Monday Montage

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

Meet four Alabama high school wrestlers facing challenges on and off the mat. Tune in as INDEPENDENT LENS presents WRESTLE – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Victoria is taking a bit of a break after the season three so the writers can decide where to take the show next.

From Brett Kavanaugh to Robert Bork, FRONTLINE investigates how a 30-year-old grievance transformed the Supreme Court and turned confirmations into bitter, partisan conflicts. Go inside the no-holds-barred war for SUPREME REVENGE – Tuesday at 10pm on UNC-TV.

Congrats to Rita Moreno (The Electric Company) – she just became the first Latina to achieve PEGOT status.

Join Irish chef Neven Maguire as he travels around the Emerald Isle meeting interesting food producers, chefs and craftspeople. Follow NEVEN’S IRISH FOOD TRAILS – premiering Wednesday night at 9:30 on the Explorer Channel.

A new do? Check out Helen Mirren’s pink hair at the Cannes Film Festival.

Live from the West Lawn of the US Capitol, Joe Mantegna and Mary McCormack host the 30th anniversary broadcast of America’s national night of remembrance. Tune in for THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT – Sunday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

And John Barrowman (Doctor Whotaught David Tennant (Doctor Who) how to floss (the dance move, not the teeth cleaning thingie) – and it apparently did not go well.

Now let’s meet the birthday celebrants of the week…

May 20

Jenny Funnell (As Time Goes By) is 56

Emma Williams (Bleak House) turns 36

Owen Teale (Island at War) has his 58th

May 21

Jacqueline Tong (Upstairs Downstairs) is 68

Fergus Drysdale (Lark Rise to Candleford) turns 20

Trevor Cooper (Star Cops) has his 66th

May 22

Tom Chambers (Father Brown) is 42

Heida Reed (Poldark) marks 31 years

Cheryl Campbell (Breathless) celebrates 70

May 23

Beverly Leech (Mathnet) hits 60

May 24

Kristin Scott Thomas (Body & Soul) turns 59

Jim Broadbent (Any Human Heart) celebrates 70

Fiona Walker (Jude the Obscure) is 75

Naomi Ryan (Mr. Selfridge) marks 42 years

Rob Edwards (By the Sword Divided) turns 70

Jo Joyner (EastEnders) is 42

May 25

Ian McKellen (Vicious) celebrates 80

Frank Oz (Sesame Street) has his 75th

Daragh O’Malley (Sharpe) turns 65

Cathryn Harrison (The Choir) hits 60

David Burke (Adventures of  Sherlock Holmes) is 85

Lauren Crace (Mr. Selfridge) marks 33 years

Cillian Murphy (The Way We Live Now) is 43

May 26

Laurence Fox (Inspector Lewis) turns 41

Patsy Palmer (EastEnders) has her 47th

Helena Bonham Carter (Henry VIII) celebrates 53


Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

What’s the story, Wishbone?

One of the neat things about working in a public broadcasting station is that so many people have plush toys of our PBS Kids characters. The folks in our Kids & Education Department have a ton of them. This little guy is everyone’s favorite cultured canine – Wishbone, from the 1990s series of the same name. The bookish barker was a Jack Russell Terrier who brought classic tales to life with an amiable attitude and a well-read wit. Anyone who grew up watching Wishbone’s tails – er, tales will no doubt have fond memories of this adorable doggie.

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Wednesday Trivia Question

Gentleman thief M. Hercule Flambeau is a recurring character on what series?

Master criminal Hercule Flambeau first appeared in print in a 1910 short story. Over the decades, the dashing crook has been portrayed on television, film and radio by various actors. Most recently, Flambeau has been played by English actor John Light. But on what television series? Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

This week’s DEATH IN PARADISE was a don’t-miss episode, the second half of a two-parter titled “Beyond the Shining Sea.” The episode in question found Jack and his team facing the toughest challenge of their lives after tragedy hit close to home. There was also a trio of guest stars worth mentioning. See if you caught them all.

Scottish actor Alastair Mackenzie played Ewan Boyd. Over the years, he’s had guest spots on everything from Chef to Inspector Lewis to Lovejoy. Most recently, Mackenzie was John Bentley on season three of Unforgotten and William Brereton on Wolf Hall. However, he may be best known for starring as Archie MacDonald on Monarch of the Glen. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Meet the Ohio sharpshooter who won fame and fortune in a man’s world for never missing a shot. Tune in as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE profiles ANNIE OAKLEY – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

What great news! Pennsylvania plans a day of kindness to honor the late Fred Rogers. May 23 will be 1-4-3 Day, named in honor of Mr. Rogers’ favorite number. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Another dip into the archives this week as we take a look back at the production of an educational program from the formative days on UNC-TV. There’s not a date on the photograph but it looks to be 1950s, perhaps early 1960s. Sadly, no idea as to the name of the program or the talent involved either. However, I’m pretty certain this was taken inside the original WUNC studios on the UNC campus (the old Swain Hall facilities).