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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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New! Watch Call the Midwife & Masterpiece's Mr. Selfridge

Just when you thought you’d never get over Sundays without Downton Abbey, WETA TV26 and WETA HD begins Call the Midwife season 2 and Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge this Sunday, March 31!

Read the full article to watch trailers of these two series!

 

This Sunday marks the season 2 U.S. premiere of the popular British drama Call the Midwife. Return to the Nonnatus House as all your favorite characters, and a few new ones, balance romance, friendship, and medicine in East End London during the 1950s.
 
In episode 1, it’s Nurse Jenny Lee’s birthday celebration at the Nonnatus House but as soon as the party comes to an end, she is assigned a new patient, the pregnant Molly Brignall.  The well-being of Molly and her child is compromised putting Jenny in a difficult spot.  Trixie and Sister Evangelina care for a Captain’s pregnant daughter but how will the two do aboard a ship?
 
 
 
 
 

Prepare to be swept back to early 20th Century England with Mr. Selfridge, the newest Masterpiece series based on real-life events. Follow the story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, an American businessman from Chicago, played by Jeremy Piven (Entourage). Selfridge moves to London and opens the department store chain Selfridges at the end of Oxford Street with £400,000 of his own money. Selfridge’s foreign principles and modern retail techniques create quite a stir in London society and the drama commences.

Harry Selfridge was a showman and his flashy, alluring window displays match the plot of this new show, which explores relationships, social change, and style. As the Selfridges climb the social ladder in London, they encounter many extraordinary characters on their way to the top. Follow not only the parties and glamorous gowns of high society, but also follow the stories of the working class Selfridges employees.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule February 19 - 24

This week, WETA UK has lots of new shows for you to try out. We begin the newest season of PBS Downton Abbey season 3 from the very beginning; we premiere the brand new crime dramas Death in Paradise and Dalziel & Pasco; we kick off new seasons of New Tricks, Waiting for God, and Red Dwarf; and we start the new WETA UK Event: Return to Cranford. Read on for show descriptions and schedule.

Click here to watch video previews of these great new shows and seasons!

 

Tuesday begin watching Downton Abbey season 3 from the very first episode! This dramatic season brings even more excitement and surprises than before. Tune in Tuesdays at 8:00pm beginning tonight for season 3 of Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey. Also airs Wednesday at 3:00pm.

Wednesday join us at 9:00pm for the WETA UK premiere of the new drama Death in Paradise. A 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 has their own unique way of doing things. Though Richard would never admit it, they make the perfect team, and with a new mind-boggling mystery to solve every episode, Death in Paradise will intrigue and tantalize. Also airs Thursdays at 4:00pm & Saturdays at 6:00pm.

Wednesday at 10:00pm kick off season 1 of our new series Dalziel & Pasco. Andy Dalziel does not suffer fools gladly, but he has even more trouble with what he calls the "smart arses" of this world. So when the inexperienced, soft-spoken, whiz-kid graduate Peter Pascoe joins his team at Mid-Yorkshire CID, there could be problems. Pascoe is one of the new breed of career police officers, armed with a degree in Social Sciences, a caring attitude and a sharp brain. At first Pascoe is somewhat taken aback by his brash and ballsy boss, but it soon becomes apparent there is more to Andy Dalziel than meets the eye. Also airs Thursdays at 5:00pm & Saturdays at 7:00pm

Thursday at 11:00pm dive into season 6 of New Tricks. Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman and her unconventional team of ex detectives – Jack Halford, Brian Lane and Gerry Standing – reinvestigate more unsolved murders and cold cases with their trademark conflict over procedure and rules. 

Friday tune in for the first episode of season 5 of the comedy series Waiting for God at 7:00pm. Bayview is a purpose-built complex with one chalet to each resident, looked after by the skinflint manager, Harvey Baines, his adoring half-witted helper, Jane, and nurse Jenny. Unfortunately, their ideas on how old people should behave are wildly at odds with some of the residents' – especially the ringleaders, Tom and Diana. Also airs Tuesday at 10:30am.

Saturday beginning at 8:00pm, watch the first two parts of WETA UK Event: Return to Cranford. Change is coming to the 1840s, small, close-knit village of Cranford run by the women of the town. The Industrial Revolution is upon them and change as well as romance is in the air. When a shocking event disrupts Cranford from its innocence, can a bit friendship save the day? Also airs Sundays at 12:00pm.

Sunday at 11:00pm season 5 of Red Dwarf begins! This season, Rimmer gets a hard-light drive enabling him to touch and feel, a dose of luck virus rescues Lister, Cat, and Kryten from an all-sprout diet in quarantine, the boys encounter their evil selves, and it seems that they are not really who they think they are at all, when their time on the virtual reality game Red Dwarf comes to an end. 

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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule January 22 – 27

This week on the Washington, DC area all-British public broadcasting channel WETA UK, we begin new seasons of our great dramas, mysteries, and comedies. Here are the highlights from the schedule this week, we hope you'll tune in for one or all!

Read the full article for video previews of these shows!

