Congrats, PBS!

Winners of the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were announced October 6 and awards were presented at a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. PBS programs were honored with 12 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, more than any other organization (Frontline and Independent Lens garnered four each). Congratulations to all the winners!

PBS’ News & Documentary Emmy® Award recipients are:

A YEAR IN SPACE
– Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

FRONTLINE “Children of Syria”
– Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

FRONTLINE “The Choice 2016”
– Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

FRONTLINE “Yemen Under Siege”
– Best Story in a Newsmagazine
– Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newsmagazine

INDEPENDENT LENS “Best of Enemies”
– Outstanding Historical Documentary

INDEPENDENT LENS “In Football We Trust”
– Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

INDEPENDENT LENS “(T)ERROR”
– Outstanding Investigative Documentary

INDEPENDENT LENS “The Armor of Light”
– Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

NATURE “Super Hummingbirds”
– Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary

PBS NEWSHOUR
– Outstanding Science, Medical and Environmental Report for “The End of AIDS?”

POV “Thank You For Playing”
– Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming

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Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you turned on Midsomer Murders on Saturday night (“Secrets and Spies” part one) you saw DCI Barnaby encounter a family of former espionage agents. You also caught sight of several familiar faces you may have recognized from other British programming we’ve aired on UNC-TV. Let’s see who’s who, shall we?

Veteran actor Benjamin Whitrow played eccentric, retired spymaster Sir Malcolm Frazer. His decades-long career (which sadly ended a few weeks ago when he passed away at 80) boasted guest roles in dozens of shows (Wolf Hall, Doc Martin, The Pallisers, Danger UXB, Poirot and Partners in Crime, just to name a few) but he had larger roles in a few Masterpiece Theatre presentations – he was Bailiff Francis la Palotte on Island at War and Thomas Boleyn on Henry VIII.

Peter Davison played Sir Malcolm’s son, Nicky Frazer. He should be immediately known for two roles – that of veterinarian Tristan Farnon on All Creatures Great and Small and that of the fifth Doctor on Doctor Who. However, he too has appeared in a bevy of other roles. Going back to the late 1970s, Davison was Tom Holland on the Masterpiece Theatre series Love for Lydia. In the 1980s, he played Margery Allingham’s gentleman detective Albert Campion on Mystery! In the late 1990s, he portrayed Joseph Lockwood on a Masterpiece adaptation of Wuthering Heights. About that time, Davison played Inspector Christmas on the Diana Rigg vehicle The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries. More recently, he starred as Dr. Bill Shore on the delightful fish-out-of-water series Distant Shores. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Kent Gavin has spent more than 30 years photographing the British Royal Family. From royal tours abroad to magical moments at Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, this prolific photographer has captured it all. See for yourself as we experience Royalty Close Up: The Photography of Kent Gavin – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Congratulations, Dame Helen! The Film Society of Lincoln Center is honoring Helen Mirren with the 45th Annual Chaplin Award. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Of all the sets used for local productions here at UNC-TV, the most fascinating will always be that of The Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill. It is chock full of interesting knickknacks from previous seasons and all sorts of woodworking bric-a-brac. For instance, here’s a shot of a wooden boot on a stool. Nothing more, nothing less … just a wooden boot. A pretty cool sight nonetheless.

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