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Poirot Final Season on WETA TV26 & HD

Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot returns to WETA TV26 & HD for its epic conclusion! This WETA TV26 exclusive allows you to watch the entire five part final season of Poirot (not just the first two episodes). Tune into WETA TV26 & HD every Thursday at 9:30pm for this one-of-a-kind event.

“The Big Four” airs Thursday October 23 at 9:30pm
Poirot navigates the world of international espionage while investigating the death of a Russian chess grandmaster.

“Dead Man’s Folly” airs Thursday October 30 at 9:30pm
Mystery writer and old friend Ariadne Oliver asks Poirot to accompany her to a wealthy financier's "murder game" that she fears may turn into the scene of a real murder.

“Elephants Can Remember” airs Thursday November 6 at 9:30pm
Poirot investigates the murder of a renowned psychiatrist. Ariadne Oliver becomes an amateur sleuth when her goddaughter asks her to uncover the truth about her parents' mysterious deaths.

“The Labors of Hercules” airs Thursday November 13 at 9:30pm
Poirot's pursuit of an infamous art thief leads him to a snowbound hotel in the Swiss Alps where he is met with mysteries and the reappearance of a familiar face from the past.

“Curtain: Poirot's Last Case” airs Thursday November 20 at 9:30pm
An ailing Poirot returns to Styles with Hastings nearly three decades after solving their first mystery together in hopes to prevent a serial killer from claiming more victims.
 

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New Science on WETA TV26 | How We Got To Now

How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson celebrates the history and power of great ideas on WETA TV26 & HD Wednesday nights! The six-part series is hosted by the popular American science author and media theorist Steven Johnson. Ever wonder “how do we make something cold?” or “how do we create light?” Johnson surprises viewers that these very questions have lead to other discoveries seemingly unrelated. Tracking ancient and contemporary history, Johnson shares the fantastic minds and radical revolutions that changed the world and the way we live in it.

“Clean” airs Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 9pm
How our battle against dirt created the sidewalk, the swimming pool, the flat screen, and the iPhone.

“Time” airs Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 10pm
How our journey to calculate time helped create international trade and travel, victory for the North in the Civil War, GPS, and understanding of the origins of human life.

“Glass” airs Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 10pm
How our quest to see better helped us see the world differently, whether right in front of our noses with the birth of eyeglasses or far beyond our visible universe with the creation of the telescope.

“Light” airs Wednesday October 29, 2014 at 10pm
How our quest to harness light changed our genetic make-up, gave birth to Times Square, Las Vegas, video downloads, and an artificial sun.

“Cold” airs Wednesday November 5, 2014 at 10pm
How our mastery of “cold on demand” helped give birth to at least four million babies, created the golden age of Hollywood, and unlocked the secrets of the universe.

“Sound” airs Wednesday November 12, 2014 at 10pm
How the journey to harness sound created the modern world of instant communication, but also helped put thousands of planes in the sky, changed the face of warfare, and created a new way for teenagers to rebel.


 

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WETA Movie Nights in October | Free Films on WETA TV26

This October on WETA TV26 & HD, watch fantastic classic musicals from the ‘50s & ‘60s! Continue reading for descriptions and air information for each movie as well as a channel guide so you can find WETA on your television.

Saturday October 4 at 9:30pm An American in Paris (1951)
Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists" colony and is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch). A love triangle paired with wonderful cinematic themes and of course, singing and dancing, is the perfect Saturday night movie. Also airs Sunday October 5 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 11 at 9:30pm The Music Man (1962)
"Professor" Harold Hill is a fast-talking traveling salesman who in the summer of 1912 schemes a small Iowa town by convincing them that a boys' band will put an end to the moral corruption resulting from the presence of a pool hall in the community. He sells instruments and uniforms to River City parents with the understanding that he will organize a band and teach the children to play; however, he intends to abscond with the money before the arrival of the instruments. Will love change his mischievous ways? Also airs Sunday October 12 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 18 at 9:30pm Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Adam Pontabee (Howard Keel) and his six brothers, played by Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Mark Platt, Matt Mattox, and Jacques d'Amboise own an Oregon ranch. When Adam brings home his new bride Milly (Jane Powell), she is appalled by the brothers and want to spiff them up. A local fight charges up the brothers to find wives of their own. Also airs Sunday October 19 at 11:30am.

