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This Week on WETA UK: December 15-21

Monday at 7:30pm tune in for the My Family holiday special “Ho Ho No”. Susan's scheme to lure Ben to a country house for a Christmas for two and then 'surprise' him with the family on Christmas Day is doomed. Only the turkey is left unscathed.

Tuesday at 9:45pm Doc Martin season 2 begins with “Old Dogs”. Dr. Martin Ellingham is still as clumsy as ever when it comes to forming relationships with the opposite sex. Just when things are beginning to look rosily romantic between him and pretty school teacher Louisa Glasson, he makes a terrible faux pas.

Wednesday at 8pm Inspector Morse begins season 2 with “The Settling of the Sun” part 1. Jane Robson asks Morse to present a crossword prize at a summer school in Lonsdale College and while he is dining with a group of overseas students, a young Japanese man dies in what seems to be a brutal ritual killing. It turns out that Morse has unwittingly given all his best suspects a watertight alibi. Catch part 2 next Wednesday (12/24) at 8pm!

Thursday at 12:30pm catch another My Family holiday special “Have an Unhappy Christmas”. Ben's efforts to buy Susan's Christmas present get him into trouble  and Susan's letter from The Palace means a change of holiday plans for everyone.

Friday and every weekday on WETA UK, catch four Antiques Roadshow: BBC episodes from 6am-8am.

Saturday at 11am Red Dwarf season 5 begins! In the first episode “Holoship”, Rimmer is transmitted from Red Dwarf to the advanced Holoship Enlightenment which contains the cream of the Space Corps. Everything he has dreamed of exists on this ship. Can he earn a commission to join this fantastic vessel?

Sunday at 10pm Robin Hood season 2 continues with “Ducking and Diving”. A horrified Robin realizes that his plan to capture the Sheriff’s spy, Henry of Lewes, has failed because he has a traitor in his gang. Fearing for Marian’s safety in the castle, Robin sets about rooting out the turncoat.
 

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Peg + Cat + Holidays | New WETA Kids Special

WETA Kids is excited to announce the Peg + Cat + Holidays one-hour special! Read on for air dates/times and descriptions of the episodes within the special!

Airs on WETA Kids
December 21 at 10am
December 24 at 8:30am, 3:30pm, 8:30pm
December 25 at 1pm, 6pm, 11:30pm

Airs on WETA TV26
December 24 at 7am, 10:30am
December 25 at 6am

Episode Descriptions:
“The Hanukkah Problem” - When Albert Einstein has Peg and Cat over on Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al's home and save his Hanukkah.

“The Christmas Problem” - When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world, and then deliver them using 100 sleighs.

“The Penguin Problem” - Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew "over," "under," and "in between.”


 

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Discovering Alexandria: The Early Years | Alexandria, VA History Documentary

WETA TV26 presents a new, local, history documentary, Discovering Alexandria: The Early Years. Tune in for the premiere Thursday December 4 at 8pm! The show repeats throughout the month. In this blog post, watch a preview of the program and read a detailed description of the show.

This new 90-minute documentary explores the extraordinary story of Alexandria, Virginia, a vibrant community richly steeped in history, bringing the past to life and examining the city’s outsized role in American history from the 17th through the 19th centuries.

Discovering Alexandria spotlights the city’s role in the British Empire and the Independence movement, the planter and port economies, the slave trade and the experience of Alexandria’s African American community through time, and the development of industry. Touching on the earliest evidence of Paleoindian civilization in the area before taking up the story of early settlement, economic growth and community-building, the program concludes with post-Civil War Reconstruction, examining the momentous changes wrought by the war.

Watch Discovering Alexandria: The Early Years:
Thursday December 4 at 8pm & 10pm
Friday December 5 at 2:30pm
Sunday December 7 at 7pm
Tuesday December 9 at 8pm

*Air dates may change. Visit weta.org for the latest air dates and times.*


 

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This Week on WETA UK: December 1-7

Monday at 9pm new mystery series Doctor Blake Mysteries begins! Watch three episodes back-to-back-to-back from 9pm-11pm. Set in the late 1950s, Dr. Lucien Blake returns to a place he once called home to take over his deceased father's medical practice. Everything seems peaceful on the surface but the regional town clashes with the tensions and fears of the decade to come.

Tuesday at 7pm begin Chef! from episode 1. Gareth Blackstock is the executive chef at Le Château Anglais and he is infuriated when management cuts his budget. He is one up on the budget when Everton shows up and volunteers his service as sous chef for no compensation in order that he can train in the most famous kitchen in England.

