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 …

Graham Nash has performed at Woodstock and with legendary groups The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Now he brings his songbook to public television with Graham Nash Live – Wednesday at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Congratulations to Laura Linney! The Masterpiece Classic host received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress Sunday night. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Frontline joins forces with NPR to investigate the billions spent on housing the poor and why so few get the help they need. Don’t miss Poverty, Politics and Profit – Tuesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Would like to have breakfast with David Tennant and six other Doctors? Of course you would. Well, now there’s a chance that could happen. It requires a charitable contribution and a lot of luck.

Spend a day at the shore as the North Carolina Channel presents four specials about our Carolina coast. On Thursday, tour the Outer Banks: North Carolina’s Coastal Treasure at 8. Next, discover a legendary but long lost site for summer memories on Lumina: Remembering The Light at 8:45. Then, Meryl Streep narrates Ribbon of Sand at 9:30. And the night is capped off by Fort Fisher Hermit: The Life And Death of Robert E. Harrill at 10. It all happens Thursday night on the North Carolina Channel.

Former NOVA ScienceNOW host Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses his new book and his favorite planet, among other things. (It’s Saturn, by the way.) Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner and other Jewish comics and thinkers discuss the provocative question of whether any topic – including the Holocaust – should be off-limits in comedy. Tune in as Independent Lens presents The Last Laugh – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

He’s one of our country’s foremost science educators and he’s not shy about chatting about his favorite subject. Check out his op-ed as Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about Science in America.

Follow a select group of individuals determined to bring Egypt back from the brink. Witness the work of Egypt’s Treasure Guardians – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-EX.

It’s finally here! Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs hits the Durham Performing Arts Center this week! Tickets are still available. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Learn how WWI transformed America through stories of African-American and Latino soldiers, feminist activists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. American Experience relives The Great War – a six-hour, three-night event, beginning tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Could there ever be more Sherlock? Despite the finality of season four, rumors of another series persist. But Steven Moffat warns us that more Sherlock, while possible, won’t happen for some time.

Doc Martin star Martin Clunes embarks upon a fascinating journey through 16 of Australia’s 8,000 islands to explore a true cross-section of Australia’s diverse people, terrain and history. Don’t miss Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia – premiering Sunday night at 8 on UNC-EX.

Speaking of “more” … Maggie Smith isn’t too keen on a Downton Abbey film. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Did you know America’s first gold rush took place right here in North Carolina? Paved With Gold explores this fascinating chapter of Tar Heel history – Thursday night at 9:30 on UNC-TV.

Fans of Celtic Woman will be pleased to know the international music sensation is in North Carolina this week. Join Tara, Susan, Máiréad and Éabha as they hit Asheville on Wednesday and Durham on Thursday.

Be with us Friday as UNC-TV honors two television legends. Tune in Friday at 8pm for Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration and then stay tuned as American Masters talks with writer and producer Norman Lear at 10.

The science guys have been busy. Neil deGrasse Tyson was a guest on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last week and Bill Nye was a guest at SXSW. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings to life the epic stories of both little-known and celebrated African kingdoms and cultures. Africa’s Great Civilizations premieres tonight at 9 on UNC-TV and continues Wednesday and Thursday night.

Public broadcasting pioneer Ward Chamberlain, Jr. passed away last week at the age of 95. You may not know the name but you’ve been touched by his work.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture opened its doors just months ago and already boasts more than a half-million visitors. Now UNC-TV takes viewers behind the scenes and talks with two of the architects behind the historical structure. Don’t miss Crown on the Mall: Designing The Smithsonian African American Museum – Tuesday at 8pm on UNC-TV. Continue reading