Monday Montage

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

Dolores Huerta tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant – and unheralded – feminist activists of the 20th century. Meet Dolores on INDEPENDENT LENS – Tuesday at 9pm on UNC-TV.

Kenneth Branagh has begun production on his next film called Artemis Fowl (based on the Eoin Colfer books). The movie will feature Dame Judi Dench as “the steely leader of the fairy police force.” I’ve no idea what that means but my interest is definitely piqued. Continue reading


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

Monday Montage

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

Filmmaker and Mount Airy native Bill Hayes explores the characters that make up his hometown and the challenges it faces. Pay a visit to The Real Mayberry – Wednesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Congratulations to Kenneth Branagh – winner of an International Emmy Award.

Bob Hope had a career that spanned nearly 80 years. He appeared in more than 70 short and feature films, hosted the Academy Awards 19 times and made 57 tours for the USO. American Masters takes an unprecedented look at the remarkable life of this legendary entertainer on This Is Bob Hope – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Explore the misrepresentations of notorious author Edgar Allan Poe and reveal how he tapped into what it means to be human in a modern and sometimes frightening world. Tune in as American Masters profiles Edgar Allan Poe – Tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Tavis Smiley is mounting a stage adaptation of Death of a King, his book which focuses on the final years of Martin Luther King Jr.

Cap off Halloween with a chilling tale of ancient curses and lycanthropic terror in the Louisiana swamps. The Golden Age of Radio is brought to life on Werewolf of the Bayou – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

It sounds like Kenneth Branagh’s moustache in Murder on the Orient Express might be worthy of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

London is home to more billionaires than any other city on the planet and they require sustenance to survive. Meet the food purveyors who cater to the nouveau riche on the delightful British mini-series World’s Most Expensive Food – Thursday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Tom Hiddleston (The Hollow Crown) is tackling Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a RADA production directed by Kenneth Branagh (Wallander) and first-night reactions were as impressive as you’d expect with that pedigree. Continue reading

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