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This Week on WETA UK: February 24-March 2

This week (and every week) tune into WETA UK for the best of British television. Whether you're a DC area resident, visiting the area from out of town, a British television expert or just a casual watcher, WETA UK has everything any viewer needs to escape to England for a little while.

Monday at 8pm, enjoy the Pie in the Sky episode “Sky Return Match” where Henry has to solve a series of thefts but gets unexpected and suspicious help from a private security firm.

Tuesday at 9pm, catch the last two episodes of the new season of Doc Martin. In episode 7 of  season 6, “Listen to Mother”, Ruth argues with Margaret for her lack of motherly behavior in Martin’s life. A potentially fatal accident puts someone in the hospital and a major announcement makes things even more dramatic. Then in episode 8 of season 6, “Departure”, someone goes on a trip causing much grief for Martin and he decides to confront his mother. The information Martin finds out about Louisa is critical and leads to one of the most exciting season finales in Doc Martin history.

Wednesday at 9pm, watch the Downton Abbey season 4 finale. The Crawleys are in London, where Rose's coming out ball is to be staged at the stately Grantham House. In other events, Cora's mother visits and the family finds itself in the midst of a potential scandal.

Thursday at 11pm, see a new episode of Hebburn. In “Stairway to Hebburn”, Pauline quits her job to sell cupcakes while Vicki accompanies Gervaise to recording studio. Tension between Gervaise and Lindsay comes to a limit exploding as they reveal their true feelings. Sarah gets a surprise that would change her life forever.

Friday at 6:30pm, catch Rumpole of the Bailey “Rumpole and the Course of True Love”. Uncontrollable bed-hopping ruins the chances of Guthrie Featherstone QC MP becoming a judge and Rumpole's client's career as a teacher.

Saturday at 11pm, tune in for the documentary Wild Australasia “Southern Seas” Mermaids and dragons glide through the clear blue water, bizarre fish ‘walk’ along the bottom and on tropical beaches crabs and seagulls have a tug-of-war for food. Even the sea lions here are weird. “Southern Seas” journeys around the dramatic coasts of Australia and New Zealand revealing the unique wildlife in these waters.

Sunday at 10pm, watch the last episode of To Play The King, the sequel to the original House of Cards series. The King drives the need to invest more in housing and social services but the Prime Minister reminds the King to stay out of politics. Party Chairman Tim Stamper is upset that his old friend Urquhart won't promise him a senior Cabinet post if they win the election which begins a vengeful plot. Urquhart must deal with Stamper and Sarah, both of whom have the evidence to ruin him.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: December 30-January 5

This week is a huge one. The new year, 2014, begins and WETA UK unveils lots of new programming. We’re excited to begin new comedies and documentaries this week. Read on to see what’s coming this week, December 30-January 5!

Monday at 10:30pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of the action comedy Spy. Tim quits his post at his mundane job at a computer store and unexpectedly stumbles into a career with MI5. Then at 11pm, watch British comedy Lead Balloon from the very first episode. Cynical comedian Rick Spleen (Jack Dee) tries to avoid an ugly baby's christening and stars in a public-service announcement about recycling that backfires.

Tuesday at 9pm catch two back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin. The second episode, beginning at 9:46pm, is the first episode in season 2. Martin and Louisa share a disastrous first kiss, Martin gets a new receptionist, and a local fisherman suffers from a list of ailments.

Wednesday at 11:30pm watch the WETA UK premiere of comedy Me & Mrs. Jones. The series follows the increasingly complex life of Mrs. Gemma Jones (Sarah Alexander) as she balances love, affection and motherhood between an ex-husband, one grown-up son, two young daughters and male admirers with a 20-year age gap. In the premiere episode, Gemma's life changes when her son returns from travelling and a friendly parent named Tom asks her out on a date.

Thursday at 9pm get your dose of mystery with back-to-back episodes of Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple. The first episode, The Secret of Chimneys, is about a weekend party hosted by Lord Caterham (Edward Fox) and attended by Marple (Julia McKenzie). One of the guests, Austrian count Ludwig Von Stainach (Anthony Higgins), goes missing. In the second episode, beginning at 10:30pm, The Blue Geranium is about the murder of wealthy Mary Pritchard (Sharon Small) in the village of Little Ambrose, where Marple's visiting old friend Rev. Milewater (David Calder), shortly after the unexplained death of a young man.

