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WETA Movie Nights in November | Free Films on WETA TV26

This November, WETA TV26 & HD presents classic mystery films on Saturday nights! Tune in each Saturday for fantastic movies or watch their encore presentations Sundays at 11:30am.

The Maltese Falcon (1941) airs Saturday November 8 at 9:30pm
The beautiful Miss Wonderly hires private eyes Sam Spade and Miles Archer to find her runaway sister. After two mysterious shootings, Sam is under investigation and the real criminal is on the run in search of a black falcon statue. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George

The Caine Mutiny (1954) airs Saturday November 15 at 9:30pm
During World War II, officers aboard a U.S. Navy mine sweeper stage a revolt against their mentally unbalanced captain and wind up being court-martialed for the offense. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson

Call Northside 777 (1948) airs Saturday November 22 at 10:30pm
Chicago newsman P.J. McNeal digs up an 11-year-old murder mystery to prove a man’s innocence. The ensuing investigation opens up major problems in the police department. Unfortunately, the one officer with information on the case died years before. How will P.J. right this wrong? Starring: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb


 

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This Week on WETA UK: November 3-9

Monday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot season 12, the final season,“Dead Man’s Folly”. Mystery writer and old friend Ariadne Oliver asks Poirot to accompany her to a wealthy financier's "murder game" that she fears may turn into the scene of a real murder.

Tuesday from 1pm-7:30pm get your fill of British crime dramas! 1pm MI-5, 2pm New Tricks, 3pm Waking the Dead, 4pm Hustle, 5pm Midsomer Murders, 6:30pm Pie in the Sky.

Wednesday 7pm Twenty Twelve begins from the beginning! Filmed in the docu-dramady style of The Office and Best in Show, Twenty Twelve is shows the people behind the scenes paddling hard beneath the water to make the 2012 London Olympics happen.

Thursday at 10pm watch two back-to-back episodes of Scott and Bailey! A thrilling investigative drama exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives: Constable Rachel Bailey is 30, down-to-earth, noisy, argumentative and single and Constable Janet Scott, is 40, a diplomat and a thinker, as well as being a wife and mother.

Friday at 9pm Death in Paradise begins again from episode 1. Catch three episodes back-to-back all night! A warm, light-hearted detective series which takes place against a stunning Caribbean island backdrop. Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, quintessentially British cop Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. His new partner, DS Camille Bordey is instinctive, feisty and brilliant, and the rest of the team certainly have their own unique way of doing things.

Saturday at 11am Red Dwarf begins season 4 with the episode “Camille”. Kryten, Red Dwarf's on-board mechanoid, rescues a female droid – Camille – from a crashed vessel. She's a 4000 series just like him, only a GTi model with realistic toes and a slide-back sunroof head. Kryten finds himself falling in advanced mutual compatibility on the basis of a primary ident (what humans call "love at first sight"), only to find that true advanced mutual compatibility never runs in a non-glitch, bug-free way.

Sunday at 10am Monarch of the Glen begins from season 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.
 

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New Science on WETA TV26 | How We Got To Now

How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson celebrates the history and power of great ideas on WETA TV26 & HD Wednesday nights! The six-part series is hosted by the popular American science author and media theorist Steven Johnson. Ever wonder “how do we make something cold?” or “how do we create light?” Johnson surprises viewers that these very questions have lead to other discoveries seemingly unrelated. Tracking ancient and contemporary history, Johnson shares the fantastic minds and radical revolutions that changed the world and the way we live in it.

“Clean” airs Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 9pm
How our battle against dirt created the sidewalk, the swimming pool, the flat screen, and the iPhone.

“Time” airs Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 10pm
How our journey to calculate time helped create international trade and travel, victory for the North in the Civil War, GPS, and understanding of the origins of human life.

“Glass” airs Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 10pm
How our quest to see better helped us see the world differently, whether right in front of our noses with the birth of eyeglasses or far beyond our visible universe with the creation of the telescope.

