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This Week on WETA UK: December 23-29

An iconic British television tradition is special holiday episodes. This year, WETA UK delivers the same great British television shows with the extra special touch of holiday features!

Monday December 23
Worst Christmas of My Life Part 2 at 6:30 pm

The British comedy Worst Week of My Life follows the bumbling Howard through the disastrous week leading up to his wedding. As he and his bride Mel deal with stress and anxiety, Howard falls into one unfortunate situation after another. In the Christmas special, Worst Christmas of My Life, Howard decides to scuffle with Santa and he and Mel leave a mess at her parents’ home. Will Howard and Mel be able to clean up their mess in time?

Outnumbered Christmas Special at 10:30 pm
Outnumbered is a witty British comedy about a couple, the Brockman’s, and their three kids.
In this Christmas Special, the Brockman’s celebrate Boxing Day; Karen writes New Year's resolutions for the family and Barack Obama; and Pete and Sue host a gathering they hope will be festive. Spend Christmas with the Brockman’s in the Outnumbered Christmas Special!

Tuesday December 24
Rumpole of the Bailey: Rumpole and the Younger Generation at 10:30 pm
Witty London barrister Horace Rumpole is a middle-aged junior barrister who excels at criminal cases. In Rumpole and the Younger Generation, Horace defends a young member of the Timson clan, a family of mischievous yet moral villains. Meanwhile, his wife Hilda hopes the powers that be will elect Rumpole Head of Chambers after her father retires. When Nick Rumpole visits from school, Horace realizes his own son has acquired some of the Timson family traits.

Wednesday December 25
My Family Christmas Special: Have an Unhappy Christmas at 3:00 pm

Ben gets Susan a vacuum cleaner for Christmas, but when he finds out his gift is unromantic, he buys a necklace instead. Ben is annoyed when he later finds out he could have got the necklace for half price if he had waited a day. Meanwhile, the family decides to get a picture of Ben and Susan on their wedding day put on mugs and other household items as a romantic souvenir, but when there is a mix-up at the factory, a picture of them on their honeymoon night is displayed on the souvenirs instead.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Dream at 10:30 pm
Belgian detective Hercule Poirot tackles a variety of mysteries in this intelligent investigative series. In The Dream, the sleuth investigates the apparent murder of a pie-compay owner who feared someone was manipulating his mind. When the investigation spirals out of control, Poirot finds himself enveloped in a world of false identities and affairs.

Thursday December 26
Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side at 9:00 pm

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side is based on the novel by Agatha Christie and centers on Marina Gregg, a glamorous but fragile Hollywood star. When the entire village falls in love with Gregg, she invites everyone over to her elaborate home for a party. The night goes awry when a guest drops dead after drinking a poisoned daiquiri, leading to a shocking mystery deserving of a Hollywood ending.

Friday December 27
Mysteries!
Rosemary and Thyme: Sweet Angelica at 8:00 pm

While trying to restore the lawns at an exclusive boarding school that caters to the children of wealthy foreigners, Rosemary and Laura become involved in a hostile murder mystery involving an attractive Polish student named Angelica. When one of Angelica’s male suitors turns up dead, the young girl is among the prime suspects. Rosemary and Laura must attempt to solve the mystery of the dead boy while also dealing with the orderly dead patches of grass on the school lawn.

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: Serving the Community at 9:00 pm
Join Hetty Wainthropp, a detective in her 60s, as she attempts to fight crime armed with only her pocketbook and remarkable wisdom. In Serving the Community, Hetty investigates a string of muggings of Indian-restaurant owners. When a frustrated Hetty is ready to inform the police of the situation, a mysterious group attacks her and steals her purse. After this horrific robbery, the case becomes personal for Hetty and she decides to solve the mystery herself.

Comedies!
The Café: A Note to Follow at 10:00 pm

This warm and funny comedy series focuses on three generations of a family who host customers from all walks of life at their seafront café. After losing her boyfriend and her job, Sarah moves back home from London to help her mother, Carol, at the café. In A Note to Follow, excitement is in the air as the café regulars prepare for a Sing-Along Sound of Music and a stressed Carol receives some bad news.

Back-to-Back Doc Martin at 10:30 pm
Doc Martin centers on Dr. Martin Ellingham, a smart yet socially awkward physician. The story begins when the Doc moves to a new town to replace a deceased doctor, and sets about alienating the entire everyone.
Doc Martin: The Portwenn Effect
With the Portwenn Players annual dance coming up, Louisa tries to ask Martin as her date. When he turns her down, she naïvely gives her extra ticket to Mark Mylow who immediately misunderstands and thinks they are going on a date. When word of their “date” gets back to Martin, he too misunderstands.
Doc Martin: Of All the Harbors in all the Towns
Martin’s Aunt Joan receives a visit from an old lover, who arrives hoping to rekindle their relationship. Meanwhile, a teenager develops a crush on Martin when he resets her dislocated shoulder.
 
Saturday December 28
Return to Downton Abbey at 11:00 pm

Are you eagerly awaiting the debut of the new season of Downton Abbey? 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!
Do not miss the debut of the new season of Downton Abbey on January 5, 2014 on WETA TV26 & HD!

Sunday December 29
Back-to-Back Foyle’s War
Foyle’s War: Plan of Attack Part 1 at 4:00 pm
Foyle’s War: Plan of Attack Part 2 at 5:00 pm

It is 1940 and England is taking a stand against the powers of Nazi Germany during World War II. When England denies World War I veteran Christopher Foyle the opportunity to contribute to the country’s military efforts once again, he shifts his focus to the capturing of local criminals on the south coast of England. In Plan of Attack, it is April 1944, the Allies have stepped up their war effort, and it seems the end of the war is in sight. Foyle has resigned as Detective Chief Superintendent, but comes out of retirement after a tragic event. Watch Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle as he carries out a personal crusade against domestic villains in Foyle’s War: Plan of Attack!

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2013 at 7:30pm
With Christmas days away, the discovery of an undetonated bomb near Nonnatus House causes an evacuation of the district and the staff to care for the area residents at a rescue center. In other events, Jenny's relationship with Alec continues to grow.
 

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Midsomer Murders | Three Episodes Sunday December 22

Midsomer Murders follows British police inspector, John Barnaby, who investigates mysteries and murders in a rural English county. Catch three consecutive mysteries of this intriguing investigative series beginning at 7:30pm on Sunday, December 22. Watch Barnaby and his partner Scott attempt to solve the mysterious death of an author in Sins of Commission, examine the strange murders of local church officials in The Straw Woman, and work to save a family during the holiday season in Ghosts of Christmas Past.

Sins of Commission at 7:30pm
In Sins of Commission, trouble arises during Midsomer’s twelfth annual Literary Festival. When police find a local author dead at his home, they suspect foul play. The bodies continue to pile up, leading Barnaby and Scott on a hunt involving secret love affairs, embezzlement, and corruption.

The Straw Woman at 9pm
Midsomer heats up when police find the assistant priest of the local church burned alive in a reconstruction of the straw woman. When the high priest suffers a similar death, the police struggle to keep the villagers from taking justice into their own hands. As the death toll mounts, Barnaby will need a miracle to solve these mysterious crimes.

Ghosts of Christmas Past at 10:30pm
Exactly nine years after Ferdy Villers passed away; his entire family reunites for Christmas, unaware that they may be in danger. Meanwhile, Barnaby is hosting his in-laws for the holidays when investigators call him in to work a mysterious case. When an accident involving the Villers family turns out to be murder, Barnaby and Scott must first unravel the past in order to resolve the present.

Watch these three enticing episodes of Midsomer Murders on Sunday, December 22 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

 

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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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