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Animal Wednesdays in April | NEW Nature, NOVA, Your Inner Fish

Every Wednesday in April on WETA TV26 & HD is Animal Night! Beginning this Wednesday April 9, deepen your understanding of animals with new episodes of Nature, NOVA, and a new series Your Inner Fish (and Reptile, and Monkey).

Nature: My Bionic Pet - Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 8pm
Learn about a unique way of helping animals in this new Nature episode. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, animals are getting a second chance at a normal life thanks to engineering and technology advancements. From a pig with a wheelchair to an alligator with a prosthetic tail, meet inspiring animals and the remarkable individuals whose work has helped them live their lives again.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds - Three Part Series
We have all gazed into a creature’s eyes and wondered: What is it thinking about? What does it know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this three-part series, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through the eyes of three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius - Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 9pm

Crows bend and shape sticks to create custom-made spears for hunting grubs, and they are just one among a growing list of bird species whose impressive problem-solving abilities are shocking scientists and revolutionizing our understanding of animal intelligence. NOVA tests the limits of some of the planet’s brainiest animals, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Super Senses - Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 9pm
A few animals like electrically-sensitive sharks have extra senses humans don’t have at all. From a dog who seems to use smell to tell time, to a dolphin who can “see” with his ears, viewers will discover how animals use their senses in ways we humans can barely imagine.

NOVA: Inside Animal Minds: Who’s The Smartest? - Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 9pm
Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures—including humans—seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants, and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter. NOVA investigates whether dolphins have a sense of self and can recognize themselves as individuals.

Your Inner... - Three Part Series
Your Inner Fish – Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 10pm

Our arms, legs, necks and lungs were bequeathed to us by a fish that lumbered onto land some 375 million years ago. The genetic legacy of this creature can be seen today in our own DNA, including the genes used to build the quintessentially human feature, our hands.

Your Inner Reptile – Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 10pm
Key events in our evolutionary saga began about 250 million years ago, when ferocious, reptile-like animals that roamed the Earth started the process of evolving into shrew-like mammals. Our reptilian ancestors left their mark on many parts of the human body, including our skin, teeth and ears.

Your Inner Monkey – Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10pm
Our primate progenitors had bodies a lot like those of modern monkeys and spent tens of millions of years living in trees. From them we inherited our versatile hands, amazing vision and capable brains — but also some less beneficial traits, including our bad backs and terrible sense of smell.


 

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WETA Kids Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday | New Cat in the Hat

March 3-7, WETA Kids will premiere a week of new adventures with the Cat in the Hat to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. “Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Cat-ebration” kicks off on Monday, March 3 with the debut of a one-hour The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That special episode and new half-hour episodes also premiere next week. The new episodes follow the Cat, Nick and Sally as they explore a variety of animal attributes: from the benefits of crickets’ chirps and birds’ feathers, to the mimic octopus’ remarkable ability to imitate other sea creatures. Viewers also learn how glass is made, how multi-legged creatures walk and how cotton is spun into fabric.

Read on to learn more about the new episodes that will air on WETA Kids during “Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Cat-ebration” – March 3-7, 2014.

Four Episode, One-Hour Special Premieres Monday March 3 at 3pm and Tuesday March 4 at 9am
“Step This Way”: The kids are playing dress-up, with Sally wearing her mom’s shoes and Nick wearing his dad’s shoes. They're having trouble walking, and the Cat thinks it’s because their feet are the wrong shape. But doesn’t everyone have the same shaped feet? Not at all! The Cat takes them to the Jungle of Bingle-Bungle Boo to meet his friends Emily the Teal, Mikey the Lemur and Greg the Gecko. They see that animals have differently shaped feet to help them do different things! You need the right feet for the right job!
Educational Objective: Creatures have different feet for different uses.

“Anything You Can Do”: Nick and Sally are pretending to be the Cat in the Hat. But there’s only one Cat, no doubt about that! Pretending to be other people is hard. The Cat takes Nick and Sally to meet his good friend Mimi the Mimic Octopus to learn some tips on how to pretend to be someone else. They learn how to observe, pick out something special about the person and then copy it. Mimi does it to protect herself, but now Nick and Sally can pretend to be the one and only Cat!
Educational Objective: The mimic octopus has a remarkable ability to imitate other sea creatures.

