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WETA Movie Nights in November | Free Films on WETA TV26

This November, WETA TV26 & HD presents classic mystery films on Saturday nights! Tune in each Saturday for fantastic movies or watch their encore presentations Sundays at 11:30am.

The Maltese Falcon (1941) airs Saturday November 8 at 9:30pm
The beautiful Miss Wonderly hires private eyes Sam Spade and Miles Archer to find her runaway sister. After two mysterious shootings, Sam is under investigation and the real criminal is on the run in search of a black falcon statue. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George

The Caine Mutiny (1954) airs Saturday November 15 at 9:30pm
During World War II, officers aboard a U.S. Navy mine sweeper stage a revolt against their mentally unbalanced captain and wind up being court-martialed for the offense. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson

Call Northside 777 (1948) airs Saturday November 22 at 10:30pm
Chicago newsman P.J. McNeal digs up an 11-year-old murder mystery to prove a man’s innocence. The ensuing investigation opens up major problems in the police department. Unfortunately, the one officer with information on the case died years before. How will P.J. right this wrong? Starring: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb


 

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WETA Movie Nights in October | Free Films on WETA TV26

This October on WETA TV26 & HD, watch fantastic classic musicals from the ‘50s & ‘60s! Continue reading for descriptions and air information for each movie as well as a channel guide so you can find WETA on your television.

Saturday October 4 at 9:30pm An American in Paris (1951)
Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists" colony and is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch). A love triangle paired with wonderful cinematic themes and of course, singing and dancing, is the perfect Saturday night movie. Also airs Sunday October 5 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 11 at 9:30pm The Music Man (1962)
"Professor" Harold Hill is a fast-talking traveling salesman who in the summer of 1912 schemes a small Iowa town by convincing them that a boys' band will put an end to the moral corruption resulting from the presence of a pool hall in the community. He sells instruments and uniforms to River City parents with the understanding that he will organize a band and teach the children to play; however, he intends to abscond with the money before the arrival of the instruments. Will love change his mischievous ways? Also airs Sunday October 12 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 18 at 9:30pm Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Adam Pontabee (Howard Keel) and his six brothers, played by Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Mark Platt, Matt Mattox, and Jacques d'Amboise own an Oregon ranch. When Adam brings home his new bride Milly (Jane Powell), she is appalled by the brothers and want to spiff them up. A local fight charges up the brothers to find wives of their own. Also airs Sunday October 19 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 25 at 9:30pm That’s Entertainment Part II (1976)
This film is MGM's 1976 sequel to That's Entertainment (1974). This unique film is a retrospective of famous films released by MGM from the 1930s to the 1950s.Unlike the first part, the second contains comedy segments as well. This is the perfect movie for a fun, entertaining trip down memory lane. Also airs Sunday October 26 at 11:30am.
 

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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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This Week on WETA UK: July 21-27

Monday at 9pm season 3 of Midsomer Murders begins with two back-to-back episodes! 9pm-10:30pm “Dead Man’s Eleven” DCI Barnaby’s plans to move to the village of Fletcher’s Cross are disrupted when the wife of a landowner is bludgeoned to death with a cricket bat while out walking her dog in the village of Midsomer Worthy. Then at 10:30pm-12am in “Death of a Stranger”, DCI Barnaby returns from a holiday in France to discover an unidentified tramp has been beaten to death in the woods near the village of Marshwood.

Tuesday at 2pm New Tricks season 2 begins with the first episode “A Delicate Touch”. The group’s desire to solve each case is as strong as ever. Working as part of the Unsolved Crime and Open Cases Squad (UCOS) and lead by Pullman who spends half her time trying reign them in, the three men investigate an array of challenging and disturbing crimes. Will they succeed where others have failed? Or will the burden of all the years begin to weigh down on them?

Wednesday at 9pm tune in for Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour. Set in 1965, the Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour finds rookie constable Endeavour Morse helping with the investigation into the murder of a 15-year-old girl.

