October 2013

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JFK Anniversary Shows in November on WETA TV26

WETA TV26 recognizes the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy throughout the month of November. Join WETA in remembering the life and death of an American leader and icon through powerful programming.

 

American Experience: JFK
Monday November 11 at 9:00pm and Tuesday November 12 at 9:00pm
This two-part biography examines the life of John F. Kennedy, from his time as the forgotten second son of a multimillionaire, to his becoming the youngest elected president in U.S. history. Featuring interviews with Kennedy family members and renowned historians, this new four-hour retrospective presents a fresh outlook on JFK’s presidential strengths and weaknesses, as well as new insights into his personal life and status as one of the most adored leaders of our nation’s history. Watch a preview here!

NOVA: Cold Case JFK
Wednesday November 13 at 9:00pm

The assassination of John F. Kennedy has spawned mysterious rumors of conspiracies and evidence-tampering for decades. Now, 50 years later, NOVA asks: Could modern investigators solve the President’s murder? For the first time since the original inquiry by the FBI, NOVA and a team of forensic experts employ advanced new technology, including laser scanning, ballistics tests, and a 3D digital reconstruction of the president's skull, in an attempt to solve the murder of the century. Watch a preview here!

Secrets of the Dead: JFK: One PM Central Standard Time
Wednesday November 13 at 10:00pm

Secrets of the Dead chronicles the JFK assassination from the moment the President was shot until Walter Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death, at one PM central standard time. Narrated by George Clooney, the special features rarely seen archives of President John F. Kennedy and Walter Cronkite, an interview with Bill Clinton, and moving recollections from the producers, writers and reporters who were present on that tragic day. Watch a preview here!

JFK: Breaking the News
Tuesday November 19 at 9:00pm

JFK: Breaking the News presents an exclusive look at how reporters and journalists working in Dallas in 1963 responded to the assassination of the President. Looking back over 40 years, television and print journalists recall their stories and memories of reporting the murder of President Kennedy, analyzing how it changed the country and led to the notable rise of television as a primary source for breaking news coverage.

Frontline: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?
Tuesday November 19 at 10:00pm

Frontline presents an exclusive three-hour investigative biography that offers a new perspective on the Kennedy assassination by exploring the life of the gunman accused of murdering the President. This examination of Oswald’s life features expert analysis from a number of reporters and expert consultants, hundreds of witnesses, and those who have closely studied and observed him. "Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?" chronicles Oswald’s life through rare documents, photos, and video and audio recordings and traces his movements in the weeks leading up to the assassination.

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This Week on WETA UK: October 28-November 3

Monday at 8:00pm watch Pie in the Sky as Henry undergoes a management training course after a fantastic review from a rigid food critic sends everything into an uproar. 

Tuesday at 8:00pm start watching Father Brown. The Church of Apollo has come Kembleford and Susie is drawn to their charismatic leader Kalon. Soon, Kalon's wife falls pray to murder and Father Brown must solve the mystery and restore order.

Wednesday at 9:00pm tune in for Masterpiece Mystery! Foyle's War: Killing Time. African American GIs stationed near Bristol find they are fighting against  intolerance and unwelcome behavior from the locals. The young single mother Mandy Dean has trouble finding a home for her and her interracial baby. Soon a brutal murder ensues among the bigotry of the locals and the retuning exboyfriend of Mandy and Foyle must solve it as well as confronting the US army.

Thursday at 8:00pm tune into WETA UK for an encore presentation of Scott and Bailey beginning with season 1 episode 1. A pregnant, teenage Turkish girl covers up a murder as Rachel and Janet begin their relationship of solving murder mysteries. Then at 9:00pm catch the WETA UK season 3 premiere of Vera.

