Monday Montage

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

Join wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson as he journeys along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. Experience the wildlife and wild places of Ireland’s Wild Coast – Wednesday at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Neil deGrasse Tyson gives tips on viewing the upcoming solar eclipse.

Explore a human history set against the most stunning backdrop imaginable as Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan present The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Don’t miss a special presentation of this six-part 2009 mini-series beginning Thursday night at 9 on the North Carolina Channel.

Monty Python’s John Cleese is coming to Durham! The comedy legend will be answering absurd and ridiculous questions at the DPAC on November 8. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are readying themselves for a siege. Through the volunteers known as the White Helmets, experience firsthand the daily struggle for sanity in a country at war. Join POV for Last Men In Aleppo – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the number one movie in the country. Why is that important? Well, I could say it’s nice to see an Electric Company regular make it big besides Morgan Freeman. But the real reason is to celebrate Tom Holland’s success. The actor (who stars as Peter Parker and Spider-Man) may be recognizable to UNC-TV viewers as Gregory Cromwell in Wolf Hall.

Traverse the Arctic wilderness and African bush as scientific teams utilize new technology to track caribou, zebras and elephants as they overcome obstacles and face fearless predators on their epic journeys. catch the premiere of Nature’s Great Race – Wednesday at 9pm on UNC-TV.

Speaking of Marvel movies, Benedict Cumberbatch took a day off from filming the next two Avengers movies to spend some time in Atlanta with a fine feathered friend.

Monty Python fans, take heed! Michael Palin returns to television in a dramatic turn as an elderly man who becomes the sole witness to a violent death. Tune in for the gripping new mini-series Remember Me – beginning Sunday night at 10 on UNC-TV. [Check out this New York Times article about Palin’s role.] Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Singer Andrea Bocelli performs at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy as the Landmarks series continues. Tune in Friday night at 10 on UNC-TV for Andrea Bocelli – Landmarks In Concert: A Great Performances Special.

As anyone with a love for TV knows, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss breathed new life into a character from the 19th century with Sherlock. Now the BBC wants the duo to tackle literature’s most famous vampire.

Now that summer’s here, take a dip in one of the Tar Heel State’s unusual resort communities. Catch the waves at White Lake: Remembering The Nation’s Safest Beach – Thursday night at 10 on the North Carolina Channel.

On the off chance you’re in London next month, you might want to take in a special performance by Monty Python’s John Cleese. All proceeds go to benefit Denville Hall, a retirement home for those in the theatrical profession. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Two and a half millennia ago, a new religion was born in northern India, generated from the ideas of a single man. Explore the life of The Buddha – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam has finally done it! After nearly two decades, the animator turned director wrapped on his film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Twelve bakers … ten weeks … who will be crowned Britain’s best? Find out as The Great British Baking Show returns with a two-hour premiere – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Whether or not Sherlock is done as a series seems open to debate. However, Andrew Scott (Moriarty) doesn’t believe it will happen anytime soon (if it happens at all). Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

In 1966, a mass shooting at the University of Texas left 16 dead. “Tower” reframes the events of that day via the perspectives of those who lived through it and examines the effects of the shooting over the last 50 years. Don’t miss a special Independent Lens – Tuesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Congratulations to Monty Python’s Michael Palin who’s been honored with the Edward Stanford Prize for travel writing.

Witness the complex realities of intimate partner violence through the eyes of two survivors. Tune in as Thursday at 10 on UNC-TV as Reel South presents “Private Violence.”

SNL’s Kate McKinnon is taking the Ms. Frizzle role in Netflix’s Magic Schoolbus remake. The original series (with Lily Tomlin voicing the adventurous bus driving teacher) was a favorite of PBS Kids viewers back in the 1990s. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

American Experience profiles the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world. Mary-Louise Parker is the voice of Rachel Carson – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Sherlock fans may have reason for a glimmer of hope. Series co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have suggested that the season four finale might not be as final as has been believed. (Bottom line: don’t despair but don’t hold your breath.)

Explore an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease on Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts – Wednesday at 10pm on UNC-TV.

Some excellent news for fans of Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery (and supporters of North Carolina’s film and television community) – Dockery’s series Good Behavior has been renewed for a second season and is set to film in Wilmington.

UNC-TV’s original series Front Row begins a second season this week. Tune in as national media strategist Marc Rotterman discusses state and national politics and policy – Friday nights on UNC-TV and the North Carolina Channel. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Get an in-depth look at the art of music recording and how it has evolved on Soundbreaking, a new series that debuts tonight on UNC-TV. From the record producer to the rise of MTV, each episode focuses on a different aspect of the music industry. Soundbreaking begins tonight at 10 and unfolds weeknights through Thanksgiving.

Doctor Strange is still the biggest movie in the country. Check out some pics of Benedict Cumberbatch and fellow stars on the red carpet for the film.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of African American history on Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise. The series premieres Tuesday at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Fans of Downton Abbey may be pleased to know Michelle Dockery is returning to television. Unfortunately, it’s not on PBS. Her new series, Good Behavior, has Dockery playing a very un-Lady Mary-like character, so that should be interesting. Also, the show is filmed in North Carolina so we can count Ms. Dockery as a Tar Heel for the time being.

Award-winning television and Broadway star Alan Cumming brings down the house with his acclaimed cabaret show. Don’t miss Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Monty Python’s Eric Idle and John Cleese stopped by the Conan show on Thursday to talk of rude questions, marriage and ex-wives. Continue reading