 

Tuesday at 7:00pm tune in for a new season of My Family. As season 4 begins, Ben and Michael waste no time and dive right into the antics the Harper family is well known for. Watch My Family Mondays – Fridays at 7:00pm and Fridays 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

Wednesday at 9:00pm don’t miss one of our newest programs DCI Banks. Tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot combine drama, crime, and thrill in this British series. In this week’s episode Cold is the Grave, a man commits armed robbery then he’s brutally murdered. Chief Superintendent Rydell wants DCI Banks to find and bring home the criminal’s runaway teenage daughter, Emily. During investigation, Annie Cabbot becomes convinced that the robbery was staged but struggles to prove it. This episode also airs Thursday at 4:00pm & Saturday at 6:30pm. 

Thursday get your mystery fix with Sherlock Holmes at 8:00pm followed by Agatha Christie’s Poirot at 9:00pm. This crime-solving-duo moved to WETA UK earlier this month so tune in every Thursday beginning at 8:00pm for these classic mysteries. Sherlock Holmes airs again on Saturdays at 2:00pm and Agatha Christie’s Poirot airs again on Saturdays at 4:30pm.

Friday is packed with new seasons! At 6:30pm we begin season 3 of Chef!, then at 7:30pm we start season 2 of As Time Goes By, and at 9:30pm season 2 of the comedy Outnumbered kicks off. 

Saturday at 10:00pm The WETA UK Event: Garrow’s Law continues with the beginning of season 3. Pioneering 18th century barrister William Garrow returns to the Bailey to face regicide (the act of killing a king), industrial sabotage, colonial brutality, and vote rigging as the Establishment battle to maintain the status quo. These episodes also air Sunday at 2:00pm.

Sunday at 8:00pm catch the classic Yes, Minister special episode Party Games. Secretary to the Cabinet, Sir Arnold Robinson is retiring and Sir Humphrey is to take his place. Hacker celebrates by getting gloriously drunk, and is lucky to escape the breathalyzer – unlike the Deputy Prime Minister. With his successor out of the way, the Prime Minister too steps down and the hunt is on to find his replacement. The politicians favor a strong candidate, someone with style and charisma who will lead the party into a new term of office. The Civil Service favors someone less headstrong, more ‘receptive to advice’. Remember that next Sunday at 8:00pm, the new series Yes, Prime Minister begins! This is the sequal to Yes, Minister and will air the same days and times. 

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Coming to WETA UK in January 2013 | New WETA UK Schedule

With a new year comes MANY new British shows on WETA UK! From documentaries, to dramas, to comedies, we’re bringing British television to the Washington, DC area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and all for free on your TV. Read on for descriptions and video previews of all our new programs coming to WETA UK in January!

 

Wild Indonesia

Premieres Tuesday January 1 from 3:00pm – 6:00pmThree episodes air back-to-back

This is the story of one of the world's most fascinating regions and its wildlife: Indonesia. From freezing glaciers to coral reefs, orangutans to Komodo dragons, the sheer diversity of landscapes and life defies the imagination. 

 

Benny Hill

Premieres Tuesday January 1 at 11:00pm | Airs late night during the week

This sketch-based, slapstick comedy show starring Benny Hill is a classic British comedy. Benny appears in many different costumes and portrays a vast array of characters. 

 

Downton Abbey Season 1

Premieres Wednesday January 2 at 3:00pmTwo back-to-back episodes Wednesdays at 3:00pm

Set in the Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, this period drama depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era — with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and the British social hierarchy in general. 

 

DCI Banks

Premieres Wednesday January 2 at 9:00pm | Airs Wednesdays at 9:00pm

Tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot combine drama, crime, and thrill in this series. 

 

Sherlock Holmes & Agatha Christie’s Poirot                 

Premieres Thursday January 3 at 8:00pm | Sherlock & Poirot air back-to-back Thursdays at 8:00pm

The classic 1980s version starring Jeremy Brett and David Burke moves from WETA TV26 & HD to WETA UK Thursdays at 8:00pm. Agatha Christie’s Poirot starring David Suchet also moves to WETA UK airing Thursdays at 9:00pm

 

The Café

Premieres Friday January 4 at 8:00pm | Airs Fridays at 8:00pm

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 out her mum Carol at the café. Returning home has its pluses and minuses, find out how Sarah handles them in this comedy series. 

 

Primeval Season 1

Premieres Monday January 7 at 4:00pm | Airs Mondays at 4:00pm

This series is returning to WETA UK! When evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter discovers prehistoric creatures alive and well in the present day, the natural world is turned on its head and humanity faces a threat to its very existence. Unexplained anomalies are ripping holes in the fabric of time, allowing creatures from the very earliest stages of Earth's development to roam the modern world. Cutter and his team struggle to keep the looming disaster secret while dealing with savage dinosaurs and other deadly foes. 

 

Vera I     

Premieres Monday January 7 at 9:00pm | Airs Mondays at 9:00pm

Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope is an experienced and brilliant murder investigator in North East England. Kind-hearted but an inherent loner, Vera freely admits she can become obsessed with her job; driven by her own demons, the detective faces the world with sarcastic wit, guile, and courage. (Vera II begins Monday January 28)

 

Life of Mammals

Premieres Tuesday January 8 at 4:30pm | Airs Tuesdays at 4:30pm

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. 

 

The WETA UK Event: The Complete Garrow’s Law          

Premieres Saturday January 12 at 8:00pm | Airs Saturdays at 8:00pm 

Garrow's Law is a legal period drama depicting William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey in the 18th century.