“Name That Sound”: Sally and Nick are trying to stump each other by guessing the animal sounds they’re making. The Cat stumps them both when he tries to make the sound of a cricket!  But that didn't sound like a cricket. They all try but just can’t figure out how a cricket makes its noise. Well, Cat's friend Clarence the Cricket can surely show them! Off to the Grassy-Grove-Dell to meet him! He shows him his wings, one that is comb-like, the other a scraper; when he rubs them together, he makes his wonderful cricket noise. Back at home, Nick and Sally find things around the house they can use to mimic Clarence — a deck of cards and a comb!
Educational Objective: Male crickets make a chirping sound by scraping one pegged wing against the other wing, which is ridged. This is done so fast one doesn’t hear the individual clicks, rather a trilling chirp, which is why it is hard for us to copy. The sound is used to get the attention of other crickets, either as a warning or for mating.

“Fabulous Feathers”: Sally is playing dress-up, but her favorite hat no longer has any feathers on it. Where can they find more? The Cat’s good friend Puranjay might be able to help! He’s a peacock who lives in Feathery Flats; he has plenty of feathers! Sally collects the feathers that have fallen out of Puranjay and discovers that each one has its own distinct job. But it’s his tail feathers that are just jazzy and snazzy enough for her hat! They are the most fabulous feathers!
Educational Objective: Feathers serve a variety of functions, including flight, heat conservation, waterproofing, camouflage and display.

New Episode: “Balancing Act/Marvelous Marbles” – Premieres Tuesday, March 4 at 3:30pm and Wednesday March 5 at 9am
“Balancing Act”: Sally and Nick are trying to walk across a beam in their backyard, but are having trouble staying on it! Can the Cat help? Why of course! His friend Zappa the Snow Leopard is an amazing balancer! He uses his big wide feet and his long tail to help him keep his balance. Nick and Sally don't have tails, but they see how Zappa moves carefully to keep his weight balanced. Now they know what to do at home. Using broomsticks to help them stay balanced, Nick and Sally are able to cross the balance beam. And just in time to have some yummy bran berry muffins!
Educational Objective: Sally and Nick learn how a snow leopard balances.

“Marvelous Marbles”: The kids are playing with glass marbles, until one of them rolls away! It was Nick’s “extra luck never miss marble.” Now what is he going to do? Cat will take the kids to a sandy beach that’s full of marbles! But when they get there, all they see is sand. Cat’s friend Sharky McGee explains that sand makes glass. He shows them how sand is turned into glass and all the wonderful things you can make with it — including marbles!
Educational Objective: Glass is made from tiny particles of sand, then formed into all sorts of useful items.

New Episode: “Take a Walk/Cotton Patch” – Premieres Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 3:30pm and Thursday March 6 at 9am
“Take a Walk”: Sally and Nick are practicing to be in a three-legged race, but walking on three legs is hard! Well, if anyone knows about walking, its Cat’s friends Sid the Centipede, Spinny the Spider and Bugsy the Beetle! They all teach the kids how they walk on many legs by keeping a steady pace and walking in a rhythm and a beat. Back at home, Nick and Sally practice what they learned by using their own special rhythm!
Educational Objective: Nick and Sally discover how creatures with more than two legs (centipedes, spiders and beetles) walk.

“Cotton Patch”: Oh no! Nick has torn his favorite shirt! He needs a perfect patch of cotton to fix it. Good thing Cat’s friend Dr. Twiggles knows all about cotton! Off to Fluff’n Stuff Fields to see him! Once there, the kids are astonished to learn that you can make clothes from plants! Dr. Twiggles shows them how to pick the cotton, clean and dry it, comb it and spin it into thread. Finally, he demonstrates how the thread comes together to make a patch by using his loom. They even learn how to dye the cotton by using berry juice. Nick’s favorite shirt is as good as new!
Educational Objective: Nick and Sally discover how the cotton fibers of the cotton plant can be cleaned, carded, spun and woven to make clothes.