Thursday at 10pm Dalziel and Pascoe begin to investigate a new mystery “Truth and Concequences”. A skeleton is unearthed in the former mining town of Thirksby. The discovery revives unwelcome memories for Dalziel, who was stationed there during the miners’ strike of 1984-85.The conflict was bitter and even now policemen are not welcome. Tune in next Thursday at 10pm for part 2.

Friday at 10:30pm catch the third and final episode of Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock season 1! In “The Blind Banker” Holmes and Watson investigate a bank break-in that resulted in nothing stolen, but strange graffiti left behind. The case leads to the discovery of a dead banker inside his locked flat that the police, though not Holmes, suspect was a suicide. In other matters, Watson applies for a part-time job and goes on a date, though---thanks to Holmes---the evening doesn't go as planned.

Saturday at 8pm Call the Midwife season 2 opens with Jenny Lee's birthday. The next day she takes on a new patient who's involved in an abusive relationship. In other events, Trixie and Sister Evangelina board a Swedish cargo ship to care for the captain's daughter, who's about to have her first baby.

Sunday at 10am begin season 6 of Monarch of the Glen. It’s a new era for Glenbogle, as Paul sets about making his mark by attempting to modernize the estate. However, while his intentions are honorable, his dismissive attitude towards the estate’s long-held traditions causes him to clash with Golly.
 

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WETA Movie Night: July 12-13

This Saturday, WETA TV26 & HD has three wonderful films for WETA Movie Night. Bonnie and Clyde, the 1967 action-packed romantic drama kicks off the night at 9:30pm. Then meet fantastic and inspirational athletes in My Way to Olympia at 11:30pm and get a different view of the world with Salt early Sunday at 12:30am.
 
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This is a romanticized account of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang from the 1930s. Excited by Clyde Barrow's outlaw demeanor, Bonnie Parker joins him in a crime spree across multiple towns.  Soon the pair joins Clyde’s brother Buck and his wife Blanche in a bank robbery. Will they get away with the heist? How long can they pull off this lifestyle? This movie is packed with drama, action, adventure, and romance. Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Gene Hackman. This film won the 1968 Oscars for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Estelle Parsons and Best Cinematography: Burnett Guffey. Also watch Sunday at 11:30am!

POV: My Way to Olympia airs Saturday at 11:30pm
German director Niko von Glasow was born with severely shortened arms and along with his long list of award-winning films, he is the director of My Way to Olympia. Niko discovers  a group of incredibly adaptable, determined, and optimistic people performing athletic feats sometimes more astounding than those of regular Olympic athletes. This film shares the stories of these Paralympic athletes and shows that Paralympic sports are less about disabilities than about being the best at something, which is the same reason every athlete in the world competes.

POV: Salt airs Sunday at 12:30am
Award-winning photographer Murray Fredericks began making five-week-long, annual, solo camping trips to remote Lake Eyre and its salt flats in South Australia and has a plethora of remarkable photos to show for it. This documentary is the film extension of Fredericks’ photographic work at Lake Eyre, interweaving his photos and video diary with time-lapse sequences. The content in t his film will peak viewers’ ideas of time and space.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: June 2-8

New month means new seasons and adventures on your favorite WETA UK shows! Check out what the WETA UK Programmers are highlighting in this week's schedule.

Monday at 8pm season 2 of Pie in the Sky begins! Henry Crabbe has reached the end of his tether as a plain clothes Detective Inspector. After years of toiling in the force, he is about to take early retirement. With a passion for food and a talent for cooking, he is ready to fulfill his own personal dream - to buy his very own restaurant, Pie In The Sky. However nothing is ever that simple. On the eve of his retirement, he is suspended from duty. His boss, assistant Chief Constable, now has him exactly where he wants him and is not going to allow him to join his idyll in peace - Crabbe is free to indulge in his restaurant but always on call when cases need solving.