Friday night, spend time with some mysterious ladies. First at 8:00pm catch the new Ladies of Letters. Vera moves to a trailer park and falls in with a very suspicious crowd. Then at 8:30pm Rosemary and Thyme care for an abandoned baby while trying to decipher the death of a well-known artist.  At 9:30pm watch a new Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. Helga Allowby, accused of sending noxious poison pen letters to residents of her village, hires Hetty to prove her innocence in the episode Poison Pen.

Saturday at 8:00pm catch the new episode of Diamond Queen. The Queen wants to modernize the monarchy so Marr is called in to assess what needs to be done. Prince William and Prince Harry talk about their grandmother’s influence on the royal wedding.

Sundays at 9:00pm, the new series Chasing Churchill: In Search of My Grandfather begins. Starting as a Second Lieutenant in the Army, Winston Churchill's life in the public eye was an amazing journey as he rose through the political world to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and lead Britain to victory against the Axis powers. Episode one, Wanted Dead or Alive, starting at Sandhurst Military Academy,  which Churchill left in 1894 in search of adventure, Celia Sandys begins her search on the private life of Winston Churchill.

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies October 26

Saturday, October 26 at 9:30pm  join WETA TV26 & HD for movie night as we bring you the James Dean classic film East of Eden.

Make sure to stick around after the film to see the two latest WETA local productions, Pizza in Washington and Burgers in Washington!

This 1955 film was directed by Elia Kazan and loosely based on both the Steinbeck novel East of Eden and the story of Cain and Abel.  Struggling to find himself during the late years of World War I while competing with his brother Aron for their father’s affection, Cal is a sorrowful and desperate young man. Wild attempts to please his father, family secrets, and a love triangle make this film a dynamic drama perfect for a Saturday night at home. Will Cal find his place in the world, and more importantly, in his own family? Find out this Saturday night on WETA TV26 & HD!

For more James Dean films tune in every Saturday to WETA TV26 & HD for Rebel Without a Cause and Giant in the coming weeks!

 

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WETA Around Town Events: October 25-27

This weekend in the Washington, DC area, tap into art, music, and theater on your days off work! Read on to learn about a unique Halloween concert party, a cultural art exhibit at a local university, and a theatrical comedy written by Steve Martin all here in your backyard this weekend, October 25-27!

Newmyer Flyer Presents: Halloween Howl Concert & Costume Party
This Friday, Newmyer Flyer Presents: Halloween Howl at the Hamilton Live. Enjoy local musicians performing the greatest Halloween hits from the last 50 years like Bad Moon Rising, Psycho Killer, Thriller, and Sympathy For The Devil. Hosted at the Hamilton in DC where “musician and audience come together for a truly unique experience of entertainment and dining”, this Halloween party isn't one to miss. Costumes are optional but there's a costume contest for those who want to participate. Dinner, drinks, dancing, costumes, and music: don't miss out on the Halloween party of the year.
Friday 8:30pm
Cost: $20
The Hamilton Live
- 600 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20005 near Metro Center

ART Filipino: Works by Master Artists
This Friday and Saturday, catch the last two days of ART Filipino: Works by Master Artists at the Asian Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts at Towson University. At the turn of the past century, up to the sixties and seventies, artists in the Philippines pioneered the modern art movement before their counterparts in other countries of Asia. Organized in cooperation with the Philippine Center in New York, this exhibition celebrates the remarkable advancement in Filipino identity through free and creative expressions of human experiences, embodied in these works of nationally recognized master artists.
Friday 11am-4pm & Saturday 1pm-4pm
Cost: Free
Towson University Center of the Arts
- 8000 York Road Towson, MD

Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if two of the greatest minds of all time shared a drink at a bar? The Vienna Theatre Company brings this dream scenario to life in its fall production, Picasso at the Lapin Agile! Created by comedic guru Steve Martin, this fun and imaginative play places Einstein and Picasso at a bar in 1904, right when both men happen to be on the verge of world-changing ideas. When each mastermind realizes that the other is a formidable foe, a drawn out debate about the significance of genius and talent ensues. Enjoy a night of laughter coupled with a bit of mental stimulation as you witness the expertise of The Vienna Theatre Company and the intelligence of Picasso at the Lapin Agile!
Friday & Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm
Cost: $13
Vienna Community Center
- 120 Cherry Street SE Vienna, VA
 

