December 2012

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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule December 31 – January 6

Start the New Year with new shows on WETA UK! Every Monday, come here to the Programmer’s Choice blog to see highlights from this week’s schedule. Download free episode guides for new seasons of your favorite British television shows and watch them on WETA UK!


Monday at 9:00pm Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle is on the case again! 

Foyle’s War: Casualties at War Part 1 is set in March of 1943. Between personal drama and work drama, a real case adds to the stress. A local man and gambler is found murdered near a military research center which is also the target of some internationally-funded saboteurs and Foyle enters the top secret arena of weapons research in his pursuit of the truth. Watch Part 2 next Monday!


Tuesday at 7:30pm begin To the Manor Born with the first episode of the series. For more about this show and to download our free WETA UK To the Manor Born Season 1 Episode Guide, read our blog post from November! 

WETA UK | To The Manor Born


Tuesday at 11:00pm join us for the premiere of Benny Hill, a slap-stick, sketch, comedy featuring comedian Benny Hill. For more about this show and all the new shows coming to WETA UK this January, read our blog post Coming to WETA UK in January 2013 | New WETA UK Schedule! This comedy doesn’t have the same air time every week night but bookmark this link to and you can see when and where it’s playing any time of the day! 

WETA UK: Benny Hill


Wednesday at 3:00pm start the PBS period drama Downton Abbey from the very beginning. For more on this Masterpiece Classic show, read our blog post Coming to WETA UK in January 2013 | New WETA UK Schedule! 

Wednesday at 7:00pm continue the laughs with My Family season 3 episode 1! This British family sitcom follows the Harper family: married couple Ben and Susan and their three children. For all their wild antics, catch them on WETA UK Mondays – Fridays at 7:00pm.

My Family


Wednesday at 9:00pm is the premiere of DCI Banks! For more on this crime drama, read our blog post Coming to WETA UK in January 2013 | New WETA UK Schedule! 

Wednesday at 10:30pm tune in for Hustle season 6 episode 1! The gang is back, with more exciting, inventive, and sophisticated (if a little bit shady) scams. DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUR WETA UK HUSTLE SEASON 6 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

WETA UK | Hustle


Thursday at 7:30pm get ready for belly aches from laughing because we’re airing the first episode of Keeping Up Appearances season 5. Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced ‘bouquet’) has a pompous, self-serving attitude which makes life miserable for all around her. In marked contrast to Hyacinth’s meticulously ordered life, the rest of her family is as common as muck and can always be guaranteed to show her up. DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUR WETA UK KEEPING UP APPEARANCES SEASON 5 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!


Friday beginning at 3:00pm, watch the first four episodes of My Family season 1 back-to-back.

Friday at 10:30pm Black Books season 3! Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers. Next door to Bernard's shop is the Nifty Gifty gift shop run by Fran, probably Bernard's only friend in the world. When Bernard's accountant goes on the run Bernard employs stress victim, Manny to help in his shop. This leads to a series of surreal adventures that are sure to have you laughing.

WETA UK | Black Books


Saturday at 6:30pm watch the first episode of the new WETA UK series DCI Banks!

Sunday beginning at 8:00pm watch back-to-back comedies: Yes, Minister, Miranda, Black Adder, and Mr. Bean! Then stay tuned for the cult classics Doctor Who and Red Dwarf from 10:00pm – 12:00am

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Coming to WETA TV26 & HD in January | New WETA Schedule

Take a look at what WETA television has to offer this January! Read show descriptions, watch video previews, and let us know in the comments what you’re most excited to see! Our channel guide is below so you can find and watch WETA TV26 & WETA HD in your DC, MD, or VA home!

Subscribe to our blog and return next week to find out when you can catch up on season 2 of Downton Abbey before the season 3 premiere on WETA January 6


Great Performances From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2013

Tuesday January 1 at 8:00pm & Wednesday at 3:00pm

Continue the tradition of ringing in the New Year with host Julie Andrews and the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein. Experience guest conductor Franz Welser-Most and the Strauss family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet.

Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2013



Life on Fire

Wednesdays at 10:00pm beginning January 2

Get a close up look at volcanoes, a never seen before look at their effect on the environment around them. Each episode of Life on Fire paints survival stories around different volcanoes. Each time a volcano erupts, animals have a choice: face the consequences or flee. Fragile and engaging, these creatures teach us lessons in survival in a world as fascinating as it is dangerous.


Midsomer Murders III & IV

Thursday evenings beginning January 3 | Repeats Friday afternoons

The rural countryside of a fictional county in England provides the backdrop for this crime series based on the novels of Caroline Graham. A lush visual style, quirky characters and ubiquitous red herrings recall classic public television British mysteries of the past. At the center of the Midsomer Murders investigations is Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby. Episodes begin at either 9:00pm or 10:00pm depending on the length of the previous show. Click here to check when Midsomer Murders is on WETA TV26 & HD!

Midsomer Murders



Life of Mammals 

Two episodes back-to-back Mondays at 9:00pm beginning January 7 | Repeat Tuesdays at 4:00pm

David Attenborough introduces us to the most diverse group of animals ever to live on Earth, from the smallest to the largest. This is the story of 4,000 species which have outlived the dinosaurs and conquered the farthest places on earth, dry or wet, hot or cold.


Pioneers of Television 

Tuesdays at 8:00pm beginning January 8 | Repeat Wednesdays at 4:00pm & Sundays at 4:00pm

This series transports viewers behind the scenes for a revealing look at the inception of specific aspects of television history: Late Night shows, Funny Ladies, Prime Time Soaps, Superheroes.


American Experience: The Abolitionists

Tuesdays at 9:00pm beginning January 8 | Repeat Wednesdays at 3:00pm

Bringing to life the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown, The Abolitionists takes place during some of the most violent and contentious decades in American history, amid white-hot religious passions that set souls on fire, and bitter debates over the meaning of the Constitution and the nature of race. The show reveals how the movement shaped history by exposing the fatal flaw of a republic founded on liberty for some and bondage for others, setting the nation on a collision course. In the face of personal risks -- beatings, imprisonment, even death -- abolitionists held fast to their cause, laying the civil rights groundwork for the future and raising weighty constitutional and moral questions that are with us still.

American Experience: The Abolitionists



Midsomer Murders V 

Sundays at 7:30pm - 9:00pm beginning January 13

In this crime drama, Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby of the Causton C.I.D. is a terse, down-to-earth detective who faces many ingenious and remarkable murders. These are not repeats of the Thursday night episodes. This is season 5!


Call the Midwife

Sundays at 10:00pm & 11:00pm beginning January 13

This moving, intimate, funny, and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End in the 1950s. Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work in the poorest area of the city. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of women who minister to expectant mothers, many of whom give birth at home in appalling conditions. The drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients and learns to love the people who live in the East End.

Call the Midwife



Shakespeare Uncovered

Fridays at 10:00pm & 11:00pm beginning January 25 | Repeat Sundays at 2:00pm & 3:00pm

Six episodes combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts — Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant — to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Each episode combines interviews with actors, directors and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from some of the most celebrated film and television adaptations, and illustrative excerpts from the plays specially staged for the series at Shakespeare's Globe in London.

Shakespeare Uncovered: Macbeth

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Coming to WETA UK in January 2013 | New WETA UK Schedule

With a new year comes MANY new British shows on WETA UK! From documentaries, to dramas, to comedies, we’re bringing British television to the Washington, DC area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and all for free on your TV. Read on for descriptions and video previews of all our new programs coming to WETA UK in January!

Coming in January 2013 to WETA UK


Wild Indonesia

Premieres Tuesday January 1 from 3:00pm – 6:00pmThree episodes air back-to-back

This is the story of one of the world's most fascinating regions and its wildlife: Indonesia. From freezing glaciers to coral reefs, orangutans to Komodo dragons, the sheer diversity of landscapes and life defies the imagination. 

Underwater masters of disguise - Wild Indonesia - BBC


Benny Hill

Premieres Tuesday January 1 at 11:00pm | Airs late night during the week

This sketch-based, slapstick comedy show starring Benny Hill is a classic British comedy. Benny appears in many different costumes and portrays a vast array of characters. 

WETA UK: Benny Hill


Downton Abbey Season 1

Premieres Wednesday January 2 at 3:00pmTwo back-to-back episodes Wednesdays at 3:00pm

Set in the Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, this period drama depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era — with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and the British social hierarchy in general. 


DCI Banks

Premieres Wednesday January 2 at 9:00pm | Airs Wednesdays at 9:00pm

Tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot combine drama, crime, and thrill in this series. 

