Monday Montage

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

Experience one Rust Belt city’s struggle to recover in the post-recession economy as FRONTLINE and ProPublica report on the economic and social forces shaping Dayton, Ohio. Don’t miss LEFT BEHIND AMERICA – Tuesday at 10 on UNC-TV.

What do Taylor Swift and Sir Ian McKellen (Vicious) have in common? Both will star in the upcoming cinematic adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats. The film is set for a December 2019 release date. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

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

The Upper Chamber of the British Parliament throws open its doors, granting unique behind-the-scenes access to the House of Lords. Tune in for the new three-part series MEET THE LORDS – Tuesday night at 10 on the Explorer Channel.

Filmmaker Ken Burns (The Vietnam War) talks about the late Senator John McCain. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Ken Burns explores the life of Samuel Clemens, from his early days along the Mississippi to his evolution as a writer and American icon. Don’t miss part one of MARK TWAIN – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Great news for Whovians: A TARDIS-full of DOCTOR WHO actors will team up for a series of audio plays next year. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Big Finish will offer six new hour-long stories featuring characters from the entire history of Doctor Who. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor? (Mamma Mia! Edition)

Every now and then, I like to veer slightly away from the small screen to make a big screen connection and, right now, there seems only one film deserving of such a look. The ABBA-inspired sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again took in around $34 million in its opening weekend, placing it number two at the box office. Although I’ve not seen it myself I couldn’t help but be taken by all the familiar names and faces I spied viewing the trailer during a recent cinematic outing. Some may be obvious, but let’s take note of them all as best we can.

The hit movie stars Lilly James in the role of Young Donna in 1979. James may not be the biggest name in the cast but she should be among the best well-known of PBS-related stars since she played Lady Rose on Downton Abbey.

Meryl Streep, of course, plays Donna, reprising her role from the first film. Offhand, you might think Streep hasn’t been a presence on public broadcasting and, for the most part, you’d be right. However, imdb.com credits her with two roles on Great Performances – Edith Varney on Secret Service (1977) and Leilah on Uncommon Women… and Others (1979). Moreover, the acclaimed actress had appeared on American Masters, Live From Lincoln Center, the documentary series Freedom: A History of Us and the Ken Burns’ series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, among others. So I think it’s safe to say Meryl Streep has a long and healthy PBS association. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Discover the many sides of a baseball legend as AMERICAN MASTERS profiles TED WILLIAMS – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

According to recently-released files, Penelope Keith, Derek Jacobi and the Two Ronnies were just a few of the people who were personae non gratae at No. 10 Downing Street during the Thatcher administration. Continue reading

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

And The Award Goes To…

It’s no secret that public broadcasting has some pretty high quality programming. And, quite often, the shows that you see on UNC-TV earn not only critical praise but actual bona fide awards from serious award sources! So if you’ll indulge me – here are a few recent accolades tossed in the direction of public television.

The James Beard Media Awards are given annually by the James Beard Foundation and are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The 2018 James Beard Media Awards were announced on Friday, April 27, and PBS and member station programs were awarded three Broadcast Media Awards in the following categories:.

Special (on TV or Web) – Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes

Television Segment – PBS NewsHour

Outstanding Personality/Host – Pati Jinich, Pati’s Mexican Table Continue reading