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The Week on WETA UK: July 15-21

This week on WETA UK, we’ve got the perfect mix of tense mysteries and hilarious comedies to keep you entertained. Kick back with your favorite British characters as their adventures play out before your eyes.

Monday at 10:30pm catch the latest episode of Foyle’s War. While investigating a murder, Foyle is unexpectedly pulled from the case accused of crimes he didn’t commit. As the mystery unfolds, Foyle fights to maintain his innocence.

Tuesday at 9:00pm watch the series 4 premiere of Rumpole of the Bailey. Barrister Horace Rumpole continues to take on a wide variety of criminal law cases, but complications arise when he finds out his friend is attempting to prosecute one of his clients.

Wednesday at 6:00pm see the beginning of Father Peter Clifford’s journey in the series premiere of Ballykissangel. Father Clifford moves to a new town, where people’s ideas of the clergy are a bit different than his own. Though they don’t always see eye to eye, Father Clifford begins to adapt and integrate into his new home.

Thursday at 10:00pm watch part 1 of the series 6 finale of Waking the Dead. Boyd receives a mysterious package that leads him towards a string of murders and cover-ups. As the case starts becoming clearer, he realizes that it hits much closer to home than he expected.

Thursday at 11:00pm catch the series 8 premiere of New Tricks. The Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad is back to investigate the murder of an employee at the National History Museum and how it may have been a result of a fuel company’s greed.

Friday at 5:30pm watch the series premiere of Good Neighbors. Tom and Barbara Good are fed up with their corporate lifestyles, and they decide that they’d be much happier if they started fresh with a simple farm in the suburbs. Follow them on their quest for a minimalist way of living.

Saturday at 8:00pm see the second part of Case Histories in this week’s WETA UK Event. New private investigator Jackson Brodie’s case becomes increasingly complex, and on top of everything else, he has to deal with growing instability in his home life. Watch the trailer!

Saturday at 10:00pm watch episode 2 of Bletchley Circle. The women discover that a group of closed murder cases may have been incorrectly solved while the murderer continues to roam free. As they investigate the true identity of the murderer, they get a bit closer than they expected. Watch the trailer!

Sunday at 8:00pm watch the series 4 premiere of Fresh Fields. The ideal suburban lives of William and Hester Fields continues, but not without its share of problems. Hester becomes increasingly cranky as the neighborhood sounds keep her from sleeping.

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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule February 11 - 17

WETA UK will keep you on the edge of your seat this week with new seasons of crime dramas and the premiere of two new series!

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Monday start the week with three back to back crime dramas, beginning with Reilly: Ace of Spies at 8:00pm, a mini-series which follows Sidney Reilly, one of the world’s greatest spies. At 9:00pm, Vera II continues with the death of a military Sergeant in Afghanistan and at 10:30pm the mind-bending investigation of Alex Drake takes a new twist in Ashes to Ashes.

Tuesday MI-5 season 5 begins with a bang at 10:00pm. Chaos ensues after members of Parliament are murdered and what looks like an act of terrorism by Al-Qaeda is soon discovered to be a conspiracy linked much closer to home.

Wednesday the con artists are back at it on Hustle at 10:30pm. Join us as we begin season 7 with new scams and frauds carried out by a talented group of crooks in London.

Thursday at 10:00pm Waking the Dead kicks off season 5 with a not-so-fresh murder when a mummified body is found on an airplane. Can Peter Boyd connect the dots between a convict and businessman to get to the bottom of this case?

Friday is the WETA UK series premiere of Men Behaving Badly at 10:30pm. Starring Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) and Dermot Povey, this comedy explores the lives of two young bachelors sharing an apartment. Their immature ways and binge drinking lead them down paths of trouble, particularly with their respected love interests.

Saturday is the conclusion of The WETA UK Event: The Complete Little Dorrit, the Masterpiece Theatre series based on the classic story by Charles Dickens involving crime, mystery and romance. Part 4 airs 8:00pm-9:30pm and part 5 airs from 9:30pm-11:00pm.