DCI Banks PBS promo


Sherlock Holmes & Agatha Christie’s Poirot                 

Premieres Thursday January 3 at 8:00pm | Sherlock & Poirot air back-to-back Thursdays at 8:00pm

The classic 1980s version starring Jeremy Brett and David Burke moves from WETA TV26 & HD to WETA UK Thursdays at 8:00pm. Agatha Christie’s Poirot starring David Suchet also moves to WETA UK airing Thursdays at 9:00pm

WETA UK: Sherlock Holmes


The Café

Premieres Friday January 4 at 8:00pm | Airs Fridays at 8:00pm

Three generations of a family host customers at their seafront cafe in this warm and funny comedy series. Sarah moves back home from London, having lost her boyfriend and her job, so she's helping out her mum Carol at the café. Returning home has its pluses and minuses, find out how Sarah handles them in this comedy series. 

WETA UK: The Café


Primeval Season 1

Premieres Monday January 7 at 4:00pm | Airs Mondays at 4:00pm

This series is returning to WETA UK! When evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter discovers prehistoric creatures alive and well in the present day, the natural world is turned on its head and humanity faces a threat to its very existence. Unexplained anomalies are ripping holes in the fabric of time, allowing creatures from the very earliest stages of Earth's development to roam the modern world. Cutter and his team struggle to keep the looming disaster secret while dealing with savage dinosaurs and other deadly foes. 

Primeval Volume 1 - Pterosaur - Clip 2


Vera I     

Premieres Monday January 7 at 9:00pm | Airs Mondays at 9:00pm

Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope is an experienced and brilliant murder investigator in North East England. Kind-hearted but an inherent loner, Vera freely admits she can become obsessed with her job; driven by her own demons, the detective faces the world with sarcastic wit, guile, and courage. (Vera II begins Monday January 28)



Life of Mammals

Premieres Tuesday January 8 at 4:30pm | Airs Tuesdays at 4:30pm

David Attenborough introduces us to the most diverse group of animals ever to live on Earth, from the smallest to the largest. This is the story of 4,000 species which have outlived the dinosaurs and conquered the farthest places on earth, dry or wet, hot or cold. 


The WETA UK Event: The Complete Garrow’s Law          

Premieres Saturday January 12 at 8:00pm | Airs Saturdays at 8:00pm 

Garrow's Law is a legal period drama depicting William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey in the 18th century.


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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town December 28-30

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? It’s your last chance to check out these events happening right in your own backyard!


Ordinary objects making extraordinary sound

The Kreeger Museum has been transformed by Dan Steinhilber’s solo exhibition, Marlin Underground, but only until Saturday! 

WETA Around Town | Dan Steinhilber: Marlin Underground


Think you are an expert at crumpling paper? Wait until you see this.

If haute couture is your thing, be sure to stop by Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden for Prêt-à-Papier: The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave.  The exhibition closes Sunday.

WETA Around Town | Prêt-à-Papier


Never mind the humbug, honor Christmas on the stage.

Still looking for some last minute cheer? You only have a few more days for some Holiday-themed theatre programming, the curtains close on Sunday for most shows.

WETA Around Town | Holiday Roundup


Select films opening this week:


The motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Helmed by Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, (THE KING’S SPEECH) this production stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.



Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.

WETA Around Town | Django Unchained


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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule December 24 – 30


Happy holidays to all our WETA UK viewers! Here’s what’s happening in DC, MD, and VA this week on WETA UK’s schedule. There will be more British Christmas specials and new seasons to get ready for the New Year. Read on for our highlights in this week’s line-up!


Monday at 4:00pm Doctor Who is in the Christmas spirit! In Voyage of the Damned, it’s 

modern day Christmas Eve and high above the Earth, a spaceship is transporting voyagers from the planet Sto to experience the festive period on the planet below. The spaceship is themed in the style of the White Star Liner, RMS Titanic, and much of the ship’s décor resembles the famous ship. The Doctor joins the passengers on board and befriends a waitress, Astrid Peth. After a visit to London via the ship’s transmit system, the Doctor and Astrid return to the spacecraft just before it is hit by a meteor, causing severe damage and fatalities. The Doctor, Astrid and a band of survivors must travel across the ship to the Bridge to prevent the Titanic from crashing into the Earth. Meanwhile, the Heavenly Host (the on-board tourist information robots) are malfunctioning and killing the remaining survivors. Who will survive the voyage? 

Monday at 9:00pm catch the second and final part of Foyle’s War: Bleak Midwinter. For more on the case, click here to read an introduction to the case in our blog post from last week! 


Tuesday is Christmas Day! Celebrate the holiday season with a marathon of British Christmas specials from all your favorite shows 10:30am-8:00pm! For an in depth breakdown of each show and the schedule, click here to read our blog post from last week An English Holiday in DC | British Christmas Shows on WETA UK!


Wednesday at 9:30am dig into Christmas leftovers and Outnumbered season 3! In this first episode of season 3, Pete's Mother Sandra treats the family to sightseeing in London. Jake is not very happy, especially since he forgot to charge his phone and isn’ able to send text messages. Sandra tries to give Sue £3,000, to "help" with the children's education and explains how her marriage is "dead".

Wednesday at 3:00pm watch two back-to-back Doctor Who Christmas specials! The first episode, The Next Doctor is set Christmas Eve in 1851 and Cybermen stalk the snow of Victorian London. When the Doctor arrives and starts to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths, he’s surprised to meet another Doctor, with his own sonic screw driver and cockney assistant. How could this be possible? Could this Doctor be a future regeneration? But if so where are his memories? The two must combine forces to defeat the ruthless Miss Hartigan, who is the Cybermen’s human ally. But are two Doctors enough to stop the rise of the CyberKing?

Wednesday at 4:00pm watch Doctor Who, Planet of the Dead. The mysterious Lady Christina de Souza joins the Doctor on a bus-trip which takes a very unexpected detour into danger. Then Malcolm’s life becomes connected to the Doctor’s under extraordinary circumstances… When a London bus travels through a worm-hole to an alien world, the Doctor must join forces with the extraordinary Lady Christina to help the unfortunate passengers, and themselves, get back home.  But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets, hidden in the sand. And time is running out, as the deadly swarm gets closer…


Thursday at 8:00pm begin Rosemary & Thyme season 2! In season 2, horticultural lecturer Rosemary Boxer and former policewoman Laura Thyme venture further afield, with gardening commissions and restoration projects in the French Riviera and Italy's Ligurian coast, as well as in rural and urban England. The unobtrusive presence of the two gardeners at work gives them access to secrets other detectives might miss — and that murderers would rather not reveal. Download our WETA UK ROSEMARY & THYME SEASON 2 EPISODE GUIDE here!

Thursday at 10:00pm begin season 4 of New Tricks. Amongst the many cases the team has to deal with in the fourth series, they head to the big top to investigate the murder of a circus owner and ringmaster, and look into the case of a rich old lady who loved her cats more than her relatives, leaving the cats all her money in her will.

WETA UK | New Tricks


Friday we hope you’re still in the holiday spirit because at 2:00pm catch the Good Neighbors Christmas special.

Friday at 3:30pm be sure to tune in for My Hero season 2 episode 1 which is also the Christmas special!

For more on these two episodes read our blog post from last week by clicking here!


Saturday at 8:00pm continue the WETA UK Event: The Complete Wallander with the beginning of the third series! This is the most recent Masterpiece Mystery! Wallander episodes so be sure to watch An Event in Autumn and The Dogs of Riga this Saturday!

WETA UK Event: The Complete Wallander


Sunday at 3:00pm begin Red Dwarf season 2! Download our WETA UK RED DWARF SEASON 2 EPISODE GUIDE here!


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Visitors' & Locals' Guide to Washington, DC

This Christmas Eve, spend the day with WETA TV as we show you the very best of Washington, DC. Are your family and friends in town? Want to show them the area without driving around in the cold? Want to learn more about your city without a trip to the library? Tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD Monday, December 24 at 8:30am for 9 ½ hours of all original WETA produced local documentaries featuring the best places to visit, behind the scenes footage, and the history of this one-of-a-kind city that we’re so lucky to call home. Use the below list to see what’s on and when to watch it!

Don't forget, we have a wide variety of holiday programming for everyone in the family:

Click here to read our blog post about holiday shows on WETA TV26 & HD including music and kids shows!

Click here to read our blog post about British Christmas specials on WETA UK!


8:30am - WETA Guide to Christmas

In this one-hour special, WETA presents an enticing list of ways Washingtonians (and those in the surrounding area) can celebrate the holiday season. What makes the holidays so much brighter in the nation’s capital? Get the inside scoop on Christmas festivities, activities, and traditions specific to the Washington area. We’ll tell you where the best neighborhood light displays are and where to explore historical locations with the most elaborate and beautiful holiday décor. With so many wonderful musical and theatrical performances paying tribute to the merry time of year, WETA narrows down the top five!

Use the WETA Guide to Christmas map to plan out your DC holiday extravaganza! 

Looking for special holiday events? Check out the WETA Community Calendar for the best events in town! 

