Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

PBS Nerd was an initiative that started a few years back attempting to show how everyone is a nerd for something and PBS has a show that fills that need. Are you a nerd for costume drama? VICTORIA on MASTERPIECE is for you. Are you a nerd for home renovation? Check out THIS OLD HOUSE. Are you a nerd for intriguing science? NOVA better be on your must-see list. We’re all PBS Nerds!

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Wednesday Trivia Question

In what state was the series MERCY STREET set?

MERCY STREET may end up being a footnote in the history of PBS programming but the short-lived (two seasons, 12 total episodes) American-made program had promise – and some interesting names attached (Ridley Scott was an executive producer and the series starred Gary Cole, Josh Radner and Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Critics treated it favorably but it just couldn’t catch the excitement of an audience seemingly eager only for more DOWNTON ABBEY. 

The show was set during the American Civil War at a Union hospital and went above and beyond to be historically and medically accurate. And perhaps that was the problem as the review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes pointed out the “intriguing setting and talented cast can’t compensate for the overall lack of excitement in a period drama that’s traditional to a fault.” Continue reading

EastEnders: Skip To My Loss

EASTENDERS fans have no doubt seen this on UNC-TV’s website but, just in case some missed it, here it is…

Due to circumstances beyond UNC-TV’s control, the episode of EASTENDERS that would have aired Sunday, July 12 at 11pm on UNC-TV (repeating 7/17 at 11pm on UNC-EX and 7/19 at 3am on UNC-TV) is unavailable.

The BBC was unable to clear certain music tracks contained within the episode or satisfactorily remove them. This left the BBC no choice but to pull the episode from distribution.

Regardless of the reason, we understand how frustrating an omission of this nature is to a series like EASTENDERS with its episodic storyline.

While nothing can take the place of seeing the episode for yourself, we offer the detailed synopsis below so that you can continue to view the ensuing episodes with some knowledge of what was missed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD.

PLEASE DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE VIEWED THE TWO EASTENDERS EPISODES THAT AIRED JULY 5 AT 11PM ON UNC-TV (OR JULY 10 AT 11PM ON UNC-EX, OR JULY 12 AT 3AM ON UNC-TV).

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Monday Montage

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

Witness the fiery, dramatic and unrelenting campaign that led to passage of the 19th Amendment. Meet the unsung heroes of the women’s suffrage movement as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presents THE VOTE – a two-night event beginning tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) shared a moving tribute to the UK’s National Health Service on social media for the 72nd anniversary of the NHS’ founding. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

This happy 2D figure is of course none other than Read-A-Roo, UNC-TV’s longtime children’s programming mascot. Now a fixture of Rootle, Read-A-Roo can be seen online, on telly and in person at community events (plus on the wall in our Kids & Education Department as seen below). If your kids don’t know Read-A-Roo, you’re not exposing them to the right kind of television!

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Wednesday Trivia Question

Who was THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK?

Okay, a slight cheat here in that I’m asking about a book and not a television show but the book was based on a TV program so that’s good enough for me. THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK is a picture book based on SESAME STREET characters. Written by Jon Stone (an original SESAME STREET crew member) and illustrated by Michael Smollin, MONSTER was originally published in 1971 by Little Golden Books. Now, it’s a bestseller that has become a modern classic of children’s literature. In fact, it is so popular it’s hard to imagine any child who grew up watching SESAME STREET hasn’t read or at least seen this book.

So simple enough question – who is the titular MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK?  Continue reading

Our Speaker Today

While most grads have now found themselves in the harsh light of whatever passes for the real world these days, I wanted to finish up this series on PBS personalities delivering college commencement speeches with one last address. This week: author, critic, historian, teacher Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The noted scholar serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University and has made his mark on public broadcasting as prolific presenter of series like AMERICA BEYOND THE COLOR LINE, THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS, BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE and UNCOVERING AMERICA. Of course, he may be best known to viewers as host of FINDING YOUR ROOTS for six seasons but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

So join the erudite Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he delivers an engaging keynote address to 2014 graduates on University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas and Albert A. Sheen campuses…