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This Week on WETA UK: June 16-22

Monday at 2pm New Tricks begins season 8 with the episode “Old Fossils”. In this episode, Dr. Bernard Fletcher, a senior paleontologist specializing in fossil birds at the Natural History Museum was found dead following a corporate event in the Central Hall. The original autopsy stated his death was the result of a fall, but a new examination of the post mortem suggests he sustained a single blow to the head. The investigation takes an unexpected turn when the team discover Fletcher was embroiled in an affair with a colleague and that he was also gathering damning evidence against Mondial Fuel.

Tuesday at 9pm catch two back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin! This week, start season 2 with “Old Dogs” and “New Tricks”.  Just when things are beginning to look rosily romantic between Dr. Ellingham and pretty school teacher Louisa Glasson, he makes a terrible faux pas. Meanwhile, Muriel's condition deteriorates in the home. Louisa is nervously awaiting an interview for promotion to head teacher of Portwenn Primary School, and she's anxious to make a good impression but the odds seem to be stacked against her. Dr. Ellingham is on the board of governors, and she's not sure she can count on his vote. Meanwhile, Bert Large is testing out his culinary skills on the villagers.

Wednesday at 7:30pm season 8 of My Family begins. In this first episode titled “The Parent Trap”, Ben signs for the delivery of a neighbor’s large, plasma-screen television and falls in love with it.  Meanwhile, Michael's current love interest may be expecting a delivery too.

Thursday at 8pm continue laughing with Outnumbered as season 4 begins. The Brockman Family has tough decisions to make about work, video games, and who to take to a family funeral.  The vicar probably wishes none of them had ever come.

Friday at 9pm tune in for the start of Inspector George Gently. Chief Inspector George Gently takes on one last case before retiring, following the murder of his wife. The case involves the death of a young biker in the North East of England, and interests Gently as it has attracted the attention of Joe Webster — his nemesis and the man responsible for the death of his wife. Gently enlists the aid of ambitious policeman, John Bacchus, to solve the case, but both find themselves up against enemies both within and outside the police force itself.

Saturday at 6pm watch the first mystery in the Midsomer Murders series, “The Killings at Badger’s Drift”. The peace of the seemingly idyllic village of Badger's Drift is shattered by the inexplicable murder of an old lady, Emily Simpson, found dead in her cottage after witnessing something unsettling in the woods. Her old friend, Lucy Bellringer, is convinced that Emily's death was not from natural causes. The investigation of DCI Barnaby and Detective Sergeant Troy of Causton CID uncovers a web of sinister events, some long buried in the past.

Sunday at 4pm watch the Foyle’s War episode “Eagle Day”. Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle and Detective Sergeant Milner are called to investigate the discovery of a stabbed body found in the aftermath of a bombing raid. The dead man is identified as Graham Davies and the one lead is a gold locket he was clutching in his hand.
 

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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: February 10-16

WETA UK is the Washington, DC  area's public broadcasting station airing all-British programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. WETA UK is your free and commercial-free source for all the best British television shows cover drama, comedy, documentary, mystery, and everything in-between. Click here to find WETA UK on your television and read on for our highlights in this week's WETA UK schedule.

Monday at 9pm, experience the first two mysteries of the Midsomer Murders series back-to-back! From 9pm-10:30pm, watch "The Killings at Badger's Drift": Emily Simpson is found dead in her cottage after witnessing something unsettling in the nearby woods. Emily's friend Lucy Bellringer entrusts Barnaby with her fears that Emily was murdered. What did Emily see and why is she dead? Then from 10:30pm-midnight, watch "Written in Blood": A local writer's group eagerly anticipates a visit from a best-selling author but instead the group witnesses a sequence of gruesome events. DCI Barnaby tried to get inexperienced Sergeant Troy to unravel the truth.