Saturday October 25 at 9:30pm That’s Entertainment Part II (1976)
This film is MGM's 1976 sequel to That's Entertainment (1974). This unique film is a retrospective of famous films released by MGM from the 1930s to the 1950s.Unlike the first part, the second contains comedy segments as well. This is the perfect movie for a fun, entertaining trip down memory lane. Also airs Sunday October 26 at 11:30am.
 

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Documentaries in October | Independent Films on WETA TV26

This October on WETA TV26 & HD, tune in every Monday night for fascinating independent films presented by POV and Independent Lens. Read about each film below and mark your calendars!

Monday October 6 at 10pm POV: The Act of Killing
This film explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns. Not only is the 1965 murder of an estimated one million people honored as a patriotic act, but the killers remain in power. In a mind-bending twist, death-squad leaders dramatize their brutal deeds in the style of the American westerns, musicals and gangster movies they love — and play both themselves and their victims. As their heroic facade crumbles, they come to question what they've done. Watch the trailer here. Some images may be disturbing.

Monday October 13 at 10pm Independent Lens: Bully
An intimate, unflinching look at how bullying affects five kids and their families. Opening a window onto the pained lives of bullied kids, it documents the responses of adults to aggressive behaviors beyond “kids will be kids” clichés, capturing a growing movement to change how bullying is handled in schools, communities, and society. Watch the trailer here.

Monday October 20 at 11pm Independent Lens: Twin Sisters
The poignant story of two girls from China adopted as infants by two separate sets of parents — one from California, the other from a remote fishing village in Norway — who grow up knowing they have a twin living on the other side of the world. Despite being on different paths, the magical bond between them grows deeper. Watch the trailer here.

Monday October 27 at 11pm Independent Lens: Brakeless
What led the driver of a Japanese commuter train to accelerate perilously, causing a deadly crash? Piecing together personal accounts of those affected by the tragedy, Brakeless poses a question for a society that equates speed with progress: have what were once national virtues — punctuality and compliance — become dangerous? Watch the trailer here.


 

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New Series on WETA TV26 | Line of Duty

This Sunday on WETA TV26 & HD, join us for the WETA TV premiere of modern British crime drama Line of Duty. DCI Tony Gates (Lennie James, The Walking Dead) seems like an exemplary cop but Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Ashes to Ashes), who heads the anticorruption unit, has his doubts. Is Gates really that good? Is he really that clean? Reputations and lives are at stake in this British thriller.  Read on for descriptions and air dates for each Line of Duty episode.

Episode 1 – Airs Sunday September 28 at 10:30pm
DS Steve Arnott is thrilled to be joining the anticorruption unit—until he learns the target of his first investigation is the well-respected DCI Tony Gates. Though Gates’s professional conduct appears above reproach, his private life may provide his enemies the evidence they seek.
 
Episode 2  – Airs Sunday October 5 at 10:30pm

After winning Gates’s trust, new team member DC Kate Fleming begins to pay close attention to his work. Scrambling to cover his tracks, Gates fears he is about to lose the two most important things in his life—his career and his kids.
 
Episode 3  – Airs Sunday October 12 at 10:30pm

Witness to a murder, Gates realizes he has more to cover up than his own misdeeds. Meanwhile, an increasingly confrontational Arnott closes in on Gates, prepared to take more and more risks to bring him down.
 
Episode 4  – Airs Sunday October 19 at 10:30pm

With Arnott off the case, Fleming plays on her relationship with Gates in an effort to uncover the truth. In the process, she brings on herself the attentions—and suspicions—of Gates’s loyal lieutenant, DC Morton.
 
Episode 5  – Airs Sunday October 26 at 10:30pm
Tensions erupt between Hastings, Arnott, and Fleming as they decide on the next steps in the case. Unwilling to await his fate, Gates goes on the run, ready to play one desperate last card to show that everything he did was in the line of duty.


