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This Week on WETA UK | March 25 – 31

Check out the new shows and highlights from this week's WETA UK schedule! Read the full article to watch previews of these shows!

Monday at 8:00pm Christopher Foyle begins a new case in Foyle’s War: A Lesson in Murder. It’s June 1940 and a reliable objector dies in a holding cell after being beaten up by police. A young boy evacuated from London dies in an explosion. Strange ties to Judge Gascoigne in these deaths lead police to believe there will be a revenge attack on the Judge. Who’s to 

blame? It may not be as straight forward as you think! More air dates.

Tuesday at 11:30pm begin season 9 of the British classic Allo, Allo. Be sure to tune into this final season of Allo, Allo, a sitcom set in a small town café in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

Wednesday at 8:00pm watch Inspector Morse tackle the mystery of Cherubim and Seraphim. Morse's step-niece, Marilyn Garrett, commits suicide and he takes leave to research her past. His investigation leads him into an alien world of teenage hedonism, raves and expensive drugs. Will Morse find closure in investigating her history or add salt to his wounds? More air dates.

Thursday at 10:00pm test your crime-solving skills with Waking the Dead: Straw Dog. Grace is asked to give evidence at a hearing from a case she worked on in the beginning of her career. This haunts Grace but will she overcome her distress and help the case? More air dates.

Friday at 8:00pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of Ladies of Letters. This British comedy 

series starring Patricia Routledge and Prunella Scales surrounds the relationship between two elderly ladies who share a sometimes rocky relationship through letters and e-mail. More air dates.

Saturday 8:00pm – 11:00pm join us for the special airing of She-Wolves: England’s Early Queens. In this three part series, historian Dr. Helen Castor explores the lives of seven English queens who challenged male power, the fierce reactions they provoked and whether the term 'she-wolves' was deserved. Also airs Sunday March 31 12:00pm – 3:00pm.

Sunday at 8:00pm kick off season 2 of Yes, Prime Minister! Prime Minister Jim Hacker is still guided by his Machiavellian mentor, Sir Humphrey Appleby. When Jim decides to implement a new plan to reduce unemployment in the North, Sir Humphrey decides that desperate cases call for desperate measures. Meanwhile, if the Prime Minister gives false information to Parliament, should the Cabinet Secretary support him, or should he tell all? As Sir Humphrey ponders the ethics, he finds that he too has something to hide. More air dates.


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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule March 11 – 17

Can you believe we still have new shows to share with you? As your go-to for British television in the Washington, DC area, we hope to deliver a wide variety of programming on WETA UK and that means trying new programs while also keeping your beloveds running. This week on WETA UK, you’ll be thrilled by our newest British detective Inspector George Gently, while we continue to share WETA UK favorites like DCI Banks. Adding to the excitement, new seasons begin for comedies Keeping Up Appearances, Outnumbered, and Blackadder. Read on for more information about these and other shows that we want to highlight in this week’s WETA UK schedule!

To watch video previews of these shows, click here!

Monday at 10:00pm don’t miss the WETA UK Inspector George Gently premiere! Inspector 

George Gently is an incorruptible, uncompromising cop transplanted from London’s Scotland Yard to England’s North Country in the mid-1960s. Gently’s reputation for honesty and relentlessness makes him almost as feared among his colleagues as he is among criminals. But he finds an odd ally in John Bacchus, an overeager, opinionated young sergeant who plays fast and loose with police procedures. Together the two tackle cases involving murderers, drug dealers, gun runners, and more. Gently is about to discover a whole new world of murder and intrigue in 1960s Britain, a place where everything is about to change, but the past is always present.

Tuesday at 11:00pm try out the comedy Benny Hill. The delightfully outrageous British comedian headlines a slapstick sketch series, an unapologetic throwback to burlesque traditions. This show also airs late-night throughout the week so if you’re looking for  more, check out the Benny Hill schedule on

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse begins to investigate a new mystery in Absolute Conviction, Part 1. Morse and Lewis investigate the affairs of three people in prison for fraud but when one of them is murdered, they are surprised by what they find. Once someone attempts to kill one of the two surviving fraudsters, the clock seems to speed up and the crime-solving duo must take actions fast. 