Sunday the series People Like Us­ gets its WETA UK premiere at 9:30pm. This mockumentary of Middle England finds its humor in the inept filmmaker Roy Mallard and literal interpretations of dialogue between interviewer and subject. In this first episode, Peter Wilson, the managing director for Zenotech, discusses staying ahead of the competition.

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Coming to WETA UK in February 2013 | New British Shows

WETA UK brings television viewers in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan area the very best in British programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since our launch in June 2012, we have introduced a wide variety of British shows to PBS audiences around the local area and we continue to do so in this coming month. Here’s a look at the new shows coming to WETA UK February 2013.

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The WETA UK Event: The Complete Little Dorrit 
Saturdays 8:00pm - 11:30pm beginning February 2 | Also airs Sundays at 12:00pm 
This Masterpiece Classic drama is based on the book by Charles Dickens. Amy Dorrit has lived in Marshalsea Prison her entire life, but nothing can ruin her love for her father William Dorrit, the prison’s longest serving inmate. After his father’s mysterious death, Arthur Clennam explores this mystery which intertwines with the Dorrits. Clennam's exhaustive search for answers involves murder, fortunes gained and lost, the upper society and lower, and most surprising of all, a gentle romance. Watch the five part series on WETA UK over three Saturdays February 2, 9, & 16.  
 
Yes, Prime Minister
Sundays at 8:00pm beginning February 3 | Also airs throughout the week
This comedy series is the sequel to the hit British comedy Yes, Minister. True to the law that says people rise to the level of their incompetence, James Hacker MP, Minister for Administrative Affairs, has ascended to the highest political office in the land. Fortunately for the country, however, his scheming adversary Sir Humphrey Appleby - now Cabinet Secretary - is more than willing to help him steer the unsteady ship of state through the perilous waters of government.
 
 
Fresh Fields
Mondays at 7:30pm beginning February 4 | Also airs throughout the week
Hester and William Fields are a typical couple: happily married, middle-aged, and middle-class. When their daughter Emma leaves home to live with her boyfriend Peter, the empty nesters become increasingly bored. William runs a small accountancy firm in the city and Hester ends up taking on a wide-range of activities in hopes to add some variety in her life. She attends classes and events while running around after her elderly mother and gossiping with next-door neighbor Sonia.
 
May to December
Tuesdays at 7:30pm beginning February 5 | Also airs throughout the week
Alec Callendar is a small-town solicitor, with big-time dreams. Semple, Callendar and Henty handles routine work in a typically suburban legal practice, but privately Alec wishes he were more like his hero, Perry Mason. One day, into his life walks an Angell – Zoe Angell, who has come to consult him about a divorce. On the face of it, the professional widower and the young PE teacher from a family of greengrocers should have nothing in common. But a mutual love of old musicals and a whimsical sense of humor spark a romance which surprises not just Alec and Zoe, but also the entire office staff, his two grown-up children and the rest of their families and friends.
 
Men Behaving Badly
Fridays at 10:30pm beginning February 15
Gary and Tony are two beer-guzzling flat mates enjoying endless TV and mindless talks about women. Gary sells burglar alarms for a dead-end company and his staff drive him mad with their old-fashioned ways. Tony stumbles through a range of jobs including modeling, bartending, and miming. Gary has an on-again-off-again relationship with nurse Dorothy and Tony has many girlfriends but really likes Deborah the woman who lives in the flat above.
 
Masterpiece Classic: South Riding
Saturday February 16 from 9:30pm – 12:30am
As forward-thinking young headmistress Sarah Burton brings her modern ideas to a conservative girls' school in depression-era Yorkshire, she sparks trouble and attraction with Robert Carne, a stubborn landowner hindered by a questionable past. Sarah encourages girls to think for themselves and despite others’ protests, outside of school Sarah finds an supporter in Joe Astell, an advocate of progress. 
 
