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This Week on WETA UK: November 17-23

Monday at 8pm in Pie in the Sky “Pork Pies”, Henry and the squad visit a meat factory where animal rights protesters want the owner Mr. Trubb to stop using veal in his Trubbs' Thunderbolt sausages. Margaret is concerned that her friend Julia, a wealthy widow, is dating a young pilot.

Tuesday at 10:30pm British comedy Rev begins from the very first episode! Meet The Rev. Adam Smallbone. He's a Church of England Vicar, newly promoted from a sleepy rural parish to the busy, inner-city world of St Saviour's in Hackney, East London. Alex - Adam's long-suffering wife - does her best to support him, but she's got her own career as a solicitor to worry about. Anybody can and does come into St. Saviour's, from scheming MPs trying to educate their children on the cheap to Colin, a heavy drinking, unemployable lost soul.

Wednesday at 9pm tune in for the beginning of The Final Cut, the last season of the original House of Cards. In the opener, Francis Urquhart is looking to leave a legacy in Europe so he supports a treaty resolving the Cyprus conflict.

Thursday at 10pm Scott and Bailey season 2 begins. This investigative drama explores the personal and professional lives of two female detectives Rachel Bailey and Janet Scott. Each episode sees the women deal with serious crimes that are both challenging and emotionally difficult as well as cope with their own complex personal lives. Watch Scott and Bailey Thursdays at 10pm and 11pm.

Friday at 5am catch the classic British drama Monarch of the Glen from episode 1! Archie MacDonald is called to his ailing father’s bedside at a lochside mansion in the Scottish Highlands. For tax reasons, they have turned over ownership of the rundown Glenbogle estate to Archie. Molly has also rigged things so that escape back to his London bistro is not on the menu just now. Archie must stay to solve two crises: a crooked estate manager, and the rustling of valuable osprey eggs.

Saturday at 11pm Robin Hood season 2 begins with “Sisterhood”. Robin and the gang have been busy constructing their ingenious new camp, but when Knighton Hall is razed and Marian and Edward are taken to the castle under house arrest, it’s clear that the rules have changed.

Sunday at 10pm Ashes to Ashes season 2 continues with episode 6. A dead body found floating in a canal is identified as Colin Mitchell, a man recently reported missing by his glamorous wife, Donna. Gene discovers that Colin worked for Trevor Riley, a nasty loan shark with a habit of hurting those who mess with him. A ruthless capitalist, Riley invokes terror in the community he controls and Gene sets his sights on bringing down this cocky, unscrupulous villain.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: November 10-16

Monday at 7pm new British comedy Vicious continues! Freddie and Stuart invite Ash and his new girlfriend Chloe to dinner. Infrequent acting work has been getting Freddie down but things are looking up for Ash who has fallen in love with what seems to be the perfect woman. As the evening progresses, Chloe’s habits stop seeming so sweet and tensions mount over dinner. Violet, meanwhile, is having difficulty with her lover in Buenos Aires.

Tuesday at 8pm WPC 56 premieres! Set in England's West Midlands in the 1950s, this new hit series follows Gina Dawson, the first woman police constable (WPC) hired to serve in her hometown. Struggling to gain acceptance in a male-dominated world, she battles sexism and corruption while trying to be a good cop.

Wednesday at 9pm don’t miss the original House of Cards: To Play the King finale! As the opposition, who is supported by the popular King, seems to be heading for a victory at the election polls, Prime Minister Urquhart needs to take drastic measures. He also has to deal with two people in his close surroundings who might pose a problem.

Thursday at 9pm Prime Suspect continues. D.C.I. Jane Tennison is a skilled, top-class detective, battling to prove herself in a male world. In this episode, Tennison investigates the murder of a young girl, whose body was found in a shallow grave in an Afro-Caribbean neighborhood.

Friday at 10am Monarch of the Glen season 7 begins. It’s a time of mixed emotions for Golly. Following the sudden death of his partner, Meg, he is looking after baby Cameron alone. A long, hard winter has taken its toll on Glenbogle and the laird, Paul, is faced with a growing repair bill for his tenants’ crofts. Donald – having gambled away the deposit for a new generator – hatches an elaborate plan to repay the debt before Paul discovers the truth. And Ewan faces money worries of his own when his demanding girlfriend, Zoë, pressures him into booking a holiday abroad. Meanwhile, Paul and Iona meet and it becomes clear that there’s a spark between them.

