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This Week on WETA UK: July 28-August 3

Monday at 8pm on Pie in the Sky, Henry Crabbe takes on The Mystery of Pikey. Someone breaks into businessman Barry Wilkes’ home as he and his family eat at Pie in the Sky. Many townspeople claim local bad boy Karl 'Pikey' Elves is to blame but Henry Crabbe doesn’t think that the boy acted alone.

Tuesday at 11am BallykissAngel begins from the very first episode! Ballykissangel is a village nestling in the lush green mountains of County Wicklow, in the heart of the Irish countryside. Here, life revolves around the local Catholic Church and its rival, the local bar. When Father Peter Clifford arrives from Manchester, he knows he will be facing some opposition. After all, what is a young, inexperienced English priest doing in Ireland, of all places?

Wednesday at 11:30pm tune in for the classic comedy The Benny Hill Show. The delightfully outrageous British comedian headlines a slapstick sketch series, an unapologetic throwback to burlesque traditions.

Thursday at 8pm the WETA UK introduces Fawlty Towers to the Thursday comedy line-up!
Fawlty Towers is a hilariously manic British comedy about an ill-mannered innkeeper, created by and starring `Monty Python' alum John Cleese and his then-wife, Connie Booth.

Friday at 8pm Rosemary and Thyme take on the mystery of "The Italian Rapscallion". On a tour of Giardini Tremonti, will one of their party, Janice Alexander, is found dead. A second death occurs, but can they stop the killer before another loses their life?

Saturday at 9am tune in for the popular British show Primeval. When a young paintball player is attacked by a saber-toothed tiger at an adventure holiday park, it seems that the new anomaly detector has failed. However, Cutter begins to suspect a conventional explanation – and Connor disgraces himself.

Sunday at 9pm continue watching Wild Australasia with the episode “Island Arks”. This is a colorful journey of exploration, uncovering unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes, from the steamy tropics to the icy islands of the sub Antarctic.
 

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Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot Season 12 | New on WETA TV26

Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot season 12 premieres on WETA TV26 & HD this Sunday July 27 and continues Sunday August 3! David Suchet returns as Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot for two new episodes. In this blog post, read more about the episodes and watch a preview of episode 1. The final three episodes in this season will air on WETA TV26 & HD later this year.

“The Big Four” airs Sunday July 27 at 9pm
Poirot navigates the world of international espionage while investigating the death of a Russian chess grandmaster.

“Dead Man’s Folly” airs Sunday August 3 at 9pm
Mystery writer and old friend Ariadne Oliver asking Poirot to accompany her to a wealthy financier's "murder game" that she fears may turn into the scene of a real murder.
 

 

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WETA Movie Night: July 26

This Saturday on WETA TV26 & HD, watch two coming-of-age stories. First at 9:30pm, Jamal shares his life story when accused of cheating on a game show in Slumdog Millionaire. Then at 11:30pm, Egor leaves home to pursue a dancing career in the POV independent film Dance for Me. Please join us for these powerful films Saturday, July 26, 2014 on WETA TV26 & HD.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This film follows Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, as he’s minutes away from winning 20-million rupees on India's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The show breaks for the night and police arrest Jamal for cheating. Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up. Stories of their adventures together and those with his lost-love Latika, reveal the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Will the police believe him and let him continue on the show? This film won 8 Academy Awards. Slumdog Millionaire also airs Sunday at 11:30am.


POV: Dance for Me airs Saturday at 11:30pm
Professional ballroom dancing is very big in little Denmark. Since success in this intensely competitive art depends on finding the right partner, aspiring Danish dancers often look beyond their borders to find their matches. In Dance for Me, 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark's most promising young dancers. Strikingly different, Egor and Mie bond over their passion for Latin dance — and for winning. As they head to the championships, so much is at stake: emotional bonds, career and the future.


 

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This Week on WETA UK: July 21-27

Monday at 9pm season 3 of Midsomer Murders begins with two back-to-back episodes! 9pm-10:30pm “Dead Man’s Eleven” DCI Barnaby’s plans to move to the village of Fletcher’s Cross are disrupted when the wife of a landowner is bludgeoned to death with a cricket bat while out walking her dog in the village of Midsomer Worthy. Then at 10:30pm-12am in “Death of a Stranger”, DCI Barnaby returns from a holiday in France to discover an unidentified tramp has been beaten to death in the woods near the village of Marshwood.

Tuesday at 2pm New Tricks season 2 begins with the first episode “A Delicate Touch”. The group’s desire to solve each case is as strong as ever. Working as part of the Unsolved Crime and Open Cases Squad (UCOS) and lead by Pullman who spends half her time trying reign them in, the three men investigate an array of challenging and disturbing crimes. Will they succeed where others have failed? Or will the burden of all the years begin to weigh down on them?

Wednesday at 9pm tune in for Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour. Set in 1965, the Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour finds rookie constable Endeavour Morse helping with the investigation into the murder of a 15-year-old girl.

