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This Week on WETA UK: February 24-March 2

This week (and every week) tune into WETA UK for the best of British television. Whether you're a DC area resident, visiting the area from out of town, a British television expert or just a casual watcher, WETA UK has everything any viewer needs to escape to England for a little while.

Monday at 8pm, enjoy the Pie in the Sky episode “Sky Return Match” where Henry has to solve a series of thefts but gets unexpected and suspicious help from a private security firm.

Tuesday at 9pm, catch the last two episodes of the new season of Doc Martin. In episode 7 of  season 6, “Listen to Mother”, Ruth argues with Margaret for her lack of motherly behavior in Martin’s life. A potentially fatal accident puts someone in the hospital and a major announcement makes things even more dramatic. Then in episode 8 of season 6, “Departure”, someone goes on a trip causing much grief for Martin and he decides to confront his mother. The information Martin finds out about Louisa is critical and leads to one of the most exciting season finales in Doc Martin history.

Wednesday at 9pm, watch the Downton Abbey season 4 finale. The Crawleys are in London, where Rose's coming out ball is to be staged at the stately Grantham House. In other events, Cora's mother visits and the family finds itself in the midst of a potential scandal.

Thursday at 11pm, see a new episode of Hebburn. In “Stairway to Hebburn”, Pauline quits her job to sell cupcakes while Vicki accompanies Gervaise to recording studio. Tension between Gervaise and Lindsay comes to a limit exploding as they reveal their true feelings. Sarah gets a surprise that would change her life forever.

Friday at 6:30pm, catch Rumpole of the Bailey “Rumpole and the Course of True Love”. Uncontrollable bed-hopping ruins the chances of Guthrie Featherstone QC MP becoming a judge and Rumpole's client's career as a teacher.

Saturday at 11pm, tune in for the documentary Wild Australasia “Southern Seas” Mermaids and dragons glide through the clear blue water, bizarre fish ‘walk’ along the bottom and on tropical beaches crabs and seagulls have a tug-of-war for food. Even the sea lions here are weird. “Southern Seas” journeys around the dramatic coasts of Australia and New Zealand revealing the unique wildlife in these waters.

Sunday at 10pm, watch the last episode of To Play The King, the sequel to the original House of Cards series. The King drives the need to invest more in housing and social services but the Prime Minister reminds the King to stay out of politics. Party Chairman Tim Stamper is upset that his old friend Urquhart won't promise him a senior Cabinet post if they win the election which begins a vengeful plot. Urquhart must deal with Stamper and Sarah, both of whom have the evidence to ruin him.

 

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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: December 30-January 5

This week is a huge one. The new year, 2014, begins and WETA UK unveils lots of new programming. We’re excited to begin new comedies and documentaries this week. Read on to see what’s coming this week, December 30-January 5!

Monday at 10:30pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of the action comedy Spy. Tim quits his post at his mundane job at a computer store and unexpectedly stumbles into a career with MI5. Then at 11pm, watch British comedy Lead Balloon from the very first episode. Cynical comedian Rick Spleen (Jack Dee) tries to avoid an ugly baby's christening and stars in a public-service announcement about recycling that backfires.

Tuesday at 9pm catch two back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin. The second episode, beginning at 9:46pm, is the first episode in season 2. Martin and Louisa share a disastrous first kiss, Martin gets a new receptionist, and a local fisherman suffers from a list of ailments.

Wednesday at 11:30pm watch the WETA UK premiere of comedy Me & Mrs. Jones. The series follows the increasingly complex life of Mrs. Gemma Jones (Sarah Alexander) as she balances love, affection and motherhood between an ex-husband, one grown-up son, two young daughters and male admirers with a 20-year age gap. In the premiere episode, Gemma's life changes when her son returns from travelling and a friendly parent named Tom asks her out on a date.

Thursday at 9pm get your dose of mystery with back-to-back episodes of Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple. The first episode, The Secret of Chimneys, is about a weekend party hosted by Lord Caterham (Edward Fox) and attended by Marple (Julia McKenzie). One of the guests, Austrian count Ludwig Von Stainach (Anthony Higgins), goes missing. In the second episode, beginning at 10:30pm, The Blue Geranium is about the murder of wealthy Mary Pritchard (Sharon Small) in the village of Little Ambrose, where Marple's visiting old friend Rev. Milewater (David Calder), shortly after the unexplained death of a young man.

Friday from 1pm-7:30pm watch the best British action, mystery, adventures in the DC area! 1pm: MI-5, 2pm: New Tricks, 3pm: Waking the Dead, 4pm: Hustle, 5pm: DCI Banks, 6:30pm: Scott & Bailey.

