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Learn About Brazil with Michael Palin on WETA TV26

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, both in terms of population and geography. Over 192 million people call this land their home. Taking up over half of South America, Brazil is a mix of races, religions, sophistication, wildness, wealth, poverty, and unexplored wilderness. The country is considered one of the rising global powers with vast natural resources, a burgeoning industrial base, and a strong currency that make it the envy of all. In Brazil with Michael Palin, Michael Palin visits Brazil for the very first time, travelling from the lost world of Amazonia to the buzzing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, to meet the people and visit the places that shape this nation. All four episodes air back-to-back Tuesday June 17 from 8pm-12am on WETA TV26 & HD! Read on for details on each episode.

Episode 1 - Out of Africa airs Tuesday at 8pm

Michael Palin’s Brazilian odyssey begins in the North East where modern Brazil was born. He starts in the city of Sao Luis before travelling down the coast to Recife and Salvador, dropping in on the vaqueros Brazilian Cowboys who work on vast cattle ranches. His travels also take him south to the stunning coastal lagoons of the Lencois Maranhenses national park. In Salvador he learns to drum with the famous Olodum School and has a lesson in how to cook Bahian-style before finding out what lies behind the beguiling moves of Capoeria dancers.

Episode 2 - Into Amazonia airs Tuesday at 9pm

Palin travels on several rivers through the very heart of Amazonia. He meets the Yanomami tribe and talks to their spokesperson about the threats to their way of life. He visits the magnificent Manaus Opera House and samples some exotic Amazonian foods in Belem at the mouth of the Amazon. Travelling ever southwards to the upper reaches of the Xingu River he is welcomed to the Wauja tribe, one of the most colorful of all the Brazilian indigenous peoples. This leg of his journey ends in the capital Brasilia, where Palin meets up with rock star and political activist Dinho Ouro Preto.

Episode 3 - The Road to Rio airs Tuesday at 10pm

On the road to Rio, Palin visits the source of Brazil's great mineral wealth -the state of Minas Gerais and its giant mines. Here he meets some ordinary Brazilians dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the state. On to Rio De Janeiro the host to the next Olympics and World Cup. Rio has always been a party town, but it’s also blighted by drugs and gang violence. Palin learns how the authorities are hoping to bring the favelas back into the city. He also learns how to celebrate a goal like a Brazilian radio commentator, and books a room in one of the city’s famous ‘love hotels’!

Episode 4 - The Deep South airs Tuesday at 11pm

On his final leg of his journey, Palin starts in the picture perfect town of Parati where he meets up with Prince João de Bragança, heir to the defunct throne of Brazil. In Embraer and Sao Paolo Michael meets some of Brazil's successful politicians, heads of business, and TV soap stars who all have mixed opinions on Brazil's future. After experiencing the beauty and serenity of the vast wetlands of The Pantanal, Palin comes to his journey’s end at the magnificent Iguazu falls where he concludes that Brazil has much to offer the world as it takes its place as a new potential superpower.

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WETA Arts | New Episode in June

In the June episode of WETA Arts, visit with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center to learn about their festival "New Moves" which marries music and dance on a shared stage. Guest conductor, Thomas WIlkins, led three programs in the festival.

Then, meet a young man who has overcome hardships and learned how to express himself  through the power of music.

Speed artist, Dan Dunn, shares his mind-blowing technique and how it helped him during a time of personal financial crisis.

Finally, Robert Aubry Davis, Janis Goodman, and Peter Winant discuss Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In, an exhibition at The National Gallery of Art that explores the painters fascination with windows.

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This Week on WETA UK: June 9-15

Monday at 3pm Waking the Dead begins season 4. A spectral leader calling himself ‘The
Shepherd’ is inciting vulnerable women to commit murder; a sadomasochistic killer is counting off his victims, leaving the word ‘sorry’ carved into their skin; and the discovery of an unexploded bomb threatens to bring unforeseen upheaval to the team. Meanwhile, Boyd is visiting a shrink to deal with his anger management, while an apparently mild-mannered ex-con starts to reveal signs that he is actually well connected in a sinister crime ring. The final case of the series brings a shocking turn of events that shakes the team to its core. Watch Waking the Dead Mondays-Fridays at 3pm on WETA UK.

Tuesday at 8am watch Brit-classic All Creatures Great and Small. In 1937, a young, newly-qualified surgeon arrives in the picturesque village of Darrowby to take up his first job in the established veterinary practice of Sigfried and Tristan Farnon. But in rural Yorkshire, with few medicines available, the treatment of sick animals still seems to be rooted in the Dark Ages. This, together with the country-folk's inherent suspicion of strangers, poses problems for James Herriot in the early years of his career. Currently in season 4, watch All Creatures Great and Small Mondays-Fridays at 8am on WETA UK.

Wednesday at 9pm catch the Father Brown episode “The Eye of Apollo”. Set in the 1950s in the heart of the beautiful English countryside, Father Brown is a Catholic priest who also happens to have a particular talent for solving crimes. When the Church of Apollo comes to Kembleford, Susie is drawn to their charismatic leader Kalon. After Kalon's wife is murdered, Father Brown must break his spell over Susie or risk losing her forever.