The WETA Guide to Christmas


9:30am - WETA Guide to Unusual Attractions

Take a tour of some of Greater Washington's most unique attractions, from mysterious gargoyles at Washington National Cathedral, to a Bavarian style beer hall and medical anomalies at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. See the Washington DC area’s most unusual and fascinating attractions without having to bundle up, fight the traffic, and face the cold weather.

Loving these one-of-a-kind attractions? Check out the WETA Guide to Unusual Attractions map to schedule your next adventure! 


10:00am - WETA Guide to More Unusual Attractions

This documentary uncovers more of Greater Washington’s lesser-known landmarks and destinations. A companion piece to the previous show, Unusual Attractions, this show explores 18 local hidden wonders from Dinosaur Land to "The Awakening" and beyond! There’s no better way to see the local area with friends and family during this holiday.

Do something new! Visit  these extraordinary places using the WETA Guide to More Unusual Attractions map! 


10:30am - WETA All Access: Metro

Transporting hundreds of thousands of residents, commuters and tourists each day from 5:00am until the” last train out” the Washington, DC subway system, Metro Rail, must ensure that each and every commute runs as smoothly as possible. Learn the history of DC train system, the challenges it faces, and the reasons behind the architecture. Appreciate the complexity involved in maintaining safety aboard Metro trains and buses, and also within the stations.

So you think you’re Metro savvy? Which Red Line station has the longest single-span uninterrupted escalator in the Western Hemisphere? Test your Metro knowledge and learn some great facts about Washington's Metro with this downloadable crossword puzzle.


11:00am - WETA All Access: National Aquarium

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Aquarium in Baltimore to observe a typical day in the life of the institution's staff, volunteers, and more than 16,500 creatures, from crocodiles' breakfast to shark check-ups. Don’t bother with traffic up I-95, join us here on WETA to enjoy the best of the National Aquarium in a way you’d never get a chance while visiting.


11:30am - WETA All Access: The FBI Academy

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was established in 1908 and it employees more than 30,000 employees around the globe. The FBI's mission is to protect and defend the U.S. against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats and to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States. Follow the a class of candidates from day one through graduation at the FBI training center on the Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia. Go behind the scenes with the candidates as they undergo testing and rigorous training and find out what it takes to become a FBI agent for the nation's top law enforcement agency.

WETA All Access takes you even further behind the scenes with a bonus five-minute segment about the FBI's forensic science laboratory! 


12:00pm - WETA All Access: Union Station

Union Station can be considered the heart and hub of Washington, DC. For many travelers, business people and tourists, Union Station is the first glance at the nation’s capitol. Through the years, Union Station has welcomed royalty, rock stars, and millions of every day travelers. Before the retail shops and restaurants lining the halls, there was a private entrance and designated areas for guests and travelers - from presidents to celebrities.


12:30pm - WETA All Access: Washington National Cathedral

Located at the top of Mount St. Alban in Northwest DC, Washington National Cathedral is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and the second largest in the United States. The Cathedral was completed in 1990, 83 years to the day after it was begun. Explore the story of this grand, gothic church, its intriguing architectural and artistic flourishes, and the daily rituals — from morning chapel to evensong — that make Washington National Cathedral a very special place for visitor and worshiper alike. 

WETA All Access: Washington National Cathedral


1:00pm - WETA Guide to Great Views

Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia are known for their beautiful landscapes and imagery. In this local documentary, see the views and vistas that make Washington one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Find out where the best 360-degree views are, which natural vistas are located nearby, and where to go for great sunset spots.

Utilize this map to visit all the best spots while your family and friends are in town! 

Also, download beautiful, high-quality images for your computer and tablet here! 

The WETA Guide to Great Views


1:30pm - WETA Guide to Memorials

Take an inspiring tour of the many military, war, and presidential memorials of Greater Washington. Visit sculptures, statues and buildings located nearby that memorialize individuals, events, and Americans' service to their country. Also be sure to see the newer memorials in our WETA Around Town videos below: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial and the The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial


2:00pm - WETA Guide to Neighborhood Eats

It’s the holiday season so taking out-of-towners to the best restaurants in the area might be a tough one, so tune-in for a one-hour visit to dozens of hotspot eateries and landmark restaurants throughout the area. Among the places you'll get to see are DC's Eastern Market, Arlington's Lost Dog Cafe, Rockville's Cuban Corner, and Vienna's Sunflower Vegetarian restaurant.

See a full list of the features in this local documentary here, or you can download this pocket-guide so you can visit them when you’re on the go!

WETA Guide | Neighborhood Eats


3:00pm - WETA Guide to Fine Dining

As Neighborhood Eats gave you the best small local foods, explore the crème de la crème of Washington area establishments for the fancier moments in town. Sample their offerings and their atmosphere in this hour-long production, The WETA Guide to Fine Dining. This show offers a lively, mouth-watering tour as the area's top chefs showcase some of their astonishing creations and explain their philosophies on food.

Check out the full list of restaurants here! 


4:00pm - Washington in the ‘60s

We’ve shown you the sights to see and the food to eat, now join WETA as we examine the people and events of the dramatic decade that changed our city, Washington, DC forever. This one-hour documentary looks at the political, social, and cultural events that shaped the history of the Washington area. Two time Emmy winning documentary, Washington in the ‘60s is a one of a kind narrated by Connie Chung.

Go to the WETA website here for loads of extras including photos, music, bonus clips and of course, a place for you the viewer to share your memories from this decade.

Washington in the 60s


5:00pm - Washington in the ‘70s

Stay locked in to WETA for a flash back to Washington in the 1970s, a decade that began under a cloud of war, riots, and division and ended with a feeling of promise, calm, and relative harmony. This local documentary charts the District's rise from the ashes of the 1968 riots to its emergence as a world-class city, featuring first-hand accounts from those who shaped the events of the time.

We know you’ll want the soundtrack to this show so head over to to see the list of songs used in this film along with featured events and an invitation to share your memories from this momentous time in history. 

Washington in the '70s


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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night December 22

Every Saturday night, WETA presents a movie festival of exciting and commercial-free movies for your enjoyment in the Washington, DC area. These compelling films begin at 9:30pm on Saturday, December 22 so read on and see what's on this week!


Change is an inevitable part of life. Sometimes we seek it, but often we’re reluctant to change. This week, see distinct examples of change in our WETA Movies.


Change of Heart

Andy Griffith stars as a naïve but good-intentioned soldier who has managed to avoid the draft for quite some time. When the head of the draft board unexpectedly arrives at his home, Will Stockdale is persuaded to join the ranks of other American men and serve his country. He immediately finds a friend and confidante in Ben Whitledge a man who is passionate about following in the footsteps of his six brothers who have all served as infantrymen. Master Sergeant King is in charge and has an agenda that includes sabotaging Stockdale but as the plan unfolds; he must pay the consequences for his actions. Roles swap, friendships end and rekindle, and Will and Ben find themselves in a precarious situation which leads to a surprise ending.

Watch No Time for Sergeants Saturday, December 22 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

WETA Movie: No Time for Sergeants (1958)


Fighting for Change

It seems that today’s society accommodates the disabled with the various handicap accessible options like ramps, elevators, and reserved parking spots. However, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for those living with a disability. Americans with disabilities had to fight for the respect, acceptance, and basic rights as the non-disabled.

Independent Lens: Lives Worth Living tells the story of the handicap movement following World War II, when disabled Americans were denied basic human rights and treated as inferior. Fed up, disabled Americans banded together (some literally chaining their wheelchairs together in protest) with a common cause. Seeking to defeat the notion that the disabled had no will or reason to live, they proved that they had the same goals and dreams as the non-disabled and that they could accomplish almost anything if only given the same opportunities and rights. Thanks to their efforts, The Americans with Disabilities Act was created, signed and implemented. However, the battle for inclusion and equality was, and still is, far from over for Americans with disabilities. Be inspired by the resilience and unwavering determination of one of the largest minorities’ fight for equality. 

Watch Independent Lens: Lives Worth Living Saturday, December 22 at 11:30pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Watch a preview of Lives Worth Living here!


Historical Change

Boyz n the Hood and Casablanca have a lot in common, believe it or not. Since the time of their release, both movies have been wildly popular. They've both been nominated for and won countless awards. Most impressively, the films are among a carefully chosen list comprising The National Film Registry. The Library of Congress is employed with the task of choosing those films which exemplify and fulfill being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. No genre is excluded, but making the cut is no easy feat since only 25 films are selected each year.

Independent Lens: These Amazing Shadows sheds light on the little-known world of The National Film Registry. Through interviews and film clips, learn the history of how and why The National Film Registry came to be, and identify with the impact of the notable films which comprise the Registry. The diversity of the films is wide, yet the films all reflect a slice of American culture, ideas and history. Thus, preserving them is integral and allows for future generations of audiences to experience the same emotions, connections and stories.

Watch Independent Lens: These Amazing Shadows Sunday, December 23 at 12:30am on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Watch a trailer of These Amazing Shadows here!


