July 2013

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WETA Around Town Events: August 2-4

Can you believe that yet another weekend is upon us? It's the first weekend in August which means it's getting close to the end of summer. Embrace the DC heat this weekend with these three outdoors events and one indoor concert. If you attend any of these events this weekend, take a photo and share it on our Facebook page!

River Arts Workshop: Exploring Our Rivers

Skip your beach getaway this year? Make up for it with this summer-themed art workshop at the Anacostia Community Museum! Visual artist Jay Coleman heads a workshop based on an imagined scuba dive through our local waterways. Inspired by the exhibit Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement, the workshop will guide participants into creating a work of art related to our watersheds. All materials will be provided! Photo courtesy of americanforests.org
Friday, 10:30am-12:30pm
Cost: Free
Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Pl. SE Washington, DC

DC Drive-In
This Friday, come enjoy a movie under the stars at the DC Drive-In! As a summer treat, Union Market is bringing you an '80s classic movie projected on the market’s three-story wall for no charge. Watch the movie from the comfort of your own car or bring a picnic blanket to sit on the lot. No need to pack dinner because many of the market’s vendors will be open with rollerskating carhops bringing tasty food right to you. This weekend’s film is 1987 No Way Out starring Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman. Costner plays a naval intelligence officer with only 48 hours to cover-up a violent crime within the organization. Stop by for what’s sure to be an exciting night! Watch a trailer of No Way Out here.
Friday, Picnic area opens at 7pm, car lot open 8-8:45pm, movie starts at 9pm
Cost: Free
Union Market
1309 5th St. NE Washington, DC
Line for car entrance on 6th St

Rolling Stones Tribute
Fifty years after the release of their self-titled debut album, The Rolling Stones remain near and dear to the hearts of millions of music fans. But hearing their music live is another experience altogether. Relive the British Invasion at The Fillmore Silver Spring with BandHouse Gigs’ Tribute to the Rolling Stones. Catch nearly 40 of the best musicians from the DC area playing from the Stones’ deep library of hits and lesser known tracks. For old fans or new, this concert is sure to thrill!
Saturday, 7:30 PM
Cost: $20.00-$25.00
The Fillmore Silver Spring
8656 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

ChillCycle

Bike rides are a great way to explore your environment and enjoy the outdoors. This weekend go on a biking excursion through the city that ends at the Anacostia Arts Center for a cool down movie screening. See the Sundance award winning documentary Chasing Ice, which explores a man’s journey to find evidence that humans are causing monumental climate shifts. At the end of the bike ride, enjoy icy treats and calming music that perfectly balance out the summer heat. Watch a trailer for Chasing Ice here!
Sunday, 2:30-6pm
Cost: $10 per film ticket
BicycleSPACE
1019 7th St. NW Washington, DC

Heading out to the movies? Here are three WETA Around Town film discussions to give you a better preview of movies than a trailer can.

Before Midnight
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The Act of Killing
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Fruitvale Station
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This Week on WETA UK: July 29-August 4

Whether you’re a diehard fan or are just looking for something new, WETA UK is a great place to sample the best of British TV. We’ve got you covered all week with a dynamite lineup of comedy and crime.

Monday at 9:00pm we’re sandwiching two episodes of Midsomer Murders into an hour and a half block of mystery! Watch DCI Barnaby investigate the decapitation of a promiscuous postman that turns into a string of related crimes.

Tuesday at 11:00pm there’s no better time to start watching Hustle! Catch the start of season 3, and watch this team of thieves as they plan and execute amazing heists.

Wednesday at 8:00pm the legendary detective and his partner investigate the disappearance of a baronet in this new case from the hit series Inspector Morse.

Thursday at 10:00pm watch a crack team of detectives and scientists investigate cold cases when season 7 of Waking The Dead begins!

Friday at 2:00pm discover the classic British show Good Neighbors! This comedy follows a suburban couple who decide to start a farm, much to the chagrin of their neighbors.

Saturday at 8:00pm don’t miss the WETA UK Event: The Complete Downton Abbey! Watch the first 2 episodes of the international sensation. We’re playing a pair of episodes each weekend so you can be all caught up when season 4 premieres!