Thursday at 7:30pm begin the roaring comedy Keeping Up Appearances from the very first 

episode. Hyacinth goes to incredible lengths in her quest for refinement. She insists that her name Bucket is pronounced bouquet. Her house is spick-and-span with everything in its proper place. Even the empty milk bottles sparkle on the doorstep after their obligatory rinse in the dishwasher. There is one very enormous drawback to Hyacinth’s pretensions. The rest of her family is as common as muck. They live together in a rundown house that looks like a junkyard. Sister Daisy and her husband Onslow are out-and-out slobs and her elderly father is a lecherous drunk. Whatever Hyacinth does, her family can always be 

guaranteed to show her up.

Friday at 9:30pm begin Outnumbered season 3, episode 1, a comedy series which captures the chaos of an ordinary British in a very unique way. The lives of Pete, Sue, and their three children are locked in an unequal battle. Using aspects of improvisation, this show sees the world as much from the children's point of view as that of the adults'.

Saturday at 8:00pm WETA UK Event: DCI Banks continues with Strange Affair and Dry Bones 

That Dream. In Strange Affair, DCI Alan Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother Roy and Banks drops everything to find him, just as new recruit DI Helen Morton finds evidence linking Banks to the body of a murder victim. In Dry Bones That Dream, DCI Alan Banks and DI Helen Morton must learn to reconcile their conflicting policing styles and personalities while trying to unravel the increasingly puzzling murder of a local accountant who has been leading a secret double life.

Sunday at 9:00pm kick off the fourth season of the classic comedy Blackadder entitled, Blackadder Goes Forth. A world-weary Captain Blackadder, veteran of numerous campaigns, suddenly finds himself in the trenches facing four million German machine guns. He is not a happy man. He’d be slightly happier if General Melchett's battle plans were less suicidal and if Private Baldrick's cooking wasn't confined to rat.





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Holiday TV Shows All Month Long | December Holiday Programming

There’s something magical about December in DC: Monuments towering in the grey, snow-flecked sky; holiday lights lining the busy streets; and a frozen glaze over the Potomac River. What’s more, WETA TV26 and WETA HD are delivering musical, traditional, and local holiday shows straight to your home all month long! The hustle and bustle of the season may still haunt you like the Ghost of Christmas Past but WETA hopes to bring your tidings of comfort and joy this holiday season.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting

Tickets to this event are sparse but no need to fret because WETA Presents The National Christmas Tree Lighting December 7!  Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, well-known entertainers and the United States Military Band will perform and the President will deliver a holiday message of peace to all. Watch the statuesque National Christmas Tree, along with 56 smaller trees (representing the 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia) as they are magically lit and illuminate the White House. Check out this interactive Christmas Tree Lighting timeline!

Watch The National Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 7 at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012


Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: King Singers

Through the years, audiences have been enchanted by the melodious sounds of the 

Mormon Tabernacle choir and this year, we invite you to join us for Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle: King Singers. The King’s Singers is a vocal group highly sought-after worldwide and they’re right here on WETA for you to enjoy this holiday season. The program features holiday songs from the past and present as dancers accompany the harmonious and inspirational singing for a perfect Christmas experience.

Watch Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: King Singers on Sunday, December 16 at 7:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.   


Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Jane Seymour & Nathan Gunn

British actress Jane Seymour and Opera singer Nathan Gunn join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City for this holiday event. Listen to the season’s most-loved songs at this annual concert, attracting thousands to Temple Square each December. As usual, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir showcases a perfect pairing of classical holiday songs and modern Christmas tunes.

