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.

Join musicians from the NC School of the Arts on their 1993 European tour as we relive a UNC-TV classic. Tune in for the incredible scenery and moving music of Distant Melodies: Postcards From Europe – Thursday at 10pm on the North Carolina Channel.

Sad news for Doctor Who fans: Deborah Watling has passed away. She played Victoria Waterfield, companion to Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor.

Meet the Brass sisters – two siblings eager to tackle their culinary bucket list. Catch back-to-back episodes of the Food Flirts – Friday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

And hear how Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) accidentally snubbed Tom Holland (Wolf Hall).

Now it’s birthday time! Who’s celebrating this week?

July 24

Rose Byrne (Casanova) has her 38th

Kristin Chenoweth (Coming Home) marks 49 years

Laura Fraser (He Knew He Was Right) turns 41

Julie Graham (Shetland, Bletchley Circle) is 52

July 25

Nina Thomas (The Last Song) has her 65th

Chloë Annett (Red Dwarf) celebrates 46

Osmund Bullock (Danger UXB) is 66

Oscar James (EastEnders) turns 75

July 26

Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect) has her 72nd

Jeremy Piven (Mr. Selfridge) celebrates 52

Eve Myles (Victoria, Framed) marks 39 years

Hamish Clark (Monarch Of The Glen) turns 52

July 27

Simon Jones (Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy) is 66

July 29

David Warner (Signs And Wonders) has his 76th

Ken Burns (The Civil War, Baseball) turns 64

Simon Nye (The Durrells In Corfu) marks 59 years

July 30

Frances De La Tour (Vicious, Flickers) is 73