Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

A few weeks back, UNC-TV held a holiday food drive for the IFC Food Pantry in Carrboro. It’s the season of giving and UNC-TV employees gave generously. Here’s a shot of the donations taken by food drive organizer and UNC-TV lighting guru Steve Price.


Cookie Monster surveys the haul – a prodigious offering but a light snack for him, I’m guessing.



Where Do I Know That Actor?

Great Performances’ presentation of The Hollow Crown concluded this week with a spectacular rendition of Richard III starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Certainly Cumberbatch is an actor who should be well familiar to all UNC-TV viewers: he stars in Sherlock as the titular detective and he’s been seen in Masterpiece series like The Last Enemy and To The Ends Of The Earth.

But what about the rest of the cast? Oh to be sure – there are many names and faces that stand out as having been in programs broadcast by UNC-TV in the past. Let’s cover a few.

Judi Dench played Cecily, Duchess of York. Like Cumberbatch, she is a veritable household name, especially to public broadcasting viewers. Dame Judi will be primarily known for roles such as Miss Matty in Cranford, Jean in As Time Goes By and Laura in A Fine Romance.

Keeley Hawes, who was Queen Elizabeth in The Hollow Crown, will be best and most recently known as matriarch Louisa Durrell in The Durrells In Corfu on Masterpiece. However, she’s been in other Masterpiece series and was Lady Agnes in Upstairs Downstairs, Cynthia in Wives & Daughters and Lizzie Hexam in Our Mutual Friend. Hawes also played agent Zoe Reynolds on MI-5. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Frontline shares first-person stories of refugees and migrants fleeing war and persecution for Europe. Tune in Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV for “Exodus.”

The December 23rd episode of NPR’s On The Media featured a very interesting discussion on the nature of time – with the inevitable but welcome Doctor Who reference.

Sherlock Holmes is back for New Year’s! 2017 finds the mercurial detective back once more on British soil, as Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest challenge yet: becoming parents. Don’t miss season four of Sherlock, beginning Sunday night at 9 on UNC-TV. Continue reading