What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …
Longtime UNC-TV viewers may recall the name of Michael Wood. Over the years, this accomplished historian has presented incredible television documentary series covering subjects as interesting and varied as The Conquistadors, William Shakespeare, Alexander The Great, The Trojan War and The Origins Of Civilization. Now Michael Wood heads to Asia to explore the people, places and fascinating history of the world’s most populous country. The Story Of China begins Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.
The airline industry hasn’t had a good year. Now Reading Rainbow‘s LeVar Burton is adding to the bad publicity with a tale of in-flight woes.
As Endeavour explored the early years of Inspector Morse, a new series delves into the origins of Jane Tennison. Starting Sunday, Masterpiece Mystery! chronicles the story of Tennison’s early years in the police force. Don’t miss Prime Suspect: Tennison – Sunday night at 10 on UNC-TV.
Speaking of Masterpiece Mystery! – host Alan Cumming is set to star in a new TV series on CBS.
Opera fans, take note. UNC-TV’s North Carolina Channel now offers up world class operas every Sunday night at 7. Tune in as Great Performances At The Met presents Carmen, The Merry Widow, Il Travatore, Otello, Turandot and more – all summer long!
And if you’re on social media, you could do worse than following Michael Palin on Instagram. The Monty Python alum and world traveler posts all sorts of interesting pictures, from the personal to the retro to the unbelievably scenic.
Now let’s blow out the candles and see who’s celebrating this week…
Aidan Turner (Poldark) celebrates his 34th
Helen George (Call The Midwife) turns 33
Hugh Dancy (Daniel Deronda) is 42
Samuel West (Mr. Selfridge) marks 51 years
Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey) has her 64th
Wendy Craig (Butterflies) turns 83
Gracee O’Brien (Poldark) celebrates 20
Prunella Scales (Fawlty Towers) is 85
Gerry Cowper (EastEnders) turns 59
Iain Glen (Breathless, Downton Abbey) has his 56th
Richard Lumsden (Is It Legal?) marks 52 years
Roy Marsden (Dalgliesh, The Sandbaggers) is 76
Lucy Benjamin (EastEnders) has her 47th