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Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot Season 12 | New on WETA TV26

Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot season 12 premieres on WETA TV26 & HD this Sunday July 27 and continues Sunday August 3! David Suchet returns as Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot for two new episodes. In this blog post, read more about the episodes and watch a preview of episode 1. The final three episodes in this season will air on WETA TV26 & HD later this year.

“The Big Four” airs Sunday July 27 at 9pm
Poirot navigates the world of international espionage while investigating the death of a Russian chess grandmaster.

“Dead Man’s Folly” airs Sunday August 3 at 9pm
Mystery writer and old friend Ariadne Oliver asking Poirot to accompany her to a wealthy financier's "murder game" that she fears may turn into the scene of a real murder.
 

 

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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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Coming to WETA TV26 in July 2014!

Check out these great programs coming to WETA TV26 & HD this July!

Time Scanners – Premieres Tuesday July 1 at 8pm
With cutting-edge technology that can “read” buildings, ruins, and landscapes from ancient worlds, this series reveals physical and forensic history, allowing viewers to reach out and touch the past.

History Detectives – Premieres Tuesday July 1 at 9pm
Experts travel around the country to explore the stories behind local folklore, prominent figures and family legends.

Midsomer Murders – New seasons with two back-to-back episodes
Season 2 begins Thursday July 3 at 8pm
Season 3 begins Thursday July 17 at 8pm
Season 6 begins Thursday July 31 at 8pm
Watch Midsomer Murders every Thursday from 8-11pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

Fourth of July Programming – Friday July 4 all day!
9am           A Capitol Fourth 2012
10:30am    A Capitol Fourth 2013
1pm           WETA Guide to Memorials
1:30pm      WETA Guide to Great Views
2pm           A Capitol Fourth 2012
3:30pm      A Capitol Fourth 2013
8pm           A Capitol Fourth 2014 *NEW*
9:30pm      WETA DC Fireworks Extravaganza
10pm         A Capitol Fourth 2014 *NEW*

Doc Martin – Season 2 begins Saturday July 5 at 8pm with two back-to-back episodes
This popular comedy-drama stars Martin Clunes as Martin Ellingham, a celebrated London surgeon, who unfortunately has developed a phobia to blood, with tactless manner causing mayhem in a small Cornish community.

Makers: Women Who Make America – Friday July 11 at 8:30pm
Meet groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. Each program profiles prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations.

Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Baltimore – Monday July 14 at 8pm
In this episode, uncover some dramatic changes in the value of key appraisals in the 15 years since Antiques Roadshow last visited Baltimore. Highlights include an Edgar Allen Poe-inscribed book; a Titanic collection; and a Frederick De Wit atlas, ca. 1680, that jumped from $30,000-$50,000 to $50,000-$70,000.

My Wild Affair – Premieres Wednesday July 16 at 8pm
Hear extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions, including an orphaned baby elephant, an orangutan raised as a human child, a rhinoceros raised in suburbia and a harbor seal that entered the human world but remained wild at heart.

NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years – Premieres Wednesday July 16 at 8pm
Go on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. Host and scientist Richard Smith introduces titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids.

Sex in the Wild – Premieres Wednesday July 16 at 8pm
This four-part series, presented by anatomist Joy Reidenberg and veterinarian Mark Evans, examines the reproductive behaviors and biology of four species — elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and dolphins — and takes an in-depth look at how these animals find and woo the opposite sex. It also explores how they mate, give birth and raise their young in extreme environments.

Al Capone: Icon – Premieres Tuesday July 22 at 8pm
Al Capone — the quintessential self-made American man, ruthless killer or both? Just his name sparks images of pin-stripe suits and bloody violence. To this day, Americans are fascinated by this celebrity gangster. The question is why?

Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot – Season 12 Premieres Sunday July 27 at 9pm
David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot in two new mysteries, "The Big Four" and "Dead Man's Folly", based on the novels by Agatha Christie.

Ken Burns’ Mark Twain – Tuesday July 29 at 8pm
In his time, Mark Twain was considered the funniest man on earth. Yet he was also an unflinching critic of human nature, using his humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and racism. In this two-part documentary, Ken Burns creates an illuminating portrait of one of the greatest writers in American history.


