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The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

This new, five-hour series follows Simon Schama as he travels from Russia and the Ukraine to Egypt, Israel and Spain exploring the impact that Jewish culture has made across the world. The series is also a personal journey for host Simon Schama who has been engaged with Jewish history since his postwar childhood. The Story of the Jews draws on primary sources that include the Elephantine papyri, a collection of 5th-century BC manuscripts illuminating the life of a town of Jewish soldiers and their families in ancient Egypt; the astonishing trove of documents — the Cairo Geniza — recording the world of the medieval Jews of the Mediterranean and Near East; the records of disputations between Christians and Jews in Spain; correspondence between the leader of the Arab revolt during World War I, Emir Feisal, and the leader of the Zionist movement, Chaim Weizmann.  Schama brings together a multitude of emotions and questions to share a story that truly affects every human on Earth.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
In the Beginning  (Part 1)

Historian Simon Schama's five-part history of the Jewish people opens 3000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their book, the Hebrew Bible.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Among Believers  (Part 2)

The medieval era, when Jews struggled to preserve their identity—and even their lives—under the rule of Christianity and Islam is recalled. Included: diaspora Jews who built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution; the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 8:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
A Leap of Faith  (Part 3)

The Enlightenment era, when Jews integrated into mainstream European life, is recalled. One area that proved fruitful: music, as exemplified by the careers of composers Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn. The integration stirred up ancient prejudices, however, which were often cloaked by romantic nationalism and pseudo-science. Included: the trial of Alfred Dreyfus, which led Theodor Herzl to conclude that Jews needed a homeland in order to be free of persecution.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 9:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Over the Rainbow  (Part 4)

Recalling the lost world of the shtetl, Jewish towns and villages in Eastern Europe that gave birth to a uniquely Jewish culture; and that made its mark in the revolutionary politics of the USSR and the pop culture of Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood. It was also the birthplace of Hasidism, one of the most misunderstood forms of Judaism. Included: Simon Schama visits the forests of Lithuania, where his family logged wood and fought wolves.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:00 pm WETA TV26 & HD
Return  (Part 5)

Simon Schama's history of the Jewish people concludes with the Holocaust and the creation of the modern Israel, both of which fundamentally changed what it means to be Jewish. Included: the tension between the ideals and necessities that led to founding the modern Israel; and the realities of conflict, dispossession and occupation that have followed in its wake.

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This Week on WETA UK: March 17-23

Monday at 9pm Midsomer Murders takes on the mystery “Painted in Blood”. When Joyce Barnaby finds a dead woman while painting watercolors of Midsomer Florey, she unwittingly uncovers a nest of plots and double-dealings.

Tuesday at 10:30pm Chef! season 2 begins with “A River Runs Through It”. The kitchen staff at Le Chateau are overwhelmed and Gareth simply must find another chef as soon as possible. Gustave Laroche, a one time culinary legend, is available but why is he working at a third rate dive?

Wednesday 1pm-5pm watch the best British crime dramas on television all back-to-back! At 1pm, MI-5 (also known as Spooks) begins season 7. MI-5 has just exchanged spies with the Russians and welcome the return of Lucas North after 7 years of imprisonment. At 2pm, New Tricks tackles the “who done it?” in episode “Queen and Country”. UCOS reinvestigate the death of Annabel Tilson, a diplomat in the Foreign Office whose body was discovered in a frozen river on Christmas Day.  At 3pm, Waking the Dead continues season 6 with the conclusion of the mystery “Mask of Sanity”. Boyd and the team establish that it was Jenson who killed Pierce but how and why? At 4pm, join the crew from Hustle for the episode “Ding Dong That's My Song”. When a visit to one of Albert’s old haunts leads the gang to target Dale Ridley, a disgraced game show presenter turned property developer with a fondness for bribery.

Thursday from 8pm-10pm begin new seasons of your favorite contemporary British comedies. At 8pm, season 2 of Spy begins. At 8:30pm, Twenty Twelve takes on “Boycott” part 1 which kicks off season 2. At 9pm, Lead Balloon begins from the very first episode of season 1 “Rubbish”. At 9:30pm, Outnumbered begins season 2 from the beginning.

