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

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

 

Ordinary objects making extraordinary sound

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

 

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

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

 

Never mind the humbug, honor Christmas on the stage.

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

 

Select films opening this week:

LES MISÉRABLES       (PG-13)

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

 

DJANGO UNCHAINED      (R)

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

 

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

 

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

 

Monday at 4:00pm Doctor Who is in the Christmas spirit! In Voyage of the Damned, it’s modern day Christmas Eve and high above the Earth, a spaceship is transporting voyagers from the planet Sto to experience the festive period on the planet below. The spaceship is themed in the style of the White Star Liner, RMS Titanic, and much of the ship’s décor resembles the famous ship. The Doctor joins the passengers on board and befriends a waitress, Astrid Peth. After a visit to London via the ship’s transmit system, the Doctor and Astrid return to the spacecraft just before it is hit by a meteor, causing severe damage and fatalities. The Doctor, Astrid and a band of survivors must travel across the ship to the Bridge to prevent the Titanic from crashing into the Earth. Meanwhile, the Heavenly Host (the on-board tourist information robots) are malfunctioning and killing the remaining survivors. Who will survive the voyage? 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Visitors' & Locals' Guide to Washington, DC

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

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

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

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

 

8:30am - WETA Guide to Christmas

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

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

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

 

9:30am - WETA Guide to Unusual Attractions

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

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

 

10:00am - WETA Guide to More Unusual Attractions

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

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

 

10:30am - WETA All Access: Metro

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

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

 

11:00am - WETA All Access: National Aquarium

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

 

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

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

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

 

12:00pm - WETA All Access: Union Station

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

 

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

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

 

1:00pm - WETA Guide to Great Views

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

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

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

 

1:30pm - WETA Guide to Memorials

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

 

2:00pm - WETA Guide to Neighborhood Eats

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

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

 

3:00pm - WETA Guide to Fine Dining

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

Check out the full list of restaurants here! 

 

4:00pm - Washington in the ‘60s

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

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

 

5:00pm - Washington in the ‘70s

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

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

 

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