Monday Montage

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After the brutal murder of an African-American by white supremacists, two friends – one white, one black – made a film about their town. Catch the Two Towns Of Jasper on POV – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Did you know that Bill Moyers once served as White House Press Secretary? The veteran journalist sat down with Terry Gross on Fresh Air recently to discuss his role in the LBJ administration and the passage of Medicare.

Experience a Tar Heel tradition as the we relive the 70th annual Azalea Festival Parade. Recorded in April in scenic Wilmington, the Azalea Parade features floats, balloons, bands from across the state and, of course, Queen Azalea and her court. Don’t miss the 2017 Azalea Festival Parade – Tuesday night at 8 on North Carolina Channel.

Ouch. LeVar Burton is being sued by the one of the producers of Reading Rainbow for using the show’s catchphrase. This just sounds wrong on so many levels. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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Peter, Paul and Mary. Artlo Guthrie. The Weavers. Pete Seeger. Giants of folk music, one and all. Join them and relive a 2003 Carnegie Hall concert featuring performances from these artists and more on Folk Legends: Isn’t This A Time – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Tom Hiddleston (Wallander, The Hollow Crown) is set to take on Shakespeare’s most iconic role on the London stage. Kenneth Branagh (Wallander, Fortunes Of War) will direct Hiddleston in a RADA fundraiser of Hamlet.

Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pepin, a man who elevated essential kitchen techniques to an art form to become one of America’s most beloved food icons. Don’t miss Jacques Pepin on American Masters – Wednesday night at 9 on the Explorer Channel.

Sesame Street is adding a new Muppet designed to tell stories about blended families. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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Join wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson as he journeys along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. Experience the wildlife and wild places of Ireland’s Wild Coast – Wednesday at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Neil deGrasse Tyson gives tips on viewing the upcoming solar eclipse.

Explore a human history set against the most stunning backdrop imaginable as Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan present The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Don’t miss a special presentation of this six-part 2009 mini-series beginning Thursday night at 9 on the North Carolina Channel.

Monty Python’s John Cleese is coming to Durham! The comedy legend will be answering absurd and ridiculous questions at the DPAC on November 8. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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Journey with Kirk Johnson to Yellowstone National Park where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and other wildlife survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. Don’t miss the three-part series The Great Yellowstone Thaw – beginning Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-EX.

If you’ve been missing the drama, the actor who voices Kermit the Frog was fired and there’s been a war of the words in the press (for the record, no one at PBS has fired any Muppet!). See what Brian Henson (the late Jim Henson’s son) has to say on the matter. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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Travel the globe with photographer Joel Satore and discover the diversity, beauty and value of thousands of animal species at risk of extinction. Don’t miss the premiere of a new three-part series – Rare: Creatures Of The Photo Ark – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

The name of the New Doctor has been announced! Jodie Whittaker will assume the role of the venerable Time Lord when Peter Capaldi steps down this Christmas.

Examine our rich musical heritage through interviews, music and live studio concerts, including memorable performances by Doc Watson, Beausoleil, Jean Ritchie and more. Relive a UNC-TV classic as the Great American Music Company continues with back-to-back episodes – Tuesday night at 8 on the North Carolina Channel.

Benedict Cumberbatch joined a who’s who of Marvel Cinematic Universe actors at the D23 Expo in Anaheim late last week. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are readying themselves for a siege. Through the volunteers known as the White Helmets, experience firsthand the daily struggle for sanity in a country at war. Join POV for Last Men In Aleppo – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the number one movie in the country. Why is that important? Well, I could say it’s nice to see an Electric Company regular make it big besides Morgan Freeman. But the real reason is to celebrate Tom Holland’s success. The actor (who stars as Peter Parker and Spider-Man) may be recognizable to UNC-TV viewers as Gregory Cromwell in Wolf Hall.

Traverse the Arctic wilderness and African bush as scientific teams utilize new technology to track caribou, zebras and elephants as they overcome obstacles and face fearless predators on their epic journeys. catch the premiere of Nature’s Great Race – Wednesday at 9pm on UNC-TV.

Speaking of Marvel movies, Benedict Cumberbatch took a day off from filming the next two Avengers movies to spend some time in Atlanta with a fine feathered friend.

Monty Python fans, take heed! Michael Palin returns to television in a dramatic turn as an elderly man who becomes the sole witness to a violent death. Tune in for the gripping new mini-series Remember Me – beginning Sunday night at 10 on UNC-TV. [Check out this New York Times article about Palin’s role.] Continue reading

Monday Montage

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What better way to start the week than a whodunnit double feature! Beginning tonight, the Explorer Channel presents Monday Mysteries with Masterpiece Mystery! and Midsomer Murders. Tune in at 8 as Sydney and Geordie tackle the unsolved mysteries of Grantchester and then stay tuned at 9 as DCI Barnaby investigates all the crime Midsomer county can dish out. The fun begins tonight at 8 on UNC-EX.

Interesting television note: Sir Anthony Hopkins is set to star in a BBC2 production of King Lear. And while he’s a fantastic actor, he’s not a face usually associated with public broadcasting (although he has appeared in a Great Performances and Masterpiece Theatre presentation or two). However, get a load of the supporting cast: Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Jim Broadbent (Any Human Heart, Emily Watson (Mill On The Floss) and Emma Thompson (Fortunes Of War), just to name a few. It’s a virtual who’s who of PBS stars! No word on whether this King Lear will ever be broadcast by PBS but we can keep our fingers crossed. Continue reading