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This Week on WETA UK: May 27-June 1

This week on WETA UK, new seasons begin, great series continue, and a Masterpiece Contemporary special premieres. Read on for highlights from the schedule!

Tuesday at 9pm begin the popular British comedy Doc Martin from the very first episode. In these two back-to-back episodes, Martin moves to Portwenn and meets the locals and he realizes that adjusting to village life is not going to be smooth sailing. Despite his disastrous introduction to life in the sleepy village, the former surgeon has decided to stay and give it a go.

is full of season premieres! At 10am season 1 episode 1 of Monarch of the Glen airs. At noon season 5 of Last of the Summer Wine begins. At 12:30pm My Family begins season 6. At 3pm season 3 of Waking the Dead starts. At 4pm Hustle season 2 episode 1 airs.

Thursday at 11pm catch Sherlock Holmes in “The Mazarin Stone”.  This thrilling episode includes a boxer, a diamond thief, and, of course, a murder.

Friday at 11pm experience Masterpiece Contemporary: The Song of Lunch.  When a middling copy editor/failed poet meets his former lover for lunch 15 years after their affair, he finds that everything — and nothing — has changed. Follow this love story starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson.

Saturday at 10:30pm discover the delight of Masterpiece Mystery! Zen: Vendetta. Detective Aurelio Zen takes on the murder of a debauched billionaire construction magnate. Zen is driven to find something it seems only he wants — the truth. Well, the truth and the murder squad's new secretary, Tania Moretti. Meanwhile, a vengeful killer is making his way to Rome, brutally executing those who sent him away to prison for murder. The final target of his vendetta: Aurelio Zen.

Sunday at night (Monday 12am) start the cult classic Red Dwarf from the very first episode. A radiation leak wipes out the crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf, leaving only one survivor – chicken soup machine repair man, Dave Lister. After three million years in suspended animation, Lister emerges to find he is the last human being in the universe but he is not alone. The crew begin to experience visions from their own future and Lister’s appears to include being reduced to his component atoms by a rather large explosion.

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WETA Movie Night: May 24

Documentaries dominate this week's WETA Saturday Night Movie line-up! Learn more about movie greats Joan Crawford and Charlton Heston then stay tuned into WETA TV26 & HD for unique looks at two very different areas of the world.

Joan Crawford: Always the Star airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This glamorous and hugely popular actress raised herself from brutal poverty to Academy Award-winning stardom through guts, determination and hard work. During her 50-year career, she made more than 80 films. But her obsessive perfectionism led to a later caricature of coat-hanger-wielding harridan that even the adoration of her fans could not counter. Still, she has endured as one of the most popular icons of the movies, an early role model to young women who were drawn to her image as a stylish magnetic power and an actress of unquestioned independence. Joan Crawford films include: Sally, Irene and Mary (1925), Our Dancing Daughters (1928), Grand Hotel (1932), Dancing Lady (1933), The Gorgeous Hussy (1936), The Women (1939), A Woman's Face (1941), Mildred Pierce (1945), Humoresque (1946), Possessed (1947), Sudden Fear (1952), Johnny Guitar (1954), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), and Strait Jacket (1964).

Charlton Heston: A Man for All Seasons airs Saturday at 10:30pm
He played king and slave, hero and villain, and was renowned throughout the movie-going world for the heroic figures he played during his early years in Hollywood: Moses, Ben-Hur, El Cid and Michaelangelo. In a wide range of roles, from classical to futuristic, he showed himself a consummate actor. But Charlton Heston had always been more than a star. Although he was a private man, he often appeared to be a very public one, willing to speak up on issues he believes in — however controversial they may be. Here, in his own words, is Heston's life as well as highlights of a career that resulted in more than 60 motion pictures.  A profile of Charlton Heston, featuring clips from such films "Ben-Hur," "The Big Country," "The Greatest Show on Earth," "Planet of the Apes," "Soylent Green," "The Ten Commandments", and "Will Penny."

Independent Lens: God Loves Uganda airs Saturday at 11:30pm
This documentary examines the impact that American evangelicals have had in Uganda, where missionaries have created schools and hospitals while also fostering a virulent anti-gay atmosphere that culminated, in February 2014, with the adoption of an anti-homosexuality law that mandates a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for engaging in homosexual activity.

