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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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WETA Movie Night: May 24

Documentaries dominate this week's WETA Saturday Night Movie line-up! Learn more about movie greats Joan Crawford and Charlton Heston then stay tuned into WETA TV26 & HD for unique looks at two very different areas of the world.

Joan Crawford: Always the Star airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This glamorous and hugely popular actress raised herself from brutal poverty to Academy Award-winning stardom through guts, determination and hard work. During her 50-year career, she made more than 80 films. But her obsessive perfectionism led to a later caricature of coat-hanger-wielding harridan that even the adoration of her fans could not counter. Still, she has endured as one of the most popular icons of the movies, an early role model to young women who were drawn to her image as a stylish magnetic power and an actress of unquestioned independence. Joan Crawford films include: Sally, Irene and Mary (1925), Our Dancing Daughters (1928), Grand Hotel (1932), Dancing Lady (1933), The Gorgeous Hussy (1936), The Women (1939), A Woman's Face (1941), Mildred Pierce (1945), Humoresque (1946), Possessed (1947), Sudden Fear (1952), Johnny Guitar (1954), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), and Strait Jacket (1964).

Charlton Heston: A Man for All Seasons airs Saturday at 10:30pm
He played king and slave, hero and villain, and was renowned throughout the movie-going world for the heroic figures he played during his early years in Hollywood: Moses, Ben-Hur, El Cid and Michaelangelo. In a wide range of roles, from classical to futuristic, he showed himself a consummate actor. But Charlton Heston had always been more than a star. Although he was a private man, he often appeared to be a very public one, willing to speak up on issues he believes in — however controversial they may be. Here, in his own words, is Heston's life as well as highlights of a career that resulted in more than 60 motion pictures.  A profile of Charlton Heston, featuring clips from such films "Ben-Hur," "The Big Country," "The Greatest Show on Earth," "Planet of the Apes," "Soylent Green," "The Ten Commandments", and "Will Penny."

Independent Lens: God Loves Uganda airs Saturday at 11:30pm
This documentary examines the impact that American evangelicals have had in Uganda, where missionaries have created schools and hospitals while also fostering a virulent anti-gay atmosphere that culminated, in February 2014, with the adoption of an anti-homosexuality law that mandates a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for engaging in homosexual activity.

Independent Lens: Welcome to Shelbyville airs Sunday at 1am
This documentary examines how a small Tennessee town reacts to its changing demographics, including a burgeoning Latino population and an influx of Somali refugees, many of whom are practicing Muslims. The documentary includes remarks from journalist Brian Mosely (Shelbyville Times-Gazette), who wrote several articles about the Somalis; former mayor Al Stephenson; and local pastors.
 

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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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WETA Movie Night: April 19

This weekend, celebrate spring-time with a classic musical and two nature documentaries. Saturday beginning at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD, catch the incredibly successful musical Easter Parade (1948), then two environmental documentaries at 11:30pm and 1am.

 

Easter Parade (1948) - Saturday at 9:30pm
A vaudeville nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner and make his former partner jealous. He's determined to prove that he can make any partner a star and finds love along the way. Stars Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, and Ann Miller.

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Saturday 11:30pm
Explore two of America’s most pressing issues:  environmentalism and terrorism as this film reveals a radical environmental group, the Earth Liberation Front which the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat”. Daniel McGowan is a former member of the Earth Liberation Front and faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. Learn of the environmental group and McGowan’s story on POV’s If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.

Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison – Sunday 1am
This documentary shows the history of human relations with the largest land mammal on the continent. There have been many different threats to wild bison throughout the centuries. Learn how this rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation, and spiritual relations with an icon of wild America shows us that the bison is not only a symbol of a lost world, but may also show us the path to a more sustainable future.


 

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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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New Doc Martin Season 6 | Documentaries on WETA TV26

Saturday February 1, 2014 tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the premiere of Doc Martin season 6 and two documentaries!

Doc Martin “Sickness and Health” 9:30-10:18pm
There is plenty of amusing excitement brewing in Portwenn! You will not want to miss a second of the new season of Doc Martin! The acclaimed series enters its 6th season, following the misfortunes and mishaps of Dr. Martin Ellingham, a smart yet socially challenged physician whose defining quality is his ability to alienate nearly anyone in his residing town of Portwenn. In the season 6 premiere, “Sickness and Health,” Portwenn is lively with Doc and his long time lover Louisa’s wedding on the horizon. Will they finally tie the knot, or will the villagers have to put the confetti back in the box again? Watch a preview!