 

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Special Pledge Programming in March

WETA TV26 airs special programming from February 27-March 23 for our pledge drive. This blog post highlights some of the great pledge shows you can watch throughout this month.  Read on to see what’s coming and when to watch! *Please note that these air dates and times are subject to change so please check weta.org for any schedule changes.*

Heartbeat of Home Saturday March 1 at 6pm

This show takes place in a dreamland of oceans and starlight, in neon-shining cities of the 21st century and in epic, open spaces. Irish dancers share the stage with Afro-Cuban and Latin dancers taking leave of their homelands — Ireland, Africa, Spain — as they journey over wild seas towards a new land of opportunity where music and dance, the only true international languages, join together in celebration, telling stories of survival, courage and passion.

Great Scenic Railway Journeys Celebrating: North America's Steam Railroads Sunday March 2 at 7pm
This program explorers the impact that the steam engine had in building our world. From the frozen tundra of Alaska to the vast high desert of Arizona, the rolling hills of New Hampshire to the Black Hills of South Dakota and through the prairies and mountains of Canada. We also visit Steamtown National Historic Site and get a first hand lesson on how a steam engine works and why millions of people each year are drawn to them.

Suze Orman: Financial Solutions for You Thursday March 6 at 8pm

Up-to-date advice on a broad set of financial issues from Suze Orman, America's most recognized expert in personal finance, include: how to invest; whether to buy or rent a home; saving for retirement; what kind of life insurance to buy; wills and trusts; student loans and more. Orman offers tangible information on managing money today and how to make smarter choices towards a more economically secure future.

American Masters: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song Sunday March 9 at 7:30pm
This first authorized film poetically documents Seeger's unique experience and contributions. He made a whole generation passionate about playing the guitar and picking the banjo, and got them singing together and using music as a force for social change. Largely misunderstood by his critics for his views on peace, civil rights and ecology, Seeger went from the top of the hit parade to the top of the blacklist -- banned from commercial television for more than 17 years.

My Music: Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics: The 60s Monday March 10 at 8pm
From the late 1940s until the early 1970s, millions of viewers of all ages saw great musical acts each Sunday night on The Ed Sullivan Show. This special presents classic song performances from 1963 to 1968 that evoke the spirit of that decade's youth movement.

Studio WETA: Tom Paxton Wednesday March 12 at 8pm
Studio WETA talks to American folk singer and singer-songwriter Tom Paxton whose music career has spanned more than fifty years.

Midsomer Murders: Super Sleuths Thursday March 13 at 8pm

A  behind-the-scenes documentary featuring the cast and crew of Midsomer Murders as they reflect on their experiences in the deadliest "county" in all of England. The special investigates the much loved DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and the mysterious mayhem of Midsomer.

House of Cards Marathon Sunday March 16 from 6-11pm
Watch the original House of Cards in full! With the resignation of Margaret Thatcher, the current head of the British Conservative Party, House of Cards antihero Francis Urquhart goes on an unethical and manipulative rampage to become the new leader of the governing party then, in turn, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The Washington Cherry Blossoms: A Gift of Friendship Thursday March 20 at 8pm
The history of the cherry trees in Washington, D.C., and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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This Week on WETA UK: January 6-12

It might be chilly outside but WETA UK is warm with laughter, drama, and excitement! Tune in this week, January 6-12 for the best British shows at your full disposal 24/7!

Monday at 5pm, watch the British television documentary series Tales From the Palaces as itfollows the conservation teams inside Britain's Historic Royal Palaces. 5pm: In Palaces and the Public, explore Hampton Court's chapel royal and the Tower of London, and meet recruits training to be 16th-century costumed interpreters. 5:30pm: In The Detectives, discover the mysteries behind Henry VIII's astronomical clock, learn how to make a meal from a 16th-century cookbook, and bid at an auction for items with royal connections. Then at 6pm, catch Life in the Undergrowth: Invasion of the Land. Join David Attenborough on his groundbreaking exploration into a spectacular miniature universe never normally seen, but teeming all around us. Open your eyes to the bizarre, ferocious and surprisingly beautiful world of the invertebrates with Life in the Undergrowth!

