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WETA Movie Night: Saturday April 5

This weekend on WETA TV26 & HD, catch three fascinating films. First, Saturday at 9:30pm watch the 1956 thriller The Bad Seed. Following this classic film at 11:40pm is the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car. Set your DVR or stay up late for Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child at 1:10am. Read on for episode descriptions and trailers of these great movies.

The Bad Seed (1956) at 9:30pm
Rhoda is a good, grade-school girl who becomes vicious when she doesn’t get her way. Her mother finds out that Rhoda was responsible for a boy's death but is her mother’s dark past to blame? Starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones and Eileen Heckart. Click here to watch a trailer.


Independent Lens: Revenge of the Electric Car at 11:40pm
A follow up to Chris Paine's documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?, this new documentary Revenge of the Electric Car goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, General Motors, Tesla Motors, and an independent car converter named Greg “Gadget” Abbott to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Click here to watch a trailer.


Independent Lens: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child at 1:10am
A rare interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat over 20 years ago chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist who achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers. Click here to watch a trailer.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: February 10-16

WETA UK is the Washington, DC  area's public broadcasting station airing all-British programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. WETA UK is your free and commercial-free source for all the best British television shows cover drama, comedy, documentary, mystery, and everything in-between. Click here to find WETA UK on your television and read on for our highlights in this week's WETA UK schedule.

Monday at 9pm, experience the first two mysteries of the Midsomer Murders series back-to-back! From 9pm-10:30pm, watch "The Killings at Badger's Drift": Emily Simpson is found dead in her cottage after witnessing something unsettling in the nearby woods. Emily's friend Lucy Bellringer entrusts Barnaby with her fears that Emily was murdered. What did Emily see and why is she dead? Then from 10:30pm-midnight, watch "Written in Blood": A local writer's group eagerly anticipates a visit from a best-selling author but instead the group witnesses a sequence of gruesome events. DCI Barnaby tried to get inexperienced Sergeant Troy to unravel the truth.

Tuesday at 8pm, continue the excitement and drama of the original House of Cards sequel, To Play The King. In episode 2, Prime Minister Urquhart is annoyed with the King's controversial speech and announces a general election. Now that Urquhart turns to Sarah Harding for advice, Tim Stamper feels ignored while the King secretly attempts to form an alliance of all the opposition parties.

Wednesday at 10pm, catch The Making of a Lady. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, educated but penniless Emily is a companion for Lady Maria. Emily accepts a marriage proposal from her employer's nephew, Lord James Walderhurst who is a widower pushed into providing an heir. This arrangement brings drama, illness, attempted murder and, more!

Thursday at 11am, start Ballykissangel from the very beginning! Ballykissangel is located in the heart of the Irish countryside. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else, where everyone knows everyone else’s business, where gossip is rife and where disputes are settled by taking bets on the outcome. Here life revolves around the local Catholic church and its rival, the local bar.

Friday at 11pm, enjoy the warm comedy, Cafe! Sarah's moved back home from London, having lost her boyfriend and her job, so for now she's helping out her mum Carol in the welcoming seaside cafe. Divorcee Carol owns the place, and her mother Mary, a broad minded soul in her 70s, is a permanent fixture. Colorful characters pop in and out of the cafe including old school friends like Richard, who secretly fancies Sarah and gets wildly jealous of the obvious attraction between her and John, a former classmate who's returned to the town as a successful businessman.

Saturday from 11:30am-6:30pm get your full dose of British mysteries! From 11:30am-1:30am, catch two episodes of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries  "The Green Mill Murder" and "Death at Victoria Dock". Then at 1:30pm watch Agatha Christie's Poirot take on the mystery of "Double Sin". Following Poirot is Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett at 2:25pm. Beginning at 3:20pm, watch Midsomer Murders "Death of a Hollow Man" and "Faithful Unto Death" back-to-back.

