Mister Rogers Remixed

Everyone’s favorite TV neighbor gets musical, thanks to a video remix by the folks at PBS Digital Studios.

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Monday Montage

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

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings to life the epic stories of both little-known and celebrated African kingdoms and cultures. Africa’s Great Civilizations premieres tonight at 9 on UNC-TV and continues Wednesday and Thursday night.

Public broadcasting pioneer Ward Chamberlain, Jr. passed away last week at the age of 95. You may not know the name but you’ve been touched by his work.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture opened its doors just months ago and already boasts more than a half-million visitors. Now UNC-TV takes viewers behind the scenes and talks with two of the architects behind the historical structure. Don’t miss Crown on the Mall: Designing The Smithsonian African American Museum – Tuesday at 8pm on UNC-TV. Continue reading

PBS Wins Again

The 69th Annual Writers Guild Awards were handed out Sunday night at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and the Edison Ballroom in New York City. PBS programs were honored with three awards (including one tie between two Frontline programs).

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “Command and Control”
Telescript by Robert Kenner & Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser; American Experience Films

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS (Tie)
FRONTLINE “The Choice 2016”
Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

FRONTLINE “Inside Assad’s Syria”
Written by Martin Smith; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
JACKIE ROBINSON “Part One”
Written by David McMahon & Sarah Burns; PBS

Congratulations to these celebrated writers and to all the PBS programs on their wins!

Where Do I Know That Actor?

A quick one this week as we look at last Saturday’s Midsomer Murders – part one of “The Axeman Cometh.” In the episode, the band Hired Gun reunites to perform at the Midsomer Rocks Music Festival (where murder soon follows, of course). In it, the aging rocker Gary Cooper was played by actor Phil Davis. Davis may not be a household name but he’s been seen on UNC-TV in various roles for years.

Most recently, Davis played servant Jud Paynter in the Poldark series on Masterpiece. Going back a few years, he was Mickey Joy in Silk, Brian Edwards in Collision, Smallweed in Bleak House and Archie in White Teeth. Along the way there were guest appearances in everything from Bergerac and Rumpole Of The Bailey to Lark Rise To Candleford and Doctor Who. Also of note – Phil Davis played Prince/King John in the 1980s Robin Hood series starring Michael Praed and Jason Connery.

“The Axeman Cometh” concludes on Midsomer Murders Saturday night at 8.

Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at sparkymac@unctv.org and I’ll try to help out.