Tuesday at 8pm, continue the excitement and drama of the original House of Cards sequel, To Play The King. In episode 2, Prime Minister Urquhart is annoyed with the King's controversial speech and announces a general election. Now that Urquhart turns to Sarah Harding for advice, Tim Stamper feels ignored while the King secretly attempts to form an alliance of all the opposition parties.

Wednesday at 10pm, catch The Making of a Lady. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, educated but penniless Emily is a companion for Lady Maria. Emily accepts a marriage proposal from her employer's nephew, Lord James Walderhurst who is a widower pushed into providing an heir. This arrangement brings drama, illness, attempted murder and, more!

Thursday at 11am, start Ballykissangel from the very beginning! Ballykissangel is located in the heart of the Irish countryside. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else, where everyone knows everyone else’s business, where gossip is rife and where disputes are settled by taking bets on the outcome. Here life revolves around the local Catholic church and its rival, the local bar.

Friday at 11pm, enjoy the warm comedy, Cafe! Sarah's moved back home from London, having lost her boyfriend and her job, so for now she's helping out her mum Carol in the welcoming seaside cafe. Divorcee Carol owns the place, and her mother Mary, a broad minded soul in her 70s, is a permanent fixture. Colorful characters pop in and out of the cafe including old school friends like Richard, who secretly fancies Sarah and gets wildly jealous of the obvious attraction between her and John, a former classmate who's returned to the town as a successful businessman.

Saturday from 11:30am-6:30pm get your full dose of British mysteries! From 11:30am-1:30am, catch two episodes of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries  "The Green Mill Murder" and "Death at Victoria Dock". Then at 1:30pm watch Agatha Christie's Poirot take on the mystery of "Double Sin". Following Poirot is Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett at 2:25pm. Beginning at 3:20pm, watch Midsomer Murders "Death of a Hollow Man" and "Faithful Unto Death" back-to-back.

Sunday from 4pm-6pm, watch Foyle's War "Fifty Ships" in its entirety! In this first episode of season 2, an American multi-millionaire, an old flame of Foyle's, and a mysterious man claiming to be a Dutch refugee, are all implicated when a dead body is discovered on a Hastings beach.

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This Week on WETA UK: August 19-25

In a summer funk? Mix it up and watch something different! WETA UK brings you the best of British TV around the clock. There’s no better time to start watching!

Monday at 9:00pm Barnaby and Troy investigate a snobbish private school after a boy is murdered in this 90-minute Midsomer Murders mystery. These two sleuths are sure to get to the bottom of this high society crime.

Tuesday at 8:00pm You’d never suspect Hetty, a pensioner from Lancashire, to solve crimes, making her the perfect candidate to go undercover and stop a teenage thief. Catch Hetty Wainthropp Investigates from the start of season 3!

Wednesday at 9:00pm Watch two editions of Masterpiece Mystery! back-to-back. Lewis and Hathaway investigate the use of an anti-depressant in this installment of Inspector Lewis. Then catch the early days of Endeavour Morse, Lewis’s partner from the long-running series Inspector Morse, in the prequel Endeavour.

Thursday at 7:00pm Visit the hilariously dysfunctional Harpers with back-to-back episodes of the hit sitcom My Family, airing every weekday at the same time.

Friday at 6:00pm The odd couple of Tom and Diane make it through their golden years together in Waiting for God. Watch the first episode of season 3!

Saturday at 1:00pm Don’t miss Part 1 of the Prime Suspect finale! Detective Jane Tennison (Oscar winner Helen Mirren) hunts a killer and struggles with her own alcoholism in the last chapter of this critically acclaimed show. Tune in for Part 2 on Saturday, August 31 at 1:00pm.

Sunday at 8:00pm The family from Fresh Fields moves to France for the spinoff French Fields! Back-to-back episodes every Sunday poke fun at the timeless and hilarious culture clash between the British and French.

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This Week on WETA UK: August 5-11

August is here, summer is going strong, and WETA UK is bringing the best British TV shows right into your home! Kick your feet up and prepare to be entertained by mysteries, drama, and comedy.