Tuesday at 8pm Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries takes on “Death at Victoria Dock”. It’s the 1920s in Melbourne, Australia and the Honorable Phryne Fisher is a glamorous “lady detective” goes about her work with a pistol close at hand—and, more often than not, a male admirer even closer. To the dismay of Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Phryne’s investigations take her through back alleys, jazz clubs, and shady neighborhoods. Beneath her devil-may-care attitude, Phryne hides ghosts from the past that continue to haunt her. In this episode, Phryne investigates the murder of a young man with a blue tattoo who died in her arms.

Wednesday at 7:30pm season 7 of My Family begins! A dentist discovers that dealing with his clan is like pulling teeth in this biting British sitcom. Ben Harper and his acerbic wife Susan trade barbs as they struggle to raise their fractious brood. Season 7 opens as Ben is asked to be a sperm donor for a couple he and Susan met on vacation, and the request goes straight to his head. Meanwhile, Kenzo's father shows up in hopes of getting to know his son.

Thursday beginning at 8pm watch four great British comedies. At 8pm catch Moone Boy:  A warm family comedy series about a young boy growing up in a chaotic and creative household in late 1980s Ireland. At 8:30pm Worst Week of My Life continues: A British variation of `Meet the Parents' that chronicles the disastrous week prior to a wedding as a bride and groom cope with jitters, tensions and mishaps, ranging from her disapproving parents to his crazed ex. At 9pm Lead Balloon continues: A British comedy series following the misadventures of a cynical, disillusioned stand-up comedian. At 9:30pm Outnumbered closes out the comedy line-up: A British comedy about a couple and their three kids. In this week’s episode, Sue's sister Angela visits with her new husband, an American therapist.

Friday at 10:30pm catch the WETA UK premiere of Frankie. A heroine for the modern age, district nurse Frankie Maddox looks life and death in the eye on a daily basis; her mission is to make a difference. Frankie is an infectious character, she’s electric and quirky, absolutely wonderful at her job and adapts to every situation life and work can throw at her as she tries to live in the fast lane and juggle her work at the same time. This heartwarming and funny series follows Frankie and her eclectic team as they visit their patients at home and takes a look at ordinary lives, which are often in huge domestic crises.

Saturday at 9pm join WETA UK for Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey season 1 episode 1. The bold and beautiful Downton Abbey estate runs smoothly from generations of excellent care, but change is coming. With enticing drama and terrible threat, the future of Downton's dynasty takes shape but is it possible to preserve? Follow the upstairs, downstairs dynamic in this beautiful period drama from PBS.

Sunday at 8pm Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant comes to a close with the final episode “French Riviera”. The actor's series exploring the world's most luxurious hotels concludes on the glamorous French Riviera. Beginning at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, he is shown the art of perfect fine dining before meeting ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard, who explains why he chooses to call Monaco home. Richard then visits the Hotel Byblos in St. Tropez, where Mick Jagger and Bianca De Macias tied the knot in 1971, before paying a visit to Belles Rivers.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: May 19-25

WETA UK has shows for everyone! From thrilling mysteries, classic dramas, and hilarious comedies, to fast-paced crime dramas, historical biographies, and insightful documentaries. Tune into WETA UK 24/7 for excellent British television shows and read on for some highlights in this week's schedule.

Monday at 9pm catch two back-to-back Midsomer Murders mysteries! At 9pm, watch “Sauce for the Goose”.  A tourist visiting Plummer's famous relish factory is crushed against towers of relish bottles and dumped naked into a 200-degree sterilizer. When Barnaby and Scott investigate, they find that the dead man is an executive with rival company Fieldway Foods. Many secrets are revealed making this an exciting mystery you won’t want to miss! Then at 10:30pm, watch “Midsomer Rhapsody”. Retired music teacher Arthur Leggott is found battered to death and the race begins to find a killer and a motive. Dramatic and poetic, this episode will keep you on your toes until the very end!