Independent Lens: Welcome to Shelbyville airs Sunday at 1am
This documentary examines how a small Tennessee town reacts to its changing demographics, including a burgeoning Latino population and an influx of Somali refugees, many of whom are practicing Muslims. The documentary includes remarks from journalist Brian Mosely (Shelbyville Times-Gazette), who wrote several articles about the Somalis; former mayor Al Stephenson; and local pastors.

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This Week on WETA UK: May 19-25

WETA UK has shows for everyone! From thrilling mysteries, classic dramas, and hilarious comedies, to fast-paced crime dramas, historical biographies, and insightful documentaries. Tune into WETA UK 24/7 for excellent British television shows and read on for some highlights in this week's schedule.

Monday at 9pm catch two back-to-back Midsomer Murders mysteries! At 9pm, watch “Sauce for the Goose”.  A tourist visiting Plummer's famous relish factory is crushed against towers of relish bottles and dumped naked into a 200-degree sterilizer. When Barnaby and Scott investigate, they find that the dead man is an executive with rival company Fieldway Foods. Many secrets are revealed making this an exciting mystery you won’t want to miss! Then at 10:30pm, watch “Midsomer Rhapsody”. Retired music teacher Arthur Leggott is found battered to death and the race begins to find a killer and a motive. Dramatic and poetic, this episode will keep you on your toes until the very end!

Tuesday at 10am the final season, season 7, of Monarch of the Glen begins! Following the sudden death of his partner Meg, Golly is looking after baby Cameron alone. A long, hard winter has taken its toll on Glenbogle and Paul the laird is faced with a growing repair bill for his tenants’ crofts. With money tight, he’s dreading the Tenants Association’s AGM and clashes with Iona MacLean, a beautiful local shepherdess who will not take no for an answer.

Wednesday at 11pm tune in for two back-to-back episodes of Benny Hill.  The delightfully outrageous British comedian headlines a slapstick sketch series, an unapologetic throwback to burlesque traditions that routinely features sexy girls in skimpy costumes with the lecherous Hill leering at them. The U.S. episodes are edited versions of the more risqué British shows.

Thursday at 1pm don’t miss the first episode of MI-5 season 3! On “Project Friendly Fire” Tom Quinn has been accused of assassinating the Chief of The Defense Staff, is guilty of shooting his superior Harry Pearce, and has disappeared. When Oliver Mace, chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, hears of this he seizes his opportunity to take control of Britain’s homeland intelligence service. With the Prime Minister’s backing he launches an investigation into MI5, the aim being to uncover the rot at its core and take over. Danny, Zoe, and the rest of the team, under intense watch, manage to skip surveillance and meet to discuss what to do.

Friday at 9pm Vera season 4 concludes with “Death of a Family Man”.  DCI Vera Stanhope investigates the death of businessman John Searwood, who was found floating under the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Chief Investigator Owen Preece uncovers that John's business manager has been running a booze scam and John was no longer sleeping in the family home. Vera unpeels all the secrets hidden behind John's veneer of respectability to discover that his downfall in fact delves back to a tragic incident years before.

Saturday at 8pm new documentary series She-Wolves: England’s Early Queens begins with episode 1, “Matilda and Eleanor”. More than 800 years ago, Matilda came within a hair's breadth of being the first woman to be crowned queen of England in her own right. Historian Helen Castor explores how Matilda reached this point, and why her bid for the throne ultimately failed. Her daughter-in-law Eleanor of Aquitaine was an equally formidable woman. Despite being remembered as the queen of courtly love, in reality, during her long life she divorced one king and married another, only to lead a rebellion against him. She finally achieved the power she craved in her seventies.

Sunday at 8pm Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant continues with part six, “Sex”. The actor gets a juicy insight into the lives of the rich and famous and he explores some of the sexiest hotels and hideaways in the world. Visiting the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, he discovers a secret stairway used by one of Tinseltown's most infamous Lotharios, while in Paris he travels to the L'Hotel, which includes French  sex symbol and notorious womaniser Serge Gainsbourg among its past guests.

