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WETA Kids Winter TV Specials 2013

With the winter holiday season approaching, WETA Kids is eager to celebrate! Beginning Wednesday November 27, we start our round of holiday special episodes which continue through December! Read on for show and episode details, when you can watch them, and where to find WETA Kids!

Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
Join the Cat, Nick, and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thinga-ma-jigger breaks down, and they depend on a variety of animals – from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs – and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

Shalom Sesame: Chanukah: The Missing Menorah
It’s time to celebrate Chanukah in Israel with the gang from Sesame Street. Grover’s bringing the latkes and all is well until Anneliese gets caught in a game of tag with a chicken and loses her special menorah – right before sunset! Can her friends find the missing menorah in time? Explore holiday foods, stories and traditions with familiar faces, including Grover, Telly and The Count. Learn to count in Hebrew, see how olive oil is made and spin the dreidel with Baby Bear and his family in this new holiday special.

Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
There’s a miracle on Sesame Street in this special holiday tale. Elmo, Abby Cadabby and their new friend Stiller the Elf (voice of Ben Stiller) are going to count down to Christmas with the Christmas Counter-Downer. But all the counting boxes have gone missing and Christmas may never come again! Can Elmo, Abby and Stiller the Elf save Christmas? With the help of very special guests Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Ty Pennington, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico and Kevin James (as Santa Claus), Elmo and friends learn to believe in Christmas miracles.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There’s only one dilemma – neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
Everyone’s favorite aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions in his first one-hour primetime special, showing children many ways to celebrate “the holidays.” Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even “Baxter Day” (Buster and his mom’s special celebration). The only problem is, just like real life, perfection is hard to attain and things start to fall apart.

Other Holiday Episodes:

Thomas & Friends “Snow Stops Play”
December 10 & 20 at 12:30pm

Thomas & Friends “Tinsel & Trains”
December 9, 13, 25 at 12:30pm

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Snowflake Day!”
November 28    1:00pm
November 29    11:30am
November 30    12:30pm & 2:00pm
December 11    1:00pm
December 12    11:30am
December 14    1:30pm
December 25    1:00pm
December 26    11:30am
 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA TV26 Movies November 23

On Saturday November 23, tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD and enjoy a night packed full of entertaining movies. The night begins at 9:30pm with the WETA Movie presentation of the Oscar-winning epic, The Last Emperor. At 12:00am, take an inside look at the world of Native American relay-horse races with Independent Lens: Indian Relay. Then at 1:00am, watch as an extraordinary Girl Scout troop works to unite five daughters with their imprisoned mothers in Independent Lens: Troop 1500.

WETA Movie: The Last Emperor at 9:30pm
Winner of nine Oscars, including Best Picture, The Last Emperor focuses on the dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China. Presented in an interesting nonlinear style, the biography chronicles Pu Yi’s ascension to the throne at age 3 and the effects of this sudden rise to power on his subsequent childhood. Through flashbacks and flash-forwards, witness Pu Yi’s reign as the leader of China, his time spent as a prisoner in the Forbidden City, and his final years working as a peasant gardener. Discover the fascinating and tragic riches-to-rags story of the last of the great rulers of China in the critically acclaimed epic, The Last Emperor. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Indian Relay at 12:00am
Indian Relay presents a compelling look at one of the most competitive, dangerous, and exhilarating forms of horse racing in the world today. Set against the broad panoramic landscape of the high plains, the film chronicles a season of Indian relay-horse races; a popular sport in Native American communities across the Rocky Mountain West. The film follows teams from three different tribes from Idaho and Montana as they battle from the dark, cold winter, to the deadly heat of summer. Though rivals on the track, the young racers bond over their love of sport, pride in their Native traditions, and a common cause: Offering hope to their families and communities. See what it takes to survive in this high-speed, daring world of horse racing with Indian Relay! Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Troop 1500 at 1:00am
The documentary Troop 1500 examines a unique Girl Scout troop that is part of a program aimed at encouraging incarcerated parents to maintain close relationships with their children. The film explores the struggles of five daughters growing up without their mothers while trying to balance the responsibilities of every day life. Conversely, the film presents the perspective of the mothers, struggling to repair the broken relationships with their daughters while serving lengthy jail sentences in Gatesville, Texas’ Hilltop Prison. Watch as Troop 1500 unites these five daughters with their imprisoned mothers in this heart wrenching documentary. Watch a preview here!
 

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Travel to Outer Space with New Science Shows on WETA TV26

This Wednesday, November 20 beginning at 8:00 pm, tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD for three new science programs that are out of this world!