Sunday from 4pm-6pm, watch Foyle's War "Fifty Ships" in its entirety! In this first episode of season 2, an American multi-millionaire, an old flame of Foyle's, and a mysterious man claiming to be a Dutch refugee, are all implicated when a dead body is discovered on a Hastings beach.

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This Week on WETA UK: February 3-9

February on WETA UK starts off strong with excellent new British comedies as well as more of your favorite British dramas. Read on to find out what the WETA UK programmers want to highlight in this week’s schedule, February 3-9, 2014.

Monday from 6-7:30pm, unwind with three back-to-back episodes of Antiques Roadshow BBC! Start the evening off at Gloucester Cathedral where an early Doctor Who (airs on WETA UK Saturdays 10am & Sundays 11pm) script makes a surprise appearance. Then head to Carter’s Steam Fair where alongside the carousels and waltzers are valuable paintings and more. Finish the evening off at Kedleston Hall where a rare mill clock rivals a collection of 70 toasters for unique finds.

Tuesday at 8pm, begin House of Cards: To Play the King episode 1. 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. Then at 9pm, watch the first two episodes of the new season of Doc Martin! In the first two episodes of season 6, Portwenn is buzzing with arrangements for the wedding of the Doc and Louisa. Will they finally tie the knot, or will the villagers have to put the confetti back in the box again? Then, Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party, the new nanny walks out, and Morwenna advertises for a lodger.

Wednesday at 8pm, tune into our primary channel WETA TV26 for the premiere of our newest documentary Arlington National Cemetery where the history, mission, and daily operations of this honored resting place are explored. Then at 10pm, turn back to WETA UK for Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock "His Last Vow", the final episode in the new Sherlock series.

Thursday from 8pm-10pm, get the giggles from our new contemporary comedy line-up. Starting at 8pm, begin Spy from the beginning. In episode 1 “Codename: Loser” the main character Tim quits his job during a custody battle with his ex-wife. He applies for a job as a civil servant doing data entry, but discovers during the job interview that he has been offered a job as a trainee spy for MI5. Then at 8:30pm, mockumentary Twenty Twelve begins! Follow the trials of the management of the fictional Olympic Deliverance Commission (ODC), the body tasked to organize the Olympic Games. Then at 9pm, watch the first episode of Moone Boy, a warm family comedy series about a young boy growing up in a chaotic and creative household in late 1980s Ireland. Finally, at 9:30pm, catch the favored comedy Outnumbered from the very first episode!

Friday at 9pm, begin Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries from the very beginning! Miss Fisher is a female detective of a unique kind. She’s no stranger to jazz clubs of late 1920s in Melbourne, Australia and fights injustice with her decorative pistol and her sharp wit. Love it? Stay tuned at 10pm for the second episode!

Saturday from 3:20-6:30pm, catch the two very first Midsomer Murders episodes! “The Killings at Badger’s Drift” and “Written in Blood” are sure to engage your brain and maybe even your fear!

Sunday at 7pm, take a trip to Wild South America in this documentary series! Discover the "Lost Worlds", from the icy peaks of the Andes to the Amazon jungle and the Atacama desert, these extreme conditions are home to a mind-boggling variety of creatures. But how and why did they choose to live in such habitats? Then at 8pm, learn more about Wild Australasia! Go on a contemporary exploration of Australia and its closest islands, wildlife and wilderness. It reveals how this island continent and surrounding seas were transformed by human invasion and natural climatic change from a lush wilderness into one of the world’s most modern, developed nations with a vast desert at its heart. To round off your trip around the world in one night, at 9pm watch Wild Caribbean "Treasure Islands"! The calm blue waters of the Caribbean may look inviting but over the centuries their extensive coral reefs have been death traps to unwary or unfortunate sailors. If not hurricanes and storms, then raids by pirates have created the shipwrecks of the Caribbean. And those wrecks have in turn become the home for colorful coral and marine life. Follow the most dramatic stories of piracy, trade and treachery and visit the most spectacular reefs on earth, to find the true treasure of the Caribbean.