Tuesday at 10am the final season, season 7, of Monarch of the Glen begins! Following the sudden death of his partner Meg, Golly is looking after baby Cameron alone. A long, hard winter has taken its toll on Glenbogle and Paul the laird is faced with a growing repair bill for his tenants’ crofts. With money tight, he’s dreading the Tenants Association’s AGM and clashes with Iona MacLean, a beautiful local shepherdess who will not take no for an answer.

Wednesday at 11pm tune in for two back-to-back episodes of Benny Hill.  The delightfully outrageous British comedian headlines a slapstick sketch series, an unapologetic throwback to burlesque traditions that routinely features sexy girls in skimpy costumes with the lecherous Hill leering at them. The U.S. episodes are edited versions of the more risqué British shows.

Thursday at 1pm don’t miss the first episode of MI-5 season 3! On “Project Friendly Fire” Tom Quinn has been accused of assassinating the Chief of The Defense Staff, is guilty of shooting his superior Harry Pearce, and has disappeared. When Oliver Mace, chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, hears of this he seizes his opportunity to take control of Britain’s homeland intelligence service. With the Prime Minister’s backing he launches an investigation into MI5, the aim being to uncover the rot at its core and take over. Danny, Zoe, and the rest of the team, under intense watch, manage to skip surveillance and meet to discuss what to do.

Friday at 9pm Vera season 4 concludes with “Death of a Family Man”.  DCI Vera Stanhope investigates the death of businessman John Searwood, who was found floating under the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Chief Investigator Owen Preece uncovers that John's business manager has been running a booze scam and John was no longer sleeping in the family home. Vera unpeels all the secrets hidden behind John's veneer of respectability to discover that his downfall in fact delves back to a tragic incident years before.

Saturday at 8pm new documentary series She-Wolves: England’s Early Queens begins with episode 1, “Matilda and Eleanor”. More than 800 years ago, Matilda came within a hair's breadth of being the first woman to be crowned queen of England in her own right. Historian Helen Castor explores how Matilda reached this point, and why her bid for the throne ultimately failed. Her daughter-in-law Eleanor of Aquitaine was an equally formidable woman. Despite being remembered as the queen of courtly love, in reality, during her long life she divorced one king and married another, only to lead a rebellion against him. She finally achieved the power she craved in her seventies.

Sunday at 8pm Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant continues with part six, “Sex”. The actor gets a juicy insight into the lives of the rich and famous and he explores some of the sexiest hotels and hideaways in the world. Visiting the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, he discovers a secret stairway used by one of Tinseltown's most infamous Lotharios, while in Paris he travels to the L'Hotel, which includes French  sex symbol and notorious womaniser Serge Gainsbourg among its past guests.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: May 5-11

From modern British comedies and dramas, to historical documentary series, WETA UK has all the best British television 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check out what we're highlighting in this week's WETA UK schedule.

Monday at 6pm catch the very first episode of Life on Mars. The hunt for a cold-blooded murderer becomes a desperate rescue mission for Detective Sam Williams’ girlfriend and fellow cop Maya. After a near-fatal car crash Detective Williams finds himself mysteriously transported to 1973. Is he in a coma? Has Sam gone crazy? Or has he really travelled back in time? Watch episode two Sunday May 11 at 10pm!

Tuesday at 10:30pm season 3 of the British comedy Chef! begins. Popular actor/comedian Lenny Henry stars as Gareth, Chef de Cuisine at the prestigious Le Château Anglais restaurant. Having realized his dream of becoming proprietor and cook at Le Château, Gareth’s obsessive perfectionism pushes the restaurant to the financial brink, and plunges his personal and professional life into chaos.

Wednesday at 6:30pm begin the popular comedy Moone Boy from the very beginning. This 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. Headed by Martin’s sign-writer father who longs to be an artist and his frazzled mother, this is a family with a lot of love where everyone tends to pull in different directions! Martin has a unique view of life, dealing with enterprising school bullies with the help of his imaginary friend who also narrates his adventures.