Wednesday at 7pm British comedy Me & Mrs. Jones begins! The series follows the increasingly complex life of Mrs. Gemma Jones as she balances love, affection, and motherhood between an ex-husband, one grown-up son, two young daughters, and male admirers with a 20-year age gap. In the premiere episode, Gemma's life changes when her son returns from travelling and a friendly parent named Tom asks her out on a date.

Thursday from 6am-8am watch four episodes of Antiques Roadshow: BBC. Be sure to tune in every weekday during this time slot for the same great line-up!

Friday at 8pm Rosemary & Thyme take on the case of “Orpheus in the Undergrowth”. Laura and Rosemary are brought in by old friend Julia Moore to design a memorial garden, based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Julia is housing Laura's distraught daughter Helena, in a flat overlooking the communal square gardens where Laura and Rosemary are working. Helena is angry with her mother, thinking that she is responsible for her marriage break-up, and Laura is keen on healing the rift. But family matters are put on hold when Jeremy Pearson, another tenant of Julia's, is found dead in the communal garden.

Saturday at 9pm Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise season 2 concludes with the 7th and 8th parts. In the finale, Clémence returns but finds herself beholden to Weston; Moray makes a daring play for the store; and Denise sees a future for herself beyond the confines of the Paradise.

Sunday at 8pm Ladies of Letters season 2 begins! Watch two back-to-back episodes every Sunday beginning at 8pm. In episode 1, after a long breakdown in their friendship, Irene and Vera have a disastrous reunion at the funeral of a gentleman friend. Then in episode 2, Vera moves to a trailer park on a cliff top, falls in with some very suspicious company and — hearing that Irene has been gossiping about her to a mutual friend — sends a friendly thug from the trailer next door to sort her out.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: November 17-23

Monday at 8pm in Pie in the Sky “Pork Pies”, Henry and the squad visit a meat factory where animal rights protesters want the owner Mr. Trubb to stop using veal in his Trubbs' Thunderbolt sausages. Margaret is concerned that her friend Julia, a wealthy widow, is dating a young pilot.

Tuesday at 10:30pm British comedy Rev begins from the very first episode! Meet The Rev. Adam Smallbone. He's a Church of England Vicar, newly promoted from a sleepy rural parish to the busy, inner-city world of St Saviour's in Hackney, East London. Alex - Adam's long-suffering wife - does her best to support him, but she's got her own career as a solicitor to worry about. Anybody can and does come into St. Saviour's, from scheming MPs trying to educate their children on the cheap to Colin, a heavy drinking, unemployable lost soul.

Wednesday at 9pm tune in for the beginning of The Final Cut, the last season of the original House of Cards. In the opener, Francis Urquhart is looking to leave a legacy in Europe so he supports a treaty resolving the Cyprus conflict.

Thursday at 10pm Scott and Bailey season 2 begins. This investigative drama explores the personal and professional lives of two female detectives Rachel Bailey and Janet Scott. Each episode sees the women deal with serious crimes that are both challenging and emotionally difficult as well as cope with their own complex personal lives. Watch Scott and Bailey Thursdays at 10pm and 11pm.

Friday at 5am catch the classic British drama Monarch of the Glen from episode 1! Archie MacDonald is called to his ailing father’s bedside at a lochside mansion in the Scottish Highlands. For tax reasons, they have turned over ownership of the rundown Glenbogle estate to Archie. Molly has also rigged things so that escape back to his London bistro is not on the menu just now. Archie must stay to solve two crises: a crooked estate manager, and the rustling of valuable osprey eggs.

Saturday at 11pm Robin Hood season 2 begins with “Sisterhood”. Robin and the gang have been busy constructing their ingenious new camp, but when Knighton Hall is razed and Marian and Edward are taken to the castle under house arrest, it’s clear that the rules have changed.

Sunday at 10pm Ashes to Ashes season 2 continues with episode 6. A dead body found floating in a canal is identified as Colin Mitchell, a man recently reported missing by his glamorous wife, Donna. Gene discovers that Colin worked for Trevor Riley, a nasty loan shark with a habit of hurting those who mess with him. A ruthless capitalist, Riley invokes terror in the community he controls and Gene sets his sights on bringing down this cocky, unscrupulous villain.
 

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Washington in the 80s | New WETA TV26 Production

WETA TV26 proudly presents Washington in the ’80s, the latest in a series of documentaries exploring changes in Greater Washington decade by decade. You may have seen WETA's Washington in the ’60s and Washington in the ’70s and as you may guess, Washington in the ’80s chronicles the decade’s events through the recollections of those who saw and shaped them. The one-hour WETA production premieres Monday, November 17 at 8pm on WETA TV26 & HD. Repeats on Saturday, November 22 at 9:30pm and Wednesday, November 26 at 8pm.

