Monday Montage

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

After a senseless massacre, a community attempts to heal through music. Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for a special concert in remembrance of the city’s Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy. Don’t miss THE TREE OF LIFE: A CONCERT FOR PEACE AND UNITY – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

If Ian McKellen’s one-man show tour intrigues you and you’re under 25 and you’re going to be in London on March 1 of next year then I’ve got some good news – you could see Sir Ian for free!

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of k.d. lang’s critically-acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning album Ingenue as the superstar singer-songwriter thrills with a one-night-only performance from San Antonio. Tune in for K.D. LANG – LANDMARKS LIVE IN CONCERT – Friday at 9pm on UNC-TV.

This Christmas, the BBC will air a version of its legendary Blooper Tapes, a behind-the-scenes compilation heretofore seen only by a select few at holiday parties and via secret dubs. The Secret Story of the BBC Christmas Tapes will feature Tom Baker, Judi Dench, David Suchet and more acting out, losing their cool and using extremely NSFW language. No idea if the special can be seen online but it’s worth seeking out, trust me.

Beverly Cleary created some of the most loved characters in children’s literature, including Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins and Ralph S. Mouse. Celebrate her life, her literature and her legacy on DISCOVERING BEVERLY CLEARY – Sunday night at 10:30 on the North Carolina Channel.

And, speaking of acting out, Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) was removed from a train due to a first class row. Good thing there’s no such thing as bad publicity, I guess.

Now let’s check out the birthday boys and girls this week…

Kenneth Branagh (Wallander) celebrates 58

Clive Anderson (Whose Line is It Anyway?) turns 66

December 11

Stephen Moore (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) is 81

Rita Moreno (Electric Company) marks 87

Gary Carr (Death in Paradise) has his 33rd

Dawn Steele (Monarch Of The Glen) turns 43

December 12

Sarah Sutton (Doctor Who) celebrates 57

Bill Nighy (Page Eight) has his 69th

Kenneth Cranham (Danger UXB) is 74

Leslie Schofield (EastEnders) hits 80

December 13

Robert Lindsay (My Family) marks 69 years

December 14

Vicki Michelle (‘Allo ‘Allo) celebrates 68

Miranda Hart (Call the Midwife) turns 46

Matthew McNulty (The Paradise) has his 36th

December 15

Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) is 37

December 16

Joe Absolom (Doc Martin) hits 40

Miranda Otto (Way We Live Now) turns 51

Ben Cross (The Citadel) celebrates 71

Christopher Biggins (Poldark) is 70

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Monday Montage

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

See how one family turned heartache into heroism on FOR THE LOVE OF THEIR BROTHER – Wednesday night at 9 on the North Carolina Channel.

Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Colin Farrell (Ballykissangel) have joined the cast of Guy Ritchie’s new crime drama film Toff Guys. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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Four women who worked as wartime codebreakers reunite to track down a serial killer on THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE. Catch this gripping mystery drama from the very beginning – starting tonight at 9 on the Explorer Channel.

Derek Jacobi (Vicious) and Diana Rigg (Victoria) have been cast in a BBC Radio4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. The one-off drama airs Boxing Day. Continue reading

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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

Monday Montage

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Is Facebook more harmful than helpful? FRONTLINE examines the powerful social media platform’s impact on privacy and democracy on a special two-night event. Don’t miss THE FACEBOOK DILEMMA – beginning tonight at 9 (and concluding Tuesday at 10) on UNC-TV.

David Tennant (Doctor Who) is set to co-star with Emily Watson (Little Women) in the psychological thriller Quicksand. Filming begins in April on the Greek island of Crete. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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Travel through 15,000-years and rediscover a past whose splendor and sophistication is only now being realized and whose story has for too long remained untold. Witness the world made by America’s first peoples on the new four-part series NATIVE AMERICA – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Dame Judi Dench (As Time Goes By) is the latest addition to the cast of the star-studded Cats movie. Dench joins Idris Elba (Luther) and Ian McKellen (Vicious) in the upcoming cinematic adaptation of the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

Meet the planet’s ultimate cats – cheetahs, snow leopards, Canada lynxes, African leopards and more – as NATURE kicks off a new three-part series. Roar with the SUPERCATS – Wednesday night at 8 on UNC-TV 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