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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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New Masterpiece Series on WETA | Masterpiece Classic The Paradise

This new Masterpiece Classic! series premieres Sunday October 6 at 9pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

A clever blend of romance, mystery, and social comedy, this extravagant costume drama explores the lives of the people that worked, shoped, and traded 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 including 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?

The Paradise airs throughout the month Sundays at 9pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD!

 

 

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New Masterpiece Series on WETA | Masterpiece Mystery! Silk

This Sunday, August 25, don’t miss the new Masterpiece series Silk! This British court room drama follows the fast paced careers of two modern-day barristers competing for the title of Queen’s Counsel. Between steadfast defense lawyer Martha Costello and ruthless prosecutor Clive Reader, only one will be deemed Her Majesty’s Counsel. Watch these two battle it out in the trenches of British law and get a fascinating look at the personal and professional lives of barristers. Watch a preview below!

Watch Masterpiece Mystery! Silk this Sunday at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

Also watch part 2 on September 1 at 9:00pm & part 3 on September 8 at 9:00pm.

 

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Where to Watch Inspector Morse & Inspector Lewis | WETA UK

Unfortunately, 2013 saw Detective Inspector Robert Lewis and Detective Sergeant James Hathaway hanging up their hats and resigning from the police force. This marks the series end, and new episodes will no longer be coming. Though the series has finished, this is far from the end here at WETA UK.  Wednesdays on WETA UK will still be jam-packed with episodes of Inspector Morse, Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis, and starting July 24th, Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour.

Inspector Morse

The series that started it all continues on Wednesday nights on WETA UK. Watch Inspector Morse solve complex cases with the help of his partner, the man himself, Detective Lewis. In tonight’s episode, Inspector Morse looks into the historic case of murdered woman that he suspects may not have been correctly solved. As he delves into this case, his own health takes a turn for the worse! Inspector Morse airs every Wednesday night at 8:00pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis

Inspector Lewis’ journey hasn’t ended here at WETA UK, and the compelling crimes continue to be solved on Wednesday nights. Tonight, Inspector Lewis investigates the mysterious resurfacing of an assumed dead rock star. Nothing is simple with this case, as the body of an orphan boy turns up that has a connection to the band. To make things even stranger, the band is one that Lewis used to be a big fan of! Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis airs every Wednesday night at 9:00pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour

Inspector Morse is undoubtedly one of the greatest inspectors of all time, but he wasn’t always the expert you see in Inspector Morse. Everyone has an origin, and on Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour, you can witness the early days of Endeavour Morse. Beginning on July 24th, catch the all new series that shows Morse’s early days at Oxford University, where he almost decides he doesn’t want to work in the police department at all! Brand new episodes of Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour will begin airing Wednesday nights at 10:30pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

 

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This Week on WETA UK | March 18 – 24

Every Monday, the Programmer’s Choice gives you highlights from this week’s WETA UK schedule. These highlights include new shows, new seasons, special episodes, and refreshers on WETA UK favorites. Read on to see what WETA UK shows are featured this week March 18 – March 24!

Read the full blog post to watch trailers of these shows!

Monday at 7:30pm begin season 2 of the hearty series Fresh Fields. Hester and William Fields are bored empty nesters. William is an accountant and Hester does random things around town including taking care of her elderly mother and gossiping with her neighbor Sonia. Stars: Julia McKenzie (Miss Marple, Return to Cranford), Anton Rodgers (May to December). Also airs throughout the week.

Tuesday at 7:30pm catch the first episode of May to December season 2. Two unlikely people find a mutual love of old musicals humor sparking a romance surprising much more than just themselves. Stars: Anton Rodgers (Fresh Fields), Frances White (I, Claudius). Also airs throughout the week. 

Wednesday at 11:00pm continue the action and humor of Hustle. Master con-man Mickey Bricks and his team of talented con artists have a very important rule: never con an honest man. So instead, they have lots of greedy enemies lined up for some of their boldest cons yet. Tough decisions and plenty of fun as the team goes head to head with some of the meanest, greediest people society has to offer. Stars: Adrian Lester, Robert Glenister (Prime Suspect), Robert Vaughn, Matt Di Angelo (EastEnders), and Kelly Adams.