Friday from 1pm-7:30pm watch the best British action, mystery, adventures in the DC area! 1pm: MI-5, 2pm: New Tricks, 3pm: Waking the Dead, 4pm: Hustle, 5pm: DCI Banks, 6:30pm: Scott & Bailey.

Saturday from 8pm-10pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of Queen Victoria’s Children, a documentary investigating the claim that Queen Victoria's relationships with her children were complex and tumultuous. Behind closed doors, royal domestic life often seemed like a battlefield and this series uses a wealth of written material and photos left by Victoria, Albert and their children, including letters, diaries, memoirs and journals, to bring the subject and characters to life.

Sunday at 8pm join us for the WETA UK premiere of Tales From the Palaces. Discover mysterious marks from the time of the Salem witch trials, hidden in the roof of Kew Palace, and the tangible remains of 'the madness of King George'. And, admire the extraordinary efforts to recreate a complete Tudor feast and the painstaking, delicate repairs of Princess Diana's dresses. Then at 9pm, open your eyes to the bizarre, ferocious and surprisingly beautiful world of the invertebrates with Life in the Undergrowth! Join David Attenborough on his groundbreaking exploration into a spectacular miniature universe never normally seen, but teeming all around us. If you haven’t had enough documentaries yet, stay on WETA UK for The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler: Leading Millions into the Abyss part 1 at 10pm. This three part documentary examines Hitler’s relationship with the people he led during the Second World War, with the help of testimony from people who were there, compelling archive film and dramatic reconstructions.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: November 11-17

Monday at 9:00pm new episodes of Midsomer Murders begin with the episode: The Green Man. Troy receives his promotion to Inspector and is ready to leave the Midsomer team but has to tackle one last case before he leaves. Then on the episode, Bad Tidings, Barnaby's new sergeant DS Dan Scott arrives from London jumping right into the murder case of a woman found stabbed in a field with a red rose in her mouth.

Tuesday at 8:00pm on Rumpole of the Bailey, the Timson's daughter is found wearing a devil's mask in the school playground and she's accused of Satanism. Horace Rumpole must help prove this family friend innocent.

Wednesday at 9:00am tune in for A Very Ormston Christmas, Born and Bred's very festive episode set in the Lancashire Village of Ormston. Thieves disguised as Santa and an Elf put a damper on the holiday spirit as Len and Wilf decide to dress in drag to try and catch them. Deborah endures Arthur’s childish pranks on Tom while trying to look forward at a fresh start in the New Year after losing her baby. Meanwhile Eddie and Jean want to bump their relationship up a level.

Thursday at 7:30pm on the new episode of My Family, problems arise as Ben and Susan begin to sleep in separate rooms due to his excessive snoring. Putting the whole house under pressure, the separation threatens to drive Ben and Susan apart.

Friday at 10:30pm Doc Martin is struggling with fatherhood while learning that Joan has died. He now has to stay a week longer for her funeral during which he finds himself having to treat all the patients that Diana, his nervous replacement, has misdiagnosed.

Saturday at 8:00am catch the new episode of Robin Hood! The Sheriff Nottingham holds an archery competition hoping to flush out Robin. Then at 9:00am on a new Primeval, an eerie fog rolls in on the local office block and carrying with it giant carnivorous worms leaving Cutter and his team to deal with the problem.

Sunday at 8:00pm tune in for the WETA UK special: Secrets of Scotland Yard. In the headquarters of one of the oldest police forces in the world, 33,000 police officers guard one of the largest cities in Europe. Secrets of Scotland Yard breaks down the walls of the most famous police headquarters in the world showing us a centuries worth of dark secrets. From the conviction of first Railway Murderer to the hunt for the notorious Jack the Ripper, Secrets of Scotland Yard filters through archives and sheds light on the earliest days of modern policing.

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This Week on WETA UK: November 5 – 10

Tuesday at 9pm tune into WETA UK for back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin! In the first episode, Midwife Crisis, Martin quarrels with the midwife who'll be caring for Louisa. He worries about the medications she is prescribing. Then on the next episode, Do Not Disturb, Aunt Joan attempts to conquer her farm's financial issues by opening a small bed-and-breakfast. Meanwhile, Pauline opens a letter to Martin, containing information about a job in London, while Martin attempts to prove to Edith that his blood phobia is a thing of the past.

Wednesday at 11:30pm watch back-to-back episodes of the British comedy classic, The Benny Hill Show. Enjoy slapstick sketch-comedy as the amusingly outrageous Benny Hill plays multiple characters. The second episode begins at midnight.

