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New British Shows on WETA | Sunday June 29

This Sunday on WETA TV26 & HD, tune in for a night packed with premieres! Beginning at 8pm, Last Tango in Halifax returns for season 2 with more drama and comedy than ever before. Then at 9pm, Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour season 2 begins with a shocking mystery to solve. Then at 10:30pm the new sitcom Vicious premieres with laughter and love. Read on for more show information!

Last Tango in Halifax – Season 2 – Premieres Sunday June 29 at 8pm
After recovering from a heart attack, Alan is let out of hospital and moves into Celia's grandmother's flat. They want to plan a secret wedding as soon as possible but how will their daughters react to this major life decision?

 

 

Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour – Season 2 – Premieres Sunday June 29 at 9pm
In this premiere episode “Trove”, Morse returns to duty after an involuntary, four-month leave and is again paired with DI Thursday. Their first case unites an unidentifiable corpse, an enigmatic note, and the theft of medieval artifacts. Morse ties together these seemingly unrelated cases.

 

 

Vicious – Series Premiere – Sunday June 29 at 10:30pm
This is a brand-new British sitcom about a graying gay couple Freddie and Stuart (Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi).  They’ve lived together in a small London flat for 50 years and while their criticizing remarks make their relationship seem vicious, they truly have a deep love for one another. 

 


 

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This Week on WETA UK: June 23-29

Monday at 9pm catch two back-to-back, 90 minute episodes of Midsomer Murders! The 9pm episode is “Written in Blood”. Gerald Hadleigh, a secretary of the writers circle, was never in favor of inviting best-selling novelist Max Jennings to attend one of their meetings. When Hadleigh is found brutally battered to death, the other members of the circle wish they had heeded his reluctance. Barnaby and Troy discover that Hadleigh was a man of mystery, with no National Insurance number, no relatives and no marriage certificate to match the wedding photo on display in his house. When another body is found, they have a double murder on their hands. The 10:30pm episode is “Death of a Hollow Man”. In the village of Ferne Basset, an elderly resident is found drowned after a violent attack. Meanwhile, at the Corn Exchange in Causton, a local amateur dramatic production of Amadeus reveals a backstage world of intrigue, passion and gossip — and a whole new meaning to the term "corpsing" when there is a second murder.

Tuesday at 8pm Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries continues with the case of “Murder in Montparnasse”. The widow of a famous artist who Phryne once posed for years before arrives in Melbourne requesting the return of her late husband's paintings. Don’t forget that Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries also airs on WETA TV26 & HD Mondays at 9pm and 10pm!

Wednesday at 10pm season 2 of Death in Paradise begins! In this first episode, DI Poole is learning to cope with the tropical climate and laid-back atmosphere of Saint Marie, but everyday still presents a challenge for the traditional detective. When the owner of a former sugar plantation, Roger Seymour, is discovered with a machete in his back, Poole and his team have a seemingly impossible case to solve.

Thursday at 7pm begin watching the British comedy Chef! from the very first episode! In this episode titled, “Personnel”, 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.

Friday at 12pm experience the classic comedy Last of the Summer Wine. Britain’s longest-running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine clocked up over 30 series. An affectionate comedy about people in the autumn of their years, the series is set in glorious countryside and packed with slapstick humor. It follows the hilarious misadventures of a trio of older men as they explore the world around them, experiencing a second childhood with no wives, jobs or responsibilities.

Saturday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Mystery! Case Histories continues with episode 2. The second "Case Histories" finds Jackson the lone witness to a possible drowning in the Firth of Forth, but has little to go on beyond the victim's earrings. In other events, a crime novelist (Adam Godley) intervenes in a case of road rage; a comatose crook's wife and dominatrix unexpectedly bond; and Jackson isn't sure he'll sign the necessary papers so that his daughter can move to New Zealand with her mother. Adapted from Kate Atkinson's "One Good Turn."