Doc Martin "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" 10:18pm-11pm
Following the season premiere, stick around and enjoy another episode of your favorite doctor! Witness the fallout from the events of the season’s first episode in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” In this praiseworthy continuation, Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party, leading to a whirlwind of chaos that finally comes to a screeching halt when the new nanny walks out.

After Doc Martin, stick around for two gripping Independent Lens productions!

Independent Lens: The State of Arizona at 11pm

In 2010, the Arizona Senate passed controversial immigration law SB1070, also known as the “papers please” law, sparking a national dilemma. Supporters viewed it as a necessary act of law enforcement while opponents argued the law would inevitably lead to racial profiling. Now, Independent Lens: The State of Arizona explores the stories of Arizonans residing on all sides of this conflict-ridden topic and paints a vivid picture of a state and its citizens testing the boundaries of their country’s democratic principles. This enlightening documentary features interviews with activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, and ranchers mixed with footage of impassioned protest rallies and television news broadcasts. Now, Arizona’s enforcement policy is reshaping the conversation surrounding immigration reform in the United States. With a multitude of other states contemplating a similar approach, The State of Arizona asks Americans to reflect on who they are, who they want to be, and in which direction they want to take their country. Watch a preview!

Independent Lens: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights at 12:30am

Whitney Young, Jr. does not have a national holiday bearing his name. There are few alive today who know his name, and those who do know of the man, know much less his accomplishments. Now, discover the true story of the inside man who flattened the barriers restricting African Americans and became a key player at the core of the civil rights movement. The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights explores the uniqueness of one of the most significant black leaders in history. Through his valuable positions as a successful businessperson, government worker, and advisor to three different presidents, Young opened the doors of opportunity for African Americans from the inside. This powerful documentary follows the unsung hero as he balances his time between Harlem streets and prestigious company boardrooms, working towards historical social change. Experience the critical events of the civil rights era through the eyes of a man working within the institution, but outside the limelight, to ensure a future of equality. Watch a preview!
 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA TV26 Movies January 4

This Saturday night, January 4, tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD and relive a groundbreaking historical event, visit a world-class Japanese sushi restaurant, and journey to an alien planet…without leaving your couch!

Aliens (1986) at 9:30pm
Venture into an unknown world in James Cameron's Director's Cut of the sequel to 1979’s Alien! Fifty-seven years after the events of Alien, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) awakens from cryogenic sleep and returns to the foreign planet where she first had a deadly encounter with a terrifying alien. During her prolonged sleep, humans colonized the alien planet, but when transmissions from the colony suddenly stop, Ripley earns an opportunity to team up with a group of marines to descend on the planet and investigate the alien presence. As the hazardous mission unfolds, will Ripley have to relive her worst nightmare? Watch the trailer here!

Independent Lens: How to Survive a Plague at 12am
In 1987, America was six years into the dark days of the AIDS epidemic, a crisis that government officials and health organizations were still ignoring. The battle against the outbreak transformed with the emergence of the activist group ACT UP in Greenwich Village, New York. Largely made up of HIV-positive individuals, ACT UP joined forces with TAG (Treatment Action Group) to raise awareness of the disease through a series of dramatic protests. Through the personal stories of some of ACT UP and TAG’s leading participants and never-before-seen archival footage, How to Survive a Plague explores the joy and horror of the era and the heroic battles that finally made AIDS survival possible. Watch trailer here!

Independent Lens: Jiro Dreams of Sushi at 1:30am
Sushi aficionados around the globe consider 85 year-old Jiro Ono to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. A man who claims to literally dream of sushi, Jiro is the owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. Sushi lovers make reservations months ahead of time, travel from across the globe, and spend top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. He has dedicated most of his life to mastering the art of sushi creation, but even at his age, Jiro still works from sunrise to beyond sunset tasting every piece of fish, meticulously training his employees, and finessing the presentation of each sushi creation. A chronicle of Jiro’s life as an unparalleled sushi master and a loving yet complicated father, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a graceful meditation on hard work, family, and the art of perfection. Watch the trailer here!
 