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WETA Movie Night: May 10

This week on WETA TV26 & HD, tune into WETA Movie Night Saturday May 10 for two fantastic films. Beginning with the romantic comedy Woman of the Year (1942) where two New York newspaper columnists hash it out in their respective colums, to real life New York Times reporter Jayson Blair's deceptive reporting is revealed in the documentary A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair.

Woman of the Year (1942) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
New York sportswriter Sam Craig becomes infuriated when foreign correspondent Tess Harding suggests that baseball be canceled for the duration of World War II. Sam and Tess use their newspaper columns to argue the matter until they finally meet in person and after Sam takes Tess to her first baseball game, the two fall in love. Will their wildly different lifestyles mesh well or cause trouble? When Tess is voted "Woman of the Year", will Sam congratulate and support her? This romantic comedy stars Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and won the Oscar for best original screenplay that year.

Independent Lens | A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair airs Saturday at 11:30pm
In 2003, former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair was caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters and supplementing his own reporting with fabricated details in dozens of different stories published in the Times. The ensuing media frenzy left a major blemish on the reputation of the newspaper which just a year earlier won a record seven Pulitzer prizes for its coverage of the September 11 attacks. This documentary includes how the Times dealt with the scandal and features remarks from Blair, former executive editor Howell Raines and reporter Jerry Gray, who acted as Blair's mentor and media reporters Howard Kurtz and Seth Mnookin.


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WETA Arts | New Episode in May

This episode is now available to watch online.

WETA Arts continues this month tying fantastic local cultural arts to national arts. 

In May's episode of WETA Arts we visit the U.S. Army Museum Support Center at Ft. Belvoir to learn about the depiction of war through the eyes of artists and to meet the current Army Artist in Residence. Experts from Ohio State University give us the science behind the most spectacular leap in ballet, the grande jete. We meet The Colorado Ballet, a troupe endeavoring to explore one of the darkest periods in human history through dance. We delve into the work of JW Johnston, a nature photographer who left the fast-paced world of broadcast journalism to pursue his passion. Finally, Robert Aubry Davis, Janis Goodman, and Peter Winant discuss "Made in The USA", an exhibition at The Phillips Collection that spans more than a century and features works by nearly one hundred and twenty American artists.

WETA Arts airs on WETA TV26 & WETA HD:
Sunday May 11 at 4pm
Tuesday May 13 at 3:30pm
Monday May 19 at 2:30pm
Tuesday May 27 at 5:30pm

To watch previous episodes of WETA Arts, go to weta.org!


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This Week on WETA UK: May 5-11

From modern British comedies and dramas, to historical documentary series, WETA UK has all the best British television 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check out what we're highlighting in this week's WETA UK schedule.

Monday at 6pm catch the very first episode of Life on Mars. The hunt for a cold-blooded murderer becomes a desperate rescue mission for Detective Sam Williams’ girlfriend and fellow cop Maya. After a near-fatal car crash Detective Williams finds himself mysteriously transported to 1973. Is he in a coma? Has Sam gone crazy? Or has he really travelled back in time? Watch episode two Sunday May 11 at 10pm!

Tuesday at 10:30pm season 3 of the British comedy Chef! begins. Popular actor/comedian Lenny Henry stars as Gareth, Chef de Cuisine at the prestigious Le Château Anglais restaurant. Having realized his dream of becoming proprietor and cook at Le Château, Gareth’s obsessive perfectionism pushes the restaurant to the financial brink, and plunges his personal and professional life into chaos.

Wednesday at 6:30pm begin the popular comedy Moone Boy from the very beginning. This semi-autobiographical series is written by and stars Chris O’Dowd as the imaginary friend of 11 year old Martin, the youngest child in the large, loud Moone family. Headed by Martin’s sign-writer father who longs to be an artist and his frazzled mother, this is a family with a lot of love where everyone tends to pull in different directions! Martin has a unique view of life, dealing with enterprising school bullies with the help of his imaginary friend who also narrates his adventures.

Thursday at 8:30pm the hilarious British show Worst Week of My Life begins. With only one week to go before Howard and Mel get married, time slows and it quickly escalates into the week from hell. Howard lurches from one embarrassing disaster to the next in the week leading up to his wedding.