Friday from 9am-noon watch the best British dramas. At 9am watch Born and Bred from the very first episode of season 1. At 10am, watch Monarch of the Glen begin season 3. At 11am, BallyKissAngel continues with the beginning of season 4.

Saturday at 9pm, tune in for Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis: Season 3 “Dark Matter”. Oxford professor and amateur stargazer Andrew Crompton cryptically says that on Friday at 3:15, he will have an "excess of joy." Later, Crompton is found dead at the foot of the stairs in the Oxford observatory. The investigation draws Detective Inspector Lewis and Detective Sergeant Hathaway into the ethereal writings of a 17th-century astronomer and a modern-day circle of scientists and musicians, and their unexpected connections to the deceased.

Sunday at 8pm, join Michael Wood for the first part of the four part documentary series Michael Wood’s Story of England. In part one, “Romans to Normans”, the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire is located in the heart of England and is a place that has lived through the Black Death, the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution, and it was even bombed in World War Two. With the help of the local people and using archaeology, landscape, language and DNA, historian Michael Wood uncovers the lost history of the first thousand years of the village, featuring a Roman villa, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and graphic evidence of life on the eve of the Norman Conquest.
 

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This Week on WETA UK: October 7-13

Monday at 6:30pm is comedy after work! Watch your favorite groom Howard wake up in a jail cell and finds out some bad news about his best man in Worst Week of my Life. Then on Outnumbered a dinner party turns into something of a catastrophe when the family finds out Angela is planning to return to America. The laughter continues with an episode of My Family where Ben becomes upset when everyone ignores his birthday.

Tuesday at 10:30pm catch up with Rumpole of the Bailey as season 6 begins! Rumpole  
defends a restaurateur whom he doesn’t have a taste for after having when a live mouse jumps from one of his gourmet meals.

Wednesday at 1:00pm is a sleuth afternoon with new episodes of all your favorite mystery, murder, and spies. MI-5 has Juliet blackmailing Harry to support her bid for the Security & Intelligence Coordinator's job. Will Harry get manipulated or will it all be too much to handle? Adam is now convinced he knows the mole's identity but accuses the wrong person. At 2:00pm a 20-year-old case is reopened as new evidence is found in a pub toilet on the next episode of New Tricks. Then at 3:00pm on Waking the Dead, the unsolved case of the disappearance of five-year-old twins Jason and Cindy Murphy is reopened when one of them turns up in a hospital bed. Followed by Hustle at 4:00pm where Mickey and crew come across a diamond whose owner is will do whatever it takes to get it back.
 
Thursday at 11:30pm tune in for the new season of Waking the Dead. A woman found wandering naked throughwoodland has no recollection of how she got there or why her DNA was found at a murder scene in 1967.

Friday at 10:30pm
catch Rosemary and Thyme. A former boyfriend of Rosemary invites her and Laura to southern Spain where he wants her to restore a Moorish garden in his home located in the hills behind Malaga.
 
Saturday at 8:00pm the WETA UK Event: The Complete Mr. Selfridge continues with Selfridge in a coma and Ellen Love is recovering from her attempted suicide. Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle has a séance in the store invoking two dead relative’s to show up at a store.
 
Sunday at 11:00pm season 6 of Doctor Who begins with The Impossible Astronaut. The  
Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song are reunited in the middle of the Utah desert after receiving envelopes each containing a date, time, and map reference and soon to adventure with President Nixon and the Silence.

 

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New PBS Show Genealogy Roadshow | Watch on WETA TV26 & HD

Get ready to hit the road with the premiere of the new series, Genealogy Roadshow! Beginning this Monday September 23, catch new episodes every Monday at 9pm immediately following Antiques Roadshow on WETA TV26 and WETA HD!          

Have you ever wondered if you’re related to any famous historical figures? Genealogy Roadshow investigates the genealogy of those who think they may have a substantial link to powerful figures of the past and puts the wondering to rest once and for all! Watch everyday people find their link to important historical figures, places, and events. Genealogy Roadshow connects Americans of the present to their country’s great forefathers. Featuring a unique blend of history and science, Genealogy Roadshow truly exemplifies the cultural diversity and rich history of the United States. If you appreciate a good detective story with a striking emotional twist, this is the show for you. Travel along with Genealogy Roadshow in its premiere season as the crew ventures to Nashville, Austin, Detroit, and San Francisco!

