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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: September 30 - October 6

WETA UK brings you the best of British programming from dramas and comedies to new favorites and contemporary series. Featuring classics from BBC and series created by a wide range of major UK producers, WETA UK is the place to go for British television in the Washington, DC area.

Here is what WETA UK has in store for viewers this week!

Monday at 9:00pm hop across the pond to the fictional English county of Midsomer and join Barnaby and Troy in another installment of Midsomer Murders. The partners find themselves caught in the middle of two feuding villages during the investigation of a film star’s death in the episode “Tale of Two Hamlets.”

Tuesday at 8:00pm be the first to see the WETA UK premiere of the new series Father Brown! In the premiere episode of this period drama inspired by the stories of GK Chesterton, join the crime-solving Catholic priest as he attempts to resolve the murder of a local village man who is found dead near the church tower. The case takes an interesting turn when the dead man’s wife confesses to the murder in the premiere episode, “The Hammer of God.”

Wednesday at 8:00pm it’s Mystery Night on WETA UK! Don’t miss “Sins of the Father Part 2,” the conclusion of the thrilling two part episode of Inspector Morse! Join the cranky police investigator as he attempts to solve a case that would drive a man to drink; the murder of a brewery director. At 9:00pm catch three hours of Masterpiece Mystery! First on Inspector Lewis, a psychic is murdered and Lewis and Hathaway must test their mental limits when a trail of clues leads them through the Oxford psychology department in “Down among the Fearful.” At 10:30pm inspect the stunning conclusion of Season 2 of Sherlock! Sherlock’s credibility has been called into question in the media after his inability to solve three ingenious thefts. Can the legendary detective solve these clever crimes and repair his tattered reputation? Find out in the season 2 finale, “The Reichenbach Fall.”

Thursday at 9:00pm tune in for the season 2 premiere of Vera! Join the Detective Chief Inspector as she investigates the firebombing of a former superior’s house that leaves him physically burned and emotionally scarred when it lands his daughter in the hospital in “Ghost Position.”

Friday at 9:30pm explore the simultaneous growth of a young Queen Victoria alongside the birth of the modern world in the riveting documentary Queen Victoria’s Empire. Embark on an educational and emotional journey into the past of a vital figure in Britain’s history, while reflecting on a critical moment of societal growth in the country with the first parts of the series, “Engines of Change” and “Passage to India.”

Saturday at 6:30pm join everyone’s favorite socially incompetent doctor in back to back episodes of Doc Martin! In “City Slickers” Martin and Louisa are working on their budding relationship but its growth is stunted by Louisa’s peculiar new neighbors. In “The Admirer” an elegant hotel owner has her eye on Martin and Louisa is forced to compete for the doctor’s affections.

Sunday at 7:00am spend a full hour with the working class people of Albert Square as they wrestle with the everyday aspects of professional and domestic life in back to back episodes of Eastenders.

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This Week on WETA UK: WETA UK Schedule November 5 – 11

This week on WETA UK, start watching great British dramas from the very first episode: To The Manor Born, Call the Midwife and All Creatures Great and Small. We’re also premiering two new comedies on WETA UK both starring Rowan Atkinson: Blackadder and Mr. Bean. Along with our thrilling dramas (I, Claudius, Inspector Morse, New Tricks, Prime Suspect, Downton Abbey), wonderful comedies (Good Neighbors, Last of the Summer Wine, Are You Being Served?, My Hero, Coupling), and compelling documentaries (Life of Mammals) and so much more, WETA UK is DC, Maryland, and Virginia’s station for the very BEST in British television.

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Monday night enjoy a night of dramas as I, Claudius continues with Hail Who? beginning at 8:00pm. Then stay tuned for Foyle’s War at 9:00pm and Ashes to Ashes at 10:00pm.

 

Tuesday begin watching To the Manor Born from the very beginning! At 10:00am meet snobbish Lady Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, the beneficiary of Grantleigh Manor and recent widow. She can no longer afford to maintain the family's hold on the estate so she reluctantly sees it auctioned to Richard De Vere, a millionaire bachelor of Czechoslovakian extraction who runs a multinational grocery business. With his mother he wastes no time in moving into the Manor. Audrey is annoyed at her new position on the estate, and she is forced to move, with butler, to the Manor lodge. DeVere represents everything Audrey regards as bad taste. Their differences of background, breeding and behavior are at once infuriating and endearing. Catch this first episode of the series again this Friday at 12:30pm! DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK TO THE MANOR BORN SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

 

Tuesday at 11:00am kick off season 15 of Last of the Summer Wine on WETA UK! The laughs never seem to end for this group of men, join in on the fun anytime! No need to watch from episode 1!

 

Tuesday at 8:00pm begin watching the period drama Call the Midwife! This moving and intimate tale of midwifery and family life in East London during the 1950s shares the work and lives of young nurse Jenny Lee and an Order of Nuns. The phenomenal people Jenny meets prove that their warmth, resilience and determination are at the heart of this world. However, with between 80 and 100 babies being born each month, their primary work is to help bring safe childbirth to women in the area and to look after their countless newborns. Start watching this series from the very first episode and continue season one with a new episode every Tuesday at 8:00pm.

