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WETA Movie Night: April 19

This weekend, celebrate spring-time with a classic musical and two nature documentaries. Saturday beginning at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD, catch the incredibly successful musical Easter Parade (1948), then two environmental documentaries at 11:30pm and 1am.

 

Easter Parade (1948) - Saturday at 9:30pm
A vaudeville nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner and make his former partner jealous. He's determined to prove that he can make any partner a star and finds love along the way. Stars Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, and Ann Miller.

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Saturday 11:30pm
Explore two of America’s most pressing issues:  environmentalism and terrorism as this film reveals a radical environmental group, the Earth Liberation Front which the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat”. Daniel McGowan is a former member of the Earth Liberation Front and faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. Learn of the environmental group and McGowan’s story on POV’s If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.

Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison – Sunday 1am
This documentary shows the history of human relations with the largest land mammal on the continent. There have been many different threats to wild bison throughout the centuries. Learn how this rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation, and spiritual relations with an icon of wild America shows us that the bison is not only a symbol of a lost world, but may also show us the path to a more sustainable future.


 

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New Call the Midwife Season 3 | WETA TV26 & HD

Season 3 of the hit British drama Call the Midwife premieres this Sunday, March 30 at 8pm on WETA TV26 & HD! This series is based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth and follows the exciting lives of midwives and families in London’s East End. This new season takes place in 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. Change permeates throughout the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face significant changes of their own. In episode one, Jenny struggles to remain caring for Merle Vickers and her two ill sons. Sister Monica Joan comes close to diagnosing the boys’ mystery illness while Chummy uses her royal connections for the official opening of the new ante-natal and baby clinic. Also in this premiere episode, Nonnatus House welcomes a new resident, Sister Winifred. Call the Midwife airs Sundays at 8pm on WETA TV26 & HD! Watch the preview below!

 

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New Doc Martin Season 6 | Documentaries on WETA TV26

Saturday February 1, 2014 tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the premiere of Doc Martin season 6 and two documentaries!

Doc Martin “Sickness and Health” 9:30-10:18pm
There is plenty of amusing excitement brewing in Portwenn! You will not want to miss a second of the new season of Doc Martin! The acclaimed series enters its 6th season, following the misfortunes and mishaps of Dr. Martin Ellingham, a smart yet socially challenged physician whose defining quality is his ability to alienate nearly anyone in his residing town of Portwenn. In the season 6 premiere, “Sickness and Health,” Portwenn is lively with Doc and his long time lover Louisa’s wedding on the horizon. Will they finally tie the knot, or will the villagers have to put the confetti back in the box again? Watch a preview!

Doc Martin "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" 10:18pm-11pm
Following the season premiere, stick around and enjoy another episode of your favorite doctor! Witness the fallout from the events of the season’s first episode in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” In this praiseworthy continuation, Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party, leading to a whirlwind of chaos that finally comes to a screeching halt when the new nanny walks out.

After Doc Martin, stick around for two gripping Independent Lens productions!

Independent Lens: The State of Arizona at 11pm

In 2010, the Arizona Senate passed controversial immigration law SB1070, also known as the “papers please” law, sparking a national dilemma. Supporters viewed it as a necessary act of law enforcement while opponents argued the law would inevitably lead to racial profiling. Now, Independent Lens: The State of Arizona explores the stories of Arizonans residing on all sides of this conflict-ridden topic and paints a vivid picture of a state and its citizens testing the boundaries of their country’s democratic principles. This enlightening documentary features interviews with activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, and ranchers mixed with footage of impassioned protest rallies and television news broadcasts. Now, Arizona’s enforcement policy is reshaping the conversation surrounding immigration reform in the United States. With a multitude of other states contemplating a similar approach, The State of Arizona asks Americans to reflect on who they are, who they want to be, and in which direction they want to take their country. Watch a preview!

Independent Lens: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights at 12:30am

Whitney Young, Jr. does not have a national holiday bearing his name. There are few alive today who know his name, and those who do know of the man, know much less his accomplishments. Now, discover the true story of the inside man who flattened the barriers restricting African Americans and became a key player at the core of the civil rights movement. The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights explores the uniqueness of one of the most significant black leaders in history. Through his valuable positions as a successful businessperson, government worker, and advisor to three different presidents, Young opened the doors of opportunity for African Americans from the inside. This powerful documentary follows the unsung hero as he balances his time between Harlem streets and prestigious company boardrooms, working towards historical social change. Experience the critical events of the civil rights era through the eyes of a man working within the institution, but outside the limelight, to ensure a future of equality. Watch a preview!
 

