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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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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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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 31-April 6

Monday at 2pm watch British drama New Tricks from the very first episode! Superintendent Sandra Pullman’s brilliant career is sidelined after a hostage rescue goes disastrously. Put in charge of a new department, she is dismayed to discover that her unit is to be manned by former detectives who have long since hung up their badges. Her recruits – Brian Lane, Jack Halford, and Gerry Standing are a trio of truly eccentric dinosaurs who are set in their ways, know little of modern police methods, and who find the rules of the game are no longer what they used to be.

Tuesday at 8pm catch the WETA UK premiere of the romantic drama-dy Last Tango in Halifax! Childhood sweethearts Alan and Celia are now in their 70s and both widowed. Thanks to the internet, the two are reunited and fall for each other all over again. Their lives become intertwined and the couple laments over what might have been and begin a new journey together.

Wednesday at 12pm hang out with the guys of Last of the Summer Wine as they jump into season 21 (of 32 total seasons). There’s a reason this British comedy has so many seasons; it’s hilarious! In this first episode “The Pony Set”, Auntie Wainwright has a new line in all things equestrian which causes quite a stir in the town. However, Compo, Clegg and Truly have other things on their minds in the form of Edward Lucy, a little man on the run from his ferocious wife.

Thursday at 9pm tune in for the Lead Balloon episode “£5000”. Rick hosts an awards do for a manufacturer of obscure electrical components and gets into a fight with a drunken sales manager. At home, Mel points out that Rick has mistakenly pledged a vast amount of money to Michael for a forthcoming sponsored charity event. He tries various ways of getting out of it and in the end succeeds in an unintended and drastic way.

Friday at 10:30pm watch the WETA UK premiere of Call the Midwife season 3! This is the newest season of the period drama which premiered on WETA TV26 on March 30. Check out our blog post on Call the Midwife season 3 here.

Saturday at 10:30pm begin Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge season 2! This is the newest season of the period drama which premiered on WETA TV26 on March 30. In 1914, Selfridge & Co. celebrates its gala fifth anniversary. World War I is nearing and the end of an era is near for both society in general as well as the close-knit team that started Selfridges.

Sunday at 10pm tune in to WETA UK for Dirk Gently, episode 1! Dirk Gently is an eccentric private detective with a completely unique take on the world. Gently is a philosophical investigator who is perpetually broke, hopelessly impulsive, and socially inept. Watch this unique investigator exercise his eccentrics and solve mysteries in a way you’re likely to never have seen before.
 

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New Call the Midwife Season 3 | WETA TV26 & HD

Season 3 of the hit British drama Call the Midwife premieres this Sunday, March 30 at 8pm on WETA TV26 & HD! This series is based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth and follows the exciting lives of midwives and families in London’s East End. This new season takes place in 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. Change permeates throughout the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face significant changes of their own. In episode one, Jenny struggles to remain caring for Merle Vickers and her two ill sons. Sister Monica Joan comes close to diagnosing the boys’ mystery illness while Chummy uses her royal connections for the official opening of the new ante-natal and baby clinic. Also in this premiere episode, Nonnatus House welcomes a new resident, Sister Winifred. Call the Midwife airs Sundays at 8pm on WETA TV26 & HD! Watch the preview below!

 

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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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This Week on WETA UK: March 17-23

Monday at 9pm Midsomer Murders takes on the mystery “Painted in Blood”. When Joyce Barnaby finds a dead woman while painting watercolors of Midsomer Florey, she unwittingly uncovers a nest of plots and double-dealings.

Tuesday at 10:30pm Chef! season 2 begins with “A River Runs Through It”. The kitchen staff at Le Chateau are overwhelmed and Gareth simply must find another chef as soon as possible. Gustave Laroche, a one time culinary legend, is available but why is he working at a third rate dive?

Wednesday 1pm-5pm watch the best British crime dramas on television all back-to-back! At 1pm, MI-5 (also known as Spooks) begins season 7. MI-5 has just exchanged spies with the Russians and welcome the return of Lucas North after 7 years of imprisonment. At 2pm, New Tricks tackles the “who done it?” in episode “Queen and Country”. UCOS reinvestigate the death of Annabel Tilson, a diplomat in the Foreign Office whose body was discovered in a frozen river on Christmas Day.  At 3pm, Waking the Dead continues season 6 with the conclusion of the mystery “Mask of Sanity”. Boyd and the team establish that it was Jenson who killed Pierce but how and why? At 4pm, join the crew from Hustle for the episode “Ding Dong That's My Song”. When a visit to one of Albert’s old haunts leads the gang to target Dale Ridley, a disgraced game show presenter turned property developer with a fondness for bribery.

