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This Week on WETA UK: April 21-27

Monday at 9pm tune in for the last two mysteries of Midsomer Murders season 7! From 9-10:30pm watch “The Straw Woman”, a traditional festival at Midsomer Parva ends in tragedy when the curate is burned alive inside a straw effigy of a woman then his lover dies. Amid rumors of witchcraft, some villagers blame a particular man but only DCI Barnaby and Sergeant Scott will find out the truth. From 10:30-midnight watch “Ghosts of Christmas Past”, dark secrets and delving into the past to resolve the present are just some of the exciting themes in this festive episode.

Tuesday at 11pm Rumpole of the Bailey begins season 4 with “Rumple and the Old, Old, Story” where Rumpole defends a business man who is accused of trying to murder his partner. Rumpole and Hilda part ways without much regret.

Wednesday at 8pm Inspector Morse takes on “The Sins of the Fathers” by investigating Trevor Radford’s murder. The managing director of the family-owned Radford's Brewery was attacked and killed after hours and Morse becomes immersed in the implications of a hostile take-over bid by another company. Trevor's widow Helen finds her brother-in-law Stephen murdered but she’s particularly upset since she was having an affair with him.

Thursday at 8pm Spy goes undercover with “Codename: Citizen Lame”. Review time in the office approaches and when one employee is dismissed, the team is distraught. Tim changes Marcus' work assignment from ‘Accounting’ to ‘Retail’ forcing him to learn about the sale of merchandise and dreams. Don’t forget British comedies Twenty Twelve, Lead Balloon, and Outnumbered follow Spy.

Friday at 11am Ballykissangel begins season 6 with “God.com”. Vincent Sheahan, the new Australian priest, arrives in Ballykissangel. One of his first tasks is to answer questions from a journalist about a Ballykissangel online confessional. All Vincent can say is that he knows nothing about it. When he finds the website, he realizes that people are paying to have their sins forgiven and decides to investigate.

Saturday at 8pm new documentary series Billy Connolly’s Route 66 premieres on WETA UK! Scottish comedian/actor Billy Connolly takes the ultimate road trip as he travels the world's most famous highway, Route 66. With his unrivaled ability to tell a great story, he brings to life both the big and small moments of American history — the world changing events and the comic asides.  In episode one (of four), Billy travels from Chicago, IL to St. Louis, MO visiting attractions along the way including: the Chicago Tribune Building, the Route 66 "Pie Man," Abraham Lincoln's home, an Amish community and the Chain of Rocks bridge.

Sunday at 11pm begin the famous Doctor Who series from the very first episode “Rose”. Rose Tyler meets a mysterious stranger called the Doctor, and her life will never be the same again. Soon, she realizes that her mother, her boyfriend, and the whole of Planet Earth are in danger. The only hope for salvation lies inside a strange blue police box…
 

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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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New Ken Burns Documentary | The Address on WETA TV26

WETA TV26 presents the premiere of the newest Ken Burns documentary, The AddressTuesday April 15, 2014 at 9pm. Each year at a school in Putney, Vermont called the Greenwood School, students are encouraged to memorize, practice, and recite the Gettysburg Address.  All the students at The Greenwood School have complex learning differences that make their personal, academic, and social progress challenging. Ken Burns’ The Address demonstrates how President Lincoln’s historic words motivate and engage these students a century-and-a-half after Lincoln delivered a speech that would go on to embolden the Union cause. Explore the Greenwood School and unlock the history, context, and importance of President Lincoln’s powerful speech. In November 2013, on the 150th anniversary and of the Gettysburg Address, Ken Burns and PBS launched LearnTheAddress.org, an initiative that invites people to upload videos of themselves reciting the Gettysburg Address to the project’s website. Catch a preview of the show here.

Watch this moving documentary Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 9pm on WETA TV26 & HD!


 

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This Week on WETA UK: April 14-20

Monday at 9pm Midsomer Murders season 7 continues with two back-to-back mysteries, “Sins of Commission” and “The Maid in Splendor”. DCI John Barnaby is a British police inspector who investigates mysteries and murders in the rustic English county of Midsomer.