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American Masters: Salinger

In its 200th episode, the acclaimed biography series American Masters highlights the life and work of influential author J.D. Salinger who stepped away from the spotlight following the success of his 1951 novel “The Catcher in the Rye”. The film is the product of director Shane Salerno’s 10-year investigation into the secrecy of the enigmatic American icon. Salerno’s investigation culminates in the first work to get beyond the author’s impenetrable wall of privacy and seclusion. The documentary features never-before-seen photographs, film footage, and moments from J.D. Salinger’s life and harrowing service in World War II, as well as interviews with Salinger’s friends, colleagues, and members of his inner circle who have never spoken before. While there have been over 100 academic books examining Salinger’s work in exhaustive detail, no one has ever uncovered Salinger’s personal life in such a way. The film is both an investigative thriller and character study of a complex man who walked away from the world at the height of his fame. Explore the mystery of J.D. Salinger’s clandestine life and unexplained disappearance from the public spotlight in the thrilling investigative documentary, American Masters: Salinger airing on WETA TV26 & HD Tuesday January 21, 2014 at 9pm!

 

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Free Movies in DC: January 18

This Saturday, January 18, join WETA TV26 & HD for two wonderful films: Ten Little Indians at 9:30pm and At Berkeley at 11pm.

WETA Movie: Ten Little Indians (1965) at 9:30pm
This Agatha Christie remake tells the story of 10 strangers invited to an isolated house high on a mountaintop. When they all gather, the guests hear an eerie message from their host claiming that each one of them has caused the death of an innocent person. One by one, someone begins to kill them all. As the number of survivors decreases, the guests become more suspicious of each other, but must work together to uncover the killer’s true identity.
Watch a Ten Little Indians trailer!

Independent Lens: At Berkeley at 11pm
In the film, At Berkeley, legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman goes back to school to explore the culture at the University of California at Berkeley. The wide-ranging film shows the major aspects of university life, including the administrative efforts to maintain the academic excellence and public profile. It also examines the economic, racial, and social diversity of the school’s student body in the face of drastic budgetary cuts imposed by the State of California. Without narration or interviews, the film takes viewers from faculty meetings to classrooms, from financial aid seminars to research labs. Wiseman’s method of filming in a unique college setting invites viewers to experience the diverse aspects of campus life through the eyes of students, faculty, administrators, alumni, the City of Berkeley, the State of California, and the federal government. Gain the full human experience At Berkeley and explore the social, political, and economical issues surrounding the university in this Independent Lens production.
Watch a trailer for At Berkeley!

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Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock Season 3 Premiere on WETA TV26

The game is on! A new trio of highly anticipated Sherlock cases premieres on Sunday, January 19 at 10:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD! Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return to their acclaimed roles as master sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. Watson. This contemporary reinvention of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic finds Holmes and Watson battling the worst the modern criminality has to offer in 21st century London. Holmes is a loner, oddball, genius, and his best and only friend, Dr. John Watson, is a retired military doctor wounded in Afghanistan. The season two finale ended with a shocking cliffhanger that left Holmes presumed dead at the hands of his nemesis, Moriarty. Season 3 begins two years after the devastating effects of The Reichenbach Fall. Watson has moved on with his life but with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave. Watson has been longing for Sherlock’s return, but as a wise man once said, “be careful what you wish for”. If Sherlock and Watson think everything will pick up just where they left off, they are in for a very big surprise.

Do not miss the rest of Sherlock Season 3, airing Sunday nights after Downton Abbey!
January 19-February 2 at 10:00 pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD

Catch repeats airing Fridays and Wednesdays, January 22 through February 5 at 10pm on WETA UK!
 

 

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The Original House of Cards on WETA TV26, HD, UK

The popular 2013 Netflix drama House of Cards was first a novel written in 1989 by Michael Dobbs, a former Chief of Staff for the British Conservative Party, and then a multi-award-winning British television mini series by the same name in 1990.

WETA TV26 is proud to announce the premiere of The Original House of Cards, Wednesday January 8, 2014 at 8pm!

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. Politics, drama, deceit, and thrill drive this fantastic story and you can watch all four episodes on WETA TV26 & HD every Wednesday at 8pm! House of Cards will also air on WETA UK.

 

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA TV26 Movies January 4

This Saturday night, January 4, tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD and relive a groundbreaking historical event, visit a world-class Japanese sushi restaurant, and journey to an alien planet…without leaving your couch!