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New PBS History Series | African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. narrates African-American history in the groundbreaking new six-part PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. The series premieres Tuesday, October 22 at 8:00pm with episode one: The Black Atlantic (1500 – 1800) and airs over six consecutive Tuesdays through November 26. Throughout the course of the series, viewers will see that the road to freedom for black people in America was not linear, but more like the course of a river, full of loops and eddies, slowing, and occasionally reversing the current of progress. Visiting key historical sites, debating with some of America’s top historians, and interviewing living eyewitnesses, Professor Gates travels the United States taking viewers on a journey through five centuries of African-American history.

 

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies October 19

Wait Till Dark (1967)

This Saturday at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD, recently blinded Susy Hendrix, played by the elegant Audrey Hepburn, is terrorized by criminals as they search for a baby doll they used to smuggle heroin into the country with. Susy is also learning to cope with her recent blindness, from a accident and is aided by her unreliable neighbor Gloria (Julie Herrod). Led by the violent Roat (Alan Arkin), the tension mounts as he will do anything to regain the doll, including impersonating police officers and friends of her husband to win her confidence and obtain access to her apartment to look for the doll. Wait Until Dark is an entertaining, suspenseful thriller that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat as Susy fights for her life against the criminals.

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies October 12

On October 12, WETA TV26 brings you a night of cerebral cinema. At 9:30pm, take a strange journey through the dark depths of the human mind in the suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train. Then at 11:30pm meet the men and women who learned to utilize the human brain to manipulate consumers, impact culture, and redefine the advertising empire in an Independent Lens presentation: Art and Copy.

Strangers on a Train (1951) at 9:30pm
Bruno, a psychotic socialite, has concocted a flawless plan to eradicate his hated father. When he stumbles across the ideal partner in Guy, a tennis player he meets on a train, Bruno proposes a clear-cut arrangement: Bruno kills Guy’s unwanted wife and Guy rids Bruno of his despised father. Will this extreme plan stay on track, or will it end in a train wreck? Climb aboard the suspense express in Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train! Is the suspense killing you? Watch the trailer here!

Independent Lens: Art & Copy at 11:30pm
Are you fascinated by the advertising entrepreneurs on TV shows like Mad Men? Now you can go back in time, to the genesis of the advertising empire, and explore the inventiveness of the most influential advertising creators of our time. Born out of advertising’s creative revolution of the 1960s, these artists, writers, and visionaries were at the helm of the redefinition of the advertising business. These individuals have deeply influenced culture and society, but are relatively unknown outside of their industry. This fascinating documentary explores the psychological methods implemented by these advertising gurus that greatly impacted the redefining of the advertising kingdom. Watch the trailer here!

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This Week on WETA UK: October 7-13

Monday at 6:30pm is comedy after work! Watch your favorite groom Howard wake up in a jail cell and finds out some bad news about his best man in Worst Week of my Life. Then on Outnumbered a dinner party turns into something of a catastrophe when the family finds out Angela is planning to return to America. The laughter continues with an episode of My Family where Ben becomes upset when everyone ignores his birthday.

Tuesday at 10:30pm catch up with Rumpole of the Bailey as season 6 begins! Rumpole  
defends a restaurateur whom he doesn’t have a taste for after having when a live mouse jumps from one of his gourmet meals.