 

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This Week on WETA UK: June 2-8

New month means new seasons and adventures on your favorite WETA UK shows! Check out what the WETA UK Programmers are highlighting in this week's schedule.

Monday at 8pm season 2 of Pie in the Sky begins! Henry Crabbe has reached the end of his tether as a plain clothes Detective Inspector. After years of toiling in the force, he is about to take early retirement. With a passion for food and a talent for cooking, he is ready to fulfill his own personal dream - to buy his very own restaurant, Pie In The Sky. However nothing is ever that simple. On the eve of his retirement, he is suspended from duty. His boss, assistant Chief Constable, now has him exactly where he wants him and is not going to allow him to join his idyll in peace - Crabbe is free to indulge in his restaurant but always on call when cases need solving.

Tuesday at 8pm Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries takes on “Death at Victoria Dock”. It’s the 1920s in Melbourne, Australia and the Honorable Phryne Fisher is a glamorous “lady detective” goes about her work with a pistol close at hand—and, more often than not, a male admirer even closer. To the dismay of Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Phryne’s investigations take her through back alleys, jazz clubs, and shady neighborhoods. Beneath her devil-may-care attitude, Phryne hides ghosts from the past that continue to haunt her. In this episode, Phryne investigates the murder of a young man with a blue tattoo who died in her arms.

Wednesday at 7:30pm season 7 of My Family begins! A dentist discovers that dealing with his clan is like pulling teeth in this biting British sitcom. Ben Harper and his acerbic wife Susan trade barbs as they struggle to raise their fractious brood. Season 7 opens as Ben is asked to be a sperm donor for a couple he and Susan met on vacation, and the request goes straight to his head. Meanwhile, Kenzo's father shows up in hopes of getting to know his son.

Thursday beginning at 8pm watch four great British comedies. At 8pm catch Moone Boy:  A warm family comedy series about a young boy growing up in a chaotic and creative household in late 1980s Ireland. At 8:30pm Worst Week of My Life continues: A British variation of `Meet the Parents' that chronicles the disastrous week prior to a wedding as a bride and groom cope with jitters, tensions and mishaps, ranging from her disapproving parents to his crazed ex. At 9pm Lead Balloon continues: A British comedy series following the misadventures of a cynical, disillusioned stand-up comedian. At 9:30pm Outnumbered closes out the comedy line-up: A British comedy about a couple and their three kids. In this week’s episode, Sue's sister Angela visits with her new husband, an American therapist.

Friday at 10:30pm catch the WETA UK premiere of Frankie. A heroine for the modern age, district nurse Frankie Maddox looks life and death in the eye on a daily basis; her mission is to make a difference. Frankie is an infectious character, she’s electric and quirky, absolutely wonderful at her job and adapts to every situation life and work can throw at her as she tries to live in the fast lane and juggle her work at the same time. This heartwarming and funny series follows Frankie and her eclectic team as they visit their patients at home and takes a look at ordinary lives, which are often in huge domestic crises.

Saturday at 9pm join WETA UK for Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey season 1 episode 1. The bold and beautiful Downton Abbey estate runs smoothly from generations of excellent care, but change is coming. With enticing drama and terrible threat, the future of Downton's dynasty takes shape but is it possible to preserve? Follow the upstairs, downstairs dynamic in this beautiful period drama from PBS.

Sunday at 8pm Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant comes to a close with the final episode “French Riviera”. The actor's series exploring the world's most luxurious hotels concludes on the glamorous French Riviera. Beginning at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, he is shown the art of perfect fine dining before meeting ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard, who explains why he chooses to call Monaco home. Richard then visits the Hotel Byblos in St. Tropez, where Mick Jagger and Bianca De Macias tied the knot in 1971, before paying a visit to Belles Rivers.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: May 5-11

From modern British comedies and dramas, to historical documentary series, WETA UK has all the best British television 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check out what we're highlighting in this week's WETA UK schedule.

