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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!

From PBS.org/BCC Black | Culture | Connection...

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.


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WETA Around Town Events: August 9-11

Lots to do this weekend in the Washington, DC area including nature, art, music, and celebrations all around! Read on for our WETA Around Town event highlights for this upcoming weekend, August 9-11, 2013.

Calling All Butterflies
Are you or your little ones fascinated by butterflies? Bring your kids to Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg for Gathering of the Butterflies. Oatlands is holding a parade to celebrate these fantastic flying creatures.  Crafts will be provided and everyone is welcome to bring their best winged costumes in honor of the butterflies! Oatlands is working to nurture and release monarch butterflies.
Saturday, 10am (rain date August 17)
Cost: Free
Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane Leesburg, VA 20175

Talk with Tim Tate
Artist Tim Tate usually works in glass, but his latest work is the mixed-media exhibit Sleepwalker. Combining videos and other installation pieces, the exhibit probes the subconscious with dream-like imagery. Sleepwalker is on display at American University’s Katzen Arts Center until August 18, and on August 10 the gallery will be holding a talk with the artist himself! See the exhibit and hear Tate’s insight.
Saturday, 4pm
Cost: Free
American University’s Katzen Arts Center
400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20016

LUMEN8Anacostia Finale
The LUMEN8Anacostia festival, a visual festival featuring light-based exhibitions, has its luminescent grand finale Saturday evening. The festival features lots of live music, dances, and art that aims to illuminate all of Ward 8. In addition to the spectacular performances, food from Los Verracos and free massages from the Potomac Massage Training Institute are available. Plenty of gogo, glow, disco, and funk music is on display as LUMEN8 comes to a close. See the full schedule of events here!
Saturday, 6:30pm-11pm
Cost: Free
Honfleur Gallery
1241 Good Hope Rd SE Washington, DC 20020 at 6:30pm
Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Good Hope Road SE Washington, DC 20020 at 7:30pm

Images courtesy of the websites linked above.

Closing this week! Washington Art Matters 1940s--1980s at the Katzen Arts Center closes Sunday August 11! Check out the WETA Around Town review of the exhibit.


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This Week on WETA UK: August 5-11

August is here, summer is going strong, and WETA UK is bringing the best British TV shows right into your home! Kick your feet up and prepare to be entertained by mysteries, drama, and comedy.

Tuesday at 9:00pm watch as Horace Rumpole’s wacky string of cases continues on Rumpole of the Bailey. Rumpole takes on a client who is charged with operating massage parlors that may have some unscrupulous business happening on the side.

Wednesday at 5:00pm the adventures of Robin Hood continue as a new threat emerges in Nottingham! The new tax collector Ruthless Rufus comes to town looking for revenge, and Robin Hood’s gang gets involved. Robin Hood must face off against this new foe, but he’s not the only one that is in danger. 

Thursday at 12:00pm catch a whole hour of Antiques Roadshow with 2 back to back episodes! First travel to Highcliffe Castle in Dorset, and then take a look at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. See what unusual rare items are being unveiled in these historic English venues.

Friday at 8:30pm watch gardener detectives Rosemary and Thyme in the series 2 premiere! The duo becomes entangled in a mysterious drowning that they can’t help but investigate, but this case has many more layers than they ever could have imagined.

Saturday at 8:00pm treat yourself to the WETA UK Event: The Complete Downton Abbey as it continues with the 3rd and 4th episodes of series 1! As the hunt continues for Lady Mary’s suitor, tragedy strikes and secrets continue to pile up at Downton Abbey.

Sunday at 10:00pm catch a whole block of your Sci-Fi Favorites, starting with Doctor Who! Find out the fate of the Doctor and learn more about the villainous Weeping Angels. After that, watch two episodes of Red Dwarf and tag along for the zany adventures of the Red Dwarf crew.