Monday Montage

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

Travel the country in search of rural artists from the 1920s, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time. Don’t miss American Epic, a new series executive produced by Jack White, Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

The Tenors have been seen in a few of specials we’ve broadcast over the years (Under One Sky, Lead With Your Heart) but now you can see this vocal group live on stage. Tickets are still available for An Intimate Evening With The Tenors – Wednesday night at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Follow the grand masters of stained glass art, artist Rowan LeCompte and craftsman Dieter Goldkuhle, as they create their last great series of windows for Washington National Cathedral. Garrison Keillor narrates Let There Be Light – Thursday at 10pm on UNC-TV.

Congratulations to Sonia Manzano. The former Sesame Street actor will receive the Legacy for Children Award from the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose on Friday.

Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt stars in a spine-tingling drama about the notorious Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, Britain’s first female serial killer. Tune in as Masterpiece presents Dark Angel – Sunday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

And have you heard the trick that Kenneth Branagh (Wallander) was dying to play on the cast of his upcoming film Murder On The Orient Express?

Finally, let’s see who’s celebrating a birthday this week…

May 15

Nicola Walker (Last Tango In Halifax, MI-5) has her 47th

Greg Wise (The Buccaneers, Cranford) turns 51

May 16

Christie Abbott (Wishbone) is 35

May 18

Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) has his 36th

Miriam Margolyes (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) celebrates 76

Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) turns 55

May 19

Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark) is 25

Jim Lehrer (Newshour) has his 83rd

James Fox (A Perfect Hero, The Choir) turns 78

Geraldine Somerville (Aristocrats) celebrates 50

Michael Cochrane (The Citadel, No Job for A Lady) is 70

Paul Moriarty (EastEnders) has his 71st

May 20

Jenny Funnell (As Time Goes By) marks 54 years

Owen Teale (Ballykissangel) celebrates 56

May 21

Jacqueline Tong (Upstairs Downstairs) has her 66th

Fergus Drysdale (Lark Rise To Candleford) turns 18