Monday at 6pm catch the very first episode of Life on Mars. The hunt for a cold-blooded murderer becomes a desperate rescue mission for Detective Sam Williams’ girlfriend and fellow cop Maya. After a near-fatal car crash Detective Williams finds himself mysteriously transported to 1973. Is he in a coma? Has Sam gone crazy? Or has he really travelled back in time? Watch episode two Sunday May 11 at 10pm!

Tuesday at 10:30pm season 3 of the British comedy Chef! begins. Popular actor/comedian Lenny Henry stars as Gareth, Chef de Cuisine at the prestigious Le Château Anglais restaurant. Having realized his dream of becoming proprietor and cook at Le Château, Gareth’s obsessive perfectionism pushes the restaurant to the financial brink, and plunges his personal and professional life into chaos.

Wednesday at 6:30pm begin the popular comedy Moone Boy from the very beginning. This 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. Headed by Martin’s sign-writer father who longs to be an artist and his frazzled mother, this is a family with a lot of love where everyone tends to pull in different directions! Martin has a unique view of life, dealing with enterprising school bullies with the help of his imaginary friend who also narrates his adventures.

Thursday at 8:30pm the hilarious British show Worst Week of My Life begins. With only one week to go before Howard and Mel get married, time slows and it quickly escalates into the week from hell. Howard lurches from one embarrassing disaster to the next in the week leading up to his wedding.

Friday at 9pm crime-drama Vera continues with season four, episode two “Protected”. In this episode, DCI Vera Stanhope and DS Joe Ashworth investigate the murder of David Kenworthy, found dead on the beach at Whitley Bay. Although spotted in an argument with a local business owner earlier that night, Vera digs into the past uncovering that the Kenworthy family and their business is not as respectable as it appears. When a second death occurs, Vera is faced with pressure to solve the case quickly; she must use all her tenacity to expose the rift in the heart of the fractured family.

Saturday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Classic’s Mr. Selfridge continues with season 2 episode 6. Harry's reputation suffers while he is in Germany; Gordon pens a condolence letter after a member of the staff dies at the front; Miss Mardle falls for her lodger; and Leclair's troubles deepen.

Sunday at 9pm & 9:30pm watch two episodes of Weapons of World War II. In the annals of 20th-Century warfare, World War II saw the sharpest and most dramatic rise in the design, manufacture and effectiveness of some of the world's most lethal weaponry. In this documentary series, the development of each weapon system is addressed from the outbreak of war through to its 1945 climax. This week, watch “Tanks”: Tank development was dramatic in World War II. From pre-war light tanks, we see the emergence of the monster tanks such as the legendary Panthers and King Tigers of 1944/45. Lighter, simpler tanks such as the Russian T-34 and the American Sherman overwhelmed German tank formations with their sheer numbers. Then watch “Midget Submarines”: From attacks on Pearl Harbor and Sydney Harbor, to the British Mediterranean Fleet and the Tirpitz, midget submarines played their part in some of the most gripping stories of the war.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: January 27-February 2

Monday at 9pm, Midsomer Murders follows British police inspector, John Barnaby, as he investigates mysteries and murders in a rural English county. In “Market for Murder”, Barnaby and his partner Troy travel to the village of Midsomer Market to examine a car fire, but wind up investigating a murder connected to a local reading club. Watch as the dynamic duo attempts to read between the lines in order crack the code behind the club’s suspicious agenda in this intriguing investigative series on WETA UK!
Catch more episodes of Midsomer Murders on WETA UK, Saturdays from 3:30 to 6:30 pm!

Tuesday at 11:30pm, Rumpole of the Bailey season 2 begins with “Rumpole and the Man of God”. The witty comedy Rumpole of the Bailey centers on London barrister Horace Rumpole, a middle-aged junior barrister with a knack for defending alleged criminals. As season 2 begins, Rumpole must defend a vicar accused of shoplifting three shirts. While Rumpole attempts to defend his client, the vicar insists divine powers are responsible for the items appearing in his bag. Watch as Rumpole tries to keep the balance between heaven and earth in “Rumpole and the Man of God.”