“Light” airs Wednesday October 29, 2014 at 10pm
How our quest to harness light changed our genetic make-up, gave birth to Times Square, Las Vegas, video downloads, and an artificial sun.

“Cold” airs Wednesday November 5, 2014 at 10pm
How our mastery of “cold on demand” helped give birth to at least four million babies, created the golden age of Hollywood, and unlocked the secrets of the universe.

“Sound” airs Wednesday November 12, 2014 at 10pm
How the journey to harness sound created the modern world of instant communication, but also helped put thousands of planes in the sky, changed the face of warfare, and created a new way for teenagers to rebel.


 

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This Week on WETA UK: October 6-12

Monday at 10:30pm tune in for special episode Born to Royalty! This documentary profiles Prince George, the son of Prince William of England and Kate Middleton, and explores what the royal child's life might be like.

Tuesday at 10:30pm Vicious makes its WETA UK premiere! This British sitcom features a graying gay couple (Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi) with a witty and sharp relationship. The series opens with the pair hosting a wake for a dear friend.

Wednesday at 8pm Inspector Morse begins from season 1 with “The Dead of Jericho”. Morse has hopes of a blossoming romance with piano teacher Anne but his hopes are shattered when she is found murdered.

Thursday at 7:30pm My Family begins season 4! Ben Harper is a moderately successful family man and dentist. He's undergoing a mid-life crisis and trying to cope with the bizarre reality of raising teenage children. Along with his wife Susan and their three children Nick, Janey, and Michael, the Harper family makes for a hilarious British comedy.

Friday at 8pm Rosemary and Thyme begins from season 1! In the episode "And No Birds Sing"
Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme discover they share more than a love of gardening when a suspicious fatal car accident brings them together at the house of wealthy businessman Daniel Kellaway.

Saturday at 3:26pm Midsomer Murders starts with season 8 “Things That Go Bump in the Night”. Fletcher's Cross undertaker Patrick Pennyman is found dead in his own chapel of rest with a shocked look on his face. Barnaby and Scott try to uncover the mysteries of the church as well as trying to unmask the brutal killer.

Sunday at 11pm watch Doctor Who “Love and Monsters”. An ordinary man called Elton becomes obsessed with the Doctor and Rose and their mysterious blue box. But when Elton’s investigations bring him to the attention of the enigmatic, cold, and powerful Victor Kennedy, his harmless hobby suddenly plunges him into a living nightmare.
 

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Documentaries in October | Independent Films on WETA TV26

This October on WETA TV26 & HD, tune in every Monday night for fascinating independent films presented by POV and Independent Lens. Read about each film below and mark your calendars!

Monday October 6 at 10pm POV: The Act of Killing
This film explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns. Not only is the 1965 murder of an estimated one million people honored as a patriotic act, but the killers remain in power. In a mind-bending twist, death-squad leaders dramatize their brutal deeds in the style of the American westerns, musicals and gangster movies they love — and play both themselves and their victims. As their heroic facade crumbles, they come to question what they've done. Watch the trailer here. Some images may be disturbing.

Monday October 13 at 10pm Independent Lens: Bully
An intimate, unflinching look at how bullying affects five kids and their families. Opening a window onto the pained lives of bullied kids, it documents the responses of adults to aggressive behaviors beyond “kids will be kids” clichés, capturing a growing movement to change how bullying is handled in schools, communities, and society. Watch the trailer here.

Monday October 20 at 11pm Independent Lens: Twin Sisters
The poignant story of two girls from China adopted as infants by two separate sets of parents — one from California, the other from a remote fishing village in Norway — who grow up knowing they have a twin living on the other side of the world. Despite being on different paths, the magical bond between them grows deeper. Watch the trailer here.

Monday October 27 at 11pm Independent Lens: Brakeless
What led the driver of a Japanese commuter train to accelerate perilously, causing a deadly crash? Piecing together personal accounts of those affected by the tragedy, Brakeless poses a question for a society that equates speed with progress: have what were once national virtues — punctuality and compliance — become dangerous? Watch the trailer here.