People Like Us
Sundays at 9:30pm beginning February 17 | Also airs Thursdays at 9:00am & Fridays at 11:30am
BBC interviewer Roy Mallard travels the country to talk to ordinary folk. Mallard has little or no skill as an interviewer: he is over-earnest, and after most of his voice-overs, you realize there's something slightly odd about what he's said. He's apt to talk nonsense and is so obviously unattractive there's a running joke that nobody can believe he's married. But we never catch a glimpse of him: the central character of this program is always out of shot.
 
Death in Paradise
Wednesdays at 9:00pm beginning February 20 | Also airs Thursdays at 4:00pm & Saturdays at 6:00pm 
A 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. Awaiting Richard is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing. His new partner, DS Camille Bordey is instinctive, feisty and brilliant, and the rest of the team certainly has their own unique way of doing things. Though Richard would never admit it, they make the perfect team, and with a new mind-boggling mystery to solve every episode, Death in Paradise will intrigue and tantalize – but will Richard ever come to see the beauty of his surroundings? Perhaps not, but he might one day loosen his tie.
 
Dalziel & Pasco 
Wednesdays at 10:00pm beginning February 20 | Also airs Thursdays at 5:00pm & Saturdays at 7:00pm 
Andy Dalziel does not suffer fools gladly, but he has even more trouble with what he calls the "smart arses" of this world. So when the inexperienced, soft-spoken, whiz-kid graduate Peter Pascoe joins his team at Mid-Yorkshire CID, there could be problems. Pascoe is one of the new breed of career police officers, armed with a degree in Social Sciences, a caring attitude and a sharp brain. At first Pascoe is somewhat taken aback by his brash and ballsy boss, but it soon becomes apparent there is more to Andy Dalziel than meets the eye. Pascoe and his feisty girlfriend Ellie find Dalziel by turns exasperating and amusing. And although Pascoe often has to bear the brunt of Dalziel's taunts, it is hard to resist his clumsy attempts at friendship.
 
The WETA UK Event: The Complete Return to Cranford
Saturdays from 8:00pm – 11:00pm beginning February 23 | Also airs Sundays at 12:00pm
Change is coming to the 1840s, small, close-knit village of Cranford run by the women of the town. The Industrial Revolution is upon them and change as well as romance is in the air. When a shocking event disrupts Cranford from its innocence, can a bit friendship save the day?  
 
Foyle’s War
Mondays at 8:00pm beginning February 25
This fan-favorite, World War II crime drama returns to WETA UK on a new day and time starting from the very beginning. The first season is set in spring and summer of 1940 when World War II has just begun and England faces an inevitable German invasion. Despite the war, someone must tend to crimes on the home front and Christopher Foyle is the man to do it. The detective chief inspector faces four difficult cases in the first season of Foyle's War.
 
Rumpole of the Bailey
Tuesdays at 9:00pm beginning February 26 | Also airs Wendesdays at 4:00pm
Horace Rumpole is a messy, old London barrister with one glass eye who defends in criminal cases. He is likes wine, poetry, and fair dealing, and is not looked on as a success by his wife, Hilda. Rumpole refuses to handle most suits and will only defend, not prosecute. Each of his trials has a victory and a defeat and his acquitted clients are often angrier than those who are found guilty.
 
 
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An English Holiday in DC | British Christmas Shows on WETA UK

What can compare to a British Christmas? DC, Maryland, and Virginia are in the spirit this December with the best British holiday TV specials on WETA UK December 21 – 25! So finish eating your pudding and mince pies, get your prize from a Christmas cracker, grab a glass of mulled wine, and settle in for a marathon of WETA UK Christmas shows!

 

Outnumbered Christmas Special 2011 Can’t a family go on a holiday vacation without some kind of mishap ruining it? The Brockmans are planning to fly out to the Canaries on Christmas day but thanks to a dentist, Grandpa, an immature house-sitter, traffic, and two fighting Santas, this family might not make it to the islands after all.

