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.

Have the desire to move your feet (or just want to watch others do so)? Enjoy two captivating works from an original dance concert by the UNC School of the Arts. The performance, presented as part of Carolina Performing Arts’ retrospective of The Rite of Spring at One Hundred, is called Reimagining and Reawakening: An Evening of Dance and airs Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

As Halloween is a major holiday for kids, PBS has announced some Halloween-themed games available to play on the free PBS KIDS Games App and There will also be a few Halloween shows, including the brand new The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween!

Benedict Cumberbatch fans can be thankful – the actor nearly lost the role of Marvel’s Doctor Strange due to scheduling problems! Luckily, he was the director’s top choice (and ours, too).

Finally, some birthdays this week of note:

September 28

Peter Egan (Paul Ryman, Ever Decreasing Circles; Shrimpie, Downton Abbey) turns 70

September 29

Ian McShane (Lovejoy) is 74

Patricia Hodge (Phyllida Erskine-Brown, Rumpole of the Bailey) celebrates 70

Colin Dexter (Creator of Inspector Morse) has his 86th

2 October

Ian McNiece (Bert Large, Doc Martin) turns 66