Wednesday at 9pm, watch Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey season 4 episode 4. Catch the newest episode of Downton Abbey’s 4th season. Downton Abbey follows the story of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants on a Yorkshire country estate during the reign of King George V. During this time of extreme social change in England, the Crawley’s must deal with an excess of family struggles, class issues and romantic dramas. So far, the fourth season has seen the family reeling in the aftermath of terrible tragedy. In the newest episode, Anna deals with the aftermath of her rape, Tom seeks help from Mrs. Hughes, and Rose falls for an African American vocalist.

Wednesday at 10pm, catch Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock “The Sign of Three”. Missed it Sunday? The game is on again! Sherlock anxiously prepares for his unfamiliar part as best man in Mary and Watson’s wedding. As he gazes out at his partner’s wedding guests, Holmes suddenly realizes the key to solving two elusory cases.

Thursday at 4pm, Hustle is the story of a group of elite London con artists who recurrently attempt to pull off daring and complicated frauds. The cohort includes Mickey, the leader; Albert, a veteran con man; Ash, the location scout; Stacie, the femme fatale; and Danny, a young amateur. As season 3 begins, with "Price for Fame", the team concocts a plan to con a violent business executive out of a hefty sum of money by posing as music promoters interested in representing his young son.

Friday at 9pm, join Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, a detective in her 60s, as she attempts to fight crime armed with only her pocketbook and remarkable wisdom. As season 4 begins, the widow of a miner hires Hetty to search for her late husband’s treasure map revealing the location of valuable stolen gemstones.

Saturday at 11pm, House of Cards comes to a close. The political thriller, House of Cards centers on antihero Francis Urquhart, the chief whip of the Conservative party, and his unethical quest to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In the final episode, Urquhart announces his intention to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party and become Prime Minister. Following his declaration, Urquhart embarks on a manipulative rampage to decimate his rival politicians.
Tuesday, February 4 at 8pm, House of Cards: To Play the King premieres exclusively on WETA UK!

Sunday at 4pm, Foyle’s War takes a look at “A Lesson in Murder”. It is 1940 and England is taking a stand against the powers of Nazi Germany during World War II. When England denies World War I veteran Christopher Foyle the opportunity to contribute to the country’s military efforts, he shifts his focus to the capturing of local criminals on the south coast of England. In “A Lesson in Murder,” Foyle investigates the suicide of a pacifist and death threats to the judge who ruled against him. When the suicide case leads to a murder investigation, Foyle must determine whether the occurrences share a connection, or are simply independent acts of violence.
 

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Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock Season 3 Premiere on WETA TV26

The game is on! A new trio of highly anticipated Sherlock cases premieres on Sunday, January 19 at 10:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD! Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return to their acclaimed roles as master sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. Watson. This contemporary reinvention of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic finds Holmes and Watson battling the worst the modern criminality has to offer in 21st century London. Holmes is a loner, oddball, genius, and his best and only friend, Dr. John Watson, is a retired military doctor wounded in Afghanistan. The season two finale ended with a shocking cliffhanger that left Holmes presumed dead at the hands of his nemesis, Moriarty. Season 3 begins two years after the devastating effects of The Reichenbach Fall. Watson has moved on with his life but with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave. Watson has been longing for Sherlock’s return, but as a wise man once said, “be careful what you wish for”. If Sherlock and Watson think everything will pick up just where they left off, they are in for a very big surprise.

Do not miss the rest of Sherlock Season 3, airing Sunday nights after Downton Abbey!
January 19-February 2 at 10:00 pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD

Catch repeats airing Fridays and Wednesdays, January 22 through February 5 at 10pm on WETA UK!
 

 

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NEW Downton Abbey | Season 3 Marathon & Season 4 Premiere

Beginning at 10:30am on Sunday January 5, 2014, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for a Masterpeice Classic: Downton Abbey special episode and season 3 marathon leading into the premiere of season 4, the newest season.

At 10:30am, watch Return to Downton Abbey and feed your appetite for more Crowley family drama. Join host and devoted fan of the series, Susan Sarandon, as she recalls the fond memories from the past three seasons and presents a sneak peek at season 4. The special features a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of memorable moments. Prepare for all of the drama, rivalry, jealousy, and romance of season 4 with Return to Downton Abbey!