Airs Friday December 21 at 9:30pm.

 

 

Last of the Summer Wine Five back-to-back Christmas specials from one of the longest running British telly shows to date!

Saturday, December 22 – Last of the Summer Wine Episodes
10:00am     Christmas 2008 - I Was a Hit Man for Primrose Dairies
10:30am     Christmas 1977 - A Merry Heat Wave
11:00am     Christmas 1979 - And A Dewhurst Up A Fir Tree
11:30am     Christmas 1981 - Whoops
12:00pm     Christmas 1982 - All Mod Conned
 
Tuesday, December 25 – Last of the Summer Wine Episodes
10:00am     Christmas 2008 - I Was a Hit Man for Primrose Dairies
10:30am     Christmas 1977 - A Merry Heat Wave
11:00am     Christmas 1979 - And A Dewhurst Up A Fir Tree
11:30am     Christmas 1981 - Whoops
12:00pm     Christmas 1982 - All Mod Conned

 

 

To the Manor Born In this special seasonal episode, it is Audrey’s first Christmas away from the manor but she is not going to let deVere take away her one remaining duty. So when she cannot find the Holy Crib for the Church, she decides to make one of her own, with the help of Marjory and Ned. Meanwhile, Richard plans to do his duty in style. The poor Rector has to choose between Audrey’s home-made monstrosity or Richard’s crassly commercial model.

Airs Saturday, December 22 at 12:30pm and Tuesday, December 25 at 7:30pm.

 

Vicar of Dibley Catch four back-to-back Christmas specials on December 22 and December 25! Geraldine Granger is not your run-of-the-mill village vicar. She is a bubbly, young reverend overseeing an eccentric congregation in a rural community. She and her off-the-wall parishioners have returned for these Christmas specials to bring us unconventional laughs during the holiday season.

Saturday, December 22 – Vicar of Dibley Episodes
1:00pm     Christmas 1996 
2:00pm     Christmas 1997 
3:00pm     Christmas 2004 
5:00pm     Christmas 2006 
 
Tuesday, December 25 – Vicar of Dibley Episodes
1:00pm     Christmas 1996 
2:00pm     Christmas 1997 
3:00pm     Christmas 2004 
5:00pm     Christmas 2006 
 

 

Mr. Bean celebrates the holidays in Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean! Mr. Bean is very excited that it is Christmas so he befriends a Salvation Army band then drives home with the tallest tree he can find. On Christmas Day there are plenty of surprises under the tree but the gift he gives to his girlfriend is not what she had hoped for, and she leaves him all alone. Even so, Mr. Bean's holiday season ends with a bang. Airs Sunday, December 23 at 9:30pm.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: WETA UK Schedule November 19 – 25

Check out this week’s highlights from the WETA UK schedule! We bring DC, Maryland, and Virginia the very best of British comedies, dramas, and mysteries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Monday is the beginning of the work week and the beginning of new seasons of all your favorite WETA UK shows! Start watching the popular series Doctor Who from the very beginning as we air season 1 episode 1 today at 4:00pm. Wise and funny, cheeky and brave, the Doctor is an alien and a loner. His new assistant is Rose, a shop-girl from the present day, and from the moment they meet, the Doctor and Rose are soul mates. As they travel together through time, encountering new adversaries, the Doctor shows her things beyond her imagination.

 

Monday at 9:00pm catch Foyle’s War as he begins a new mystery Invasion part 1. It’s April 1942 and cultures clash as the first Americans arrive to build an airfield near Hastings. Some locals see the "invaders" as a threat. Others find the chance for romance among the young girls. But when a barmaid turns up strangled, Foyle's investigation strains British-American relations to the breaking point. Be sure to come back next week for the conclusion of this murder mystery!