Thursday at 10:30pm classic Sherlock Holmes takes on The Last Vampyre part 1 . Holmes and Watson must employ all their powers of detection when they are asked by a village holy man to investigate several unexplained deaths widely believed to be the handiwork of a vampire. If you enjoy The Last Vampyre part 1, don’t miss The Last Vampyre part 2 on Thursday, November 14 at 10:30pm!

Friday at 9:30pm
join Hetty Wainthropp Investigates as she attempts to fight crime armed with little more than her pocketbook and her remarkable wisdom. In this week's episode, Lost Chords, Hetty investigates the cause of a mysterious illness that is causing all of the finalists at a music festival voice contest to lose their voices.

Saturday at 9pm The WETA UK Event: The Complete Land Girls continues with the last episode of season 1 and the first episode of season 2. First at 9pm, watch the continuation of season 1 then at 10pm, catch the premiere of season 2! In the season 2 premiere, Back to the Land, an attractive new girl arrives and takes an interest in Billy. Meanwhile, Americans take control of Hoxley manor as part of a secret operation.

Sunday at 6pm
tune in for the David Attenborough documentary series Life in Cold Blood which examines the lives of reptiles and amphibians, calling us to look more deeply into a fascinating portion of the world in which we live. This episode, The Cold Blooded Truth, the first episode of the series, examines the secret of the success of our cold-blooded neighbors in combat, communication, and parenting. Learn how they thrive on a completely different time scale and have mastered harnessing energy from the sun. Explore the world of the cold-blooded through stunning camerawork and meticulous detail in the first episode of the documentary series Life in Cold Blood: The Cold Blooded Truth.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: October 28-November 3

Monday at 8:00pm watch Pie in the Sky as Henry undergoes a management training course after a fantastic review from a rigid food critic sends everything into an uproar. 

Tuesday at 8:00pm start watching Father Brown. The Church of Apollo has come Kembleford and Susie is drawn to their charismatic leader Kalon. Soon, Kalon's wife falls pray to murder and Father Brown must solve the mystery and restore order.

Wednesday at 9:00pm tune in for Masterpiece Mystery! Foyle's War: Killing Time. African American GIs stationed near Bristol find they are fighting against  intolerance and unwelcome behavior from the locals. The young single mother Mandy Dean has trouble finding a home for her and her interracial baby. Soon a brutal murder ensues among the bigotry of the locals and the retuning exboyfriend of Mandy and Foyle must solve it as well as confronting the US army.

Thursday at 8:00pm tune into WETA UK for an encore presentation of Scott and Bailey beginning with season 1 episode 1. A pregnant, teenage Turkish girl covers up a murder as Rachel and Janet begin their relationship of solving murder mysteries. Then at 9:00pm catch the WETA UK season 3 premiere of Vera.

Friday night, spend time with some mysterious ladies. First at 8:00pm catch the new Ladies of Letters. Vera moves to a trailer park and falls in with a very suspicious crowd. Then at 8:30pm Rosemary and Thyme care for an abandoned baby while trying to decipher the death of a well-known artist.  At 9:30pm watch a new Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. Helga Allowby, accused of sending noxious poison pen letters to residents of her village, hires Hetty to prove her innocence in the episode Poison Pen.

Saturday at 8:00pm catch the new episode of Diamond Queen. The Queen wants to modernize the monarchy so Marr is called in to assess what needs to be done. Prince William and Prince Harry talk about their grandmother’s influence on the royal wedding.

Sundays at 9:00pm, the new series Chasing Churchill: In Search of My Grandfather begins. Starting as a Second Lieutenant in the Army, Winston Churchill's life in the public eye was an amazing journey as he rose through the political world to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and lead Britain to victory against the Axis powers. Episode one, Wanted Dead or Alive, starting at Sandhurst Military Academy,  which Churchill left in 1894 in search of adventure, Celia Sandys begins her search on the private life of Winston Churchill.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: September 30 - October 6

WETA UK brings you the best of British programming from dramas and comedies to new favorites and contemporary series. Featuring classics from BBC and series created by a wide range of major UK producers, WETA UK is the place to go for British television in the Washington, DC area.

Here is what WETA UK has in store for viewers this week!

Monday at 9:00pm hop across the pond to the fictional English county of Midsomer and join Barnaby and Troy in another installment of Midsomer Murders. The partners find themselves caught in the middle of two feuding villages during the investigation of a film star’s death in the episode “Tale of Two Hamlets.”

