Monday Montage

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

Join wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson as he journeys along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. Experience the wildlife and wild places of Ireland’s Wild Coast – Wednesday at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Neil deGrasse Tyson gives tips on viewing the upcoming solar eclipse.

Explore a human history set against the most stunning backdrop imaginable as Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan present The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Don’t miss a special presentation of this six-part 2009 mini-series beginning Thursday night at 9 on the North Carolina Channel.

Monty Python’s John Cleese is coming to Durham! The comedy legend will be answering absurd and ridiculous questions at the DPAC on November 8. Continue reading

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Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Chris and Martin Kratt’s unique live look at the fauna of the The Last Frontier concludes Sunday night at 8 on UNC-TV. If you haven’t been following the amazing television that is Wild Alaska Live there will be ample opportunity to watch it again (the series repeats on the Explorer Channel in August).

Here’s a shot of a promotional poster gracing a co-worker’s cubicle.

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And The Nominations Keep Coming

On Tuesday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 38th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards. PBS programs received 46 nominations, the most earned by any organization.

Here’s a complete list of PBS nominations.

A YEAR IN SPACE
– Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “The Mine Wars”
– Outstanding Research Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor? (Dunkirk Edition)

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s World War II tale, is the #1 film at the box office. In full disclosure, I haven’t seen the film yet (although it’s on my summer cinema must-see list). However, I have seen the trailer several times and I always lose count of the familiar faces I spy from shows we’ve broadcast on UNC-TV. So I thought it might be fun to see how many I could find. Some were obvious, others less so.

Mark Rylance (Mr. Dawson) was the actor I first recognized. He won an Academy Awards for Bridge of Spies a few years back but I knew him instantly as Thomas Cromwell from Wolf Hall. And if we go back 20 years, Rylance also played King Henry V on a 1997 Great Performances.

Tom Hardy (Farrier) is probably most associated with blockbuster films like Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max: Fury Road yet Hardy has a couple of Masterpiece roles of note. He played Heathcliff on Wuthering Heights and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, on The Virgin Queen.

Kenneth Branagh (Commander Bolton) portrayed Swedish detective Kurt Wallander for four seasons on Masterpiece Mystery. Going back a bit, Branagh starred as Shakespeare’s Henry V in the Masterpiece Theatre presentation of that feature film – and he played Guy Pringle on Fortunes of War, another Masterpiece Theatre series. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Journey with Kirk Johnson to Yellowstone National Park where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and other wildlife survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. Don’t miss the three-part series The Great Yellowstone Thaw – beginning Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-EX.

If you’ve been missing the drama, the actor who voices Kermit the Frog was fired and there’s been a war of the words in the press (for the record, no one at PBS has fired any Muppet!). See what Brian Henson (the late Jim Henson’s son) has to say on the matter. Continue reading