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This Week on WETA UK: June 2-8

New month means new seasons and adventures on your favorite WETA UK shows! Check out what the WETA UK Programmers are highlighting in this week's schedule.

Monday at 8pm season 2 of Pie in the Sky begins! Henry Crabbe has reached the end of his tether as a plain clothes Detective Inspector. After years of toiling in the force, he is about to take early retirement. With a passion for food and a talent for cooking, he is ready to fulfill his own personal dream - to buy his very own restaurant, Pie In The Sky. However nothing is ever that simple. On the eve of his retirement, he is suspended from duty. His boss, assistant Chief Constable, now has him exactly where he wants him and is not going to allow him to join his idyll in peace - Crabbe is free to indulge in his restaurant but always on call when cases need solving.

Tuesday at 8pm Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries takes on “Death at Victoria Dock”. It’s the 1920s in Melbourne, Australia and the Honorable Phryne Fisher is a glamorous “lady detective” goes about her work with a pistol close at hand—and, more often than not, a male admirer even closer. To the dismay of Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Phryne’s investigations take her through back alleys, jazz clubs, and shady neighborhoods. Beneath her devil-may-care attitude, Phryne hides ghosts from the past that continue to haunt her. In this episode, Phryne investigates the murder of a young man with a blue tattoo who died in her arms.

Wednesday at 7:30pm season 7 of My Family begins! A dentist discovers that dealing with his clan is like pulling teeth in this biting British sitcom. Ben Harper and his acerbic wife Susan trade barbs as they struggle to raise their fractious brood. Season 7 opens as Ben is asked to be a sperm donor for a couple he and Susan met on vacation, and the request goes straight to his head. Meanwhile, Kenzo's father shows up in hopes of getting to know his son.

Thursday beginning at 8pm watch four great British comedies. At 8pm catch Moone Boy:  A warm family comedy series about a young boy growing up in a chaotic and creative household in late 1980s Ireland. At 8:30pm Worst Week of My Life continues: A British variation of `Meet the Parents' that chronicles the disastrous week prior to a wedding as a bride and groom cope with jitters, tensions and mishaps, ranging from her disapproving parents to his crazed ex. At 9pm Lead Balloon continues: A British comedy series following the misadventures of a cynical, disillusioned stand-up comedian. At 9:30pm Outnumbered closes out the comedy line-up: A British comedy about a couple and their three kids. In this week’s episode, Sue's sister Angela visits with her new husband, an American therapist.

Friday at 10:30pm catch the WETA UK premiere of Frankie. A heroine for the modern age, district nurse Frankie Maddox looks life and death in the eye on a daily basis; her mission is to make a difference. Frankie is an infectious character, she’s electric and quirky, absolutely wonderful at her job and adapts to every situation life and work can throw at her as she tries to live in the fast lane and juggle her work at the same time. This heartwarming and funny series follows Frankie and her eclectic team as they visit their patients at home and takes a look at ordinary lives, which are often in huge domestic crises.

Saturday at 9pm join WETA UK for Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey season 1 episode 1. The bold and beautiful Downton Abbey estate runs smoothly from generations of excellent care, but change is coming. With enticing drama and terrible threat, the future of Downton's dynasty takes shape but is it possible to preserve? Follow the upstairs, downstairs dynamic in this beautiful period drama from PBS.

Sunday at 8pm Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant comes to a close with the final episode “French Riviera”. The actor's series exploring the world's most luxurious hotels concludes on the glamorous French Riviera. Beginning at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, he is shown the art of perfect fine dining before meeting ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard, who explains why he chooses to call Monaco home. Richard then visits the Hotel Byblos in St. Tropez, where Mick Jagger and Bianca De Macias tied the knot in 1971, before paying a visit to Belles Rivers.
 

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New WETA Kids Summer Schedule!

It's double the fun this summer with a new WETA Kids summer schedule! Beginning Monday June 2, 2014 Wild Kratts, Curious George, Daniel Tiger's Neighorhood, Arthur, and Dinosaur Train will be "doubled" with back-to-back time slots throughout the day!

The new schedule applies to WETA Kids 7am-7pm. The 7pm-7am and weekend line-up remain the same. The new WETA Kids schedule also applies to the WETA TV26 morning kids block from 6am-noon. Check today's WETA Kids schedule or find when your favorite programs air on WETA.org!


 

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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.

Wednesday
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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