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This Week on WETA UK: July 8-14

Sit back with a spot of tea and enjoy the all-star lineup of British shows all week on WETA UK.

Monday at 10:30am catch up with Hyacinth in the classic series Keeping Up Appearances. The relentless social climbing continues with the first episode of season three: Hyacinth tries to get her newly retired husband an executive position at a frozen foods company.

Tuesday at 8:00pm watch an unlikely team solve crimes in the Lancashire countryside with Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. In this episode, Hetty is hired by the prime suspect to find the true culprit in a string of poison pen letter crimes.

Wednesday at 10:30pm Dalziel is convinced that a supposed suicide is really murder in the first half of a Dalziel and Pascoe thriller.

Thursday at 8:00pm catch a double dose of mystery starting with Sherlock Holmes, followed by Agatha Christie’s Poirot at 9:00. Watch these legendary detectives solve crimes as only they can! Sherlock investigates the death of a gold-digging wife in “The Problem of Thor Bridge,” while Poirot investigates the death of his host at a hunting party in “The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge.”

Friday at 11:00am hang out with a mischievous elderly trio in Last of the Summer Wine. In this episode, Barry tries to learn Karate to outduel his show-off neighbor.

Saturday at 8:00pm don’t miss the WETA UK Event of the week with part 1 of Case Histories! Jackson Brodie is a new kind of detective, dealing with his traumatic military career as he transitions to being a private investigator.

Saturday at 10:00pm the code-cracking women of Bletchley Park reunite to track down a serial killer in the popular seriesThe Bletchley Circle!

Sunday at 10:00pm WETA UK is giving science fiction fans just what the doctor ordered! The first episode of the fifth season of Doctor Who finds The Doctor trying to save the world from an alien race known as the Atraxi. Then at 11:00, catch two episodes of the cult phenomenon Red Dwarf, following the last man alive and his non-human companions.

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The Not So Small Screen: America in Primetime

Each year, more and more television shows make breakthroughs in storytelling and production values that were unheard of a couple of decades ago. Television shows allow fully developed characters that can grow and break stereotypes over multiple years. Because of this, some of the tropes of characters in early television have been remodeled and adjusted to more realistically portray the complexity of human beings. In July on WETA TV26 & HD, America in Primetime looks at the past and present of a particular type of character and how it has evolved through the changing landscape of television. Watch a trailer for this series by reading the full blog post!

Episode 1: Independent Woman
Early television tended to place women into less important supportive roles, but in modern day television, women often are the ones who hold the most power. Characters like Jackie Peyton of Nurse Jackie and Nancy Botwin of Weeds present women who are independent and strong, providing for their families and taking charge of everything in their lives. Airs Friday, July 5 at 9:00pm.

Episode 2: Man of the House
We’ve all seen the traditional family shows like Full House and Home Improvement that provide a view of a traditional American family where a wholesome man of the house reigns. In today’s television the idea of the wholesome American dad has been challenged, and shows are providing a more realistic, flawed view of these men. Characters like mob boss Tony Soprano and drug kingpin Walter White can all fit within the traditional family, but underneath it they have their own problems and issues that make for compelling characters. Airs Friday, July 12 at 9:00pm.

Episode 3: The Misfit
Outsiders have been popular characters in television since the very beginning. We can all relate to the character that is a little bit different, but still finds a way to use their quirks as an advantage. Shows like Six Feet Under and Freaks and Geeks feature characters that could be considered “weird” by their peers, but their uniqueness makes them some of the most compelling characters on television. Airs Friday, July 19 at 9:30pm.

Episode 4: The Crusader
As long as there have been stories, there have been tales of crusaders saving the day. From Greek mythology to Batman comic books, the characters that are willing to break the rules for a good cause have become beloved. Today’s television features many of these characters, and networks have become more open to these morally ambiguous people. Many hit shows such as Dexter and 24 feature protagonists that could be considered good or evil, depending on your perspective. Airs Friday, July 26 at 9:30pm.

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Where to Watch Inspector Morse & Inspector Lewis | WETA UK

Unfortunately, 2013 saw Detective Inspector Robert Lewis and Detective Sergeant James Hathaway hanging up their hats and resigning from the police force. This marks the series end, and new episodes will no longer be coming. Though the series has finished, this is far from the end here at WETA UK.  Wednesdays on WETA UK will still be jam-packed with episodes of Inspector Morse, Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis, and starting July 24th, Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour.

Inspector Morse

The series that started it all continues on Wednesday nights on WETA UK. Watch Inspector Morse solve complex cases with the help of his partner, the man himself, Detective Lewis. In tonight’s episode, Inspector Morse looks into the historic case of murdered woman that he suspects may not have been correctly solved. As he delves into this case, his own health takes a turn for the worse! Inspector Morse airs every Wednesday night at 8:00pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis

Inspector Lewis’ journey hasn’t ended here at WETA UK, and the compelling crimes continue to be solved on Wednesday nights. Tonight, Inspector Lewis investigates the mysterious resurfacing of an assumed dead rock star. Nothing is simple with this case, as the body of an orphan boy turns up that has a connection to the band. To make things even stranger, the band is one that Lewis used to be a big fan of! Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis airs every Wednesday night at 9:00pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour

Inspector Morse is undoubtedly one of the greatest inspectors of all time, but he wasn’t always the expert you see in Inspector Morse. Everyone has an origin, and on Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour, you can witness the early days of Endeavour Morse. Beginning on July 24th, catch the all new series that shows Morse’s early days at Oxford University, where he almost decides he doesn’t want to work in the police department at all! Brand new episodes of Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour will begin airing Wednesday nights at 10:30pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!


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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies July 6

The beginning of a new season provides a chance for change and reflection. Join WETA in celebrating change with three films that feature people in limbo.

Get Shorty (1995)
The film follows Chili Palmer (John Travolta), a gangster from Miami who is sent to collect a debt in Las Vegas. While there, he accepts an assignment from a casino and heads to Hollywood to collect a debt from B-movie producer Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman). Having always been interested in films, Palmer uses the opportunity to get involved with the business. Watch as he makes the messy transition from thug to producer, discovering that the two jobs have more in common than you might think. Also starring James Gandolfini, Danny DeVito, Rene Russo, Delroy Lindo, and Dennis Farina.
Tune in to WETA TV26 & HD Saturday at 9:30pm for the crime-comedy Get Shorty.


POV: Special Flight
Take a trip to Geneva’s Frambois detention center, a place where the rubber of Switzerland’s strict immigration policies meets the road. At Frambois are illegal immigrants waiting to be deported to their home lands. The inmates are stuck between the opportunities of a socially progressive Switzerland and the possibility of harsh consequences upon returning to their native countries.
Tune in to WETA TV26 & HD Saturday at 11:30pm for POV’s Special Flight.

POV: El General

A complicated legacy has left filmmaker Natalia Almada with a lot to think about. The great-granddaughter of Mexico’s villainous former president Plutarco Elías Calles, Almada tries to reconcile her grandmother’s memory of Calles with the perspectives of the millions of Mexicans who despised him. Using her grandmother’s tape recordings, Almada sees a woman who was trying to change the opinions of her father.
Tune in to WETA TV 26 & HD Sunday at 12:30am for POV: El General.

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This Week on WETA UK: July 1-7

There’s no need to buy a plane ticket to catch up on all your favorite British television shows! WETA UK is bringing the best of British television to the comfort of your home 24/7. Keep reading to see what’s on this week!

Monday at 9:00pm watch the first two episodes the fourth season of Midsomer Murders. In this two part episode, Midsomer is overtaken by greed when a plan for a new tea shop leads to a string of murders. Will Inspector Barnaby solve the case? Tune in to find out!

Tuesday at 10:00pm catch the thrilling open to the seventh season of MI-5! This episode’s sure to have you on the edge of your seat as the UK’s best counterintelligence agents face a dangerous Chechen mercenary group.

Wednesday at 8:00pm watch your favorite grumpy detective get to the bottom of another mystery on Inspector Morse! Even a hospital stay can’t stop Morse from solving one of his most challenging crimes in this episode.

Thursday at 11:00pm London’s best veteran police detectives are at it again in this episode of New Tricks. After guns used in an armed robbery offer clues to a boxer’s unsolved murder, the team begins investigating a fifteen-year-old cold case.

Friday at 10:00pm watch the very first episode of the classic sitcom As Time Goes By! A chance encounter reunites former lovers Jean and Lionel after 38 years of separation. Will the pair rekindle their romance or let love slip away again?