Tuesday at 8pm, see more Death in Paradise! This 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 this episode, a routine prisoner escort aboard a ferry takes a turn for the worst when someone stabs the prisoner to death. The catch is, the prisoner was handcuffed to Poole when he was stabbed! This incident leaves the detective humiliated and determined to find the killer.

Wednesday at 9pm, catch Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey season 4 episode 1!
Do not miss the WETA UK season 4premiere of Downton Abbey! One of the most popular costume dramas in Masterpiece history, 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. The fourth season will see the family reeling in the aftermath of terrible tragedy. However, new hope comes with new life, in the form of babies George and Sybbie. Watch your beloved characters take tentative steps into the Roaring Twenties. You do not want to miss this historic event! If you miss the premiere tonight, or simply can’t get enough of the Crawley family drama, you are in luck! You can watch Downton Abbey season 4 episode 1 on WETA UK again on Saturday, January 11 at 8pm!

Thursday at 9pm, tune in for the WETA UK premiere of the original House of Cards! This political thriller centers on Francis Urquhart, the chief whip of the Conservative party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader, Urquhart manipulates things and people to achieve his ambitions in the Houses of Parliament, all the while keeping his hand carefully hidden behind the scenes. But Mattie Storin, a young reporter, may be getting too close to him. If you miss the House of Cards WETA UK premiere, or just want to watch it again, catch another airing of this episode on Saturday, January 11 at 10pm! Then Thursday at 10pm, stay tuned in for the premiere of Frankie! Frankie centers on Frankie Maddox, a Welsh district nurse more emotionally involved with her job than her personal life. In this episode, Frankie is concerned that sixty-year old Jean Winters is running herself ragged, caring for a terminally ill husband and crossing town to look in on her father who has Alzheimer’s. When Frankie attempts to help Jean, the situation becomes more complicated than she ever could have imagined, and the nurse becomes the victim.

Friday at 5am, and every Friday morning, wake up with All Creatures Great and Small!
This favorite series details the trials and misadventures of the staff of a country veterinary office in 1940s Yorkshire. In this episode, members of the veterinary office staff enjoy a wonderful lunch at a swank French restaurant, but their nice, hot lunch heats up even more when one of the male staff members becomes desperate to court a female he meets at the restaurant.

Sunday at midnight, continue the fan favorite, Red Dwarf on WETA UK! Red Dwarf focuses on the adventures of Astronaut David Lister, the last human being alive, and his friends. Lister, a hologram of his dead bunkmate Arnold, and a creature that was once a cat are survivors of a disaster in deep space that wipes out the crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf.

 

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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 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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New American Masters | Marvin Hamlisch

American Masters: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love 
Friday December 27 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD

The acclaimed series American Masters presents a 90-minute film biography exploring the prolific life and career of the late, great composer Marvin Hamlisch. Composer, conductor, genius; Hamlisch was as close to a modern day Da Vinci as it gets. A musical prodigy accepted to Juilliard at age six, Hamlisch defied classical expectations to create his own music, dedicating his talents to musical theatre and pop music composition. By age 31, he achieved unparalleled success with a string of hits he wrote for films, Broadway music compositions, and popular music pieces such as “The Way We Were” and “Nobody Does it Better.” In the first film biography about Hamlisch, award-winning filmmaker and Broadway producer Dori Berinstein paints a deeply personal portrait of one of the greatest artists of our time. Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love chronicles the life of the legend up to his sudden death, examining his personal hardships, amazing success, and renowned compassion.

 

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Christmas Day Special Marathon on WETA TV26

Celebrate Christmas with WETA TV26 & HD! We have family friendly special programming December 25 all day long. Check out the cartoons and musical performances we're sharing this holiday season.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas at 6am
Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for the holidays. There’s only one problem; neither of them can figure out what to give the other for Christmas! In the end, both gift-giving dilemmas are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas at 7am
Join the Cat, Nick, and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thinga-ma-jigger breaks down, and they depend on a variety of animals – from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs – and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas at 8am
Everyone’s favorite aardvark shows children that there are many ways to celebrate the holidays and gives them a new spin on seasonal traditions in his first one-hour primetime special. Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holiday season ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends prepare for the perfect Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even “Baxter Day” (Buster and his mom’s special celebration). When things don’t go as planned, they all learn valuable holiday lessons about family, friends, and the gift of giving.