Change in America

Lawrence, Massachusetts has earned the nickname “Immigrant City”. It was founded by Irish immigrants fleeing the Great Potato Famine followed by waves of immigrants from Germany, Italy, Eastern Europe, and Canada. As one of the poorest municipalities in the United States, it is still a welcoming place for newcomers including new immigrants mostly from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Independent Lens: Scenes From a Parish takes a look at issues of community, tolerance, and immigration from the perspective of a Catholic priest who is trying to hold his disparate congregation together. Meet the people that make up this town and learn that their idea of home and belonging is deeper than a simple matter of ethnicity.

Watch Independent Lens: Scenes From a Parish Sunday, December 23 at 1:30am on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Learn more about the making of Scenes From a Parish from Director/producer James Rutenbeck here!


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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town December 21 - 24

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of events guaranteed to inspire your inner-artist, right here in your own backyard!

Looking for an event inspired by the holiday season? Be sure to check out THIS post compiling the best seasonal events in the area. 


Unleash your creativity with a masterpiece.

Face it—you and the kids need a break from the holidays.  Why not get artsy?  To top it off, why not make it free?  Well, it’s a package deal at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s weekly Free Family Sunday.  So put down that wrapping paper and schlep the entire clan to this world-class institution.  You’ll enjoy an afternoon of art-making with an interactive gallery 

tour to boot.

This month’s theme “Looking Forward: Make a Right-Side, Wrong-Side Composition”, encourages budding contemporary artists to get adventurous.   

Sunday, 2-5pm

Cost: Free

Baltimore Museum of Arts    10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Maryland


It was an itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie work of art that they displayed in the gallery.

Just because an exhibition is a big deal, doesn’t mean it’s big.  In fact, the Torpedo Factory Target Gallery’s 5x5(x5) is all about the small.  No piece measures more than 5 inches in any direction!  Back by popular demand, this juried show features 112 tiny works by 68 artists from across the nation. It’s also Target Gallery’s last show of the year, so don’t miss it.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10am–6pm

Cost: Free

Torpedo Factory    105 N. Union St., Alexandria, Virginia


Select films opening today:


From the big top to the big screen, visionary filmmaker James Cameron and director Andrew Adamson (SHREK, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA) invite you and your family on an all new 3D adventure: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY.  A young couple who is separated, must journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other, as audiences experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim, and dance with the performers.  

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D Movie Official Trailer



Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard (LA VIE EN ROSE, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) plays Stéphanie, a free-spirited whale trainer at a marineland on the French Riviera, who suffers a devastating injury.  Macho Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts, BULLHEAD), sullen, impulsive and broke, has just been given custody of his five-year-old son and is struggling to care for him.  Both are struggling to overcome injuries and rebuild their lives, and their relationship reaches the extremes of physical and emotional intensity.   WETA Around Town critics call this the “best film of the year”.  Watch the entire review here!



BARBARA      (PG-13)

East Germany, 1980.  Barbara Wolff is a talented young doctor who has applied for an exit visa from the GDR and, as punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small pediatric hospital in the country.  Even though she is constantly aware of the shadowy presence of, and overwhelming numbers of Stasi officers chronicling her every move, every waking hour, she arrives at her new post having already planned a series of dangerous assignations with her lover, with whom she plans to escape to the West, to Poland.  A story of self-sacrifice and freedom and quiet heroism at a time and place when such values are at a premium. It is also about a healer whose morality and set of personal ethics are being called into questions by circumstances specific to that same time and place in history. Opening at West End and Angelika Mosaic. 

Watch the trailer here!



Based on the true story of one family's survival of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, THE IMPOSSIBLE stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and is directed by J.A. Bayona (THE ORPHANAGE). Maria (Watts), Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth.



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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule December 17 – 23

The holiday season is upon us and WETA UK is celebrating with great British Christmas specials. Not only do we have festive shows this week, but we begin new mystery adventures with our favorite detectives like Inspector Morse and the Waking the Dead team. We also begin Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey the successful PBS period-drama from the very beginning and continue our favorite British comedies including Coupling and Blackadder II. There are lots of exciting programs on WETA UK, so dive on in to our highlights for the week!


Monday at 9:00pm tune in for a new adventure with Foyle’s War: Bleak Midwinter part 1. When Grace Phillips dies in what appears to be an industrial accident, Foyle looks into her death for good measure. Grace had always been such a cheerful girl but recently something had been bothering her. Foyle establishes a link between this death and anothers, the latter who just found out her husband was having an affair. Could Grace have been the mistress? Is the adulterer the murderer? Come back next week for part 2 of this dynamic tale!


Tuesday at 5:00pm catch the first episode of All Creatures Great and Small season 3! Download our WETA UK ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL SEASON 3 EPISODE GUIDE here!

Tuesday at 8:00pm begin the story of Downton Abbey from the very beginning. Learn more about this program on the PBS website and tune in every Tuesday at 8:00pm to watch Downton Abbey.


Wednesday at 8:00pm join in on another investigation as Inspector Morse takes on Ghost in the Machine part 1! Morse investigates the reported theft of erotic paintings belonging to the now missing Sir Julius Hanbury, a local baronet who is one of those standing for election as the new Master of Courtney College, Oxford. Morse finds Sir Julius's dead body and at first it looks like murder, but police pathologist Dr Grayling Russell believes he killed himself. Return next week for part 2 of Ghost in the Machine.



Thursday at 9:00pm get mysterious with Waking the Dead: Fugue States part 1. In 1990, two 5-year-old twins, Jason and Cindy, disappeared from their home, and even after a nationwide search was launched, they are still no where to be found. Thirteen years later, Jason is found is in a hospital suffering from car accident related injuries. But where's his sister Cindy? Boyd and the team set out to find her with or without Jason’s help.


Friday we’re getting in the Christmas spirit with some of our favorite British holiday specials. 

At 4:30pm kick off the festivities with My Hero season 2 episode 1 Christmas. George tries to get into the spirit of Christmas by creeping into the houses of Janet's parents on Christmas Eve dressed as Santa to leave them all presents. This doesn't go down as well as he had planned, and Christmas dinner is a bit of a miserable affair until George appears with the real Father Christmas who has a special present for everyone! Repeats Saturday at 7:00am, December 28 at 3:30pm.

Friday continue the laughs and holiday merriment at 5:30pm with Good Neighbors: Christmas Special 1977! When Margo sends back the Leadbetters store bought Christmas gift, they are unable to entertain their high society friends. So as a result the Leadbetters go to share the holiday with their neighbors, the Goods. Who knows what antics this will bring about! Repeats Saturday at 6:00am, December 26 at 9:00am and December 28 at 2:00pm.

Friday at 9:40pm join us for the Outnumbered 2011 Christmas Special! Learn more about this holiday program and more in our blog post: An English Holiday in DC | British Christmas Shows on WETA UK!

Friday at 10:20pm begin watching the hilarious comedy Coupling from the very first episode! When a group of friends begin thinking about love, the results are a wild mix of one-night stands and two-timing and partner-swapping. Often compared to the American television sensation Friends, this British sitcom isn’t one to miss so tune in Friday for season 1 episode 1.

WETA UK | Coupling


Saturday is loaded with back-to-back Christmas specials from 10:00am – 7:00pm! Click on this link to read more about the episodes on our blog post: An English Holiday in DC | British Christmas Shows on WETA UK!


Sunday at 9:00pm Blackadder II begins! A favorite at the Court of Elizabeth I, Edmund Blackadder keeps his head from being chopped off by the capricious Queen with rapier-sharp wit, cunning and bravado. Meanwhile, his rival Lord Melchett loses no opportunity to try to disgrace him. See what classic British actor Rowan Atkinson can do with these characters in the second season beginning Sunday! Download our WETA UK BLACKADDER II EPISODE GUIDE here!





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The Complete Zen Series | Masterpiece Mystery! Zen

Detective Aurelio Zen simply wants to solve crimes and bring justice where deserved but it’s easier said than done when his own bosses are taking part in criminal activity. But where there’s a will there’s a way and nothing can stop Zen from putting in a good-faith attempt at his goals… or is there? Separated from his wife and sleeping under his mother’s roof, things might not be going particularly well in his personal life, but all the better for keeping his focus on each case he encounters. Watch the complete Masterpiece Mystery! Zen series back-to-back Sunday, December 16 beginning at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

The Complete Masterpiece Mystery! Zen


Zen: Vendetta

Zen is on what seems to be a solo quest for the truth when a wealthy and affluent construction tycoon is murdered in his own home. The corrupt Ministry involves itself and urges Zen to acquit the main suspect, all the while his boss demands conviction. The murder presents an opportunity for Zen to salvage his reputation and image. He’s determined as ever to uncover the truth but will the beautiful new secretary assigned to his team keep his eye off of the prize? Oh, and as if she’s not enough of a distraction, Zen must avoid the wrath of a convicted killer on his way to Rome and out to get revenge on those who sent him away to prison – specifically Zen!

