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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule March 11 – 17

Can you believe we still have new shows to share with you? As your go-to for British television in the Washington, DC area, we hope to deliver a wide variety of programming on WETA UK and that means trying new programs while also keeping your beloveds running. This week on WETA UK, you’ll be thrilled by our newest British detective Inspector George Gently, while we continue to share WETA UK favorites like DCI Banks. Adding to the excitement, new seasons begin for comedies Keeping Up Appearances, Outnumbered, and Blackadder. Read on for more information about these and other shows that we want to highlight in this week’s WETA UK schedule!

To watch video previews of these shows, click here!

Monday at 10:00pm don’t miss the WETA UK Inspector George Gently premiere! Inspector George Gently is an incorruptible, uncompromising cop transplanted from London’s Scotland Yard to England’s North Country in the mid-1960s. Gently’s reputation for honesty and relentlessness makes him almost as feared among his colleagues as he is among criminals. But he finds an odd ally in John Bacchus, an overeager, opinionated young sergeant who plays fast and loose with police procedures. Together the two tackle cases involving murderers, drug dealers, gun runners, and more. Gently is about to discover a whole new world of murder and intrigue in 1960s Britain, a place where everything is about to change, but the past is always present.

Tuesday at 11:00pm try out the comedy Benny Hill. The delightfully outrageous British comedian headlines a slapstick sketch series, an unapologetic throwback to burlesque traditions. This show also airs late-night throughout the week so if you’re looking for  more, check out the Benny Hill schedule on weta.org

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse begins to investigate a new mystery in Absolute Conviction, Part 1. Morse and Lewis investigate the affairs of three people in prison for fraud but when one of them is murdered, they are surprised by what they find. Once someone attempts to kill one of the two surviving fraudsters, the clock seems to speed up and the crime-solving duo must take actions fast. 

Thursday at 7:30pm begin the roaring comedy Keeping Up Appearances from the very first episode. Hyacinth goes to incredible lengths in her quest for refinement. She insists that her name Bucket is pronounced bouquet. Her house is spick-and-span with everything in its proper place. Even the empty milk bottles sparkle on the doorstep after their obligatory rinse in the dishwasher. There is one very enormous drawback to Hyacinth’s pretensions. The rest of her family is as common as muck. They live together in a rundown house that looks like a junkyard. Sister Daisy and her husband Onslow are out-and-out slobs and her elderly father is a lecherous drunk. Whatever Hyacinth does, her family can always be guaranteed to show her up.

Friday at 9:30pm begin Outnumbered season 3, episode 1, a comedy series which captures the chaos of an ordinary British in a very unique way. The lives of Pete, Sue, and their three children are locked in an unequal battle. Using aspects of improvisation, this show sees the world as much from the children's point of view as that of the adults'.

Saturday at 8:00pm WETA UK Event: DCI Banks continues with Strange Affair and Dry Bones That Dream. In Strange Affair, DCI Alan Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother Roy and Banks drops everything to find him, just as new recruit DI Helen Morton finds evidence linking Banks to the body of a murder victim. In Dry Bones That Dream, DCI Alan Banks and DI Helen Morton must learn to reconcile their conflicting policing styles and personalities while trying to unravel the increasingly puzzling murder of a local accountant who has been leading a secret double life.

Sunday at 9:00pm kick off the fourth season of the classic comedy Blackadder entitled, Blackadder Goes Forth. A world-weary Captain Blackadder, veteran of numerous campaigns, suddenly finds himself in the trenches facing four million German machine guns. He is not a happy man. He’d be slightly happier if General Melchett's battle plans were less suicidal and if Private Baldrick's cooking wasn't confined to rat.

 

 

 

 

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WETA Kids Block Party | WordGirl: March-Enemy Week

The WETA Kids Block Party showcases every episode of all your favorite shows from the week, back-to-back in a special block on Saturdays and Sundays. If you’re up late on Saturday, watch every WordGirl episode from the previous week from 10:30pm – 1:00am or DVR it for Sunday morning!

But coming next week, we have something extra special for WordGirl fans: March-Enemy Week! Everyone’s favorite vocabulary-slinging super hero squares off against a cavalcade of evil-doers in WordGirl: March-Enemy Week! From March 11-15, WETA KIDS has five brand-new WordGirl episodes including the two-part Dinner or Consequences. The title of this week’s theme is a play on “arch enemy”. This means every episode is action-packed with an encounter between WordGirl and some of her most nefarious foes: Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy, Birthday Girl, Tobey, The Butcher, Granny Mae, The Energy Monster, and, of course, Dr. Two Brains.

