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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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WETA Movie Nights in October | Free Films on WETA TV26

This October on WETA TV26 & HD, watch fantastic classic musicals from the ‘50s & ‘60s! Continue reading for descriptions and air information for each movie as well as a channel guide so you can find WETA on your television.

Saturday October 4 at 9:30pm An American in Paris (1951)
Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists" colony and is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch). A love triangle paired with wonderful cinematic themes and of course, singing and dancing, is the perfect Saturday night movie. Also airs Sunday October 5 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 11 at 9:30pm The Music Man (1962)
"Professor" Harold Hill is a fast-talking traveling salesman who in the summer of 1912 schemes a small Iowa town by convincing them that a boys' band will put an end to the moral corruption resulting from the presence of a pool hall in the community. He sells instruments and uniforms to River City parents with the understanding that he will organize a band and teach the children to play; however, he intends to abscond with the money before the arrival of the instruments. Will love change his mischievous ways? Also airs Sunday October 12 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 18 at 9:30pm Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Adam Pontabee (Howard Keel) and his six brothers, played by Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Mark Platt, Matt Mattox, and Jacques d'Amboise own an Oregon ranch. When Adam brings home his new bride Milly (Jane Powell), she is appalled by the brothers and want to spiff them up. A local fight charges up the brothers to find wives of their own. Also airs Sunday October 19 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 25 at 9:30pm That’s Entertainment Part II (1976)
This film is MGM's 1976 sequel to That's Entertainment (1974). This unique film is a retrospective of famous films released by MGM from the 1930s to the 1950s.Unlike the first part, the second contains comedy segments as well. This is the perfect movie for a fun, entertaining trip down memory lane. Also airs Sunday October 26 at 11:30am.
 

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Documentaries in October | Independent Films on WETA TV26

This October on WETA TV26 & HD, tune in every Monday night for fascinating independent films presented by POV and Independent Lens. Read about each film below and mark your calendars!

Monday October 6 at 10pm POV: The Act of Killing
This film explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns. Not only is the 1965 murder of an estimated one million people honored as a patriotic act, but the killers remain in power. In a mind-bending twist, death-squad leaders dramatize their brutal deeds in the style of the American westerns, musicals and gangster movies they love — and play both themselves and their victims. As their heroic facade crumbles, they come to question what they've done. Watch the trailer here. Some images may be disturbing.

Monday October 13 at 10pm Independent Lens: Bully
An intimate, unflinching look at how bullying affects five kids and their families. Opening a window onto the pained lives of bullied kids, it documents the responses of adults to aggressive behaviors beyond “kids will be kids” clichés, capturing a growing movement to change how bullying is handled in schools, communities, and society. Watch the trailer here.

Monday October 20 at 11pm Independent Lens: Twin Sisters
The poignant story of two girls from China adopted as infants by two separate sets of parents — one from California, the other from a remote fishing village in Norway — who grow up knowing they have a twin living on the other side of the world. Despite being on different paths, the magical bond between them grows deeper. Watch the trailer here.

Monday October 27 at 11pm Independent Lens: Brakeless
What led the driver of a Japanese commuter train to accelerate perilously, causing a deadly crash? Piecing together personal accounts of those affected by the tragedy, Brakeless poses a question for a society that equates speed with progress: have what were once national virtues — punctuality and compliance — become dangerous? Watch the trailer here.


 

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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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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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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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WETA TV26 August Music Programs

This August WETA TV26 & HD presents a wide variety of music oriented programs. Read on to see what shows are scheduled and a short description for each program. Show air dates are subject to change.

Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin' With Frank & Bing  
A profile of composer Jimmy Van Heusen, who wrote such classics as "Swinging on a Star" and "Come Fly With Me." Included: remarks from Frank Sinatra Jr., Harry Crosby, Tony Bennett, Woody Allen, Angie Dickinson, Shirley MacLaine and John Pizzarelli; and archival performance footage of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland.  Airs Wednesday August 13 at 8pm & Friday August 15 at 11pm.

The Big Band Years  
Peter Marshall hosts this celebration of big bands of the 1930s and '40s. Included: Glenn Miller, Harry James, Benny Goodman and Cab Calloway, as well as singers Helen O'Connell and Bob Eberly (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra), the Pied Pipers (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra) and Frank Sinatra (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra).  Airs Tuesday August 12 at 10pm, Saturday August 16 at 8pm, and Wednesday August 20 at 8pm.

John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind 
A John Sebastian-hosted celebration of the 1960s' folk-music boom, featuring archival footage of the era's top performers and modern-day performances by Barry McGuire, Roger McGuinn, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Chad and Jeremy, and Jesse Colin Young (of the Youngbloods). Airs Monday August 18 at 8pm and Thursday August 21 at 10pm.

Woody's Children: 45th Anniversary Concert Live at Symphony Space  
A celebration of the 45th birthday of the "Woody's Children" folk-music radio show, featuring David Amram, Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters, Emma's Revolution, Christine Lavin, Holly Near, Tom Paxton and Noel Paul Stookey. Also appearing: Nora Guthrie and singer-songwriter Doug Mishkin. Airs Tuesday August 19 at 10pm.

50s & 60s Rock Rewind  
Archival performances by such artists as Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley, Johnny Otis, Buddy Holly, the Platters, Everly Brothers, Chordettes, Bobby Darin and Lloyd Price accent this compilation of classic songs from the 1950s and early '60s.Other featured performers include Fats Domino; Ricky Nelson; Elvis Presley; the Champs; Sam Cooke; Paul & Paula; Paul Anka; Conway Twitty; the Diamonds; Five Satins; Shangri-Las; Neil Sedaka; and Roy Orbison. Jon "Bowzer" Bauman hosts. Tuesday August 19 at 11pm, and Friday August 22 at 9:30pm.

Classical Rewind  
Martin Goldsmith hosts this collection of classical masterpieces, including ones by Mozart, Edvard Grieg, Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Aaron Copland, Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss II, Maurice Ravel, Richard Wagner, Jacques Offenbach, Antonio Vivaldi, Modest Mussorgsky, Carl Orff and Tchaikovsky. Also: Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Stewart Copeland of the Police offer their thoughts on the compositions. Airs Friday August 15 at 10:30pm.

 

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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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