Saturday at 8pm Last Tango in Halifax season 2 begins. Alan and Celia continue to negotiate family baggage to plan a life together. Having come so close to losing each other forever thanks to Alan’s near fatal heart attack, he and Celia decide to have a romantic secret wedding as soon as possible. But how will their respective daughters react? Then at 9pm Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise season 2 begins, Moray and his “little champion” Denise find true love a very bumpy ride indeed, as Katherine and her new husband scheme to wreck their lives. Joanna Vanderham stars as Denise, with Emun Elliott as Moray, Elaine Cassidy as Katherine, and Ben Daniels as Katherine’s moody, malevolent spouse.

Sunday at 11pm Doctor Who season 3 begins with “Smith and Jones”. For Martha Jones, a medical student in Central London, an ordinary day turns into a nightmare when her entire hospital is transported to the Moon. There, she has to battle the Judoon and outwit a blood-sucking Plasmavore – but can she trust a mysterious stranger called the Doctor?
 

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This Week on WETA UK: November 3-9

Monday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot season 12, the final season,“Dead Man’s Folly”. Mystery writer and old friend Ariadne Oliver asks Poirot to accompany her to a wealthy financier's "murder game" that she fears may turn into the scene of a real murder.

Tuesday from 1pm-7:30pm get your fill of British crime dramas! 1pm MI-5, 2pm New Tricks, 3pm Waking the Dead, 4pm Hustle, 5pm Midsomer Murders, 6:30pm Pie in the Sky.

Wednesday 7pm Twenty Twelve begins from the beginning! Filmed in the docu-dramady style of The Office and Best in Show, Twenty Twelve is shows the people behind the scenes paddling hard beneath the water to make the 2012 London Olympics happen.

Thursday at 10pm watch two back-to-back episodes of Scott and Bailey! A thrilling investigative drama exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives: Constable Rachel Bailey is 30, down-to-earth, noisy, argumentative and single and Constable Janet Scott, is 40, a diplomat and a thinker, as well as being a wife and mother.

Friday at 9pm Death in Paradise begins again from episode 1. Catch three episodes back-to-back all night! A warm, light-hearted detective series which takes place against a stunning Caribbean island backdrop. Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, quintessentially British cop Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. His new partner, DS Camille Bordey is instinctive, feisty and brilliant, and the rest of the team certainly have their own unique way of doing things.

Saturday at 11am Red Dwarf begins season 4 with the episode “Camille”. Kryten, Red Dwarf's on-board mechanoid, rescues a female droid – Camille – from a crashed vessel. She's a 4000 series just like him, only a GTi model with realistic toes and a slide-back sunroof head. Kryten finds himself falling in advanced mutual compatibility on the basis of a primary ident (what humans call "love at first sight"), only to find that true advanced mutual compatibility never runs in a non-glitch, bug-free way.

Sunday at 10am Monarch of the Glen begins from season 1! Archie MacDonald is called to his ailing father’s bedside at a lochside mansion in the Scottish Highlands. For tax reasons, they have turned over ownership of the rundown Glenbogle estate to Archie. Molly has also rigged things so that escape back to his London bistro is not on the menu just now. Archie must stay to solve two crises: a crooked estate manager, and the rustling of valuable osprey eggs.
 

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Poirot Final Season on WETA TV26 & HD

Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot returns to WETA TV26 & HD for its epic conclusion! This WETA TV26 exclusive allows you to watch the entire five part final season of Poirot (not just the first two episodes). Tune into WETA TV26 & HD every Thursday at 9:30pm for this one-of-a-kind event.

“The Big Four” airs Thursday October 23 at 9:30pm
Poirot navigates the world of international espionage while investigating the death of a Russian chess grandmaster.

“Dead Man’s Folly” airs Thursday October 30 at 9:30pm
Mystery writer and old friend Ariadne Oliver asks Poirot to accompany her to a wealthy financier's "murder game" that she fears may turn into the scene of a real murder.

“Elephants Can Remember” airs Thursday November 6 at 9:30pm
Poirot investigates the murder of a renowned psychiatrist. Ariadne Oliver becomes an amateur sleuth when her goddaughter asks her to uncover the truth about her parents' mysterious deaths.

“The Labors of Hercules” airs Thursday November 13 at 9:30pm
Poirot's pursuit of an infamous art thief leads him to a snowbound hotel in the Swiss Alps where he is met with mysteries and the reappearance of a familiar face from the past.

“Curtain: Poirot's Last Case” airs Thursday November 20 at 9:30pm
An ailing Poirot returns to Styles with Hastings nearly three decades after solving their first mystery together in hopes to prevent a serial killer from claiming more victims.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: October 20-26

Monday at 6pm Ashes to Ashes season 2 begins. Season kicks off in 1982 where Margaret Thatcher is in her element and bullish DCI Gene Hunt is back, policing the streets in his politically incorrect and loud-mouthed style. Sassy Alex Drake, whom Hunt shares a fiery working relationship with, is by his side, desperately trying to keep him in line.