At 10:58am, watch our Downton Abbey season 3 marathon. Every episode of the last season, back-to-back leading into the premiere of season 4. There will be a half-hour break at 6:30pm for PBS Newshour Weekend and Downton Abbey season 3 episode 7 will begin right after at 7pm with the season 4 episode 1 premiere at 9pm.

Then, finally, at 9pm, watch the Downton Abbey season 4 premiere! As the family struggles to lift their financial and emotional woes, season 4 is sure to bring the drama, suspense, and excitement Downton Abbey is so great at achieving. Downton Abbey will air on WETA TV26 & HD Sundays at 9pm and Fridays at 8:30pm beginning January 5, 2014. Downton Abbey will also air on WETA UK Wednesdays at 9pm and Sundays at 8pm beginning January 8, 2014.

 

 

 

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This Week on WETA UK: December 23-29

An iconic British television tradition is special holiday episodes. This year, WETA UK delivers the same great British television shows with the extra special touch of holiday features!

Monday December 23
Worst Christmas of My Life Part 2 at 6:30 pm

The British comedy Worst Week of My Life follows the bumbling Howard through the disastrous week leading up to his wedding. As he and his bride Mel deal with stress and anxiety, Howard falls into one unfortunate situation after another. In the Christmas special, Worst Christmas of My Life, Howard decides to scuffle with Santa and he and Mel leave a mess at her parents’ home. Will Howard and Mel be able to clean up their mess in time?

Outnumbered Christmas Special at 10:30 pm
Outnumbered is a witty British comedy about a couple, the Brockman’s, and their three kids.
In this Christmas Special, the Brockman’s celebrate Boxing Day; Karen writes New Year's resolutions for the family and Barack Obama; and Pete and Sue host a gathering they hope will be festive. Spend Christmas with the Brockman’s in the Outnumbered Christmas Special!

Tuesday December 24
Rumpole of the Bailey: Rumpole and the Younger Generation at 10:30 pm
Witty London barrister Horace Rumpole is a middle-aged junior barrister who excels at criminal cases. In Rumpole and the Younger Generation, Horace defends a young member of the Timson clan, a family of mischievous yet moral villains. Meanwhile, his wife Hilda hopes the powers that be will elect Rumpole Head of Chambers after her father retires. When Nick Rumpole visits from school, Horace realizes his own son has acquired some of the Timson family traits.

Wednesday December 25
My Family Christmas Special: Have an Unhappy Christmas at 3:00 pm

Ben gets Susan a vacuum cleaner for Christmas, but when he finds out his gift is unromantic, he buys a necklace instead. Ben is annoyed when he later finds out he could have got the necklace for half price if he had waited a day. Meanwhile, the family decides to get a picture of Ben and Susan on their wedding day put on mugs and other household items as a romantic souvenir, but when there is a mix-up at the factory, a picture of them on their honeymoon night is displayed on the souvenirs instead.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Dream at 10:30 pm
Belgian detective Hercule Poirot tackles a variety of mysteries in this intelligent investigative series. In The Dream, the sleuth investigates the apparent murder of a pie-compay owner who feared someone was manipulating his mind. When the investigation spirals out of control, Poirot finds himself enveloped in a world of false identities and affairs.

Thursday December 26
Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side at 9:00 pm

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side is based on the novel by Agatha Christie and centers on Marina Gregg, a glamorous but fragile Hollywood star. When the entire village falls in love with Gregg, she invites everyone over to her elaborate home for a party. The night goes awry when a guest drops dead after drinking a poisoned daiquiri, leading to a shocking mystery deserving of a Hollywood ending.

Friday December 27
Mysteries!
Rosemary and Thyme: Sweet Angelica at 8:00 pm

While trying to restore the lawns at an exclusive boarding school that caters to the children of wealthy foreigners, Rosemary and Laura become involved in a hostile murder mystery involving an attractive Polish student named Angelica. When one of Angelica’s male suitors turns up dead, the young girl is among the prime suspects. Rosemary and Laura must attempt to solve the mystery of the dead boy while also dealing with the orderly dead patches of grass on the school lawn.

