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WETA TV26 August Music Programs

This August WETA TV26 & HD presents a wide variety of music oriented programs. Read on to see what shows are scheduled and a short description for each program. Show air dates are subject to change.

Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin' With Frank & Bing  
A profile of composer Jimmy Van Heusen, who wrote such classics as "Swinging on a Star" and "Come Fly With Me." Included: remarks from Frank Sinatra Jr., Harry Crosby, Tony Bennett, Woody Allen, Angie Dickinson, Shirley MacLaine and John Pizzarelli; and archival performance footage of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland.  Airs Wednesday August 13 at 8pm & Friday August 15 at 11pm.

The Big Band Years  
Peter Marshall hosts this celebration of big bands of the 1930s and '40s. Included: Glenn Miller, Harry James, Benny Goodman and Cab Calloway, as well as singers Helen O'Connell and Bob Eberly (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra), the Pied Pipers (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra) and Frank Sinatra (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra).  Airs Tuesday August 12 at 10pm, Saturday August 16 at 8pm, and Wednesday August 20 at 8pm.

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind 
A John Sebastian-hosted celebration of the 1960s' folk-music boom, featuring archival footage of the era's top performers and modern-day performances by Barry McGuire, Roger McGuinn, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Chad and Jeremy, and Jesse Colin Young (of the Youngbloods). Airs Monday August 18 at 8pm and Thursday August 21 at 10pm.

Woody's Children: 45th Anniversary Concert Live at Symphony Space  
A celebration of the 45th birthday of the "Woody's Children" folk-music radio show, featuring David Amram, Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters, Emma's Revolution, Christine Lavin, Holly Near, Tom Paxton and Noel Paul Stookey. Also appearing: Nora Guthrie and singer-songwriter Doug Mishkin. Airs Tuesday August 19 at 10pm.

50s & 60s Rock Rewind  
Archival performances by such artists as Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley, Johnny Otis, Buddy Holly, the Platters, Everly Brothers, Chordettes, Bobby Darin and Lloyd Price accent this compilation of classic songs from the 1950s and early '60s.Other featured performers include Fats Domino; Ricky Nelson; Elvis Presley; the Champs; Sam Cooke; Paul & Paula; Paul Anka; Conway Twitty; the Diamonds; Five Satins; Shangri-Las; Neil Sedaka; and Roy Orbison. Jon "Bowzer" Bauman hosts. Tuesday August 19 at 11pm, and Friday August 22 at 9:30pm.

Classical Rewind  
Martin Goldsmith hosts this collection of classical masterpieces, including ones by Mozart, Edvard Grieg, Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Aaron Copland, Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss II, Maurice Ravel, Richard Wagner, Jacques Offenbach, Antonio Vivaldi, Modest Mussorgsky, Carl Orff and Tchaikovsky. Also: Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Stewart Copeland of the Police offer their thoughts on the compositions. Airs Friday August 15 at 10:30pm.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: August 11-17

Monday at 8pm Pie in the Sky begins season 3 with “Money Talks”. Henry is leading a stake-out of a pizza parlor whose delivery drivers are suspected of robbing customers though Fisher doubts its cost effectiveness.

Tuesday at 11:30pm Hustle begins season 5. After a close brush with the law in Australia, Mickey returns to a changed London to sting a new breed of avaricious marks. Albert, currently detained at her Majesty’s pleasure, already has one lined up – a callous young businesswoman Sara Naismith and her assistant Aaron. Posing as city traders, Mickey and Ash offer her the chance to join an insider dealing scam.

Wednesday at 9pm Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour: Series I: "Rocket". A royal visit by Princess Margaret to an Oxford munitions factory may exclude the unwelcome Endeavour Morse, but even Chief Superintendent Bright's highest security cannot exclude murder.

Thursday at 10pm Reilly: Ace of Spies episode 2 “Prelude to War”. Autumn, 1904: intelligence from Reilly in Port Arthur enables the Japanese Navy to sink the Russian Pacific Squadron. Margaret Reilly has an affair with Greenberg and leaves her husband. Then Reilly is seized by the Russians.

Friday at 8pm Rosemary and Thyme take on “In a Monastery Garden”. Wellminster Cathedral is preparing for a Royal visit and the Custos have asked Rosemary and Laura to restore the old monastery "physik" garden to mark the cathedral's millennium. But someone is not happy about the ladies working on the herb garden, and when the Custos' daughter Trish is found murdered there, the two women realize they could be in serious danger.

Saturday afternoon watch WETA UK’s two classic detectives back-to-back! At 1:0pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot “The Third Floor Flat”. Then at 2:30pm Sherlock Holmes dissects “The Cardboard Box”.