Click here to watch a preview of WordGirl: March-Enemy Week!

Be sure to tune in March 11-15 for five all new WordGirl episodes and stop in every Saturday from 10:30pm – 1:00am for The WETA Kids Block Party: WordGirl.

For more WETA Kids Block Party information, check out our blog post on The WETA Kids Block Party Curious George, The WETA Kids Block Party Dinosaur Train, and The WETA Kids Block Party Wild Kratts!

Premieres: Monday March 11 at 4:30pm
Also airs:  Tuesday March 12 at 9:30am, Wednesday March 20 at 4:30pm, Thursday March 21 at 9:30am
Plain Old Mischief Makers: When best friends Big Left Hand Guy and InvisiBill risk losing their super villain status, they decide to pull off their biggest heist to date. Can WordGirl stop this determined duo who always manage to escape her at the last minute? Vocabulary Words: Diminish, Declare. 
House Arrest: While Chuck's jail cell is being painted, he's put under house arrest at the Botsford's. Becky is stuck spending more time waiting on Chuck rather than fighting the other villains. Vocabulary Words: Release, Rowdy.
 
Premieres: Tuesday March 12 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Wednesday March 13 at 9:30am, Friday March 22 at 4:30pm, Monday March 25 at 9:30am
Monkey Business: After a battle, WordGirl accidentally leaves Captain Huggy Face behind (again). So he spends the day doing all of his favorite things. When an overzealous Chuck strikes, it's up to Captain Huggy Face to single-handedly save the day. Vocabulary Words: Recall, Zeal. 
Say it Again, Eileen: Eileen won't stop copying Becky - and it's driving Becky nuts! Can WordGirl stop Eileen from transforming into the Birthday Girl before the bake sale (and Becky's treasured crumpets) are ruined? Vocabulary Words: Stymie, Guidance.
 
Premieres: Wednesday March 13 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Thursday March 14 at 3:30am, Tuesday March 26 at 4:30pm, Wednesday March 27 at 9:30am
Day at the Museum: Scoops takes Becky, Bob, and Violet to the museum to find inspiration for his news story for The Big City Times. When they hear a rumor about a haunted treasure, the team goes on a search - with The Butcher right behind! Can Scoops, Becky, Bob, and Violet find the treasure, evade The Butcher, and do it all in time for Scoops to keep his deadline? Vocabulary Words: Rumor, Deadline. 
Best Fan Club Meeting Ever: TJ plans a meeting to divulge a secret about WordGirl to International WordGirl Fan Club members. However, when Tobey finds out that a secret about his love/nemesis will be revealed, he crashes the meeting with an eavesdropping robot and threatens to destroy the clubhouse. WordGirl has to spring into action to save the clubhouse and her fans! Vocabulary Words: Divulge, Eavesdrop.
 
Premieres: Thursday March 14 at 4:30pm, Friday March 15 at 9:30am, Friday March 29 at 4:30pm
Who’s Your Granny?: Granny May decides to become more notorious by committing bigger crimes involving crazy contraptions. Meanwhile, Becky is frustrated that she does not appear in any yearbook photos since she always has to escape to fight crime as WordGirl. Will Becky/WordGirl ever be able to get her photo in the yearbook and find time to interact with the new, hi-tech Granny May? Vocabulary Words: Interact, Contraption.
Win a Day with WordGirl: The Big City Times announces a writing contest prize: win a day with WordGirl. A chance at a full-day encounter with everyone's favorite superhero causes Tobey, Scoops, and TJ to go to extremes to win - ending in a robot-filled squabble at the library. Vocabulary Words: Encounter, Squabble.
 
Premieres: Friday March 15 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Monday March 18 at 9:30am
Part 1: Dr. Two Brains is stealing all the city's milk and using it-with help from the unusually talkative Energy Monster-to superpower his new ray and turn the whole city into cheese! It's up to WordGirl to find the disappearing dairy and stop Dr. Two Brains... even if it means missing her family feast and having to face the consequences. Vocabulary Words: Feast, Consequences. 
Part 2: Becky has to rely on an old Botsford tradition - the family trial - to convince her family that she vanished from the feast for a good reason. But when the Energy Monster breaks Dr. Two Brains out of jail and the two head over to the Botsfords to take back a powerful invention, will Becky be able to prove her innocence and transform into WordGirl in time to stop two super villains? Vocabulary Words: Vanish, Rely.
 
