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This Week on WETA UK: December 15-21

Monday at 7:30pm tune in for the My Family holiday special “Ho Ho No”. Susan's scheme to lure Ben to a country house for a Christmas for two and then 'surprise' him with the family on Christmas Day is doomed. Only the turkey is left unscathed.

Tuesday at 9:45pm Doc Martin season 2 begins with “Old Dogs”. Dr. Martin Ellingham is still as clumsy as ever when it comes to forming relationships with the opposite sex. Just when things are beginning to look rosily romantic between him and pretty school teacher Louisa Glasson, he makes a terrible faux pas.

Wednesday at 8pm Inspector Morse begins season 2 with “The Settling of the Sun” part 1. Jane Robson asks Morse to present a crossword prize at a summer school in Lonsdale College and while he is dining with a group of overseas students, a young Japanese man dies in what seems to be a brutal ritual killing. It turns out that Morse has unwittingly given all his best suspects a watertight alibi. Catch part 2 next Wednesday (12/24) at 8pm!

Thursday at 12:30pm catch another My Family holiday special “Have an Unhappy Christmas”. Ben's efforts to buy Susan's Christmas present get him into trouble  and Susan's letter from The Palace means a change of holiday plans for everyone.

Friday and every weekday on WETA UK, catch four Antiques Roadshow: BBC episodes from 6am-8am.

Saturday at 11am Red Dwarf season 5 begins! In the first episode “Holoship”, Rimmer is transmitted from Red Dwarf to the advanced Holoship Enlightenment which contains the cream of the Space Corps. Everything he has dreamed of exists on this ship. Can he earn a commission to join this fantastic vessel?

Sunday at 10pm Robin Hood season 2 continues with “Ducking and Diving”. A horrified Robin realizes that his plan to capture the Sheriff’s spy, Henry of Lewes, has failed because he has a traitor in his gang. Fearing for Marian’s safety in the castle, Robin sets about rooting out the turncoat.
 

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Peg + Cat + Holidays | New WETA Kids Special

WETA Kids is excited to announce the Peg + Cat + Holidays one-hour special! Read on for air dates/times and descriptions of the episodes within the special!

Airs on WETA Kids
December 21 at 10am
December 24 at 8:30am, 3:30pm, 8:30pm
December 25 at 1pm, 6pm, 11:30pm

Airs on WETA TV26
December 24 at 7am, 10:30am
December 25 at 6am

Episode Descriptions:
“The Hanukkah Problem” - When Albert Einstein has Peg and Cat over on Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al's home and save his Hanukkah.

“The Christmas Problem” - When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world, and then deliver them using 100 sleighs.

“The Penguin Problem” - Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew "over," "under," and "in between.”


 

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This Week on WETA UK: December 8-14

Monday at 4pm Hustle season 4 begins! The hustlers are back and off to sunny Los Angeles for their first con without old leader, Mickey. New boss, Danny, is out to prove himself and talks them into a scam, which might prove to be way over their heads.

Tuesday at 8pm WPC 56 continues with “Little Boy Lost”. Gina's life is put in mortal danger when an attempt to lure the killer takes a deadly twist. Meanwhile, Jack makes a horrifying discovery about the killer's past, but can he get to Gina in time?

Wednesday at 9pm the Original House of Cards trilogy ends with The Final Cut part 4. This dramatic and suspenseful political drama ends here and won’t disappoint! If you miss it Wednesday, watch it Friday at 6:30pm or Sunday at 7pm!

Thursday at 8:30pm Twenty Twelve season 2 begins. The documentary cameras continue to follow the men and women responsible for delivering the London Olympic Games as they paddle increasingly hard to keep the games on track and on budget.  

Friday at 10pm Miss Marple returns to the WETA UK schedule! In “Murder at the Vicarage” when the hated Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the sleepy village of St Mary Mead, Miss Marple is puzzled why so many people want to confess.

Saturday at 10:30pm Inside Claridge’s begins! Claridge's, in the heart of London's Mayfair, is a five star luxury hotel favored by royalty and celebrities. For the first time in its long history, this famously discreet institution has opened its doors to documentary cameras.

Sunday at 4pm watch the two part Foyle’s War episode “The French Drop”. English agent Facteur is killed when he steps on a mine after landing in the French countryside.
 

