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This Week on WETA UK: February 10-16

WETA UK is the Washington, DC  area's public broadcasting station airing all-British programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. WETA UK is your free and commercial-free source for all the best British television shows cover drama, comedy, documentary, mystery, and everything in-between. Click here to find WETA UK on your television and read on for our highlights in this week's WETA UK schedule.

Monday at 9pm, experience the first two mysteries of the Midsomer Murders series back-to-back! From 9pm-10:30pm, watch "The Killings at Badger's Drift": Emily Simpson is found dead in her cottage after witnessing something unsettling in the nearby woods. Emily's friend Lucy Bellringer entrusts Barnaby with her fears that Emily was murdered. What did Emily see and why is she dead? Then from 10:30pm-midnight, watch "Written in Blood": A local writer's group eagerly anticipates a visit from a best-selling author but instead the group witnesses a sequence of gruesome events. DCI Barnaby tried to get inexperienced Sergeant Troy to unravel the truth.

Tuesday at 8pm, continue the excitement and drama of the original House of Cards sequel, To Play The King. In episode 2, Prime Minister Urquhart is annoyed with the King's controversial speech and announces a general election. Now that Urquhart turns to Sarah Harding for advice, Tim Stamper feels ignored while the King secretly attempts to form an alliance of all the opposition parties.

Wednesday at 10pm, catch The Making of a Lady. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, educated but penniless Emily is a companion for Lady Maria. Emily accepts a marriage proposal from her employer's nephew, Lord James Walderhurst who is a widower pushed into providing an heir. This arrangement brings drama, illness, attempted murder and, more!

Thursday at 11am, start Ballykissangel from the very beginning! Ballykissangel is located in the heart of the Irish countryside. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else, where everyone knows everyone else’s business, where gossip is rife and where disputes are settled by taking bets on the outcome. Here life revolves around the local Catholic church and its rival, the local bar.

Friday at 11pm, enjoy the warm comedy, Cafe! Sarah's moved back home from London, having lost her boyfriend and her job, so for now she's helping out her mum Carol in the welcoming seaside cafe. Divorcee Carol owns the place, and her mother Mary, a broad minded soul in her 70s, is a permanent fixture. Colorful characters pop in and out of the cafe including old school friends like Richard, who secretly fancies Sarah and gets wildly jealous of the obvious attraction between her and John, a former classmate who's returned to the town as a successful businessman.

Saturday from 11:30am-6:30pm get your full dose of British mysteries! From 11:30am-1:30am, catch two episodes of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries  "The Green Mill Murder" and "Death at Victoria Dock". Then at 1:30pm watch Agatha Christie's Poirot take on the mystery of "Double Sin". Following Poirot is Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett at 2:25pm. Beginning at 3:20pm, watch Midsomer Murders "Death of a Hollow Man" and "Faithful Unto Death" back-to-back.

Sunday from 4pm-6pm, watch Foyle's War "Fifty Ships" in its entirety! In this first episode of season 2, an American multi-millionaire, an old flame of Foyle's, and a mysterious man claiming to be a Dutch refugee, are all implicated when a dead body is discovered on a Hastings beach.

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New WETA TV26 Documentary | Arlington National Cemetery

As the Washington, DC flagship PBS station, WETA TV26 has a long tradition of celebrating the people and history of this region through local programming. The newest WETA TV26 production is Arlington National Cemetery, a one hour documentary exploring the history, mission, and daily operations of this final resting place for more than 400,000 Americans. To create this show, WETA interviewed more than a dozen cemetery staff, military personnel, and family members of the fallen, filmed 8 funeral services for Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy service members, and filmed the cemetery during four major National Holidays, amounting to about 60 hours of footage. This new program premieres Wednesday February 5, 2014 at 8pm and will show you Arlington National Cemetery as you’ve never seen it before. Click here for more air dates. Scroll down to watch a preview of the show.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: February 3-9

February on WETA UK starts off strong with excellent new British comedies as well as more of your favorite British dramas. Read on to find out what the WETA UK programmers want to highlight in this week’s schedule, February 3-9, 2014.

Monday from 6-7:30pm, unwind with three back-to-back episodes of Antiques Roadshow BBC! Start the evening off at Gloucester Cathedral where an early Doctor Who (airs on WETA UK Saturdays 10am & Sundays 11pm) script makes a surprise appearance. Then head to Carter’s Steam Fair where alongside the carousels and waltzers are valuable paintings and more. Finish the evening off at Kedleston Hall where a rare mill clock rivals a collection of 70 toasters for unique finds.