 

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New Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple Season 7 on WETA TV26

Get ready for three brand new Miss Marple mysteries! WETA TV26 & HD has your ticket to Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple season 7 over the next two Sunday nights. Read on for more about each of the three episodes and see where to find WETA on your television using the channel guide below.

Episode 1 “A Caribbean Mystery” airs Sunday September 21 at 8pm
While staying at a lavish tropical island hotel, Miss Marple investigates the sudden death of a fellow guest. With the help of a curmudgeonly business tycoon, Miss Marple unravels a web of deceit, murder and "dark magic," leaving her to consider every one of the hotel's guests as a suspect. Checkout this scene from "A Caribbean Mystery"!

Episode 2 “Greenshaw’s Folly” airs Sunday September 21 at 9:30pm
When an old family friend and her young son turn to Miss Marple for assistance, she places them at nearby Greenshaw's Folly, the family home of an eccentric botanist. But it becomes clear that the labyrinthine Folly isn't quite the safe house that Miss Marple had hoped, when death casts its dark and sinister shadow on the residents.

Episode 3 “Endless Night” airs Sunday September 28 at 9pm
Miss Marple befriends a charming working-class chauffeur who recounts his romance with an American heiress. Despite being warned off by an elusive gypsy woman, they plan their dream home at a local spot known as Gypsy's Acre. Not long after the young couple is wed, a tragic death fuels speculation of a gypsy curse. When two suspicious deaths follow, Miss Marple begins to sort out the clues, but can she solve the mystery before she finds herself in danger?


 

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WETA Movie Night: September 6

Watch WETA TV26 & HD this Saturday, September 6 for a classic feature film and two Independent Lens documentaries related to Hispanic Heritage Month.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This is a romanticized account of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang from the 1930s. Excited by Clyde Barrow's outlaw demeanor, Bonnie Parker joins him in a crime spree across multiple towns.  Soon the pair joins Clyde’s brother Buck and his wife Blanche in a bank robbery. Will they get away with the heist? How long can they pull off this lifestyle? This movie is packed with drama, action, adventure, and romance. Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Gene Hackman. This film won the 1968 Oscars for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Estelle Parsons and Best Cinematography: Burnett Guffey. Also watch Sunday at 11:30am!

Independent Lens: Las Marthas airs Saturday at 11:30pm
In the lingering aftermath of the U.S.-Mexican War, the border town of Laredo, Texas created an annual debutante ball unlike any other. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration.

Independent Lens: The State of Arizona airs Sunday 12:30am
The turbulent battle over illegal immigration in Arizona that came to a head with Senate Bill 1070 frames this riveting documentary tracking multiple perspectives — activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers, and others — as America eyes the results.

 


 

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Wildlife Wednesdays in September on WETA TV26

Throughout the month of September, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for fantastic wildlife programs that will excite and educate: Earthflight, Operation Maneater, and Penguins: Spy in the Huddle.

Wednesday September 3, 2014
8pm   – A Nature Special Presentation Earthflight: North America
The bird's-eye tour of six continents commences in North America with snow geese, pelicans and bald eagles flying across the Great Plains, Grand Canyon, Alaska, New York City and the Golden Gate Bridge.
9pm   – A Nature Special Presentation Earthflight: Africa
A bird's-eye tour of Africa features cape gannets arrow-diving among sharks, dolphins, whales and sardines. Other birds accompanied on their travails: fish eagles, flamingos, kelp gulls and vultures.
10pm – Operation Maneater: Polar Bear
Efforts to stop polar bear attacks in the isolated communities of Canada's Hudson Bay are detailed. Included: a team transports a captured bear by helicopter to a release site outside town; an early warning system that relies on an aerial drone; an ultra-loud speaker to scare them away; and a controversial experiment that sees meat being left for them on the tundra.