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This Week on WETA UK: January 27-February 2

Monday at 9pm, Midsomer Murders follows British police inspector, John Barnaby, as he investigates mysteries and murders in a rural English county. In “Market for Murder”, Barnaby and his partner Troy travel to the village of Midsomer Market to examine a car fire, but wind up investigating a murder connected to a local reading club. Watch as the dynamic duo attempts to read between the lines in order crack the code behind the club’s suspicious agenda in this intriguing investigative series on WETA UK!
Catch more episodes of Midsomer Murders on WETA UK, Saturdays from 3:30 to 6:30 pm!

Tuesday at 11:30pm, Rumpole of the Bailey season 2 begins with “Rumpole and the Man of God”. The witty comedy Rumpole of the Bailey centers on London barrister Horace Rumpole, a middle-aged junior barrister with a knack for defending alleged criminals. As season 2 begins, Rumpole must defend a vicar accused of shoplifting three shirts. While Rumpole attempts to defend his client, the vicar insists divine powers are responsible for the items appearing in his bag. Watch as Rumpole tries to keep the balance between heaven and earth in “Rumpole and the Man of God.”

Wednesday at 9pm, watch Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey season 4 episode 4. Catch the newest episode of Downton Abbey’s 4th season. Downton Abbey follows the story of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants on a Yorkshire country estate during the reign of King George V. During this time of extreme social change in England, the Crawley’s must deal with an excess of family struggles, class issues and romantic dramas. So far, the fourth season has seen the family reeling in the aftermath of terrible tragedy. In the newest episode, Anna deals with the aftermath of her rape, Tom seeks help from Mrs. Hughes, and Rose falls for an African American vocalist.

Wednesday at 10pm, catch Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock “The Sign of Three”. Missed it Sunday? The game is on again! Sherlock anxiously prepares for his unfamiliar part as best man in Mary and Watson’s wedding. As he gazes out at his partner’s wedding guests, Holmes suddenly realizes the key to solving two elusory cases.

Thursday at 4pm, Hustle is the story of a group of elite London con artists who recurrently attempt to pull off daring and complicated frauds. The cohort includes Mickey, the leader; Albert, a veteran con man; Ash, the location scout; Stacie, the femme fatale; and Danny, a young amateur. As season 3 begins, with "Price for Fame", the team concocts a plan to con a violent business executive out of a hefty sum of money by posing as music promoters interested in representing his young son.

Friday at 9pm, join Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, a detective in her 60s, as she attempts to fight crime armed with only her pocketbook and remarkable wisdom. As season 4 begins, the widow of a miner hires Hetty to search for her late husband’s treasure map revealing the location of valuable stolen gemstones.

Saturday at 11pm, House of Cards comes to a close. The political thriller, House of Cards centers on antihero Francis Urquhart, the chief whip of the Conservative party, and his unethical quest to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In the final episode, Urquhart announces his intention to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party and become Prime Minister. Following his declaration, Urquhart embarks on a manipulative rampage to decimate his rival politicians.
Tuesday, February 4 at 8pm, House of Cards: To Play the King premieres exclusively on WETA UK!

Sunday at 4pm, Foyle’s War takes a look at “A Lesson in Murder”. It is 1940 and England is taking a stand against the powers of Nazi Germany during World War II. When England denies World War I veteran Christopher Foyle the opportunity to contribute to the country’s military efforts, he shifts his focus to the capturing of local criminals on the south coast of England. In “A Lesson in Murder,” Foyle investigates the suicide of a pacifist and death threats to the judge who ruled against him. When the suicide case leads to a murder investigation, Foyle must determine whether the occurrences share a connection, or are simply independent acts of violence.
 

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Free Movies in DC: January 18

This Saturday, January 18, join WETA TV26 & HD for two wonderful films: Ten Little Indians at 9:30pm and At Berkeley at 11pm.

