Monday Montage

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

Peter, Paul and Mary. Artlo Guthrie. The Weavers. Pete Seeger. Giants of folk music, one and all. Join them and relive a 2003 Carnegie Hall concert featuring performances from these artists and more on Folk Legends: Isn’t This A Time – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Tom Hiddleston (Wallander, The Hollow Crown) is set to take on Shakespeare’s most iconic role on the London stage. Kenneth Branagh (Wallander, Fortunes Of War) will direct Hiddleston in a RADA fundraiser of Hamlet.

Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pepin, a man who elevated essential kitchen techniques to an art form to become one of America’s most beloved food icons. Don’t miss Jacques Pepin on American Masters – Wednesday night at 9 on the Explorer Channel.

Sesame Street is adding a new Muppet designed to tell stories about blended families. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor? (Dunkirk Edition)

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s World War II tale, is the #1 film at the box office. In full disclosure, I haven’t seen the film yet (although it’s on my summer cinema must-see list). However, I have seen the trailer several times and I always lose count of the familiar faces I spy from shows we’ve broadcast on UNC-TV. So I thought it might be fun to see how many I could find. Some were obvious, others less so.

Mark Rylance (Mr. Dawson) was the actor I first recognized. He won an Academy Awards for Bridge of Spies a few years back but I knew him instantly as Thomas Cromwell from Wolf Hall. And if we go back 20 years, Rylance also played King Henry V on a 1997 Great Performances.

Tom Hardy (Farrier) is probably most associated with blockbuster films like Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max: Fury Road yet Hardy has a couple of Masterpiece roles of note. He played Heathcliff on Wuthering Heights and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, on The Virgin Queen.

Kenneth Branagh (Commander Bolton) portrayed Swedish detective Kurt Wallander for four seasons on Masterpiece Mystery. Going back a bit, Branagh starred as Shakespeare’s Henry V in the Masterpiece Theatre presentation of that feature film – and he played Guy Pringle on Fortunes of War, another Masterpiece Theatre series. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Travel the country in search of rural artists from the 1920s, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time. Don’t miss American Epic, a new series executive produced by Jack White, Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

The Tenors have been seen in a few of specials we’ve broadcast over the years (Under One Sky, Lead With Your Heart) but now you can see this vocal group live on stage. Tickets are still available for An Intimate Evening With The Tenors – Wednesday night at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Follow the grand masters of stained glass art, artist Rowan LeCompte and craftsman Dieter Goldkuhle, as they create their last great series of windows for Washington National Cathedral. Garrison Keillor narrates Let There Be Light – Thursday at 10pm on UNC-TV.

Congratulations to Sonia Manzano. The former Sesame Street actor will receive the Legacy for Children Award from the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose on Friday.

Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt stars in a spine-tingling drama about the notorious Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, Britain’s first female serial killer. Tune in as Masterpiece presents Dark Angel – Sunday night at 9 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

Awards Season Continues

I’m always keen to point out when any shows or actors you watch on UNC-TV are up for awards. That’s why I’m pleased to note the nominations for this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards were announced last week and several actors you know from PBS programming were nominated.

In the Best Actor category, Kenneth Branagh (Wallander) received a nomination for The Winter’s Tale, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) received a nomination for Hamlet, and Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall) received a nomination for Farinelli and the King – straight off his Oscar win.

In the Best Actress category, Gemma Arterton (Tess of the D’Ubervilles) received a nomination for Nell Gwynn, and Janet McTeer (Precious Bane, The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard) received a nomination for Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

In the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category, Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) was nominated for Three Days in the Country, and David Suchet (Poirot) was nominated for The Importance of Being Earnest.

In the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category, Judi Dench (As Time Goes By, Cranford) was nominated for The Winter’s Tale, Michele Dotrice (Bramwell, The Way We Live Now) was nominated for Nell Gwynn, and Catherine Steadman (Downton Abbey, Breathless) was nominated for Oppenheimer. Continue reading