Tuesday at 8pm, begin House of Cards: To Play the King episode 1. This sequel to the original House of Cards continues to follow the devilish Francis Urquhart. After managing to become the British prime minister and crush all significant opposition, his survival on the top is threatened by a liberal monarch and a few skeletons in the closet. Then at 9pm, watch the first two episodes of the new season of Doc Martin! In the first two episodes of season 6, Portwenn is buzzing with arrangements for the wedding of the Doc and Louisa. Will they finally tie the knot, or will the villagers have to put the confetti back in the box again? Then, Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party, the new nanny walks out, and Morwenna advertises for a lodger.

Wednesday at 8pm, tune into our primary channel WETA TV26 for the premiere of our newest documentary Arlington National Cemetery where the history, mission, and daily operations of this honored resting place are explored. Then at 10pm, turn back to WETA UK for Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock "His Last Vow", the final episode in the new Sherlock series.

Thursday from 8pm-10pm, get the giggles from our new contemporary comedy line-up. Starting at 8pm, begin Spy from the beginning. In episode 1 “Codename: Loser” the main character Tim quits his job during a custody battle with his ex-wife. He applies for a job as a civil servant doing data entry, but discovers during the job interview that he has been offered a job as a trainee spy for MI5. Then at 8:30pm, mockumentary Twenty Twelve begins! Follow the trials of the management of the fictional Olympic Deliverance Commission (ODC), the body tasked to organize the Olympic Games. Then at 9pm, watch the first episode of Moone Boy, a warm family comedy series about a young boy growing up in a chaotic and creative household in late 1980s Ireland. Finally, at 9:30pm, catch the favored comedy Outnumbered from the very first episode!

Friday at 9pm, begin Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries from the very beginning! Miss Fisher is a female detective of a unique kind. She’s no stranger to jazz clubs of late 1920s in Melbourne, Australia and fights injustice with her decorative pistol and her sharp wit. Love it? Stay tuned at 10pm for the second episode!

Saturday from 3:20-6:30pm, catch the two very first Midsomer Murders episodes! “The Killings at Badger’s Drift” and “Written in Blood” are sure to engage your brain and maybe even your fear!

Sunday at 7pm, take a trip to Wild South America in this documentary series! Discover the "Lost Worlds", from the icy peaks of the Andes to the Amazon jungle and the Atacama desert, these extreme conditions are home to a mind-boggling variety of creatures. But how and why did they choose to live in such habitats? Then at 8pm, learn more about Wild Australasia! Go on a contemporary exploration of Australia and its closest islands, wildlife and wilderness. It reveals how this island continent and surrounding seas were transformed by human invasion and natural climatic change from a lush wilderness into one of the world’s most modern, developed nations with a vast desert at its heart. To round off your trip around the world in one night, at 9pm watch Wild Caribbean "Treasure Islands"! The calm blue waters of the Caribbean may look inviting but over the centuries their extensive coral reefs have been death traps to unwary or unfortunate sailors. If not hurricanes and storms, then raids by pirates have created the shipwrecks of the Caribbean. And those wrecks have in turn become the home for colorful coral and marine life. Follow the most dramatic stories of piracy, trade and treachery and visit the most spectacular reefs on earth, to find the true treasure of the Caribbean.

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New Doc Martin Season 6 | Documentaries on WETA TV26

Saturday February 1, 2014 tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the premiere of Doc Martin season 6 and two documentaries!

Doc Martin “Sickness and Health” 9:30-10:18pm
There is plenty of amusing excitement brewing in Portwenn! You will not want to miss a second of the new season of Doc Martin! The acclaimed series enters its 6th season, following the misfortunes and mishaps of Dr. Martin Ellingham, a smart yet socially challenged physician whose defining quality is his ability to alienate nearly anyone in his residing town of Portwenn. In the season 6 premiere, “Sickness and Health,” Portwenn is lively with Doc and his long time lover Louisa’s wedding on the horizon. Will they finally tie the knot, or will the villagers have to put the confetti back in the box again? Watch a preview!

Doc Martin "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" 10:18pm-11pm
Following the season premiere, stick around and enjoy another episode of your favorite doctor! Witness the fallout from the events of the season’s first episode in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” In this praiseworthy continuation, Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party, leading to a whirlwind of chaos that finally comes to a screeching halt when the new nanny walks out.

After Doc Martin, stick around for two gripping Independent Lens productions!

Independent Lens: The State of Arizona at 11pm

In 2010, the Arizona Senate passed controversial immigration law SB1070, also known as the “papers please” law, sparking a national dilemma. Supporters viewed it as a necessary act of law enforcement while opponents argued the law would inevitably lead to racial profiling. Now, Independent Lens: The State of Arizona explores the stories of Arizonans residing on all sides of this conflict-ridden topic and paints a vivid picture of a state and its citizens testing the boundaries of their country’s democratic principles. This enlightening documentary features interviews with activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, and ranchers mixed with footage of impassioned protest rallies and television news broadcasts. Now, Arizona’s enforcement policy is reshaping the conversation surrounding immigration reform in the United States. With a multitude of other states contemplating a similar approach, The State of Arizona asks Americans to reflect on who they are, who they want to be, and in which direction they want to take their country. Watch a preview!

