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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.
 
 
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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule January 14 – 20

 

WETA UK provides the Washington, DC area with 24/7 British television shows. Here is our weekly list of WETA UK schedule highlights. Check out our full schedule so you see when your favorite shows re-air during the day! Find out where you can watch WETA UK here!

 

Monday at 10:30pm begin season 3 of Ashes to Ashes. This is the final season of the thrilling drama so be sure to tune in as we conclude this viewer favorite. The show finally unravels many of the mysteries from the previous two seasons as well as those first experienced by the initial time-travelling copper, Sam Tyler, in the groundbreaking series Life on Mars.

Tuesday at 8:00pm experience season 2 of the popular costume drama that everyone’s talking about: Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey. Repeats Wednesday at 3:00pm

Wednesday at 8:00pm join Inspector Morse for the mystery Deceived By Flight. Morse and Sgt. Lewis investigate the apparent suicide of an old acquaintance of Morse, who happens to be a member of the Clarets XI cricket team. When Lewis is sent in to work undercover, a second man is murdered and Lewis himself is attacked. Repeats Thursday at 3:00pm & Saturday at 5:30pm

Thursday at 8:00pm watch the great Sherlock Holmes solve the crime of The Dancing Men. Holmes and Watson investigate mysterious drawings outside the estate of Mr. Cubitt, whose American wife has been acting very odd since they appeared.

Friday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm laugh through the first four episodes of the modern comedy My Family season 2.

 

Saturday at 9:00pm tune in for the first two hours of Garrow’s Law season 2. Garrow argues the case when 133 Africans are thrown overboard from a slave ship and Garrow takes a capital case involving a man accused of sodomy. Repeats Sunday beginning at 1:00pm

 

Sunday from 8:00pm – 10:00pm enjoy the best of British comedies! Yes, Minister, Miranda, BlackAdder, and Mr. Bean back-to-back! Don’t let the idea of returning to work tomorrow ruin your night, laugh along side these great comedies and finish off your weekend strong.

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This Week on WETA UK: WETA UK Schedule November 12 – 18

New shows, new seasons, and loads of entertainment this week on WETA UK! In this week's highlight of the WETA UK schedule, you'll find episode descriptions, trailers, and downloadable and printable episode guides for new shows and seasons. So grab a cuppa and settle in as you read this detailed blog post on the WETA UK schedule: all British, 24 hours a day, only here in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Monday evening, Last of the Summer Wine season 16 begins!

Monday tune in for drama and mystery with I, Claudius: Fool’s Luck at 8:00pm, then Foyle’s War: A War of Nerves Part 2 at 9:00pm, and the conclusion of Ashes to Ashes season 1 at 10:00pm. Tune in next Monday for the premiere of Ashes to Ashes season 2!  

 

Tuesday catch the first episode of Are You Being Served? season 7 at 11:30am! No need to watch from season 1, jump right into this hilarious British comedy today! 

 

Tuesday continue the period drama Call the Midwife with season 1 episode 2 beginning at 8:00pm. There’s a new arrival at Nonnatus House named Chummy (Miranda Hart). As Chummy sets about showing her worth, her helping hands are appreciated, but being a people pleaser and not knowing how to ride a bike make gaining the respect of Sister Evangelina difficult. Meanwhile, Jenny has a chance encounter with a pregnant young runaway. 

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse continues solving the mystery Dead on Time and Prime Suspect continues with part two of The Last Witness. 

Thursday at 7:30pm watch Keeping Up Appearances season 4 episode 1. Never seen this hilarious show? Here’s everything you need to know: Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced ‘bouquet’) has a pompous, self-serving attitude which makes life miserable for all around her. In marked contrast to Hyacinth’s meticulously ordered life, the rest of her family is as common as muck and can always be guaranteed to show her up. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE WETA UK KEEPING UP APPEARANCES SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

 

Thursday join us for the premiere of Rosemary & Thyme at 8:00pm! This charming, contemporary crime series has a unique twist as two gardening enthusiasts find themselves caught up in a series of murder mysteries. Brought together by the sudden death of a mutual friend, lecturer Rosemary Boxer and newly-divorced former policewoman Laura Thyme discover a shared passion for horticulture and a talent for investigation. Begin this new series with season 1 episode 1 this Thursday! 

 

Friday at 9:00pm begin a new season of As Time Goes By starring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer. This witty comedy stars long-lost sweethearts Jean and Lionel, who lost touch after a whirlwind romance in the early 1950s and meet up again 38 years later. Season 4 finds Lionel surrounded by females and grumpier than ever. With a day-to-day whirlwind of excitement, he wants a quiet wedding, of course, but Jean has very different ideas. If you miss episode 1 of season 4 this Friday, catch it again Saturday at 5:00pmCLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE WETA UK AS TIME GOES BY SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

 

Saturday get ready for the WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock beginning at 8:00pm. Start watching this fast-paced and unique series Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock (BBC Sherlock) from the very first episode this week and continue with back-to-back episodes every Saturday through season 2. 

 

This week, watch season 1, A Study in Pink at 8:00pm and The Blink Banker at 9:30pm. In A Study in Pink, meet the characters that make up this newest rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. A modern-day Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) teams up with former Army doctor John Watson (Martin Freeman) to solve a case of serial suicides. Using his deductive skill, Sherlock corners a killer who has mysterious powers over his victims. Stay tuned after episode 1 for episode 2, The Blink Banker. Pursuing the case of a banker and a journalist shot dead by a ghostly assailant, Sherlock and Watson uncover an antiquities-smuggling empire.

Saturday after The WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock lighten up with the WETA UK premiere of William and Mary season 1. A romantic, comedy, drama starring Martin Clunes and Julie Graham as lonely hearts looking for love. Undertaker William Shawcross joins a dating agency in the hope of finding his ideal match and is instantly attracted to put-upon midwife Mary Gilcrest: but she's less than keen to go on a date as she has her hands full. After a lackluster first meeting, Mary agrees to see William again and a spark ignites between the fledgling couple, only for tragedy to strike revealing William’s unappealing occupation in the process. Will their love blossom amidst tragedy?

 

Sunday we’re giving you a reason to wake up early. At 8:00am catch the first episode of season 1 of All Creatures Great and SmallDOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE WETA UK ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

 

Sunday evening be sure to watch the WETA UK premiere of Miranda at 8:30! This British sitcom stars Miranda Hart. It doesn't matter what Miranda attempts in life, whether it's dating or simply dealing with her overbearing mother, she always seems to fall flat, quite literally.