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This Week on WETA UK: September 29 - October 5

Monday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Contemporary "Framed" is about the move of the National Gallery's art collection to a Wales mine for safekeeping (a la WWII) due to a plumbing disaster. Trevor Eve stars as a stodgy curator whose world is upended by a local teacher whose idea of art differs from his. At the same time, he forms an attachment to a young boy whose financially distressed family has fallen on even harder times since his father left.

Tuesday at 9:45pm Doc Martin season 5 begins with “Preserve the Romance”. Dr. Martin Ellingham is struggling to come to terms with fatherhood. The baby boy born to him and his estranged partner Louisa Glasson is about to change their lives dramatically. Doc Martin had planned to resume his high-flying career as a consultant in London. He had packed his bags and moved out of the surgery to make way for the new GP, Dr. Di Dibbs. However, Dr. Ellingham begins to have serious doubts about the competency of the new GP after she misdiagnoses a patient and dishes out prescriptions for totally inappropriate drugs.

Wednesday at 10pm Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis season 4 continues with “The Mind Has Mountains”. We find Lewis and Hathaway attempting to determine whether the death of a college student is connected to her participation in a clinical drug study.

Thursday at 10am Monarch of the Glen begins season 4. In this first episode, Molly returns from an extended holiday, determined to put the memory of Hector’s untimely demise behind her and to look to the future. Lexie is finding it difficult to come to terms with her new role as the laird’s future wife.

Friday at 9pm watch the WETA UK premiere of Line of Duty. DCI Tony Gates seems like an exemplary cop but Superintendent Ted Hastings, who heads the anticorruption unit, has his doubts. Is Gates really that good? Is he really that clean? Reputations and lives are at stake in this British crime thriller. In episode 1, DS Steve Arnott is thrilled to be joining the anticorruption unit—until he learns the target of his first investigation is the well-respected DCI Tony Gates. Though Gates’s professional conduct appears above reproach, his private life may provide his enemies the evidence they seek.

Saturday at 2:30pm Jeremy Brett is Sherlock Holmes as he takes on “The Copper Beeches”. Holmes fears for his livelihood until a beautiful young governess comes to call.

Sunday at 4pm catch both parts of Foyle’s War “Broken Souls”. October 1944: At a psychiatric clinic treating troubled soldiers, the investigation of a doctor’s murder turns up no shortage of suspects among the patients and staff. It also complicates Foyle’s friendship with Dr. Josef Novak, the Polish refugee who heads the clinic.
 

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New Series on WETA TV26 | Line of Duty

This Sunday on WETA TV26 & HD, join us for the WETA TV premiere of modern British crime drama Line of Duty. DCI Tony Gates (Lennie James, The Walking Dead) seems like an exemplary cop but Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Ashes to Ashes), who heads the anticorruption unit, has his doubts. Is Gates really that good? Is he really that clean? Reputations and lives are at stake in this British thriller.  Read on for descriptions and air dates for each Line of Duty episode.

Episode 1 – Airs Sunday September 28 at 10:30pm
DS Steve Arnott is thrilled to be joining the anticorruption unit—until he learns the target of his first investigation is the well-respected DCI Tony Gates. Though Gates’s professional conduct appears above reproach, his private life may provide his enemies the evidence they seek.
 
Episode 2  – Airs Sunday October 5 at 10:30pm

After winning Gates’s trust, new team member DC Kate Fleming begins to pay close attention to his work. Scrambling to cover his tracks, Gates fears he is about to lose the two most important things in his life—his career and his kids.
 
Episode 3  – Airs Sunday October 12 at 10:30pm

Witness to a murder, Gates realizes he has more to cover up than his own misdeeds. Meanwhile, an increasingly confrontational Arnott closes in on Gates, prepared to take more and more risks to bring him down.
 
Episode 4  – Airs Sunday October 19 at 10:30pm

With Arnott off the case, Fleming plays on her relationship with Gates in an effort to uncover the truth. In the process, she brings on herself the attentions—and suspicions—of Gates’s loyal lieutenant, DC Morton.
 