Sunday at 9:00pm end your week with the antics of comedian Jack Dee in the hysterical Lead Balloon! Catch Dee playing a down and out comedian named Rick Spleen with the first episode of season 3.
 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies July 27

See the contrast between China’s past and its emerging future with back-to-back free movies without commercials this Saturday on WETA TV26 & HD.

The Last Emperor (1987)
The film tells the life story of China’s last emperor, Pu Yi. From a lavish childhood to his capture by the Soviet Army, the ups and downs of his astonishing life story are told beautifully by director Bernardo Bertolucci. A portrait of China’s transition into a communist society, the film won 9 Academy Awards and was the first movie to be given access to use the Forbidden City as a location. Watch the trailer here!
Tune in for the WETA movie The Last Emperor  this Saturday at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

POV: High Tech, Low Life
See the impact of China’s economic boom in this compelling documentary. Two citizen reporters, one a farmer and the other a retired businessman, investigate the corruption and poverty that are hidden from mainstream media sources by the nation’s strict censors. Watch as modern technology encourages a generation of Chinese people to protest the negative aspects of their society. Watch the trailer here!
Tune in to WETA TV26 & HD this Sunday at 12:00am for POV: High Tech, Low Life.


 

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WETA Around Town Events: July 26-28

This weekend get outside and enjoy the summer air with a campfire nature walk, a local carnival, or a trip out to Soloman's for Oyster House Day! Here are our suggestions for things to do this weekend with the whole family.

Campfire and Nature Walk
Campfires have been important for mankind since the invention of fire. They provided light in the dark and warmth in the cold, and they’re places where songs, scary stories, and s’mores are shared among groups of friends. Spend a summer evening under the stars and around the campfire at Locust Grove Nature Center’s Campfire and Nature Walk, and enjoy roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. After the picnic, go on a tour with the local naturalists and experience a relaxing walk through wildlife.
Friday, 6:30-7:30pm
Cost: $6.00
Locust Grove Nature Center
7777 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland 20817

Glen Burnie Carnival
There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with a good old-fashioned carnival! This weekend, Glen Burnie’s annual carnival is back and bringing fun for the whole family. Enjoy rides for all ages, from the Merry Go Round to the Tilt-a-Whirl. Enter a raffle for the chance to win cool prizes and play a variety of classic carnival games. There’s no need to break for dinner because there will be plenty of great food options on site. Entrance is free and each ride ticket costs only $1.25. The carnival is sponsored by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association and all proceeds go to local non-profits and maintaining the GBIA community building. Don’t miss out on this exciting weekend!
Friday & Saturday, 6:30-11:00pm
Cost: Free
, $1.25 per ride ticket, 30 tickets for $33, 50 tickets for $50
19 Crain Hwy Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Lore Oyster House Day
Take a trip to the shore and experience the thrill of working with freshly-caught oysters! This Saturday, the Calvert Marine Museum is teaching kids about these magnificent creatures with its Lore Oyster House Day. Learn about the biology of oysters and refine your shucking technique. Sing songs and pack oysters just like a real seaman! Kids will also learn about the local Crassostrea virginica oyster and how to replenish its depleted population.
Saturday, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Free
Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Road Solomons, MD 20688
 

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This Week on WETA UK: July 22-28

It’s the perfect time to catch up on all your favorite shows from across the pond! This week, settle into your couch and tune into WETA UK to enjoy the best of British television in the comfort of your own home.

Monday at 8:00pm watch Henry Crabbe crack another case while maintaining his restaurant in Pie in the Sky. While Henry investigates a murder in a neighboring village, Steve tries to get to the bottom of a burglary at the restaurant. Watch the trailer!

Tuesday at 8:00pm
catch an exciting episode of Hetty Wainthropp Investigates! In this episode, it’s up to Hetty to crack the case when two escaped mental patients stumble upon of a dead body. Watch the trailer!

Wednesday at 10:30pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour! In this thrilling prequel to the well-known Inspector Morse series, follow the inspector in his college years. Endeavour Morse, a rookie detective caught between school and police work must use his unique skills to solve the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl. Can he fight his own demons and get to the bottom of the case? Watch to find out! Watch the trailer!