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Discovering Alexandria: The Early Years | Alexandria, VA History Documentary

WETA TV26 presents a new, local, history documentary, Discovering Alexandria: The Early Years. Tune in for the premiere Thursday December 4 at 8pm! The show repeats throughout the month. In this blog post, watch a preview of the program and read a detailed description of the show.

This new 90-minute documentary explores the extraordinary story of Alexandria, Virginia, a vibrant community richly steeped in history, bringing the past to life and examining the city’s outsized role in American history from the 17th through the 19th centuries.

Discovering Alexandria spotlights the city’s role in the British Empire and the Independence movement, the planter and port economies, the slave trade and the experience of Alexandria’s African American community through time, and the development of industry. Touching on the earliest evidence of Paleoindian civilization in the area before taking up the story of early settlement, economic growth and community-building, the program concludes with post-Civil War Reconstruction, examining the momentous changes wrought by the war.

Watch Discovering Alexandria: The Early Years:
Thursday December 4 at 8pm & 10pm
Friday December 5 at 2:30pm
Sunday December 7 at 7pm
Tuesday December 9 at 8pm

*Air dates may change. Visit weta.org for the latest air dates and times.*


 

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This Week on WETA UK: December 1-7

Monday at 9pm new mystery series Doctor Blake Mysteries begins! Watch three episodes back-to-back-to-back from 9pm-11pm. Set in the late 1950s, Dr. Lucien Blake returns to a place he once called home to take over his deceased father's medical practice. Everything seems peaceful on the surface but the regional town clashes with the tensions and fears of the decade to come.

Tuesday at 7pm begin Chef! from episode 1. Gareth Blackstock is the executive chef at Le Château Anglais and he is infuriated when management cuts his budget. He is one up on the budget when Everton shows up and volunteers his service as sous chef for no compensation in order that he can train in the most famous kitchen in England.

Wednesday at 7pm British comedy Me & Mrs. Jones begins! The series follows the increasingly complex life of Mrs. Gemma Jones 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 from 6am-8am watch four episodes of Antiques Roadshow: BBC. Be sure to tune in every weekday during this time slot for the same great line-up!

Friday at 8pm Rosemary & Thyme take on the case of “Orpheus in the Undergrowth”. Laura and Rosemary are brought in by old friend Julia Moore to design a memorial garden, based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Julia is housing Laura's distraught daughter Helena, in a flat overlooking the communal square gardens where Laura and Rosemary are working. Helena is angry with her mother, thinking that she is responsible for her marriage break-up, and Laura is keen on healing the rift. But family matters are put on hold when Jeremy Pearson, another tenant of Julia's, is found dead in the communal garden.

Saturday at 9pm Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise season 2 concludes with the 7th and 8th parts. In the finale, Clémence returns but finds herself beholden to Weston; Moray makes a daring play for the store; and Denise sees a future for herself beyond the confines of the Paradise.

Sunday at 8pm Ladies of Letters season 2 begins! Watch two back-to-back episodes every Sunday beginning at 8pm. In episode 1, after a long breakdown in their friendship, Irene and Vera have a disastrous reunion at the funeral of a gentleman friend. Then in episode 2, Vera moves to a trailer park on a cliff top, falls in with some very suspicious company and — hearing that Irene has been gossiping about her to a mutual friend — sends a friendly thug from the trailer next door to sort her out.
 

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Odd Squad | New WETA Kids Show

This brand new show features two young agents, Olive and Otto, who are part of Odd Squad, an agency whose mission is to save the day whenever something unusual happens in their town. A math concept is embedded in each of their cases as Olive and Otto work together to problem-solve and set things right. Hear more about the show from Olive actor Dalila Bela.

The program is aimed at kids ages 5-8 and premieres on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 with a special one-hour broadcast of two back-to-back episodes: “Zero Effect/Bad Luck Bears” and “Soundcheck/Double Trouble.” Watch on WETA Kids at 10am or WETA TV26 at 9am. Watch a preview here!

After the Odd Squad premiere on November 26...

Watch Odd Squad on the WETA Kids channel Mondays-Fridays 8am & 8:30pm.

Watch Odd Squad on WETA TV26 Mondays-Fridays at 7am.

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This Week on WETA UK: November 24-30

Monday at 10:30pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot, the final season, concludes with “Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case”. A wheelchair-bound Poirot calls on Hastings, whose wife recently passed away, to join him at Styles Court the site of their first murder case some 30 years earlier to investigate possible serial killer.