Thursday at 10pm Dalziel and Pascoe begin to investigate a new mystery “Truth and Concequences”. A skeleton is unearthed in the former mining town of Thirksby. The discovery revives unwelcome memories for Dalziel, who was stationed there during the miners’ strike of 1984-85.The conflict was bitter and even now policemen are not welcome. Tune in next Thursday at 10pm for part 2.

Friday at 10:30pm catch the third and final episode of Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock season 1! In “The Blind Banker” Holmes and Watson investigate a bank break-in that resulted in nothing stolen, but strange graffiti left behind. The case leads to the discovery of a dead banker inside his locked flat that the police, though not Holmes, suspect was a suicide. In other matters, Watson applies for a part-time job and goes on a date, though---thanks to Holmes---the evening doesn't go as planned.

Saturday at 8pm Call the Midwife season 2 opens with Jenny Lee's birthday. The next day she takes on a new patient who's involved in an abusive relationship. In other events, Trixie and Sister Evangelina board a Swedish cargo ship to care for the captain's daughter, who's about to have her first baby.

Sunday at 10am begin season 6 of Monarch of the Glen. It’s a new era for Glenbogle, as Paul sets about making his mark by attempting to modernize the estate. However, while his intentions are honorable, his dismissive attitude towards the estate’s long-held traditions causes him to clash with Golly.
 

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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 Movie Night: July 19

This week’s WETA Saturday Night Movies are thrillers! Beginning at 9:30pm, catch A Streetcar Named Desire then at 11:30pm watch the POV independent film Mugabe and the White African.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
Disturbed, alcoholic Blanche DuBois moves from Mississippi to New Orleans to live with her sister after being fired from her teaching job.  While her reality crumbles around her, Blanche is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law Stanley. Abuse and drama push Blanche to a breaking point, but can she survive in this harsh situation? A Streetcar Named Desire won the 1952 Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role Vivien Leigh; Best Actor in a Supporting Role Karl Malden; Best Actress in a Supporting Role Kim Hunter; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White Richard Day and George James Hopkins. This film also airs Sunday at 11:30am.

POV: Mugabe and the White African airs Saturday at 11:30pm
This is the story of white Zimbabwe farmer Mike Campbell, whose farm (which he purchased after the country's independence in 1980) has been targeted by strongman Robert Mugabe's government for confiscation as part of the country's land-redistribution program. The documentary details Campbell's efforts to save his farm by taking his case to an international court, a process that proves frustrating due to several delays, as well as his run-ins with Mugabe's thugs.

 


 

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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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WETA Movie Night: July 12-13

This Saturday, WETA TV26 & HD has three wonderful films for WETA Movie Night. Bonnie and Clyde, the 1967 action-packed romantic drama kicks off the night at 9:30pm. Then meet fantastic and inspirational athletes in My Way to Olympia at 11:30pm and get a different view of the world with Salt early Sunday at 12:30am.
 
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!

POV: My Way to Olympia airs Saturday at 11:30pm
German director Niko von Glasow was born with severely shortened arms and along with his long list of award-winning films, he is the director of My Way to Olympia. Niko discovers  a group of incredibly adaptable, determined, and optimistic people performing athletic feats sometimes more astounding than those of regular Olympic athletes. This film shares the stories of these Paralympic athletes and shows that Paralympic sports are less about disabilities than about being the best at something, which is the same reason every athlete in the world competes.

POV: Salt airs Sunday at 12:30am
Award-winning photographer Murray Fredericks began making five-week-long, annual, solo camping trips to remote Lake Eyre and its salt flats in South Australia and has a plethora of remarkable photos to show for it. This documentary is the film extension of Fredericks’ photographic work at Lake Eyre, interweaving his photos and video diary with time-lapse sequences. The content in t his film will peak viewers’ ideas of time and space.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: July 7-13

Monday at 9pm tune in for the first two episodes of Midsomer Murders season2! First at 9pm “Death’s Shadow”. Soon after successful theatrical director Simon Fletcher is diagnosed with a brain tumor, a property developer in the village is savagely murdered. Barnaby and Detective Sergeant Troy investigate the crime, trying to discover if it was motivated by ill-feeling in the village about his plans for property development or some longer buried secrets. Then at 10:30pm on “Strangler’s Wood”, the body of a young Brazilian woman is found strangled with a tie in a forest where three similar murders occurred several years before. Barnaby manages to solve both the new murders and the old ones, though not before the murder of yet another victim.

Tuesday at 9pm tune in for the first two episodes of Doc Martin season 2! First at 9pm “Old Dogs”, Dr. Martin Ellingham is still as clumsy as ever when it comes to forming relationships with the opposite sex. Just when things are beginning to look rosily romantic between him and pretty school teacher Louisa Glasson, he makes a terrible faux pas. She can't forgive him for accusing her of failing in her dental hygiene regime. Then at 9:45pm “In Loco”, Louisa is nervously awaiting an interview for promotion to head teacher of Portwenn Primary School, and she's anxious to make a good impression. But the odds seem to be stacked against her. Dr. Ellingham is on the board of governors, and she's not sure she can count on his vote.

