Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

This may seem to be an odd sight for a television station but it’s one I spied recently in a small room which doubles as the offices for our on-air fund drives. If memory serves, these inflatable emoji balls (I swear – if there’s another name, it escapes me) were used for the set of some of our more recent drives. Perhaps they are now merely waiting for their next on screen appearance.

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Casting Callout

Another week, another Masterpiece podcast.

This week: Grantchester‘s Al Weaver (Leonard Finch) talks tells us about his character’s journey and gives some behind-the-scenes flavor of his funny, friendly relationship with his co-stars.

Click HERE to hear the details.

Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you missed episode one of Remember Me on Sunday night, you missed not only Michael Palin in a very interesting role but you missed the beginning an eerily spooky mystery series. However, if you did watch, you may have recognized a few familiar faces. Let’s see who they were and where you might know them.

Michael Palin starred as pensioner Tom Parfitt. Certainly Palin has made a name for himself as a globe-trekking adventurer in series like Around The World In 80 Days, Pole To Pole and Brazil With Michael Palin. However, his claim to fame and the reason 99% of people who know his name do so is that he was a member of the groundbreaking comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus. He also starred in a fantastic program called Ripping Yarns (which even some die-hard Python fans have never seen) and we aired this show sometime in the late 70s or early 80s.

Mark Addy played police detective Rob Fairholme. Addy was the wonderfully-named Pumblechook in a 2012 Masterpiece Classic presentation of Great Expectations.

Julia Sawalha portrayed Hannah Ward’s mother, Jan. Sawalha may be best known for her role as Saffron on the Britcom Absolutely Fabulous (in full disclosure – UNC-TV has never aired this one) but public broadcasting audiences may remember her as Dorcas Lane on Lark Rise To Candleford, Jessie Brown on Cranford or Mercy Pecksniff on Martin Chuzzlewit. Continue reading

Just Happy To Be Nominated

Last Thursday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced nominations for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy® Awards. And even though Downton Abbey is nought but a memory, PBS programs still received 11 nominations. Masterpiece reaped the lion’s share of those nominations thanks to Victoria and Sherlock but here’s a list of all the PBS nominations…

Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Outstanding Television Movie
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie – Benedict Cumberbatch
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Travel the globe with photographer Joel Satore and discover the diversity, beauty and value of thousands of animal species at risk of extinction. Don’t miss the premiere of a new three-part series – Rare: Creatures Of The Photo Ark – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

The name of the New Doctor has been announced! Jodie Whittaker will assume the role of the venerable Time Lord when Peter Capaldi steps down this Christmas.

Examine our rich musical heritage through interviews, music and live studio concerts, including memorable performances by Doc Watson, Beausoleil, Jean Ritchie and more. Relive a UNC-TV classic as the Great American Music Company continues with back-to-back episodes – Tuesday night at 8 on the North Carolina Channel.

Benedict Cumberbatch joined a who’s who of Marvel Cinematic Universe actors at the D23 Expo in Anaheim late last week. Continue reading