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This Week on WETA UK: February 3-9

February on WETA UK starts off strong with excellent new British comedies as well as more of your favorite British dramas. Read on to find out what the WETA UK programmers want to highlight in this week’s schedule, February 3-9, 2014.

Monday from 6-7:30pm, unwind with three back-to-back episodes of Antiques Roadshow BBC! Start the evening off at Gloucester Cathedral where an early Doctor Who (airs on WETA UK Saturdays 10am & Sundays 11pm) script makes a surprise appearance. Then head to Carter’s Steam Fair where alongside the carousels and waltzers are valuable paintings and more. Finish the evening off at Kedleston Hall where a rare mill clock rivals a collection of 70 toasters for unique finds.

Tuesday at 8pm, begin House of Cards: To Play the King episode 1. This sequel to the original House of Cards continues to follow the devilish Francis Urquhart. After managing to become the British prime minister and crush all significant opposition, his survival on the top is threatened by a liberal monarch and a few skeletons in the closet. Then at 9pm, watch the first two episodes of the new season of Doc Martin! In the first two episodes of season 6, Portwenn is buzzing with arrangements for the wedding of the Doc and Louisa. Will they finally tie the knot, or will the villagers have to put the confetti back in the box again? Then, Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party, the new nanny walks out, and Morwenna advertises for a lodger.

Wednesday at 8pm, tune into our primary channel WETA TV26 for the premiere of our newest documentary Arlington National Cemetery where the history, mission, and daily operations of this honored resting place are explored. Then at 10pm, turn back to WETA UK for Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock "His Last Vow", the final episode in the new Sherlock series.

Thursday from 8pm-10pm, get the giggles from our new contemporary comedy line-up. Starting at 8pm, begin Spy from the beginning. In episode 1 “Codename: Loser” the main character Tim quits his job during a custody battle with his ex-wife. He applies for a job as a civil servant doing data entry, but discovers during the job interview that he has been offered a job as a trainee spy for MI5. Then at 8:30pm, mockumentary Twenty Twelve begins! Follow the trials of the management of the fictional Olympic Deliverance Commission (ODC), the body tasked to organize the Olympic Games. Then at 9pm, watch the first episode of Moone Boy, a warm family comedy series about a young boy growing up in a chaotic and creative household in late 1980s Ireland. Finally, at 9:30pm, catch the favored comedy Outnumbered from the very first episode!

Friday at 9pm, begin Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries from the very beginning! Miss Fisher is a female detective of a unique kind. She’s no stranger to jazz clubs of late 1920s in Melbourne, Australia and fights injustice with her decorative pistol and her sharp wit. Love it? Stay tuned at 10pm for the second episode!

Saturday from 3:20-6:30pm, catch the two very first Midsomer Murders episodes! “The Killings at Badger’s Drift” and “Written in Blood” are sure to engage your brain and maybe even your fear!

Sunday at 7pm, take a trip to Wild South America in this documentary series! Discover the "Lost Worlds", from the icy peaks of the Andes to the Amazon jungle and the Atacama desert, these extreme conditions are home to a mind-boggling variety of creatures. But how and why did they choose to live in such habitats? Then at 8pm, learn more about Wild Australasia! Go on a contemporary exploration of Australia and its closest islands, wildlife and wilderness. It reveals how this island continent and surrounding seas were transformed by human invasion and natural climatic change from a lush wilderness into one of the world’s most modern, developed nations with a vast desert at its heart. To round off your trip around the world in one night, at 9pm watch Wild Caribbean "Treasure Islands"! The calm blue waters of the Caribbean may look inviting but over the centuries their extensive coral reefs have been death traps to unwary or unfortunate sailors. If not hurricanes and storms, then raids by pirates have created the shipwrecks of the Caribbean. And those wrecks have in turn become the home for colorful coral and marine life. Follow the most dramatic stories of piracy, trade and treachery and visit the most spectacular reefs on earth, to find the true treasure of the Caribbean.

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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule February 11 - 17

WETA UK will keep you on the edge of your seat this week with new seasons of crime dramas and the premiere of two new series!

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Monday start the week with three back to back crime dramas, beginning with Reilly: Ace of Spies at 8:00pm, a mini-series which follows Sidney Reilly, one of the world’s greatest spies. At 9:00pm, Vera II continues with the death of a military Sergeant in Afghanistan and at 10:30pm the mind-bending investigation of Alex Drake takes a new twist in Ashes to Ashes.

Tuesday MI-5 season 5 begins with a bang at 10:00pm. Chaos ensues after members of Parliament are murdered and what looks like an act of terrorism by Al-Qaeda is soon discovered to be a conspiracy linked much closer to home.

Wednesday the con artists are back at it on Hustle at 10:30pm. Join us as we begin season 7 with new scams and frauds carried out by a talented group of crooks in London.

Thursday at 10:00pm Waking the Dead kicks off season 5 with a not-so-fresh murder when a mummified body is found on an airplane. Can Peter Boyd connect the dots between a convict and businessman to get to the bottom of this case?

Friday is the WETA UK series premiere of Men Behaving Badly at 10:30pm. Starring Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) and Dermot Povey, this comedy explores the lives of two young bachelors sharing an apartment. Their immature ways and binge drinking lead them down paths of trouble, particularly with their respected love interests.

Saturday is the conclusion of The WETA UK Event: The Complete Little Dorrit, the Masterpiece Theatre series based on the classic story by Charles Dickens involving crime, mystery and romance. Part 4 airs 8:00pm-9:30pm and part 5 airs from 9:30pm-11:00pm.

Sunday the series People Like Us­ gets its WETA UK premiere at 9:30pm. This mockumentary of Middle England finds its humor in the inept filmmaker Roy Mallard and literal interpretations of dialogue between interviewer and subject. In this first episode, Peter Wilson, the managing director for Zenotech, discusses staying ahead of the competition.

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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.

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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.