Monday Montage

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

Four women who worked as wartime codebreakers reunite to track down a serial killer on THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE. Catch this gripping mystery drama from the very beginning – starting tonight at 9 on the Explorer Channel.

Derek Jacobi (Vicious) and Diana Rigg (Victoria) have been cast in a BBC Radio4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. The one-off drama airs Boxing Day. Continue reading

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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

Tony! Tony! Tony!

The Tony Awards are Sunday night and although PBS is not airing the ceremony (I believe we carried the first hour for a few years around the turn of the century) a drama geek like me will always find a connection. As I peruse the nominees for this year’s Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, I am taken by the names I recognize from series I’ve seen on public broadcasting. No surprise, really, as Broadway attracts some of the best actors. The same can be said for the shows on UNC-TV.

So I thought I’d look over a few of the nominees (acting categories only). Consider this a sort of Where Do I Know That Actor (Tony Edition).

Let’s start with Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. Two names stand out: Renée Fleming (nominated for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel) and Diana Rigg (nominated for My Fair Lady). Fleming is a world-renowned soprano who has appeared in many operas and other musical performances we’ve shown. She’s been seen on Great Performances and The Metropolitan Opera Presents in numerous roles. Rigg, who’s had a longer career, has been a presence on our airwaves for decades. Currently, she’s the Duchess of Buccleuch on Victoria. She’s also played Adela Bradley in The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca, Mrs. Golightly in Moll Flanders and Lady Honoria Dedlock in Bleak House. For years, she was the host of Mystery! and, of course, she was Emma Peel on the 1960s spy series The Avengers. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

The thirteenth season of Midsomer Murders kicked off earlier this month and this week’s episode (“The Sword of Guillame” part one) saw a seaside outing turn deadly. It also featured a bevy of guest stars that may just be familiar from other fare UNC-TV has offered. Let’s see if you noticed them all.

Tim McInnerny played property developer Hugh Dalgliesh. True Anglophiles may know him from his work in Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder series but, sadly, UNC-TV has never aired that wonderful program. McInnerny has, however, appeared as Terry Shields in the 1980s thriller Edge of Darkness and he was Fiennes on A Very British Coup on Masterpiece Theatre in 1989. Other roles of note include Oliver Mace on MI-5 and Sir Eustace Carmichael on Sherlock.

Janet Suzman was Lady Matilda William. She played Margaret, Duchess of Chester, on The Secret Agent and Lady Edwina Mountbatten on Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy, both on Masterpiece Theatre. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

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