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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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This Week on WETA UK | May 6 – 12

Looking for a new series to watch or just a great adventure to follow? WETA UK has everything you need! From new mysteries, to new seasons, and new shows all together, this week on WETA UK is sure to please every viewer.

Monday at 8:00pm tune in to WETA UK for the first part of a new Foyle’s War mystery, Plan of Attack. It’s April 1944 and when shots are fired outside Hastings police station killing DCS Meredith. Christopher Foyle must put aside his memoirs and return to his old job. This episode is the first of Foyle’s War season 6. Watch the trailer!

Tuesday at 7:30pm start watching May to December with season 3! A balding Scottish solicitor in his mid-50s and an attractive gym-mistress half his age fall in love despite plenty of conflicting advice from family and friends. 

Wednesday at 11:00pm begin Hustle from the very first episode of season 1. Con artist Mickey Stone is fresh out of jail. His marriage is on the rocks, but he has a strong family to fall back on. That family – Albert and Ash, two old-timers and beautiful, street-sharp Stacie – are his partners in crime. Coming together to perform one last con, they hook up with young blood Danny Blue, a rookie with the makings of a master. But after the first last one, there have just got to be more. Watch the trailer!

Thursday at 10:00pm settle in for the first episode of Waking the Dead season 6. The award-winning, edge-of-your-seat spy drama is a white-knuckle ride through the perilous world of deadly terrorists, international cover-ups and treacherous double-agents.

Friday at 8:00pm have you been watching Ladies of Letters? This gentle comedy drama is about two very different widows who forge a friendship through letters, each letter attempting to out-do the other. Watch the trailer!

Saturday at 8:00pm continue watching the WETA UK Event: The Complete Prime Suspect! This week watch four episodes back-to-back. Watch the trailer!

Sunday at 9:30pm join us for the WETA UK premiere of Worst Week of My Life! The week before a wedding can be stressful at the best of times but to Mel and Howard, it becomes a nightmare and everything that can go wrong does. Watch the trailer!

 

 

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This Week on WETA UK: WETA UK Schedule November 19 – 25

Check out this week’s highlights from the WETA UK schedule! We bring DC, Maryland, and Virginia the very best of British comedies, dramas, and mysteries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Monday is the beginning of the work week and the beginning of new seasons of all your favorite WETA UK shows! Start watching the popular series Doctor Who from the very beginning as we air season 1 episode 1 today at 4:00pm. Wise and funny, cheeky and brave, the Doctor is an alien and a loner. His new assistant is Rose, a shop-girl from the present day, and from the moment they meet, the Doctor and Rose are soul mates. As they travel together through time, encountering new adversaries, the Doctor shows her things beyond her imagination.

 

Monday at 9:00pm catch Foyle’s War as he begins a new mystery Invasion part 1. It’s April 1942 and cultures clash as the first Americans arrive to build an airfield near Hastings. Some locals see the "invaders" as a threat. Others find the chance for romance among the young girls. But when a barmaid turns up strangled, Foyle's investigation strains British-American relations to the breaking point. Be sure to come back next week for the conclusion of this murder mystery!

 

Monday at 10:00pm, stay tuned for the premiere of Ashes to Ashes season 2. It's now 1982 and DI Alex Drake, still haunted by sudden visions and unable to prevent the death of her parents, is still no nearer to returning to her own time. But there is a new man in these visions: unseen but offering a glimmer of hope of a return home to her daughter. Could he be real? Meanwhile, DCI Gene Hunt has his own problems, as an investigation into the death of policeman reveals an intricate web of corruption that could stretch all the way to the top of the force.

 

Then at 11:00pm Monday, catch Are You Being Served? season 9 episode 1. The fun and games in the world’s most eccentric department store continue!

 

Tuesday at 11:00am laugh along with the funniest old British men you’ve ever met as we launch season 16 of Last of the Summer Wine.

Tuesday evening catch Call the Midwife episode 3. Jenny is placed on the district nursing roster for a few weeks, to extend her experience of community practice. During her rounds, she attends to Joe, a gentle old soldier, and a friendship forms. At the neonatal clinic, Trixie and Cynthia enroll Winnie as a new patient. In her 40s, Winnie, who thought her days of diapers and babies were long gone, seems upset by her pregnancy.

 

 

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse begins a new investigation with Happy Families part 1. The head of a wealthy and dysfunctional family is found bludgeoned to death in the family estate as Morse is forced to deal with the resultant media frenzy. Tune in next week for the second part of this mystery!

Wednesday at 10:00pm the gang is at it again in the season 5 premiere of Hustle. Download and print this WETA UK HUSTLE SEASON 5 EPISODE GUIDE to follow along with all the action!

 

 

Thursday at 10:00am, Keeping Up Appearances season 4 begins! If you haven’t seen previous episodes of this show, don’t worry! This hilarious British sitcom is easy enough to watch at any episode, so start this week! Here’s some background: Hyacinth Bucket is so obsessed with etiquette and breeding that she makes her husband's life a perfect misery. In season four, Hyacinth is determined to buy a cottage in the country as a weekend retreat. Needless to say, her idea of what is suitable matches neither Richard's wishes nor his wallet. Luckily, an amorous farmer makes her realize that country life is not as idyllic as she thought. But Hyacinth decides to make another attempt at finding a weekend country home - much to Richard's horror. Download and print this WETA UK KEEPING UP APPEARANCES SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

Thursday at 9:00pm watch the launch of season 4 Waking the Dead on WETA UK! Chief Inspector Boyd and his team are back to reopen the files of more cold cases. Download and print this WETA UK WAKING THE DEAD SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

 

Friday at 10:30pm get more laughs from Black Books as we begin series 2 of this British comedy. Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers. Next door to Bernard's shop is the Nifty Gifty gift shop run by Fran, probably Bernard's only friend in the world. When Bernard's accountant goes on the run Bernard employs stress victim, Manny to help in his shop. This leads to a series of surreal adventures that are sure to have you laughing.

 

 

Saturday beginning at 8:00pm, continue The WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock with the last episode of season 1, The Great Game, and the first episode of season 2, A Scandal at Belgravia. Have you played the PBS.org Sherlock game? See if you have what it takes to assist Sherlock in his investigations.

 

Sunday check out our line up of comedies beginning at 8:00pm! Yes, Minister at 8:00pm, Miranda at 8:30pm, Black Adder at 9:00pm, and Mr. Bean at 9:30pm.