 

Monday at 10:00pm, stay tuned for the premiere of Ashes to Ashes season 2. It's now 1982 and DI Alex Drake, still haunted by sudden visions and unable to prevent the death of her parents, is still no nearer to returning to her own time. But there is a new man in these visions: unseen but offering a glimmer of hope of a return home to her daughter. Could he be real? Meanwhile, DCI Gene Hunt has his own problems, as an investigation into the death of policeman reveals an intricate web of corruption that could stretch all the way to the top of the force.

 

Then at 11:00pm Monday, catch Are You Being Served? season 9 episode 1. The fun and games in the world’s most eccentric department store continue!

 

Tuesday at 11:00am laugh along with the funniest old British men you’ve ever met as we launch season 16 of Last of the Summer Wine.

Tuesday evening catch Call the Midwife episode 3. Jenny is placed on the district nursing roster for a few weeks, to extend her experience of community practice. During her rounds, she attends to Joe, a gentle old soldier, and a friendship forms. At the neonatal clinic, Trixie and Cynthia enroll Winnie as a new patient. In her 40s, Winnie, who thought her days of diapers and babies were long gone, seems upset by her pregnancy.

 

 

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse begins a new investigation with Happy Families part 1. The head of a wealthy and dysfunctional family is found bludgeoned to death in the family estate as Morse is forced to deal with the resultant media frenzy. Tune in next week for the second part of this mystery!

Wednesday at 10:00pm the gang is at it again in the season 5 premiere of Hustle. Download and print this WETA UK HUSTLE SEASON 5 EPISODE GUIDE to follow along with all the action!

 

 

Thursday at 10:00am, Keeping Up Appearances season 4 begins! If you haven’t seen previous episodes of this show, don’t worry! This hilarious British sitcom is easy enough to watch at any episode, so start this week! Here’s some background: Hyacinth Bucket is so obsessed with etiquette and breeding that she makes her husband's life a perfect misery. In season four, Hyacinth is determined to buy a cottage in the country as a weekend retreat. Needless to say, her idea of what is suitable matches neither Richard's wishes nor his wallet. Luckily, an amorous farmer makes her realize that country life is not as idyllic as she thought. But Hyacinth decides to make another attempt at finding a weekend country home - much to Richard's horror. Download and print this WETA UK KEEPING UP APPEARANCES SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

Thursday at 9:00pm watch the launch of season 4 Waking the Dead on WETA UK! Chief Inspector Boyd and his team are back to reopen the files of more cold cases. Download and print this WETA UK WAKING THE DEAD SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

 

Friday at 10:30pm get more laughs from Black Books as we begin series 2 of this British comedy. Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers. Next door to Bernard's shop is the Nifty Gifty gift shop run by Fran, probably Bernard's only friend in the world. When Bernard's accountant goes on the run Bernard employs stress victim, Manny to help in his shop. This leads to a series of surreal adventures that are sure to have you laughing.

 

 

Saturday beginning at 8:00pm, continue The WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock with the last episode of season 1, The Great Game, and the first episode of season 2, A Scandal at Belgravia. Have you played the PBS.org Sherlock game? See if you have what it takes to assist Sherlock in his investigations.

 

Sunday check out our line up of comedies beginning at 8:00pm! Yes, Minister at 8:00pm, Miranda at 8:30pm, Black Adder at 9:00pm, and Mr. Bean at 9:30pm.

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This Week on WETA UK: WETA UK Schedule November 12 – 18

New shows, new seasons, and loads of entertainment this week on WETA UK! In this week's highlight of the WETA UK schedule, you'll find episode descriptions, trailers, and downloadable and printable episode guides for new shows and seasons. So grab a cuppa and settle in as you read this detailed blog post on the WETA UK schedule: all British, 24 hours a day, only here in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Monday evening, Last of the Summer Wine season 16 begins!

Monday tune in for drama and mystery with I, Claudius: Fool’s Luck at 8:00pm, then Foyle’s War: A War of Nerves Part 2 at 9:00pm, and the conclusion of Ashes to Ashes season 1 at 10:00pm. Tune in next Monday for the premiere of Ashes to Ashes season 2!  