Watch Zen: Vendetta Sunday, December 16 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.


Zen: Cabal

As if solving a crime isn’t hard enough, once again, the search for the truth becomes more complicated than necessary when the Ministry gets involved and directs Detective Zen to go against the law and dismiss the death of a wealthy couple’s son as a suicide. The prosecutor assigned to the case aligns with Zen’s honest objectives and the fact that she is strikingly attractive doesn’t hurt his decision to go against the all-powerful Ministry. As beautiful as Prosecutor Pirlo is, Zen is still interested in the department’s secretary, Tania Moretti. In fact, he finds himself in a sticky situation when he must reject the Prosecutor’s bold advances. As Zen delves deeper into the investigation, it becomes clearer that suicide was not the cause of death and if it was murder, it could only have been the work of a sophisticated and organized criminal group. It seems that nothing in Zen’s professional or personal life can go smoothly, and of course, another man has his sights set on Tania. Will Zen succeed as a detective and in love, or is that too much to ask?

Watch Zen: Cabal Sunday, December 16 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.


Zen: Rat King

There’s a new boss in town and he’s brought some new rules with him. Mainly on his agenda: no romantic “rendezvous” between his employees. Bad news for Zen, who after much adieu and effort finally transformed his fascination with Tania into the reality he dreamed of…and Ernesto Hueber is about to put an end to it. But his forbidden relationship must be put on the backburner. After all, he’s in a profession of life and death! A member of a powerful Italian family is kidnapped, and paying a ransom would resolve a potential deadly outcome. However, in Italy paying off criminals (even if it’s a ransom) is illegal. He is partnered up with a rival detective who is much more interested in advancing his career and status than freeing a hostage or bringing justice. The opportunist detective even makes a rash proposal to Zen, who is already contemplating partaking in an immoral and illegal activity.  Will he give in to temptation? As always, Detective Zen has someone after him. With so much on his plate and a lot at stake, it seems something is bound to go wrong! The question is in which area will he take a fall…love, his life, or his career? 

Watch Zen: Rat King Sunday, December 16 at 11:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.


Zen may be a detective, but he certainly didn’t appear out of thin air! It all started with Michael Dibdin’s novels. Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the Zen cast and crew discussing the process of adapting the novel for a television series. 

For more intriguing, entertaining, and addicting British programming any day and time of the week, be sure to tune into our 24/7 British program channel, WETA UK. Learn more about it here and explore all the programs WETA UK has to offer.


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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night December 15

Looking for free, compelling, exciting, and commercial-free movies in DC, MD, and VA this weekend? WETA brings great feature films and documentaries right into your home every Saturday beginning at 9:30pm! This weekend, a 1960s drama-dy and three contemporary documentaries divulge into the many facets of friendship. We’ll discover that no friendship is alike and a “friend” can take on all types, forms, and meanings. Be sure to tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD every Saturday night for movies galore! 


Opposites Attract: Soldier in the Rain (1963)

The most unlikely pairs are proof that opposites attract. Master Sergeant Maxwell Slaughter forms an unlikely friendship with Sergeant Eustis Clay and neither status, nor rank, nor intellectual capacity prevents the two from building an admirable and loyal friendship. Eustis eagerly awaits the end of his stint in the military and his inexhaustible attempts at convincing Slaughter of the perks of civilian life provide opportunities for comedic adventures and antics. As in any good friendship, each provides meaning and importance in the other’s life. But friendships are not without their flaws and their hurdles, and the friendship which forms in Soldier in the Rain is put to the test. What Slaughter and Eustis learn and take away from each other becomes life-changing.

Watch Soldier in the Rain (1963) Saturday, December 15 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD. Repeats Sunday at 11:30am.

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Through Thick & Thin: Garbage Dreams (2009)

In Cairo, recycling is a bit more complex than the American standard of sorting plastic, metal, paper, and glass from trash. In fact, recycling garbage is the Zaballeen’s (translating to “garbage people”) livelihood. The Zaballeen make their living collecting and recycling eighty percent of the garbage which accumulates in Cairo. For years, the city had no sanitation service and depended on the Zaballeen. And for the Zaballeen, trash is all they know. But in recent years, the city has turned from tradition and begun to rely on private companies to collect trash with garbage trucks. With machines replacing men, the shift in tradition comes as detrimental and dangerous to the Zaballeen’s future. How will they make a living? How will they survive?

Independent Lens: Garbage Dreams tells the stories of three teenagers experiencing the life-altering transition directly. Adham, Osama and Nabil, all born into the business of trash, must confront the possibility of losing the security their people have had for decades. But, when one door closes another one opens, and maybe Cairo’s stab at modernization is a blessing in disguise for these three young men to pursue new and exciting opportunities.

The United States recycles 30 percent of its waste. Impressive? Not in comparison to the 80 percent recycled by the Zaballeen. How eco-friendly are you? Test your ability by playing the Garbage Dreams online game!

Watch Garbage Dreams (2009) Saturday, December 15 at 11:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Independent Lens | GARBAGE DREAMS | Trailer | PBS


In Sickness & In Health: We Were Here (2011)

San Francisco is a melting pot for people from different walks of life but they all seek the same things: happiness, freedom and acceptance. For a large population of gay men, San Francisco proves to be a source of solace and a place they are happy to call home. In the 1980s, the city was also the site of what was, to some, believed to be the “gay cancer”, plaguing the gay community and swiftly. Time would soon tell that the mysterious disease was the AIDS virus. At the brink of its arrival, San Francisco’s response to the epidemic showed compassion and empathy, but most significant was the vastly different actions taken by other cities. Subsequently, “The San Francisco Model” became the ideal for creating a healthier and humane society in a world now struggling with AIDS.

Independent Lens: We Were Here tells the inspiring and poignant stories of five individuals who lived in San Francisco prior to the epidemic and were all effected in one way or another by the devastation, loss of life, compassion of strangers, and kindness of humanity that accompanied it. The firsthand stories of these ordinary people who experienced the change and assumed roles as activists and caregivers, friends or lovers to victims of AIDS, and living testimonies of those who suffer from the virus comprise We Were Here.

Check out an educational and informative timeline tracing the history of AIDS.

Watch We Were Here (2011) Sunday, December 16 at 12:00am on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

We Were Here (trailer)


Man's Best Friend: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)

St. Francis of Assisi made it his life’s work to care for animals. His compassion for all creatures is admired and praised long after his death. Animal shelters and advocates recognize the importance of animals and family pets are common in modern day society. Whether consciously or not, one man has followed suit of St. Francis of

 Assisi and dedicates his days to feeding, caring for and protecting the wild parrots of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill. He is known as the “Bohemian St. Francis”. Former homeless musician Mark Bittner was on a search for his life’s purpose, and the parrots he affectionately, and rather impressively, recognizes by name just happened to collide with the timing of his search, and help him in ways one wouldn’t think a bird could. 

Not your typical nature or wildlife documentary, Independent Lens: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill puts the spotlight on parrots but more significantly on relationships between animals and people, and finding meaning in life.

Watch The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003) Sunday, December 16 at 1:30am on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Watch a preview of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill here!

You may not be able to tell “Patrick” the parrot from “Sophie” like Mark Bittner, but learn more about the wild parrots and their background, and explore a photo gallery of the birds.


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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town December 14 - 16

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


Be inspired by art in Bethesda

The second Friday of the month can only mean one thing: art lovers will descend upon Bethesda for the Art Walk taking place at seven galleries and studios.  Enjoy free refreshments and a chance to discover original artwork by local, regional and national 

artists.  If you need to rest your legs between galleries, the free Bethesda Circulator bus run continuously with stops within a few blocks from each art space.

Friday, 6pm-9pm

Cost: Free

Various locations in Downtown Bethesda, MD

Click here for more information!



An Ideal Afternoon for Your Family

If you’re looking for a casual Sunday afternoon, stroll on over to Dumbarton House for The Picnic Theatre’s holiday encore performance of An Ideal Husband. 

Sunday, 2pm

The Dumbarton House

2715 Q Street NW, Washington, DC

Cost: $12 ($15 at the door)

Click here for tickets and more information!


Select films opening today:


From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes the first installment of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.  The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before THE LORD OF THE RINGS, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Official Trailer 2 [HD]



In June 1939 the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) were invited to stay overnight at President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's (Bill Murray) country estate Hyde Park in upstate New York (actually, it's his mother's—he just lives there). This was the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR's domestic establishment, as wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams), mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. Seen through the eyes of Daisy (Laura Linney), Franklin's neighbor and intimate, the weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy—and through her, for us all—a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship.

Check out the WETA Around Town Reveiw on our YouTube page!