Sunday at 10pm Life on Mars season 2 begins! In season 2 episode 1, despite eerie visions of 2006, DCI Sam Tyler remains in the 70s – where he encounters the young incarnation of a nasty villain Sam put away in 2006. He sees the chance every policeman dreams about: stopping the killer before he kills.
 

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What’s Up With WordGirl Week | New WordGirl Episodes!

Calling all WordGirl fans: It’s What’s Up With WordGirl Week! WETA Kids is bringing you a brand new episode of WordGirl every day the week of August 5-9! It’s the perfect chance to catch up with your favorite crime-fighting wordsmith while increasing your vocabulary. Tune in to watch in WordGirl in action all week and read on for the schedule and a sneak peak at the NEW episodes! Looking for WETA Kids on your TV? Continue reading to find a channel guide and be sure to download the WordGirl "Dr. Two Brains" coloring sheet & the WordGirl crossword puzzle here!

 

Who Wants to Get Rid of WordGirl? / The Talented Mr. Birg
Premieres: Monday August 5 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Tuesday August 6 at 9:30am

Who Wants to Get Rid of WordGirl?: Seymour Smooth brings together WordGirl’s most villainous enemies for a game of “Who Wants to Get Rid of WordGirl?” Will he succeed in his evil plan or will WordGirl outsmart him once again? Vocabulary Words: Strategy, Giddy
The Talented Mr. Birg: WordGirl must save her reputation after Scoops writes an article detailing all the times she has been tricked by villains. When a Mr. Big lookalike who goes by Mr. Birg appears, WordGirl must work even harder to avoid being deceived. Vocabulary Words: Employee, Doppelganger  Download the WordGirl crossword puzzle!

One Last Sandwich / Caper or Plastic
Premieres: Tuesday August 6 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Wednesday August 7 at 9:30am

One Last Sandwich: The Whammer enlists Chuck to help him pull off one final sandwich heist before retiring. Meanwhile, Becky and her mother work on building a bookshelf big enough to hold all of Becky’s books. Vocabulary: Final, Pacify
Caper or Plastic: After the Masked Bagger steals his bag blaster, Hal Hardbargain must convince WordGirl to help him catch and exposed the mysterious thief. Becky tries to decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Vocabulary Words: Muffled, Flashback

Tell Her What She’s Won / Victoria is the Best…WordGirl?
Premieres: Wednesday August 7 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Thursday August 8 at 9:30am

Tell Her What She’s Won: A jealous Seymour Smooth kidnaps Beau Handsome and steals money from “May I Have A Word?” contestants. Will WordGirl be able to put a stop to his crime spree before it’s too late? Vocabulary: Bombard, Emcee
Victoria is the Best…WordGirl?: After Scoops mistakenly assumes that Victoria Best is WordGirl, the real WordGirl reveal the truth without exposing her own identity. Vocabulary Words: Fib, Mistaken

High-Five Sandwich / The Robot Problem
Premieres: Thursday August 8 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Friday August 9 at 9:30am

High-Five Sandwich: Chuck wins the “Sandwich of the Year” competition, but his victory is overshadowed by the new High Five Sandwich trend started by Becky, Scoops, and Violet. Now he’ll stop at nothing to find who’s responsible for the new sandwich craze. Vocabulary Words: Trendy, Eager
The Robot Problem: After the Coach steals Tobey’s idea to power robots with potatoes, WordGirl and Tobey must team up to stop his dangerous creations. Vocabulary Words: Fuel, Cackle

Of Two Minds / Yes Monkey
Premieres: Friday August 9 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Monday August 12 at 9:30am

Of Two Minds: Dr. Two Brains uses his cheese seizer to direct a cheese asteroid on a path straight to Earth. WordGirl must convince him to stop the asteroid before the planet is covered in cheese. Vocabulary Words: Waver, Vast
Yes Monkey: Captain Huggy Face takes a job as Mr. Big’s assistant after Leslie resigns, leaving WordGirl feeling hurt and betrayed. Now, WordGirl must team up with Leslie to win back her old sidekick. Vocabulary Words: Trance, Resign Download the WordGirl "Dr. Two Brains" coloring sheet!