Tuesday at 10:30pm the hilariously uptight Chef! continues with the episode “Masterchef”. Everton has created his own signature dish and is achieving some notoriety of his own, which provokes Gareth's anger. Will Everton  consider leaving to avoid his boss' now considerable wrath?

Wednesday at 9pm Father Brown takes on “The Three Tools of Death”. A troubled young woman's father is killed just weeks after her mother's death and Father Brown steps in to help her manage her grief. Can he solve the father's inexplicable murder by one of three weapons?

Thursday at 12:30pm take your lunch break with My Family as season 4 starts. This British comedy follows an outrageous family who always seems to be stepping on each other’s toes and getting into mishaps.

Friday at 8pm Rosemary and Thyme investigate “In a Monastery Garden”. Wellminster Cathedral is preparing for a Royal visit and the Custos have asked Rosemary and Laura to restore the old monastery "physik" garden to mark the cathedral's millennium. But someone is not happy about the ladies working on the herb garden, and when the Custos' daughter Trish is found murdered there, the two women realize they could be in serious danger

Saturday at 9pm Inspector Lewis continues with series 4 “Wild Justice”. Lewis and Hathaway investigate the poisoning at a religious college of an American female bishop. They suspect she was slain for her progressive views but when additional murders follow, they’re forced to develop a new theory for the case.

Sunday at 8pm the WETA UK premiere of Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant kicks off. Get a taste of the incredible luxury and often scandalous history of some of the world’s best hotels in this up-market travel series presented by actor Richard E Grant. He begins by examining the roles power and money play in the business, checking into Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, California's Barkley Pet Hotel, and the $44,000-a-night Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons in New York.
 

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WETA Movie Night: Saturday April 12

This Saturday at 9:30pm, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the 1958 classic The Big Country. Following the feature film, catch the documentary Brother's Hypnotic at 12:30am. Keep the movie excitement going on Monday at 10pm with The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Read on for more information on the movies.

WETA Movie: The Big Country (1958) airs Saturday April 12 at 9:30pm
A New Englander arrives in the Old West where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two powerful ranch families over a valuable patch of land, each looking for an easy supply of water. Starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, and Burl Ives.

Independent Lens: Brother’s Hypnotic airs Sunday April 13 at 12:30am

The eight young men who make up the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are all sons of Phil Cohran, a legendary Chicago trumpeter who turned his back on commercial music to pursue astral jazz and a passionately Afrocentric lifestyle. Cohran’s sons make transcendent music that ties currents from jazz and funk to soul and hip-hop. This film follows the octet as far away as Ireland as they tour and work to carve out their own renown around the world.

Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali airs Monday April 14 at 10pm
Explore the extraordinary and complex life of  legendary athlete Muhammad Ali outside the boxing ring. Some of Ali's life events in this documentary are joining the Nation of Islam, changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, refusing to serve in the Vietnam War, protesting racial inequality, and delving into global humanitarian work. Learn more about the legend Ali, an inspiring figure.


 

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Animal Wednesdays in April | NEW Nature, NOVA, Your Inner Fish

Every Wednesday in April on WETA TV26 & HD is Animal Night! Beginning this Wednesday April 9, deepen your understanding of animals with new episodes of Nature, NOVA, and a new series Your Inner Fish (and Reptile, and Monkey).

Nature: My Bionic Pet - Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 8pm
Learn about a unique way of helping animals in this new Nature episode. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, animals are getting a second chance at a normal life thanks to engineering and technology advancements. From a pig with a wheelchair to an alligator with a prosthetic tail, meet inspiring animals and the remarkable individuals whose work has helped them live their lives again.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds - Three Part Series
We have all gazed into a creature’s eyes and wondered: What is it thinking about? What does it know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this three-part series, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through the eyes of three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius - Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 9pm

Crows bend and shape sticks to create custom-made spears for hunting grubs, and they are just one among a growing list of bird species whose impressive problem-solving abilities are shocking scientists and revolutionizing our understanding of animal intelligence. NOVA tests the limits of some of the planet’s brainiest animals, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses - Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 9pm
A few animals like electrically-sensitive sharks have extra senses humans don’t have at all. From a dog who seems to use smell to tell time, to a dolphin who can “see” with his ears, viewers will discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Who’s The Smartest? - Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 9pm
Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures—including humans—seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants, and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter. NOVA investigates whether dolphins have a sense of self and can recognize themselves as individuals.