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: Serving the Community at 9:00 pm
Join Hetty Wainthropp, a detective in her 60s, as she attempts to fight crime armed with only her pocketbook and remarkable wisdom. In Serving the Community, Hetty investigates a string of muggings of Indian-restaurant owners. When a frustrated Hetty is ready to inform the police of the situation, a mysterious group attacks her and steals her purse. After this horrific robbery, the case becomes personal for Hetty and she decides to solve the mystery herself.

Comedies!
The Café: A Note to Follow at 10:00 pm

This warm and funny comedy series focuses on three generations of a family who host customers from all walks of life at their seafront café. After losing her boyfriend and her job, Sarah moves back home from London to help her mother, Carol, at the café. In A Note to Follow, excitement is in the air as the café regulars prepare for a Sing-Along Sound of Music and a stressed Carol receives some bad news.

Back-to-Back Doc Martin at 10:30 pm
Doc Martin centers on Dr. Martin Ellingham, a smart yet socially awkward physician. The story begins when the Doc moves to a new town to replace a deceased doctor, and sets about alienating the entire everyone.
Doc Martin: The Portwenn Effect
With the Portwenn Players annual dance coming up, Louisa tries to ask Martin as her date. When he turns her down, she naïvely gives her extra ticket to Mark Mylow who immediately misunderstands and thinks they are going on a date. When word of their “date” gets back to Martin, he too misunderstands.
Doc Martin: Of All the Harbors in all the Towns
Martin’s Aunt Joan receives a visit from an old lover, who arrives hoping to rekindle their relationship. Meanwhile, a teenager develops a crush on Martin when he resets her dislocated shoulder.
 
Saturday December 28
Return to Downton Abbey at 11:00 pm

Are you eagerly awaiting the debut of the new season of Downton Abbey? Feed your appetite for more Crowley family drama with Return to Downton Abbey. Join host and devoted fan of the series, Susan Sarandon, as she recalls the fond memories from the past three seasons and presents a sneak peek at season 4. The special features a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of memorable moments. Prepare for all of the drama, rivalry, jealousy, and romance of season 4 with Return to Downton Abbey!
Do not miss the debut of the new season of Downton Abbey on January 5, 2014 on WETA TV26 & HD!

Sunday December 29
Back-to-Back Foyle’s War
Foyle’s War: Plan of Attack Part 1 at 4:00 pm
Foyle’s War: Plan of Attack Part 2 at 5:00 pm

It is 1940 and England is taking a stand against the powers of Nazi Germany during World War II. When England denies World War I veteran Christopher Foyle the opportunity to contribute to the country’s military efforts once again, he shifts his focus to the capturing of local criminals on the south coast of England. In Plan of Attack, it is April 1944, the Allies have stepped up their war effort, and it seems the end of the war is in sight. Foyle has resigned as Detective Chief Superintendent, but comes out of retirement after a tragic event. Watch Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle as he carries out a personal crusade against domestic villains in Foyle’s War: Plan of Attack!

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2013 at 7:30pm
With Christmas days away, the discovery of an undetonated bomb near Nonnatus House causes an evacuation of the district and the staff to care for the area residents at a rescue center. In other events, Jenny's relationship with Alec continues to grow.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: December 9-15

Monday December 9
Fresh Fields season 3 begins at 5:30 pm
In this popular British sitcom a devoted middle-class couple constantly test each other’s patience. In the season 3 premiere, Do it Yourself, Hester hires professional help to redecorate the house but the project goes awry when her carelessness nearly puts him in the hospital. How will William react to another one of Hester’s wacky new ideas? Find out in the Fresh Fields season 3 premiere!

Lead Balloon season 2 begins at 6:00 pm
The comedy series Lead Balloon centers on the misfortunes of Rick Spleen, a cynical, world-weary comedian who takes on corporate jobs to pay the bills. In Giraffe, the first episode of season 2, Rick appears as a Celebrity Oracle on a TV quiz show.

