Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Sir Derek Jacobi is an actor who just seems to elevate any project he’s involved with. You may know him from Vicious or Last Tango In Halifax but his public broadcasting appearances go back decades to the 1970s and I, Claudius. However, one of Jacobi’s more interesting roles was as a sleuthing monk on the Mystery! presentation Cadfael. Here’s a shot of a promotional poster for that series that somehow made it’s way to my office after a colleague retired. My best guess is this was from the 1996-1997 season.

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Congratulations, PBS!

Last week, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy® Entertainment Awards. The good news? PBS and PBS Kids programs received 31 nominations! In addition, APT (American Public Television) received seven nominations and NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association) earned one, making for a combined total of 39 nominations for public media. The children’s series Odd Squad alone garnered an impressive fifteen nominations!

Here’s a list of all these PBS and public television nominees…

Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series
ODD SQUAD

Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program
PEG+CAT

Outstanding Culinary Program
AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN – APT
THE MIND OF A CHEF

Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program
JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE – APT

Outstanding Special Class Series
LANDSCAPES THROUGH TIME WITH DAVID DUNLOP – NETA

Outstanding Interactive – Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series
CYBERCHASE: Save the Park!
ODD SQUAD
PEG+CAT

Outstanding Interactive – Original Daytime Content
DESIGN SQUAD

Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Topical
DAVID BOWIE: FIVE YEARS
BLACK AMERICAN SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE

Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Image
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Where Do I Know That Actor?

Viewers of Saturday’s Midsomer Murders (“Death and Dust” part one) may have spotted some familiar faces. One may be more familiar than the others but keen-eyed viewers will have recognized them from elsewhere on UNC-TV.

The episode in question saw DCI Barnaby and Jones called to investigate the demise of a physician. Was it mistaken identity? Is it part of a long-seeded family feud? These were just a few of the questions raised by this Midsomer Murder.

Along the way, however, the good detectives met Dorothy Hutton played by none other than Stephanie Cole. If the name rings a bell, it should – Cole played Martin’s Aunt Joan on Doc Martin and starred as Diana on Waiting For God. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

In 1843, the 12-year-old King Edward V and his younger brother were put in the Tower of London by their uncle, Richard. Shortly thereafter, Richard pronounced himself king and his nephews were never seen again. Is Richard III really the greatest villain in English history or has he been the victim of Tudor propaganda? Who Killed The Princes In The Tower? seeks answers. Tune in tonight at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Congratulations are in order – Charlie Rose will receive the inaugural Dana Public Outreach Award for his commitment to educating the public about the importance of brain research.

As civilians worldwide increasingly become the targets of war crimes, a new series takes an unprecedented look at the evolution of postwar justice in investigating genocide, ethnic cleansing and other atrocities and in prosecuting the perpetrators. Don’t miss Dead Reckoning – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

More congratulations are in order – Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter welcomed their second child earlier this month. Continue reading