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.

Former NOVA ScienceNow host Neil deGrasse Tyson has a suggestion for naming the newly-discovered exo-planets.

Follow actor, comedian and writer Stephen Fry as he embarks on a remarkable road trip through Mexico and the entire central American Isthmus to Panama, taking in some of the oldest civilizations on the planet. Tune in for part one of Stephen Fry in Central America – Saturday night at 9 on the Explorer Channel.

And watch Dame Judi Dench help Josh Gad pressure Daisy Ridley about secrets of The Last Jedi.

Now let’s see who’s celebrating a birthday this week…

February 27

Timothy Spall (Our Mutual Friend) celebrates 60

February 28

Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge) turns 43

March 3

Greg Lee (Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?) is 55

Miranda Richardson (Die Kinder) has her 59th

Sarah Smart (Wallander) celebrates 40 years

Hattie Winston (The Electric Company) turns 72