Monday Montage

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

Michael Portillo (Great Continental Railway Journeys) crosses the Atlantic for an epic trip down the East Coast. Don’t miss a new eight-part series – Great American Railroad Journeys – premiering Tuesday night at 9 on the Explorer Channel.

Monty Python’s John Cleese will be in the Tar Heel State this week for lively discussion and a screening of the classic comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The good news? Tickets are still available for Wednesday’s DPAC event. The bad news? I can’t make it – so tell him Sparky says “hi.”

Charlotte Community Organizers discuss activism in the year since a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer fatally shot Keith Scott. Join WAFE host Mike Collins as he leads a town hall discussion on Unrest in the Queen City: A Public Conversation – Wednesday at 8pm on the North Carolina Channel.

There has been some pontificating about what started the American Civil War in the media and online in recent weeks. Thankfully, Ken Burns weighs in on the matter.

Rock with the great American band as Dave Grohl and company perform at the historic Acropolis in Athens. Don’t miss The Foo Fighters – Landmarks Live In Concert on A Great Performances Special – Friday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

And there’s no word on the Downton Abbey movie just yet but did you know there was a mini Downton reunion recently? Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech joined Hugh Bonneville at a screening of his new film Paddington 2.

Now here are some folks celebrating birthdays this week…

November 6

Nigel Havers (Sleepers, The Charmer) turns 66

November 7

Lindsay Duncan (Sherlock, Traffik) has her 67th

Judy Parfitt (Call the Midwife) marks 82 years

Oliver Chris (Breathless, King Charles III) is 39

Rebecca Eaton (Masterpiece) celebrates 70

November 8

Matthew Rhys (Death Comes to Pemberley) turns 43

Richard Curtis (Mr. Bean, Vicar of Dibley) has his 59th

Meg Wynn Owen (Upstairs Downstairs) marks her 78th

November 9

Tony Slattery (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) turns 58

November 10

Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) celebrates 54

November 11

Ashleigh Cummings (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) is 25

Judi Trott (Robin Hood) has her 55th

November 12

Ben Aldridge (Lark Rise to Candleford) turns 32