Wednesday September 10, 2014
8pm   – A Nature Special Presentation Earthflight: Europe
Cranes and geese fly over Venice, Italy; Dover in South East England; Edinburgh; and the Rock of Gibraltar. Other destinations include Rome; the Loire Valley in France; Holland; and Hungary.
10:30pm – Operation Maneater: Crocodile *UPDATED moved from 10pm to 10:30pm due to Presidential Address*
The series concludes with a visit to Namibia's Chobe River, where crocodile attacks are fairly commonplace. Included: an attempt to reduce attacks by training crocodiles to associate the sound of a bell with an electric shock.

Wednesday September 24, 2014
8pm   – A Nature Special Presentation Penguins: Spy in the Huddle "The Journey
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Emperor penguins cross a treacherous frozen sea to reach their breeding grounds. Rockhoppers brave the world’s stormiest seas only to come ashore and face a daunting 300-foot cliff, hopping most of the way up. Tropical Humboldt penguins negotiate a gauntlet of dangers to reach their desert burrow nests. The hard work for all the penguins finally pays off when their tiny, vulnerable chicks begin to hatch. The final two parts of this series “First Steps” and “Growing Up” air Wednesday October 1 and Wednesday October 8 at 8pm.

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Masterpiece Mystery! The Escape Artist on WETA TV26

Watch the entire two-part Masterpiece Mystery! The Escape Artist on WETA TV26 & HD! Parts 1 and 2 of this new Masterpiece air on WETA TV26 & HD this Thursday, August 28 at 8pm and 9:26pm.  Be sure to tune in or set your DVR because due to rights restrictions, this program will not be available for online streaming.

Find other air times on weta.org!

David Tennant (Doctor Who) stars as defense lawyer Will Burton, nickenamed “The Escape Artist” for his ability to spring the obviously guilty. After a man is charged with a gruesome murder, Will Burton must find a way to disprove the strong evidence against the charged subject. Watch the legal battle as strange and disturbing things begin to happen. The tables are turned—and then turned again.

Watch a behind the scenes interview with David Tennant on pbs.org!


 

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Ken Burns September on WETA TV26 | The Roosevelts & More!

Ken Burns’ newest documentary film The Roosevelts: An Intimate History premieres this September! Watch this new program as well as a selection from the Ken Burns collection this September on WETA TV26 & HD. Read this blog post for details on all the Ken Burns films airing on WETA TV26 & HD this September. Also, watch our local WETA TV26 Washington, DC video segments related to the Roosevelt family.

Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History airs Sunday September 14-Saturday September 20 at 8pm & 10pm daily *NEW*
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History archives the lives of three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics: Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. This seven-part, fourteen hour film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore's birth in 1858 to Eleanor's death in 1962. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History premieres on WETA TV26 & HD Sunday September 14 at 8pm.

WETA TV26: Roosevelt Island
A living memorial to Theodore Roosevelt’s nature conservationist ideal, this DC area hidden gem is one with deep meaning.

WETA TV26: FDR Memorials
Learn about the popular FDR Memorial and the lesser-known FDR Memorial both located in Washington, DC. 

Ken Burns' The National Parks: America's Best Idea airs Monday September 1 from 5:30am-6pm
This series is a story of people from every conceivable background – rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.

Ken Burns’ The Statue of Liberty airs Friday September 5 at 8:30pm & Monday September 15 at 5pm
For more than 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and refuge for generations of immigrants. In this lyrical, compelling, and provocative portrait of the statue, Ken Burns explores both the history of America’s premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself.

Ken Burns’ The Civil War airs Sunday September 14 from 7:30am-8pm leading to the premiere of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
This film is a comprehensive examination of The Civil War told by dramatic readings, photos, and more.

Ken Burns’ The War airs Monday September 15-Friday September 19 at 1pm daily
This is the story of World War II through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns. The war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrated that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary times.

Ken Burns’ The Address airs Monday September 15 at 3:30pm
The film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address.  In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

Ken Burns’ Lewis and Clark part 1 airs Tuesday September 16 at 3pm, part 2 airs Wednesday September 17 at 3pm
Lewis and Clark re-creates the 1803 journey to locate the Northwest Passage, the most notable expedition in U.S. history was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with soldiers, an African-American slave, a female guide, and Canadian boatmen.


 

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