 

Wednesday begin a new season of Good Neighbors at 9:00am. Season 4 of Good Neighbors, also known as The Good Life, starts as the Goods leave for a much-needed holiday in Mayfair and the Leadbetters take over their house and garden. But Tom and Barbara can't help thinking of all the things that might go wrong. Watch season 4 episode 1 again this Friday at 2:00pm. DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK GOOD NEIGHBORS SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

 

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse is on to a new case, Dead on Time. A respected, dying Oxford don, husband of Morse's former fiancée, apparently shoots himself, but his doctor asserts that he was not capable of firing a gun. Can Morse figure this one out without his personal life interfearing? Watch part one this week and return next Wednesday for part 2.

 

Thursday afternoon at 2:00pm, tune in for the encore presentation of season 1, All Creatures Great and Small. In 1937, a young, newly-qualified surgeon arrives in the village of Darrowby to take up his first job in the established veterinary practice of Sigfried and Tristan Farnon. However, in rural Yorkshire with few medicines available, the treatment of sick animals still seems to be rooted in the Dark Ages. Along with the residents’ inherent suspicion of strangers, young vet James Herriot faces problems in the early years of his career. This is the perfect time to begin watching the classic series All Creatures Great and Small! DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

 

Thursday at 8:00pm take a journey into the lives of animals with David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals: Food for Thought. In this conclusion of his documentary series, learn of the similarities and differences between humans and other mammals through the things we eat. Encounter chimps hunting for meat like humans, visit an ancient mud city in Mali, and consider the size and capacity of both ape and human brains.

Thursday late night at 11:00pm, be sure to tune in for the launch of Are You Being Served? season 8! Are our favorite department store staff members being replaced? Watch Thursday night to find out!

 

Friday afternoon watch the launch of season 6 My Hero at 3:30pm. Thermoman, alias George Sunday is a native of the planet Ultron but resident on Earth. He has become skillful at juggling many jobs: superhero, shop owner, and father, but when he loses his body in a card game, leaving nothing but a tea bag (his soul), it's time for a complete makeover. For his kids, it's as if nothing has changed, but for his wife Janet it's a very different story.

 

Friday at 10:00pm watch the first episode of season 4 Coupling! There's a new guy on the scene, a baby on the way, commitment in the air, and love on the horizon. Patrick and Sally have finally admitted their true feelings for each other, while Steve and Susan are most definitely pregnant. And there's this guy called Oliver who has his eye on Jane. Could the lifetime-losers-in-love get it together? The best part about this series is you don’t have to watch from season 1! Jump in anytime and the beginning of season 4 is a perfect spot. DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK COUPLING SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

 

 

Saturday at noon catch up with New Tricks as we repeat last week’s season 4 episode 1! They may have handed in their badges years ago, but Lane, Standing, and Halford are back, still working at the London Metropolitan Police. In season 4, the team heads to the big top to investigate the murder of a circus owner and ringmaster. They also look into the case of a rich old lady who loved her cats more than her relatives, leaving the cats all her money in her will. Be sure to tune into these strange cases this weekend!

 

Saturday continue the drama with Prime Suspect season 6 episode 1 at 7:00pm. The Last Witness finds Tennison, high-ranking Detective Superintendent at the London Metropolitan Police, overseeing dozens of murder investigations. She can't resist taking a hands-on role investigating the brutal torture and murder of a young Bosnian refugee. When her prime suspect turns out to be a "minor" war criminal given a new life in the UK after identifying higher profile war criminals, Tennison's quest for justice becomes increasingly complicated and as the case threatens to bring an early end to her career, Tennison faces the stark realization that she has little else left in her life, and everything to fight for.

 

Saturday wrap up The WETA UK Event: Downton Abbey series 2 at 8:00pm. This final two hour episode will have you up to date on all things Downton until the new season premieres in the DC area on WETA TV26 and HD in January!

 

Sunday catch the first episode of Red Dwarf season 8 at 3:00pm!  DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK RED DWARF SEASON 8 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

Sunday get excited for the premiere of TWO brand new British comedies, both starring Rowan Atkinson! At 9:00pm tune in for the premiere of Blackadder: The Black Adder. Throughout the ages, men of flair, faculty, and outstanding courage have contributed to England's glorious heritage. Others, like the weeping worm Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (alias The Black Adder), the bitter and twisted son of a medieval king, have emerged from the dust of dodgy documents to claim their wrongful position in history. Each season of this program is set in different significant periods and places in British history and features another descendent of the Blackadder family, all played by Atkinson. This first season Blackadder is set in 1485 at the end of the British Middle Ages. DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK BLACKADDER SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

Sunday at 9:30pm meet Mr. Bean, a childish, self-centered buffoon who brings various unusual schemes to everyday tasks. Signature of this show, Mr. Bean rarely speaks and when he does, it is generally only a few mumbled words which are in a comically low-pitched voice. This unique form of comedy and true British classic isn’t one to miss! DOWNLOAD THE WETA UK MR. BEAN SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!