Thursday at 8:30pm the hilarious British show Worst Week of My Life begins. With only one week to go before Howard and Mel get married, time slows and it quickly escalates into the week from hell. Howard lurches from one embarrassing disaster to the next in the week leading up to his wedding.

Friday at 9pm crime-drama Vera continues with season four, episode two “Protected”. In this episode, DCI Vera Stanhope and DS Joe Ashworth investigate the murder of David Kenworthy, found dead on the beach at Whitley Bay. Although spotted in an argument with a local business owner earlier that night, Vera digs into the past uncovering that the Kenworthy family and their business is not as respectable as it appears. When a second death occurs, Vera is faced with pressure to solve the case quickly; she must use all her tenacity to expose the rift in the heart of the fractured family.

Saturday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Classic’s Mr. Selfridge continues with season 2 episode 6. Harry's reputation suffers while he is in Germany; Gordon pens a condolence letter after a member of the staff dies at the front; Miss Mardle falls for her lodger; and Leclair's troubles deepen.

Sunday at 9pm & 9:30pm watch two episodes of Weapons of World War II. In the annals of 20th-Century warfare, World War II saw the sharpest and most dramatic rise in the design, manufacture and effectiveness of some of the world's most lethal weaponry. In this documentary series, the development of each weapon system is addressed from the outbreak of war through to its 1945 climax. This week, watch “Tanks”: Tank development was dramatic in World War II. From pre-war light tanks, we see the emergence of the monster tanks such as the legendary Panthers and King Tigers of 1944/45. Lighter, simpler tanks such as the Russian T-34 and the American Sherman overwhelmed German tank formations with their sheer numbers. Then watch “Midget Submarines”: From attacks on Pearl Harbor and Sydney Harbor, to the British Mediterranean Fleet and the Tirpitz, midget submarines played their part in some of the most gripping stories of the war.
 

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WETA Movie Night: May 3

Begin the night with lots of drama as WETA TV26 & HD airs the musical Cabaret (1972) at 9:30pm. Then ease into non-fiction but keep the drama with Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter at 11:30pm. To finish off the night, go fully into documentary form as P.O.V. Last Train Home airs at 12:30am.

WETA Movie: Cabaret (1972) airs on Saturday at 9:30pm

This film is set in 1931 Berlin as young dancer American Sally Bowles has a whirlwind love triangle with a Brit and wealthy bachelor. Stars Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey.

Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter airs Saturday at 11:30pm
Follow the creation of the San Francisco Opera's celebrated production of The Bonesetter's Daughter, composed by Stewart Wallace with a libretto by Amy Tan, based on her bestselling book of the same name. .

P.O.V. Last Train Home airs on Sunday at 12:30am
Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration. Last Train Home takes viewers on a heart-stopping journey with the Zhangs, a couple who left infant children behind for factory jobs 16 years ago, hoping their wages would lift their children to a better life.


 

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WETA Movie Night: April 26

This weekend, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the 1962 Broadway drama Gypsy. Music, dance, family drama, and the drive to make it big are the themes that have made this movie such a hit. Starring Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, and Karl Malden. Watch a preview of the film below.

Set during the 1920s in the vaudeville era, Rose is an aggressive and domineering woman who desires above all to make her two daughters June and Louise big entertainment stars. Herbie Sommers is an entertainment agent who falls in love with Rose. The two lock-in big circuit bookings for daughter June while the apparently less talented Louise is pushed into the background. Over time, June decides to break away from Rose and Herbie leaving pushy stage mother Rose to work on Louise’s career. Consequently, the trio winds up at a third-rate burlesque house in Wichita. Will Rose step aside and let her daughter rise to the top on her own true talent?
The musical classic Gypsy airs on WETA TV26 & HD Saturday April 26 at 9:30pm and Sunday April 27 at 11am.

 


 

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