 

Tuesday catch the first episode of Are You Being Served? season 7 at 11:30am! No need to watch from season 1, jump right into this hilarious British comedy today! 

 

Tuesday continue the period drama Call the Midwife with season 1 episode 2 beginning at 8:00pm. There’s a new arrival at Nonnatus House named Chummy (Miranda Hart). As Chummy sets about showing her worth, her helping hands are appreciated, but being a people pleaser and not knowing how to ride a bike make gaining the respect of Sister Evangelina difficult. Meanwhile, Jenny has a chance encounter with a pregnant young runaway. 

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse continues solving the mystery Dead on Time and Prime Suspect continues with part two of The Last Witness. 

Thursday at 7:30pm watch Keeping Up Appearances season 4 episode 1. Never seen this hilarious show? Here’s everything you need to know: Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced ‘bouquet’) has a pompous, self-serving attitude which makes life miserable for all around her. In marked contrast to Hyacinth’s meticulously ordered life, the rest of her family is as common as muck and can always be guaranteed to show her up. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE WETA UK KEEPING UP APPEARANCES SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

 

Thursday join us for the premiere of Rosemary & Thyme at 8:00pm! This charming, contemporary crime series has a unique twist as two gardening enthusiasts find themselves caught up in a series of murder mysteries. Brought together by the sudden death of a mutual friend, lecturer Rosemary Boxer and newly-divorced former policewoman Laura Thyme discover a shared passion for horticulture and a talent for investigation. Begin this new series with season 1 episode 1 this Thursday! 

 

Friday at 9:00pm begin a new season of As Time Goes By starring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer. This witty comedy stars long-lost sweethearts Jean and Lionel, who lost touch after a whirlwind romance in the early 1950s and meet up again 38 years later. Season 4 finds Lionel surrounded by females and grumpier than ever. With a day-to-day whirlwind of excitement, he wants a quiet wedding, of course, but Jean has very different ideas. If you miss episode 1 of season 4 this Friday, catch it again Saturday at 5:00pmCLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE WETA UK AS TIME GOES BY SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

 

Saturday get ready for the WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock beginning at 8:00pm. Start watching this fast-paced and unique series Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock (BBC Sherlock) from the very first episode this week and continue with back-to-back episodes every Saturday through season 2. 

 

This week, watch season 1, A Study in Pink at 8:00pm and The Blink Banker at 9:30pm. In A Study in Pink, meet the characters that make up this newest rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. A modern-day Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) teams up with former Army doctor John Watson (Martin Freeman) to solve a case of serial suicides. Using his deductive skill, Sherlock corners a killer who has mysterious powers over his victims. Stay tuned after episode 1 for episode 2, The Blink Banker. Pursuing the case of a banker and a journalist shot dead by a ghostly assailant, Sherlock and Watson uncover an antiquities-smuggling empire.

Saturday after The WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock lighten up with the WETA UK premiere of William and Mary season 1. A romantic, comedy, drama starring Martin Clunes and Julie Graham as lonely hearts looking for love. Undertaker William Shawcross joins a dating agency in the hope of finding his ideal match and is instantly attracted to put-upon midwife Mary Gilcrest: but she's less than keen to go on a date as she has her hands full. After a lackluster first meeting, Mary agrees to see William again and a spark ignites between the fledgling couple, only for tragedy to strike revealing William’s unappealing occupation in the process. Will their love blossom amidst tragedy?

 

Sunday we’re giving you a reason to wake up early. At 8:00am catch the first episode of season 1 of All Creatures Great and SmallDOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE WETA UK ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

 

Sunday evening be sure to watch the WETA UK premiere of Miranda at 8:30! This British sitcom stars Miranda Hart. It doesn't matter what Miranda attempts in life, whether it's dating or simply dealing with her overbearing mother, she always seems to fall flat, quite literally.