Episode 5  – Airs Sunday October 26 at 10:30pm
Tensions erupt between Hastings, Arnott, and Fleming as they decide on the next steps in the case. Unwilling to await his fate, Gates goes on the run, ready to play one desperate last card to show that everything he did was in the line of duty.


 

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This Week on WETA UK: September 22-28

Monday at 8pm Pie in the Sky season 4 begins with the episode “Devils on Horseback”. Crabbe finds himself investigating the murder of a stable boy while at the racetrack with his wife and her client.

Tuesday at 11:30pm Hustle season 6 begins! Just as the team is finishing with one genius con where Emma is posing as pop princess Kylie, Albert is out finding and priming the next unsuspecting mark - ex-banker Piggy Richardson who has been hounded by the press after a very public pension scandal. However, just as everything starts to fall into place, a mysterious woman inquires about Mickey's whereabouts and throws their plan into disarray.

Wednesday at 9pm The Original House of Cards begins! In this dark satire on English politics, a conniving Conservative Party chief whip plots to unseat the new Prime Minister by leaking information to a reporter.

Thursday at 9pm Prime Suspect begins! DCI Jane Tennison is a skilled, top-class detective, battling to prove herself in a male world. While investigating a murder, her strength of character and skills as a detective are put to the test as she exposes a cover-up within the force. And when a second murder victim is discovered, the inquiry turns into a grisly investigation stretching back over ten years.

Friday at 9pm go back in history to Last Days of Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn’s sudden and violent downfall has captivated and fiercely divided historians, writers and amateur enthusiasts for centuries, thanks to its intoxicating elements of romance, power, sex, religion and political intrigue. But who is this most argued over woman in history, and why did she have to go? This fascinating drama documentary examines the terrific controversy at the heart of her story.

Saturday at 1:30pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot “Peril at End House” part 1. Part 1 of 2. In the season 2 opener, Poirot investigates after a woman experiences a succession of near-fatal accidents.

Sunday at 8pm Allo, Allo begins! Watch two episodes back-to-back. In episode 1, the village of Nouvion in Occupied France, 1941. Two escaping British airmen are sent by the French Resistance to hide in René’s Café, a small dining establishment. But nobody at René’s speaks any English, and no one is ready for the intrigue that follows. Meanwhile, the customers are all ordering cheese to stuff in their ears when Mme Edith sings. In episode 2, enter Herr Flick of the Gestapo, who begins to investigate the disappearance of a valuable painting, The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies by Van Klompf. Why are Colonel von Strom and Captain Goering lending their uniforms to the British airmen?
 

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New Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple Season 7 on WETA TV26

Get ready for three brand new Miss Marple mysteries! WETA TV26 & HD has your ticket to Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple season 7 over the next two Sunday nights. Read on for more about each of the three episodes and see where to find WETA on your television using the channel guide below.

Episode 1 “A Caribbean Mystery” airs Sunday September 21 at 8pm
While staying at a lavish tropical island hotel, Miss Marple investigates the sudden death of a fellow guest. With the help of a curmudgeonly business tycoon, Miss Marple unravels a web of deceit, murder and "dark magic," leaving her to consider every one of the hotel's guests as a suspect. Checkout this scene from "A Caribbean Mystery"!

Episode 2 “Greenshaw’s Folly” airs Sunday September 21 at 9:30pm
When an old family friend and her young son turn to Miss Marple for assistance, she places them at nearby Greenshaw's Folly, the family home of an eccentric botanist. But it becomes clear that the labyrinthine Folly isn't quite the safe house that Miss Marple had hoped, when death casts its dark and sinister shadow on the residents.

Episode 3 “Endless Night” airs Sunday September 28 at 9pm
Miss Marple befriends a charming working-class chauffeur who recounts his romance with an American heiress. Despite being warned off by an elusive gypsy woman, they plan their dream home at a local spot known as Gypsy's Acre. Not long after the young couple is wed, a tragic death fuels speculation of a gypsy curse. When two suspicious deaths follow, Miss Marple begins to sort out the clues, but can she solve the mystery before she finds herself in danger?