Wednesday at 1:00pm is a sleuth afternoon with new episodes of all your favorite mystery, murder, and spies. MI-5 has Juliet blackmailing Harry to support her bid for the Security & Intelligence Coordinator's job. Will Harry get manipulated or will it all be too much to handle? Adam is now convinced he knows the mole's identity but accuses the wrong person. At 2:00pm a 20-year-old case is reopened as new evidence is found in a pub toilet on the next episode of New Tricks. Then at 3:00pm on Waking the Dead, the unsolved case of the disappearance of five-year-old twins Jason and Cindy Murphy is reopened when one of them turns up in a hospital bed. Followed by Hustle at 4:00pm where Mickey and crew come across a diamond whose owner is will do whatever it takes to get it back.
 
Thursday at 11:30pm tune in for the new season of Waking the Dead. A woman found wandering naked throughwoodland has no recollection of how she got there or why her DNA was found at a murder scene in 1967.

Friday at 10:30pm
catch Rosemary and Thyme. A former boyfriend of Rosemary invites her and Laura to southern Spain where he wants her to restore a Moorish garden in his home located in the hills behind Malaga.
 
Saturday at 8:00pm the WETA UK Event: The Complete Mr. Selfridge continues with Selfridge in a coma and Ellen Love is recovering from her attempted suicide. Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle has a séance in the store invoking two dead relative’s to show up at a store.
 
Sunday at 11:00pm season 6 of Doctor Who begins with The Impossible Astronaut. The  
Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song are reunited in the middle of the Utah desert after receiving envelopes each containing a date, time, and map reference and soon to adventure with President Nixon and the Silence.

 

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4th & Long-Term Brain Injuries | Frontline: League of Denial: NFL’s Concussion Crisis

Are you ready for some football? Prepare to be blindsided with a new perspective on America’s favorite game. In a new 2 hour special, Frontline tackles the issues surrounding concussions in the National Football League. Former players are speaking out against the multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut claiming that in the past the league has concealed how much it knows about football inflicted, long-term brain injuries. Now, Frontline gives you front row tickets to its investigation of the invisible disease attacking the brains of former NFL players. Don’t miss this shocking inside story that could change America’s beloved game forever. Watch a preview here!

Frontline: League of Denial: NFL’s Concussion Crisis airs October 8 at 9pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Interested in learning more? Check out this video interview with Frontline producer and director Michael Kirk and Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson.

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies October 5

Saturday October 5 watch a comedy and light hearted documentary on WETA TV26 and WETA HD! Laugh with the '80s cult favorite Raising Arizona at 9:30pm then on Independent Lens: The Parking Lot Movie at 11:30pm witness an in-depth look at the strange band of misfits in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Raising Arizona (1987)

The 1980s certainly had its fair share of comedies, Nicolas Cage stars opposite Holly Hunter in this cult comedy. Directed by the Joel and Ethan Coen, with their usual movie flair for unconventional characters and camera work, an ex-con and an ex-cop couple want a baby so stanch one up from a family's quintuplets’. Laugh and cry as the couple’s life gets more complicated than they expected. Watch the trailer here!

Independent Lens: The Parking Lot Movie

This is a documentary directed by Meghan Eckman about a parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia where a group of parking lot attendants are actually grad students, philosophers, artists, and middle-age slackers. Hanging out at the parking lot, they shoot the breeze and conduct their own private "war" against pretentious and obnoxious customers who park their BMWs and Hummers there. Could this tiny slab of asphalt in Virginia be a stop on the road to The American Dream? Watch the trailer here!

 

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New Masterpiece Series on WETA | Masterpiece Classic The Paradise

This new Masterpiece Classic! series premieres Sunday October 6 at 9pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

A clever blend of romance, mystery, and social comedy, this extravagant costume drama explores the lives of the people that worked, shoped, and traded in and around The Paradise, the first department store in Northern England during the 1870s. The story follows a naïve country girl, Denise Lovett, as she becomes immersed in the power struggles surrounding the store including a forbidden romance with the store’s elegant and mysterious owner, John Moray. The Paradise embodies the progress and pain of a new age of commerce in England, but can Denise and John have a future together amidst the personal and political conflicts that envelop this era of progress?

The Paradise airs throughout the month Sundays at 9pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD!