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Holiday Shows on WETA TV26 in December

To warm you up for the holiday season, WETA TV26 and WETA HD will air holiday shows in the weeks leading up to the Christmas Day. From choir and opera performances to holiday craft making, these brilliant specials will have you beaming with holiday cheer.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Alfie Bowe and Tom Brokaw
Renowned TV personality Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning tenor Alfie Boe join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas celebration. The commemoration also features Col. Gail "Hal" Halvorsen who dropped candy for German children during the 1948-49 Berlin airlift. Let this amazing concert fill you with seasonal joy as your holiday favorites are performed before 80,000 people in Salt Lake City. Watch this program on Monday December 16 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD. Don’t miss Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring British actress Jane Seymour and opera singer Nathan Gunn on Tuesday, December 24 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Craft in America: Forge
The Peabody Award-winning and the Emmy-nominated series Craft in America explores the work of various artists and the influence of craft making on American culture. The episode Forge highlights metal artists including a silversmith, master sculptor, and an Iraq War veteran who studies at Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.
Watch Craft in America: Forge on Wednesday, December 18 at 10:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Craft in America: Holiday
This Craft in America episode, Holiday, celebrates important cultural and religious customs and encourages viewers to explore their own creativity. The wintertime holidays and craft world are examined through Nordic folk artisan Harley Refsal in North Carolina, whose work celebrates the winter solstice; artist Susan Garson, who creates clay menorahs; and San Antonio ceramic artist Veronica Castillo. Watch Craft in America: Holiday on Friday December 20 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, hosts their annual Christmas celebration that features traditional carols and sacred anthems performed by the college's internationally acclaimed musicians. Holiday music, thousands in the audience and glowing candlelight will fill you with the wonder and joy of the holiday season. Watch Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy on Thursday December 19 at 10:30 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Christmas at Belmont 2013
The Belmont School of Music faculty is joined by nearly 700 student musicians and the Nashville Children’s Choir to present this annual recital of carols and cheerful holiday favorites. Watch Christmas at Belmont 2013 on Thursday December 19 at 10:00 pm and Tuesday, December 24 at 10:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
For over one hundred years, music lovers in Norway have celebrated the holiday season with one of the country’s most honored traditions, the St. Olaf College Christmas Festival. Initially a small musical program designed for a remote college community, the renowned annual commemoration now enjoys a worldwide audience. This year, the St. Olaf College Choir and the Norwegian girl choir, Nidaros Jentekor perform a full assortment of Christmas compositions, familiar carols and hymns from around the world from Trondheim’s historic Nidaros Cathedral. Become a part of a long-running annual tradition as you join the St. Olaf Choir in belting out your favorite holiday tunes. Watch Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir on Monday December 23 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Silent Night
The Minnesota Opera company's world premiere production of Silent Night recounts an extraordinary moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history. The fascinating true story, which won composer Kevin Puts the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for music, is based on the French film "Joyeaux Noel," which itself is based on the true story of a 1914 Christmas Eve truce during WWI, when Scottish, French and German officers defied orders and observed the holiday with a period of peace. Watch enemies become brothers as they come together to share Christmas and bury their dead in this powerful opera. Watch Silent Night on Monday December 23 at 10:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

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This Week on WETA UK: December 9-15

Monday December 9
Fresh Fields season 3 begins at 5:30 pm
In this popular British sitcom a devoted middle-class couple constantly test each other’s patience. In the season 3 premiere, Do it Yourself, Hester hires professional help to redecorate the house but the project goes awry when her carelessness nearly puts him in the hospital. How will William react to another one of Hester’s wacky new ideas? Find out in the Fresh Fields season 3 premiere!

Lead Balloon season 2 begins at 6:00 pm
The comedy series Lead Balloon centers on the misfortunes of Rick Spleen, a cynical, world-weary comedian who takes on corporate jobs to pay the bills. In Giraffe, the first episode of season 2, Rick appears as a Celebrity Oracle on a TV quiz show.

Tuesday December 10
Death in Paradise at 8:00 pm
It’s back! The light-hearted detective series centers on British cop Richard Poole, who is transferred from London to the island of Sainte-Marie in the Caribbean. Poole’s hatred of sun, sand and sea, make him a complete fish out of water in his new home. With a new mind-bending mystery to solve every episode, Death in Paradise intrigues all the way through the closing credits. In the series opener, inspector Richard Poole is sent to Sainte-Marie to investigate the murder of a British policeman.

Doc Martin at 9:45 pm
Season 1 Episode 1: Going Bodmin
Watch this hit series from the very beginning in time for the season 6 premiere on WETA TV26 in February! Watch two back to back episodes every Tuesday on WETA UK at 9:00 pm! In the opening episode, Dr. Martin Ellingham, a smart yet socially challenged physician, arrives in Cornwall, England to take over the local doctor's office and quickly begins alienating the town’s wary residents.

Wednesday December 11
DCI Banks at 9:00 pm

Series 1 Episode 2: Playing with Fire
A British police detective unravels mysteries in the Yorkshire countryside in this detective drama. In Playing with Fire, Banks and his team are called in to investigate when book-seller Leslie Whittaker's charred corpse is found on his burnt-out houseboat along with a strong-box containing twenty thousand pounds and a Turner painting.