Tuesday at 9:00pm watch as Horace Rumpole’s wacky string of cases continues on Rumpole of the Bailey. Rumpole takes on a client who is charged with operating massage parlors that may have some unscrupulous business happening on the side.

Wednesday at 5:00pm the adventures of Robin Hood continue as a new threat emerges in Nottingham! The new tax collector Ruthless Rufus comes to town looking for revenge, and Robin Hood’s gang gets involved. Robin Hood must face off against this new foe, but he’s not the only one that is in danger. 

Thursday at 12:00pm catch a whole hour of Antiques Roadshow with 2 back to back episodes! First travel to Highcliffe Castle in Dorset, and then take a look at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. See what unusual rare items are being unveiled in these historic English venues.

Friday at 8:30pm watch gardener detectives Rosemary and Thyme in the series 2 premiere! The duo becomes entangled in a mysterious drowning that they can’t help but investigate, but this case has many more layers than they ever could have imagined.

Saturday at 8:00pm treat yourself to the WETA UK Event: The Complete Downton Abbey as it continues with the 3rd and 4th episodes of series 1! As the hunt continues for Lady Mary’s suitor, tragedy strikes and secrets continue to pile up at Downton Abbey.

Sunday at 10:00pm catch a whole block of your Sci-Fi Favorites, starting with Doctor Who! Find out the fate of the Doctor and learn more about the villainous Weeping Angels. After that, watch two episodes of Red Dwarf and tag along for the zany adventures of the Red Dwarf crew.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: June 10 - 16

Whether it’s comedy or crime that you fancy, WETA UK is sure to have your cup of tea. From new shows to new seasons, it’s a great time to see what the best of British television has to offer!

Monday at 10:30pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of Dirk Gently. Based on the novels by Douglas Adams, Dirk is a detective like you’ve never seen before. Watch Dirk and his Holistic Detective Agency as they dabble in quantum physics, time travel, and other generally bizarre methods to solve seemingly unrelated mysteries.

Tuesday at 5:30 catch up on Ladies of Letters with the first episode of season 2! Watch as these two elderly ladies constantly try to one up each other. In this episode, the two women attend the funeral of a mutual ex and compete to outdo each other.

Wednesday at 5:00pm catch up with England’s favorite outlaw with an episode of Robin Hood. Robin runs into a dying messenger who tells him his skills are still needed in the Crusades. Both Robin and his adversaries search for a mysterious ring.

Thursday at 5:30 watch as the Antiques Roadshow: BBC crew heads to the town of Gloucester in the South West of England. Discover the art, history, and heritage of these fascinating artifacts! You’ll be shocked by how much they’re worth!

Friday at 11:30pm get reacquainted with the hysterical residents of a small town in Nazi-occupied France. Start the sixth season of ‘Allo ‘Allo! from its first episode: The Resistance builds a subversive communication base in a graveyard. High jinks ensue.

Saturday at 8:00pm is the WETA UK Event: three episodes of Call the Midwife! Witness the efforts of a young midwife struggling to serve the poor Poplar district of East London.

Sunday at 9:00pm laugh it off with the brilliant comedy Lead Balloon. Jack Dee stars as Rick Spleen, a comedian ground out by his career and home life in this delightfully cynical sitcom. In this episode, Rick is lauded as a hero after saving a man’s life and tries to take advantage of his newfound fame. His attempts to further his career go awry when he makes an embarrassing mistake.

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This Week on WETA UK | May 6 – 12

Looking for a new series to watch or just a great adventure to follow? WETA UK has everything you need! From new mysteries, to new seasons, and new shows all together, this week on WETA UK is sure to please every viewer.

Monday at 8:00pm tune in to WETA UK for the first part of a new Foyle’s War mystery, Plan of Attack. It’s April 1944 and when shots are fired outside Hastings police station killing DCS Meredith. Christopher Foyle must put aside his memoirs and return to his old job. This episode is the first of Foyle’s War season 6. Watch the trailer!