Tuesday at 9:45pm Doc Martin begins from season 1 again! In this episode, “Going Bodmin”, Dr. Martin Ellingham arrives in a Cornish hamlet to take over the local doctor's office, but the residents are wary of the flashy newcomer.

Wednesday at 10pm Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis season 6 continues with “Intelligent Design”.  Lewis and Hathaway investigate the murder of a chemistry professor who had just been released from prison after serving time for causing a death while driving. At the same time, Lewis contemplates his future on the force.

Thursday at 3pm on Waking the Dead, season 7 opens with the investigation of a nurse who saved her daughter from a mugger when the woman's DNA is linked to a case from the 1990s that was far more than it had appeared at first.

Friday at 4pm Hustle season 3 begins. The gang targets a bar owner who smuggles in illegal aliens to work in his pub, and whose talentless son wants to become a hip-hop star. When their music-industry scam backfires, Ash must come up with an alternate plan.

Saturday at 1:30pm catch Agatha Christie’s Poirot in “The Adventure of the Western Star”, a case involving diamonds, blackmail, and an ancient curse piques Poirot's interest. Then at 2:30pm on Sherlock Holmes “The Abbey Grange”, Holmes is called to a manor house to investigate the brutal murder of a country lord with a fireplace poker and reconcile the story of his bruised and battered wife with the facts.

Sunday late night (Monday 12am) Red Dwarf begins from the very first episode! A radiation leak wipes out the crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf, leaving only one survivor – chicken soup machine repair man, Dave Lister. After three million years in suspended animation, Lister emerges to find he is the last human being in the universe. But he is not alone.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: November 17-23

Monday at 8pm in Pie in the Sky “Pork Pies”, Henry and the squad visit a meat factory where animal rights protesters want the owner Mr. Trubb to stop using veal in his Trubbs' Thunderbolt sausages. Margaret is concerned that her friend Julia, a wealthy widow, is dating a young pilot.

Tuesday at 10:30pm British comedy Rev begins from the very first episode! Meet The Rev. Adam Smallbone. He's a Church of England Vicar, newly promoted from a sleepy rural parish to the busy, inner-city world of St Saviour's in Hackney, East London. Alex - Adam's long-suffering wife - does her best to support him, but she's got her own career as a solicitor to worry about. Anybody can and does come into St. Saviour's, from scheming MPs trying to educate their children on the cheap to Colin, a heavy drinking, unemployable lost soul.

Wednesday at 9pm tune in for the beginning of The Final Cut, the last season of the original House of Cards. In the opener, Francis Urquhart is looking to leave a legacy in Europe so he supports a treaty resolving the Cyprus conflict.

Thursday at 10pm Scott and Bailey season 2 begins. This investigative drama explores the personal and professional lives of two female detectives Rachel Bailey and Janet Scott. Each episode sees the women deal with serious crimes that are both challenging and emotionally difficult as well as cope with their own complex personal lives. Watch Scott and Bailey Thursdays at 10pm and 11pm.

Friday at 5am catch the classic British drama Monarch of the Glen from episode 1! Archie MacDonald is called to his ailing father’s bedside at a lochside mansion in the Scottish Highlands. For tax reasons, they have turned over ownership of the rundown Glenbogle estate to Archie. Molly has also rigged things so that escape back to his London bistro is not on the menu just now. Archie must stay to solve two crises: a crooked estate manager, and the rustling of valuable osprey eggs.

Saturday at 11pm Robin Hood season 2 begins with “Sisterhood”. Robin and the gang have been busy constructing their ingenious new camp, but when Knighton Hall is razed and Marian and Edward are taken to the castle under house arrest, it’s clear that the rules have changed.

Sunday at 10pm Ashes to Ashes season 2 continues with episode 6. A dead body found floating in a canal is identified as Colin Mitchell, a man recently reported missing by his glamorous wife, Donna. Gene discovers that Colin worked for Trevor Riley, a nasty loan shark with a habit of hurting those who mess with him. A ruthless capitalist, Riley invokes terror in the community he controls and Gene sets his sights on bringing down this cocky, unscrupulous villain.
 

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Washington in the 80s | New WETA TV26 Production

WETA TV26 proudly presents Washington in the ’80s, the latest in a series of documentaries exploring changes in Greater Washington decade by decade. You may have seen WETA's Washington in the ’60s and Washington in the ’70s and as you may guess, Washington in the ’80s chronicles the decade’s events through the recollections of those who saw and shaped them. The one-hour WETA production premieres Monday, November 17 at 8pm on WETA TV26 & HD. Repeats on Saturday, November 22 at 9:30pm and Wednesday, November 26 at 8pm.