Independent Lens: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights at 12:30am

Whitney Young, Jr. does not have a national holiday bearing his name. There are few alive today who know his name, and those who do know of the man, know much less his accomplishments. Now, discover the true story of the inside man who flattened the barriers restricting African Americans and became a key player at the core of the civil rights movement. The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights explores the uniqueness of one of the most significant black leaders in history. Through his valuable positions as a successful businessperson, government worker, and advisor to three different presidents, Young opened the doors of opportunity for African Americans from the inside. This powerful documentary follows the unsung hero as he balances his time between Harlem streets and prestigious company boardrooms, working towards historical social change. Experience the critical events of the civil rights era through the eyes of a man working within the institution, but outside the limelight, to ensure a future of equality. Watch a preview!
 

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This Week on WETA UK: January 27-February 2

Monday at 9pm, Midsomer Murders follows British police inspector, John Barnaby, as he investigates mysteries and murders in a rural English county. In “Market for Murder”, Barnaby and his partner Troy travel to the village of Midsomer Market to examine a car fire, but wind up investigating a murder connected to a local reading club. Watch as the dynamic duo attempts to read between the lines in order crack the code behind the club’s suspicious agenda in this intriguing investigative series on WETA UK!
Catch more episodes of Midsomer Murders on WETA UK, Saturdays from 3:30 to 6:30 pm!

Tuesday at 11:30pm, Rumpole of the Bailey season 2 begins with “Rumpole and the Man of God”. The witty comedy Rumpole of the Bailey centers on London barrister Horace Rumpole, a middle-aged junior barrister with a knack for defending alleged criminals. As season 2 begins, Rumpole must defend a vicar accused of shoplifting three shirts. While Rumpole attempts to defend his client, the vicar insists divine powers are responsible for the items appearing in his bag. Watch as Rumpole tries to keep the balance between heaven and earth in “Rumpole and the Man of God.”

Wednesday at 9pm, watch Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey season 4 episode 4. Catch the newest episode of Downton Abbey’s 4th season. Downton Abbey follows the story of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants on a Yorkshire country estate during the reign of King George V. During this time of extreme social change in England, the Crawley’s must deal with an excess of family struggles, class issues and romantic dramas. So far, the fourth season has seen the family reeling in the aftermath of terrible tragedy. In the newest episode, Anna deals with the aftermath of her rape, Tom seeks help from Mrs. Hughes, and Rose falls for an African American vocalist.

Wednesday at 10pm, catch Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock “The Sign of Three”. Missed it Sunday? The game is on again! Sherlock anxiously prepares for his unfamiliar part as best man in Mary and Watson’s wedding. As he gazes out at his partner’s wedding guests, Holmes suddenly realizes the key to solving two elusory cases.

Thursday at 4pm, Hustle is the story of a group of elite London con artists who recurrently attempt to pull off daring and complicated frauds. The cohort includes Mickey, the leader; Albert, a veteran con man; Ash, the location scout; Stacie, the femme fatale; and Danny, a young amateur. As season 3 begins, with "Price for Fame", the team concocts a plan to con a violent business executive out of a hefty sum of money by posing as music promoters interested in representing his young son.

Friday at 9pm, join Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, a detective in her 60s, as she attempts to fight crime armed with only her pocketbook and remarkable wisdom. As season 4 begins, the widow of a miner hires Hetty to search for her late husband’s treasure map revealing the location of valuable stolen gemstones.

Saturday at 11pm, House of Cards comes to a close. The political thriller, House of Cards centers on antihero Francis Urquhart, the chief whip of the Conservative party, and his unethical quest to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In the final episode, Urquhart announces his intention to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party and become Prime Minister. Following his declaration, Urquhart embarks on a manipulative rampage to decimate his rival politicians.
Tuesday, February 4 at 8pm, House of Cards: To Play the King premieres exclusively on WETA UK!

Sunday at 4pm, Foyle’s War takes a look at “A Lesson in Murder”. It is 1940 and England is taking a stand against the powers of Nazi Germany during World War II. When England denies World War I veteran Christopher Foyle the opportunity to contribute to the country’s military efforts, he shifts his focus to the capturing of local criminals on the south coast of England. In “A Lesson in Murder,” Foyle investigates the suicide of a pacifist and death threats to the judge who ruled against him. When the suicide case leads to a murder investigation, Foyle must determine whether the occurrences share a connection, or are simply independent acts of violence.
 

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