My Top Five: Detectives

There are loads of private investigators to choose from on the many series UNC-TV has broadcast over the decades. One series alone (Mystery!) is pretty much devoted to the genre. So I started thinking: who are my personal favorite detectives?

I tried to gravitate towards characters that are sleuths first and foremost rather than police constables who utilize procedure to apprehend criminals. A fine line, I agree – but it narrowed the focus a bit.

As always, these are MY TOP FIVE. Not the best, not the most popular – just my personal favorites. Thus, without further ado, here are MY TOP FIVE: DETECTIVES…

5) The Gumshoes of ACME, Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? – The sleuths of ACME come perilously close to falling under the “police” category since they are part of an organization, but they are gumshoes (it’s in their name) so I had to include them. Throw in Special Agent Greg Lee and Lynne Thigpen as The Chief and the WITWICS gumshoes will always be cool. Continue reading

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A holiday classic returns to ring in the holiday season. Don’t miss the sights and sounds of CHRISTMAS IN DUKE CHAPEL – Thursday night at 10 on the North Carolina Channel.

Congratulations to Vivian Howard. The A Chef’s Life star has been honored by the News & Observer as a Tar Heel of the Year.

What’s Eric Idle’s latest project? Nothing short of “the entire universe.” Sounds pretty ambitious but the Monty Python alum has the help of Professor Brian Cox and a slew of special guest stars. Catch this comedic musical extravaganza on ERIC IDLE’S THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE – Friday night at 10 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

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Filmmaker and Mount Airy native Bill Hayes explores the characters that make up his hometown and the challenges it faces. Pay a visit to The Real Mayberry – Wednesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Congratulations to Kenneth Branagh – winner of an International Emmy Award.

Bob Hope had a career that spanned nearly 80 years. He appeared in more than 70 short and feature films, hosted the Academy Awards 19 times and made 57 tours for the USO. American Masters takes an unprecedented look at the remarkable life of this legendary entertainer on This Is Bob Hope – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

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UNC-TV and WFAE team up for a timely discussion concerning the confederate monuments. Are they history, heritage or a harmful reminder of something more unfortunate? Join the conversation on an all-new Focus On – Wednesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Former NOVA ScienceNow host and award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to the Tar Heel State for an entertaining evening of science talk. Join Dr. Tyson the DPAC Thursday nightif you can get tickets. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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Join Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he relates the ancestral stories of an eclectic array of celebrities, authors, politicians and other luminaries on a new season of Finding Your Roots – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Disappointing news for Benedict Cumberbatch: his latest TV program, The Child In Time, aired in Britain recently and the reviews have not been overly glowing.

Explore stories from every genre of art created, performed and displayed in the Old North State and beyond. Don’t miss the debut of Muse – Thursday at 8pm on UNC-TV. Continue reading

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Now that Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War has debuted, UNC-TV is presenting a variety of programs designed to highlight facets of the country, the war and veterans’ concerns. Tune in tonight at 11 for an impromptu non-scripted motorcycle adventure from Saigon to Hanoi on Motorbiking Vietnam. Friday night, we’re presenting three shows about veterans beginning at 9pm – North Carolina Stories of Service: Porter Halyburton, Discussions of War: Jacksonville and On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam.

Monty Python’s John Cleese talks about comedy, death, political correctness and more in an interview with language that is most definitely NSFW.

Join former employees, family members and historians as they chronicle our state’s once great airline. Don’t miss Speedbird: The History of Piedmont Airlines – Thursday at 9 on the North Carolina Channel. Continue reading

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Hear the little-known story of the only US bank prosecuted after the financial crisis. Frontline presents Abacus: Small Enough to Jail – Tuesday at 10pm on UNC-TV.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s latest cinematic offering recently debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s new film, The Current War. Continue reading