Friday at 9pm crime-drama Vera continues with season four, episode two “Protected”. In this episode, DCI Vera Stanhope and DS Joe Ashworth investigate the murder of David Kenworthy, found dead on the beach at Whitley Bay. Although spotted in an argument with a local business owner earlier that night, Vera digs into the past uncovering that the Kenworthy family and their business is not as respectable as it appears. When a second death occurs, Vera is faced with pressure to solve the case quickly; she must use all her tenacity to expose the rift in the heart of the fractured family.

Saturday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Classic’s Mr. Selfridge continues with season 2 episode 6. Harry's reputation suffers while he is in Germany; Gordon pens a condolence letter after a member of the staff dies at the front; Miss Mardle falls for her lodger; and Leclair's troubles deepen.

Sunday at 9pm & 9:30pm watch two episodes of Weapons of World War II. In the annals of 20th-Century warfare, World War II saw the sharpest and most dramatic rise in the design, manufacture and effectiveness of some of the world's most lethal weaponry. In this documentary series, the development of each weapon system is addressed from the outbreak of war through to its 1945 climax. This week, watch “Tanks”: Tank development was dramatic in World War II. From pre-war light tanks, we see the emergence of the monster tanks such as the legendary Panthers and King Tigers of 1944/45. Lighter, simpler tanks such as the Russian T-34 and the American Sherman overwhelmed German tank formations with their sheer numbers. Then watch “Midget Submarines”: From attacks on Pearl Harbor and Sydney Harbor, to the British Mediterranean Fleet and the Tirpitz, midget submarines played their part in some of the most gripping stories of the war.

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New Peg + Cat Episodes on WETA Kids

Brand new Peg + Cat episodes premiere next week on WETA Kids! Read descriptions of these episodes below and tune in Mondays-Fridays at 9:30am & 3pm, plus Sundays from 10am-12:30pm for Peg + Cat! In this animated series, a little girl and her feline pal embark on adventures that teach them math concepts and skills.

"The Arch Villain Problem/The Straight and Narrow Problem"
Monday May 5, 3pm
Wednesday May 7, 9:30am
Friday May 9, 3pm
Sunday May 11, 10am & 12pm

The Arch Villain Problem: When the Arch Villain wreaks havoc on the city of Mathtropolis by turning everything into arches, Super Peg and Cat Guy come to the rescue. Primary Content: Arches, finding arches in other shapes; Secondary Content: Counting backwards from 9, counting by threes.
The Straight and Narrow Problem: Super Peg and Cat Guy trail the Arch Villain, who has given up his arch ways and gone on a rampage with straight and narrow shapes instead. Primary Content: Understanding straight, narrow, curved; Secondary Content: Counting sides to determine shapes (rectangles, triangles, squares), counting by tens to 100.

"The Play Date Problem/The Blabberwocky Problem"
Tuesday May 6, 3pm
Thursday May 8, 9:30am
Sunday May 11, 10:30am
The Play Date Problem:
Peg and Cat must use the power of music, and patterns, to help their friends Beethoven and the Three Bears play together - and make incredible music together. Primary Content: Patterns Secondary Content: Seeing squares as special rectangles.
The Blabberwocky Problem: Peg and Cat are back as the Knights of the Round Table to reclaim their friends' missing shapes - and their own Round Table! - from the mysterious 100-headed creature, The Blabberwocky. Primary Content: Making a drawing as a step in problem solving Secondary Content: 3D shapes, 2D shapes.

"The Perfect Ten Problem/The Long Line Problem"
Wednesday May 7, 3pm
Friday May 9, 9:30am
Sunday May 11, 11am

The Perfect Ten Problem: Peg and Cat are judging a singing competition in which all performers must get a rating of exactly ten stars. Primary Content: Adding to 10; Secondary Content: The number 0.
The Long Line Problem: While waiting in a long line, Peg and Cat try to help Richard realize his dream of being first in line for the first time. Primary Content: Ordinal numbers, using a number line; Secondary Content: Positional relationships (in front of/behind), counting to 20.


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WETA Movie Night: May 3

Begin the night with lots of drama as WETA TV26 & HD airs the musical Cabaret (1972) at 9:30pm. Then ease into non-fiction but keep the drama with Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter at 11:30pm. To finish off the night, go fully into documentary form as P.O.V. Last Train Home airs at 12:30am.