Tuesday at 8pm Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries takes on “Dead Air”. Dot's new favorite radio show is interrupted by an on air panic then the radio station's bookkeeper and budding announcer are found choked to death. When Phryne gets involved, she finds Jack already undercover as the newsreader and she soon realizes that she doesn't want to relinquish working for Miss Fisher when she marries.

Wednesday at 9pm begin the second series of The Original House of Cards titled To Play the King. This sequel to the original House of Cards continues to follow the devilish Francis Urquhart. After managing to become the British prime minister and crush all significant opposition, his survival on the top is threatened by a liberal monarch and a few skeletons in the closet.

Thursday at 8pm Moone Boy joins the comedy lineup. This entertaining semi-autobiographical series is written by and stars Chris O’Dowd as the imaginary friend of 11 year old Martin, the youngest child in the large, loud Moone family. Martin has a unique view of life, dealing with enterprising school bullies with the help of his imaginary friend. But while most boys would dream up a superhero sidekick, Martin’s pal is a man in his mid-30s with the most common name in Ireland.

Friday at 10pm experience Masterpiece Mystery! The Escape Artist. David Tennant stars as defense lawyer Will Burton, nicknamed “The Escape Artist” for his ability to spring the obviously guilty. After a man is charged with a gruesome murder, Will Burton must find a way to disprove the strong evidence against the charged subject. Watch the legal battle as strange and disturbing things begin to happen. The tables are turned—and then turned again.

Saturday enjoy the classic British mysteries. At 1:30pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot “The Cornish Mystery”, much to Poirot's chagrin, he arrives too late in Cornwall to prevent Mrs. Pengelley's death. She had asked for his help, suspecting her dentist husband to be poisoning her so that he could marry his young assistant. After conducting preliminary interviews, Poirot is sure that Mrs. Pengelley was not murdered by her husband and sets about finding the real killer. At 2:30pm Sherlock Holmes “The Norwood Builder”, Holmes must prove the innocence of a solicitor and foil the efforts of Inspector Lestrade.

Sunday at 9pm watch modern, action-drama Robin Hood. In this episode “Dead Man Walking”, a routine trip to Locksley to collect new weaponry descends into chaos when Robin and Little John witness a brutal tax collection, the capture of their bow-maker and worse – the arrest of Little John’s son. Little John tries to save his son but it is a futile gesture, and within seconds he too is carted off to the castle dungeons. But fate has a hand to play, and when Alice Little joins them in prison, estranged husband and wife are temporarily reunited.

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This Week on WETA UK: October 6-12

Monday at 10:30pm tune in for special episode Born to Royalty! This documentary profiles Prince George, the son of Prince William of England and Kate Middleton, and explores what the royal child's life might be like.

Tuesday at 10:30pm Vicious makes its WETA UK premiere! This British sitcom features a graying gay couple (Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi) with a witty and sharp relationship. The series opens with the pair hosting a wake for a dear friend.

Wednesday at 8pm Inspector Morse begins from season 1 with “The Dead of Jericho”. Morse has hopes of a blossoming romance with piano teacher Anne but his hopes are shattered when she is found murdered.

Thursday at 7:30pm My Family begins season 4! Ben Harper is a moderately successful family man and dentist. He's undergoing a mid-life crisis and trying to cope with the bizarre reality of raising teenage children. Along with his wife Susan and their three children Nick, Janey, and Michael, the Harper family makes for a hilarious British comedy.

Friday at 8pm Rosemary and Thyme begins from season 1! In the episode "And No Birds Sing"
Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme discover they share more than a love of gardening when a suspicious fatal car accident brings them together at the house of wealthy businessman Daniel Kellaway.

Saturday at 3:26pm Midsomer Murders starts with season 8 “Things That Go Bump in the Night”. Fletcher's Cross undertaker Patrick Pennyman is found dead in his own chapel of rest with a shocked look on his face. Barnaby and Scott try to uncover the mysteries of the church as well as trying to unmask the brutal killer.

Sunday at 11pm watch Doctor Who “Love and Monsters”. An ordinary man called Elton becomes obsessed with the Doctor and Rose and their mysterious blue box. But when Elton’s investigations bring him to the attention of the enigmatic, cold, and powerful Victor Kennedy, his harmless hobby suddenly plunges him into a living nightmare.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: September 29 - October 5

Monday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Contemporary "Framed" is about the move of the National Gallery's art collection to a Wales mine for safekeeping (a la WWII) due to a plumbing disaster. Trevor Eve stars as a stodgy curator whose world is upended by a local teacher whose idea of art differs from his. At the same time, he forms an attachment to a young boy whose financially distressed family has fallen on even harder times since his father left.

