Monday Montage

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

See how Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. Catch part one of JACKIE ROBINSON – a two-part, four-hour film directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

The onetime host of Reading Rainbow wants you to read his favorite short stories. Check out the podcast LeVar Burton Reads.

The North Carolina Channel explores the opioid epidemic in the Tar Heel State and beyond through first-person interviews, in-depth analysis and expert perspectives. The evening begins with SEARCHING FOR A FIX at 8, followed by A CRISIS: NC’S OPIOID BATTLE at 9 and UNDERSTANDING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC at 10. Tune in Wednesday night on the North Carolina Channel.

Think you know everything there is about Downton Abbey? Screen Rant reveals 20 Downton Abbey Secrets You Had No Idea About. So now you know everything!

The midwives of Nonnatus House are back with an all-new season of deliveries. Join them as they welcome new faces and face new challenges. CALL THE MIDWIFE‘s seventh season kicks off Sunday night at 8 with back-to-back episodes.

Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect) and Ian McKellen (Vicious) will star in The Good Liar, a New Line film directed by Bill Condon.

Now, let’s see who is blowing out the candles this week…

March 19

Dermot Crowley (Luther) has his 71st

Maurice Roëves (Danger UXB) marks 81

March 20

Steve McFadden (EastEnders) turns 59

David Thewlis (Dandelion Dead) is 55

Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who) celebrates 39

Marc Warren (Oliver Twist) has his 51st

March 21

Joseph Mawle (The Tunnel) turns 44

Justin McDonald (Distant Shores) marks 35

March 22

Steve Toussaint (Inspector Lewis) is 53

Jeremy Clyde (Is It Legal?) celebrates 77

March 23

Joanna Page (Breathless) jhas her 40th

Abigail Cruttenden (Sharpe) turns 50

March 24

Patrick Malahide (Indian Summers) marks 73

Mary Berry (Great British Baking Show) is 83

Christine Kavanagh (A Very British Coup) turns 61

March 25

Susan Engel (The Café) has her 83rd


Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

In February, UNC-TV got a new address. We didn’t move – we just got a new address. Essentially, our scenic driveway here in the Research Triangle Park officially became “UNC-TV Drive” and, thus, our mailing address changed. It’s nice to have our very own street, so I took a pic of the new sign…

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UNC-TV – same place, new address.

Calling All Kids!

If you’re in or near Hickory this weekend, drop by our Read-A-Roo Block Party Live event! I could tell you all the awesome reasons why you should but this flier will do the job for me. See you there!



Sounds Familiar

“There’s no overtime.”

“I realize that.”

“So what is it? Brown-nosing or sucker for punishment? There’s no other kind of bloody fool still in the office at this time of night.”

“Just us.”

DI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) to DC Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans), Endeavour (“Pilot”)


A Brilliant Mind

He was born 300 years to the day after the death of astronomer Galileo and died on the birthday of Albert Einstein. Stephen Hawking, one of the great minds of our time, passed away yesterday. He was 76.

While it may not seem Hawking was what one might call a PBS Personality, he was certainly a presence on our airwaves over the years in documentaries and biographies. His legacy is exceptional and PBS NEWSHOUR has a very nice obituary on this amazing theoretical physicist who was arguably one of the most famous and appreciated scientists of all time.

Former NOVA SCIENCENOW host Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted: His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018.

[Note: UNC-TV will be airing the series GENIUS BY STEPHEN HAWKING starting April 17.]


Wednesday Trivia Question

On Downton Abbey, what was the nickname of Rose’s father, Hugh MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire and Laird of Duneagle? Continue reading


Where Do I Know That Actor?

Fans of Father Brown on the Explorer Channel may have noticed some familiar-ish faces on last Friday’s episode (“The Star Of Jacob” – in which a mysterious stranger, a missing donkey and a kidnapped baby threaten to spoil Christmas festivities). Let’s meet them, shall we?

Raymond Coulthard, who played John Langdon in the episode, will be best known as Miles Edgerton on Mr. Selfridge. Aside from guest roles in programs like Is It Legal? and Foyle’s War, Coulthard has been seen in several other Masterpiece series. He was Mr. Glascock in He Knew He Was Right, Prince of Arragon in Merchant Of Venice and the Venetian Ambassador in Casanova. Continue reading