Tuesday at 7:30pm start watching May to December with season 3! A balding Scottish solicitor in his mid-50s and an attractive gym-mistress half his age fall in love despite plenty of conflicting advice from family and friends. 

Wednesday at 11:00pm begin Hustle from the very first episode of season 1. Con artist Mickey Stone is fresh out of jail. His marriage is on the rocks, but he has a strong family to fall back on. That family – Albert and Ash, two old-timers and beautiful, street-sharp Stacie – are his partners in crime. Coming together to perform one last con, they hook up with young blood Danny Blue, a rookie with the makings of a master. But after the first last one, there have just got to be more. Watch the trailer!

Thursday at 10:00pm settle in for the first episode of Waking the Dead season 6. The award-winning, edge-of-your-seat spy drama is a white-knuckle ride through the perilous world of deadly terrorists, international cover-ups and treacherous double-agents.

Friday at 8:00pm have you been watching Ladies of Letters? This gentle comedy drama is about two very different widows who forge a friendship through letters, each letter attempting to out-do the other. Watch the trailer!

Saturday at 8:00pm continue watching the WETA UK Event: The Complete Prime Suspect! This week watch four episodes back-to-back. Watch the trailer!

Sunday at 9:30pm join us for the WETA UK premiere of Worst Week of My Life! The week before a wedding can be stressful at the best of times but to Mel and Howard, it becomes a nightmare and everything that can go wrong does. Watch the trailer!

 

 

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An Evening with Jerry Lewis: Live From Las Vegas

 

Born in 1926, Jerry Lewis is one of America’s most iconic slapstick comedians. He rose to fame with partner Dean Martin with the Martin and Lewis comedy act, which first appeared on television in 1948. In the 1950s, he embarked on a solo career and starred in films such as The Ladies Man, The Nutty Professor, and It’s Only Money. More recently, Lewis has performed on Broadway and been awarded for his humanitarian acts, always known as being a key member of the comedic community.

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An Evening with Jerry Lewis: Live From Las Vegas

This Saturday, comedian Jerry Lewis takes to the stage of the Showroom at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, as he tells stories of his eight-decade career in a tribute to his 87th birthday. The performance will feature narrative and musical acts by Lewis, as well as footage from his career, both classics and never before seen. At the end of the evening, Lewis will take questions from fans in the audience. Join us for this monumental presentation with Jerry Lewis, this Saturday at 6:30pm.

Watch An Evening with Jerry Lewis: Live From Las Vegas on Saturday March 2 at 6:30pm. Also airs March 7 at 8:00pm, March 8 at 1:00pm and March 15 at 10:30pm.

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night February 2

Humans have the remarkable ability to overcome just about anything. This week on the WETA Saturday Night Movies, hear the stories of individuals who have overcome obstacles in their lives and remember the strength of the will to succeed. We kick off the night with two feature length Doc Martin movies beginning at 9:30pm and follow them up with three Independent Lens documentaries back-to-back at 12:30am. With something for everyone, join WETA TV26 and WETA HD this Saturday as we dig deeper into the workings of society.

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Doc Martin: The MovieOvercoming Loss

Would you ever move from the DC area to a remote, small town in the blink of an eye? Well when Doctor Martin Bamford discovers his wife is having an affair, he throws caution to the wind and moves from London to the unknown fishing village of Port Isaac. Join him as he tries to adjust to the country life, while resuming his medical career in a tiny town. This movie is different from the Doc Martin television show, but still stars Martin Clunes. Sit back and enjoy this alternate take on the ever hilarious Doc Martin.

 

Watch Doc Martin: The Movie on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday at 9:30pm

 

Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie Overcoming Stress

Doc Martin is in need of a holiday from Port Isaac and finds the perfect spot in a small plot of land called Tregruunt Farm. The problem is, another family is also interested in the property. What lengths will Doc Martin go though to ensure he gets it for himself? Let’s just say he takes some legendary measures. 

