Monday Montage

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

Put on your cowboy boots, grab a longneck beer and get a toe-tappin’ tour of legendary Texas dancehall the Broken Spoke. Tune in as REEL SOUTH enters Honky Tonk Heaven – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has its first review. Sadly, it’s not the best.

What’s your favorite book? Easy enough question to answer perhaps – but what is America’s favorite book? THE GREAT AMERICAN READ endeavors to find out by examining the passion, power and joy of reading through the lens of 100 best-loved books as chosen by the public. THE GREAT AMERICAN READ launches Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

It’s a DOCTOR WHO reunion, of sorts – David Tennant and Catherine Tate are slated to star in a new series on Britain’s Sky One called THE AMERICONS.

Pangolins are a strange beasts – little known yet highly desired scaly mammals whose basic biology remains a mystery. They are also the most trafficked creatures on the planet. NATURE follows one woman’s crusade to save The World’s Most Wanted Animal – Wednesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Some very creative students made a mosaic picture of Neil deGrasse Tyson out of Rubik’s Cubes. Um … cool?

Explore the rich history of the Met Opera’s Lincoln Center home as GREAT PERFORMANCES presents The Opera House – Friday at 9pm on UNC-TV.

And how’d you like to have breakfast with Benedict Cumberbatch and some friends?

Now let’s check out this week’s birthday celebrants …

May 21

Jacqueline Tong (Upstairs Downstairs) turns 67

Fergus Drysdale (Lark Rise to Candleford) is 19

Trevor Cooper (Star Cops) has his 65th

May 22

Tom Chambers (Father Brown) marks 41

Heida Reed (Poldark) celebrates 30

Cheryl Campbell (Breathless) turns 69

May 23

Beverly Leech (Mathnet) has her 59th

May 24

Kristin Scott Thomas (Body & Soul) is 58

Jim Broadbent (Any Human Heart) marks 69

Fiona Walker (Jude the Obscure) celebrates 74

Naomi Ryan (Mr. Selfridge) has her 41st

Rob Edwards (By the Sword Divided) is 69

Jo Joyner (EastEnders) turns 41

May 25

Ian McKellen (Vicious) celebrates 82

Frank Oz (Sesame Street) has his 74th

Daragh O’Malley (Sharpe) turns 64

Cathryn Harrison (The Choir) marks 59

David Burke (Adventures of  Sherlock Holmes) is 84

Lauren Crace (Mr. Selfridge) has her 32nd

May 26

Laurence Fox (Inspector Lewis) celebrates 40

Patsy Palmer (EastEnders) turns 46

Helena Bonham Carter (Henry VIII) is 52

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Monday Montage

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

Go behind the headlines for the history, ceremony and traditions shaping the wedding of Prince Henry and Meghan Markle. A bevy of experts and commentators join Meredith Viera and Matt Baker for ROYAL WEDDING WATCH – beginning tonight at 10 on the Explorer Channel and continuing all week long. It all leads up to the Big Event on Saturday, which will be carried live on UNC-EX starting at 4am EST.

Rumors that director Terry Gilliam suffered a stroke may be just that. The Monty Python alum posted a message on his Twitter last week while wearing a shirt bearing the words “I’m not dead yet.” Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was once seen as Myanmar’s hope. More recently, she’s accused of standing by as the country’s military waged a brutal campaign against Rohingya Muslims. Now, FRONTLINE shines new light on the effort to kill and expel the Rohingya people from Myanmar — an effort that has been described by the United Nations as having the “hallmarks of genocide.” Investigate Myanmar’s Killing Fields – Tuesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

First it was a cult comedy cinema classic … then it was a Broadway musical … and now it’s going to be a movie again! Regardless, Monty Python fans can rejoice as Eric Idle plans to turn Spamalot into a motion picture. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Travel the Tar Heel State and meet four senior citizens striving to better themselves and their communities. Catch BOOMING – Tuesday night at 9 on the North Carolina Channel and Thursday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Eric Idle is writing a memoira sortabiography – and it’s due out in the fall. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

It’s 2015 and the New Orleans city council convenes a public debate over the fate of its Confederate statues. As the council prepares to vote, emotions run high, tensions mount and deep divisions are revealed. Tune in as REEL SOUTH chronicles this DIVIDED CITY – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Judy Woodruff talks to the LA Times about the role of PBS NEWSHOUR in the era of Twitter and “Fake News.” Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Discover the role creative imagination has played in forging humanity as we survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Don’t miss CIVILIZATIONS, a new 9-part series – beginning Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Judi Dench (As Time Goes By), Eileen Atkins (Doc Martin) and Joan Plowright (And A Nightingale Sang) – all Dames in their own right – let the cameras in on a friendship that spans a half century in a new movie titled Nothing Like A Dame. The film hits cinemas in the UK next month and airs on BBC Two during the summer. No word on a debut in the States (either in theatres or telly) but I’ll be on the lookout. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

In 1764, Leopold Mozart moved his family to London. The city was the ultimate destination for musicians and his son Wolfgang’s time in London would prove to be fruitful. Historian and author Lucy Worsley traces this pivotal time in the young composer’s exceptional career on MOZART IN LONDON – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Director Terry Gilliam’s struggle to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is legendary. For decades, the filmmaker’s attempts to bring his story to life have seemed almost cursed. But now the project appears destined for cinemas and the very first trailer for the film has been released.

Discover the profound and remarkable story of the 550,000 Jewish Americans who served their country in World War II. See how these brave servicemen and women fought for equality and tolerance around the world on GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR II – Wednesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Felicity Kendal (Rosemary & Thyme, Good Neighbors) will appear in Noël Coward’s Hay Fever in London this summer. But ahead of the play’s opening, the veteran actress talks to The Telegraph about her life, loves and long career.

Meet the members of the only breast cancer survivors’ dragon boat racing team in Miami on ALL IN THE SAME BOAT – Sunday at 8pm on the North Carolina Channel.

And Dan Stevens was a recent guest on NPR’s Fresh Air. The Downton Abbey alum talked about his time on the PBS hit series and his starring role in the current FX series Legion.

Now here are some familiar faces celebrating birthdays this week…

April 9

Richenda Carey (The Choir) celebrates 70

Arsher Ali (The Guilty) has his 34th

Hannah Gordon (My Family And Other Animals) is 77

Sorcha Cusack (Father Brown) turns 69

April 10

Stephen Churchett (EastEnders) marks 81

April 11

Bill Irwin (Sesame Street) has his 68th

Dakota Blue Richards (Endeavour) turns 24

Ron Pember (Rumpole Of The Bailey) is 84

Derek Martin (EastEnders) celebrates 85

April 12

James Alexandrou (EastEnders) marks 33

April 13

Peter Davison (Doctor Who) has his 67th

Edward Fox (Edward & Mrs. Simpson) is 81

Marjorie Yates (A Very British Coup) turns 77

Christopher Strauli (Fortunes of War) marks 72

April 14

Peter Capaldi (The Secret Agent) celebrates 60

Robert Carlyle (The Last Enemy) has his 57th

Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga) turns 54

April 15

Emma Thompson (Fortunes of War) is 59

Sally Dexter (Poldark) has her 58th