Wednesday at 8am catch season 6 episode 1 of All Creatures Great and Small. In the episode, “Here and There”, James meets Basil Courtney, a cowhand for a local farmer. Basil has worked in a circus, been a teacher, has knowledge of art and a nose for good wine! James is intrigued until he discovers that Basil has not been giving the farmer's calves their treatment and, as a result, they are showing no signs of improvement. Then at 9am stay on WETA UK for Born and Bred season 2 episode 1. In the new series sees a new set of problems for the father-and-son practice, and delves further into the lives of the villagers, including some highly amusing incidents.

Thursday at 10pm Dalziel and Pascoe begin the two part mystery “Secrets of the Dead”. Watch part 2 next Thursday July 17 at 10pm! Dalziel is in the small Yorkshire village of Stenby, attending the funeral of Fran Lock, the district nurse. When the local solicitor is found murdered, Dalziel investigates (without the help of Pascoe, who is off to Florida to
visit his wife and daughter).

Friday at 7:30pm start the fantastic British comedy My Family from the very first episode!  Dad, Ben is a dentist struggling to understand his wife Susan the terrible cook, daughter Janey the selfish shopping addict, youngest son Michael the brain, and eldest son Nick the lazy goof. Although loving and caring parents, Ben and Susan have a little trouble showing their children these true intentions since the kids are always up to something.

Saturday at 11am catch the first episode of the sci-fi, cult classic Red Dwarf! A radiation leak wipes out the crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf, leaving only one survivor – chicken soup machine repair man, Dave Lister. After three million years in suspended animation, Lister emerges to find he is the last human being in the universe but he is not alone. The crew begin to experience visions from their own future and Lister’s appears to include being reduced to his component atoms by a rather large explosion.

Sunday at 8pm catch the WETA UK premiere of Brazil with Michael Palin. In episode 1, “Out of Africa”, Michael Palin’s Brazilian odyssey begins in the North East where modern Brazil was born. He starts in the city of Sao Luis before traveling down the coast to Recife and Salvador, dropping in on the vaqueros Brazilian Cowboys who work on vast cattle ranches. His travels also take him south to the stunning coastal lagoons of the Lencois Maranhenses national park. In Salvador he learns to drum with the famous Olodum School and has a lesson in how to cook Bahian-style before finding out what lies behind the beguiling moves of Capoeria dancers.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: June 30-July 6

Monday at 7:30pm My Family begins season 9 with the episode “Bully for Ben”. Ben joins the young Harpers for a pub quiz, during which he reveals that his childhood bully was actually a girl. Catch this episode again Friday July 4 at 12:30pm.

Tuesday at 4pm Hustle kicks off season 6.  In episode 1, just as the team are finishing with one genius con where Emma is posing as pop princess Kylie, Albert is out finding and priming the next unsuspecting mark - ex-banker Piggy Richardson who has been hounded by the press after a very public pension scandal. However, just as everything starts to fall into place, a mysterious woman enquires about Mickey's whereabouts and throws their plan into disarray.

Wednesday at 6:30pm catch two contemporary comedies back-to-back. First watch Outnumbered at 6:30pm then Lead Balloon at 7pm. In this week’s episode of Outnumbered, “The Girls' Day Out”, Sue is fed up with the men over housework; Karen deals with fund raisers and buying shoes. In season 3 of Lead Balloon, despite professional and domestic crises, Rick manages to hold his head up high and retain that self-respect. Well, actually, no he doesn't.

Thursday at 11pm classic Sherlock Holmes takes on the mystery of “The Crooked Man”. Holmes and Watson investigate when an Army colonel is found dead and his wife is found unconscious. Be sure to watch “The Adventure of the Creeping Man” on Saturday afternoon as Holmes investigates when a scientist's daughter believes she has spotted a prowler outside her bedroom window.

Friday at 10:30pm continue the comedy and drama of Frankie. In this second-to-last episode in the series, someone is watching Frankie but who and why? At work, Frankie finds herself caught between her patient and his wife. A dying patient puts things into perspective for Paula.

Saturday from 1:30pm-6:30pm get your weekly dose of mysteries! At 1:30pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot goes on the adventure of “The Dead Man’s Mirror”. Then at 2:30 Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes goes for “The Adventure of the Creeping Man”. From 3:20-6:30pm watch Midsomer Murders “Faithful Unto Death” and “Death in Disguise”.

Sunday at 9pm catch the very first episode of Wild Australasia. Take a journey through time and space to explore Australasia's natural wonders. This series is a detective story, delving into Australasia's hidden secrets to explain why its wildlife and wilderness are so special. As the driest inhabited continent on Earth, Australia is a world apart - a place where successive invasions of people have made the greatest impact on its wildlife and wilderness areas. Its wildlife is an astonishing mix of the surprising, the strange and the deadly. From the tropical jungle to the vast shallow coral reefs, from burning deserts to snowy mountains, Australasia is a land of outstanding splendour with a great variety of moods and landscapes.

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