Watch a preview of the series here!

 

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Nazi Mega Weapons | Military Engineering History

During World War II, Hitler believed that one of the keys to victory was the manufacturing of new weaponry. Germany had some of the most brilliant scientific minds of all time on their side, and the Nazis put them to work in the creation of elaborate machines of death.  Though these technological innovations wouldn’t be enough to win them the war, their advancements were successful in advancing the world’s approach to war. We all know that history is written by the victors, but this month on WETA watch Nazi Mega Weapons and see the groundbreaking engineering that happened on the losing side.

Episode 1: Atlantic Wall

Watch the trailer! In 1942, the Nazis began work on an elaborate fortification along the western coast of Europe that was meant to defend against a possible attack from Great Britain. This massive set of buildings was unlike any defensive structure that the world had ever seen, and some of Germany’s top commanders were stationed in its forts. See an in-depth look at the 3 year building process and the overall fate of the Atlantic Wall. Airs Wednesday, July 17 at 10:00pm.

Episode 2: U-Boat Pens

Germany is well-known for their advanced U-Boat submarines that they used extensively during World War II. As the war progressed, the Nazis realized that advancements in bomb technology left their boats extremely vulnerable to aerial attack. As a result, the Germans created concrete pens that housed their submarines. These pens were very resistant to bombings, but their creation was anything but a simple process. Airs Wednesday, July 24 at 10:00pm.

Episode 3: V-2

Wernher von Braun was a rocket scientist who did extensive research for the Nazis during World War II. After receiving a grant from Germany, he created the prototype for what would eventually become the V-2 rocket. The V-2 eventually became extremely important to Hitler, who wanted a weapon that would be seen as a morale changer. After the war, other countries raced to recover and research the intact V-2 rockets in order to develop their own versions of this technological marvel. Airs Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00pm.

NOVA: 3D Spies of WWII

Watch the trailer! If you can’t get enough of the fascinating history behind World War II, watch the direct response to Germany’s mega weapons on NOVA: 3D Spies of WWII. As the Allies realized how powerful the new Nazi weapons were, they began an espionage expedition into German territory. Spies took photographs of potential German bases using cutting edge 3D technologies, and the photographs allowed them to interrupt German weapon development with strategic missile strikes. Witness the dangerous missions of World War II’s unsung heroes. Airs Wednesday, June 24 at 9:00pm

 

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Where to Watch Inspector Morse & Inspector Lewis | WETA UK

Unfortunately, 2013 saw Detective Inspector Robert Lewis and Detective Sergeant James Hathaway hanging up their hats and resigning from the police force. This marks the series end, and new episodes will no longer be coming. Though the series has finished, this is far from the end here at WETA UK.  Wednesdays on WETA UK will still be jam-packed with episodes of Inspector Morse, Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis, and starting July 24th, Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour.

Inspector Morse

The series that started it all continues on Wednesday nights on WETA UK. Watch Inspector Morse solve complex cases with the help of his partner, the man himself, Detective Lewis. In tonight’s episode, Inspector Morse looks into the historic case of murdered woman that he suspects may not have been correctly solved. As he delves into this case, his own health takes a turn for the worse! Inspector Morse airs every Wednesday night at 8:00pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis

Inspector Lewis’ journey hasn’t ended here at WETA UK, and the compelling crimes continue to be solved on Wednesday nights. Tonight, Inspector Lewis investigates the mysterious resurfacing of an assumed dead rock star. Nothing is simple with this case, as the body of an orphan boy turns up that has a connection to the band. To make things even stranger, the band is one that Lewis used to be a big fan of! Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis airs every Wednesday night at 9:00pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour

Inspector Morse is undoubtedly one of the greatest inspectors of all time, but he wasn’t always the expert you see in Inspector Morse. Everyone has an origin, and on Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour, you can witness the early days of Endeavour Morse. Beginning on July 24th, catch the all new series that shows Morse’s early days at Oxford University, where he almost decides he doesn’t want to work in the police department at all! Brand new episodes of Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour will begin airing Wednesday nights at 10:30pm on WETA UK. Watch the trailer!

