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New Masterpiece Series on WETA | Masterpiece Mystery! Silk

This Sunday, August 25, don’t miss the new Masterpiece series Silk! This British court room drama follows the fast paced careers of two modern-day barristers competing for the title of Queen’s Counsel. Between steadfast defense lawyer Martha Costello and ruthless prosecutor Clive Reader, only one will be deemed Her Majesty’s Counsel. Watch these two battle it out in the trenches of British law and get a fascinating look at the personal and professional lives of barristers. Watch a preview below!

Watch Masterpiece Mystery! Silk this Sunday at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

Also watch part 2 on September 1 at 9:00pm & part 3 on September 8 at 9:00pm.


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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies August 24

This Saturday, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for three movies about lawbreakers, lawmakers, and people just trying to get by. Starting at 9:30pm Saturday August 24 and running through early morning Sunday August 25, watch these great movies in your own home for free with no commercial interruption. The WETA channel guide is at the bottom of this blog post to help you find WETA on your TV.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
In Sergio Leone’s classic Western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, three ruthless men are joined in a series of tentative alliances while racing to find a hidden fortune. After Blondie (Clint Eastwood), a mysterious gunman saves outlaw Tuco (Eli Wallach) from capture by bounty hunters, the two men team up to find a $200,000 treasure supposedly buried in a remote cemetery. As the two men journey through the Wild West, their next obstacle comes in the form of relentless Union sergeant Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef) who seeks to claim the money for himself. The road to the cemetery brings shifting loyalties, vicious gunfights, and culminates in one of the most famous standoffs of all time. Who will outsmart the others? Tune in Saturday at 9:30pm to find out! Click here to watch a preview!

POV: The Law in These Parts
At 12:30am watch the critically acclaimed documentary The Law in These Parts. Since the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel has existed within a legal framework created and enforced by the military. Today, many questions have arisen about the nature of such a government and how it will be remembered in history. The Law in These Parts explores the formation of Israel’s legal system with the men who built it 35 years ago. In a series of thought-provoking first time interviews, retired members of Israel’s military legal corps discuss structural and moral dilemmas in the face of a changing world. In the process, the documentary poses complex questions regarding the “rule by law” approach to government and the societal costs. Tune in Sunday at 12:30am to learn more. Click here to watch a preview!

POV: Last Train Home
Stick around at 2am for Last Train Home. In the wake of China’s ascendance as an economic superpower, many Chinese citizens still exist between the boundaries of the rural and industrial worlds. Each year, 130 million migrant workers must travel back to their home villages for the New Year’s holiday. Amidst the chaos of this mass migration is the Zhang family. Parents Changhua and Suqin left their infant daughter Qin 16 years ago to work in a garment factory in the hope of someday building a better life for their child. Qin, now a restless teenager, has grown tired of life in her rural hometown and longs to drop out of school to pursue same labor that kept her parents at a distance. This poignant and honest portrait of one family speaks volumes about the human cost of China’s economic system. Tune in Sunday at 2am for this powerful documentary. Click here to watch a preview!


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This Week on WETA UK: August 19-25

In a summer funk? Mix it up and watch something different! WETA UK brings you the best of British TV around the clock. There’s no better time to start watching!

Monday at 9:00pm Barnaby and Troy investigate a snobbish private school after a boy is murdered in this 90-minute Midsomer Murders mystery. These two sleuths are sure to get to the bottom of this high society crime.

Tuesday at 8:00pm You’d never suspect Hetty, a pensioner from Lancashire, to solve crimes, making her the perfect candidate to go undercover and stop a teenage thief. Catch Hetty Wainthropp Investigates from the start of season 3!

Wednesday at 9:00pm Watch two editions of Masterpiece Mystery! back-to-back. Lewis and Hathaway investigate the use of an anti-depressant in this installment of Inspector Lewis. Then catch the early days of Endeavour Morse, Lewis’s partner from the long-running series Inspector Morse, in the prequel Endeavour.

Thursday at 7:00pm Visit the hilariously dysfunctional Harpers with back-to-back episodes of the hit sitcom My Family, airing every weekday at the same time.

Friday at 6:00pm The odd couple of Tom and Diane make it through their golden years together in Waiting for God. Watch the first episode of season 3!

Saturday at 1:00pm Don’t miss Part 1 of the Prime Suspect finale! Detective Jane Tennison (Oscar winner Helen Mirren) hunts a killer and struggles with her own alcoholism in the last chapter of this critically acclaimed show. Tune in for Part 2 on Saturday, August 31 at 1:00pm.

Sunday at 8:00pm The family from Fresh Fields moves to France for the spinoff French Fields! Back-to-back episodes every Sunday poke fun at the timeless and hilarious culture clash between the British and French.

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WETA Kids Block Party | Wild Kratts: Reptile Week

We’re halfway through August and the summer heat is still going strong, so take a break and relax with The WETA Kids Block Party! If there’s anyone who knows how to handle hot weather, its reptiles, so learn a lesson from the masters with Wild Kratts Reptile Week Monday August 19 - Friday August 23, learn about an entirely different reptilian creature each day at 5pm with NEW episodes! On top of that, Saturdays we have a WETA Kids Block Party, 5 episodes of Wild Kratts back to back from 5:30pm to 8pm!

Wild Kratts features The Kratt Brothers, Chris and Martin Kratt, who go on rescue missions to save animals from dangerous situations. Whether it’s villains, natural disasters, or unfortunate accidents, nothing can stop the Kratts in their pursuit to protect the wildlife! Along the way, you’ll learn a lot about these creatures and how you can help them out too!


