Monday Montage

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

In advance of the 75th anniversary, we remember the “date which will live in infamy” with a trio of Pearl Harbor specials on UNC-TV and UNC-EX. Tune in Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel for Remembering Pearl Harbor, followed by Pearl Harbor: USS Oklahoma – The Final Story and then Pearl Harbor: Into The Arizona. Catch Pearl Harbor: USS Oklahoma – The Final Story and Pearl Harbor: Into The Arizona on UNC-TV, beginning at 8 that same evening.

Masterpiece Mystery! host Alan Cumming was the special guest on NPR’s current events quiz Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me this week. He shared an unforgettable tattoo anecdote and tackled the show’s Not My Job segment.

Thursday night, our North Carolina Channel presents the debut of a new series featuring fresh views from student filmmakers. Tune in for Envision: UNC School of the Arts – Thursday night at 9.

Apparently, Benedict Cumberbatch donated a coat to charity. Why? Because he really is that awesome.

Speaking of Sherlock, in preparation for season four of the Masterpiece Mystery! hit series (premieres January 1st!), relive some of the previous Holmes & Watson cases Saturday nights on UNC-TV. On 12/10, catch The Empty Hearse and The Sign of Three and it’s His Last Vow and The Abominable Bride the following week.

Fans of the Bard of Avon will be pleased to know that Great Performances’ fantastic series “The Hollow Crown” returns with the War of the Roses trilogy. The action starts Sunday night at 9 with Henry VI, Part One. Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville stars along with Sophie Okonedo and Tom Sturridge.

Finally, watch Mr. Rogers receive a Lifetime Achievement Emmy and try not to sniffle just a little bit.

Now it’s time to celebrate a birthday or two…

December 6

Nick Park (creator – Wallace and Gromit) turns 58

December 7

Wendy Padbury (Doctor Who) has her 69th

December 8

Dominic Monaghan (Hetty Wainthropp Investigates) celebrates 40

David Harewood (The Ruby In The Smoke, The Last Enemy) is 51

December 9

Neil Innes (Monty Python’s Flying Circus) has his 72nd

Judi Dench (A Fine Romance, As Time Goes By, Cranford) turns 82

December 10

Kenneth Branagh (Fortunes of War, Henry V) celebrates 56

December 11

Stephen Moore (The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy) is 79

Rita Moreno (The Electric Company) has her 85th

Dawn Steele (Monarch Of The Glen) turns 41