 

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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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WETA Movie Night: September 6

Watch WETA TV26 & HD this Saturday, September 6 for a classic feature film and two Independent Lens documentaries related to Hispanic Heritage Month.

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!

Independent Lens: Las Marthas airs Saturday at 11:30pm
In the lingering aftermath of the U.S.-Mexican War, the border town of Laredo, Texas created an annual debutante ball unlike any other. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration.

Independent Lens: The State of Arizona airs Sunday 12:30am
The turbulent battle over illegal immigration in Arizona that came to a head with Senate Bill 1070 frames this riveting documentary tracking multiple perspectives — activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers, and others — as America eyes the results.

 


 

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Masterpiece Mystery! The Escape Artist on WETA TV26

Watch the entire two-part Masterpiece Mystery! The Escape Artist on WETA TV26 & HD! Parts 1 and 2 of this new Masterpiece air on WETA TV26 & HD this Thursday, August 28 at 8pm and 9:26pm.  Be sure to tune in or set your DVR because due to rights restrictions, this program will not be available for online streaming.

Find other air times on weta.org!

David Tennant (Doctor Who) stars as defense lawyer Will Burton, nickenamed “The Escape Artist” for his ability to spring the obviously guilty. After a man is charged with a gruesome murder, Will Burton must find a way to disprove the strong evidence against the charged subject. Watch the legal battle as strange and disturbing things begin to happen. The tables are turned—and then turned again.

Watch a behind the scenes interview with David Tennant on pbs.org!


 

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This Week on WETA UK: August 25-31

Monday at 6pm watch Ashes to Ashes episode 1. Swapping the Ford Cortina for an Audi Quattro, DCI Gene Hunt rolls up his sleeves and embraces the Eighties in the sequel to the critically acclaimed series Life on Mars.

Tuesday at 10:30pm Rumpole of the Bailey begins season 7. Alleged Satanists enlist Rumpole's help after their daughter is placed in a social worker's care, while dance-shy Hilda frets over an upcoming ball and her birthday.

Wednesday at 12:30pm My Family restarts from episode 1! This show is a domestic sitcom following the fortunes of Ben and Susan Harper and their children, starring Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker.

Thursday at 1pm MI-5 begins from episode one titled: “Thou Shalt Not Kill”. An MI5 source passes on information that 20 bombs have gone astray between Ireland and the UK. Within minutes a car bomb explodes, instantly killing a female doctor and fatally injuring her daughter as they set off on the school run. On discovering the doctor and her husband are family planning doctors, MI5 begin looking at the possibility of a pro-life terrorist.

Friday at 10:30pm watch season 3 episode 1 of Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: “The Empty Hearse”. Sherlock is not dead: this much we know. But how did he survive his leap off the roof of St. Bart’s Hospital? There are many theories, but none of them matter to John Watson, who is less concerned with how his friend survived than with why his friend didn’t let him know he was alive. His brother Mycroft warns that John has moved on with his life is true, will Sherlock have to accept a new reality and a new partner?

Saturday at 6:30pm catch two back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin. In “The Holly Bears a Prickle” Doc Martin and Louisa are finally going on their first date. However, in typical fashion, the clumsy doctor manages to ruin the moment with an inappropriate remark. Then in “Nowt So Queer” Portwenn is buzzing with the news of the engagement of Dr. Martin Ellingham and Headmistress Louisa Glasson and mushrooms are the cause of an outbreak of aspergillosis in the village.

Sunday from 4pm-6pm watch the two-part Foyle’s War mystery “Invasion”. American GIs arrive in Hastings to a mixed welcome and Foyle is called on to calm the locals. But his attempts at soothing relations are jeopardized when a barmaid's involvement with a visiting soldier leads to murder, leaving the detective to defy orders to keep the peace and solve the case.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: August 18-24

Monday at 10:30pm tune in for Masterpiece Mystery! Zen: Ratking. Zen's boss Moscati has been replaced by the stern Ernesto Heuber who loathes Zen. The head of the powerful Miletti family has been kidnapped and the family's lawyer, Francesco Pirotta, was murdered when paying the ransom. Because paying ransom is illegal in Italy, the Ministry wants the kidnapping and the ransom kept secret.