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Free Movies in DC: December 21

Celebrate the first day of winter with a marathon of movies on WETA TV26 & HD! From 9:30pm-3am stay glued to your local DC PBS station as we present East of Eden (1955) and three Independent Lens documentaries.

East of Eden (1955)
Watch December 21 at 9:30pm
(also airs December 22 at 11:30am)
Starring '50s heart throb James Dean as the troubled son of a farmer, his problems grow with a brutal sibling rivalry. Although his brother sends the farm into near bankruptcy, Dean's character will do anything to save his family's farm. A love triangle, medical tradgedy, and classic '50s drama makes this movie a must-watch. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Playwright: From Page to Stage
Watch December 21 at 11:30pm

This cinema vérité documentary delves into the development of two stage plays. Viewers will see how creative teams are assembled and how they collaborate with one another. Experience the intense detail that goes into everything from the rigorous rehearsal process to achieving one of theater's ultimate goals which is the arrival on a Broadway stage in New York City. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Beauty is Embarrassing
Watch December 22 at 12:30am

Part biography, part live performance, this documentary tells the story of the unique visual artist and raconteur Wayne White. Tracing White’s career from an underground cartoonist in New York’s East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer, and voice-over actor on Pee-wee’s Playhouse for which he won three Emmy awards, this film follows Wayne’s success designing and animating for other children’s shows and music videos through a dark period of struggle and self-reflection before emerging in his present-day incarnation as a respected painter and performer. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Watch December 22 at 2am

This documentary explores the United States' long-term fascination with comic book superheroes and raises questions about the possibilities and contradictions of heroines within the genre. The film goes behind the scenes with comic writers and artists, and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.  Watch a preview here!
 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies September 21

This weekend on WETA TV26 & HD, tune in for the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof and two moving documentaries presented by PBS' P.O.V.

WETA Movie: Fiddler on the Roof (1971) - Saturday September 21 at 9:30pm
Fiddler on the Roof centers on a Jewish family’s struggle with poverty in Tsarist Russia, in 1905. This musical masterpiece conveys the difficulty of providing for one’s family while living in constant fear of harassment from those of different beliefs. Explore the hardships of poverty and Jewish discrimination in the early 1900s through compelling musical numbers in Fiddler on the Roof. Watch a preview here!

POV: Granito: How to Nail a Dictator - Sunday September 22 at 12:30am

In the 1980s, Central American dictator Efrain Rios Montt waged a brutal genocide against the Mayan population of Guatemala. Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, provided a new generation of human rights activists with the information and added motivation to bring this dictator to justice. Granito tells the story of how Yates’s film became the catalyst in a benchmark victory for the Central American justice system in this official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Watch a preview here!

POV: Biblioburro, the Donkey Library - Sunday September 22 at 2:00am
Luis Humberto Soriano, a unique librarian living in a remote area in northern Colombia, is passionate about education and believes in a better future for his country. With the help of his two donkeys Alpha and Bet, Soriano brings a library of books to school children in violent and drug riddled areas of Colombia. Witness one man’s dedication towards providing the youth of his country with the power of literature in Biblioburro, the Donkey Library. Watch a preview here!


 

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New Documentaries Every Monday in September on WETA TV26

Skip the drama this fall! Beginning Monday, September 9 on WETA TV26 & HD, watch a new documentary every Monday at 10pm throughout September

   

On September 9, watch 8 players with 703 years between them compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia in Ping Pong. Then, on September 16, relive the glory days of the Washington, DC home of rock n’ roll and jazz nightlife from 1953-1998. Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint showcases the transcendent reign of the musical paradise. On September 23, witness the determination of a special education teacher at a run-down New Jersey high school as she fights to prepare her students for the real world. How will these students with special needs fare once they leave the security of the public school system? Find out in Best Kept Secret! Finally, on September 30, watch as Filipino Arnel Pineda takes a life-changing journey from You Tube sensation to rock n’ roll front man for the legendary American band Journey in Don’t Stop Believin’.     

Prepare to get rocked by reality Mondays in September with documentaries on WETA TV26 & WETA HD!

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