Tuesday December 10
Death in Paradise at 8:00 pm
It’s back! The light-hearted detective series centers on British cop Richard Poole, who is transferred from London to the island of Sainte-Marie in the Caribbean. Poole’s hatred of sun, sand and sea, make him a complete fish out of water in his new home. With a new mind-bending mystery to solve every episode, Death in Paradise intrigues all the way through the closing credits. In the series opener, inspector Richard Poole is sent to Sainte-Marie to investigate the murder of a British policeman.

Doc Martin at 9:45 pm
Season 1 Episode 1: Going Bodmin
Watch this hit series from the very beginning in time for the season 6 premiere on WETA TV26 in February! Watch two back to back episodes every Tuesday on WETA UK at 9:00 pm! In the opening episode, Dr. Martin Ellingham, a smart yet socially challenged physician, arrives in Cornwall, England to take over the local doctor's office and quickly begins alienating the town’s wary residents.

Wednesday December 11
DCI Banks at 9:00 pm

Series 1 Episode 2: Playing with Fire
A British police detective unravels mysteries in the Yorkshire countryside in this detective drama. In Playing with Fire, Banks and his team are called in to investigate when book-seller Leslie Whittaker's charred corpse is found on his burnt-out houseboat along with a strong-box containing twenty thousand pounds and a Turner painting.

Thursday December 12
Scott & Bailey
season 2 Episode 1 at 8:00 pm
Season 2 begins!
Follow two female police detectives, one motherly; one emotionally immature, as they investigate murders in this thrilling investigative drama series. In the season 2 opener, the team investigates the horrific death of an unknown male victim while Rachel agrees to accommodate her young brother Dominic, who is homeless after being released from jail, and Janet's elderly mother moves in with her family after an operation.

Masterpiece Mystery! Silk at 9:00 pm
This court room drama follows the fast paced careers of two modern-day barristers competing for the title of Queen’s Counsel. One an idealistic defense lawyer, and the other a ruthless prosecutor, the two barristers compete for the prestigious appointment in three episodes of high-stakes cases on the front lines of criminal law. Through all of the rivalry, tension, and intrigue, only one will emerge as Her Majesty’s Counsel. Watch these two battle it out in the trenches of British law in Silk.

Friday December 13
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
season 3 begins at 9:00 pm
Join Hetty Wainthropp, a detective in her 60s, as she fights crime armed with only her pocketbook and her extraordinary intelligence. In the episode All Stitched Up, Hetty is recruited to pose as the Irish sister of a local woman who is being preyed upon by a teenage delinquent.

The Café at 10:00 pm
This warm and funny comedy series focuses on three generations of a family who host customers at their seafront café. After losing her boyfriend and her job, Sarah moves back home from London to help her mother at the café. In this episode, Sarah chases some literary agents while her mom deals with some strange happenings at the café. Watch as Sarah deals with the positives and negatives of returning home to her mother in this hilarious sitcom.

Saturday December 14
The WETA UK premiere! Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise Part One at 9:00 pm
A clever blend of love story, mystery, and social comedy, this extravagant costume drama explores the lives of the people that work, shop, and trade in and around The Paradise, the first department store in Northern England during the 1870s. The story follows a naïve country girl, Denise Lovett, as she becomes immersed in the power struggles surrounding the store, and a forbidden romance with the store’s elegant and mysterious owner, John Moray. The Paradise embodies the progress and pain of a new age of commerce in England, but can Denise and John have a future together amidst the personal and political conflicts that envelop this era of progress?

Sunday December 15
Vicar of Dibley Christmas Specials
2004
Time to get in the holiday spirit with two Christmas Specials! Vicar of Dibley centers on a lively female minister who comes to serve in a conservative small town's church, consisting of only six members.

Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special Part One, Merry Christmas at 9:00 pm
To celebrate Geraldine's 10th Christmas at Dibley, the townspeople hold a competition to see who can write the best Christmas carol.

Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special Part Two Happy New Year at 10:00 pm
The people of Dibley buy Geraldine a ticket to a speed dating evening for her 40th birthday.  However, when she goes it turns out that most of the dates are the other villagers.

 

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