Tuesday at 9:45pm Doc Martin season 5 begins with “Preserve the Romance”. Dr. Martin Ellingham is struggling to come to terms with fatherhood. The baby boy born to him and his estranged partner Louisa Glasson is about to change their lives dramatically. Doc Martin had planned to resume his high-flying career as a consultant in London. He had packed his bags and moved out of the surgery to make way for the new GP, Dr. Di Dibbs. However, Dr. Ellingham begins to have serious doubts about the competency of the new GP after she misdiagnoses a patient and dishes out prescriptions for totally inappropriate drugs.

Wednesday at 10pm Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis season 4 continues with “The Mind Has Mountains”. We find Lewis and Hathaway attempting to determine whether the death of a college student is connected to her participation in a clinical drug study.

Thursday at 10am Monarch of the Glen begins season 4. In this first episode, Molly returns from an extended holiday, determined to put the memory of Hector’s untimely demise behind her and to look to the future. Lexie is finding it difficult to come to terms with her new role as the laird’s future wife.

Friday at 9pm watch the WETA UK premiere of Line of Duty. DCI Tony Gates seems like an exemplary cop but Superintendent Ted Hastings, who heads the anticorruption unit, has his doubts. Is Gates really that good? Is he really that clean? Reputations and lives are at stake in this British crime thriller. In episode 1, DS Steve Arnott is thrilled to be joining the anticorruption unit—until he learns the target of his first investigation is the well-respected DCI Tony Gates. Though Gates’s professional conduct appears above reproach, his private life may provide his enemies the evidence they seek.

Saturday at 2:30pm Jeremy Brett is Sherlock Holmes as he takes on “The Copper Beeches”. Holmes fears for his livelihood until a beautiful young governess comes to call.

Sunday at 4pm catch both parts of Foyle’s War “Broken Souls”. October 1944: At a psychiatric clinic treating troubled soldiers, the investigation of a doctor’s murder turns up no shortage of suspects among the patients and staff. It also complicates Foyle’s friendship with Dr. Josef Novak, the Polish refugee who heads the clinic.
 

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New Series on WETA TV26 | Line of Duty

This Sunday on WETA TV26 & HD, join us for the WETA TV premiere of modern British crime drama Line of Duty. DCI Tony Gates (Lennie James, The Walking Dead) seems like an exemplary cop but Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Ashes to Ashes), who heads the anticorruption unit, has his doubts. Is Gates really that good? Is he really that clean? Reputations and lives are at stake in this British thriller.  Read on for descriptions and air dates for each Line of Duty episode.

Episode 1 – Airs Sunday September 28 at 10:30pm
DS Steve Arnott is thrilled to be joining the anticorruption unit—until he learns the target of his first investigation is the well-respected DCI Tony Gates. Though Gates’s professional conduct appears above reproach, his private life may provide his enemies the evidence they seek.
 
Episode 2  – Airs Sunday October 5 at 10:30pm

After winning Gates’s trust, new team member DC Kate Fleming begins to pay close attention to his work. Scrambling to cover his tracks, Gates fears he is about to lose the two most important things in his life—his career and his kids.
 
Episode 3  – Airs Sunday October 12 at 10:30pm

Witness to a murder, Gates realizes he has more to cover up than his own misdeeds. Meanwhile, an increasingly confrontational Arnott closes in on Gates, prepared to take more and more risks to bring him down.
 
Episode 4  – Airs Sunday October 19 at 10:30pm

With Arnott off the case, Fleming plays on her relationship with Gates in an effort to uncover the truth. In the process, she brings on herself the attentions—and suspicions—of Gates’s loyal lieutenant, DC Morton.
 
Episode 5  – Airs Sunday October 26 at 10:30pm
Tensions erupt between Hastings, Arnott, and Fleming as they decide on the next steps in the case. Unwilling to await his fate, Gates goes on the run, ready to play one desperate last card to show that everything he did was in the line of duty.


 

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This Week on WETA UK: September 22-28

Monday at 8pm Pie in the Sky season 4 begins with the episode “Devils on Horseback”. Crabbe finds himself investigating the murder of a stable boy while at the racetrack with his wife and her client.