Watch Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday at 11:00pm

 

Independent Lens: More Than a Month - Overcoming Boundaries 

February is Black History Month, a month dedicated to paying tribute to the history of African Americans. In this documentary, Shukree Hassan Tilghman feels that black history shouldn't just be remembered in one month, but should be a part of everyday American history. Determined, Tilghman goes on a month long campaign to end the Black History Month observance. Join us as we investigate the dynamics of this practice and why some people think it shouldn’t exist at all.

Watch Independent Lens: More Than a Month on  WETA TV26 & WETA HD  this Sunday at 12:30am

 

Independent Lens: As Goes Janesville - Overcoming Hardships

The economic depression of 2008 affected many industries and workers across America. This is the story of Janesville, Wisconsin, an auto town where 2,000 residents were left unemployed after General Motors closed its local plant. Many were able to find jobs at different factories or relocate, but some hope to bring new businesses into the town with tax benefits. Follow the actions the residents take locally and nationally to promote business and job growth for their town and state.

Watch Independent Lens: As Goes Janesville on WETA TV26 & WETA HD  Sunday at 1:30am

 

Independent Lens: The Woodmans - Overcoming with Art

This documentary unveils the lives of the Woodmans, a family of artists all working in different mediums. Betty and George married after realizing a common dedication to fine art and had two children who would also become artists. Their daughter Francesca discovered a passion for photography and moved to New York to peruse her career. Depression, tragedy, and emotions changed their artistic styles. Follow the highs and lows of this family that were held together by their love of art.

Watch Independent Lens: The Woodmans on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Sunday at 2:30am

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Coming to WETA UK in December | New British Shows

We're thrilled to announce the WETA UK premieres of My Family, Wallander, and Reilly Ace of Spies! You can watch these new shows plus watch Downton Abbey from season 1 all this December on WETA UK the 24/7 British television channel in DC, MD, and VA! Read on for video previews, descriptions, and more. Come back to the Programmer's Choice Blog every Monday for highlights from the upcoming week's schedule!

 

 

Join us for the premiere of My Family, a British comedy about a family just trying to stay afloat in a crazy world. Dad, Ben is a dentist struggling to understand his wife Susan the terrible cook, daughter Janey the selfish shopping addict, youngest son Michael the brain, and eldest son Nick the lazy goof. Although loving and caring parents, Ben and Susan have a little trouble showing their children these true intentions since the kids are always up to something. Watch this series Mondays – Thursdays at 7:00pm beginning Monday December 3!

 

Reilly Ace of Spies is a witty drama based on the incredible escapades of MI6 secret agent, Sydney Reilly. Reilly was a Brit known as the best spy in the world and is also believed to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s famous fictional agent James Bond. This series is based on the 1967 book Ace of Spies by Robin Bruce Lockhart, the son Reilly’s fellow agent Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart. With thrill, suspense, drama, romance, and action, this series has it all. Dive into this exciting and legendary series with us! Watch Mondays at 8:00pm beginning December 3.

 

This month we’re introducing a new complete series for the WETA UK Event on Saturday nights: WETA UK Event: The Complete Wallander! Although his personal life is in shambles due to a broken marriage, a tragic relationship with his daughter, and an aging father, Inspector Kurt Wallander continues to solve heinous crimes as he has for decades. His focus is in high demand as he faces new bizarre crimes that are more complicated than usual. Watch all three seasons Saturdays at 8:00pm. Begin with season 1, episode 1 December 8!

 

Downton Abbey season 1 comes to WETA UK! As season 3 approaches in January, catch up and relive the first season Tuesdays at 8:00pm beginning with episode 1 on December 18!

Hear what Hugh Bonneville (plays Robert Crawley) has to say in this PBS Q&A with the actor!