Your Inner... - Three Part Series
Your Inner Fish – Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 10pm

Our arms, legs, necks and lungs were bequeathed to us by a fish that lumbered onto land some 375 million years ago. The genetic legacy of this creature can be seen today in our own DNA, including the genes used to build the quintessentially human feature, our hands.

Your Inner Reptile – Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 10pm
Key events in our evolutionary saga began about 250 million years ago, when ferocious, reptile-like animals that roamed the Earth started the process of evolving into shrew-like mammals. Our reptilian ancestors left their mark on many parts of the human body, including our skin, teeth and ears.

Your Inner Monkey – Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10pm
Our primate progenitors had bodies a lot like those of modern monkeys and spent tens of millions of years living in trees. From them we inherited our versatile hands, amazing vision and capable brains — but also some less beneficial traits, including our bad backs and terrible sense of smell.


 

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This Week on WETA UK: April 7-13

Monday at 8pm catch the classic British show Pie in the Sky. In this episode “An Innocent Man”, a special surveillance team stakes out the restaurant because regular customer Duncan Spellar is expected to bribe M.P. Julian Tubbs in order to secure the local railway franchise. Duncan knows he’s being followed but Henry cannot let him in on the secret. Will the surveillance team see what they want? Will Duncan get in trouble?

Tuesday at 4pm Hustle begins season 3 with episode 1. The team’s first target is Benny Frazier, an obnoxious pub owner who smuggles illegal immigrants to work for him. His son Joey is a budding rap artist so Albert ropes Benny in by telling him about a friend who is big in the record industry and promises to take on Joey and get his demo played on BBC Radio 1. What’s the team’s angle? How will Albert con a man by telling him he’ll be a famous rap artist? Tune in Mondays-Fridays at 4pm for Hustle.

Wednesday at 8pm Inspector Morse begins the mystery “The Secret of Bay 5B”. Playboy architect Michael Gifford is found apparently strangled in his car.  The only clues are a parking ticket and his diary to solve the entire mystery. Morse and Lewis discover a love triangle which Gifford was a part of increasing the chances that this was a crime of passion. Tune in next Wednesday at 8pm for part 2 of this mystery.

Thursday at 11pm classic Sherlock Holmes takes on “The Boscombe Valley Mystery”. Farmer William McCarthy is found dead shortly after a fight with his son. Is the quarrel enough to prove the son is the murderer? This Sherlock Holmes episode stars Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, and a young James Purefoy.

Friday at 9pm watch the Hetty Wainthropp Investigates episode “Childsplay”. When Robert goes to stay with his brother Frank in Weston-Super-Mare, Hetty visits Frank’s daughter Peggy in Bodley Bay. Peggy’s son Tom has been suspended from school after an ecstasy tablet was planted in his blazer pocket. Hetty goes undercover as a dinner lady at Tom’s school to find out the truth. Can she prove his innocence or will he have to face repercussions under false accusation?

Saturday at 8pm the documentary series Queen’s Diamond Decades explores “The 1990s”. The 1990s began joyously for the queen as she became a grandmother for the sixth time and prepared to mark 40 years on the throne. But this would be the decade in which the monarchy endured some of the worst crises of modern times. Take an inside look at the royal family in the 1990s and tune in next Saturday at 8pm for “The 2000s”.

Sunday at 4pm catch Foyle’s War “Invasion”. A young woman is found dead on an American Army base and all signs point to murder since she was having a secret affair with a young American soldier. The War Office warns Foyle to tread carefully but his determination to uncover the truth forces him to disobey government orders.
 

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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: March 24-30

Monday at 7:30pm My Family begins season 3 with the episode “Absent Vixen, Cheeky Monkey”. Janey's off to University and everyone in the family seems to have their own renovation plans for her bedroom. Nick gets a job in a supermarket and finds himself with hundreds of tuna cans which leads to Ben’s first criminal offense.

