Monday Montage

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

Peter, Paul and Mary. Artlo Guthrie. The Weavers. Pete Seeger. Giants of folk music, one and all. Join them and relive a 2003 Carnegie Hall concert featuring performances from these artists and more on Folk Legends: Isn’t This A Time – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Tom Hiddleston (Wallander, The Hollow Crown) is set to take on Shakespeare’s most iconic role on the London stage. Kenneth Branagh (Wallander, Fortunes Of War) will direct Hiddleston in a RADA fundraiser of Hamlet.

Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pepin, a man who elevated essential kitchen techniques to an art form to become one of America’s most beloved food icons. Don’t miss Jacques Pepin on American Masters – Wednesday night at 9 on the Explorer Channel.

Sesame Street is adding a new Muppet designed to tell stories about blended families.

Celebrate the men and women who work in our state parks and the 15 million annual visitors who use our parks each year. Tune in for Saving The Best: North Carolina State Parks at 100 – Thursday at 8pm on the North Carolina Channel.

And Dame Diana Rigg may be best known for a certain fantasy drama series right now but longtime public broadcasting viewers will know her as Emma Peel from The Avengers and as Vincent Price’s replacement as host of Mystery! But did you know she plays a mean Scrabble? Discover Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Diana Rigg.

Now let’s see who’s celebrating a birthday this week…

August 7

Alexei Sayle (Alexei Sayle’s Stuff) has his 65th

Hans Matheson (Tess Of The D’Urbervilles) is 42

Julian Wadham (Middlemarch) celebrates 59

Garrison Keillor (The Civil War) turns 73

August 8

Pooja Shah (EastEnders) has her 38th

August 9

Daniela Denby-Ashe (EastEnders) is 39

Gillian Anderson (Bleak House) celebrates 49

Kevin McKidd (Anna Karenina) marks 44 years

Nicola Stapleton (EastEnders) turns 43

August 11

Ashley Jensen (The Escape Artist) is 48

Sophie Okonedo (Oliver Twist) has her 47th

Nigel Harman (EastEnders) celebrates 44 years

August 12

Oliver Ford Davies (A Very British Coup) is 68

August 13

Richard Hawley (Prime Suspect) turns 62