Aliens (1986) at 9:30pm
Venture into an unknown world in James Cameron's Director's Cut of the sequel to 1979’s Alien! Fifty-seven years after the events of Alien, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) awakens from cryogenic sleep and returns to the foreign planet where she first had a deadly encounter with a terrifying alien. During her prolonged sleep, humans colonized the alien planet, but when transmissions from the colony suddenly stop, Ripley earns an opportunity to team up with a group of marines to descend on the planet and investigate the alien presence. As the hazardous mission unfolds, will Ripley have to relive her worst nightmare? Watch the trailer here!

Independent Lens: How to Survive a Plague at 12am
In 1987, America was six years into the dark days of the AIDS epidemic, a crisis that government officials and health organizations were still ignoring. The battle against the outbreak transformed with the emergence of the activist group ACT UP in Greenwich Village, New York. Largely made up of HIV-positive individuals, ACT UP joined forces with TAG (Treatment Action Group) to raise awareness of the disease through a series of dramatic protests. Through the personal stories of some of ACT UP and TAG’s leading participants and never-before-seen archival footage, How to Survive a Plague explores the joy and horror of the era and the heroic battles that finally made AIDS survival possible. Watch trailer here!

Independent Lens: Jiro Dreams of Sushi at 1:30am
Sushi aficionados around the globe consider 85 year-old Jiro Ono to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. A man who claims to literally dream of sushi, Jiro is the owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. Sushi lovers make reservations months ahead of time, travel from across the globe, and spend top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. He has dedicated most of his life to mastering the art of sushi creation, but even at his age, Jiro still works from sunrise to beyond sunset tasting every piece of fish, meticulously training his employees, and finessing the presentation of each sushi creation. A chronicle of Jiro’s life as an unparalleled sushi master and a loving yet complicated father, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a graceful meditation on hard work, family, and the art of perfection. Watch the trailer here!
 

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New American Masters | Marvin Hamlisch

American Masters: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love 
Friday December 27 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD

The acclaimed series American Masters presents a 90-minute film biography exploring the prolific life and career of the late, great composer Marvin Hamlisch. Composer, conductor, genius; Hamlisch was as close to a modern day Da Vinci as it gets. A musical prodigy accepted to Juilliard at age six, Hamlisch defied classical expectations to create his own music, dedicating his talents to musical theatre and pop music composition. By age 31, he achieved unparalleled success with a string of hits he wrote for films, Broadway music compositions, and popular music pieces such as “The Way We Were” and “Nobody Does it Better.” In the first film biography about Hamlisch, award-winning filmmaker and Broadway producer Dori Berinstein paints a deeply personal portrait of one of the greatest artists of our time. Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love chronicles the life of the legend up to his sudden death, examining his personal hardships, amazing success, and renowned compassion.

 

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Free Movies in DC: December 21

Celebrate the first day of winter with a marathon of movies on WETA TV26 & HD! From 9:30pm-3am stay glued to your local DC PBS station as we present East of Eden (1955) and three Independent Lens documentaries.

East of Eden (1955)
Watch December 21 at 9:30pm
(also airs December 22 at 11:30am)
Starring '50s heart throb James Dean as the troubled son of a farmer, his problems grow with a brutal sibling rivalry. Although his brother sends the farm into near bankruptcy, Dean's character will do anything to save his family's farm. A love triangle, medical tradgedy, and classic '50s drama makes this movie a must-watch. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Playwright: From Page to Stage
Watch December 21 at 11:30pm

This cinema vérité documentary delves into the development of two stage plays. Viewers will see how creative teams are assembled and how they collaborate with one another. Experience the intense detail that goes into everything from the rigorous rehearsal process to achieving one of theater's ultimate goals which is the arrival on a Broadway stage in New York City. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Beauty is Embarrassing
Watch December 22 at 12:30am

Part biography, part live performance, this documentary tells the story of the unique visual artist and raconteur Wayne White. Tracing White’s career from an underground cartoonist in New York’s East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer, and voice-over actor on Pee-wee’s Playhouse for which he won three Emmy awards, this film follows Wayne’s success designing and animating for other children’s shows and music videos through a dark period of struggle and self-reflection before emerging in his present-day incarnation as a respected painter and performer. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Watch December 22 at 2am

This documentary explores the United States' long-term fascination with comic book superheroes and raises questions about the possibilities and contradictions of heroines within the genre. The film goes behind the scenes with comic writers and artists, and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.  Watch a preview here!
 

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