 
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I, Claudius Marathon

The mini-series I, Claudius, is based on a novel written in the form of an autobiography of the Roman Emperor Claudius. The classic story of the physically weak being intellectually underestimated was immensely popular when it first aired in 1977 and is still loved almost 35 years later. 

 

This Sunday, travel back in time to Rome through the eyes of Claudius and become a historical investigator of deadly plots and scandal in one of the greatest Empires of all time. When Emperor Caligula abuses his power as ruler of Rome, Claudius is named the new leader. A stuttering and sickly man, he immediately encounters challenges and power struggles. Does Claudius shy away from his new position or does he become the Emperor Rome needs? Follow the span of Claudius’ life and the history of the Roman Empire with this enthralling marathon of the award-winning series I, Claudius this Sunday.

Watch the I, Claudius Marathon over two weekends beginning this Sunday, March 10th from 10:00am to 6:00pm concluding Sunday, March 17th from 12:00pm - 6:00pm

 

 

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town March 9-10

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of free dancing lessons, silent film fun, and more in your own backyard!

 
Dancing in Bethesda
Put on those dancing shoes because this weekend is Dance Bethesda!  The two-day event starts Friday night with free dance lessons and parties, hosted by studios in downtown Bethesda.  Try your foot at rumba, social dancing, ballroom, hip-hop, tap, folklore, salsa, swing, tango, and jazz or watch demonstrations throughout the night.  Then on Saturday, a group of seven dance companies will perform at Round House Theatre for the 9th annual Dance Bethesda Concert. (They’ve been being selected from a group of 50 local contestants.)  With a variety of dance genres, like contemporary from the Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, Central Asian from the Silk Road Dance Company and ballet from The Washington School of Ballet, this event will provide a well-rounded selection of the most talented dancers in the Washington, D.C. area. 
Open Studio Night- Friday, 8-10:30pm 
Cost: Free
 
Studios hosting open houses include: Dance Bethesda Dance Studio, Dansez! Dansez!, Du-Shor Dance Studio, Joy of Motion Dance Center (6:30-9:45pm), and The Mindfulness Center.
 
Bethesda Dance Concert
Saturday, 8pm
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under
Round House Theatre  4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland
 
 
Silent Film (But Not a Silent Event)
This Saturday, indulge your senses with lavish costumes and drama with the Freer Gallery’s presentation of “Intolerance: Silent Film with Live Musical Accompaniment.”  Intolerance, one of the masterpieces of the Silent Era, looks at Man’s persistent “intolerance” throughout the ages and connects stories from four very different time periods:  the American “modern” melodrama of 1914, the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 1572, the fall of Babylon at the hands of the Persians in 539 BCE, and the death of Jesus Christ.  This film program is presented in conjunction with the Sackler Gallery’s exhibition of the Cyrus Cylinder, which will be featured in an upcoming segment of WETA Around Town! 
Saturday, 3pm
Cost:  Free
Freer Gallery  1200 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20013
 
 
A Family Adventure in Time Travel
If you could go back in time, what period would you travel to?  Would you go back in time to the Medieval Age or to the days at Woodstock?  What about the Civil War Era?  Well, if you said the Civil War, you are in luck.  As a tie-in with “The Civil War and American Art” exhibition, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will be hosting Civil War Family Day.  Kids and families will have the opportunity to learn about the men, women and children of the mid-1800s by participating in an afternoon full of Civil War related activities, such as craft making, photography, music, scavenger hunts and more.  So join them this Saturday for a fun-filled day in the past at the Kogod Courtyard.
Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Cost: Free
Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum  8th and F Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C.
 
 
Psst! After the Civil War Family Day festivities have wrapped up, take the kids to the accompanying exhibition, “The Civil War and American Art.” Here’s what our critics have to say about it.
 
 
 
Select films opening today:
Australian director Cate Shortland’s second feature is a WWII thriller that tracks the 900 km journey of five siblings (including Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Nele Trebs, and Ursina Lardi) as they make their way to their grandmother’s house near Hamburg, Germany after Allied Forces arrest their Nazi parents.
 