 

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Constitution USA with Peter Sagal | New PBS Series

In the mood for a little history this week?  Television host, Peter Sagal travels the country on his Harley Davidson in hopes of finding out as much as possible about the United States Constitution and how it functions in American society.  From New York to Texas, Sagal uncovers everyday Constitution issues that are frequently topics of debates throughout the United States such as same-sex marriage, firearm regulations, and freedom of speech.  Tune in Tuesdays at 9:00pm for the four part series, Constitution USA with Peter Sagal beginning tonight, May 7. Watch the trailer!

In part 1 of this 4 part series, Sagal hits the road to investigate the conflict between the law of the land and state law.  Known for being one of the most radical features of the Constitution, Sagal takes an in-depth look at federalism and how it has changed the United States of America.  Through a series of interviews with people around the country, we meet a Montana native who feels that he is being robbed of his constitutional rights due to firearms regulations.  Next, we travel to Oakland where a man who legally owns a medical marijuana dispensary according to California law is also subject to the death penalty according to federal law.  We also turn things around and check out the good that the central government does for this country by building dams, providing clean water and the development of interstate highways. Airs May 7 at 9:00pm.

 
In a changing day and age, Americans are taking more time to stop and think about one of the greatest contributions to this country, the Bill of Rights.  In this one hour episode, Peter Sagal investigates the Bill of Rights and how it affects the United Sates today.  In a country where people are extremely passionate about their rights and freedoms, new technology has people raising their hands.  Has the evolution of cameras and internet challenged our basic right to privacy?  And what other challenges will Americans face? Airs May 14 at 9:00pm.
 

It took a while but in 1868, equality became a constitutional right.  In part three of this series, Sagal takes a look at the rights of the people when it comes be treated equal and how far we really have come.  From equal protection to personal liberty, the Fourteenth Amendment deeply impacted the relationship between the states and the federal government.  Sagal is on the road again where in Tyler, Texas, he meets a group of siblings who fought a law prohibiting children of illegal aliens from attending public school.  Also, we meet two women in Berkley, California who bring their case all the way to the United States Supreme Court after they challenge the state of California for the right to marry one another. Airs May 21 at 9:00pm.
 
Can you believe there have only been 27 amendments in 225 years?  Some might argue this is not enough but others would be happy to dispute the fact that these 27 are all the Constitution needs to be superior.  Take a step back in time as Sagal uncovers the failure of the Equal Rights Amendment and how court decisions became the factor when it came to issues such as sexual discrimination.  Did you know that after Iceland’s economy collapsed, a new constitution was created through the collaboration of leaders who became inspired by the United States Constitution?  But why has our Constitution really lasted for as long as it has? Airs May 28 at 9:00pm.
 
 
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Coming to WETA UK in February 2013 | New British Shows

WETA UK brings television viewers in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan area the very best in British programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since our launch in June 2012, we have introduced a wide variety of British shows to PBS audiences around the local area and we continue to do so in this coming month. Here’s a look at the new shows coming to WETA UK February 2013.

Click here to watch video previews of these shows!

 
The WETA UK Event: The Complete Little Dorrit 
Saturdays 8:00pm - 11:30pm beginning February 2 | Also airs Sundays at 12:00pm 
This Masterpiece Classic drama is based on the book by Charles Dickens. Amy Dorrit has lived in Marshalsea Prison her entire life, but nothing can ruin her love for her father William Dorrit, the prison’s longest serving inmate. After his father’s mysterious death, Arthur Clennam explores this mystery which intertwines with the Dorrits. Clennam's exhaustive search for answers involves murder, fortunes gained and lost, the upper society and lower, and most surprising of all, a gentle romance. Watch the five part series on WETA UK over three Saturdays February 2, 9, & 16.  
 
Yes, Prime Minister
Sundays at 8:00pm beginning February 3 | Also airs throughout the week
This comedy series is the sequel to the hit British comedy Yes, Minister. True to the law that says people rise to the level of their incompetence, James Hacker MP, Minister for Administrative Affairs, has ascended to the highest political office in the land. Fortunately for the country, however, his scheming adversary Sir Humphrey Appleby - now Cabinet Secretary - is more than willing to help him steer the unsteady ship of state through the perilous waters of government.
 