 

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New Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple Season 7 on WETA TV26

Get ready for three brand new Miss Marple mysteries! WETA TV26 & HD has your ticket to Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple season 7 over the next two Sunday nights. Read on for more about each of the three episodes and see where to find WETA on your television using the channel guide below.

Episode 1 “A Caribbean Mystery” airs Sunday September 21 at 8pm
While staying at a lavish tropical island hotel, Miss Marple investigates the sudden death of a fellow guest. With the help of a curmudgeonly business tycoon, Miss Marple unravels a web of deceit, murder and "dark magic," leaving her to consider every one of the hotel's guests as a suspect. Checkout this scene from "A Caribbean Mystery"!

Episode 2 “Greenshaw’s Folly” airs Sunday September 21 at 9:30pm
When an old family friend and her young son turn to Miss Marple for assistance, she places them at nearby Greenshaw's Folly, the family home of an eccentric botanist. But it becomes clear that the labyrinthine Folly isn't quite the safe house that Miss Marple had hoped, when death casts its dark and sinister shadow on the residents.

Episode 3 “Endless Night” airs Sunday September 28 at 9pm
Miss Marple befriends a charming working-class chauffeur who recounts his romance with an American heiress. Despite being warned off by an elusive gypsy woman, they plan their dream home at a local spot known as Gypsy's Acre. Not long after the young couple is wed, a tragic death fuels speculation of a gypsy curse. When two suspicious deaths follow, Miss Marple begins to sort out the clues, but can she solve the mystery before she finds herself in danger?


 

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This Week on WETA UK: September 8-14

Monday at 9pm kick off season 7 of Midsomer Murders with “The Green Man”. Sgt. Troy sadly leaves the Midsomer team in this episode, though not before having to cope with some dramatic events. Troy wins a promotion to inspector but before he can decide on his future, the Midsomer canal tunnel collapses during a restoration project, revealing ancient human bones with a recent skeleton hidden among them. As Barnaby investigates, Troy is sent to the woods near Midsomer Worthy where Tom, has been attacked by a group of youths. Then one of the teenagers is caught in a man trap and shot dead. Is Tom responsible?

Tuesday at 8pm tune in for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries “Murder a la Mode”. When Phryne arrives at the exclusive fashion house of Madame Fleuri for a fitting, she unexpectedly finds herself amidst a crime scene, and everyone present is a suspect!

Wednesday at 10:30pm Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis continues season 3 with “Falling Darkness”. It's Halloween in Oxford and Ligeia Willard, one of Hobson's old college housemates, is found dead. It seems to be a terrible coincidence, one that has left Hobson disoriented with grief. When another murder takes place in a house where Hobson once lived, Detective Inspector Lewis and Detective Sergeant Hathaway must confront horrifying possibilities.

Thursday at 8pm Fawlty Towers begins season 2 with “Communications Problems”. A delightfully manic British comedy about an ill-mannered innkeeper, created by and starring `Monty Python' alum John Cleese and his then-wife, Connie Booth. The police are called when a guest loses a sum of money.

Friday at 9pm catch “Gently with Class” an Inspector George Gently episode. The indefatigable Chief Inspector Gently and Detective Sergeant Bacchus experience the inflated authority of their ‘social betters’ first hand, when a beautiful young girl called Ellen Mallam is found dead in the passenger seat of a an upturned car registered to local aristocrats.

Saturday at 9pm Masterpiece Classic begins season 4 of Downton Abbey. Six months after Downton Abbey's great tragedy, Mary is mired in grief and the estate is engulfed in death taxes. As the family struggles to lift their financial and emotional woes, clashes arise, sparks fly, and it is up to the older generation to bring Mary back to life, and Robert to his senses – no easy task in either respect. Another departure leaves no tears in its wake, but rather opportunity for new faces – and drama, alliances, and sparks of an entirely different sort – below stairs.