Thursday at 8:00pm rekindle your love of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. This week, Holmes and Watson take on The Norwood Builder, when a notorious retiree is found murdered, his recently-named heir is the prime suspect. Also airs: Saturday at 2:00pm. Then at 9:30pm Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings investigates the mystery Double Sin in Agatha Christie’s Poirot. A woman is robbed while delivering a set of antique Napoleon miniatures to an American collector. Poirot and Hastings set out to find the thief. Also airs: Saturday at 4:00pm.

Friday at 8:00pm get your warm-hearted laughs with The Café. Three generations of a family host customers at their seafront cafe in this warm and funny comedy series. Sarah moves back home from London, having lost her boyfriend and her job, so she's helping her mum Carol at the café. But returning home has its pluses and minuses. Also airs: Tuesday at 5:30pm.

Saturday at 9:30pm experience Masterpiece Contemporary: Framed. Based on the bestselling book by Frank Cottrell Boyce, when London's National Gallery accidentally floods, treasured paintings must be transferred to an abandoned slate mine in the Welsh countryside for safety. Curator Quentin Lester is secretly pleased to have the art all to himself but while away, he encounters a lineup of quirky neighbors causing Lester great concern. Stars: Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead) and Eve Myles (Little Dorrit). Also airs: Sunday at 1:30pm.

Sunday at 5:00pm kick off season 2 of Born and Bred! In season 1, Tom Gilder moved his wife Deborah and four children from the busy city of Manchester to rural Ormston to take on the responsibility of his father’s practice. Despite a few old versus new clashes, Tom quickly settled in and together they got the go-ahead to make the cottage hospital a success. In season two, get ready for a whole new set of problems for the father-and-son practice. Delve further into the lives of the villagers, including some highly amusing incidents. Stars: James Bolam, Michael French (EastEnders), and Clive Swift (Keeping up Appearances). Also airs throughout the week

 

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Coming to WETA UK in February 2013 | New British Shows

WETA UK brings television viewers in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan area the very best in British programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since our launch in June 2012, we have introduced a wide variety of British shows to PBS audiences around the local area and we continue to do so in this coming month. Here’s a look at the new shows coming to WETA UK February 2013.

Click here to watch video previews of these shows!

 
The WETA UK Event: The Complete Little Dorrit 
Saturdays 8:00pm - 11:30pm beginning February 2 | Also airs Sundays at 12:00pm 
This Masterpiece Classic drama is based on the book by Charles Dickens. Amy Dorrit has lived in Marshalsea Prison her entire life, but nothing can ruin her love for her father William Dorrit, the prison’s longest serving inmate. After his father’s mysterious death, Arthur Clennam explores this mystery which intertwines with the Dorrits. Clennam's exhaustive search for answers involves murder, fortunes gained and lost, the upper society and lower, and most surprising of all, a gentle romance. Watch the five part series on WETA UK over three Saturdays February 2, 9, & 16.  
 
Yes, Prime Minister
Sundays at 8:00pm beginning February 3 | Also airs throughout the week
This comedy series is the sequel to the hit British comedy Yes, Minister. True to the law that says people rise to the level of their incompetence, James Hacker MP, Minister for Administrative Affairs, has ascended to the highest political office in the land. Fortunately for the country, however, his scheming adversary Sir Humphrey Appleby - now Cabinet Secretary - is more than willing to help him steer the unsteady ship of state through the perilous waters of government.
 
 
Fresh Fields
Mondays at 7:30pm beginning February 4 | Also airs throughout the week
Hester and William Fields are a typical couple: happily married, middle-aged, and middle-class. When their daughter Emma leaves home to live with her boyfriend Peter, the empty nesters become increasingly bored. William runs a small accountancy firm in the city and Hester ends up taking on a wide-range of activities in hopes to add some variety in her life. She attends classes and events while running around after her elderly mother and gossiping with next-door neighbor Sonia.
 
May to December
Tuesdays at 7:30pm beginning February 5 | Also airs throughout the week
Alec Callendar is a small-town solicitor, with big-time dreams. Semple, Callendar and Henty handles routine work in a typically suburban legal practice, but privately Alec wishes he were more like his hero, Perry Mason. One day, into his life walks an Angell – Zoe Angell, who has come to consult him about a divorce. On the face of it, the professional widower and the young PE teacher from a family of greengrocers should have nothing in common. But a mutual love of old musicals and a whimsical sense of humor spark a romance which surprises not just Alec and Zoe, but also the entire office staff, his two grown-up children and the rest of their families and friends.
 