Tuesday at 8:00pm be the first to see the WETA UK premiere of the new series Father Brown! In the premiere episode of this period drama inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton, join the crime-solving Catholic priest as he attempts to resolve the murder of a local village man who is found dead near the church tower. The case takes an interesting turn when the dead man’s wife confesses to the murder in the premiere episode, “The Hammer of God.”

Wednesday at 8:00pm it’s Mystery Night on WETA UK! Don’t miss “Sins of the Father Part 2,” the conclusion of the thrilling two part episode of Inspector Morse! Join the cranky police investigator as he attempts to solve a case that would drive a man to drink; the murder of a brewery director. At 9:00pm catch three hours of Masterpiece Mystery! First on Inspector Lewis, a psychic is murdered and Lewis and Hathaway must test their mental limits when a trail of clues leads them through the Oxford psychology department in “Down among the Fearful.” At 10:30pm inspect the stunning conclusion of Season 2 of Sherlock! Sherlock’s credibility has been called into question in the media after his inability to solve three ingenious thefts. Can the legendary detective solve these clever crimes and repair his tattered reputation? Find out in the season 2 finale, “The Reichenbach Fall.”

Thursday at 9:00pm tune in for the season 2 premiere of Vera! Join the Detective Chief Inspector as she investigates the firebombing of a former superior’s house that leaves him physically burned and emotionally scarred when it lands his daughter in the hospital in “Ghost Position.”

Friday at 9:30pm explore the simultaneous growth of a young Queen Victoria alongside the birth of the modern world in the riveting documentary Queen Victoria’s Empire. Embark on an educational and emotional journey into the past of a vital figure in Britain’s history, while reflecting on a critical moment of societal growth in the country with the first parts of the series, “Engines of Change” and “Passage to India.”

Saturday at 6:30pm join everyone’s favorite socially incompetent doctor in back to back episodes of Doc Martin! In “City Slickers” Martin and Louisa are working on their budding relationship but its growth is stunted by Louisa’s peculiar new neighbors. In “The Admirer” an elegant hotel owner has her eye on Martin and Louisa is forced to compete for the doctor’s affections.

Sunday at 7:00am spend a full hour with the working class people of Albert Square as they wrestle with the everyday aspects of professional and domestic life in back to back episodes of Eastenders.

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This Week on WETA UK: September 23-29

For all the best British television, tune into WETA UK! From classic dramas and comedies, to contemporary theatrics and laughs, WETA UK is your go-to station for everything British in the Washington, DC area. WETA UK is available on all major cable providers (not Direct-TV)and over the air via antenna so check out the channel guide below to find WETA UK in your home!

Monday at 10:30pm tune in for our new show The Ambassador A father blames his son's death on emissions coming from a British nuclear facility and takes over the embassy in the episode "Cluster of Betrayals".

Tuesday at 7:30pm marks the start of season 3 of My Family! Janey goes to college and dad Ben is thrilled although Susan doesn’t seem to be so happy to see her go.

Wednesday at 8:00pm solve a mystery with Inspector Morse in "Sins of the Father". The managing director of the old-fashioned Radford Brewery is murdered and Morse learns the family-run business was resisting a takeover attempt. Morse is soon convinced that anyone involved may be hiding something but will this help him solve the case or make it impossible to debunk?

Thursday at 10:30pm is classic Sherlock Holmes with "The Sign of Four". Every year since her father’s disappearance, Miss Mary Morstan receives a valuable pearl in the mail from an unknown person. She soon contacts Sherlock Holmes for help regarding her father, captain Morstan, who had disappeared some 10 years ago.

Friday at 9:30pm discover the Secrets of Highclere Castle. Downton Abbey introduced us to Highclere Castle for being the location backdrop of the popular drama; now learn what secrets the castle holds in the true story of one of the world’s most famous homes.

Saturday at 9:00pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of WETA UK Event: The Complete Mr. Selfridge! The eight-part series is based on the life of American Harry Gordon Selfridge who builds his visionary department store in London. Shopping has never been so dramatic!

Sunday at 8:00pm join us for a night of comedy. Start with a full hour of French Fields followed by more episodes of all your favorites. Lead Balloon has Rick going from strength to strength in his new job as a presenter on the Bargain Channel. In Worst Week of my Life it’s only days until Howard and Mel's big day but disaster strikes when the best man almost drowns and Howard gets arrested. Ben fakes an illness to avoid school and Angela reveals that her relationship with Trent is over in Outnumbered. Jeff sees a beautiful woman alone in a pub as the attraction is mutual between them, however they struggle with a language barrier in this week's episode Coupling.