Watch Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Jane Seymour & Nathan Gunn on Monday, December 17 at 10:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Jane Seymour And Nathan Gunn


WETA Guide to Christmas

Let WETA TV be your guide to Christmas in DC! In the one-hour special, the WETA Guide to Christmas, WETA TV presents an enticing list of ideas of how Washingtonians and visitors can celebrate the holiday season well before Santa slides down the chimney. What makes the

 holidays so much brighter in the nation’s capital? Get the inside scoop on Christmas festivities, activities, and traditions specific to the Washington area. Let us do the investigating, so you can enjoy every moment. We’ll tell you where the best neighborhood light displays are that will bring out the child in anyone. Explore historic locations and iconic destinations with the most elaborate and beautiful holiday décor.  And what would the holiday season be without taking some time to help those in need? We’ll highlight organizations, people, and volunteer opportunities tailored toward this time of giving right in your own backyard.

Watch WETA Guide to Christmas on WETA TV26 and WETA HD at the following dates and times below:

Tuesday, December 18 at 5:00pm

Wednesday, December 19 at 8:00pm

Thursday, December 20 at 2:00pm

Sunday, December 23 at 1:30pm

Monday, December 24 at 8:30am

The WETA Guide to Christmas


Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole

Multi-faceted singer Natalie Cole has tackled R&B, jazz, and pop, and now she takes the stage with the Mormon Tabernacle choir where she will headline the event, Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole. Natalie Cole’s signature vocal style fused with the sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir-who annually perform for over 85,000 audience members-will surely put you in the Christmas spirit.

Watch Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole on Monday, December 24 at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.                          

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole


Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Straight from the state of Iowa, the highly talented choirs of Luther College bring you an 

unforgettable holiday concert with 500 choir members, complete with a symphony orchestra. Thousands line up each year to be part of the audience privileged enough to be exposed to the musical and vocal talents of Luther College’s world-renowned musicians. Give yourself the gift of sweet music this year, as the Luther College choir celebrates another year performing their traditional Christmas concert.

Watch Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy on Monday, December 24 at 10:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.


Christmas on Christmas! 

Only on WETA, enjoy children’s Christmas programs and musical performances featuring world-renowned choirs, orchestras and singers alike all day long on December 25, Christmas Day.  Sustain that warm, jolly feeling with WETA’s Christmas programming.

Tuesday, December 25 from 7:30am to 6:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.


7:00am             Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

8:00am             Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

9:00am             Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Brian Stokes Mitchell & Edward Herman

10:00am          Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: David Archuleta & Michael York

11:00am          Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole

12:00pm          Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Jane Seymour & Nathan Gunn

1:00pm            Christmas at St. Olaf  

2:00pm            Christmas at Belmont

3:00pm            Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort & Joy

4:00pm            WETA Guide to Christmas

5:00pm            Lidia Celebrates: Holiday Tables & Traditions

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Free Movies in DC: WETA Fall Movie Festival November 10


Watch free movies without commercials on your TV this Saturday. Get a load of our jam packed Fall Movie Festival November 10, a feature film and FOUR documentaries on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

The Art of Risk-Taking

Jumping out of an airplane, sampling frog’s legs, or buying a lottery ticket all mean incurring some risk.  A skydiver discovering mid-air that his parachute is defective may be a rare situation, but suffering a minor allergic reaction to an exotic food happens more often. In life, we’re faced with both itty-bitty risks and all-or-nothing risks. This Saturday night, don’t do anything dicey. Stay in the comfort and safety of your own home and live vicariously through risk taker after risk taker in a line-up of movies on WETA TV26 and HD that make you hold your breath—without taking any real risks.


Love’s Risk

You never know who you’ll meet on the bus. Fate strikes when two bus riders’ lives coincidentally intertwine, proving that every personal encounter has a purpose. When the recently returned World War II veteran Paul strikes up a conversation with Victoria, he learns that she is pregnant out of wedlock and terrified that her traditionalist Mexican father will kill her upon her homecoming from graduate school. So Paul offers to play the role of Victoria’s husband and Victoria accepts. Victoria’s family believes the couple’s announcement but the new son-in-law’s social standing infuriates Victoria’s father. The initial plan takes an unexpected turn when the family invites Paul to stay on the vineyard and assist with the annual grape harvest. The events that follow will convince you of the magic of fate. With family tradition, love, and hate all conflicting, you have the perfect elements to start off a Saturday night movie festival! 