Thursday at 1:00pm
watch the beginning of Monarch of the Glen season seven! In the season premiere, Golly adjusts to life as a single parent while Paul deals with Iona, a feisty shepherdess.

Friday at 10:30pm catch a hilarious episode of the hit comedy Men Behaving Badly! A bearded Tony returns from his trip around the world to find huge changes in the flat. Meanwhile, Gary must choose between his best friend and his girlfriend.

Saturday at 8:00pm tune in for the WETA UK Event: Masterpiece Mystery! Case Histories – Part Three! In this third installment of the suspenseful series, Jackson is injured in a train accident and makes a shocking declaration to a former colleague while in the hospital. Meanwhile, the teenage girl who saved his life needs Jackson’s help to find her missing employer. Stick around to watch Bletchley Circle at 10:00pm. After losing track of the killer, Susan follows a string of clues that could lead her right into a trap. Watch trailers for Case Histories & Bletchley Circle!

Sunday at 8:00pm watch WETA UK’s Sunday Lineup! We’re showing back to back episodes of Fresh Fields, Lead Balloon, Worst Week of My Life, Doctor Who, and Red Dwarf. There’s no better time to catch up on all your favorite comedy and science fiction shows.
 

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WETA Kids Block Party | The Cat in the Hat: Let’s Get Wet Week!

Summer is in full force and it’s that time again for The WETA Kids Block Party! What better way to cool down than with a week of water-themed episodes in The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Let’s Get Wet Week? Starting Monday July 22 on WETA Kids, catch a different episode each morning at 9:00am that teaches important things to know when on any aquatic adventures!

If you miss an episode during the week there’s no reason to fear, since all of the episodes air together for your convenience on the WETA Kids blog party Sunday June 28 from 1:00am-3:30am. Set your DVR for the entire week’s lineup and watch them at your own leisure!

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! features The Cat in the Hat and his young friends Sally and Nick as they go out on adventures to answer fascinating questions about the natural world. Whether the topic is animals from a far away land or the science of water, The Cat in the Hat is here to teach you all you need to know. No matter how far the destination, The Cat in the Hat’s trusty “Thinga-ma-jigger” has what it takes to get you there!

Watch the trailer for The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!: Let’s Get Wet Week here!

No Night Today / Fun in the Sun
Airs Monday July 22nd at 9:00am on WETA Kids
Airs Monday July 22nd at 8:30am on WETA TV26

No Night Today: We all know that it’s light in the daytime and dark in the night, but why does the sun go away at night? In this episode, we visit the International Space Station to learn a bit more about this phenomenon from Astronaut Audrey! Find out how the constant rotation of the earth creates nighttime.
Fun in the Sun: Playing outside can be dangerous when the heat is up! Sunburns are a serious risk when you stay in the sun without protecting yourself. Sunscreen is an important part of keeping yourself safe when you spend time in the sun, and Hilda the Hippo is here to teach you about the importance of sunscreen and how hippopotamuses can create their own natural kind!

Manatees and Mermaids / The Last Chocolate
Airs Tuesday July 23rd at 9:00am on WETA Kids
Airs Tuesday July 23rd at 8:30am on WETA TV26

Manatees and Mermaids: It’s fun to pretend you’re a sea creature like a dolphin when you swim, but an often overlooked animal is the Manatee. The Cat brings Sally and Nick off to see Matilda the Manatee, who proves to be quite a graceful swimmer! Learn more about these majestic creatures and how you can help keep their habitats safe!
The Last Chocolate: Have you ever wondered how your favorite chocolate bar was created? After the Cat mistakenly eats the last of Nick and Sally’s chocolate, the crew enters the Cocoalicious Forest to create some more from scratch! Learn how this sugary treat goes from simple beans to delicious confection!

The Toughest of All / How Cool is Coral
Airs Wednesday July 24th at 9:00am on WETA Kids
Airs Wednesday July 24th at 8:30am on WETA TV26

The Toughest of All: What do you think is the toughest animal in the world? You might think lions or sharks are tough, but neither of them stacks up to the amazing waterbear! The Cat sets off to prove that his pal Wally the Waterbear is tougher than them all, testing him with snowy landscapes and arid deserts. He even survives the harsh conditions of space travel and lives to tell the tale! It’s time to see who the true king of the jungle is!
How Cool is Coral: The crew goes on a quest to help a fish named Ting Tang find his way home. Along the way they see plenty of amazing things at the bottom of the ocean, including a couple of coral polyps who tell them all about the fascinating lives of coral! Learn how these tiny polyps continually grow and evolve to form reefs!