Among the topics discussed are politics: Marion Barry’s three terms as mayor and President Ronald Reagan's administration and their influence on the city. Homelessness, the Vietnam Memorial, the changing media landscape, the Air Florida winter crash and the deadly Metro derailment the same day. DC's gay community, the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the crack cocaine epidemic, and Washington’s dubious distinction of “Murder Capital USA”. Sports: Two Super Bowl championships for the Washington Redskins, the national champion Georgetown Hoyas and the meteoric rise and tragic death of Len Bias at the University of Maryland. DC’s unique music scenes, Go-Go and DC punk, and their surprising interconnection and the rapid expansion of Washington’s theater scene.

 

 

Washington in the ’80s features the firsthand accounts of notable Washingtonians such as politicians Marion Barry and Carol Schwartz, television journalists Maureen Bunyan and Tom Sherwood, radio journalist Kojo Nnamdi, political commentator Pat Buchanan, entertainment reporter Arch Campbell, former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, musician Kato Hammond, and former police chief Isaac Fulwood — offering a diversity of perspective and experience. The program is narrated by Gordon Peterson, WJLA anchor and former host of Inside Washington. The one-hour WETA production premieres Monday, November 17 at 8pm on WETA TV26 & HD. Repeats on Saturday, November 22 at 9:30pm and Wednesday, November 26 at 8pm.

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This Week on WETA UK: November 10-16

Monday at 7pm new British comedy Vicious continues! Freddie and Stuart invite Ash and his new girlfriend Chloe to dinner. Infrequent acting work has been getting Freddie down but things are looking up for Ash who has fallen in love with what seems to be the perfect woman. As the evening progresses, Chloe’s habits stop seeming so sweet and tensions mount over dinner. Violet, meanwhile, is having difficulty with her lover in Buenos Aires.

Tuesday at 8pm WPC 56 premieres! Set in England's West Midlands in the 1950s, this new hit series follows Gina Dawson, the first woman police constable (WPC) hired to serve in her hometown. Struggling to gain acceptance in a male-dominated world, she battles sexism and corruption while trying to be a good cop.

Wednesday at 9pm don’t miss the original House of Cards: To Play the King finale! As the opposition, who is supported by the popular King, seems to be heading for a victory at the election polls, Prime Minister Urquhart needs to take drastic measures. He also has to deal with two people in his close surroundings who might pose a problem.

Thursday at 9pm Prime Suspect continues. D.C.I. Jane Tennison is a skilled, top-class detective, battling to prove herself in a male world. In this episode, Tennison investigates the murder of a young girl, whose body was found in a shallow grave in an Afro-Caribbean neighborhood.

Friday at 10am Monarch of the Glen season 7 begins. It’s a time of mixed emotions for Golly. Following the sudden death of his partner, Meg, he is looking after baby Cameron alone. A long, hard winter has taken its toll on Glenbogle and the laird, Paul, is faced with a growing repair bill for his tenants’ crofts. Donald – having gambled away the deposit for a new generator – hatches an elaborate plan to repay the debt before Paul discovers the truth. And Ewan faces money worries of his own when his demanding girlfriend, Zoë, pressures him into booking a holiday abroad. Meanwhile, Paul and Iona meet and it becomes clear that there’s a spark between them.

Saturday at 8pm Last Tango in Halifax season 2 begins. Alan and Celia continue to negotiate family baggage to plan a life together. Having come so close to losing each other forever thanks to Alan’s near fatal heart attack, he and Celia decide to have a romantic secret wedding as soon as possible. But how will their respective daughters react? Then at 9pm Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise season 2 begins, Moray and his “little champion” Denise find true love a very bumpy ride indeed, as Katherine and her new husband scheme to wreck their lives. Joanna Vanderham stars as Denise, with Emun Elliott as Moray, Elaine Cassidy as Katherine, and Ben Daniels as Katherine’s moody, malevolent spouse.

Sunday at 11pm Doctor Who season 3 begins with “Smith and Jones”. For Martha Jones, a medical student in Central London, an ordinary day turns into a nightmare when her entire hospital is transported to the Moon. There, she has to battle the Judoon and outwit a blood-sucking Plasmavore – but can she trust a mysterious stranger called the Doctor?
 

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