Thursday December 12
Scott & Bailey
season 2 Episode 1 at 8:00 pm
Season 2 begins!
Follow two female police detectives, one motherly; one emotionally immature, as they investigate murders in this thrilling investigative drama series. In the season 2 opener, the team investigates the horrific death of an unknown male victim while Rachel agrees to accommodate her young brother Dominic, who is homeless after being released from jail, and Janet's elderly mother moves in with her family after an operation.

Masterpiece Mystery! Silk at 9:00 pm
This court room drama follows the fast paced careers of two modern-day barristers competing for the title of Queen’s Counsel. One an idealistic defense lawyer, and the other a ruthless prosecutor, the two barristers compete for the prestigious appointment in three episodes of high-stakes cases on the front lines of criminal law. Through all of the rivalry, tension, and intrigue, only one will emerge as Her Majesty’s Counsel. Watch these two battle it out in the trenches of British law in Silk.

Friday December 13
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
season 3 begins at 9:00 pm
Join Hetty Wainthropp, a detective in her 60s, as she fights crime armed with only her pocketbook and her extraordinary intelligence. In the episode All Stitched Up, Hetty is recruited to pose as the Irish sister of a local woman who is being preyed upon by a teenage delinquent.

The Café at 10:00 pm
This warm and funny comedy series focuses on three generations of a family who host customers at their seafront café. After losing her boyfriend and her job, Sarah moves back home from London to help her mother at the café. In this episode, Sarah chases some literary agents while her mom deals with some strange happenings at the café. Watch as Sarah deals with the positives and negatives of returning home to her mother in this hilarious sitcom.

Saturday December 14
The WETA UK premiere! Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise Part One at 9:00 pm
A clever blend of love story, mystery, and social comedy, this extravagant costume drama explores the lives of the people that work, shop, and trade in and around The Paradise, the first department store in Northern England during the 1870s. The story follows a naïve country girl, Denise Lovett, as she becomes immersed in the power struggles surrounding the store, and a forbidden romance with the store’s elegant and mysterious owner, John Moray. The Paradise embodies the progress and pain of a new age of commerce in England, but can Denise and John have a future together amidst the personal and political conflicts that envelop this era of progress?

Sunday December 15
Vicar of Dibley Christmas Specials
2004
Time to get in the holiday spirit with two Christmas Specials! Vicar of Dibley centers on a lively female minister who comes to serve in a conservative small town's church, consisting of only six members.

Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special Part One, Merry Christmas at 9:00 pm
To celebrate Geraldine's 10th Christmas at Dibley, the townspeople hold a competition to see who can write the best Christmas carol.

Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special Part Two Happy New Year at 10:00 pm
The people of Dibley buy Geraldine a ticket to a speed dating evening for her 40th birthday.  However, when she goes it turns out that most of the dates are the other villagers.

 

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Exciting December Programming on WETA TV26

As you prepare for the holiday season, check out our December WETA Television Pledge Drive!

Return to Downton Abbey  | Thursday, December 5 at 8:00pm

Are you eagerly awaiting the debut of Downton Abbey season 4? Feed your appetite for more Crowley family drama with Return to Downton Abbey. Join host and devoted fan of the series, Susan Sarandon, as she recalls the fond memories from the past three seasons and presents a sneak peek at season 4. The special features a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of memorable moments. Prepare for all of the drama, rivalry, jealousy, and romance of season 4 with Return to Downton Abbey!
Don’t miss the premiere of the new season of Downton Abbey on January 5, 2014, on WETA TV26! After you get your taste of Downton Abbey, stick around and get ready for the February premiere of the new season of Doc Martin!

Doc Martin: Revealed | Thursday, December 5 at 9:30pm

Take an inside look at production on the highly anticipated sixth season of Doc Martin. Doc Martin: Revealed features comments from the actors and crew, and a behind-the-scenes look at scenes being shot at Large's Restaurant and the pub that doubles as the Crab & Lobster. This special will have you clamoring for the February premiere of Doc Martin season 6!

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Show | Saturday, December 7 at 10:00pm
This seasonal show features vintage clips from Andy Williams’ cherished holiday family Christmas specials of the 1960s. The compilation includes digitally re-mastered production numbers, complete with magnificent sets, costumes, and a cast of singers, dancers and skaters. Interviews with the unforgettable entertainers are interwoven with classic performances from Williams, his brothers, and the Osmonds. Fill your home with holiday cheer with Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Show!

Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas | Monday, December 9 at 8:00pm
Christmas comes early this year when international phenomenon Celtic Woman returns to Dublin’s Helix Theater for a special filming of their latest project, Home for Christmas! Accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra and 40-member choir, the Celtic Woman ensemble perform timeless holiday favorites, including "Silent Night," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and "Joy to the World" with their signature Celtic twist. The adult contemporary group has crossed national and cultural boundaries and gone on to attain worldwide success with their distinct, uplifting sound. Celebrate the joys of the holiday season by sharing this inspirational performance with family and friends!

WETA Studio W: Ric Edelman | Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00pm
Prepare for the new special, WETA Studio W! This show focuses on interviews with authors, experts and artists. Paul Anthony will speak with acclaimed financial adviser Ric Edelman.

Rick Steves’ European Christmas | Thursday, December 12 at 8:00pm

Join Rick Steves for a vibrant musical celebration of Christmas across Europe! From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, you'll see the dazzling Christmas markets, listen to local choirs, and even play in the snow. Experience the beloved holiday from a European perspective in this magical winter wonderland adventure!


 

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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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