Saturday from 8pm-10pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of Queen Victoria’s Children, a documentary investigating the claim that Queen Victoria's relationships with her children were complex and tumultuous. Behind closed doors, royal domestic life often seemed like a battlefield and this series uses a wealth of written material and photos left by Victoria, Albert and their children, including letters, diaries, memoirs and journals, to bring the subject and characters to life.

Sunday at 8pm join us for the WETA UK premiere of Tales From the Palaces. Discover mysterious marks from the time of the Salem witch trials, hidden in the roof of Kew Palace, and the tangible remains of 'the madness of King George'. And, admire the extraordinary efforts to recreate a complete Tudor feast and the painstaking, delicate repairs of Princess Diana's dresses. Then at 9pm, open your eyes to the bizarre, ferocious and surprisingly beautiful world of the invertebrates with Life in the Undergrowth! Join David Attenborough on his groundbreaking exploration into a spectacular miniature universe never normally seen, but teeming all around us. If you haven’t had enough documentaries yet, stay on WETA UK for The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler: Leading Millions into the Abyss part 1 at 10pm. This three part documentary examines Hitler’s relationship with the people he led during the Second World War, with the help of testimony from people who were there, compelling archive film and dramatic reconstructions.
 

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Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis Season 6

Just when you thought you had it all figured out, Inspector Lewis is back with three episodes of mystery and murder on WETA TV26 & WETA HD! Watch a trailer here!

Robbie Lewis, now a Detective Inspector, is joined by his brainy partner James Hathaway in this spinoff of Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Morse. Watch the street smart inspector and his cerebral foil solve crimes in historic Oxford. This Sunday, the duo gets back to work!

Episode 1: “Down Among the Fearful”

Sunday June 23 at 7:30pm Lewis and Hathaway investigate the murder of a psychic who is really a psychology researcher at Oxford. The closer they look, the more suspects there are! Also airs Thursday June 27 at 8:00.

Episode 2: “The Ramblin’ Boy”

Sunday June 23 at 9:00 With Hathaway on leave, Lewis is paired up with a novice partner to investigate the discovery of an elderly corpse found in a field. Why was the body prevented from being cremated? Also airs Thursday June 27 at 9:30pm.

Episode 3: “Intelligent Design”

Sunday June 30 at 9:00pm The detectives are back together to investigate the death of chemist recently released from prison. Is the case connected to the body of a lost student?

Watch Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis Season 6 on WETA TV26 & HD this month!

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The Rhythm of June on WETA

One thing that has remained constant throughout time is our love of music. Music can transcend culture and generations, and we can all appreciate a catchy tune. In June, WETA TV26 & HD presents a wide range of musical programs that will transport you to the front row of some of the greatest performances in history!
 
Jewish songwriters have been an important part in the creation of some of the most well-known musicals in the history of theatre. West Side Story, Wicked, and Bye, Bye Birdie are only a few of the award-winning musicals featured in an in-depth look at how Jewish ideals helped shape today’s musicals. Watch breathtaking performances and interviews with some of the pioneers of Broadway. Watch a preview here! Airs Sunday, June 2 at 7:00pm
 
In 2009 Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble entered Ti lascio una canzone, an Italian music competition. As fate would have it, they were chosen to sing together during the competition, and 4 years later they are still singing together as Il Volo. From performing on American Idol to guest starring on HBO’s Entourage, they’ve certainly made a name for themselves in America. Watch a performance of their second album, We Are Love, at the Filmore Miami Beach. Airs Monday, June 3 at 8:00pm.
 
The 1950s and 1960s are remembered fondly for many things, but for many people these decades are all about the music. The radio had become a booming success, and for many families, it became tradition to huddle together and listen to hit singles by artists like Patti Page and Frankie Lane. Watch performances by some of these all-time musical greats and relive the wonder of the golden era. Airs Thursday, June 6 at 8:00pm.
 
Portofino is a spectacular village on the shores of Italy, and a beautiful place for authentic Italian culture. Portofino is a popular destination for famous celebrities worldwide, and the Italian village was chosen as the backdrop for Andrea Bocelli’s grand performance. Love in Portofino features Grammy-winning musicians, famous love songs, and Bocelli singing songs in six different languages, all under the starry sky of Italy. Watch the trailer here! Airs Friday, June 7 at 9:00pm.
 
In the 1960s, music started becoming a powerful tool for spreading peace and reform. Many of the classic pop songs that we all know and love originally carried heavy messages about serious issues. Return to the era of psychedelic “groovy” music with Peter Noone and Davy Jones, two Manchester musicians who had a huge influence on this new wave. See hit singles performed by classic bands from the decade of love. Airs Saturday, June 8 at 8:00pm.
 
The 1970s and 1980s are arguably the most fondly remembered decades of the 1900s. Even today the music and fashion that these decades produced are celebrated and mimicked by admirers. There was never a better time for soulful music, and some of the greatest songs from the era are highlighted. Music from Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, and many others are all presented by celebrity host Whoopi Goldberg. Watch the trailer here! Airs Sunday, June 9 at 9:30pm.
 