Super Cleaner Uppers/Itty Bitty Water
Airs Thursday July 25th at 9:00am on WETA Kids
Airs Thursday July 25th at 8:30am on WETA TV26

Super Cleaner Uppers:
One man’s trash is another animal’s treasure! In this episode we visit Sandy the sand hopper, who shows us how some creatures can use things we might think of as trash for another purpose! But be careful: sometimes trash can be extremely harmful to animals and needs to be disposed of correctly!
Itty Bitty Water: Even though there is water all around us, it’s still a precious resource for all life! The Cat teaches us about conserving water and how creatures in the desert can find water in the most unlikely of places!

Amazing Eyes / Water Walkers
Airs Friday July 26th at 9:00am on WETA Kids
Airs Friday July 26th at 8:30am on WETA TV26

Amazing Eyes: While playing hide-and-seek with their friend Katie the guinea pig, the crew enlists the help of some animals who have unbelievable seeing skills! Animals that can see far distances, behind themselves, and through body heat all come together to help find Katie. Learn all about these super powered eyes that exist in the wild!
Water Walkers: Swimming is fun, but what if you could walk across the water instead? The Cat brings us to visit a creature that can do just that: Walker the Water Strider! Learn how pockets of air allow the feet to stay on top of water without sinking into it!

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies July 20

Enjoy the old with the new this Saturday on WETA with back-to-back movies.

The Sunshine Boys (1975)
Walter Matthau and George Burns headline this Neil Simon comedy as the two halves of an old vaudeville duo. Having broken up after 43 years of working together, the two begrudgingly agree to put their differences aside and perform as part of a TV special on the history of comedy. But tempers flare and they battle each other every step of the way in this funny and touching film.
Tune in to WETA TV26 & HD Saturday at 9:30pm for The Sunshine Boys. Watch the trailer!

 


POV: Only The Young

Relive the uncertainty of youth with this documentary about three Christian teenagers in an idle Southern California town. Watch Garrison, Kevin, and Skye balance their decaying environment with budding relationships. Filmmakers Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims have created a portrait of modern adolescence that is sure to warm your heart.
Tune in to WETA TV26 & HD Saturday at 11:30pm for Only The Young. Watch the trailer!

 


 

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WETA Around Town Events: July 19-21

This weekend is full of great family activities just in time for the weather to cool down. Whether you're interested in culture, food, movies, or shopping, there's something for everyone here in our weekly WETA Around Town Events highlights!

Living Earth Festival 2013
In our fast-paced 21st century lives, it’s often easy to forget about the environment outside of the comfort of our homes. Our environment provides us with amazing things, and the Living Earth Festival is a celebration by the National Museum of the American Indian that brings you closer to the roots of life. The festival features plenty of primal activities such as cheese-making, native dances, and family activities that make this an ideal event for any age. If you’re a fan of popular Food Network shows, there’s even a high-paced all-natural cook off between local chefs!
Friday 1pm, Saturday 10am, Saturday 10am
Cost: Free
The National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street & Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560

Christmas in July
December may be five months away, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating Christmas! Come out to Old Town Alexandria this weekend for the city’s annual Christmas in July Celebration. The Christmas Attic and the businesses of Union Street are providing a fantastic variety of Christmas themed activities perfect for all ages. Kids can take pictures with “summer” Santa and Mrs. Claus, visit story time stations, decorate their own cookies, and make cool arts and crafts. Beat the summer heat with an ice cream social and enjoy live musical performances. Local businesses will be offering special promotions all day and donating a portion of their profits to children’s charity The Reading Connection. Make sure to stop by this Saturday for what’s sure to be a festive day of holiday fun!
Saturday 12-5pm
Cost: Free
Union Street between Cameron & Duke Street - Old Town Alexandria, VA