ANY DAY NOW                   (NR)

Set in the 1970s, this drama is about Rudy (Alan Cumming), a drag queen whose outrageous exterior hides a lonely but lovable interior. Going to the apartment next door to complain about noise, he finds Marco (Isaac Leyva), a mentally handicapped teenager, abandoned by his mother who has been arrested for prostitution and drugs. Rudy reluctantly and temporarily takes care of Marco, but soon finds himself wanting to turn his guardianship into something more permanent. Meanwhile, Rudy meets attractive, straight-arrow, closeted Paul (Garrett Dillahunt), who attends his show and likes what he sees. Paul works in the DA's office, which comes in handy when Rudy gets into a fight with social services over Marco. As Rudy and Paul are drawn together and become a couple, they seek to adopt Marco, but meet with prejudice and overwhelming obstacles.

Any Day Now - Official Trailer



In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested for brutally beating and raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. The policed announced to a press hungry for sensational crime stories that the young men had been part of a gang of teenagers who were out "wilding," assaulting joggers and bicyclists that evening. The ensuing media frenzy was met with a public outcry for justice. New York Mayor Ed Koch called it the "crime of the century" and it remains to date one of the biggest media stories of our time. Each of the five suspects spent 6 to 13 years in prison before a shocking confession from a serial rapist and DNA evidence proved their innocence. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE tells the story of how five lives were upended by the rush to judgment by police, a sensationalist media and a devastating miscarriage of justice. Written and directed by Ken Burns (The Civil War, Prohibition, Jazz, Baseball), David McMahon and Sarah Burns.

Watch the trailer here!


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An English Holiday in DC | British Christmas Shows on WETA UK

What can compare to a British Christmas? DC, Maryland, and Virginia are in the spirit this December with the best British holiday TV specials on WETA UK December 21 – 25! So finish eating your pudding and mince pies, get your prize from a Christmas cracker, grab a glass of mulled wine, and settle in for a marathon of WETA UK Christmas shows!


Outnumbered Christmas Special 2011 Can’t a family go on a holiday vacation without some kind of mishap ruining it? The Brockmans are planning to fly out to the Canaries on Christmas day but thanks to a dentist, Grandpa, an immature house-sitter, traffic, and two fighting Santas, this family might not make it to the islands after all.

Airs Friday December 21 at 9:30pm.

Christmas is over! - Outnumbered Christmas Special - BBC One



Last of the Summer Wine Five back-to-back Christmas specials from one of the longest running British telly shows to date!

Saturday, December 22 – Last of the Summer Wine Episodes
10:00am     Christmas 2008 - I Was a Hit Man for Primrose Dairies
10:30am     Christmas 1977 - A Merry Heat Wave
11:00am     Christmas 1979 - And A Dewhurst Up A Fir Tree
11:30am     Christmas 1981 - Whoops
12:00pm     Christmas 1982 - All Mod Conned
Tuesday, December 25 – Last of the Summer Wine Episodes
10:00am     Christmas 2008 - I Was a Hit Man for Primrose Dairies
10:30am     Christmas 1977 - A Merry Heat Wave
11:00am     Christmas 1979 - And A Dewhurst Up A Fir Tree
11:30am     Christmas 1981 - Whoops
12:00pm     Christmas 1982 - All Mod Conned



To the Manor Born In this special seasonal episode, it is Audrey’s first Christmas away from the manor but she is not going to let deVere take away her one remaining duty. So when she cannot find the Holy Crib for the Church, she decides to make one of her own, with the help of Marjory and Ned. Meanwhile, Richard plans to do his duty in style. The poor Rector has to choose between Audrey’s home-made monstrosity or Richard’s crassly commercial model.

Airs Saturday, December 22 at 12:30pm and Tuesday, December 25 at 7:30pm.


Vicar of Dibley Catch four back-to-back Christmas specials on December 22 and December 25! Geraldine Granger is not your run-of-the-mill village vicar. She is a bubbly, young reverend overseeing an eccentric congregation in a rural community. She and her off-the-wall parishioners have returned for these Christmas specials to bring us unconventional laughs during the holiday season.

Saturday, December 22 – Vicar of Dibley Episodes
1:00pm     Christmas 1996 
2:00pm     Christmas 1997 
3:00pm     Christmas 2004 
5:00pm     Christmas 2006 
Tuesday, December 25 – Vicar of Dibley Episodes
1:00pm     Christmas 1996 
2:00pm     Christmas 1997 
3:00pm     Christmas 2004 
5:00pm     Christmas 2006 


Mr. Bean celebrates the holidays in Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean! Mr. Bean is very excited that it is Christmas so he befriends a Salvation Army band then drives home with the tallest tree he can find. On Christmas Day there are plenty of surprises under the tree but the gift he gives to his girlfriend is not what she had hoped for, and she leaves him all alone. Even so, Mr. Bean's holiday season ends with a bang. Airs Sunday, December 23 at 9:30pm.

Mr Bean - Nativity Scene


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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule December 10 – 16

Every Monday, you can find highlights of the coming week’s schedule right here on the Programmer’s Choice blog! Continue reading for more about information, photos, and video on the fantastic British shows we have in store for you. SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG so you have all the latest WETA Television news including schedule information, video previews of shows, and more!

Monday at 12:00pm Antiques Roadshow BBC season 30 discovers those valuable and not-quite-so-valuable antiques tucked away at the backs of cupboards in Hereford, UK. Always filmed on location, thousands of local residents pour in, clutching personal treasures to be examined, commented on, and valued by the Roadshow experts. Repeats December 18 at 8:30am.


Wednesday at 9:30am begin watching the series everyone is talking about as Outnumbered restarts from the very first episode! The Brockmans are your average British family: a house in London, two loving parents, and three children overflowing with personality. Their personalities are great until the parents feel outnumbered causing partially improvised and entirely hilarious situations. Watch this series from the very beginning and return for more laughs every week on Wednesdays at 9:30am and Fridays at 9:30pm.

WETA UK | Outnumbered


Wednesday at 10:00am catch the first episode of To The Manor Born season 2! Lady Audrey fforbes-Hamilton’s husband died and left huge debts which forced her to sell Grantleigh Manor, which had been in her family for 400 years. Now she lives in a small house on the edge of the estate. It is not what she is used to, but Audrey is made of stern stuff. Grantleigh’s new master is offended by her snobbish instincts but Audrey finds him intriguing. Will these two hit it off or will one drive the other way in madness? Repeats this Friday at 2:30pm & 5:00pm, this Saturday at 6:30am, this Sunday at 7:00am, and next week: December 18 at 10:00am & 7:30am, December 21 at 12:30pm.



Wednesday at 7:30pm don’t miss season 3 episode 1 of Yes, Minister! As the last season of 

this iconic series, enjoy the beginning of the end and prepare for the WETA UK premiere of Yes, Prime Minister in February! Download our WETA UK YES, MINISTER SEASON 3 EPISODE GUIDE here! Repeats Thursday at 10:30am, Friday at noon, Saturday at 4:00pm, Sunday at 7:30am, and next week: December 17 at 10:00am, December 19 at 10:30am, and December 22 at 10:00am.


Thursday beginning at 8:00pm get your mystery fix with Rosemary & Thyme at 8:00pm, Waking the Dead at 9:00pm, and New Tricks at 10:00pm. Our Thursday night line-up provides a mix of crime drama mysteries which are sure to make you a British television fan in no time.


Friday at 6:00pm watch the first episode of season 4, Waiting For God! Take a visit to the Bayview Retirement Village where the food is appalling, the staff treat residents like idiot children, and any show of independence is strictly frowned upon. But two elderly eccentric residents refuse to give in and grow old gracefully just yet. Tom Ballard is a retired accountant and Diana Trent is a no-nonsense ex-journalist. When these two get together, they do more than just wait for their time to pass. Download and print our WETA UK WAITING FOR GOD SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE! Repeats December 18 at 10:30am, December 20 at 9:30am, and December 21 at 1:30pm.

WETA UK | Waiting for God


Friday at 7:30pm start watching the classic British comedy As Time Goes By from the very beginning. In the early 1950s, a young Army officer and a student nurse fell in love. It was a whirlwind romance, but the young Lionel and Jean were separated when he was posted to Korea. His letter went astray and they lost touch. In the early 1990s, Lionel (now divorced) is in England to work on his autobiography, My Life In Kenya. He needs a secretary and Jean (a widow) owns a secretarial agency. She sends her feisty daughter Judith who makes such a good impression that Lionel invites her out to dinner. And, as mother and daughter share a house, the inevitable happens – Lionel and Jean are reunited. Don’t expect them to jump into each other’s arms; Third Age romance takes time. Can they recapture the old magic, orare they too old and set in their ways? Download and print our WETA UK AS TIME GOES BY SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE!

WETA UK | As Time Goes By



Saturday at 8:00pm finish off season 1 of The WETA UK Event: The Complete Wallander with the episode, One Step Behind. Then at 9:30pm see the first episode of season 2, Faceless Killers.

WETA UK Event: The Complete Wallander



Sunday is a great day on WETA UK to try out some new shows. With a variety of genres, characters, and lengths, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect British TV show to get hooked on. Let us know which is your favorite and what you’d like to see more of!