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This Week on WETA UK: July 1-7

There’s no need to buy a plane ticket to catch up on all your favorite British television shows! WETA UK is bringing the best of British television to the comfort of your home 24/7. Keep reading to see what’s on this week!

Monday at 9:00pm watch the first two episodes the fourth season of Midsomer Murders. In this two part episode, Midsomer is overtaken by greed when a plan for a new tea shop leads to a string of murders. Will Inspector Barnaby solve the case? Tune in to find out!

Tuesday at 10:00pm catch the thrilling open to the seventh season of MI-5! This episode’s sure to have you on the edge of your seat as the UK’s best counterintelligence agents face a dangerous Chechen mercenary group.

Wednesday at 8:00pm watch your favorite grumpy detective get to the bottom of another mystery on Inspector Morse! Even a hospital stay can’t stop Morse from solving one of his most challenging crimes in this episode.

Thursday at 11:00pm London’s best veteran police detectives are at it again in this episode of New Tricks. After guns used in an armed robbery offer clues to a boxer’s unsolved murder, the team begins investigating a fifteen-year-old cold case.

Friday at 10:00pm watch the very first episode of the classic sitcom As Time Goes By! A chance encounter reunites former lovers Jean and Lionel after 38 years of separation. Will the pair rekindle their romance or let love slip away again?

Saturday at 10:00pm tune in for the endearing nature film Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar. Join actor Martin Clunes as he journeys to Madagascar to learn about the lovable and endangered species of lemurs who call the island home.

Sunday at 2:00pm catch four back-to-back episodes on Antiques Roadshow. In these episodes, the show heads to Althorp, Ascot, Lanhydrock, and Southwell. Tune in to find the hidden worth in seemingly average household antiques.

 

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WETA Presents a NEW In Performance at the White House

 

Join WETA to celebrate the career of legendary musician and songwriter Carole King. WETA Presents: In Performance at the White House Gershwin Prize: Carole King airs tonight, May 28 at 8:00pm. Famous for her own music and for writing a laundry list of hits for other artists, King broke records with her 1971 album Tapestry. King will be honored by President Barack Obama with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song 2013. Held in the East Room of the White House, the event will feature performances from Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood. The prize has previously been awarded to Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, and the duo of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. King is the first woman to be awarded with the prize. 

Watch tonight at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.

Click here to watch a preview of the show & a video of Carole King performing "I Feel the Earth Move" 1971.

 

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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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WETA Kids Block Party | WordGirl: March-Enemy Week

The WETA Kids Block Party showcases every episode of all your favorite shows from the week, back-to-back in a special block on Saturdays and Sundays. If you’re up late on Saturday, watch every WordGirl episode from the previous week from 10:30pm – 1:00am or DVR it for Sunday morning!

But coming next week, we have something extra special for WordGirl fans: March-Enemy Week! Everyone’s favorite vocabulary-slinging super hero squares off against a cavalcade of evil-doers in WordGirl: March-Enemy Week! From March 11-15, WETA KIDS has five brand-new WordGirl episodes including the two-part Dinner or Consequences. The title of this week’s theme is a play on “arch enemy”. This means every episode is action-packed with an encounter between WordGirl and some of her most nefarious foes: Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy, Birthday Girl, Tobey, The Butcher, Granny Mae, The Energy Monster, and, of course, Dr. Two Brains.

Click here to watch a preview of WordGirl: March-Enemy Week!

Be sure to tune in March 11-15 for five all new WordGirl episodes and stop in every Saturday from 10:30pm – 1:00am for The WETA Kids Block Party: WordGirl.

For more WETA Kids Block Party information, check out our blog post on The WETA Kids Block Party Curious George, The WETA Kids Block Party Dinosaur Train, and The WETA Kids Block Party Wild Kratts!