Here are the Wild Kratts Reptile Week episodes and air dates:

Rattlesnake Crystal   NEW!
Airs Monday, August 19 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 5:30pm
When the Kratt Brothers’ ship, The Tortuga, is forced to land in an unknown habitat, the Kratt Brothers are forced to search for rare tellurium crystals in order to repair their ship! In order to do this, they must utilize the rattlesnake’s amazing infrared vision skills to save the day!

Gila Monster Under My House  NEW!
Airs Tuesday, August 20 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 6pm
When a loose Gila monster is discovered underneath a house in the wild, the Kratt Brothers are called in to help out! As the brothers show how amazing the Gila monster’s natural abilities are, the villainous Zach decides to use the Gila monster for his own nefarious purposes.

Tortuga Tune-Up  NEW!
Airs Wednesday, August 21 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 6:30pm
It’s time for the Tortuga to receive an aquatic upgrade, but the brothers need to find an inspiration that will allow them to bring their ship to the bottom of the ocean! After they seek out a sea turtle, they get to witness how well they move through the sea and fight off natural predators!

Road Runner  NEW!
Airs Thursday, August 22 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 7pm
When the brothers fail to catch and identify a mysterious lizard, they decide to turn to the roadrunner for help! Utilizing the roadrunner’s amazing speed, they take turns running wild through the desert at the blink of an eye. But will this speed be enough for them to catch their mystery lizard?

Mom of a Croc
Airs Friday, August 23 at 5pm on WETA Kids & Saturday, August 24 at 7:30pm

In order to show the less scary side of crocodiles, the brothers infiltrate a crocodile nest to learn more about their natural habitat! They discover many things about their lifestyle and natural heat transferring abilities, which allows them to convince others that crocodiles are much more than meets the eye!

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The March on Washington 50th Anniversary

This August marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington that changed the landscape of equality in the United States forever. In honor of this anniversary, WETA shares special programming this week. Whether you’re looking for documentaries about the March or live music from the time, WETA has you covered with an in-depth look at the March on Washington. What better way to honor this anniversary than by watching the local Washington, DC area public television channel, WETA to learn all about the March on Washington? Read the full article to watch trailers of these great programs. All shows will air on WETA TV26 & HD August 20-28 leading up to the exact date of anniversary.

The March - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 9:00pm & Friday, August 30 at 10:30pm
50 years after the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech is still remembered as one of the most important moments in the Civil Rights Movement. This new PBS program titled, The March, interviews participants and journalists who covered the event. Stunning archival footage accompanies touching and inspiring interviews that will give you a brand new perspective on the heroes of the March on Washington. Watch a preview here!

Washington in the 60s - Airs Tuesday, August 20 at 8:00pm
The 1960s is the decade that contained the March on Washington along with many other monumental events going on that would shape the future of DC and the nation. Watch WETA's very own locally produced and Emmy winning documentary titled, Washington in the 60s. Get an in depth look all of the aspects that helped the small town of Washington become the bustling city it is today. Watch a preview here!

Washington in the 70s - Airs Tuesday, August 20th at 9:00pm
The 1970s were a turbulent time for Washington plagued by riots and wars, but despite all of this, Washington ended up becoming an even better place. WETA's locally produced documentary, Washington in the 70s, listen to interviews that reveal how people lived during some of Washington’s intense moments. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 - Airs Tuesday, August 20 at 10:00pm
After finding long-lost film canisters from the 60s and 70s, filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson decided to create a film mixing the archival footage with interviews of modern African American artists. Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 attempts to recreate the style of 1970 “mixtape” films in order to create an overview into the era of the Civil Rights Movement from a different perspective. Watch a preview here!

American Masters: James Baldwin - Airs Friday, August 23 at 9:30pm
James Baldwin, one of the most respected writers of the 20th century, is examined through his life and work in this unbelievable look at his struggles and accomplishments. Using rare footage of Baldwin through the years, the film sheds light on how Baldwin survived a world that was against him and changed the lives of many. Watch a preview here!

In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 8:00pm
The Civil Rights Movement produced a lot of music that remains influential and celebrated today. A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement, filmed in the White House, features performances by some of the original musicians, covers of songs by newer artists, and readings of the original speeches from the movement. The entire event is hosted by President Obama and the First Lady, and features Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah as emcees. Watch a preview here!

American Experience: Freedom Riders - Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 10:00pm
In 1961, against countless threats and violence, hundreds of people fought against the segregation of race on public buses. As African-Americans rallied together to defy being told which buses they were allowed on and where they had to sit, they endured hardship and pain to provide freedom for future generations. On American Experience: Freedom Riders, witness the brave journey of these men and women who helped secure a better future. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights
- Airs Monday, August 26 at 10:00pm
One of the lesser-known heroes of the Civil Rights Movement is a man named Whitney Young. Young held a unique position of power because he was influential to white executives and three different presidents, allowing him to help the movement through his dealings. On Independent Lens, learn more about Young and how this unsung hero worked outside of the limelight to secure an equal future. Watch a preview here!

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The March @50 - Watch a preview here! Episode 1 premieres on August 26
Each week for 5 weeks PBS will premiere an episode of The March @50, a web series exploring the original issues that lead to the March and how they have been addressed in modern times. The series takes a look at the problems that have been addressed, and also the things that have remained an issue.

Memories of the March
Memories of the March features local interviews and accounts from people who had direct ties to the March on Washington. The stories come from all around the country and feature a wide variety of perspectives that all provide a new voice in the remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the March.