Thursday at 9pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of The Ambassador. This show is a powerful, thrilling drama set in a world of deception, mistrust and betrayal. Ambassador Harriet Smith holds one of Britain's most coveted and powerful Embassy posts. John Stone is Harriet's determined commercial attaché and main aide. But Stone also answers to another master – MI6 (the British Intelligence Agency). The Ambassador's job as troubleshooter for Britain takes her into a sinister and dangerous world far removed from the cocktail parties of Downing Street.

Friday from 6am-8am catch four back-to-back episodes of Antiques Roadshow BBC. This series not only shares history of the artifacts people bring for appraisal but also the history and significance of the location and venue of each episode. This Friday learn about Holkham Hall, Leeds Castle, Rochester, Greenwich, and the treasures people bring for appraisal. Watch Antiques Roadshow BBC Mondays-Fridays from 6am-8am.

Saturday at 9pm DCI Banks concludes with the episode “Bad Boy”. When Banks’ old neighbor tells him that she has discovered a gun in her teenage daughter’s bedroom, his instinct is to quietly retrieve the weapon. But when Helen convinces him that she should lead a firearms team to take possession of the gun ‘by the book’, neither she nor Banks foresees that the incident will lead to an innocent man being critically injured. Soon, an internal investigation threatens to break up Banks’ team when Annie is ordered to scrutinize Helen’s role in the operation.

Sunday at 9pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of Locomotion: Dan Snow’s History of the Railways. In 19th century Britain there was an eruption of engineering enterprise and financial ambition that gives the pyramids a run for their money as one of the most ambitious construction projects ever attempted. In this fascinating three part series Dan Snow reveals how the making of the British railway network had a colossal impact on Britain and left a breathtaking impression on the world. Dan unearths how the coming of rail was much more than a heartwarming story of engineering achievement. This was a revolution within a revolution; a maelstrom of scientific enterprise, social upheaval and rampant capitalism that burned at the heart of the industrial transformation of Britain.
 

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Coming to WETA TV26 in July 2014!

Check out these great programs coming to WETA TV26 & HD this July!

Time Scanners – Premieres Tuesday July 1 at 8pm
With cutting-edge technology that can “read” buildings, ruins, and landscapes from ancient worlds, this series reveals physical and forensic history, allowing viewers to reach out and touch the past.

History Detectives – Premieres Tuesday July 1 at 9pm
Experts travel around the country to explore the stories behind local folklore, prominent figures and family legends.

Midsomer Murders – New seasons with two back-to-back episodes
Season 2 begins Thursday July 3 at 8pm
Season 3 begins Thursday July 17 at 8pm
Season 6 begins Thursday July 31 at 8pm
Watch Midsomer Murders every Thursday from 8-11pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

Fourth of July Programming – Friday July 4 all day!
9am           A Capitol Fourth 2012
10:30am    A Capitol Fourth 2013
1pm           WETA Guide to Memorials
1:30pm      WETA Guide to Great Views
2pm           A Capitol Fourth 2012
3:30pm      A Capitol Fourth 2013
8pm           A Capitol Fourth 2014 *NEW*
9:30pm      WETA DC Fireworks Extravaganza
10pm         A Capitol Fourth 2014 *NEW*

Doc Martin – Season 2 begins Saturday July 5 at 8pm with two back-to-back episodes
This popular comedy-drama stars Martin Clunes as Martin Ellingham, a celebrated London surgeon, who unfortunately has developed a phobia to blood, with tactless manner causing mayhem in a small Cornish community.

Makers: Women Who Make America – Friday July 11 at 8:30pm
Meet groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. Each program profiles prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations.

Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Baltimore – Monday July 14 at 8pm
In this episode, uncover some dramatic changes in the value of key appraisals in the 15 years since Antiques Roadshow last visited Baltimore. Highlights include an Edgar Allen Poe-inscribed book; a Titanic collection; and a Frederick De Wit atlas, ca. 1680, that jumped from $30,000-$50,000 to $50,000-$70,000.

My Wild Affair – Premieres Wednesday July 16 at 8pm
Hear extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions, including an orphaned baby elephant, an orangutan raised as a human child, a rhinoceros raised in suburbia and a harbor seal that entered the human world but remained wild at heart.

NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years – Premieres Wednesday July 16 at 8pm
Go on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. Host and scientist Richard Smith introduces titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids.

Sex in the Wild – Premieres Wednesday July 16 at 8pm
This four-part series, presented by anatomist Joy Reidenberg and veterinarian Mark Evans, examines the reproductive behaviors and biology of four species — elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and dolphins — and takes an in-depth look at how these animals find and woo the opposite sex. It also explores how they mate, give birth and raise their young in extreme environments.

Al Capone: Icon – Premieres Tuesday July 22 at 8pm
Al Capone — the quintessential self-made American man, ruthless killer or both? Just his name sparks images of pin-stripe suits and bloody violence. To this day, Americans are fascinated by this celebrity gangster. The question is why?

Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot – Season 12 Premieres Sunday July 27 at 9pm
David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot in two new mysteries, "The Big Four" and "Dead Man's Folly", based on the novels by Agatha Christie.

Ken Burns’ Mark Twain – Tuesday July 29 at 8pm
In his time, Mark Twain was considered the funniest man on earth. Yet he was also an unflinching critic of human nature, using his humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and racism. In this two-part documentary, Ken Burns creates an illuminating portrait of one of the greatest writers in American history.


 

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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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