Premieres: Monday March 11 at 4:30pm
Also airs:  Tuesday March 12 at 9:30am, Wednesday March 20 at 4:30pm, Thursday March 21 at 9:30am
Plain Old Mischief Makers: When best friends Big Left Hand Guy and InvisiBill risk losing their super villain status, they decide to pull off their biggest heist to date. Can WordGirl stop this determined duo who always manage to escape her at the last minute? Vocabulary Words: Diminish, Declare. 
House Arrest: While Chuck's jail cell is being painted, he's put under house arrest at the Botsford's. Becky is stuck spending more time waiting on Chuck rather than fighting the other villains. Vocabulary Words: Release, Rowdy.
 
Premieres: Tuesday March 12 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Wednesday March 13 at 9:30am, Friday March 22 at 4:30pm, Monday March 25 at 9:30am
Monkey Business: After a battle, WordGirl accidentally leaves Captain Huggy Face behind (again). So he spends the day doing all of his favorite things. When an overzealous Chuck strikes, it's up to Captain Huggy Face to single-handedly save the day. Vocabulary Words: Recall, Zeal. 
Say it Again, Eileen: Eileen won't stop copying Becky - and it's driving Becky nuts! Can WordGirl stop Eileen from transforming into the Birthday Girl before the bake sale (and Becky's treasured crumpets) are ruined? Vocabulary Words: Stymie, Guidance.
 
Premieres: Wednesday March 13 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Thursday March 14 at 3:30am, Tuesday March 26 at 4:30pm, Wednesday March 27 at 9:30am
Day at the Museum: Scoops takes Becky, Bob, and Violet to the museum to find inspiration for his news story for The Big City Times. When they hear a rumor about a haunted treasure, the team goes on a search - with The Butcher right behind! Can Scoops, Becky, Bob, and Violet find the treasure, evade The Butcher, and do it all in time for Scoops to keep his deadline? Vocabulary Words: Rumor, Deadline. 
Best Fan Club Meeting Ever: TJ plans a meeting to divulge a secret about WordGirl to International WordGirl Fan Club members. However, when Tobey finds out that a secret about his love/nemesis will be revealed, he crashes the meeting with an eavesdropping robot and threatens to destroy the clubhouse. WordGirl has to spring into action to save the clubhouse and her fans! Vocabulary Words: Divulge, Eavesdrop.
 
Premieres: Thursday March 14 at 4:30pm, Friday March 15 at 9:30am, Friday March 29 at 4:30pm
Who’s Your Granny?: Granny May decides to become more notorious by committing bigger crimes involving crazy contraptions. Meanwhile, Becky is frustrated that she does not appear in any yearbook photos since she always has to escape to fight crime as WordGirl. Will Becky/WordGirl ever be able to get her photo in the yearbook and find time to interact with the new, hi-tech Granny May? Vocabulary Words: Interact, Contraption.
Win a Day with WordGirl: The Big City Times announces a writing contest prize: win a day with WordGirl. A chance at a full-day encounter with everyone's favorite superhero causes Tobey, Scoops, and TJ to go to extremes to win - ending in a robot-filled squabble at the library. Vocabulary Words: Encounter, Squabble.
 
Premieres: Friday March 15 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Monday March 18 at 9:30am
Part 1: Dr. Two Brains is stealing all the city's milk and using it-with help from the unusually talkative Energy Monster-to superpower his new ray and turn the whole city into cheese! It's up to WordGirl to find the disappearing dairy and stop Dr. Two Brains... even if it means missing her family feast and having to face the consequences. Vocabulary Words: Feast, Consequences. 
Part 2: Becky has to rely on an old Botsford tradition - the family trial - to convince her family that she vanished from the feast for a good reason. But when the Energy Monster breaks Dr. Two Brains out of jail and the two head over to the Botsfords to take back a powerful invention, will Becky be able to prove her innocence and transform into WordGirl in time to stop two super villains? Vocabulary Words: Vanish, Rely.
 
