Monday Montage [updated]

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

Ah, it’s a good time to be a fan of William Shakespeare. In addition to The Hollow Crown on Great Performances (concluding Sunday with Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III), the PBS Arts Festival is celebrating the Bard of Avon with Shakespeare Live! From The RSC. Recorded on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this star-studded gala presents Shakespearean snippets, songs, scenes, sketches and so much more. Join David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes, John Lithgow, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, David Suchet and tons more for Shakespeare Live! – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

If you’re not excited about the return of Sherlock, maybe this article from The Guardian will help.

Tune in Saturday night (7pm on the North Carolina Channel and 9:30pm on UNC-TV) as the North Carolina A&T State University Choir presents its annual Christmas concert.

Since Rogue One is the biggest movie in the world, check out former NOVA ScienceNow host Neil deGrasse Tyson discussing the science of lightsabers.

Sunday night at 7:30 [updated time!] – follow the Nonnatus House family to South Africa as they help a mission hospital on the Call The Midwife Holiday Special.

Not sure what to get the Doctor Who geek in your life? has a few ideas.

And now – the birthdays!

December 19

Matthew Waterhouse (Doctor Who) celebrates 55

Tara Summers (Mercy Street) turns 37

Paul Rhys (The Cazalets, Victoria) is 53

December 20

Jenny Agutter (Call The Midwife) has her 64th

December 21

Tom Sturridge (The Hollow Crown) marks his 31st

December 22

James Burke (Connections, The Day The Universe Changed) is 80

December 24

Steve Smith (The Red Green Show) turns 71

John Levene (Doctor Who) celebrates his 75th

December 25

Kieran Prendiville (Ballykissangel) is 69

Georgia Moffett (Doctor Who) turns 32