Carole King and James Taylor have a combined total of 9 Grammy awards and are both members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Originally, Carole King was only a songwriter and pianist, but James Taylor knew she could be a star if she started singing her own songs. Flash forward 40 years later, and Carole King and James Taylor are performing together at the 50th Anniversary of the Troubadour Nightclub in Los Angeles. This performance features some of the most popular hits of their storied careers. Watch a compilation of their music here! Airs Friday, June 14 at 9:00pm.
 
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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule February 4 – 10

On WETA UK this week, we premiere new shows as well as start some WETA UK favorites from the first season so you can experience them in entirety! Dramas, mysteries, comedies, modern, and classic, all make up the WETA UK schedule this week. Read on for our highlights in this week's WETA UK line-up.

Click here to go to the full blog post and watch video previews of these shows.

 

 

Monday at 7:30pm begin the all new series Fresh Fields. 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. Stars: Julia McKenzie, Anton Rodgers. Also airs Tuesday February 5 at 9:00am, Friday February 8 at 1:00pm & 7:30pm, Saturday February 9 at 11:00am.

Monday at 9:00pm catch the first episode of Vera II: Ghost Position. Based on the best-selling Inspector Stanhope books by renowned writer Ann Cleeves, the new season finds DCI Stanhope and her team facing a series of daunting challenges. From delving into the unsettling private life of an old colleague, attempting to break through the code of secrecy in the army, to coping with the emotional impact on a family torn apart by addiction, each enthralling story is enhanced by captivating performances of this troubled yet brilliant detective in action. Combined with beautifully shot landscapes and atmospheric production, each episode creates a haunting backdrop for Vera's inner turmoil as she discovers hidden truths about her own past, which threaten to change her life forever. Also airs Tuesday February 5 at 3:00pm.

 

Tuesday at 7:30pm join us for the premiere of May to December. 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. Stars: Anton Rodgers, Frances White. Also airs Wednesday February 6 at 10:00am, Friday February 8 at 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 5:00pm, Saturday February 9 at 6:30am & 10:30am, Sunday February 10 at 7:00am.

 

Wednesday at 10:30am & 7:30pm watch the first episode of Yes, Prime Minister. 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. Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne. This program airs new episodes Sundays at 8:00pm.

 

Thursday at 9:00pm tune in for Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Peril at End House. Poirot and Hastings are holidaying in Cornwall when they meet the beautiful Nick Buckley who has three near fatal accidents within a very short space of time. Intrigued, Poirot talks to Nick's friends who are loath to believe her stories of murder attempts. Also airs Saturday February 8 at 4:30pm.

 

Friday from 3:30 - 5:00pm watch the first three episodes of My Family season 3. This British comedy is 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.

 

Saturday beginning at 8:00pm continue the drama of Masterpiece Classic: Little Dorrit with parts 2 and 3 of the five part series. 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. Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Emma Pierson. Also airs Sunday February 10 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.

 

Sunday at 5:00pm catch the first episode of Born and Bred season 1. You can begin this series from the very beginning! Arthur Gilder has lived in the beautiful village of Ormston all his life and now he’s ready to hand over the reins of his doctor’s practice to his son,Tom. Tom moves his wife Deborah and four children from the hustle and bustle of Manchester to rural Ormston to take on the responsibility of his father’s practice. As the village’s long-serving and highly respected doctor, Arthur knows all the inhabitants of this tight-knit community and it’s not long before Tom is in the thick of things too. There’s the Reverend Brewer, not your average man of the cloth; Phyllis, the bold and brassy pub landlady; the slightly dippy Jean, who is infatuated with Eddie, the village mechanic; and Wilf, the stationmaster with a nose for trouble! Both father and son want the practice to succeed but this is the 1950s and Arthur clings to his old-fashioned, tried and tested ways, whereas Tom is determined that the hospital should adapt or die. To complicate matters further, Tom has to deal with his old flame Linda, who seems very pleased to see him despite the fact that she is about to marry Tom’s best friend, Len. Also airs Monday February 11 at 6:00am, Tuesday February 12 at 6:00pm, & Sunday February 17 at 9:00am.

Sunday at 8:30pm the hit comedy series Miranda begins from the very first episode! Miranda is a unique woman standing 6’1” tall, owning and living in a joke shop. Trying to fit in with her old boarding school friends is just one of her struggles along with her exceptionally awkward behavior around men which doesn’t help as her mother constantly pushes her to find a husband. Naturally, a woman who can find humor in these uncomfortable situations encounters hilarious run-ins with her childhood friend and co-worker Stevie. Also airs Tuesday February 19 at 9:30am.