Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I saw this sign located in a co-worker’s cubicle. It’s most likely left over from some outreach event where costumed characters walked around greeting fans. Still … just on the off chance … I waited around for about an hour but Clifford never showed.


(Clifford depicted is not actual size)


Sounds Familiar

“God, man. Do you not see what’s happening? You stand accused of a riot and lawlessness. This country lives in dread of France. This court must be seen to set an example. That is why you must grovel. Do so now or you will not live to see the sunrise tomorrow.” – King’s Counsel to Ross Poldark, Poldark on Masterpiece

Where Do I Know That Actor?

As I watched the season premiere of Poldark on Masterpiece, I was caught off guard by a very familiar face from another regular UNC-TV series (this actor was not in series one, hence my surprise). I then wondered if anyone else from the show might be known from viewing other programs. Quite a few, as it turns out.

Here are some of the Poldark actors you may have recognized…

Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays Demelza, Ross’ wife, was Georgiana Darcy in Death Comes To Pemberley, another Masterpiece series.

Ruby Bentall portrays Ross’ cousin Verity. She was Pauline in Masterpiece’s The Paradise and Minnie Mude in the costume drama Lark Rise To Candleford.

Caroline Blakiston is Aunt Agatha. She was Lady Patience Hardacre in the Brass and Alice Bannister in The Last Song. Both Britcoms aired on UNC-TV way back in the 1980s. Continue reading

Monday Montage

Welcome to what I hope to be a regular feature – a weekly look at what’s on, what’s ahead and what’s happening. Basically, some quick notes that aren’t long enough for a regular post or seem best to pass along en masse.

PBS Newshour covers all the presidential and vice presidential debates, beginning tonight at 9 on UNC-TV with the First Presidential Debate at Hofstra University in New York.

If the debate doesn’t help you make up your mind, Frontline presents its quadrennial report on the two major candidates with The Choice 2016Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Some very sad news: Monty Python’s Terry Jones has a rare dementia (specifically, Primary Progressive Aphasia, a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia). Social media is awash with tributes and kind words to this comedic genius and deservedly so. Continue reading

More Wins For PBS

You might think I’d get tired of calling attention to PBS’ various awards. You might think that. But you’d be wrong.

Yep, PBS has done it again. This time at the 37th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The presentation was held last Wednesday at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City and PBS programs were honored with 14 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, more than any other organization.

Here’s a list of all the PBS wins…

FRONTLINE “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA”
– Outstanding Informational Programming – Long Form

FRONTLINE “Inheritance”
– New Approaches: Documentaries

FRONTLINE “ISIS in Afghanistan”
– Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a Current News Story in a Magazine
– Best Report in a News Magazine

FRONTLINE “My Brother’s Bomber”
– Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long Form
– Outstanding Research

– Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday

A little piece of UNC-TV’s past (in fact, I’m not sure exactly how far back this goes) – it’s a Woodwright’s Shop smock! Just perfect for holding tools while you lathe.

If memory serves, this was a promotional item found in a box of Woodwright’s Shop goodies that was given away to underwriters, donors and the like – probably as long ago as the early 1980s. Sadly, the box and other items are long gone but the smock remains.