My Top Five: Dogs

It’s now the Year of the Dog according to Chinese astrology and there have been loads of loyal canine companions on shows UNC-TV has broadcast over the decades. From Wellard on EastEnders to Barkley on Sesame Street, these memorable mutts have dug holes in our hearts and buried bones in our souls (if you’ll forgive the very disturbing and messy metaphor). But which pooches are my personal faves? I thought about it and came up with MY TOP FIVE DOGS from PBS shows and other public television fare we’ve aired here at UNC-TV.

5) MARTHA (Martha Speaks) Wagstaff City’s most vocal canine gained her power of human speech when she was fed alphabet soup and it went to her brain instead of her stomach. Not the most scientific of origins but it’s a dandy comedic premise for a kids show. Continue reading

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Wednesday Trivia Question

Nigel Havers played seducing con artist Ralph Ernest Gorse on what Masterpiece Theatre serial? Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor? (Paddington Edition)

Occasionally, I like to veer away slightly from UNC-TV programming to tackle a feature film that’s heavy with appearances by faces familiar to public broadcasting viewers. As such: Paddington 2. Now, I haven’t seen the film but it’s got a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes (which is pretty impressive) and the cast is rife with actors from many of our favorite shows. Let’s get into it, shall we?

We’ll start with Paddington himself. Actually the titular bear from deepest, darkest Peru is computer generated but the character is voiced by Ben Whishaw. Fans of Shakespeare may remember him as King Richard in Richard II on The Hollow Crown.

Next up: the Browns, Paddington’s adoptive family. Parents Henry and Mary are played by Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins, respectively. Bonneville is best known as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, on Downton Abbey. Hawkins was Anne Eliot on Persuasion, a 2007 Masterpiece adaptation of the Jane Austen novel. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

INDEPENDENT LENS presents Raoul Peck’s Academy Award-nominated documentary inspired by James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Samuel L. Jackson narrates I Am Not Your Negro – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV and encoring Wednesday at 8pm on the North Carolina Channel.

The second season of Victoria has just started but Jenna Coleman is already eyeing her next role: Coleman will star as a mother whose baby is abducted on a new BBC drama called The Cry. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

The UNC-TV original series FLAVOR, NC returns for a seventh season this week. Tune in Thursday night at 9:30 for delicious travels around the Tar Heel State.

Think you know everything there is to know about Downton AbbeyCountry Living thinks not. Check out 30 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Downton Abbey and see if they’re right. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Say what you want about public broadcasting but one thing is indisputable – we got great swag! I am often amazed at the awesome gift baskets I see around the building that I assume will be given out as prizes at special events. Below are a couple of these baskets containing t-shirts, DVDs, plush toys and other chotchkes.

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I don’t know if these were prizes or something just made up for decoration but I’m sure this would be a welcome gift for any UNC-TV viewer (or staffer).