Sunday from 8-9pm catch two back-to-back episodes of Blandings. In “Sticky Wicket at Blandings” Connie is trying to impress Colonel Fanshawe, but Beach is behaving very oddly indeed. Then in “Necessary Rhino” Connie encourages Hannibal Didcot to propose to wealthy American Vanessa Polk.
 

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WETA Movie Night: September 6

Watch WETA TV26 & HD this Saturday, September 6 for a classic feature film and two Independent Lens documentaries related to Hispanic Heritage Month.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This is a romanticized account of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang from the 1930s. Excited by Clyde Barrow's outlaw demeanor, Bonnie Parker joins him in a crime spree across multiple towns.  Soon the pair joins Clyde’s brother Buck and his wife Blanche in a bank robbery. Will they get away with the heist? How long can they pull off this lifestyle? This movie is packed with drama, action, adventure, and romance. Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Gene Hackman. This film won the 1968 Oscars for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Estelle Parsons and Best Cinematography: Burnett Guffey. Also watch Sunday at 11:30am!

Independent Lens: Las Marthas airs Saturday at 11:30pm
In the lingering aftermath of the U.S.-Mexican War, the border town of Laredo, Texas created an annual debutante ball unlike any other. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration.

Independent Lens: The State of Arizona airs Sunday 12:30am
The turbulent battle over illegal immigration in Arizona that came to a head with Senate Bill 1070 frames this riveting documentary tracking multiple perspectives — activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers, and others — as America eyes the results.

 


 

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Wild Kratts: Swamp Things! | New Episodes on WETA Kids

Next week on WETA Kids, catch the premiere of Wild Kratts: Swamp Things!, FIVE brand-new swamp-tastic episodes set in Flordia’s Everglades and Cypress Swamp. Continue reading for descriptions, air dates, and sneak peeks of the episodes!

"Slider, the Otter" premieres Tuesday July 22 at 8am
Also airs Tuesday July 22 at 6pm, Thursday July 24 at 8:30am & 6:30pm, Saturday July 26 at 7:30pm
The Wild Kratts discover a lost otter cub. Assuming he is lost, the bros attempt to find his family, while introducing him to life in the Cypress Swamp of Florida.

"Search for the Florida Panther" premieres Wednesday July 23 at 8am
Also airs Wednesday July 23 at 6pm, Saturday July 26 at 6:30pm, Monday July 28 at 8am & 6pm

When the Wild Kratts Team gets an alert from a Wild Kratts kid that an injured endangered Florida Panther was just spotted off the Alligator Alley highway, the team springs into rescue mode.

"Opossum in My Pocket" premieres Thursday July 24 at 8am
Also airs Thursday July 24 at 6pm, Saturday July 26 at 7pm, Tuesday July 29 at 8am & 6pm

While on a mission to find Chris’ night vision goggles lost in the Cypress swamp, the brothers discover a marsupial opossum with a similar problem.

"Mosquito Dragon" Premieres Friday July 25 at 8am
Also airs Friday July 25 at 6pm, Saturday July 26 at 6pm

When Koki and Jimmy get walloped by mosquitoes in the Cypress Swamp, Aviva, Martin and Chris go on a fact-finding adventure to find out exactly why mosquitoes try to steal our blood in the first place!

"Crocogator Contest" Premieres Friday July 25 at 8:30am
Also airs Friday July 25 at 6:30pm, Saturday July 26 at 5:30pm

A pop Creature Quiz challenge question about what the differences are between a crocodile and an alligator turns into a full-blown Crocogator contest to find out why these two very similar creatures are different at all.  


 

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WETA TV26 Wildlife Wednesdays

Beginning Wednesday July 16, 2014 on WETA TV26 & HD, enjoy wildlife like you’ve never seen it before! Introducing two new PBS wildlife programs: My Wild Affair and Sex in the Wild and reintroducing NOVA: Australia’s First 4 Billion Years. Tune into WETA TV26 & HD Wednesdays from 8-11pm for these exciting natural history shows. Read on for more information on each upcoming episode and when to watch!