 
This post-WWII drama by British director Peter Webber (GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING and HANNIBAL RISING) traces an American general’s (Tommy Lee Jones) investigation of Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s (Takatarô Kataoka) role in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
 
 
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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule March 3 - 10

This week we introduce a brand new detective series to the WETA UK schedule! You’re invited to the Monday night premiere of Scott and Bailey! We continue many of our best British shows and begin new seasons of our favorites. Read on for more highlights this week and click here to watch video trailers of these shows!

 

Monday at 9:00pm join us for the WETA UK premiere of Scott and Bailey. This show is a thrilling investigative drama exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives, DC Janet Scott and DC Rachel Bailey both of whom are members of the Major Incident Team of the fictional Manchester Metropolitan Police. Rachel and Janet are close friends with different personalities: Rachel is impulsive and free-thinking, whereas Janet is subtle and wise. Each episode sees Rachel and Janet face a serious crime that is both challenging and emotionally difficult as well as cope with their own complex personal lives. Scott & Bailey is an honest, powerful and funny crime drama series. Also airs Tuesday at 3:00pm.

Tuesday at 9:00pm Rumpole of the Bailey continues with episode 2: Rumpole & the Alternative Society. Rumpole is in west England defending Kathy Trelawney, a woman charged with selling marijuana to a federal agent. Rumpole tries to connect with an old friend from his time in the Royal Air Force, Sam 'Three Fingers' Dogherty. Also airs Wednesday at 4:00pm.

Wednesday at 6:00pm begin season 5 of BallyKissAngel. Paul Dooley, a shady figure from Brian Quigley's shady past, returns to the village with a business arrangement that brings him into direct conflict with his old rival. Despite the best efforts of his wife, Oonagh, and his two children, Dooley is destined to cross swords with his former nemesis. But any wheeling and dealing is likely to be carefully scrutinized by the new garda in town, the very rigorous Frankie Sullivan. Also airs Saturday at 3:00pm & Sunday at 11:00am.

Thursday get your mystery fix on WETA UK! Kick off at 8:00pm with Sherlock Holmes: The Greek Interpreter. An nasty gang kidnaps a Greek interpreter and forces him to relate their demands to abductees who know only the Greek tongue. Also airs Saturday at 2:00pm. Then at 9:00pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Cornish Mystery. Much to Poirot's disappointment, he arrives too late in Cornwall to prevent Mrs. Pengelley's death. She had asked for his help, suspecting her dentist husband to be poisoning her so that he could marry his young assistant. After conducting preliminary interviews, Poirot is sure that Mrs. Pengelley was not murdered by her husband and sets about finding the real killer. Also airs Saturday at 4:00pm.

Friday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm watch four back-to-back episodes of My Family. This is a British comedy about a family just trying to stay afloat in a crazy world. Dad, Ben is a dentist struggling to understand his wife Susan the terrible cook, daughter Janey the selfish shopping addict, youngest son Michael the brain, and eldest son Nick the lazy goof. Although loving and caring parents, Ben and Susan have a little trouble showing their children these true intentions since the kids are always up to something. This series also airs Mondays – Fridays at 7:00pm.

Saturday afternoon catch up on all your favorite WETA UK shows from the week. 
10:00am  Yes, Prime Minister
10:30am  May to December
11:00am  Fresh Fields
11:30am  Last of the Summer Wine
12:00pm  New Tricks
1:00pm   Prime Suspect
2:00pm   Sherlock Holmes
3:00pm   BallyKissAngel
4:00pm   Agatha Christie’s Poirot
5:00pm   Inspector Morse
6:00pm Death in Paradise
7:00pm  Dalziel and Pascoe
 

Sunday at 10:00pm Doctor Who season 4 episode 1. Award-winning actor Catherine Tate is  the Doctor’s new companion, returning to her role as Donna Noble who featured in the 2006 Christmas special The Runaway Bride. Donna mysteriously vanished as she prepared to marry her boyfriend in a glittering ceremony on Christmas Eve. She reappeared, much to her astonishment, in the TARDIS with the Doctor. As the TARDIS raced to the church, it soon became apparent that Donna was the key to an ancient alien plan to destroy the Earth. The episode ended with the Doctor inviting Donna to travel with him – an invitation which, at the time, was declined… Now reunited, the Doctor and Donna travel back to Pompeii in AD 79 on the eve of the infamous eruption where people are slowly turning to stone, investigate a series of grisly murders with the help of Agatha Christie, journey to the home world of the sinister Ood and come face to face an old enemy of the Doctor’s. 

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