

His paintings will bring you on a voyage to the places and people Bellows was most struck by: from illegal boxing matches to the mysterious sea of Mohegan. See the world through Bellow’s eyes and no doubt you will see into his soul. Watch National Gallery of Art: George Bellows tonight, October 5 at 10:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Our WETA Around Town critics reviewed the George Bellows exhibit at NGA which is on display through October 8. See what they had to say!

WETA Around Town | George Bellows


Call the Midwife & Upstairs Downstairs continue

Be sure to tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD this Sunday as Call the Midwife continues beginning at 8:00pm!  Stay tuned after Call the Midwife for the first episode of Masterpiece Classic: Upstairs Downstairs series 2 beginning at 9:00pm!

In the new series of Upstairs Downstairs:

It’s the year before WWII and we’re reintroduced to the residents of 165 Eaton. Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam now have two small children but Sir Hallam faces danger with a peculiar preoccupation. Lady Agnes is interested in an American multi-millionaire while Sir Hallam’s aunt, Dr. Blanche Mottershead, is now comfortable in the house after Lady Maud’s death. On the other side, life downstairs without Rose continues with a peppy new nursery maid, Beryl. With upstairs and downstairs facing jolting secrets and the war creeping ever closer, the smooth running of Eaton Place threatens to come to a halt.

Call the Midwife - Episode 2


Masterpiece Classic: Upstairs Downstairs Season 2


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WETA Fall Movie Festival | October 6, 2012

Bring another WETA Fall Movie Festival to your living room as we present a great line-up of films and documentaries this Saturday.  We select some of the best stories ever told through film in hopes to inspire you and encourage you to think and dream big for a better tomorrow.  It’s also a great way to shake off yet another busy week. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy another Saturday night of great story-telling!


For the Love

            Love. It’s possibly one of the most powerful energies on earth.  And it doesn’t necessarily always refer to romance.  Love is versatile.  It can be a love for something you do, something you have.  A love for a friend or family member, and yes, even a love for someone special.  That feeling of unconditional compassion and care is capable of satisfying the spirit or even correcting a wrong.  Whether it’s a love that holds a family together, a love that avenges another or a love for something that makes a person whole, it’s so real and unlike any other force.  Tonight’s films display love in many different forms.  Experience love in action as everyday people in these stories strive for what makes them happy and what they believe to be right.


Forbidden Love

A true test of love lies in this story of The Zacharys, who try to carry on with their Texas ranch despite the tragic death of their father who had been murdered by Kiowa Indians.  The eldest son, Ben is left as the head of the family to help his mother rear his two younger brothers and adopted sister, Rachel.  He is especially protective of Rachel having fallen in love with her for reasons he can’t explain.  Although they aren’t related, he is aware it is a boundary that must not be crossed.  Tension within the town begins to rise when rumors surface about Rachel being an Indian.  With other ranchers shunning the family and Kiowa Indians demanding Rachel’s return to their tribe, Ben finds that he must follow his heart and stand up for Rachel knowing it could risk the safety of his family.  It is a fight to the finish as the Kiowa tribe and Zachary boys try to claim Rachel. But when the dust finally settles she has the final say.  Saturday night at 9:30 tune into WETA HD and WETA TV26 as we present The Unforgiven and witness a love that overpowers differences and challenges the norm.   

The Unforgiven (1960)


Justice For Love

The Philippines is divided over the rape and murder of the Chiong sisters who disappeared during a tropical storm in 1997.  Paco Larrañaga is arrested and promptly sentenced to death for the heinous crime.  Despite evidence that suggests his innocence, he remains on

 death row with no helpful developments.  The mothers of both parties campaign and defend for their children.  Larrañaga’s family urges authorities to find the right individual responsible before it’s too late.  The mother of the sisters cries out for their justice.  Time is running out for Larrañaga as he desperately waits for a possible change in the case.  But the battle between the two mothers and the love for their children rages on.  Saturday at 11:30pm on WETA HD and WETA TV26 POV Give Up Tomorrow goes to the core of the nation torn by this case and analyzes the passion that both mothers have for their own.  They will stop at nothing until justice is served.  But someone must answer for the murders. Who will it be?

Watch this interview with Filmmakers Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco 


Love of Art

After POV Give Up Tomorrow at 1:00am tune in to WETA HD and WETA TV26 and meet a couple who’s passion and love for art has made them a phenomenon within the art world.  

Once former art students, Herb and Dorothy Vogel realized the pure satisfaction of simply collecting art pieces from around the world.  They were frequent visitors of several art shows in New York City where they would befriend many artists and discover art pieces to adorn their one-bedroom apartment with.  Over time their collections began to take up an overwhelming amount of space.  After weeks of packing and cleaning the couple had their million dollars worth of art shipped off to the National Gallery of Art.  But sometimes old habits never die.  The couple continues to collect for the love of art and remain prominent figures within that world.  Independent Lens introduces Herb and Dorothy.


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Everything Election on WETA


WETA helps you stay up to date with the candidates and issues this election season!

The countdown to Election Day is in full swing and it’s just a matter of weeks before history is made yet again. Whether you are fully confident and eager to cast your vote or on the fence about your choice, staying atop of the political coverage is crucial. Let WETA be your primary source for Election 2012 coverage. Regardless of who gets your vote, with WETA on your side, you’ll be more informed thanks to all our great political programming this month! Here’s what you have to look forward to:


The First Presidential Debate 2012

Kick off campaign season by tuning in tonight at 9:00 to watch the First Presidential Debate. Moderated by PBS’ own Jim Lehrer (who has served as moderator in eleven nationally televised presidential debates thus far), questions posed to President Obama and Governor Romney will center on domestic policy.  The debate will be divided into six segments of fifteen minutes each, with the first half focusing on the economy, and the second half on health care, the role of government, and governing.

Don’t miss out on the Presidential Debate that will surely set the tone for the remainder of the election. Watch the First Presidential Debate tonight at 9:00 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

PBS Newshour Election Coverage 2012 | First Presidential Debate


The Virginia Senatorial Debate 2012

Watch important coverage of the Virginia Senatorial candidates debating the issues that matter to Virginians. Senatorial candidates Tim Kane (Democrat) and George Allen (Republican) will face off in the second of three debates between the two former Virginia governors. Issues on the agenda? Social issues, foreign policy, the economy….and everything from gay marriage to America’s role in Afghanistan.

Don’t miss out on this debate, as the Virginia race is one of only a few in the country that will decide if Republicans or Democrats will hold the power in the United States Senate come January. Watch Tuesday, October 9 at 5:00pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.


Frontline: The Choice 2012

A former community organizer. A businessman in the private sector. You’ve heard their plans for America and know their views on the issues. You’ve seen their birth certificates and read their tax returns. President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have told America their stories…but with all the buzz, what information do you really need for this election? Go beyond the headlines, tabloids, political advertisements, and Super PACs, and let the Frontline political team give you a detailed outline of each candidate in the two-hour documentary, Frontline: The Choice 2012.

Through over one-hundred interviews with the candidates’ friends, family, and political associates, Frontline: The Choice 2012 explores how President Barack Obama became America’s first African American President, and why Mitt Romney transformed from businessman to rising politician. Though their political outlooks differ as much as their histories, health-care reform remains a focal issue for both and Frontline is here to help sort out the facts.

Watch Frontline: The Choice 2012 Tuesday, October 9 at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.  Also catch this special episode of Frontline October 26 at 9:00pm and November 5 at 10:00pm.

Frontline: The Choice 2012


Vice Presidential Debate 2012

The Vice Presidential candidates may have more in common than you’d think. Vice President Biden and Congressman Ryan are both Roman Catholics, and have working-class backgrounds. They are each family men; when Biden’s children were young he commuted two hours by train each day to Washington and back, and Ryan budgets valuable campaigning time for camping trips and hunting lessons with his three children. And when the Green Bay Packers are playing, Biden and his opponent Ryan are rooting along. Nonetheless, the pair are football fields apart on some major issues under consideration for this national election. And when it comes to choosing your Vice President, knowing their stances on those issues is of the utmost importance and WETA is providing you with access to the Vice Presidential Debate.

In the second of the four general election debates, watch Vice Presidential candidates Biden and Ryan in the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate. Focusing on foreign and domestic policy, the debate will be divided into nine ten-minute segments. Moderated by Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, Americans can expect to see the candidates battle for their significant Presidential candidate’s votes.

Don’t miss out on the highest profile event for the Vice Presidential candidates before the election. Brought to you by PBS NewsHour, watch the Vice Presidential Debate Thursday, October 11 at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

PBS Newshour Election Coverage 2012 | Vice Presidential Debate


Race 2012

WETA brings you an insightful and thought provoking PBS Election 2012 special: Race 2012. In the hopeful race to the White House, how much stock do the candidates put into race? Race 2012 examines the racial landscape of America and explores the effects of race on the election and politics in a country which is as ethnically diverse and varying from coast to coast as are the streets of New York City and the hills of Kansas.

Focusing on the current presidential election at hand, judge for yourself the importance of winning one ethnicity’s vote over another. Can candidates really appeal to an entire race and guarantee their support? Does one race have more “value” than another? Among other issues, Race 2012 investigates how immigrants have reconstructed the American electoral landscape and the declining influence of white voters in an ever-increasingly ethnic America.

Watch Race 2012 Tuesday, October 12 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Race 2012


Second and Third Presidential Debates 2012

Election Day may be just a few weeks away, but there’s still a lot more to hear from the candidates!  Watch the final two parts of the Presidential Debates:

Tuesday, October 16 at 9:00pm: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will debate foreign and domestic policy in a town meeting format (citizens to pose questions) moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent, Candy Crowley. 

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 9:00pm: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will wrap up the debates with one final round focusing on foreign policy. Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation on CBS, will moderate. 


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WETA Around Town Events | October 5 – 7, 2012

Art on the Avenue

Jewelers, potters, woodworkers and 300 other artists and artisans celebrate Alexandria’s unique talents at Art on the Avenue.  Pay homage to the region’s art, music and food at this family-friendly affair.  

Saturday, 10am-6pm

Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray, Alexandria, VA

Rain or Shine


Creative Diversity at the Arts Fairs

If you’re hungry for variety, nibble on some creative diversity at the (e)merge Art Fair and DC Fine Art Photography Fair this weekend:

(e)merge gives you a taste of what 152 unrepresented artists are producing in 24 countries from across the world.  The work ranges from performance to installation to video and more.  Panel discussions complement the eclectic showing.

Friday – Saturday, 12pm-7pm 

Sunday, 12pm-5pm

Capitol Skyline Hotel

10 “I” Street, SW, Washington DC 

(Cross Street is S Capitol Street SE)

Admission:  $15 ($10 Seniors and Students/ valid ID)

For a bite of established art, the DC Fine Art Photography Fair also runs this weekend. Fifteen fine art photography galleries have hopped from different corners of the country, uniting in a single weekend at the former residence of the Ambassador of Spain.  Whether you crave 19th-century photos or more contemporary pieces, all works are available for purchase.

Saturday, 12pm – 7pm

Sunday, 11am – 5pm

2801 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC

Free and Open to the Public


The Big Draw

Budding artists of all shapes and sizes are welcome to come out to the Smithsonian American Art Museum this Saturday for DC’s biggest drawing festival! This free family-friendly Big Draw event features live demonstrations, new tools and techniques to try and, of course, some drawing lessons for beginners, pros and everyone in between! Learn something new and even leave your mark on a community mural!

Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, DC



Photography -- Cultures on the Edge

Join Chris Rainier as he discusses his latest book on endangered cultures at the National Geographic Museum. A former assistant to Ansel Adams, Rainier’s own work has been showcased in publications like Time and Life magazine. His book, Cultures on the Edge, focuses on the struggle to maintain the traditions and beliefs of ancient cultures threatened by the spread of modern practices in countries like Papau New Guinea. Rainier shares how he captured the essence of these cultures in film and video.

Friday, 7:30pm

National Geographic Museum

17th & M Streets NW, Washington, DC

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Selected films opening Friday, October 5

Butter                      (R)          

A tale of competition at its most cut-throat, BUTTER surveys the raw ambition of Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the wife of Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), Iowa’s long-reigning champion butter carver. 

Taken 2                  (PG-13)

Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent with a “particular set of skills” who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from kidnappers. 

The Oranges         (R)

David and Paige Walling (Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener) and Terry and Cathy Ostroff (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney) are best friends and neighbors living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey.  Their comfortable existence goes awry when prodigal daughter Nina Ostroff (Leighton Meester), newly broken up with her fiancé Ethan (Sam Rosen), returns home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence.  Rather than developing an interest in the successful son of her neighbors, Toby Walling (Adam Brody), which would please both families, it’s her parents' best friend David who captures Nina’s attention. 

The Paperboy        (R)

A sexually and racially charged film noir from Oscar®-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious), The Paperboy takes audiences deep into the backwaters of steamy 1960s South Florida, as investigative reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) and his partner Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) chase a sensational, career-making story. With the help of Ward's younger brother Jack (Zac Efron) and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman), the pair tries to prove violent swamp-dweller Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff.  Based on the provocative bestselling novel by Pete Dexter (Mulholland Falls, Rush), THE PAPERBOY peels back a sleepy small town's decades-old façade of Southern gentility to reveal a quagmire of evil as dark as a Florida bayou. 


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This Week on WETA UK | October 1 – 7, 2012

We’re welcoming October with open arms as we begin a new month full of exciting new programs. Be sure to get an overview of this month in our COMING IN OCTOBER blog post and find a detailed breakdown of the week right here on the Programmer’s Choice every Monday!



Tonight, Monday, we continue the saga of I, Claudius with Poison is Queen beginning at 8:00pm. Earlier this year, David Bianculli of NPR wrote a rave review of this series. Read the article and listen to his segment here! If you haven’t joined in on the drama, thrill, and excitement of I, Claudius, there’s no better time to start than now! Catch up on the series so you’re ready for tonight with episode recaps on the KCET guide to I, Claudius



Tuesday at 8:00pm, take a trip to the English country side with historian Dan Cruickshank as he explores the stunning late 17th century property, Kinross House in Country House Revealed. Kinross House has a unique story including that of Sir William Bruce who was imperative to the restoration of King Charles II. With insight from Sir William's descendants, journalists and Scottish aristocracy, secrets long since forgotten are revealed, and offer an explanation into his ultimate downfall.  

WETA UK | Country House Revealed



Wednesday we begin mysteries at 8:00pm! This week, watch Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour and meet rookie Detective Constable Endeavour Morse before he was the Inspector you know today. This special episode portrays a young Endeavour Morse, the low man on the force returning to Oxford with no track record and his future on the line.

Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour


Series 3 of Allo, Allo begins Wednesday at 11:30pm! CLICK HERE to view and print our WETA UK ALLO, ALLO SERIES 3 EPISODE GUIDE for all the classic laughs! 

WETA UK | Allo, Allo



Thursday get primal at 8:00pm with David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals: Meat Eaters. Discover the diversity of carnivores, from arctic foxes who cache food for winter, through pack-hunting wolves, to big cats. Using infrared, he trails a lone leopard, and seeks out the biggest cat of all, the Siberian tiger. 

WETA UK | Life of Mammals


Series 4 of Are You Being Served? begins Thursday at 11:00pm! CLICK HERE to view and print our WETA UK ARE YOU BEING SERVED? SERIES 4 EPISODE GUIDE! 



Friday is your appointment with the Doctor of Laughs, Doc Martin from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. The Holly Bears a Prickle and Nowt So Queer air back to back this Friday giving you a double the dose of the doctor for your Friday night funnies.

Series 5 of My Hero begins Friday at 3:30pm! View and print our WETA UK MY HERO SERIES 5 EPISODE GUIDE HERE so you can follow along with this hilarious sitcom!

WETA UK | My Hero


Also, catch the first episode of Waiting for God series 3 Friday at 6:00pm! Use our WETA UK WAITING FOR GOD SERIES 3 EPISODE GUIDE HERE so you can follow along with each episode in series 3!

WETA UK | Waiting for God



Saturday is a BIG night! The WETA UK Event: The Complete Downton Abbey begins at 8:00pm! Every Saturday beginning this week, tune in to WETA UK for two back-to-back episodes of Downton Abbey from 8:00pm – 11:00pm. This week we kick off the WETA UK Event starting from the very beginning with episodes 1 & 2 of series 1. 

WETA UK Event: The Complete Downton Abbey



Sunday get laughs at 8:00pm as Yes, Minister continues with The Right to Know. Are there occasions when a Minister should be kept in the dark? The question takes on new meaning when the Minister's daughter joins a group protesting his plans for administration of the countryside. Then stay tuned for the premiere of Fawlty Towers series 2 at 8:30pm! CLICK HERE to view and print our WETA UK FAWLTY TOWERS SERIES 2 EPISODE GUIDE so you’re always filled in on what’s happened and what’s to come this series. 

WETA UK | Fawlty Towers


Let the SciFi continue with series 7 of Red Dwarf this Sunday at 11:00pm! Download, view, and print our WETA UK RED DWARF SERIES 7 EPISODE GUIDE because when you have 7 series, you need a guide to help you along.  

WETA UK | Red Dwarf