Monday Montage

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

What better way to start the week than a whodunnit double feature! Beginning tonight, the Explorer Channel presents Monday Mysteries with Masterpiece Mystery! and Midsomer Murders. Tune in at 8 as Sydney and Geordie tackle the unsolved mysteries of Grantchester and then stay tuned at 9 as DCI Barnaby investigates all the crime Midsomer county can dish out. The fun begins tonight at 8 on UNC-EX.

Interesting television note: Sir Anthony Hopkins is set to star in a BBC2 production of King Lear. And while he’s a fantastic actor, he’s not a face usually associated with public broadcasting (although he has appeared in a Great Performances and Masterpiece Theatre presentation or two). However, get a load of the supporting cast: Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Jim Broadbent (Any Human Heart, Emily Watson (Mill On The Floss) and Emma Thompson (Fortunes Of War), just to name a few. It’s a virtual who’s who of PBS stars! No word on whether this King Lear will ever be broadcast by PBS but we can keep our fingers crossed.

Celebrate our country’s 241st birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Don’t miss the patriotic tradition of A Capitol Fourth – Tuesday at 8 & 9:30 on UNC-TV.

Planning a trip in the coming months? Rick Steves offers a few summer travel tips.

Get an intimate, visually stunning portrait of Swiss-born tapestry weaver Silvia Heyden and capture the inner dialogue and meditations of an extraordinary artist in the moments of creation. Don’t miss Weaverly Path: The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden – Thursday night at 10 on the North Carolina Channel.

And congratulations to Monty Python’s Michael Palin who received an Honorary Doctorate from St. Andrew’s University in Scotland. Excuse me – that’s Doctor Palin.

Now let’s see who’s turning a year older this week…

July 3

Susan Penhaligon (A Fine Romance) turns 68

Gavin Richards (EastEnders) has his 72nd

Audra McDonald (Live From Lincoln Center) is 47

Gary Waldhorn (The Vicar Of Dibley) celebrates 74

Paul Young (No Job For A Lady) turns 73

July 4

Neil Morrissey (Grantchester) marks 55 years

July 6

Geraldine James (Jewel In The Crown) has her 67th

July 7

David McCullough (American Experience) is 84

Bill Oddie (Doctor In The House) celebrates 76

July 8

Sally Lindsay (Scott & Bailey) turns 44

July 9

Toby Kebbell (The Escape Artist) marks 35 years

Scott Grimes (Frog) has his 46th

Philip Martin Brown (Death Comes To Pemberley) is 61

Richard Wilson (One Foot In The Grave) turns 81