Clifton Film Festival
Summer is always a great time for movies, but how about watching some local talent? This Saturday, the 4th annual Clifton Film Fest provides an opportunity to watch original films, listen to live music, and eat food. The festival showcases the efforts of the community near the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. An award ceremony will honor the best student and regular films from the festival.
Saturday 4pm
Cost: $5
(Day Showings in the theater at 4:00pm); $10 (evening showing on the quad, 7:30pm)
Workhouse Arts Center  9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079
 

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Nazi Mega Weapons | Military Engineering History

During World War II, Hitler believed that one of the keys to victory was the manufacturing of new weaponry. Germany had some of the most brilliant scientific minds of all time on their side, and the Nazis put them to work in the creation of elaborate machines of death.  Though these technological innovations wouldn’t be enough to win them the war, their advancements were successful in advancing the world’s approach to war. We all know that history is written by the victors, but this month on WETA watch Nazi Mega Weapons and see the groundbreaking engineering that happened on the losing side.

Episode 1: Atlantic Wall

Watch the trailer! In 1942, the Nazis began work on an elaborate fortification along the western coast of Europe that was meant to defend against a possible attack from Great Britain. This massive set of buildings was unlike any defensive structure that the world had ever seen, and some of Germany’s top commanders were stationed in its forts. See an in-depth look at the 3 year building process and the overall fate of the Atlantic Wall. Airs Wednesday, July 17 at 10:00pm.

Episode 2: U-Boat Pens

Germany is well-known for their advanced U-Boat submarines that they used extensively during World War II. As the war progressed, the Nazis realized that advancements in bomb technology left their boats extremely vulnerable to aerial attack. As a result, the Germans created concrete pens that housed their submarines. These pens were very resistant to bombings, but their creation was anything but a simple process. Airs Wednesday, July 24 at 10:00pm.

Episode 3: V-2

Wernher von Braun was a rocket scientist who did extensive research for the Nazis during World War II. After receiving a grant from Germany, he created the prototype for what would eventually become the V-2 rocket. The V-2 eventually became extremely important to Hitler, who wanted a weapon that would be seen as a morale changer. After the war, other countries raced to recover and research the intact V-2 rockets in order to develop their own versions of this technological marvel. Airs Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00pm.

NOVA: 3D Spies of WWII

Watch the trailer! If you can’t get enough of the fascinating history behind World War II, watch the direct response to Germany’s mega weapons on NOVA: 3D Spies of WWII. As the Allies realized how powerful the new Nazi weapons were, they began an espionage expedition into German territory. Spies took photographs of potential German bases using cutting edge 3D technologies, and the photographs allowed them to interrupt German weapon development with strategic missile strikes. Witness the dangerous missions of World War II’s unsung heroes. Airs Wednesday, June 24 at 9:00pm

 

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The Week on WETA UK: July 15-21

This week on WETA UK, we’ve got the perfect mix of tense mysteries and hilarious comedies to keep you entertained. Kick back with your favorite British characters as their adventures play out before your eyes.

Monday at 10:30pm catch the latest episode of Foyle’s War. While investigating a murder, Foyle is unexpectedly pulled from the case accused of crimes he didn’t commit. As the mystery unfolds, Foyle fights to maintain his innocence.

Tuesday at 9:00pm watch the series 4 premiere of Rumpole of the Bailey. Barrister Horace Rumpole continues to take on a wide variety of criminal law cases, but complications arise when he finds out his friend is attempting to prosecute one of his clients.

Wednesday at 6:00pm see the beginning of Father Peter Clifford’s journey in the series premiere of Ballykissangel. Father Clifford moves to a new town, where people’s ideas of the clergy are a bit different than his own. Though they don’t always see eye to eye, Father Clifford begins to adapt and integrate into his new home.

Thursday at 10:00pm watch part 1 of the series 6 finale of Waking the Dead. Boyd receives a mysterious package that leads him towards a string of murders and cover-ups. As the case starts becoming clearer, he realizes that it hits much closer to home than he expected.

Thursday at 11:00pm catch the series 8 premiere of New Tricks. The Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad is back to investigate the murder of an employee at the National History Museum and how it may have been a result of a fuel company’s greed.