Men Behaving Badly
Fridays at 10:30pm beginning February 15
Gary and Tony are two beer-guzzling flat mates enjoying endless TV and mindless talks about women. Gary sells burglar alarms for a dead-end company and his staff drive him mad with their old-fashioned ways. Tony stumbles through a range of jobs including modeling, bartending, and miming. Gary has an on-again-off-again relationship with nurse Dorothy and Tony has many girlfriends but really likes Deborah the woman who lives in the flat above.
 
Masterpiece Classic: South Riding
Saturday February 16 from 9:30pm – 12:30am
As forward-thinking young headmistress Sarah Burton brings her modern ideas to a conservative girls' school in depression-era Yorkshire, she sparks trouble and attraction with Robert Carne, a stubborn landowner hindered by a questionable past. Sarah encourages girls to think for themselves and despite others’ protests, outside of school Sarah finds an supporter in Joe Astell, an advocate of progress. 
 
People Like Us
Sundays at 9:30pm beginning February 17 | Also airs Thursdays at 9:00am & Fridays at 11:30am
BBC interviewer Roy Mallard travels the country to talk to ordinary folk. Mallard has little or no skill as an interviewer: he is over-earnest, and after most of his voice-overs, you realize there's something slightly odd about what he's said. He's apt to talk nonsense and is so obviously unattractive there's a running joke that nobody can believe he's married. But we never catch a glimpse of him: the central character of this program is always out of shot.
 
Death in Paradise
Wednesdays at 9:00pm beginning February 20 | Also airs Thursdays at 4:00pm & Saturdays at 6:00pm 
A light-hearted detective series which takes place against a stunning Caribbean island backdrop. Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, quintessentially British cop Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. Awaiting Richard is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing. His new partner, DS Camille Bordey is instinctive, feisty and brilliant, and the rest of the team certainly has their own unique way of doing things. Though Richard would never admit it, they make the perfect team, and with a new mind-boggling mystery to solve every episode, Death in Paradise will intrigue and tantalize – but will Richard ever come to see the beauty of his surroundings? Perhaps not, but he might one day loosen his tie.
 
Dalziel & Pasco 
Wednesdays at 10:00pm beginning February 20 | Also airs Thursdays at 5:00pm & Saturdays at 7:00pm 
Andy Dalziel does not suffer fools gladly, but he has even more trouble with what he calls the "smart arses" of this world. So when the inexperienced, soft-spoken, whiz-kid graduate Peter Pascoe joins his team at Mid-Yorkshire CID, there could be problems. Pascoe is one of the new breed of career police officers, armed with a degree in Social Sciences, a caring attitude and a sharp brain. At first Pascoe is somewhat taken aback by his brash and ballsy boss, but it soon becomes apparent there is more to Andy Dalziel than meets the eye. Pascoe and his feisty girlfriend Ellie find Dalziel by turns exasperating and amusing. And although Pascoe often has to bear the brunt of Dalziel's taunts, it is hard to resist his clumsy attempts at friendship.
 
The WETA UK Event: The Complete Return to Cranford
Saturdays from 8:00pm – 11:00pm beginning February 23 | Also airs Sundays at 12:00pm
Change is coming to the 1840s, small, close-knit village of Cranford run by the women of the town. The Industrial Revolution is upon them and change as well as romance is in the air. When a shocking event disrupts Cranford from its innocence, can a bit friendship save the day?  
 
Foyle’s War
Mondays at 8:00pm beginning February 25
This fan-favorite, World War II crime drama returns to WETA UK on a new day and time starting from the very beginning. The first season is set in spring and summer of 1940 when World War II has just begun and England faces an inevitable German invasion. Despite the war, someone must tend to crimes on the home front and Christopher Foyle is the man to do it. The detective chief inspector faces four difficult cases in the first season of Foyle's War.
 
Rumpole of the Bailey
Tuesdays at 9:00pm beginning February 26 | Also airs Wendesdays at 4:00pm
Horace Rumpole is a messy, old London barrister with one glass eye who defends in criminal cases. He is likes wine, poetry, and fair dealing, and is not looked on as a success by his wife, Hilda. Rumpole refuses to handle most suits and will only defend, not prosecute. Each of his trials has a victory and a defeat and his acquitted clients are often angrier than those who are found guilty.
 
 

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