Among the topics discussed are politics: Marion Barry’s three terms as mayor and President Ronald Reagan's administration and their influence on the city. Homelessness, the Vietnam Memorial, the changing media landscape, the Air Florida winter crash and the deadly Metro derailment the same day. DC's gay community, the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the crack cocaine epidemic, and Washington’s dubious distinction of “Murder Capital USA”. Sports: Two Super Bowl championships for the Washington Redskins, the national champion Georgetown Hoyas and the meteoric rise and tragic death of Len Bias at the University of Maryland. DC’s unique music scenes, Go-Go and DC punk, and their surprising interconnection and the rapid expansion of Washington’s theater scene.

 

 

Washington in the ’80s features the firsthand accounts of notable Washingtonians such as politicians Marion Barry and Carol Schwartz, television journalists Maureen Bunyan and Tom Sherwood, radio journalist Kojo Nnamdi, political commentator Pat Buchanan, entertainment reporter Arch Campbell, former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, musician Kato Hammond, and former police chief Isaac Fulwood — offering a diversity of perspective and experience. The program is narrated by Gordon Peterson, WJLA anchor and former host of Inside Washington. The one-hour WETA production premieres Monday, November 17 at 8pm on WETA TV26 & HD. Repeats on Saturday, November 22 at 9:30pm and Wednesday, November 26 at 8pm.

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This Week on WETA UK: November 10-16

Monday at 7pm new British comedy Vicious continues! Freddie and Stuart invite Ash and his new girlfriend Chloe to dinner. Infrequent acting work has been getting Freddie down but things are looking up for Ash who has fallen in love with what seems to be the perfect woman. As the evening progresses, Chloe’s habits stop seeming so sweet and tensions mount over dinner. Violet, meanwhile, is having difficulty with her lover in Buenos Aires.

Tuesday at 8pm WPC 56 premieres! Set in England's West Midlands in the 1950s, this new hit series follows Gina Dawson, the first woman police constable (WPC) hired to serve in her hometown. Struggling to gain acceptance in a male-dominated world, she battles sexism and corruption while trying to be a good cop.

Wednesday at 9pm don’t miss the original House of Cards: To Play the King finale! As the opposition, who is supported by the popular King, seems to be heading for a victory at the election polls, Prime Minister Urquhart needs to take drastic measures. He also has to deal with two people in his close surroundings who might pose a problem.

Thursday at 9pm Prime Suspect continues. D.C.I. Jane Tennison is a skilled, top-class detective, battling to prove herself in a male world. In this episode, Tennison investigates the murder of a young girl, whose body was found in a shallow grave in an Afro-Caribbean neighborhood.

Friday at 10am Monarch of the Glen season 7 begins. It’s a time of mixed emotions for Golly. Following the sudden death of his partner, Meg, he is looking after baby Cameron alone. A long, hard winter has taken its toll on Glenbogle and the laird, Paul, is faced with a growing repair bill for his tenants’ crofts. Donald – having gambled away the deposit for a new generator – hatches an elaborate plan to repay the debt before Paul discovers the truth. And Ewan faces money worries of his own when his demanding girlfriend, Zoë, pressures him into booking a holiday abroad. Meanwhile, Paul and Iona meet and it becomes clear that there’s a spark between them.

Saturday at 8pm Last Tango in Halifax season 2 begins. Alan and Celia continue to negotiate family baggage to plan a life together. Having come so close to losing each other forever thanks to Alan’s near fatal heart attack, he and Celia decide to have a romantic secret wedding as soon as possible. But how will their respective daughters react? Then at 9pm Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise season 2 begins, Moray and his “little champion” Denise find true love a very bumpy ride indeed, as Katherine and her new husband scheme to wreck their lives. Joanna Vanderham stars as Denise, with Emun Elliott as Moray, Elaine Cassidy as Katherine, and Ben Daniels as Katherine’s moody, malevolent spouse.

Sunday at 11pm Doctor Who season 3 begins with “Smith and Jones”. For Martha Jones, a medical student in Central London, an ordinary day turns into a nightmare when her entire hospital is transported to the Moon. There, she has to battle the Judoon and outwit a blood-sucking Plasmavore – but can she trust a mysterious stranger called the Doctor?
 

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WETA Arts | New Episode in November

WETA Arts spotlights and celebrates visual and performing art in Greater Washington and around the nation. This half-hour magazine-style arts series presents a variety of stories, profiles, and critic discussions, introducing emerging and established artists alike.