Watch A Walk in the Clouds (1995) Saturday November 10 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

A Walk in the Clouds (1995)


Risk for Reward

Though the classroom’s filled with women from a colorful assortment of countries, their similarities outweigh their differences. Many stopped attending school at age ten, either because of the taboo of female education or because work took priority. All of the students have families back home, and all are mothers or grandmothers--a class requirement. Most of the students have never before left their village, let alone their 

country. Many are also illiterate. These 27 disenfranchised women hail from four continents and make up a class of competitively selected candidates whose training at The Barefoot College in India will empower them to become solar engineers. Yes, solar engineers. In six months time, these women will return home with the ability, confidence, and skill to bring solar electricity to their villages. Learn more about the making of Solar Mamas from producer Mette Heide in this Independent Lens online exclusive! 

Solar Mamas follows the journey of one particular Barefoot College class, shedding light (no pun intended) on the natural energy crisis and the challenges rural women face worldwide.

Watch Independent Lens: Solar Mamas Saturday, November 10 at 11:15pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.


Risking Life and Limb

The prospect of $20,000 and college tuition assistance in exchange for serving in the Michigan National Guard just one weekend a month seemed too good to pass up for a group of nine long-time friends who were fresh out of high school in rural Michigan. And it was…as most things that seem too good to be true usually are. Soon, they would all be deployed on a tour to Afghanistan, where they would search for roadside bombs with their explosives unit. After nine  fearfull and uncertain months, nothing could prepare the once carefree “boys” for the obstacles they would endure upon returning home.

Where Soldiers Come From follows the lives of three of these men over the course of four years, from their basic training, to their deployment, and ultimately, to their tumultuous return home. The film illustrates the transformation of these happy-go-lucky teenagers into hardened and emotionally-scarred men. The film also paints a poignant portrait of the far-reaching effects of a far-away war, while touching upon politics, class, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Check out this powerful map of Veterans in the United States from POV Where Soldiers Come From

Watch POV: Where Soldiers Come From Saturday, November 10 at 12:30am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.


Risk on the Behalf of Others

On-call at all hours of the day and night, they rush to their “office” when the familiar phone call comes. A price could never be put on the free and generous service they provide with their smiles, hugs, and words of encouragement for men and women in uniform. At Bangor International Airport in Maine, a pack of senior citizens has made history by greeting and seeing off nearly one million American troops who are on their way to and from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Way We Get By tells a moving story about growing old, finding purpose, and living life to the fullest. The film looks at three of the senior volunteers, as they deal with the inevitable effects of aging and find their reason to continue living. One volunteer must cope with a cancer diagnosis, while another must cope with the deployments of beloved family members. Meanwhile, one volunteer explains the group’s goal very succinctly: “Make a soldier smile before he goes over.” The parallels between the gray-haired volunteers and soldiers passing through the plane terminal reveal the film’s central message: It is through service to others we find our purpose. Watch or read this POV interview with The Way We Get By filmmaker Aron Gaudet. 

Watch POV: The Way We Get By on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.


Risking it all for a Dream

“We miss the shot, we get shot.”

For wildly successful filmmakers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond, such a statement was not far from the truth in their native Hungary. Maybe it was luck and their innate talent that led to their success in the film industry, or maybe it was the day-to-day struggle of surviving in Hungary’s hostile environment that taught them to fight. Whatever the case, that success certainly did not mushroom overnight. No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos honors the pair, all the while telling their story from struggle to triumph.

László and Vilmos quickly became friends back in film school, but little did they know that their friendship would thrive for decades to come and withstand as much as it did. During the Hungarian Revolution, the two fled for America, camera and film in tow. Remarkably, they managed to avoid ever getting caught and filmed many of the horrific scenes involved in their escape. Finding work was no easy feat, and for ten years they admirably kept their dreams alive by working on low-budget films. Their “big breaks” came in due time, and once Hollywood recognized their talent as Directors of Photography, America swooned. Thanks to their grit and persistence, László and Vilmos have changed Hollywood’s standards for cinematography. Check out this No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos behind the scenes content from Independent Lens and director / producer James Chressanthis!

Watch Independent Lens: No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.