Monday Montage

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

Explore the little-known story of an immigrant whose building designs came to define LA and cities across America. Don’t miss ICONIC VISION: JOHN PARKINSON, ARCHITECT OF LOS ANGELES – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Congrats to the star of SHERLOCK! Although he didn’t win an Emmy last week, Benedict Cumberbatch revealed on the red carpet that he and wife Sophie Hunter are expecting their third child. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

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

In 1764, Leopold Mozart moved his family to London. The city was the ultimate destination for musicians and his son Wolfgang’s time in London would prove to be fruitful. Historian and author Lucy Worsley traces this pivotal time in the young composer’s exceptional career on MOZART IN LONDON – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Director Terry Gilliam’s struggle to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is legendary. For decades, the filmmaker’s attempts to bring his story to life have seemed almost cursed. But now the project appears destined for cinemas and the very first trailer for the film has been released.

Discover the profound and remarkable story of the 550,000 Jewish Americans who served their country in World War II. See how these brave servicemen and women fought for equality and tolerance around the world on GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR II – Wednesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Felicity Kendal (Rosemary & Thyme, Good Neighbors) will appear in Noël Coward’s Hay Fever in London this summer. But ahead of the play’s opening, the veteran actress talks to The Telegraph about her life, loves and long career.

Meet the members of the only breast cancer survivors’ dragon boat racing team in Miami on ALL IN THE SAME BOAT – Sunday at 8pm on the North Carolina Channel.

And Dan Stevens was a recent guest on NPR’s Fresh Air. The Downton Abbey alum talked about his time on the PBS hit series and his starring role in the current FX series Legion.

Now here are some familiar faces celebrating birthdays this week…

April 9

Richenda Carey (The Choir) celebrates 70

Arsher Ali (The Guilty) has his 34th

Hannah Gordon (My Family And Other Animals) is 77

Sorcha Cusack (Father Brown) turns 69

April 10

Stephen Churchett (EastEnders) marks 81

April 11

Bill Irwin (Sesame Street) has his 68th

Dakota Blue Richards (Endeavour) turns 24

Ron Pember (Rumpole Of The Bailey) is 84

Derek Martin (EastEnders) celebrates 85

April 12

James Alexandrou (EastEnders) marks 33

April 13

Peter Davison (Doctor Who) has his 67th

Edward Fox (Edward & Mrs. Simpson) is 81

Marjorie Yates (A Very British Coup) turns 77

Christopher Strauli (Fortunes of War) marks 72

April 14

Peter Capaldi (The Secret Agent) celebrates 60

Robert Carlyle (The Last Enemy) has his 57th

Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga) turns 54

April 15

Emma Thompson (Fortunes of War) is 59

Sally Dexter (Poldark) has her 58th

The Vietnam War: Watch & Listen

As Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War wraps up tonight, rest assured we will rebroadcast the series in its entirety beginning Tuesday night on UNC-TV and next Thursday on the North Carolina Channel. So if you missed any episode, you’ll easily be able to catch up. Much like The Civil War and all of Burns’ works, The Vietnam War will become, I’m sure, a perennial presence on the services of North Carolina Public Media.

Also, if you’re enjoying watching the epic mini-series you might want to check out some audio mentions as well. On September 23, NPR’s Fresh Air had an interview with the Burns & Novick. Yesterday,  NPR’s Here and Now did the same. The duo talks about the project and the secrets of storytelling in the digital age on a Forbes podcast. And Lulu Garcia-Navarro discusses the 10-part series with the two producers on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

Vietnam War Lookout

Ken Burns’ latest film The Vietnam War is just two days away!

TV critic David Bianculli reviewed the 10-part documentary series on last night’s Fresh Air, NPR’s Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. You can hear his assessment at the Fresh Air website.

The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick premieres Sunday, September 17 at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Monday Montage

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

After the brutal murder of an African-American by white supremacists, two friends – one white, one black – made a film about their town. Catch the Two Towns Of Jasper on POV – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Did you know that Bill Moyers once served as White House Press Secretary? The veteran journalist sat down with Terry Gross on Fresh Air recently to discuss his role in the LBJ administration and the passage of Medicare.

Experience a Tar Heel tradition as the we relive the 70th annual Azalea Festival Parade. Recorded in April in scenic Wilmington, the Azalea Parade features floats, balloons, bands from across the state and, of course, Queen Azalea and her court. Don’t miss the 2017 Azalea Festival Parade – Tuesday night at 8 on North Carolina Channel.

Ouch. LeVar Burton is being sued by the one of the producers of Reading Rainbow for using the show’s catchphrase. This just sounds wrong on so many levels. Continue reading