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Wedding Bell Bluebloods

Any Anglophile worth his or her salt is already champing at the bit over the upcoming Royal Wedding on May 19. When Prince Harry and Megan Markle tie the knot their nuptials will be broadcast around the world and PBS is inviting you to tune in.

Starting Monday, May 14, check out ROYAL WEDDING WATCH, a five-part series of special programming designed to bring you up to speed on the high profile nuptials. Then, on Saturday, May 19, the big event will be broadcast live from St. George’s Chapel at Windsor.

So if your invitation gets lost in the mail, ROYAL WEDDING WATCH airs weeknights at 10 (10:30 on Friday the 18th) on the Explorer Channel the week of May 14. The ROYAL WEDDING airs live May 19 on the Explorer Channel.

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Discover the role creative imagination has played in forging humanity as we survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Don’t miss CIVILIZATIONS, a new 9-part series – beginning Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Judi Dench (As Time Goes By), Eileen Atkins (Doc Martin) and Joan Plowright (And A Nightingale Sang) – all Dames in their own right – let the cameras in on a friendship that spans a half century in a new movie titled Nothing Like A Dame. The film hits cinemas in the UK next month and airs on BBC Two during the summer. No word on a debut in the States (either in theatres or telly) but I’ll be on the lookout. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

North Carolina People with William Friday was a long-running interview show UNC-TV produced starting in the early 1970s. Politicians, authors, actors, musicians, athletes – names big and small and all imminent and impressive Tar Heels in one way or another – would sit down with UNC president Bill Friday for a nice chat and a half hour of simple conversation. It was a broadcast mainstay for decades until Friday’s failing health and eventual passing in 2012 ended the series. I believe there was talk of continuing the show with another host (don’t hold me to that – if talks occurred, even on a casual level, I was never involved personally) however that never transpired. Good thing, too, as Friday’s soft-spoken approach to interviewing seemed impossible to duplicate and who would want to try to fill those shoes anyway?

This glass paperweight was made in celebration of the show’s 35th anniversary circa 2005. It’s a fantastic memento of UNC-TV history and a lovely reminder of a show we proudly broadcast for over 40 seasons. I was lucky enough to work on the show as a student (mostly running camera) and I’m happy to have been a part of this wonderful program.