Thursday from 8pm-10pm begin new seasons of your favorite contemporary British comedies. At 8pm, season 2 of Spy begins. At 8:30pm, Twenty Twelve takes on “Boycott” part 1 which kicks off season 2. At 9pm, Lead Balloon begins from the very first episode of season 1 “Rubbish”. At 9:30pm, Outnumbered begins season 2 from the beginning.

Friday from 9am-noon watch the best British dramas. At 9am watch Born and Bred from the very first episode of season 1. At 10am, watch Monarch of the Glen begin season 3. At 11am, BallyKissAngel continues with the beginning of season 4.

Saturday at 9pm, tune in for Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis: Season 3 “Dark Matter”. Oxford professor and amateur stargazer Andrew Crompton cryptically says that on Friday at 3:15, he will have an "excess of joy." Later, Crompton is found dead at the foot of the stairs in the Oxford observatory. The investigation draws Detective Inspector Lewis and Detective Sergeant Hathaway into the ethereal writings of a 17th-century astronomer and a modern-day circle of scientists and musicians, and their unexpected connections to the deceased.

Sunday at 8pm, join Michael Wood for the first part of the four part documentary series Michael Wood’s Story of England. In part one, “Romans to Normans”, the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire is located in the heart of England and is a place that has lived through the Black Death, the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution, and it was even bombed in World War Two. With the help of the local people and using archaeology, landscape, language and DNA, historian Michael Wood uncovers the lost history of the first thousand years of the village, featuring a Roman villa, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and graphic evidence of life on the eve of the Norman Conquest.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: March 10-16

Monday at 10:30pm Inspector George Gently continues with the episode “Peace and Love”.  This show is a crime drama set in the 1960s about an old-school detective trying to come to terms with a time when the lines between the police and criminals have become blurred. Gently and Bacchus investigate the murder of a well-known left-wing academic who is found dead in the docks after a CND rally.

Tuesday at 8pm House of Cards: The Final Cut continues with episode 2. Set your DVR to record the 3am repeat of episode 1 Tuesday morning! The Final Cut is the concluding season of the original House of Cards. Francis Urquhart, who is still Prime Minister, becomes heavily involved in a foreign war over oil trading. Once again he is quick to abuse his influence to ensure a handsome consultancy fee for himself if he can settle the dispute his way.

Wednesday at 11pm Benny Hill is a slap-stick, sketch, comedy featuring comedian Benny Hill. The delightfully outrageous British comedian headlines an unapologetic throwback to burlesque traditions that routinely features sexy girls in skimpy costumes with the lecherous Hill leering at them. Two episodes air back-to-back at 11pm and 11:30pm.

Thursday at 11:30pm Sherlock Holmes is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective who uses his keen powers of deduction in a series of cases including this week’s episode, “The Bruce Partington Plans”. Holmes' brother Mycroft (Charles Gray) seeks his help in locating stolen plans for a top-secret submarine.

Friday at 9pm Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries airs back-to-back! First at 9pm, “Blood and Circuses” a carnival sideshow entertainer is murdered so Phryne goes undercover as a circus performer to investigate. Then at 10pm, “Murder in the Dark” Phryne's quest to track down the man suspected of killing her sister is sidetracked when a young girl is found dead in Aunt Prudence's fountain.

Saturday at 8pm Queen’s Diamond Decades part 1, the 1950s. In 1952, the sudden death of King George VI changed Elizabeth's life forever. Elizabeth was just 25 and mother to Prince Charles, 3 years old, and Princess Anne, 18 months old, when she came to the throne. Winston Churchill was her first Prime Minister. Britain was still bandaging its war wounds and the coronation sparked the biggest party since VE Day. Terrible floods brought England back to Earth and the Suez Crisis took the U.K. to the brink of war.

Sunday at 9pm The Secret Life of Elephants continues with episode 2. Set your DVR to record the 2am repeat of episode 1 Tuesday morning! Set against the backdrop of one of Africa's most stunning locations, the Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya, this compelling series follows the remarkable stories of wild elephants. From the first faltering steps of Breeze, a new born, to the experiences of elderly matriarch Babylon, this series explores behavior and relationships revealing elephants to be caring and compassionate beings.
 

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