Monday Montage

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

After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are readying themselves for a siege. Through the volunteers known as the White Helmets, experience firsthand the daily struggle for sanity in a country at war. Join POV for Last Men In Aleppo – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the number one movie in the country. Why is that important? Well, I could say it’s nice to see an Electric Company regular make it big besides Morgan Freeman. But the real reason is to celebrate Tom Holland’s success. The actor (who stars as Peter Parker and Spider-Man) may be recognizable to UNC-TV viewers as Gregory Cromwell in Wolf Hall.

Traverse the Arctic wilderness and African bush as scientific teams utilize new technology to track caribou, zebras and elephants as they overcome obstacles and face fearless predators on their epic journeys. catch the premiere of Nature’s Great Race – Wednesday at 9pm on UNC-TV.

Speaking of Marvel movies, Benedict Cumberbatch took a day off from filming the next two Avengers movies to spend some time in Atlanta with a fine feathered friend.

Monty Python fans, take heed! Michael Palin returns to television in a dramatic turn as an elderly man who becomes the sole witness to a violent death. Tune in for the gripping new mini-series Remember Me – beginning Sunday night at 10 on UNC-TV. [Check out this New York Times article about Palin’s role.]

And do you want to see Bill Nye the Science Guy answer nine questions? Sure you do.

Now is it birthday time? For some folks, yes – yes, it is…

July 10

John Simm (Doctor Who) has his 47th

Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing On The Edge) celebrates 40

Emma Fielding (Cranford; Dark Angel) turns 51

July 11

Craig Charles (Red Dwarf) marks 53 years

Kellie Shirley (EastEnders) is 36

July 12

Tamsin Greig (The Guilty) has her 51st

Jake Wood (EastEnders) celebrates 45

July 13

Patrick Stewart (I, Claudius) turns 77

July 14

Alison Bartlett (Sesame Street) is 46

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (The Café) has her 32nd

Maxine Peake (Little Dorrit) turns 43

July 15

Celia Imrie (Kingdom; After You’ve Gone) celebrates 65

Jill Halfpenny (EastEnders) has her 42nd

Jean Heywood (All Creatures Great & Small) is 96

July 16

Nicholas Frankau (‘Allo ‘Allo) turns 63

Michael Flatley (Lord Of The Dance) is 59