Friday at 5:30pm watch the series premiere of Good Neighbors. Tom and Barbara Good are fed up with their corporate lifestyles, and they decide that they’d be much happier if they started fresh with a simple farm in the suburbs. Follow them on their quest for a minimalist way of living.

Saturday at 8:00pm see the second part of Case Histories in this week’s WETA UK Event. New private investigator Jackson Brodie’s case becomes increasingly complex, and on top of everything else, he has to deal with growing instability in his home life. Watch the trailer!

Saturday at 10:00pm watch episode 2 of Bletchley Circle. The women discover that a group of closed murder cases may have been incorrectly solved while the murderer continues to roam free. As they investigate the true identity of the murderer, they get a bit closer than they expected. Watch the trailer!

Sunday at 8:00pm watch the series 4 premiere of Fresh Fields. The ideal suburban lives of William and Hester Fields continues, but not without its share of problems. Hester becomes increasingly cranky as the neighborhood sounds keep her from sleeping.

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies July 13

WETA has two back to back films for you this weekend and each one presents you with a man and his journey. Though these men are in very different situations, they both grow over the course of their respective films. Watch Jerry Landers unusual relationship with religion in Oh, God!, and immediately afterwards watch the touching tale of a prisoner who gets a taste of freedom in POV: Herman’s House.

WETA Movie: Oh, God! (1977)
Jerry Landers, an ordinary grocery store manager, unexpectedly finds himself face to face with God himself. To his surprise, he is chosen to be the vessel that spreads the message of the Lord to the people of Earth. Unfortunately, the world around him doesn’t believe his story, and he starts to seem like nothing more than a crazy man. Even as his family and friends begin to question his sanity, he perseveres in order to complete his heavenly task. Watch the trailer!
Oh, God! (1977) airs Saturday at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.

POV: Herman’s House

Most of us have an idea of what our dream home would be if we could live anywhere we wanted, but what would your dream home be if you spent most of your life in a solitary confinement cell? After hearing about Herman Wallace, a man who has spent more than 40 years in a Louisiana prison, artist Jackie Sumell decided she wanted to attempt to build Herman’s dream home. Through letter correspondence, Jackie puts together the fragments of Herman’s ideal home and works to create this home as a symbol of freedom. Though she faces her own life struggles, she pushes forward to make a forgotten man’s dreams come true. Watch the trailer!
POV: Herman’s House airs Saturday at 11:30pm on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.

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Egypt | NOVA & Secrets of the Dead

Travel down the Nile and back in time this Wednesday July 10 on WETA TV26 and HD. Starting at 8:00pm, we’re bringing you two special programs all about ancient Egypt!

First, NOVA brings you Building Pharaoh’s Chariots at 8:00pm. In this episode, a team of archeologists and engineers explore one of the ancient Egyptians proudest traditions: their state-of-the-art horse-drawn chariots. It is clear through their prominence in ancient art that chariots were iconic in Egyptian culture. Some claim the chariot marked a turning point in ancient military history. Even by modern standards, these marvels of engineering are highly sophisticated. Watch the team recreate the Egyptians’ revolutionary design and put the chariot to the test.

Watch the preview!

At 9:00pm catch the new two-hour Secrets of the Dead special, Ultimate Tut and learn the fascinating story of Egypt’s most famous pharaoh. Egyptologist Chris Naunton has created a comprehensive portrait of the life of the boy king using new research and technology. With the help of archeologists and historians, Naunton launches an in-depth discussion of King Tut’s life, from his relationships with his family and closest advisors to his political legacy. New models and graphics aid in analyzing the king’s burial and offer new possible answers to the questions surrounding his death. Make sure to tune in for this exciting episode!

Watch the preview!

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This Week on WETA UK: July 8-14

Sit back with a spot of tea and enjoy the all-star lineup of British shows all week on WETA UK.

Monday at 10:30am catch up with Hyacinth in the classic series Keeping Up Appearances. The relentless social climbing continues with the first episode of season three: Hyacinth tries to get her newly retired husband an executive position at a frozen foods company.

Tuesday at 8:00pm watch an unlikely team solve crimes in the Lancashire countryside with Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. In this episode, Hetty is hired by the prime suspect to find the true culprit in a string of poison pen letter crimes.

