Monday Montage

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

Friday night on UNC-TV, get an inside look at the creation of one of the biggest stage and pop culture phenomena of recent memory. As the kickoff to the PBS Arts Festival, we’re airing Hamilton’s America – a documentary about the making of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical. If you’ve seen the Broadway smash (or just desperately want to) this program will shine a light on the creative process and place the story of the Founding Father in a larger context. Tune in Friday night at 9 for the premiere.

Benedict Cumberbatch admits he feels the pressure to please comic book fans with his upcoming turn as Marvel’s Doctor Strange. This fanboy sure has faith in him.

Former NOVA ScienceNow host Neil deGrasse Tyson will be in Durham this week to bring his scientific passion to the DPAC. Unfortunately, the event is sold out but if you have tickets you are in for a treat!

PBS Newshour covers the third and final 2016 Presidential Debate – Wednesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

And if, like me, you’re not a fan of Mondays – then it’s a good day to Do The Grouch Dance!

Now check out a few PBS-related folks celebrating birthdays this week…

October 17

Matthew Macfadyen (Tom Quinn, MI-5) is 42

Mark Gatiss (Mycroft, Sherlock) turns 50

October 19

Michael Gambon (Jules Maigret, Maigret) has his 76th

Kacey Ainsworth (Little Mo, EastEnders) is 48

October 20

Sandra Dickinson (Trillian, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy) turns 68

Anneke Wills (Polly, Doctor Who) celebrates her 75th

Timothy West (Bradley Hardacre, Brass) is 82

Susan Tully (Michelle Fowler, EastEnders) turns 49

October 21

Andrew Scott (Moriarty, Sherlock) celebrates 40

October 22

Derek Jacobi (Stuart, Vicious; Alan, Last Tango In Halifax) turns 78