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WETA Movie Night: April 26

This weekend, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the 1962 Broadway drama Gypsy. Music, dance, family drama, and the drive to make it big are the themes that have made this movie such a hit. Starring Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, and Karl Malden. Watch a preview of the film below.

Set during the 1920s in the vaudeville era, Rose is an aggressive and domineering woman who desires above all to make her two daughters June and Louise big entertainment stars. Herbie Sommers is an entertainment agent who falls in love with Rose. The two lock-in big circuit bookings for daughter June while the apparently less talented Louise is pushed into the background. Over time, June decides to break away from Rose and Herbie leaving pushy stage mother Rose to work on Louise’s career. Consequently, the trio winds up at a third-rate burlesque house in Wichita. Will Rose step aside and let her daughter rise to the top on her own true talent?
The musical classic Gypsy airs on WETA TV26 & HD Saturday April 26 at 9:30pm and Sunday April 27 at 11am.

 


 

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This Week on WETA UK: April 21-27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WETA Movie Night: April 19

This weekend, celebrate spring-time with a classic musical and two nature documentaries. Saturday beginning at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD, catch the incredibly successful musical Easter Parade (1948), then two environmental documentaries at 11:30pm and 1am.

 

Easter Parade (1948) - Saturday at 9:30pm
A vaudeville nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner and make his former partner jealous. He's determined to prove that he can make any partner a star and finds love along the way. Stars Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, and Ann Miller.

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Saturday 11:30pm
Explore two of America’s most pressing issues:  environmentalism and terrorism as this film reveals a radical environmental group, the Earth Liberation Front which the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat”. Daniel McGowan is a former member of the Earth Liberation Front and faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. Learn of the environmental group and McGowan’s story on POV’s If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.

Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison – Sunday 1am
This documentary shows the history of human relations with the largest land mammal on the continent. There have been many different threats to wild bison throughout the centuries. Learn how this rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation, and spiritual relations with an icon of wild America shows us that the bison is not only a symbol of a lost world, but may also show us the path to a more sustainable future.


 

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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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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 Presents In Performance at the White House | Women Of Soul

Monday April 7 is a night of music on WETA TV26 & HD as WETA presents In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul at 9pm, and In Performance at the White House: The Motown Sound at 10pm. In Performance at the White House shows are music specials in the East Room of the White House hosted by the President of the United States.

In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul at 9pm
This program honors music legends and contemporary major female artists and celebrates the great “foremothers” of American music with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women. Performers include: Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott.

In Performance at the White House: The Motown Sound at 10pm
This program celebrates the legacy of Motown, the distinctive soul-infused pop music sound, style, and presentation that was born in Detroit and embodied by the Motown Records label. Performers include: Jamie Foxx (who hosts), Smokey Robinson, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, John Legend, Nick Jonas, the country group Gloriana, singer Ledisi, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Seal and Jordin Sparks.

Don’t forget Antiques Roadshow goes to Kansas City at 8pm every Monday night on WETA TV26 & HD!


 

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New Wild Kratts Episodes on WETA Kids | Wild Kratts Season 3

WETA Kids premieres Wild Kratts season 3 and all new episodes April 7-11, 2014! Wild Kratts features Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter wild animals while combining science education with fun and adventure. Each episode explores a science concept central to an animal’s life and showcases a unique wildlife experience. This new season kicks off PBS’ “Explore the Outdoors” initiative and Earth Month which encourage families to celebrate nature and the outdoors this spring. Tune in next week to explore animals from across the globe, including bison, black-footed ferrets, flying fish as well as learning science concepts such as adaptation and habitats.

Watch Wild Kratts on WETA Kids Mondays-Fridays at 8am and 5:30pm then catch every weekday episode back-to-back Saturdays from 5:30pm-8pm.

Wild Kratts: Hermit Crab Shell Exchange - NEW!
Monday April 7, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 5:30pm

Wild Kratts: Where the Bison Roam - NEW!
Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 6pm

Wild Kratts: Bandito the Black Footed Ferret - NEW!
Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 6:30pm

Wild Kratts: When Fish Fly - NEW!
Thursday April 10, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 7pm

Wild Kratts: Osprey - NEW!
Friday April 11, 2014 at 8am & 5:30pm & Saturday April 12, 2014 at 7:30pm


 

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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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