Saturday at 10:00pm tune in for the endearing nature film Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar. Join actor Martin Clunes as he journeys to Madagascar to learn about the lovable and endangered species of lemurs who call the island home.

Sunday at 2:00pm catch four back-to-back episodes on Antiques Roadshow. In these episodes, the show heads to Althorp, Ascot, Lanhydrock, and Southwell. Tune in to find the hidden worth in seemingly average household antiques.


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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies June 29

Our distinctive personal identities are what make us different from the people around us. Though we may look the same or sound the same, it is important to look beyond the surface to get to the core of each individual’s identity. This Saturday, we’re bringing you two free movies dealing with discovering true identities. Tune in at 9:30 and again at 11:30 and enjoy a commercial free WETA movie night.

At 9:30pm, Bette Davis and Karl Malden star in the classic thriller Dead Ringer. Davis plays long estranged twin sisters Margaret and Edith who have not spoken since Margaret married Frank Da Lorca who Edith was seeing at the time. Eighteen years later, after the two are reunited at Frank’s funeral, Edith is reminded of Margaret’s cruel and deceptive nature. In a fit of rage, she kills Margaret and assumes her identity, staging the scene to look as if Edith herself has committed suicide. While her plan initially seems foolproof, Edith soon realizes her sister was guilty of more than just petty dishonesty. Now, she faces suspicion from Margaret’s lover Tony and Edith’s own boyfriend Jim (Malden). Will Edith be able to escape her own web of lies or is she in too deep? Watch the trailer here!

Watch Dead Ringer (1964) Saturday June 29 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

Cultural identities can bind communities and provide important information on personal histories. How do you maintain a cultural identity when time seems to have erased yours? We Still Live Here-Âs Nutayuneân tells the story of a Massachusetts Native American tribe who did the impossible. It was the Wampanoag tribe who taught the Pilgrims to fish and cultivate when they arrived in New England. As the Pilgrims expanded their territorial and cultural boundaries, the Wampanoag language slowly disappeared with each passing generation. Nearly four hundred years after the first contact between their ancestors and European settlers, the modern day Wampanoag people embarked on a mission to revive their native language. Through community efforts and determination, a new generation of fluent Wampanoag speakers came to life. Tune in at 11:30 to watch this inspirational journey. Watch the trailer here!

Watch Independent Lens: We Still Live Here-Âs Nutayuneân Saturday June 29 at 11:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

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WETA Around Town Events: June 28-30

There's always something going on in the DC area whether a festival, an art show, or a performance. For this weekend, we've found three great events that incorporate all three! Art, music, and education at Wolf Trap, festival of food and culture at Neighborfood, and a music and puppet performance at Strathmore. Read on for more about our featured events! Also be sure to check out what WETA Around Town segments we covered close this weekend!

Freezing Cold in June
Appreciate the summer weather with spectacular images of our planet’s coldest environments.Frozen Planet in Concert at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center presents a viewing experience for the whole family. The amazing images are scored with live and original music from the National Symphony Orchestra. Academy Award nominee George Fenton composes and conducts the performance. The event builds on the BBC Earth series that provided a gorgeous look at nature. Watch the trailer for Frozen Planet in Concert here!
Friday June 28, 8:30pm
Cost: $22-55
Wolf Trap’s Filene Center 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182

One of the best perks to living near a city like Washington, DC is taking advantage of all the diverse and delicious food options. This Saturday, the food festival Neighborfood is coming to H Street to give you the perfect opportunity to try great food and get to know the community! Hosted by Dishcrawl, Neighborfood will feature stops at eight restaurants in one of the city’s most thriving neighborhoods. Find your new favorite restaurant while getting to know the H Street Corridor. Dishcrawl is dedicated to helping the community so a portion of proceeds go to nonprofit organizations like First Book DC. Make sure to stop by and taste some of the best food that DC has to offer!
Saturday June 29, check-in 1:30-4pm
Restaurants serving from 2-5pm
Cost: General Admission Pass (1 food/drink ticket, 5 raffle tickets): $10 in advance, $15 day off
Additional Meal Tickets: $5 each
Check-in at Smith Commons, 245 H Street, NE

Photo: Billy Berks / Dishcrawl

Classic Entertainment

The marionette has a long history in children’s entertainment, dating as far back as 2000 BC. Since their early Egyptian roots, these string puppets have evolved from simple clay figurines into elaborately carved pieces of art. On Sunday, Strathmore presents Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts, featuring performances by veteran puppeteers set to famous classical music. For those curious, Cashore himself answers all questions about the entire puppet process in an audience Q&A. Watch this clip of the show!
Sunday June 30,  1pm & 3pm
Cost: $15
The Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852


Closing this weekend!