Sunday at 9pm BBC action-drama Robin Hood makes its WETA UK primetime premiere with episode 1, “Will You Tolerate This?” Robin of Locksley heads home from the Crusades to find his people starving and brutalized under the tyrannical rule of the new Sheriff. He quickly discovers that the only way to reason with this Sheriff is with bow and arrow – even if it means sacrificing his title and his lands and consigning himself to life in the forest.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: August 4-10

Monday at 9pm catch the first mystery in season 6 of Midsomer Murders: “A Talent for Life”. Isobel Hewitt is an affluent pensioner with a young lover. Duncan Golf is a GP in the Village of Malham Bridge who is rumored to be having an affair. When the corpses of Isobel and Duncan are discovered by the river alongside one another, Barnaby and Troy embark on an investigation which uncovers a deep vein of resentment running through the village.

Tuesday at 8pm Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries season 1 concludes with “King Memses’ Curse”. In the season 1 finale, Murdoch Foyle remains at large and appears connected to the mysterious death of an antique dealer, and Phryne discovers Foyle is involved in a bizarre cult that believes in reincarnation.

Wednesday at 9am enjoy “The Great Leap Forward”, the first episode in season 4 of Born and Bred. Deborah and Donald are setting up a ʻwalking blood bankʼ, aiming to blood-type everyone in the village before Tom arrives back from New Zealand.

Thursday at 8:30pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of Rev. Rev. Adam Smallbone is a Church of England Vicar, newly promoted from a sleepy rural parish to the busy, inner-city world of St. Saviour's in Hackney, East London. It's a world he has no experience of and it shows. Alex - Adam's long-suffering wife - does her best to support him, but she's got her own career as a solicitor to worry about. Anybody can and does come into St. Saviour's: from scheming MPs trying to educate their children on the cheap to Colin, a heavy drinking, unemployable lost soul.

Friday at 9pm Inspector George Gently begins his second season with “Gently Evil”. When the dead body of a young woman turns up, Gently and Bacchus investigate and initially suspect her estranged husband of the murder. But closer examination uncovers a disturbed family with some unsettling secrets.

Saturday at 10am Doctor Who David Tennant steps into the role of the Doctor for the second series. Then at 11am Red Dwarf kicks off season 2 with Better Than Life, the new virtual reality game sensation sweeping the solar system. Just dream and pleasure will be yours! Unless you have a mind like Arnold Judas Rimmer's, that is…

Sunday at 8pm catch the WETA UK premiere of Blandings, a period comedy series based on P.G. Wodehouse's stories. In the first episode, "Pig-hoo-o-o-o-ey!", Clarence has to get his pig eating or he will lose the Fattest Pig prize to his rival. Be sure to tune into WETA UK for two back-to-back half-hour episodes of Blandings every Sunday!
 

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This Week on WETA UK: July 28-August 3

Monday at 8pm on Pie in the Sky, Henry Crabbe takes on The Mystery of Pikey. Someone breaks into businessman Barry Wilkes’ home as he and his family eat at Pie in the Sky. Many townspeople claim local bad boy Karl 'Pikey' Elves is to blame but Henry Crabbe doesn’t think that the boy acted alone.

Tuesday at 11am BallykissAngel begins from the very first episode! Ballykissangel is a village nestling in the lush green mountains of County Wicklow, in the heart of the Irish countryside. Here, life revolves around the local Catholic Church and its rival, the local bar. When Father Peter Clifford arrives from Manchester, he knows he will be facing some opposition. After all, what is a young, inexperienced English priest doing in Ireland, of all places?

Wednesday at 11:30pm tune in for the classic comedy The Benny Hill Show. The delightfully outrageous British comedian headlines a slapstick sketch series, an unapologetic throwback to burlesque traditions.

Thursday at 8pm the WETA UK introduces Fawlty Towers to the Thursday comedy line-up!
Fawlty Towers is a hilariously manic British comedy about an ill-mannered innkeeper, created by and starring `Monty Python' alum John Cleese and his then-wife, Connie Booth.

Friday at 8pm Rosemary and Thyme take on the mystery of "The Italian Rapscallion". On a tour of Giardini Tremonti, will one of their party, Janice Alexander, is found dead. A second death occurs, but can they stop the killer before another loses their life?

Saturday at 9am tune in for the popular British show Primeval. When a young paintball player is attacked by a saber-toothed tiger at an adventure holiday park, it seems that the new anomaly detector has failed. However, Cutter begins to suspect a conventional explanation – and Connor disgraces himself.

Sunday at 9pm continue watching Wild Australasia with the episode “Island Arks”. This is a colorful journey of exploration, uncovering unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes, from the steamy tropics to the icy islands of the sub Antarctic.
 

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Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot Season 12 | New on WETA TV26

Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot season 12 premieres on WETA TV26 & HD this Sunday July 27 and continues Sunday August 3! David Suchet returns as Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot for two new episodes. In this blog post, read more about the episodes and watch a preview of episode 1. The final three episodes in this season will air on WETA TV26 & HD later this year.

“The Big Four” airs Sunday July 27 at 9pm
Poirot navigates the world of international espionage while investigating the death of a Russian chess grandmaster.

“Dead Man’s Folly” airs Sunday August 3 at 9pm
Mystery writer and old friend Ariadne Oliver asking Poirot to accompany her to a wealthy financier's "murder game" that she fears may turn into the scene of a real murder.
 

 

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