LA Holiday Celebration at 9:30am
This festive holiday show features highlights from the annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration. The annual festivities feature offbeat takes on holiday classics and a sampling of how world cultures celebrate the season. Celebrate Christmas west coast style this year while you enjoy the wonders of the LA Holiday Celebration!

A Christmas Carol: The Concert at 10:30am
Enjoy Christmas Day more than ever before with this brilliant retelling of the timeless Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol. Through magnificent, unforgettable and irresistible new songs this instant holiday classic will change your perspective on the season of joy. Follow the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns valuable life-changing lessons in A Christmas Carol: The Concert.

Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy at 1:00 pm
Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, hosts their annual Christmas celebration that features traditional carols and sacred anthems performed by the college's internationally acclaimed musicians. Holiday music, thousands in the audience and glowing candlelight will fill you with the wonder and joy of the holiday season.

Christmas at Belmont at 2:00 pm
Feel the joy and cheer of the holiday season as the Nashville Children’s Choir joins the Belmont School of Music faculty and student musicians to sing traditional holiday classics like “The First Noel.” Join Broadway and country music star Laura Bell Bundy as she hosts the touching annual Christmas concert at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Watch Christmas at Belmont 2011 at 2pm, followed by Christmas at Belmont 2013 at 3:00 pm! 

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn at 4:00 pm
Emmy and Golden Globe-winning British actress Jane Seymour and Grammy Award-winning Opera singer Nathan Gunn join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City for this holiday event. Listen to the season’s most-loved songs at this annual concert, attracting thousands to Temple Square each December. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir lives up to its impeccable reputation, displaying a perfect pairing of classical holiday songs and modern Christmas tunes.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle: David Archeleta at 5pm
Award-winning pop sensation David Archuleta and Grammy Award nominee Michael York join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a lively holiday concert at Salt Lake City’s Conference Center. Watch in awe as these highly-talented musicians perform classics like “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World.” Enjoy the performances of your favorite holiday tunes in an 80,000-seat concert hall from the comfort of your home. Sit by the fire, relax with your family, and end Christmas Day on a high note with this uplifting and inspiring musical performance. 

 

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Holiday Shows on WETA TV26 in December

