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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night January 5

Struggle

Everyone struggles whether financial, emotional, or just struggling to zip up those skinny jeans. It’s something everyone can relate to on a certain level, but this week on the WETA Saturday Night Movies, discover the struggles of three specific groups of people: soldiers, parking lot attendants, and musicians. Tune in for our Hollywood movie of the week and two PBS documentaries beginning at 9:30pm on Saturday January 5!

 

Platoon – Struggling to Fit In

Experience the brutality of guerrilla warfare: the heat of the jungle, the brushes with wildlife, and the powerful presence of the unseen enemy. Charlie Sheen stars as Chris, a raw recruit, or "new meat" who serves as the film's narrator. At first he wilts under the rigorous conditions of jungle life and wonders whether he'll be able to survive. But he gradually adapts and begins to see that the platoon is divided into two groups. As the conflict between these two reaches a tragic climax, Chris must decide what he really values.

Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday January 5 at 9:30pm!

 

Independent Lens The Parking Lot Movie – Struggle for Respect

Locally relevant to our viewers, this documentary is about a parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The film follows an unconventional brotherhood of parking lot attendants consisting of grad students, overeducated philosophers, surly artists, middle-age slackers, and others. Although they aren’t fond of the people they serve, they hang out at the lot in their spare time just because they like it there. They play a private “war” game against disrespectful and arrogant customers to pass the time. Take a look into this unique way of life.

Take the Bumper Sticker Philosophy Quiz on the Independent Lens website to find out which bumper sticker best suits your own outlook on life. 

Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday January 5 at 11:30pm!

 

Independent Lens Copyright Criminals – Struggle for Musical Rights

Can you own a sound? This documentary examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling. Delve into the debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and money through many of hip-hop music’s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul and Digital Underground, as well as emerging artists such as audiovisual remixers Eclectic Method. But samplers are only half the battle, see interviews with artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield — James Brown's drummer and the world's most sampled musician. Read this interview with filmmakers Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod about the making of Copyright Criminals!

Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Sunday January 6 at 12:30am!

Want even more on this unique musical topic? Check out this interactive timeline of sampling! 

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WETA Television for Everything Downton Abbey

WETA Television is your Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia PBS station for Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey. Whether you’re beginning with season 1, finishing up season 2, or eagerly awaiting season 3, WETA is the place to watch! Let’s face it, watching TV on your laptop can be a bit frustrating: low volume, small screen, buffering video. Set the computer aside, grab the remote control, and tune into WETA TV26, HD, and WETA UK for all three seasons of Downton Abbey.

 

Season 1 – WETA UK Tuesdays at 8:00pm

The bold and beautiful Downton Abbey estate runs smoothly from generations of excellent care, but change is coming. With enticing drama and terrible threat, the future of Downton's dynasty takes shape but is it possible to preserve? Follow the upstairs, downstairs dynamic in this beautiful period drama from PBS. Repeats Wednesdays at 3:00pm.

Where to watch WETA UK: Via antenna: 26.2, Comcast: 265, Cox: 800, Verizon FiOS: 474, RCN: 39

 

Season 2 – WETA TV26 & HD Sunday January 6 from 11:30am – 9:00pm

It’s November 1916 and the Great War has changed everything and everyone. At the war front, life intensifies for Downton's young men and more is demanded of those at Downton Abbey. Some see change as an opportunity while some disregard it. As other great houses crumble, a diminished Downton Abbey struggles to prevail into a new era with its residents and its honor intact. Check out these Masterpiece Classic cast interviews to see what it’s like playing a resident of Downton! 

Where to watch WETA TV26: Via antenna: 26.4, Comcast: 26 & 92, Cox: 26 & 802, Verizon FiOS: 26 & 471, RCN: 26, DISH Network: 8076

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

 

Season 3 - WETA TV26 & HD Sundays at 9:00pm Premieres: January 6 at 9:00pm

The Great War is over but the drama isn’t over at Downton Abbey as struggling social changes, romance, and personal crises infect the estate. Repeats Thursdays at 8:00pm & Fridays at 1:00pm.

Where to watch WETA TV26: Via antenna: 26.4, Comcast: 26 & 92, Cox: 26 & 802, Verizon FiOS: 26 & 471, RCN: 26, DISH Network: 8076

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

 

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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! 

 

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 WETA.org and you can see when and where it’s playing any time of the day! 

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

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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!

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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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