 
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Coming to WETA TV26 & HD in January | New WETA Schedule

Take a look at what WETA television has to offer this January! Read show descriptions, watch video previews, and let us know in the comments what you’re most excited to see! Our channel guide is below so you can find and watch WETA TV26 & WETA HD in your DC, MD, or VA home!

Subscribe to our blog and return next week to find out when you can catch up on season 2 of Downton Abbey before the season 3 premiere on WETA January 6

 

Great Performances From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2013

Tuesday January 1 at 8:00pm & Wednesday at 3:00pm

Continue the tradition of ringing in the New Year with host Julie Andrews and the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein. Experience guest conductor Franz Welser-Most and the Strauss family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet.

 

 

Life on Fire

Wednesdays at 10:00pm beginning January 2

Get a close up look at volcanoes, a never seen before look at their effect on the environment around them. Each episode of Life on Fire paints survival stories around different volcanoes. Each time a volcano erupts, animals have a choice: face the consequences or flee. Fragile and engaging, these creatures teach us lessons in survival in a world as fascinating as it is dangerous.

 

Midsomer Murders III & IV

Thursday evenings beginning January 3 | Repeats Friday afternoons

The rural countryside of a fictional county in England provides the backdrop for this crime series based on the novels of Caroline Graham. A lush visual style, quirky characters and ubiquitous red herrings recall classic public television British mysteries of the past. At the center of the Midsomer Murders investigations is Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby. Episodes begin at either 9:00pm or 10:00pm depending on the length of the previous show. Click here to check when Midsomer Murders is on WETA TV26 & HD!

 

 

Life of Mammals 

Two episodes back-to-back Mondays at 9:00pm beginning January 7 | Repeat Tuesdays at 4:00pm

David Attenborough introduces us to the most diverse group of animals ever to live on Earth, from the smallest to the largest. This is the story of 4,000 species which have outlived the dinosaurs and conquered the farthest places on earth, dry or wet, hot or cold.

 
 

Pioneers of Television 

Tuesdays at 8:00pm beginning January 8 | Repeat Wednesdays at 4:00pm & Sundays at 4:00pm

This series transports viewers behind the scenes for a revealing look at the inception of specific aspects of television history: Late Night shows, Funny Ladies, Prime Time Soaps, Superheroes.

 

American Experience: The Abolitionists

Tuesdays at 9:00pm beginning January 8 | Repeat Wednesdays at 3:00pm

Bringing to life the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown, The Abolitionists takes place during some of the most violent and contentious decades in American history, amid white-hot religious passions that set souls on fire, and bitter debates over the meaning of the Constitution and the nature of race. The show reveals how the movement shaped history by exposing the fatal flaw of a republic founded on liberty for some and bondage for others, setting the nation on a collision course. In the face of personal risks -- beatings, imprisonment, even death -- abolitionists held fast to their cause, laying the civil rights groundwork for the future and raising weighty constitutional and moral questions that are with us still.

 

 

Midsomer Murders V 

Sundays at 7:30pm - 9:00pm beginning January 13

In this crime drama, Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby of the Causton C.I.D. is a terse, down-to-earth detective who faces many ingenious and remarkable murders. These are not repeats of the Thursday night episodes. This is season 5!

 

Call the Midwife

Sundays at 10:00pm & 11:00pm beginning January 13

This moving, intimate, funny, and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End in the 1950s. Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work in the poorest area of the city. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of women who minister to expectant mothers, many of whom give birth at home in appalling conditions. The drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients and learns to love the people who live in the East End.

 

 

Shakespeare Uncovered

Fridays at 10:00pm & 11:00pm beginning January 25 | Repeat Sundays at 2:00pm & 3:00pm

Six episodes combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts — Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant — to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Each episode combines interviews with actors, directors and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from some of the most celebrated film and television adaptations, and illustrative excerpts from the plays specially staged for the series at Shakespeare's Globe in London.