Monday Montage

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

Join the stars of the beloved series All Creatures Great & Small, Christopher Timothy and Peter Davison, as they get behind the wheel of the 1936 designed Morgan 4/4 and set out along some of Britain’s most beautiful old roads. Take a trip on VINTAGE ROADS GREAT & SMALL – Thursday night at 10pm on UNC-TV and repeating Saturday at 8pm on the Explorer Channel.

Shakespeare! Dench! Branagh! Three names that individually would be worth your time but together? No question. Kenneth Branagh (Wallander) and Judi Dench (A Fine Romance) team up to portray William Shakespeare and his wife Anne in the film All Is True, scheduled for 2019. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

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

Join Alexander Armstrong and Dr. Michael Scott as they embark on an adventure to uncover the hidden treasures of three astonishing Italian cities. Don’t miss ITALY’S INVISIBLE CITIES – Tuesday night at 9 on the Explorer Channel.

Filmmaker Ken Burns talks about upcoming projects, his work process and why he’s an optimist. Continue reading

The Circumstance Of Pomp

Just to reiterate – we are carrying the ROYAL WEDDING tomorrow morning. It will be a live event and the festivities begin at 4am EST on the Explorer Channel (UNC-EX). The wedding itself doesn’t start until later but there is a lot of prep work, arrivals, history, context and ceremony to cover. Also, since the ROYAL WEDDING is a live event (and this is the type of thing that makes us in broadcasting go crazy) even though it is currently scheduled to conclude around 9am, it could run over that time! That means if you are recording, please add extra time to your DVR or VCR or whatever device you are using. Continue reading

Wedding Bell Bluebloods

Any Anglophile worth his or her salt is already champing at the bit over the upcoming Royal Wedding on May 19. When Prince Harry and Megan Markle tie the knot their nuptials will be broadcast around the world and PBS is inviting you to tune in.

Starting Monday, May 14, check out ROYAL WEDDING WATCH, a five-part series of special programming designed to bring you up to speed on the high profile nuptials. Then, on Saturday, May 19, the big event will be broadcast live from St. George’s Chapel at Windsor.

So if your invitation gets lost in the mail, ROYAL WEDDING WATCH airs weeknights at 10 (10:30 on Friday the 18th) on the Explorer Channel the week of May 14. The ROYAL WEDDING airs live May 19 on the Explorer Channel.

Sounds Familiar

“And it wasn’t until enough men had sailed to enough places that they realized that the faithful compass was lying. There was True North – the north of the Pole Star – and there was the Magnetic North – and, depending where on Earth you were, that varied. And, for a great mercantile empire like England, that was very bad news.” – James Burke, Connections (episode two, “Death in the Morning”)

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

A little treat for the Doctor Who fans this week as I give you a piece of merchandise from the beloved sci fi series. It’s a Dalek full of bath jelly. Basically, just a nice souvenir a pal brought me from a recent trip to England.

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As a longtime Whovian, I have amassed (and sold) more Doctor Who miscellany than most people will collect in a lifetime – everything from books and fan magazines to place mats and autographed photos. This is one of the few items remaining.