Wednesday at 10:30pm Dalziel is convinced that a supposed suicide is really murder in the first half of a Dalziel and Pascoe thriller.

Thursday at 8:00pm catch a double dose of mystery starting with Sherlock Holmes, followed by Agatha Christie’s Poirot at 9:00. Watch these legendary detectives solve crimes as only they can! Sherlock investigates the death of a gold-digging wife in “The Problem of Thor Bridge,” while Poirot investigates the death of his host at a hunting party in “The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge.”

Friday at 11:00am hang out with a mischievous elderly trio in Last of the Summer Wine. In this episode, Barry tries to learn Karate to outduel his show-off neighbor.

Saturday at 8:00pm don’t miss the WETA UK Event of the week with part 1 of Case Histories! Jackson Brodie is a new kind of detective, dealing with his traumatic military career as he transitions to being a private investigator.

Saturday at 10:00pm the code-cracking women of Bletchley Park reunite to track down a serial killer in the popular seriesThe Bletchley Circle!

Sunday at 10:00pm WETA UK is giving science fiction fans just what the doctor ordered! The first episode of the fifth season of Doctor Who finds The Doctor trying to save the world from an alien race known as the Atraxi. Then at 11:00, catch two episodes of the cult phenomenon Red Dwarf, following the last man alive and his non-human companions.

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The Not So Small Screen: America in Primetime

Each year, more and more television shows make breakthroughs in storytelling and production values that were unheard of a couple of decades ago. Television shows allow fully developed characters that can grow and break stereotypes over multiple years. Because of this, some of the tropes of characters in early television have been remodeled and adjusted to more realistically portray the complexity of human beings. In July on WETA TV26 & HD, America in Primetime looks at the past and present of a particular type of character and how it has evolved through the changing landscape of television. Watch a trailer for this series by reading the full blog post!

Episode 1: Independent Woman
Early television tended to place women into less important supportive roles, but in modern day television, women often are the ones who hold the most power. Characters like Jackie Peyton of Nurse Jackie and Nancy Botwin of Weeds present women who are independent and strong, providing for their families and taking charge of everything in their lives. Airs Friday, July 5 at 9:00pm.

Episode 2: Man of the House
We’ve all seen the traditional family shows like Full House and Home Improvement that provide a view of a traditional American family where a wholesome man of the house reigns. In today’s television the idea of the wholesome American dad has been challenged, and shows are providing a more realistic, flawed view of these men. Characters like mob boss Tony Soprano and drug kingpin Walter White can all fit within the traditional family, but underneath it they have their own problems and issues that make for compelling characters. Airs Friday, July 12 at 9:00pm.

Episode 3: The Misfit
Outsiders have been popular characters in television since the very beginning. We can all relate to the character that is a little bit different, but still finds a way to use their quirks as an advantage. Shows like Six Feet Under and Freaks and Geeks feature characters that could be considered “weird” by their peers, but their uniqueness makes them some of the most compelling characters on television. Airs Friday, July 19 at 9:30pm.

Episode 4: The Crusader
As long as there have been stories, there have been tales of crusaders saving the day. From Greek mythology to Batman comic books, the characters that are willing to break the rules for a good cause have become beloved. Today’s television features many of these characters, and networks have become more open to these morally ambiguous people. Many hit shows such as Dexter and 24 feature protagonists that could be considered good or evil, depending on your perspective. Airs Friday, July 26 at 9:30pm.
 

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Where to Watch Inspector Morse & Inspector Lewis | WETA UK

Unfortunately, 2013 saw Detective Inspector Robert Lewis and Detective Sergeant James Hathaway hanging up their hats and resigning from the police force. This marks the series end, and new episodes will no longer be coming. Though the series has finished, this is far from the end here at WETA UK.  Wednesdays on WETA UK will still be jam-packed with episodes of Inspector Morse, Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis, and starting July 24th, Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour.

