Monday Montage

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

Longtime UNC-TV viewers may recall the name of Michael Wood. Over the years, this accomplished historian has presented incredible television documentary series covering subjects as interesting and varied as The Conquistadors, William Shakespeare, Alexander The Great, The Trojan War and The Origins Of Civilization. Now Michael Wood heads to Asia to explore the people, places and fascinating history of the world’s most populous country. The Story Of China begins Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

The airline industry hasn’t had a good year. Now Reading Rainbow‘s LeVar Burton is adding to the bad publicity with a tale of in-flight woes.

As Endeavour explored the early years of Inspector Morse, a new series delves into the origins of Jane Tennison. Starting Sunday, Masterpiece Mystery! chronicles the story of Tennison’s early years in the police force. Don’t miss Prime Suspect: Tennison – Sunday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Speaking of Masterpiece Mystery! – host Alan Cumming is set to star in a new TV series on CBS.

Opera fans, take note. UNC-TV’s North Carolina Channel now offers up world class operas every Sunday night at 7. Tune in as Great Performances At The Met presents Carmen, The Merry Widow, Il Travatore, Otello, Turandot and more – all summer long!

And if you’re on social media, you could do worse than following Michael Palin on Instagram. The Monty Python alum and world traveler posts all sorts of interesting pictures, from the personal to the retro to the unbelievably scenic.

Now let’s blow out the candles and see who’s celebrating this week…

June 19

Aidan Turner (Poldark) celebrates his 34th

Helen George (Call The Midwife) turns 33

Hugh Dancy (Daniel Deronda) is 42

Samuel West (Mr. Selfridge) marks 51 years

Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey) has her 64th

June 20

Wendy Craig (Butterflies) turns 83

Gracee O’Brien (Poldark) celebrates 20

June 22

Prunella Scales (Fawlty Towers) is 85

June 23

Gerry Cowper (EastEnders) turns 59

June 24

Iain Glen (Breathless, Downton Abbey) has his 56th

Richard Lumsden (Is It Legal?) marks 52 years

June 25

Roy Marsden (Dalgliesh, The Sandbaggers) is 76

Lucy Benjamin (EastEnders) has her 47th

Monday Montage

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

Two and a half millennia ago, a new religion was born in northern India, generated from the ideas of a single man. Explore the life of The Buddha – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam has finally done it! After nearly two decades, the animator turned director wrapped on his film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Twelve bakers … ten weeks … who will be crowned Britain’s best? Find out as The Great British Baking Show returns with a two-hour premiere – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Whether or not Sherlock is done as a series seems open to debate. However, Andrew Scott (Moriarty) doesn’t believe it will happen anytime soon (if it happens at all). Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Graham Nash has performed at Woodstock and with legendary groups The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Now he brings his songbook to public television with Graham Nash Live – Wednesday at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Congratulations to Laura Linney! The Masterpiece Classic host received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress Sunday night. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, has revealed a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of our aging drinking water infrastructure. NOVA discovers the chemistry, biology and engineering that led to this disaster. Tune in Wednesday night at 9 on UNC-TV for Poisoned Water.

Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman and Last Tango In Halifax‘s Sarah Lancashire team up for Labour Of Love, a political play to be staged in London’s West End.

Celebrate the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media as Rashida Jones hosts The 76th Annual Peabody Awards – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Frontline tells the story of White House advisor Stephen Bannon’s fight to deliver on Donald Trump’s promises, with a confrontational style based on his personal crusade to dramatically transform America. Bannon’s War premieres Tuesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Apparently, you just need to head to the Sunshine State. SeaWorld has announced a new Sesame Street land will open at its Orlando theme park by fall 2022.

High Point University president Nido Qubein continues his interviews with the world’s most influential people. This week: Celia Sandys. Don’t miss High Point University Presents: Celia Sandys – Thursday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

David Tennant and Billie Piper are reuniting for new Doctor Who adventures! Big Finish Productions plans three new hour-long audio plays featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Travel the country in search of rural artists from the 1920s, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time. Don’t miss American Epic, a new series executive produced by Jack White, Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

The Tenors have been seen in a few of specials we’ve broadcast over the years (Under One Sky, Lead With Your Heart) but now you can see this vocal group live on stage. Tickets are still available for An Intimate Evening With The Tenors – Wednesday night at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Follow the grand masters of stained glass art, artist Rowan LeCompte and craftsman Dieter Goldkuhle, as they create their last great series of windows for Washington National Cathedral. Garrison Keillor narrates Let There Be Light – Thursday at 10pm on UNC-TV.

Congratulations to Sonia Manzano. The former Sesame Street actor will receive the Legacy for Children Award from the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose on Friday.

Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt stars in a spine-tingling drama about the notorious Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, Britain’s first female serial killer. Tune in as Masterpiece presents Dark Angel – Sunday night at 9 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Frontline joins forces with NPR to investigate the billions spent on housing the poor and why so few get the help they need. Don’t miss Poverty, Politics and Profit – Tuesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Would like to have breakfast with David Tennant and six other Doctors? Of course you would. Well, now there’s a chance that could happen. It requires a charitable contribution and a lot of luck.

Spend a day at the shore as the North Carolina Channel presents four specials about our Carolina coast. On Thursday, tour the Outer Banks: North Carolina’s Coastal Treasure at 8. Next, discover a legendary but long lost site for summer memories on Lumina: Remembering The Light at 8:45. Then, Meryl Streep narrates Ribbon of Sand at 9:30. And the night is capped off by Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life And Death of Robert E. Harrill at 10. It all happens Thursday night on the North Carolina Channel.

Former NOVA ScienceNOW host Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses his new book and his favorite planet, among other things. (It’s Saturn, by the way.) Continue reading