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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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This Week on WETA UK: July 28-August 3

Monday at 8pm on Pie in the Sky, Henry Crabbe takes on The Mystery of Pikey. Someone breaks into businessman Barry Wilkes’ home as he and his family eat at Pie in the Sky. Many townspeople claim local bad boy Karl 'Pikey' Elves is to blame but Henry Crabbe doesn’t think that the boy acted alone.

Tuesday at 11am BallykissAngel begins from the very first episode! Ballykissangel is a village nestling in the lush green mountains of County Wicklow, in the heart of the Irish countryside. Here, life revolves around the local Catholic Church and its rival, the local bar. When Father Peter Clifford arrives from Manchester, he knows he will be facing some opposition. After all, what is a young, inexperienced English priest doing in Ireland, of all places?

Wednesday at 11:30pm tune in for the classic comedy The Benny Hill Show. The delightfully outrageous British comedian headlines a slapstick sketch series, an unapologetic throwback to burlesque traditions.

Thursday at 8pm the WETA UK introduces Fawlty Towers to the Thursday comedy line-up!
Fawlty Towers is a hilariously manic British comedy about an ill-mannered innkeeper, created by and starring `Monty Python' alum John Cleese and his then-wife, Connie Booth.

Friday at 8pm Rosemary and Thyme take on the mystery of "The Italian Rapscallion". On a tour of Giardini Tremonti, will one of their party, Janice Alexander, is found dead. A second death occurs, but can they stop the killer before another loses their life?

Saturday at 9am tune in for the popular British show Primeval. When a young paintball player is attacked by a saber-toothed tiger at an adventure holiday park, it seems that the new anomaly detector has failed. However, Cutter begins to suspect a conventional explanation – and Connor disgraces himself.

Sunday at 9pm continue watching Wild Australasia with the episode “Island Arks”. This is a colorful journey of exploration, uncovering unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes, from the steamy tropics to the icy islands of the sub Antarctic.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: July 21-27

Monday at 9pm season 3 of Midsomer Murders begins with two back-to-back episodes! 9pm-10:30pm “Dead Man’s Eleven” DCI Barnaby’s plans to move to the village of Fletcher’s Cross are disrupted when the wife of a landowner is bludgeoned to death with a cricket bat while out walking her dog in the village of Midsomer Worthy. Then at 10:30pm-12am in “Death of a Stranger”, DCI Barnaby returns from a holiday in France to discover an unidentified tramp has been beaten to death in the woods near the village of Marshwood.

Tuesday at 2pm New Tricks season 2 begins with the first episode “A Delicate Touch”. The group’s desire to solve each case is as strong as ever. Working as part of the Unsolved Crime and Open Cases Squad (UCOS) and lead by Pullman who spends half her time trying reign them in, the three men investigate an array of challenging and disturbing crimes. Will they succeed where others have failed? Or will the burden of all the years begin to weigh down on them?

Wednesday at 9pm tune in for Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour. Set in 1965, the Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour finds rookie constable Endeavour Morse helping with the investigation into the murder of a 15-year-old girl.

Thursday at 10pm Dalziel and Pascoe begin to investigate a new mystery “Truth and Concequences”. A skeleton is unearthed in the former mining town of Thirksby. The discovery revives unwelcome memories for Dalziel, who was stationed there during the miners’ strike of 1984-85.The conflict was bitter and even now policemen are not welcome. Tune in next Thursday at 10pm for part 2.

Friday at 10:30pm catch the third and final episode of Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock season 1! In “The Blind Banker” Holmes and Watson investigate a bank break-in that resulted in nothing stolen, but strange graffiti left behind. The case leads to the discovery of a dead banker inside his locked flat that the police, though not Holmes, suspect was a suicide. In other matters, Watson applies for a part-time job and goes on a date, though---thanks to Holmes---the evening doesn't go as planned.

Saturday at 8pm Call the Midwife season 2 opens with Jenny Lee's birthday. The next day she takes on a new patient who's involved in an abusive relationship. In other events, Trixie and Sister Evangelina board a Swedish cargo ship to care for the captain's daughter, who's about to have her first baby.

Sunday at 10am begin season 6 of Monarch of the Glen. It’s a new era for Glenbogle, as Paul sets about making his mark by attempting to modernize the estate. However, while his intentions are honorable, his dismissive attitude towards the estate’s long-held traditions causes him to clash with Golly.
 

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WETA Movie Night: July 5-6

Check out description for this week’s WETA Saturday Night Movies below! Tune into WETA TV26 & HD beginning at 9:30pm on Saturday for a night full of movies that are sure to excite and entertain.

Cool Hand Luke (1967) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
In this prison drama, Luke Jackson (Paul Newman) is sentenced to a stretch on a southern chain gang after he's arrested for drunkenly decapitating parking meters. Jackson struggles to conform to rural prison life. Also airs Sunday at 11:30am!

POV: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs airs Saturday at 11:30pm
A profile of 98-year-old Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese-American social activist in Detroit who has spent much of her adult life fighting for civil rights and female equality.

POV: Good Fortune airs Sunday at 1am
This documentary investigates that international anti-poverty projects in Africa that may not be helping the people they're meant to. A plan to build modern housing in Kibera meets local resistance as residents fear that the project will benefit the well-connected, not them. In the west, neighbors worry that a rice farm's planned reservoir will cause their lands to flood.
 