WETA Movie: Cabaret (1972) airs on Saturday at 9:30pm

This film is set in 1931 Berlin as young dancer American Sally Bowles has a whirlwind love triangle with a Brit and wealthy bachelor. Stars Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey.

Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter airs Saturday at 11:30pm
Follow the creation of the San Francisco Opera's celebrated production of The Bonesetter's Daughter, composed by Stewart Wallace with a libretto by Amy Tan, based on her bestselling book of the same name. .

P.O.V. Last Train Home airs on Sunday at 12:30am
Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration. Last Train Home takes viewers on a heart-stopping journey with the Zhangs, a couple who left infant children behind for factory jobs 16 years ago, hoping their wages would lift their children to a better life.


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WETA Kids Arthur “Outdoor Week” | April 28-May 2, 2014

Arthur and his friends explore the outdoors in a week of fun, outdoor-themed episodes called “Outdoor Week”. This is a part of the PBS Explore the Outdoors campaign which encourages families to celebrate nature and the outdoors this spring. “Outdoor Week” includes the premieres of two all-new Arthur episodes, “Pets and Pests/Go Fly a Kite” which airs on April 29 and “Speak Up Francine/Waiting for Snow” which airs on April 30. These episodes focus on teaching important values, such as speaking up for what you believe in, patience, sharing and teamwork. Other episodes include “War of the Worms/I Owe You One”, “Fernfern and the Secret of Moose Mountain/Thanks a Lot, Binky”, and “Buster's Garden of Grief/Through the Looking Glasses”. Read on for episode descriptions and air dates/times.

“War of the Worms/I Owe You One”
April 28 at 7:30am & 4:30pm

“War of the Worms”: Fern tells a story about an explorer in a forest and Brain is taking the fun out of it by correcting her facts.
“I Owe You One”: Buster always asks Arthur for favors and fears that one day he’ll have to repay the favors all at once.

“Pets and Pests/Go Fly a Kite” *NEW*
April 29 at 7:30am & 4:30pm

May 28 at 4:30pm
May 29 at 7:30am

“Pets and Pests”: There's a mouse loose in the Read home!
“Go Fly a Kite”: While playing in the park, Binky, Muffy, and Ladonna stumble upon an abandoned kite.

 “Speak Up Francine/Waiting for Snow” *NEW*
April 30 at 7:30am & 4:30pm

May 1 at 7:30am
May 23 at 4:30pm
May 26 at 7:30am

“Speak Up Francine”: The local creek is polluted and Francine is determined to get the word out at the annual Earth Day rally.
“Waiting for Snow”: Ladonna can't wait to experience her first blizzard but there are no signs of snow.

“Fernfern and the Secret of Moose Mountain/Thanks a Lot, Binky”
May 1 at 7:30am & 4:30pm

“Fernfern and the Secret of Moose Mountain”: Fern can't wait to climb Moose Mountain but she and Francine end up fighting all the way up the trail.
“Thanks a Lot, Binky”: Binky saves Rattles but when Rattles doesn't seem to appreciate it, Binky swears off good deeds.

“Buster's Garden of Grief/Through the Looking Glasses”
May 2 at 7:30am & 4:30pm

“Buster’s Garden of Grief”: Buster is in charge of the community garden, but it proves to be too much for just one person.
“Through the Looking Glasses”: Arthur can't find his glasses and has to get new ones, but all the attention he is getting from these new hipper glasses has gone straight to his head.


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WETA Movie Night: April 26

This weekend, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the 1962 Broadway drama Gypsy. Music, dance, family drama, and the drive to make it big are the themes that have made this movie such a hit. Starring Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, and Karl Malden. Watch a preview of the film below.

Set during the 1920s in the vaudeville era, Rose is an aggressive and domineering woman who desires above all to make her two daughters June and Louise big entertainment stars. Herbie Sommers is an entertainment agent who falls in love with Rose. The two lock-in big circuit bookings for daughter June while the apparently less talented Louise is pushed into the background. Over time, June decides to break away from Rose and Herbie leaving pushy stage mother Rose to work on Louise’s career. Consequently, the trio winds up at a third-rate burlesque house in Wichita. Will Rose step aside and let her daughter rise to the top on her own true talent?
The musical classic Gypsy airs on WETA TV26 & HD Saturday April 26 at 9:30pm and Sunday April 27 at 11am.