WETA Movie: Ten Little Indians (1965) at 9:30pm
This Agatha Christie remake tells the story of 10 strangers invited to an isolated house high on a mountaintop. When they all gather, the guests hear an eerie message from their host claiming that each one of them has caused the death of an innocent person. One by one, someone begins to kill them all. As the number of survivors decreases, the guests become more suspicious of each other, but must work together to uncover the killer’s true identity.
Watch a Ten Little Indians trailer!

Independent Lens: At Berkeley at 11pm
In the film, At Berkeley, legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman goes back to school to explore the culture at the University of California at Berkeley. The wide-ranging film shows the major aspects of university life, including the administrative efforts to maintain the academic excellence and public profile. It also examines the economic, racial, and social diversity of the school’s student body in the face of drastic budgetary cuts imposed by the State of California. Without narration or interviews, the film takes viewers from faculty meetings to classrooms, from financial aid seminars to research labs. Wiseman’s method of filming in a unique college setting invites viewers to experience the diverse aspects of campus life through the eyes of students, faculty, administrators, alumni, the City of Berkeley, the State of California, and the federal government. Gain the full human experience At Berkeley and explore the social, political, and economical issues surrounding the university in this Independent Lens production.
Watch a trailer for At Berkeley!

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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: 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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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies October 26

Saturday, October 26 at 9:30pm  join WETA TV26 & HD for movie night as we bring you the James Dean classic film East of Eden.

Make sure to stick around after the film to see the two latest WETA local productions, Pizza in Washington and Burgers in Washington!

This 1955 film was directed by Elia Kazan and loosely based on both the Steinbeck novel East of Eden and the story of Cain and Abel.  Struggling to find himself during the late years of World War I while competing with his brother Aron for their father’s affection, Cal is a sorrowful and desperate young man. Wild attempts to please his father, family secrets, and a love triangle make this film a dynamic drama perfect for a Saturday night at home. Will Cal find his place in the world, and more importantly, in his own family? Find out this Saturday night on WETA TV26 & HD!

For more James Dean films tune in every Saturday to WETA TV26 & HD for Rebel Without a Cause and Giant in the coming weeks!

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies October 19

Wait Till Dark (1967)

This Saturday at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD, recently blinded Susy Hendrix, played by the elegant Audrey Hepburn, is terrorized by criminals as they search for a baby doll they used to smuggle heroin into the country with. Susy is also learning to cope with her recent blindness, from a accident and is aided by her unreliable neighbor Gloria (Julie Herrod). Led by the violent Roat (Alan Arkin), the tension mounts as he will do anything to regain the doll, including impersonating police officers and friends of her husband to win her confidence and obtain access to her apartment to look for the doll. Wait Until Dark is an entertaining, suspenseful thriller that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat as Susy fights for her life against the criminals.

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies September 28

Get ready for a movie double header on Saturday September 28 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD! First, prepare for an awkward encounter with the in-laws in the WETA Movie The Bird Cage at 9:30pm, followed by an in-depth look at a significant American historical event in Independent Lens: The Longoria Affair at 11:30pm!

The Bird Cage (1996)
In this witty 90s comedy, Robin Williams and Nathan Lane star as a Miami resort owner and his drag queen partner. When their son gets engaged, they commit to playing the roles of straight man and wife to help their son gain the approval of his fiancée’s conservative parents. Get ready to laugh out loud as these in-laws attempt to coexist under hilarious circumstances. Watch the trailer here!

Independent Lens: The Longoria Affair
The Longoria Affair examines the story of Private Felix Longoria, a Mexican-American World War II solider who died during the war. When his home town funeral parlor in Three Rivers, Texas refused Longoria a burial service because of his Hispanic heritage, his family refused to let injustice go unnoticed. The events that ensued helped launch the Mexican-American civil rights movement in the United States. Take a deeper look into an intriguing part of America’s history in this compelling documentary. Watch the trailer here!


 

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