Tuesday at 8pm the original House of Cards: The Final Cut concludes. This dramatic and suspenseful political drama ends here and won’t disappoint! If you miss it Tuesday, you can watch this episode Wednesday at 6:30pm, Saturday at 10:30pm, Sunday at 2pm and 10pm.

Wednesday from 6am-8am watch four episodes of Antiques Roadshow BBC back-to-back. In order of air, Australia Special, Lanhydrock, East Kirby, and Jersey. You can watch full episodes of Antiques Roadshow BBC Mondays-Fridays from 6am-8am every week on WETA UK.

Thursday from 8am-12pm catch the best in British dramas. Starting off the line-up at 8am is All Creatures Great and Small  "Call of the Wild”. Then at 9am, Born and Bred continues season 1.At 10am Monarch of the Glen, and at 11am BallykissAngel begins.

Friday at 10pm meet the Ladies of Letters for the very first episode of season 1. This series is a gentle comedy drama about two very different widows who forge a friendship through letters. In the first episode, Irene's daughter gets married and she receives a thank you note from Vera with whom she socialized at the occasion. Touched by the gesture, Irene responds to Vera's note, and so begins a correspondence in which the ladies discourse upon all manner of events in their lives.

Saturday at 8am enjoy the British series Robin Hood. This contemporary retelling of the popular legend has archery, swordplay, humor, energy, a smattering of brute force, and the raw determination to right wrongs. Following Robin Hood at 9am is Primeval. In this series, prehistoric creatures live in the present day and the natural world is turned on its head posing a threat to humanity’s very existence.

Sunday at 9pm Shakespeare Uncovered  begins with Ethan Hawke researching the murderous play, MacBeth. This six part series combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of hosts Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson, and David Tennant. These actors, producers, and directors tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

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The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

This new, five-hour series follows Simon Schama as he travels from Russia and the Ukraine to Egypt, Israel and Spain exploring the impact that Jewish culture has made across the world. The series is also a personal journey for host Simon Schama who has been engaged with Jewish history since his postwar childhood. The Story of the Jews draws on primary sources that include the Elephantine papyri, a collection of 5th-century BC manuscripts illuminating the life of a town of Jewish soldiers and their families in ancient Egypt; the astonishing trove of documents — the Cairo Geniza — recording the world of the medieval Jews of the Mediterranean and Near East; the records of disputations between Christians and Jews in Spain; correspondence between the leader of the Arab revolt during World War I, Emir Feisal, and the leader of the Zionist movement, Chaim Weizmann.  Schama brings together a multitude of emotions and questions to share a story that truly affects every human on Earth.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
In the Beginning  (Part 1)

Historian Simon Schama's five-part history of the Jewish people opens 3000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their book, the Hebrew Bible.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Among Believers  (Part 2)

The medieval era, when Jews struggled to preserve their identity—and even their lives—under the rule of Christianity and Islam is recalled. Included: diaspora Jews who built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution; the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 8:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
A Leap of Faith  (Part 3)

The Enlightenment era, when Jews integrated into mainstream European life, is recalled. One area that proved fruitful: music, as exemplified by the careers of composers Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn. The integration stirred up ancient prejudices, however, which were often cloaked by romantic nationalism and pseudo-science. Included: the trial of Alfred Dreyfus, which led Theodor Herzl to conclude that Jews needed a homeland in order to be free of persecution.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 9:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Over the Rainbow  (Part 4)

Recalling the lost world of the shtetl, Jewish towns and villages in Eastern Europe that gave birth to a uniquely Jewish culture; and that made its mark in the revolutionary politics of the USSR and the pop culture of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood. It was also the birthplace of Hasidism, one of the most misunderstood forms of Judaism. Included: Simon Schama visits the forests of Lithuania, where his family logged wood and fought wolves.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Return  (Part 5)

Simon Schama's history of the Jewish people concludes with the Holocaust and the creation of the modern Israel, both of which fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Included: the tension between the ideals and necessities that led to founding the modern Israel; and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake.

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