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Celebrate Independence Day with WETA TV26

This Fourth of July, spend the day with WETA TV26 & HD! Skip the heat and the crowds and watch Independence Day programming Friday beginning at 9am. Check out show descriptions and air times below.

A Capitol Fourth: Tom Bergeron hosts a celebration of America's birthday, featuring fireworks and musical performances.

WETA TV26’s Arlington National Cemetery: Explore the history, mission and daily operations of Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 Americans. This revered place honors the dead and brings great meaning to the living.

WETA TV26’s Guide to Memorials: Take an inspiring tour of the many military, war and presidential memorials of Greater Washington. Visit sculptures, statues and buildings located nearby that memorialize individuals, events, and Americans' service to their country.

WETA TV26’s Guide to Great Views: See the views and vistas that make Washington one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Find out where the best 360-degree views are, which natural vistas are located nearby, and where to go for great sunset spots.

WETA TV26 DC Firework Extravaganza: Watch a beautiful display of fireworks on the National Mall without having to leave home!

9am             A Capitol Fourth 2012
10:30am      A Capitol Fourth 2013
12pm           WETA TV26’s Arlington National Cemetery
1pm             WETA TV26’s Guide to Memorials
1:30pm        WETA TV26’s Guide to Great Views
2pm             A Capitol Fourth 2012
3:30pm        A Capitol Fourth 2013

8pm             A Capitol Fourth 2014
9:30pm        WETA TV26 DC Firework Extravaganza
10pm           A Capitol Fourth 2014
 

 

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This Week on WETA UK: June 30-July 6

Monday at 7:30pm My Family begins season 9 with the episode “Bully for Ben”. Ben joins the young Harpers for a pub quiz, during which he reveals that his childhood bully was actually a girl. Catch this episode again Friday July 4 at 12:30pm.

Tuesday at 4pm Hustle kicks off season 6.  In episode 1, just as the team are 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 enquires about Mickey's whereabouts and throws their plan into disarray.

Wednesday at 6:30pm catch two contemporary comedies back-to-back. First watch Outnumbered at 6:30pm then Lead Balloon at 7pm. In this week’s episode of Outnumbered, “The Girls' Day Out”, Sue is fed up with the men over housework; Karen deals with fund raisers and buying shoes. In season 3 of Lead Balloon, despite professional and domestic crises, Rick manages to hold his head up high and retain that self-respect. Well, actually, no he doesn't.

Thursday at 11pm classic Sherlock Holmes takes on the mystery of “The Crooked Man”. Holmes and Watson investigate when an Army colonel is found dead and his wife is found unconscious. Be sure to watch “The Adventure of the Creeping Man” on Saturday afternoon as Holmes investigates when a scientist's daughter believes she has spotted a prowler outside her bedroom window.

Friday at 10:30pm continue the comedy and drama of Frankie. In this second-to-last episode in the series, someone is watching Frankie but who and why? At work, Frankie finds herself caught between her patient and his wife. A dying patient puts things into perspective for Paula.

Saturday from 1:30pm-6:30pm get your weekly dose of mysteries! At 1:30pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot goes on the adventure of “The Dead Man’s Mirror”. Then at 2:30 Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes goes for “The Adventure of the Creeping Man”. From 3:20-6:30pm watch Midsomer Murders “Faithful Unto Death” and “Death in Disguise”.

Sunday at 9pm catch the very first episode of Wild Australasia. Take a journey through time and space to explore Australasia's natural wonders. This series is a detective story, delving into Australasia's hidden secrets to explain why its wildlife and wilderness are so special. As the driest inhabited continent on Earth, Australia is a world apart - a place where successive invasions of people have made the greatest impact on its wildlife and wilderness areas. Its wildlife is an astonishing mix of the surprising, the strange and the deadly. From the tropical jungle to the vast shallow coral reefs, from burning deserts to snowy mountains, Australasia is a land of outstanding splendour with a great variety of moods and landscapes.

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New British Shows on WETA | Sunday June 29

This Sunday on WETA TV26 & HD, tune in for a night packed with premieres! Beginning at 8pm, Last Tango in Halifax returns for season 2 with more drama and comedy than ever before. Then at 9pm, Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour season 2 begins with a shocking mystery to solve. Then at 10:30pm the new sitcom Vicious premieres with laughter and love. Read on for more show information!

Last Tango in Halifax – Season 2 – Premieres Sunday June 29 at 8pm
After recovering from a heart attack, Alan is let out of hospital and moves into Celia's grandmother's flat. They want to plan a secret wedding as soon as possible but how will their daughters react to this major life decision?

 

 

Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour – Season 2 – Premieres Sunday June 29 at 9pm
In this premiere episode “Trove”, Morse returns to duty after an involuntary, four-month leave and is again paired with DI Thursday. Their first case unites an unidentifiable corpse, an enigmatic note, and the theft of medieval artifacts. Morse ties together these seemingly unrelated cases.

 

 

Vicious – Series Premiere – Sunday June 29 at 10:30pm
This is a brand-new British sitcom about a graying gay couple Freddie and Stuart (Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi).  They’ve lived together in a small London flat for 50 years and while their criticizing remarks make their relationship seem vicious, they truly have a deep love for one another. 

 


 

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