The Hampton Years at Theater J - Closes Sunday June 30


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This Week on WETA UK: June 24-30

Whether you’re in the mood for a hilarious comedy or a riveting mystery, WETA UK has you covered. Sit back and watch some of the best television Britain has to offer right from your DC area home!

Monday at 9:00pm catch the two episode WETA UK premiere of Pie in the Sky. Veteran police officer Henry Crabbe is only weeks from retirement, and his dream of becoming a restaurant owner, when an incident forces him to remain an active member of the force. Even with this complication, Crabbe opens the restaurant anyway and begins serving as the executive chef as he continues to take on the cases that require his prowess as a detective. Watch the trailer!

Tuesday at 8:00pm catch the penultimate episode of Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. While visiting her long lost cousin, Hetty stumbles upon an unexpected case in a small seaside village. Residents claim that there is a dog sent by the devil himself stalking them at night, but Hetty digs into this mystery to unveil the truth behind the strange sounds.Watch the trailer!

Wednesday at 10:30pm catch part 1 of the season 4 finale of Dalziel and Pascoe. Dalziel investigates a body found in the woods, while Pascoe looks into the cloudy past of his grandfather, a veteran of World War 1. As they both begin to learn more about their respective mysteries, their cases begin tying together in uncanny way.

Thursday at 11:30am is the first espisode in season 7 of Are You Being Served? The entire department staff receives a shake-up after the retirement of Mr. Tebbs. While Mr. Humphries and Mr. Lucas are both promoted into new positions, a new employee, Mr. Goldberg, enters Grace Brothers as a junior staff member.

Friday at 2:30pm watch the first episode of season 4 of May to December. The entire office is in a craze as Alec and Zoë return from their honeymoon. Alec discovers that not only is his wife pregnant, but his daughter as well. Tensions between coworkers in the office are beginning to boil, and a showdown appears imminent. Watch the trailer!

Saturday at 8:00pm is the conclusion to The WETA UK Event: The Complete Call The Midwife. Watch episodes 4, 5, and 6 of season 2, as the midwives continue dealing with tough situations. Jenny is faced with a series of difficult deliveries that cause her to deal with the issues of birth defects and unwanted children.  

Sunday at 9:30pm catch the start of season 2 of The Worst Week of My Life. Howard Steel’s horrendous luck continues in series 2, which brings us one week before Howard’s son is born. Seemingly nothing goes right for Howard as he loses his home, gets arrested for public indecency, and is accused of harassment by a coworker all in the same week. Watch the trailer!

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies June 22 - 24

Though there are times when a situation might seem hopeless, there is always a bright side if you persevere. WETA TV presents four films that feature people who attempt to fight for something they believe in. First witness a woman’s fight to escape a criminal life in the Oscar-winning film I Want to Live! Then, watch 3 inspiring children fight for a chance to live out their dreams in The Revolutionary Optimists. On Monday, learn about a funeral director who is fighting to keep African-American funeral traditions alive in Homegoings, and immediately afterwards watch the first openly gay bishop fight for LGBT equality in Love Free or Die.

WETA Movie: I Want to Live! (1958)
Based on the true story of the execution of Barbara Graham, this film follows the troubled life of a prostitute who spends her time conning men out of their money. After a series of failed attempts to pull herself out of a life of crime, she finds herself wrongly convicted of a heinous crime that is punishable by death.  Susan Hayward brings life to this tragic figure in a performance that won her an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1958. Watch the trailer here! I Want to Live! (1958) airs Saturday, June 22 at 9:30pm and Sunday, June 23 at 11:30am on WETA TV26 & HD.

Independent Lens: The Revolutionary Optimists
Former criminal lawyer Amlan Ganguly witnessed the lack of opportunities that exist for the poor in Kolkata. After leaving his job as a lawyer, he began working with children in order to develop programs that provide education to children who seemed destined to live in poverty. The Revolutionary Optimists follows Kajal, Priyanka, and Salim, three of the children who worked alongside Amlan to break the barriers placed around their lives. Even when their situations may seem hopeless, these children never give up hope. Watch the trailer here!
Independent Lens: The Revolutionary Optimists airs Saturday, June 22 at 11:30pm on WETATV26 & HD.