This episode of WETA Arts showcases innovative local and international art on display across the country.  First, we take in the immersive and energetic atmosphere of the fourth annual (e)merge Art Fair. Here we speak with Director Jamie Smith, local artist Sheldon Scott, and international Israeli artist, Avner Sher about their (e)merge experiences.  Then we meet an artist who's humanitarian mission helps him feed members of his community through his art.  Next, we travel to Houston for the International Quilt Festival and discover wide range of stunning and complex works of art.  Finally, we get an inside look of the striking exhibition Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities with The Phillip's Collection Director, Dorothy Kosinski (pictured above).

Watch WETA Arts on WETA TV26 & HD Friday October 31 at 8:30pm, Sunday November 2 at 2:30pm, and throughout the month of November!

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Poirot Final Season on WETA TV26 & HD

Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot returns to WETA TV26 & HD for its epic conclusion! This WETA TV26 exclusive allows you to watch the entire five part final season of Poirot (not just the first two episodes). Tune into WETA TV26 & HD every Thursday at 9:30pm for this one-of-a-kind event.

“The Big Four” airs Thursday October 23 at 9:30pm
Poirot navigates the world of international espionage while investigating the death of a Russian chess grandmaster.

“Dead Man’s Folly” airs Thursday October 30 at 9:30pm
Mystery writer and old friend Ariadne Oliver asks Poirot to accompany her to a wealthy financier's "murder game" that she fears may turn into the scene of a real murder.

“Elephants Can Remember” airs Thursday November 6 at 9:30pm
Poirot investigates the murder of a renowned psychiatrist. Ariadne Oliver becomes an amateur sleuth when her goddaughter asks her to uncover the truth about her parents' mysterious deaths.

“The Labors of Hercules” airs Thursday November 13 at 9:30pm
Poirot's pursuit of an infamous art thief leads him to a snowbound hotel in the Swiss Alps where he is met with mysteries and the reappearance of a familiar face from the past.

“Curtain: Poirot's Last Case” airs Thursday November 20 at 9:30pm
An ailing Poirot returns to Styles with Hastings nearly three decades after solving their first mystery together in hopes to prevent a serial killer from claiming more victims.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: October 20-26

Monday at 6pm Ashes to Ashes season 2 begins. Season kicks off in 1982 where Margaret Thatcher is in her element and bullish DCI Gene Hunt is back, policing the streets in his politically incorrect and loud-mouthed style. Sassy Alex Drake, whom Hunt shares a fiery working relationship with, is by his side, desperately trying to keep him in line.

Tuesday at 8pm Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries takes on “Dead Air”. Dot's new favorite radio show is interrupted by an on air panic then the radio station's bookkeeper and budding announcer are found choked to death. When Phryne gets involved, she finds Jack already undercover as the newsreader and she soon realizes that she doesn't want to relinquish working for Miss Fisher when she marries.

Wednesday at 9pm begin the second series of The Original House of Cards titled To Play the King. This sequel to the original House of Cards continues to follow the devilish Francis Urquhart. After managing to become the British prime minister and crush all significant opposition, his survival on the top is threatened by a liberal monarch and a few skeletons in the closet.

Thursday at 8pm Moone Boy joins the comedy lineup. This entertaining semi-autobiographical series is written by and stars Chris O’Dowd as the imaginary friend of 11 year old Martin, the youngest child in the large, loud Moone family. Martin has a unique view of life, dealing with enterprising school bullies with the help of his imaginary friend. But while most boys would dream up a superhero sidekick, Martin’s pal is a man in his mid-30s with the most common name in Ireland.

Friday at 10pm experience Masterpiece Mystery! The Escape Artist. David Tennant stars as defense lawyer Will Burton, nicknamed “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.

Saturday enjoy the classic British mysteries. At 1:30pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot “The Cornish Mystery”, much to Poirot's chagrin, he arrives too late in Cornwall to prevent Mrs. Pengelley's death. She had asked for his help, suspecting her dentist husband to be poisoning her so that he could marry his young assistant. After conducting preliminary interviews, Poirot is sure that Mrs. Pengelley was not murdered by her husband and sets about finding the real killer. At 2:30pm Sherlock Holmes “The Norwood Builder”, Holmes must prove the innocence of a solicitor and foil the efforts of Inspector Lestrade.

Sunday at 9pm watch modern, action-drama Robin Hood. In this episode “Dead Man Walking”, a routine trip to Locksley to collect new weaponry descends into chaos when Robin and Little John witness a brutal tax collection, the capture of their bow-maker and worse – the arrest of Little John’s son. Little John tries to save his son but it is a futile gesture, and within seconds he too is carted off to the castle dungeons. But fate has a hand to play, and when Alice Little joins them in prison, estranged husband and wife are temporarily reunited.

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