Inspector Morse

The series that started it all continues on Wednesday nights on WETA UK. Watch Inspector Morse solve complex cases with the help of his partner, the man himself, Detective Lewis. In tonight’s episode, Inspector Morse looks into the historic case of murdered woman that he suspects may not have been correctly solved. As he delves into this case, his own health takes a turn for the worse! Inspector Morse airs every Wednesday night at 8:00pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis

Inspector Lewis’ journey hasn’t ended here at WETA UK, and the compelling crimes continue to be solved on Wednesday nights. Tonight, Inspector Lewis investigates the mysterious resurfacing of an assumed dead rock star. Nothing is simple with this case, as the body of an orphan boy turns up that has a connection to the band. To make things even stranger, the band is one that Lewis used to be a big fan of! Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis airs every Wednesday night at 9:00pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour

Inspector Morse is undoubtedly one of the greatest inspectors of all time, but he wasn’t always the expert you see in Inspector Morse. Everyone has an origin, and on Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour, you can witness the early days of Endeavour Morse. Beginning on July 24th, catch the all new series that shows Morse’s early days at Oxford University, where he almost decides he doesn’t want to work in the police department at all! Brand new episodes of Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour will begin airing Wednesday nights at 10:30pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies July 6

The beginning of a new season provides a chance for change and reflection. Join WETA in celebrating change with three films that feature people in limbo.

Get Shorty (1995)
The film follows Chili Palmer (John Travolta), a gangster from Miami who is sent to collect a debt in Las Vegas. While there, he accepts an assignment from a casino and heads to Hollywood to collect a debt from B-movie producer Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman). Having always been interested in films, Palmer uses the opportunity to get involved with the business. Watch as he makes the messy transition from thug to producer, discovering that the two jobs have more in common than you might think. Also starring James Gandolfini, Danny DeVito, Rene Russo, Delroy Lindo, and Dennis Farina.
Tune in to WETA TV26 & HD Saturday at 9:30pm for the crime-comedy Get Shorty.

 

POV: Special Flight
Take a trip to Geneva’s Frambois detention center, a place where the rubber of Switzerland’s strict immigration policies meets the road. At Frambois are illegal immigrants waiting to be deported to their home lands. The inmates are stuck between the opportunities of a socially progressive Switzerland and the possibility of harsh consequences upon returning to their native countries.
Tune in to WETA TV26 & HD Saturday at 11:30pm for POV’s Special Flight.


POV: El General

A complicated legacy has left filmmaker Natalia Almada with a lot to think about. The great-granddaughter of Mexico’s villainous former president Plutarco Elías Calles, Almada tries to reconcile her grandmother’s memory of Calles with the perspectives of the millions of Mexicans who despised him. Using her grandmother’s tape recordings, Almada sees a woman who was trying to change the opinions of her father.
Tune in to WETA TV 26 & HD Sunday at 12:30am for POV: El General.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: July 1-7

There’s no need to buy a plane ticket to catch up on all your favorite British television shows! WETA UK is bringing the best of British television to the comfort of your home 24/7. Keep reading to see what’s on this week!

Monday at 9:00pm watch the first two episodes the fourth season of Midsomer Murders. In this two part episode, Midsomer is overtaken by greed when a plan for a new tea shop leads to a string of murders. Will Inspector Barnaby solve the case? Tune in to find out!

Tuesday at 10:00pm catch the thrilling open to the seventh season of MI-5! This episode’s sure to have you on the edge of your seat as the UK’s best counterintelligence agents face a dangerous Chechen mercenary group.

Wednesday at 8:00pm watch your favorite grumpy detective get to the bottom of another mystery on Inspector Morse! Even a hospital stay can’t stop Morse from solving one of his most challenging crimes in this episode.

Thursday at 11:00pm London’s best veteran police detectives are at it again in this episode of New Tricks. After guns used in an armed robbery offer clues to a boxer’s unsolved murder, the team begins investigating a fifteen-year-old cold case.

Friday at 10:00pm watch the very first episode of the classic sitcom As Time Goes By! A chance encounter reunites former lovers Jean and Lionel after 38 years of separation. Will the pair rekindle their romance or let love slip away again?

Saturday at 10:00pm tune in for the endearing nature film Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar. Join actor Martin Clunes as he journeys to Madagascar to learn about the lovable and endangered species of lemurs who call the island home.

Sunday at 2:00pm catch four back-to-back episodes on Antiques Roadshow. In these episodes, the show heads to Althorp, Ascot, Lanhydrock, and Southwell. Tune in to find the hidden worth in seemingly average household antiques.