 

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New Sundays on WETA | Pie in the Sky & Last Tango in Halifax

Not a football fan? Looking for a new show on Sunday nights? Well, get ready for a new Sunday night schedule on WETA TV26 & HD, beginning September 8 at 7pm

PIE IN THE SKY

At 7pm, retired police detective Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths) wants to begin a new life as a restaurant owner, but is forced to return to his department to solve mysterious crimes. Watch Henry attempt to juggle life in the kitchen with detective work in the streets in Pie in the Sky.

Pie in the Sky Sundays at 7pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX

Then at 8pm, childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia (Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid) reconnect through Facebook after sixty years apart. Recently widowed, the two lovers meet once again and rekindle old flames in the six part series Last Tango in Halifax. Say goodbye to the old shows of summer and start fresh this fall with the new Sunday schedule on WETA TV26 & HD!

Watch a sneak preview of Last Tango in Halifax here before it airs on WETA TV26 & HD Sunday, September 8!

 

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This Week on WETA UK: August 19-25

In a summer funk? Mix it up and watch something different! WETA UK brings you the best of British TV around the clock. There’s no better time to start watching!

Monday at 9:00pm Barnaby and Troy investigate a snobbish private school after a boy is murdered in this 90-minute Midsomer Murders mystery. These two sleuths are sure to get to the bottom of this high society crime.

Tuesday at 8:00pm You’d never suspect Hetty, a pensioner from Lancashire, to solve crimes, making her the perfect candidate to go undercover and stop a teenage thief. Catch Hetty Wainthropp Investigates from the start of season 3!

Wednesday at 9:00pm Watch two editions of Masterpiece Mystery! back-to-back. Lewis and Hathaway investigate the use of an anti-depressant in this installment of Inspector Lewis. Then catch the early days of Endeavour Morse, Lewis’s partner from the long-running series Inspector Morse, in the prequel Endeavour.

Thursday at 7:00pm Visit the hilariously dysfunctional Harpers with back-to-back episodes of the hit sitcom My Family, airing every weekday at the same time.

Friday at 6:00pm The odd couple of Tom and Diane make it through their golden years together in Waiting for God. Watch the first episode of season 3!

Saturday at 1:00pm Don’t miss Part 1 of the Prime Suspect finale! Detective Jane Tennison (Oscar winner Helen Mirren) hunts a killer and struggles with her own alcoholism in the last chapter of this critically acclaimed show. Tune in for Part 2 on Saturday, August 31 at 1:00pm.

Sunday at 8:00pm The family from Fresh Fields moves to France for the spinoff French Fields! Back-to-back episodes every Sunday poke fun at the timeless and hilarious culture clash between the British and French.

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This Week on WETA UK: August 5-11

August is here, summer is going strong, and WETA UK is bringing the best British TV shows right into your home! Kick your feet up and prepare to be entertained by mysteries, drama, and comedy.

Tuesday at 9:00pm watch as Horace Rumpole’s wacky string of cases continues on Rumpole of the Bailey. Rumpole takes on a client who is charged with operating massage parlors that may have some unscrupulous business happening on the side.

Wednesday at 5:00pm the adventures of Robin Hood continue as a new threat emerges in Nottingham! The new tax collector Ruthless Rufus comes to town looking for revenge, and Robin Hood’s gang gets involved. Robin Hood must face off against this new foe, but he’s not the only one that is in danger. 

Thursday at 12:00pm catch a whole hour of Antiques Roadshow with 2 back to back episodes! First travel to Highcliffe Castle in Dorset, and then take a look at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. See what unusual rare items are being unveiled in these historic English venues.

Friday at 8:30pm watch gardener detectives Rosemary and Thyme in the series 2 premiere! The duo becomes entangled in a mysterious drowning that they can’t help but investigate, but this case has many more layers than they ever could have imagined.

Saturday at 8:00pm treat yourself to the WETA UK Event: The Complete Downton Abbey as it continues with the 3rd and 4th episodes of series 1! As the hunt continues for Lady Mary’s suitor, tragedy strikes and secrets continue to pile up at Downton Abbey.

Sunday at 10:00pm catch a whole block of your Sci-Fi Favorites, starting with Doctor Who! Find out the fate of the Doctor and learn more about the villainous Weeping Angels. After that, watch two episodes of Red Dwarf and tag along for the zany adventures of the Red Dwarf crew.
 

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