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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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American Masters: Salinger

In its 200th episode, the acclaimed biography series American Masters highlights the life and work of influential author J.D. Salinger who stepped away from the spotlight following the success of his 1951 novel “The Catcher in the Rye”. The film is the product of director Shane Salerno’s 10-year investigation into the secrecy of the enigmatic American icon. Salerno’s investigation culminates in the first work to get beyond the author’s impenetrable wall of privacy and seclusion. The documentary features never-before-seen photographs, film footage, and moments from J.D. Salinger’s life and harrowing service in World War II, as well as interviews with Salinger’s friends, colleagues, and members of his inner circle who have never spoken before. While there have been over 100 academic books examining Salinger’s work in exhaustive detail, no one has ever uncovered Salinger’s personal life in such a way. The film is both an investigative thriller and character study of a complex man who walked away from the world at the height of his fame. Explore the mystery of J.D. Salinger’s clandestine life and unexplained disappearance from the public spotlight in the thrilling investigative documentary, American Masters: Salinger airing on WETA TV26 & HD Tuesday January 21, 2014 at 9pm!

 

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New WETA Kids Special | Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers Adventure Camp

Get excited for the WETA Kids premiere of the brand new, one hour special episode Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers Adventure Camp! Mr. Conductor and his nephew Gilbert lead Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, Don and friends on an action-packed journey to different ecosystems and learn about erosion, tree lines, rainforests and canyons in four new stories. Download this fun Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers Adventure Camp coloring sheet and coloring sheet with maze game!

Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers Adventure Camp airs on WETA TV26
Monday January 20 at 9am
Sunday January 26 at 7:30am
Tuesday January 28 at 9am

Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers Adventure Camp airs on WETA Kids
Monday January 20 at 2:30pm
Wednesday January 22 at 10am
Saturday January 25 at 3pm

Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers Adventure Camp includes the following four stories:

“Nature Trackers Adventure Camp: Rafting”
Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don go river rafting for the first time at Nature Tracker Adventure Camp.  Their old pal Jess Hesperornis meets up with them, and they all learn about erosion and the importance of rivers before finishing up their adventure by cruising through some rapids!
Educational Objective: Rivers and streams are ribbons of water that start at a high point and flow downhill – often with streams gathering into rivers. Animals and plants living on land depend on rivers and streams to provide fresh water and nutrients.

“Nature Trackers Adventure Camp: Mountain Climbing”
For their second outing at Nature Trackers Adventure Camp, Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, Don and other friends learn about the tree line as they set out to hike up a mountain. Shiny is determined to get to the top of mountain forest. Buddy wonders if they'll be able to see anything from the mountaintop, through the tall trees. The kids are amazed that the higher they hike, the shorter the trees and bushes become! Then they reach the tree line – a certain point on the mountain where trees are really small because they don't have enough air to breathe and the temperature is too cold. In the end, Shiny and all the kids use teamwork to all reach the mountaintop together!
Educational Objective: The timberline, or tree line, is a certain elevation on a mountain where the temperatures are colder, the air is thin and the soil is less moist, making it hard for most plants and trees to grow. Trees may grow as small shrubs. There is less oxygen, so it's harder for animals to breathe at the tree line and above.

"Nature Trackers Adventure Camp: Ziplining”
The Nature Trackers Adventure Campers are back for another adventure – and this time they'll be travelling to a rainforest! Once they arrive in the dense rainforest, the campers explore different levels of the ecosystem, including the forest floor and the canopy of leaves at the top of the forest. After a hike through the rainforest, the campers’ adventure culminates as each kid takes a ride on a zipline, where they all get a bird’s eye view of the entire rainforest!
Educational Objective: Rainforests are very dense, warm, wet, forests that are home to a vast array of different life forms. Rainforests get a lot of rain, at least 70 inches per year. Rainforests, often called the “lungs of the Earth,” generate much of the oxygen we breathe.

“Nature Trackers Adventure Camp: Canyon Hiking”
The Nature Trackers Adventure Campers are led by Mr. Conductor and Gilbert on a hike down a canyon, where they can see the different layers of the Mesozoic Era! At first, Lily Lambeosaurus is reluctant to go, thinking that a new adventure sounds hard, but Don convinces her that a new adventure can be worth the effort. At the bottom of the canyon, the kids dig for fossils. Each Nature Tracker goes home with a “new” Ammonite fossil, and Lily is so glad she tried something new!
Educational Objective: Canyons are deep cuts in the earth’s surface. They are formed by erosion. Erosion is mainly caused by the flow of rivers. It takes millions of years for canyons to become the grandiose natural landmarks they are today. The bottom rocks in canyons can date back billions of years, beyond the Mesozoic. Canyons can also be formed by a shift of the earth’s tectonic plates.


 

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Free Movies in DC: January 18

This Saturday, January 18, join WETA TV26 & HD for two wonderful films: Ten Little Indians at 9:30pm and At Berkeley at 11pm.

WETA Movie: Ten Little Indians (1965) at 9:30pm
This Agatha Christie remake tells the story of 10 strangers invited to an isolated house high on a mountaintop. When they all gather, the guests hear an eerie message from their host claiming that each one of them has caused the death of an innocent person. One by one, someone begins to kill them all. As the number of survivors decreases, the guests become more suspicious of each other, but must work together to uncover the killer’s true identity.
Watch a Ten Little Indians trailer!

Independent Lens: At Berkeley at 11pm
In the film, At Berkeley, legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman goes back to school to explore the culture at the University of California at Berkeley. The wide-ranging film shows the major aspects of university life, including the administrative efforts to maintain the academic excellence and public profile. It also examines the economic, racial, and social diversity of the school’s student body in the face of drastic budgetary cuts imposed by the State of California. Without narration or interviews, the film takes viewers from faculty meetings to classrooms, from financial aid seminars to research labs. Wiseman’s method of filming in a unique college setting invites viewers to experience the diverse aspects of campus life through the eyes of students, faculty, administrators, alumni, the City of Berkeley, the State of California, and the federal government. Gain the full human experience At Berkeley and explore the social, political, and economical issues surrounding the university in this Independent Lens production.
Watch a trailer for At Berkeley!

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