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Free Movies in DC: December 21

Celebrate the first day of winter with a marathon of movies on WETA TV26 & HD! From 9:30pm-3am stay glued to your local DC PBS station as we present East of Eden (1955) and three Independent Lens documentaries.

East of Eden (1955)
Watch December 21 at 9:30pm
(also airs December 22 at 11:30am)
Starring '50s heart throb James Dean as the troubled son of a farmer, his problems grow with a brutal sibling rivalry. Although his brother sends the farm into near bankruptcy, Dean's character will do anything to save his family's farm. A love triangle, medical tradgedy, and classic '50s drama makes this movie a must-watch. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Playwright: From Page to Stage
Watch December 21 at 11:30pm

This cinema vérité documentary delves into the development of two stage plays. Viewers will see how creative teams are assembled and how they collaborate with one another. Experience the intense detail that goes into everything from the rigorous rehearsal process to achieving one of theater's ultimate goals which is the arrival on a Broadway stage in New York City. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Beauty is Embarrassing
Watch December 22 at 12:30am

Part biography, part live performance, this documentary tells the story of the unique visual artist and raconteur Wayne White. Tracing White’s career from an underground cartoonist in New York’s East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer, and voice-over actor on Pee-wee’s Playhouse for which he won three Emmy awards, this film follows Wayne’s success designing and animating for other children’s shows and music videos through a dark period of struggle and self-reflection before emerging in his present-day incarnation as a respected painter and performer. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Watch December 22 at 2am

This documentary explores the United States' long-term fascination with comic book superheroes and raises questions about the possibilities and contradictions of heroines within the genre. The film goes behind the scenes with comic writers and artists, and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.  Watch a preview here!
 

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How Sherlock Changed the World on WETA TV26

Sherlock Holmes is widely recognized as the most famous fictional detective of all time. However, Sherlock’s legacy has reached beyond the imaginary realm of fiction and into the real crime-fighting world. Scotland Yard’s finest fictional detective has inspired real-life scientists, detectives, and even criminals with his reasoning methods. How Sherlock Changed the World examines the vast impact Sherlock Holmes has had on the development of real criminal investigation practices and forensic techniques. See how the scientific methods Holmes introduced to the world have evolved into the advanced CSI-style forensic labs used today. Explore how the legacy of Sherlock Holmes has saved real lives and helped capture dastardly criminals in How Sherlock Changed the World.

You can watch How Sherlock Changed the World on Tuesday December 17 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD!

 

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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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