NOVA: At the Edge of Space at 8:00 pm
High above Earth where our atmosphere meets space bursts of energy called sprites elude the human eye. Images of these bursts are nearly impossible to capture because sprites exist for barely a split-second. In the new epsiode At the Edge of Space, NOVA and NASA team up in an effort to explore the Earth-space boundary and capture these elusive phenomena on camera. Discover what mysterious objects lurk in the abyss through eye-catching footage shot from the International Space Station and never-before-seen 3D images.

NOVA: Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday? at 9:00 pm

Sized from the width of a football field, to the size of a small city, asteroids are killer rocks on a collision course with Earth. There are millions of these space rocks in the solar system but we have only just begun to understand their resource potential. A large asteroid could end life on Earth but entrepreneurs see asteroids and think payday, not doomsday. Asteroids can be loaded with billions of dollars’ worth of elements like iron, nickel, and platinum. Will these space rocks turn out to be our economic saviors, or cause our extinction? NOVA explores these questions and more in Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday? Watch a preview!

Comet Encounter at 10:00 pm
Comets have fascinated and terrified humans for thousands of years. As we speak, a comet the size of Manhattan is hurtling towards the sun. In Comet Encounter, scientists around the world follow this once-in-a-lifetime event, tracing the comet’s trajectory from just beyond Jupiter all the way to the sun. These scientists predict that as the comet races past Earth, it will light up the night skies brighter than a full moon, giving us the space show of the century! Through imagery that is out of this world, Comet Encounter brings you a show you can’t see at the Planetarium. Watch a preview!


 

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New PBS Nature Episode | Parrot Confidential on WETA TV26

Nature: Parrot Confidential airs Wednesday November 13 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

With their high level of intelligence and amazing ability to communicate in any language, parrots have become one a popular pet throughout the world. Although millions of parrots share human homes, these animals have not been domesticated making life in captivity difficult. In the wild, parrots can survive for up to 80 years and by nature have a powerful need to bond. Unfortunately, the average parrot owner keeps them for only 2-4 years. With animal shelters struggling to house large numbers of unwanted birds, what happens to these animals when there's no more room? In this new PBS Nature episode, explore the difficulties of raising parrots and hear heartbreaking tales of those abandoned by their human owners. Join the most watched documentary film series on public television in examining the bittersweet relationship between parrots and humans in Parrot Confidential.

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This Week on WETA UK: November 11-17

Monday at 9:00pm new episodes of Midsomer Murders begin with the episode: The Green Man. Troy receives his promotion to Inspector and is ready to leave the Midsomer team but has to tackle one last case before he leaves. Then on the episode, Bad Tidings, Barnaby's new sergeant DS Dan Scott arrives from London jumping right into the murder case of a woman found stabbed in a field with a red rose in her mouth.

Tuesday at 8:00pm on Rumpole of the Bailey, the Timson's daughter is found wearing a devil's mask in the school playground and she's accused of Satanism. Horace Rumpole must help prove this family friend innocent.

Wednesday at 9:00am tune in for A Very Ormston Christmas, Born and Bred's very festive episode set in the Lancashire Village of Ormston. Thieves disguised as Santa and an Elf put a damper on the holiday spirit as Len and Wilf decide to dress in drag to try and catch them. Deborah endures Arthur’s childish pranks on Tom while trying to look forward at a fresh start in the New Year after losing her baby. Meanwhile Eddie and Jean want to bump their relationship up a level.

Thursday at 7:30pm on the new episode of My Family, problems arise as Ben and Susan begin to sleep in separate rooms due to his excessive snoring. Putting the whole house under pressure, the separation threatens to drive Ben and Susan apart.

Friday at 10:30pm Doc Martin is struggling with fatherhood while learning that Joan has died. He now has to stay a week longer for her funeral during which he finds himself having to treat all the patients that Diana, his nervous replacement, has misdiagnosed.

Saturday at 8:00am catch the new episode of Robin Hood! The Sheriff Nottingham holds an archery competition hoping to flush out Robin. Then at 9:00am on a new Primeval, an eerie fog rolls in on the local office block and carrying with it giant carnivorous worms leaving Cutter and his team to deal with the problem.

Sunday at 8:00pm tune in for the WETA UK special: Secrets of Scotland Yard. In the headquarters of one of the oldest police forces in the world, 33,000 police officers guard one of the largest cities in Europe. Secrets of Scotland Yard breaks down the walls of the most famous police headquarters in the world showing us a centuries worth of dark secrets. From the conviction of first Railway Murderer to the hunt for the notorious Jack the Ripper, Secrets of Scotland Yard filters through archives and sheds light on the earliest days of modern policing.

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