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Holiday TV Shows All Month Long | December Holiday Programming

There’s something magical about December in DC: Monuments towering in the grey, snow-flecked sky; holiday lights lining the busy streets; and a frozen glaze over the Potomac River. What’s more, WETA TV26 and WETA HD are delivering musical, traditional, and local holiday shows straight to your home all month long! The hustle and bustle of the season may still haunt you like the Ghost of Christmas Past but WETA hopes to bring your tidings of comfort and joy this holiday season.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting

Tickets to this event are sparse but no need to fret because WETA Presents The National Christmas Tree Lighting December 7!  Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, well-known entertainers and the United States Military Band will perform and the President will deliver a holiday message of peace to all. Watch the statuesque National Christmas Tree, along with 56 smaller trees (representing the 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia) as they are magically lit and illuminate the White House. Check out this interactive Christmas Tree Lighting timeline!

Watch The National Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 7 at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012


Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: King Singers

Through the years, audiences have been enchanted by the melodious sounds of the 

Mormon Tabernacle choir and this year, we invite you to join us for Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle: King Singers. The King’s Singers is a vocal group highly sought-after worldwide and they’re right here on WETA for you to enjoy this holiday season. The program features holiday songs from the past and present as dancers accompany the harmonious and inspirational singing for a perfect Christmas experience.

Watch Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: King Singers on Sunday, December 16 at 7:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.   


Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Jane Seymour & Nathan Gunn

British actress Jane Seymour and Opera singer Nathan Gunn join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City for this holiday event. Listen to the season’s most-loved songs at this annual concert, attracting thousands to Temple Square each December. As usual, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir showcases a perfect pairing of classical holiday songs and modern Christmas tunes.

Watch Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Jane Seymour & Nathan Gunn on Monday, December 17 at 10:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Jane Seymour And Nathan Gunn


WETA Guide to Christmas

Let WETA TV be your guide to Christmas in DC! In the one-hour special, the WETA Guide to Christmas, WETA TV presents an enticing list of ideas of how Washingtonians and visitors can celebrate the holiday season well before Santa slides down the chimney. What makes the

 holidays so much brighter in the nation’s capital? Get the inside scoop on Christmas festivities, activities, and traditions specific to the Washington area. Let us do the investigating, so you can enjoy every moment. We’ll tell you where the best neighborhood light displays are that will bring out the child in anyone. Explore historic locations and iconic destinations with the most elaborate and beautiful holiday décor.  And what would the holiday season be without taking some time to help those in need? We’ll highlight organizations, people, and volunteer opportunities tailored toward this time of giving right in your own backyard.

Watch WETA Guide to Christmas on WETA TV26 and WETA HD at the following dates and times below:

Tuesday, December 18 at 5:00pm

Wednesday, December 19 at 8:00pm

Thursday, December 20 at 2:00pm

Sunday, December 23 at 1:30pm

Monday, December 24 at 8:30am

The WETA Guide to Christmas


Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole

Multi-faceted singer Natalie Cole has tackled R&B, jazz, and pop, and now she takes the stage with the Mormon Tabernacle choir where she will headline the event, Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole. Natalie Cole’s signature vocal style fused with the sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir-who annually perform for over 85,000 audience members-will surely put you in the Christmas spirit.

Watch Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole on Monday, December 24 at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.                          

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole


Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Straight from the state of Iowa, the highly talented choirs of Luther College bring you an 

unforgettable holiday concert with 500 choir members, complete with a symphony orchestra. Thousands line up each year to be part of the audience privileged enough to be exposed to the musical and vocal talents of Luther College’s world-renowned musicians. Give yourself the gift of sweet music this year, as the Luther College choir celebrates another year performing their traditional Christmas concert.

Watch Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy on Monday, December 24 at 10:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.


Christmas on Christmas! 

Only on WETA, enjoy children’s Christmas programs and musical performances featuring world-renowned choirs, orchestras and singers alike all day long on December 25, Christmas Day.  Sustain that warm, jolly feeling with WETA’s Christmas programming.

Tuesday, December 25 from 7:30am to 6:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.


7:00am             Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

8:00am             Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

9:00am             Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Brian Stokes Mitchell & Edward Herman

10:00am          Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: David Archuleta & Michael York

11:00am          Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole

12:00pm          Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Jane Seymour & Nathan Gunn

1:00pm            Christmas at St. Olaf  

2:00pm            Christmas at Belmont

3:00pm            Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort & Joy

4:00pm            WETA Guide to Christmas

5:00pm            Lidia Celebrates: Holiday Tables & Traditions

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town Holiday Events


With such a plethora of holiday events in our region, it’s quite a task to choose the best ones for your already hectic schedule!  Luckily, this is the season of giving and we’re feeling particularly generous.  Take a peek under your cyber Christmas tree.  Our gift to you? A carefully curated directory of our favorite things to do this December in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.  Now hurry off and have fun — this special time comes but once a year.  


                                               Happy holidays from WETA Around Town!



Theatre’s always magical, but something about the holidays makes the stage shine a little brighter after Thanksgiving.  We covered many here in our recent Holiday Theatre Roundup: 

WETA Around Town | Holiday Roundup


Here are a few more performances you shouldn’t tuck away in your stocking; see one now!


          Holiday Guys featuring Marc Kudisch and Jeffry Denman

          December 11-16; Cost: Tickets starting at $41

          Signature Theatre – Arlington, VA


          It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

          December 6-30, Thursday-Sunday; Cost: $25.50 for adults; $21.50 for seniors/students

          Maryland Ensemble Theatre – Frederick, MD


          My So-Called Jewish Life: Holiday Time Storytelling

          December 15, 8pm; Cost: $17 in advance $20 at the door

          Sixth & I Historic Synagogue – Washington, DC


          Seasonal Disorder by Washington Improv Theater

          December 6-22, 8 & 10pm; Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

          Source – Washington, DC


          Rep Stage presents David Sedaris’ Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

          December 20 – 23; Cost: $15

          The Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center - Columbia, MD


           ‘Tis the Season: A concert by the American Youth String Ensemble

          December 7, 7pm; Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/students

          Vienna Presbyterian Church – Vienna, VA


          Yes, Virginia: The Musical produced by Oxon Hill Middle School

          December 6 & 7, 6:30pm; Cost $5

          Oxon Hill Middle School – Fort Washington, MD



Grace and elegance—don’t we all wish we had more of that, especially as the year comes to a hectic close? Maybe a dancer’s poise will rub off on us. There’s only one way to find out and that means going to a holiday dance performance!


          Kwanzaa Celebration with Dance Place

          December 14 & 15, 8pm; Cost: $22 general admission

          Dance Place – Washington, DC


          Step Afrika! Magical, Musical Holiday Step Show

          December 12-23; Cost: $35 for adults, $20 for seniors/students

          Atlas Performing Arts Center – Washington, DC


          The Nutcracker by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore School of the Arts,                   Maryland Institute College of Art & Modell Lyric

          December 21 & 22, 2 & 7:30pm; Cost: Starting at $28

          Modell Lyric – Baltimore, MD



With carols and orchestral celebrations, ‘tis the season of music!  We’ve narrowed down the list of holiday concerts galore.  And, yes, there’s something about the holidays that makes us feel lyrical.


          Florence: Christmas Music of the Trecento

          December 14 – 23, Cost: $50

          Folger Shakespeare Library – Washington, DC


          Holiday Pops Celebration with BSO SuperPops

          December 12 – December 16; Cost: Tickets start at $17

          The Music Center at Strathmore – N. Bethesda, MD

          and Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall – Baltimore, MD


          Joy of Christmas Concert by the Cathedral Choral Society

          December 15 & 16; Cost: $25

          Washington National Cathedral – Washington, DC


          Mount Vernon Flutes Holiday Music

          December 9, 2pm; Cost: Free

          Athenaeum - Alexandria, VA


          National Chamber Ensemble Annual Holiday Concert

          December 16, 4:30pm; Cost: $28 for adults, $15 for students

          Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere – Arlington, VA


          Take 5! A Cool Yule with the Brad Linde Quartet plus Brass

          December 20, 5-7pm; Cost: Free

          Smithsonian American Art Museum Washington, DC


          Washington Symphonic Brass presents Holiday Concert

          December 18, 7:30pm; Cost: Tickets between $28-48

          The Music Center at Strathmore – Bethesda, Maryland


          World Holiday Celebrations by Children’s Chorus of Washington

          December 15 & 16, 4pm; Cost: $25 for adults, $10 for children

          National City Christian Church – Washington, DC



Glitter, lights, and numerous other decorations put the winter holidays in the running for the most beautiful time of year.  Honor the spirit of the season (and the visual arts) by strolling out to one of these shows:


          Holiday Ornament Emporium

          December 7 – 23; Cost: Free with admission

          Montpelier Mansion - Laurel, MD


          ICE!™ Featuring Dreamworks’ Shrek the Halls

          Through January 6; Cost: Starting at $22.99, discount for Military, Seniors and Kids

          The Gaylord Hotel – National Harbor, MD


          Joys of the Season All-media Exhibition

          Through January 20; Cost: Free

          Torpedo Factory Art Center – Alexandria, VA



The holidays can be fun for the whole family.  Here are a few events that are sure to delight the young and young at heart. 