Tuesday at 11:30pm Hustle season 6 begins! Just as the team is finishing with one genius con where Emma is posing as pop princess Kylie, Albert is out finding and priming the next unsuspecting mark - ex-banker Piggy Richardson who has been hounded by the press after a very public pension scandal. However, just as everything starts to fall into place, a mysterious woman inquires about Mickey's whereabouts and throws their plan into disarray.

Wednesday at 9pm The Original House of Cards begins! In this dark satire on English politics, a conniving Conservative Party chief whip plots to unseat the new Prime Minister by leaking information to a reporter.

Thursday at 9pm Prime Suspect begins! DCI Jane Tennison is a skilled, top-class detective, battling to prove herself in a male world. While investigating a murder, her strength of character and skills as a detective are put to the test as she exposes a cover-up within the force. And when a second murder victim is discovered, the inquiry turns into a grisly investigation stretching back over ten years.

Friday at 9pm go back in history to Last Days of Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn’s sudden and violent downfall has captivated and fiercely divided historians, writers and amateur enthusiasts for centuries, thanks to its intoxicating elements of romance, power, sex, religion and political intrigue. But who is this most argued over woman in history, and why did she have to go? This fascinating drama documentary examines the terrific controversy at the heart of her story.

Saturday at 1:30pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot “Peril at End House” part 1. Part 1 of 2. In the season 2 opener, Poirot investigates after a woman experiences a succession of near-fatal accidents.

Sunday at 8pm Allo, Allo begins! Watch two episodes back-to-back. In episode 1, the village of Nouvion in Occupied France, 1941. Two escaping British airmen are sent by the French Resistance to hide in René’s Café, a small dining establishment. But nobody at René’s speaks any English, and no one is ready for the intrigue that follows. Meanwhile, the customers are all ordering cheese to stuff in their ears when Mme Edith sings. In episode 2, enter Herr Flick of the Gestapo, who begins to investigate the disappearance of a valuable painting, The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies by Van Klompf. Why are Colonel von Strom and Captain Goering lending their uniforms to the British airmen?
 

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This Week on WETA UK: September 8-14

Monday at 9pm kick off season 7 of Midsomer Murders with “The Green Man”. Sgt. Troy sadly leaves the Midsomer team in this episode, though not before having to cope with some dramatic events. Troy wins a promotion to inspector but before he can decide on his future, the Midsomer canal tunnel collapses during a restoration project, revealing ancient human bones with a recent skeleton hidden among them. As Barnaby investigates, Troy is sent to the woods near Midsomer Worthy where Tom, has been attacked by a group of youths. Then one of the teenagers is caught in a man trap and shot dead. Is Tom responsible?

Tuesday at 8pm tune in for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries “Murder a la Mode”. When Phryne arrives at the exclusive fashion house of Madame Fleuri for a fitting, she unexpectedly finds herself amidst a crime scene, and everyone present is a suspect!

Wednesday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis continues season 3 with “Falling Darkness”. It's Halloween in Oxford and Ligeia Willard, one of Hobson's old college housemates, is found dead. It seems to be a terrible coincidence, one that has left Hobson disoriented with grief. When another murder takes place in a house where Hobson once lived, Detective Inspector Lewis and Detective Sergeant Hathaway must confront horrifying possibilities.

Thursday at 8pm Fawlty Towers begins season 2 with “Communications Problems”. A delightfully manic British comedy about an ill-mannered innkeeper, created by and starring `Monty Python' alum John Cleese and his then-wife, Connie Booth. The police are called when a guest loses a sum of money.

Friday at 9pm catch “Gently with Class” an Inspector George Gently episode. The indefatigable Chief Inspector Gently and Detective Sergeant Bacchus experience the inflated authority of their ‘social betters’ first hand, when a beautiful young girl called Ellen Mallam is found dead in the passenger seat of a an upturned car registered to local aristocrats.

Saturday at 9pm Masterpiece Classic begins season 4 of Downton Abbey. Six months after Downton Abbey's great tragedy, Mary is mired in grief and the estate is engulfed in death taxes. As the family struggles to lift their financial and emotional woes, clashes arise, sparks fly, and it is up to the older generation to bring Mary back to life, and Robert to his senses – no easy task in either respect. Another departure leaves no tears in its wake, but rather opportunity for new faces – and drama, alliances, and sparks of an entirely different sort – below stairs.

Sunday from 8-9pm catch two back-to-back episodes of Blandings. In “Sticky Wicket at Blandings” Connie is trying to impress Colonel Fanshawe, but Beach is behaving very oddly indeed. Then in “Necessary Rhino” Connie encourages Hannibal Didcot to propose to wealthy American Vanessa Polk.
 

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