Wednesday Trivia Question

John H. Davis is the executive producer and host of what long-running series? Continue reading

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Where Do I Know That Actor?

This week’s Midsomer Murders (“The Animal Within”) featured a trio of recognizable guest stars that keen-eyed UNC-TV viewers may know from other fare. Let’s see if you spotted them.

We’ll start out with David Troughton, a man with a familiar surname to any Doctor Who fan (he’s the son of Patrick Troughton, Doctor #2). David Troughton played gardener Miles King in this episode. But where else have we seen him? Most recently, Troughton was Chief Inspector Benson on Grantchester. He also played Stan Astill on the charming Britcom The Café and Sergeant Clive Harvey on the Mystery series Jericho. And, yes, David Troughton has indeed made an appearance on Doctor Who – he was Professor Hobbes on the David Tennant adventure “Midnight.” Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

What does it mean to be American? What holds us together in turbulent times? Watch as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and historian David M. Kennedy investigate the idea of a unifying AMERICAN CREED. Tune in Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Very sad news. Actress Emma Chambers has passed away at the age of 53. She will best known to public broadcasting fans as Alice Horton on THE VICAR OF DIBLEY.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has rocked Hollywood and even sparked a wider social movement. See how the now-disgraced mogul allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades as FRONTLINE presents Weinstein – Friday at 9pm on UNC-TV.

Did  you know actress Celia Imrie (Kingdom, After You’ve Gone) calls herself the Happy Hoofer and still grabs life by every second? Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Here’s a shot of Clifford the Big Red Dog (or maybe it’s puppy Clifford) in his doghouse staring forlornly at an empty bowl. It’s a little display set up by, I’m guessing, our Community Engagement Department in one of the hallways here at UNC-TV. It’s cute, most definitely, but it always makes me a little sad. Someone fill his bowl already!

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My Top Five: Dogs

It’s now the Year of the Dog according to Chinese astrology and there have been loads of loyal canine companions on shows UNC-TV has broadcast over the decades. From Wellard on EastEnders to Barkley on Sesame Street, these memorable mutts have dug holes in our hearts and buried bones in our souls (if you’ll forgive the very disturbing and messy metaphor). But which pooches are my personal faves? I thought about it and came up with MY TOP FIVE DOGS from PBS shows and other public television fare we’ve aired here at UNC-TV.

5) MARTHA (Martha Speaks) Wagstaff City’s most vocal canine gained her power of human speech when she was fed alphabet soup and it went to her brain instead of her stomach. Not the most scientific of origins but it’s a dandy comedic premise for a kids show. Continue reading