Tuesday at 8pm on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries “Death Comes Knocking” Phyrne's Aunt Prudence is caught up in the new spiritualist craze and recruits a famed psychic to contact her dead godson.

Wednesday 1pm-5pm catch your favorite contemporary British crime dramas MI-5 (1pm), New Tricks (2pm), Waking the Dead (3pm), Hustle (4pm). You can watch these programs any weekday at the same time.

Thursday at 9pm don’t miss Masterpiece Classic: Upstairs, Downstairs season 2 “The Love That Pays the Price”. A formal party is planned at 165 Eaton Place where Sir Hallam Holland receives an unexpected and serious offer – one that could significantly alter life for everyone at Eaton Place. Also, Mrs. Thackeray, the cook, has reconnected with family, opening up the prospect for a different life

Friday at 10:30pm season 2 of Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock concludes with the episode “The Reichenbach Fall”. The media love Sherlock Holmes and his friend John Watson. Meanwhile, Sherlock's arch-nemesis, the criminal mastermind Moriarty, emerges from the shadows and into the spotlight with a menacing vow and a cat-and-mouse game conceived entirely for the object of his obsession.

Saturday at 8pm Call the Midwife season 2 continues. The community prepares for the annual summer fête, which is slated to feature a baby show with a celebrity judge. Also, Jenny meets an impoverished mother of eight who fears that she may soon have another mouth to feed.

Sunday at 10pm Ashes to Ashes season 1 kicks off. When DI Alex Drake is shot and lands in 1981, she comes face-to-face with DCI Gene Hunt, the relic of old-fashioned policing she read about in Sam Tyler’s reports. Alex thinks she is in a coma and needs Hunt’s help to go after Layton, the man who shot her in 2008. She is confident she knows the rules of the game, but with no contact from the outside world Alex has to contend with a terrifying possibility.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: August 11-17

Monday at 8pm Pie in the Sky begins season 3 with “Money Talks”. Henry is leading a stake-out of a pizza parlor whose delivery drivers are suspected of robbing customers though Fisher doubts its cost effectiveness.

Tuesday at 11:30pm Hustle begins season 5. After a close brush with the law in Australia, Mickey returns to a changed London to sting a new breed of avaricious marks. Albert, currently detained at her Majesty’s pleasure, already has one lined up – a callous young businesswoman Sara Naismith and her assistant Aaron. Posing as city traders, Mickey and Ash offer her the chance to join an insider dealing scam.

Wednesday at 9pm Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour: Series I: "Rocket". A royal visit by Princess Margaret to an Oxford munitions factory may exclude the unwelcome Endeavour Morse, but even Chief Superintendent Bright's highest security cannot exclude murder.

Thursday at 10pm Reilly: Ace of Spies episode 2 “Prelude to War”. Autumn, 1904: intelligence from Reilly in Port Arthur enables the Japanese Navy to sink the Russian Pacific Squadron. Margaret Reilly has an affair with Greenberg and leaves her husband. Then Reilly is seized by the Russians.

Friday at 8pm Rosemary and Thyme take on “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 afternoon watch WETA UK’s two classic detectives back-to-back! At 1:0pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot “The Third Floor Flat”. Then at 2:30pm Sherlock Holmes dissects “The Cardboard Box”.

Sunday at 9pm BBC action-drama Robin Hood makes its WETA UK primetime premiere with episode 1, “Will You Tolerate This?” Robin of Locksley heads home from the Crusades to find his people starving and brutalized under the tyrannical rule of the new Sheriff. He quickly discovers that the only way to reason with this Sheriff is with bow and arrow – even if it means sacrificing his title and his lands and consigning himself to life in the forest.
 

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