My Wild Affair airs Wednesdays at 8pm

In this four part series, hear extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions.
Part 1 “The Elephant Who Found a Mom” airs on July 16 at 8pm
Discover the intense bond between Aisha, a baby elephant orphan, and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Daphne uses the lessons learned from Aisha’s life to help her save more than 150 orphans over the next 40 years.
Part 2 “The Ape Who Went to College” airs on July 23 at 8pm
Hear the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orangutan person.”
Part 3 “The Rhino Who Joined the Family” airs on July 30 at 8pm
Rupert is an orphaned black rhinoceros was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife veterinarian Dr. John Condy. Rupert captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years later, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.
Part 4 “The Seal Who Came Home” airs on August 6 at 8pm
Witness the true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by arborist Harry Goodridge. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to sacrifice his wildness.

NOVA: Australia's First 4 Billion Years airs Wednesdays at 9pm

Of all the continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. This four part NOVA miniseries, hosted by geologist Richard Smith, takes viewers on a fabulous adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today.
Part 1 “Awakening” airs on July 16 at 9pm
First stop in this road trip through time is Western Australia, around four and a half billion years ago, where we encounter the Earth shortly after its fiery birth. It’s a violent, poisonous planet, but not all is what it first seems.
Part 2 “Life Explodes” airs on July 23 at 9pm
Meet Planet Earth’s forgotten pioneers: the scuttling arthropod armies that invaded the shores, and the waves of green revolutionaries whose battle for the light pushed plant-life across the face of a barren continent. Revolution continued underwater as well, with armor-plated fish experimenting with teeth, jaws, sex and lungs.
Part 3 “Monsters” airs on July 30 at 9pm
Come face to face with the previously unknown reptilian rulers of prehistoric Australia. But reptiles didn’t have the world all to themselves. Mammals like the enigmatic platypus lived alongside them, ready for their moment in the sun. And 65 million years ago, they saw that day arrive.
Part 4 “Strange Creatures: airs on August 6 at 9pm
In the wake of the catastrophe—the asteroid impact 65 million years ago believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs--Australia was set adrift on a lonely voyage in southern seas. This is a tale of calamity and conquest; how a conspiracy of climate, biology and geology shaped the Earth we now call home.

Sex in the Wild airs Wednesdays at 10pm

This four-part series, presented by anatomist Joy Reidenberg and veterinarian Mark Evans, examines the reproductive behaviors and biology of four species — elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and dolphins — and takes an in-depth look at how these animals find and woo the opposite sex. It also explores how they mate, give birth and raise their young in extreme environments.
Part 1 “Elephants” airs on July 16 at 10pm
Reidenberg and Evans follow Kiti, a pregnant female elephant, through the birth of her baby. In addition, Evans travels with a group attempting to control the elephant population (and learns how to produce a bull elephant sperm sample) while also maintaining genetic diversity, through chemical birth control as Botswana copes with increasing numbers of animals.
Part 2 “Kangaroos” airs on July 23 at 10pm
The scientists chronicle the birth of a kangaroo joey and its development. The episode explores koala conservation efforts in Brisbane that use artificial insemination to boost the numbers of koala babies. Reidenberg visits a pioneering breeding program at the University of Adelaide to learn more about preservation efforts to save the extremely endangered southern brush-tailed rock-wallaby in South Australia.
Part 3 “Orangutans” airs on July 30 at 10pm
Reidenberg and Evans travel to an orangutan sanctuary deep in the rainforest of Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of one of humans’ closest cousins — the orangutan. The team examines how the alpha male “kings” exert their power over other males and seduce females in their territory. Devoting a lengthy seven years to raising a single orangutan baby is key to the success of the species — similar to humans.
Part 4 “Dolphins” airs on August 6 at 10pm
In this episode, Reidenberg travels to New Zealand to uncover the mating strategies and anatomies of dusky dolphins, who form mating groups that leap from the water in perfect unison. In a high-speed chase, males pursue females and rapidly mate with them — in just two seconds. Viewers can witness a dolphin birth and learn the difficulties of breastfeeding underwater.


 

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