Monday Montage (On Tuesday)

A day later due to the holiday, but let’s see what’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

A century ago, North Carolina experienced the Great Flood of 1916. It came at a time when people were prepared for a such challenges and had knowledge to protect themselves. But how would such a flood affect the Tar Heels today – a population without those same survival skills? Find out on Come Hell Or Highwater – Wednesday night at 8 on the North Carolina Channel.

Judi Dench is teaming up with Kenneth Branagh again – this time for an adaptation of Artemis Fowl, the wildly successful sci-fi book series by Eoin Colfer. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

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

The renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir celebrates the holidays with the world’s leading tenor, Rolando Villazon. Tune in for seasonal favorites and more on CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

John Cleese lent a hand at a UK event to benefit homeless charities by reading the attendees a bedtime story. Very cool. Continue reading

My Top Five: Birds

It’s Thanksgiving week so I thought I’d ponder the birds of public broadcasting. There may be some pretty obvious ones from which to choose but I tend to gravitate towards the deeper cuts, so to speak. So here you go – MY TOP FIVE PUBLIC BROADCASTING BIRDS. Not the best or whatever superlative you fancy – simply MY personal Top Five.

5) X THE OWL – Voiced by Mister Rogers himself, X the Owl was one of the denizens of the Neighborhood of Make Believe. X lived in the old oak tree next to Henrietta Pussycat and was always eager and cheerful. 

4) THE “IT’S THE PLUMBER” PARROT – One of my favorite animated bits from the original The Electric Company featured an earnest plumber and a precocious parrot. “Who is it?” “It’s the plumber. I’ve come to fix the sink.” Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

David Letterman is one of the most-nominated people in Emmy history and now the former late night staple receives the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Join Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Martin and more as they honor the award-winning comedian on David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize – tonight at 8 on UNC-TV.

A year after the celebrated anchor’s death, Gwen Ifill’s alma mater is naming a school after her. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Michael Portillo (Great Continental Railway Journeys) crosses the Atlantic for an epic trip down the East Coast. Don’t miss a new eight-part series – Great American Railroad Journeys – premiering Tuesday night at 9 on the Explorer Channel.

Monty Python’s John Cleese will be in the Tar Heel State this week for lively discussion and a screening of the classic comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The good news? Tickets are still available for Wednesday’s DPAC event. The bad news? I can’t make it – so tell him Sparky says “hi.” Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Now that Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War has debuted, UNC-TV is presenting a variety of programs designed to highlight facets of the country, the war and veterans’ concerns. Tune in tonight at 11 for an impromptu non-scripted motorcycle adventure from Saigon to Hanoi on Motorbiking Vietnam. Friday night, we’re presenting three shows about veterans beginning at 9pm – North Carolina Stories of Service: Porter Halyburton, Discussions of War: Jacksonville and On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam.

Monty Python’s John Cleese talks about comedy, death, political correctness and more in an interview with language that is most definitely NSFW.

Join former employees, family members and historians as they chronicle our state’s once great airline. Don’t miss Speedbird: The History of Piedmont Airlines – Thursday at 9 on the North Carolina Channel. Continue reading