 
Fresh Fields
Mondays at 7:30pm beginning February 4 | Also airs throughout the week
Hester and William Fields are a typical couple: happily married, middle-aged, and middle-class. When their daughter Emma leaves home to live with her boyfriend Peter, the empty nesters become increasingly bored. William runs a small accountancy firm in the city and Hester ends up taking on a wide-range of activities in hopes to add some variety in her life. She attends classes and events while running around after her elderly mother and gossiping with next-door neighbor Sonia.
 
May to December
Tuesdays at 7:30pm beginning February 5 | Also airs throughout the week
Alec Callendar is a small-town solicitor, with big-time dreams. Semple, Callendar and Henty handles routine work in a typically suburban legal practice, but privately Alec wishes he were more like his hero, Perry Mason. One day, into his life walks an Angell – Zoe Angell, who has come to consult him about a divorce. On the face of it, the professional widower and the young PE teacher from a family of greengrocers should have nothing in common. But a mutual love of old musicals and a whimsical sense of humor spark a romance which surprises not just Alec and Zoe, but also the entire office staff, his two grown-up children and the rest of their families and friends.
 
Men Behaving Badly
Fridays at 10:30pm beginning February 15
Gary and Tony are two beer-guzzling flat mates enjoying endless TV and mindless talks about women. Gary sells burglar alarms for a dead-end company and his staff drive him mad with their old-fashioned ways. Tony stumbles through a range of jobs including modeling, bartending, and miming. Gary has an on-again-off-again relationship with nurse Dorothy and Tony has many girlfriends but really likes Deborah the woman who lives in the flat above.
 
Masterpiece Classic: South Riding
Saturday February 16 from 9:30pm – 12:30am
As forward-thinking young headmistress Sarah Burton brings her modern ideas to a conservative girls' school in depression-era Yorkshire, she sparks trouble and attraction with Robert Carne, a stubborn landowner hindered by a questionable past. Sarah encourages girls to think for themselves and despite others’ protests, outside of school Sarah finds an supporter in Joe Astell, an advocate of progress. 
 
People Like Us
Sundays at 9:30pm beginning February 17 | Also airs Thursdays at 9:00am & Fridays at 11:30am
BBC interviewer Roy Mallard travels the country to talk to ordinary folk. Mallard has little or no skill as an interviewer: he is over-earnest, and after most of his voice-overs, you realize there's something slightly odd about what he's said. He's apt to talk nonsense and is so obviously unattractive there's a running joke that nobody can believe he's married. But we never catch a glimpse of him: the central character of this program is always out of shot.
 
Death in Paradise
Wednesdays at 9:00pm beginning February 20 | Also airs Thursdays at 4:00pm & Saturdays at 6:00pm 
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. Awaiting Richard is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing. 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 – but will Richard ever come to see the beauty of his surroundings? Perhaps not, but he might one day loosen his tie.
 
Dalziel & Pasco 
Wednesdays at 10:00pm beginning February 20 | Also airs Thursdays at 5:00pm & Saturdays at 7:00pm 
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. Pascoe and his feisty girlfriend Ellie find Dalziel by turns exasperating and amusing. And although Pascoe often has to bear the brunt of Dalziel's taunts, it is hard to resist his clumsy attempts at friendship.
 
The WETA UK Event: The Complete Return to Cranford
Saturdays from 8:00pm – 11:00pm beginning February 23 | Also airs Sundays at 12:00pm
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?  
 
Foyle’s War
Mondays at 8:00pm beginning February 25
This fan-favorite, World War II crime drama returns to WETA UK on a new day and time starting from the very beginning. The first season is set in spring and summer of 1940 when World War II has just begun and England faces an inevitable German invasion. Despite the war, someone must tend to crimes on the home front and Christopher Foyle is the man to do it. The detective chief inspector faces four difficult cases in the first season of Foyle's War.
 
Rumpole of the Bailey
Tuesdays at 9:00pm beginning February 26 | Also airs Wendesdays at 4:00pm
Horace Rumpole is a messy, old London barrister with one glass eye who defends in criminal cases. He is likes wine, poetry, and fair dealing, and is not looked on as a success by his wife, Hilda. Rumpole refuses to handle most suits and will only defend, not prosecute. Each of his trials has a victory and a defeat and his acquitted clients are often angrier than those who are found guilty.