          Baktun 13: A Guatemalan Cultural Festival

          December 15 & 16, 10am-5pm; Cost: Free

          National Museum of the American Indian – Washington, DC


          Drumming with Dishes – The Holiday Edition

          December 11-16; Cost: $8

          Atlas Performing Arts Center – Washington, DC


          Holiday Films at AFI Silver: It’s a Wonderful Life, The Muppet Christmas Carol, A Christmas     Story, The Nutcracker, Miracle on 34th Street, Holiday Affair, etc.

          Starting December 7; $11.50 for general admission, $7 per child

          AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center – Silver Spring, MD


          Israeli-style Family Chanukah Celebration

          December 8, 6:30-8:30pm; Cost: $7 per person, $20 max. per family

          JCC of Greater Washington - Rockville, MD


          Kwanzaa: A Musical Celebration

          December 28, 10am; Cost: Free

          Anacostia Community Museum – Washington, DC


          Kwanzaa Celebration: And a Child Shall Lead Them

          December 29, 12-4pm; Cost: $5

          Reginald F. Lewis Museum – Baltimore, MD


          Oh Tannenbaum! Christmas Festival

          December 8-9; Cost: Free

          Goethe-Institut – Washington, DC


And for more holiday cheer around Washington, watch our WETA Guide to Christmas online or on air!

Tuesday, December 18    at 5:00pm 

Wednesday, December 19 at 8:00pm

Thursday, December 20   at 2:00pm

Sunday, December 23      at 1:30pm

Monday, December 24    at 8:30am 


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The Titanic Comes to DC | Inside the Sinking, Unsinkable Ship

It was the best of its kind: The grandest, the most luxurious, and the safest. Or so everyone thought. Go beyond the captivating love story from the Hollywood film, and discover the history behind The Titanic: from its three-year and multi-million dollar creation, to its devastation and lingering after-effects.  Join us Tuesday December 11 for two hours dedicated to the Titanic.  .

Although it sunk in the end, the Titanic didn’t go down without a fight. Transport yourself into the ship’s boilers, right after it hit the iceberg where a determined and unwavering group of engineers struggling to survive an unconquerable force. Saving the Titanic takes you below the ship, into the gripping scene that took place where nine selfless men worked tirelessly to delay the ship’s demise and keep the power systems running and the lights on. Watch Saving the Titanic Tuesday, December 11 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

This program also airs Wednesday, December 12 at 3:00pm.

Saving the Titanic


Meet those on board the night the unsinkable ship sunk: musicians who played as the ship went down, hundreds of immigrants hoping for a new life in America, even the men who shed blood, sweat and tears to build the very ship that was disappearing into the depths of the ocean. Titanic with Len Goodman explores the different stories of those traveling aboard one ship: The Titanic. Watch Titanic with Len Goodman Tuesday, November 12 at 9:00pm.

This program also airs Wednesday, December 12 at 4:00pm.

Titanic with Len Goodman


The Titanic may have ended its voyage in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, nearly three days away by boat from New York, but oddly enough it does have a connection in the nation’s capital. In one of WETA’s local productions, WETA Guide to More Unusual Attractions, explore a carved statue residing in Washington Channel Park that one cannot help but compare to a rather famous pose originating from The Titanic. Standing nobly with arms spread wide open, the statue resembles Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jack Dawson and Rose, played by Kate Winslet as they stand at the bow of the ship proclaiming, “I’m on top of the world.” The statue was constructed as a tribute to those who sacrificed their lives in the tragedy and officially unveiled in 1931. Watch WETA Guide to More Unusual Attractions Monday, December 24 at 10:00am on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule December 3 – 9

WETA UK is your DC, MD, VA all-British broadcast television channel and this week we have new shows, new seasons, and new adventures to share with you! Here's what's coming up this week on WETA UK.


Monday at 7:00pm begin watching the new comedy My Family! This British family sitcom follows the Harper family: married couple Ben and Susan and their three children. Each character has a unique and hilarious personality, get to know them Mondays – Thursdays at 7:00pm. Learn more about the series in our Coming to WETA UK in December | New British Shows blog post and download our WETA UK MY FAMILY SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE!

My Family


Monday at 8:00pm join us for the premiere of Reilly Ace of Spies, the suspenseful dramatization of the real-life adventures of Sidney Reilly. Tonight at 8:00, discover the man who was said to be the inspiration behind Ian Fleming's James Bond. Learn more about the series in our Coming to WETA UK in December | New British Shows blog post!

Reilly Ace of Spies


Tuesday at 6:00pm tune in for the start of season 4 Born and Bred. Life is changing for the villagers in this new season of the popular countryside drama. Dr. Tom Gilder has left to make peace with his father so Dr. Donald Newman takes over the practice. New face Dr. Logan, young, good-looking and very confident sets feathers flying and even some romantic sparks! Deborah’s pretty, but self-centered and immature younger sister, Nancy, comes to live with the Gilder family.

Tuesday at 10:00pm kick off season 4 of the action-packed detective series MI-5! A terrorist attack hits London and MI-5 has only 48 hours to prevent a catastrophe. Adam faces a life-and-death situation and by going undercover, Fiona hopes to put her demons to rest. Blackmail, manipulation, personal agendas, and more means this season of MI-5 isn’t one to miss! Click here to download our free WETA UK MI-5 SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE.


Wednesday at 6:00pm catch the first episode of season 4 Ballykissangel! Continue to experience the spark of forbidden love and whimsical goings-on of this rural Irish community. Be sure to check out our WETA UK BALLYKISSANGEL SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE to help you stay on top of the drama and excitement! This episode repeats Sunday at 11:00am!

WETA UK | BallyKissAngel


Wednesday at 8:00pm open a new case with Inspector Morse: Death of the Self. He and Lewis head to Italy to investigate the death of an Englishwoman. Ruled an accidental death, the woman’s husband thinks otherwise. What will Inspector Morse uncover about this mysterious death?

Wednesday at 9:00pm Detective Superintendent Tennison’s career heads toward its inevitable conclusion in this new story of Prime Suspect: The Final Act. When the body of missing schoolgirl Sallie Sturdy is discovered, the hunt for her killer begins. But as Tennison and her team work to identify their prime suspect, the emotional fallout from the brutal murder starts to take its toll. This episode re-airs Saturday at 6:00pm!


Thursday at 8:00pm continue the light hearted mystery series Rosemary and Thyme as they begin a new adventure, Sweet Angelica. While trying to restore the lawns at a school that caters to the children of wealthy foreigners, Rosemary and Laura find themselves involved in a murder mystery. Angelica, an attractive Polish student, spurns the advances of more than one male at the school. When one of her suitors turns up dead, she is among the suspects.


Friday at 8:00pm start Fawlty Towers from the beginning! Watch season 1 episode 1 at 8:00pm then stay tuned for two more episodes at 8:30pm and 9:00pm!

WETA UK | Fawlty Towers


Saturday at 8:00pm we invite you to the WETA UK Event: The Complete Wallander! Start watching this week with two back-to-back episodes beginning at 8:00pm Sidetracked and Firewall. Learn more about the series in our Coming to WETA UK in December | New British Shows blog post!

WETA UK Event: The Complete Wallander


Sunday at 3:00pm is the first of many new seasons today! Watch the global phenomenon Red Dwarf from the very beginning! On board the Jupiter mining ship Red Dwarf, Dave Lister ranks 169 out of 169, lower than the Skutters, the maintenance robots. Lister has recently been dumped by Officer Kristine Kochanski but is still in love with her. By the end of the first episode, all the crew except Lister dies from a radiation leak caused by a badly sealed Drive plate. Click here to download our free WETA UK RED DWARF SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE! Episode 2 follows at 3:30pm!

Sunday at 6:00pm watch episode 1 of Monarch of the Glen season 4! This season brings more drama and romance, be sure to schedule your day around this British favorite!

WETA UK | Monarch of the Glen


Sunday at 8:00pm celebrate the premiere of Yes, Minister season 3! Government Ministers come and go, but Civil Servants are in the Ministry forever. Therefore it is the job of every responsible Government bureaucrat to ensure that meddling politicians do not rock the boat. This is the last season and certainly one of the funniest. Print and download our free WETA UK YES, MINISTER SEASON 3 EPISODE GUIDE!

Sunday at 10:00pm Doctor Who takes on season 3 episode 1. From the moment the Doctor walks into the life of medical student Martha Jones he changes her forever. Together they find themselves travelling through time and space encountering extraordinary events, amazing worlds and faces both old and new.