Monday Montage

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

Explore the internal mechanics of the human body through pioneering graphics and captivating scientific case studies. Don’t miss THE AMAZING HUMAN BODY – a three-part event – Wednesday at 8pm on UNC-TV.

The DOWNTON ABBEY movie is officially filming! Need proof? Michelle Dockery shared a behind the scenes snap on her Instagram account as proof. Continue reading

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Where Do I Know That Actor?

I hope you watched Saturday’s MIDSOMER MURDERS (Ring Out Your Dead, Part One) because we have a veritable who’s who of guest stars you’ve seen before from other programs aired on UNC-TV. I was practically giddy with all the familiar faces. See if you spotted them.

Let’s start with Reggie Barton, played by Graham Crowden. You know him best as Tom Ballard on Waiting for God but longtime Doctor Who fans may remember him as Soldeed from the classic Tom Baker serial The Horns of Nimon. (Now that’s going way back.) Crowden also portrayed Marquis of Auld Reekie on The Way We Live Now and Lord Chancellor on a 1985 Bleak House (both on Masterpiece). Continue reading

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

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 …

She’s one of the most beloved actresses of her time. Take a definitive look at the life and career of BETTY WHITE: FIRST LADY OF TELEVISION – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

It’s not quite the DOWNTON ABBEY movie but three of the show’s stars had a mini-reunion in Hollywood recently. Michelle Dockery posted a photo of herself with Dan Stevens and Allen Leech as the stars socialized in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

NYTimes correspondent Thomas Erdbrink shares a rare journey into a private Iran often at odds with its conservative clerics and leaders. Join FRONTLINE for OUR MAN IN TEHRAN – a two-night event, beginning tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Not only is there going to be a DOWNTON ABBEY film but you could win a trip to the set! You have to go to the Big Apple to make it happen. But still… not a bad get. 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