To warm you up for the holiday season, WETA TV26 and WETA HD will air holiday shows in the weeks leading up to the Christmas Day. From choir and opera performances to holiday craft making, these brilliant specials will have you beaming with holiday cheer.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Alfie Bowe and Tom Brokaw
Renowned TV personality Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning tenor Alfie Boe join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas celebration. The commemoration also features Col. Gail "Hal" Halvorsen who dropped candy for German children during the 1948-49 Berlin airlift. Let this amazing concert fill you with seasonal joy as your holiday favorites are performed before 80,000 people in Salt Lake City. Watch this program on Monday December 16 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD. Don’t miss Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring British actress Jane Seymour and opera singer Nathan Gunn on Tuesday, December 24 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Craft in America: Forge
The Peabody Award-winning and the Emmy-nominated series Craft in America explores the work of various artists and the influence of craft making on American culture. The episode Forge highlights metal artists including a silversmith, master sculptor, and an Iraq War veteran who studies at Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.
Watch Craft in America: Forge on Wednesday, December 18 at 10:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Craft in America: Holiday
This Craft in America episode, Holiday, celebrates important cultural and religious customs and encourages viewers to explore their own creativity. The wintertime holidays and craft world are examined through Nordic folk artisan Harley Refsal in North Carolina, whose work celebrates the winter solstice; artist Susan Garson, who creates clay menorahs; and San Antonio ceramic artist Veronica Castillo. Watch Craft in America: Holiday on Friday December 20 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, hosts their annual Christmas celebration that features traditional carols and sacred anthems performed by the college's internationally acclaimed musicians. Holiday music, thousands in the audience and glowing candlelight will fill you with the wonder and joy of the holiday season. Watch Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy on Thursday December 19 at 10:30 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Christmas at Belmont 2013
The Belmont School of Music faculty is joined by nearly 700 student musicians and the Nashville Children’s Choir to present this annual recital of carols and cheerful holiday favorites. Watch Christmas at Belmont 2013 on Thursday December 19 at 10:00 pm and Tuesday, December 24 at 10:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
For over one hundred years, music lovers in Norway have celebrated the holiday season with one of the country’s most honored traditions, the St. Olaf College Christmas Festival. Initially a small musical program designed for a remote college community, the renowned annual commemoration now enjoys a worldwide audience. This year, the St. Olaf College Choir and the Norwegian girl choir, Nidaros Jentekor perform a full assortment of Christmas compositions, familiar carols and hymns from around the world from Trondheim’s historic Nidaros Cathedral. Become a part of a long-running annual tradition as you join the St. Olaf Choir in belting out your favorite holiday tunes. Watch Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir on Monday December 23 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Silent Night
The Minnesota Opera company's world premiere production of Silent Night recounts an extraordinary moment of peace during one of the bloodiest wars in human history. The fascinating true story, which won composer Kevin Puts the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for music, is based on the French film "Joyeaux Noel," which itself is based on the true story of a 1914 Christmas Eve truce during WWI, when Scottish, French and German officers defied orders and observed the holiday with a period of peace. Watch enemies become brothers as they come together to share Christmas and bury their dead in this powerful opera. Watch Silent Night on Monday December 23 at 10:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

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Exciting December Programming on WETA TV26

As you prepare for the holiday season, check out our December WETA Television Pledge Drive!

Return to Downton Abbey  | Thursday, December 5 at 8:00pm

Are you eagerly awaiting the debut of Downton Abbey season 4? 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!
Don’t miss the premiere of the new season of Downton Abbey on January 5, 2014, on WETA TV26! After you get your taste of Downton Abbey, stick around and get ready for the February premiere of the new season of Doc Martin!

Doc Martin: Revealed | Thursday, December 5 at 9:30pm

Take an inside look at production on the highly anticipated sixth season of Doc Martin. Doc Martin: Revealed features comments from the actors and crew, and a behind-the-scenes look at scenes being shot at Large's Restaurant and the pub that doubles as the Crab & Lobster. This special will have you clamoring for the February premiere of Doc Martin season 6!

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Show | Saturday, December 7 at 10:00pm
This seasonal show features vintage clips from Andy Williams’ cherished holiday family Christmas specials of the 1960s. The compilation includes digitally re-mastered production numbers, complete with magnificent sets, costumes, and a cast of singers, dancers and skaters. Interviews with the unforgettable entertainers are interwoven with classic performances from Williams, his brothers, and the Osmonds. Fill your home with holiday cheer with Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Show!

Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas | Monday, December 9 at 8:00pm
Christmas comes early this year when international phenomenon Celtic Woman returns to Dublin’s Helix Theater for a special filming of their latest project, Home for Christmas! Accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra and 40-member choir, the Celtic Woman ensemble perform timeless holiday favorites, including "Silent Night," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and "Joy to the World" with their signature Celtic twist. The adult contemporary group has crossed national and cultural boundaries and gone on to attain worldwide success with their distinct, uplifting sound. Celebrate the joys of the holiday season by sharing this inspirational performance with family and friends!

WETA Studio W: Ric Edelman | Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00pm
Prepare for the new special, WETA Studio W! This show focuses on interviews with authors, experts and artists. Paul Anthony will speak with acclaimed financial adviser Ric Edelman.

Rick Steves’ European Christmas | Thursday, December 12 at 8:00pm

Join Rick Steves for a vibrant musical celebration of Christmas across Europe! From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, you'll see the dazzling Christmas markets, listen to local choirs, and even play in the snow. Experience the beloved holiday from a European perspective in this magical winter wonderland adventure!


 

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