POV: Homegoings
Death is a part of life that everyone faces at some point, but Isaiah Owens entire life revolves around it. Owens is a funeral director who specializes in traditional African-American burials. In Homegoings, witness uniquely optimistic funerals that celebrate in the face of sadness, and see how a kid from South Carolina grew up to be the man who creates them. Owens’ customers don’t fear death, as they plan and approach their inevitable return “home” with happiness and humor. Watch the trailer here!
POV: Homegoings airs Monday, June 24 at 10:00pm on WETATV26 & HD.

Independent Lens: Love Free or Die
Gene Robinson, a retired bishop, admitted that he was gay in 2003, a time when homosexuality was demonized by most Christian religions. Since then, he has made immense strides in the advancement of LGBT equality and their acceptance in the Christian religion. In Love Free or Die, follow Robinson as he faces harsh scrutiny in his journey to help others realize that God does not judge based on sexuality. Through constant death threats and negative comments, Robinson pushes forward as a beacon for everyone in the LGBT community. Watch the trailer here!
Independent Lens: Love Free or Die airs Monday, June 24 at 11:00pm on WETATV26 & HD.


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WETA Around Town Events: June 19 - 23

The DC area is full of excellent events and activities this weekend! From free, to family, and musical, to historical, there's something for everyone to do. Check out our highlights in this week's WETA Around Town Events guide!

DC Glassblowing Exhibition
The DC GlassWorks Studio regularly holds classes and exhibits showcasing amazing work in the lesser-known field of glassblowing. Glassblowing has roots going back to as far as 50 BC, and though the art has waned, these wonderful artists continue keeping the medium alive. On Friday, watch a free live demonstration of Venetian-style glassblowing to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Sculpture Exhibition. Watch and marvel as 3-dimensional artwork forms in front of your eyes!
Friday, June 21st 6:30pm
Cost: Free
DC Glassworks
  5346 46th Avenue, Hyattsville  MD 20781

Pirate Family Festival
Shiver me timbers! This Saturday, National Geographic Museum is turning your pirate fantasies into reality with its Pirate Family Festival! See historical re-enactors demonstrate and explain the most notorious pirate activities: pistol duels, sword-fighting, and emergency amputations. Watch an example of falconry, based on the way the pirates used to do it. Enjoy music for all ages, with a nautical touch! Kids also get the chance to make their own pirate props, including canons, sail ships, and maps. Brush up on your pirate skills and learn about pirate history at this family friendly event.
Saturday June 22 at 10:00am
Cost: Free
National Geographic Musuem
1145 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

National Symphony Orchestra performs Peter & the Wolf
This Saturday at the Kennedy Center, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform Peter & the Wolf as part of its Kinderkonzert series for children age 4 and older. A quintet of woodwind instruments immerses the audience in Prokofiev’s timeless tale. The piece is meant to promote a love for music and introduce children to storytelling techniques. Come an hour early and attend the Musical Intrument “Petting Zoo” to get an up close look at the instruments that will be played in the show.
Saturday June 23 at 11:00am (Sensory-Friendly performance) and 2:30pm
Cost: $18
Kennedy Center Family Theater  2700 F Street NW Washington, DC 20566

History in Cartoons
Political cartoons have proven to be among the most memorable and controversial mediums for personal expression. The pervasiveness of political cartoons can largely be attributed to Thomas Nast, commonly considered to be a pioneer of modern cartoons. Author Fiona Deans Halloran explores Nast’s life in her new biography Thomas Nast: Father of Modern Political Cartoons and this Saturday, Halloran will be at the National Portrait Gallery discussing her research. At 2:00, Halloran will lead a fascinating tour through the gallery, exploring the influence Nast had on the public’s perceptions of historical icons like Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Following the tour, Halloran will sign copies of her book for all interested. Make sure to stop by for a compelling afternoon of American history!
Saturday 22 at 2pm
Cost: Free
National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets NW Washington, DC 20001
Meet on 2nd floor at the portrait of Abraham Lincoln in America's Presidents



Stupid F##cking Bird at Woolly Mammoth Theatre closes Sunday June 23, 2013.