The Circumstance Of Pomp

Just to reiterate – we are carrying the ROYAL WEDDING tomorrow morning. It will be a live event and the festivities begin at 4am EST on the Explorer Channel (UNC-EX). The wedding itself doesn’t start until later but there is a lot of prep work, arrivals, history, context and ceremony to cover. Also, since the ROYAL WEDDING is a live event (and this is the type of thing that makes us in broadcasting go crazy) even though it is currently scheduled to conclude around 9am, it could run over that time! That means if you are recording, please add extra time to your DVR or VCR or whatever device you are using. Continue reading


Wedding Bell Bluebloods

Any Anglophile worth his or her salt is already champing at the bit over the upcoming Royal Wedding on May 19. When Prince Harry and Megan Markle tie the knot their nuptials will be broadcast around the world and PBS is inviting you to tune in.

Starting Monday, May 14, check out ROYAL WEDDING WATCH, a five-part series of special programming designed to bring you up to speed on the high profile nuptials. Then, on Saturday, May 19, the big event will be broadcast live from St. George’s Chapel at Windsor.

So if your invitation gets lost in the mail, ROYAL WEDDING WATCH airs weeknights at 10 (10:30 on Friday the 18th) on the Explorer Channel the week of May 14. The ROYAL WEDDING airs live May 19 on the Explorer Channel.

Monday Montage

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

Kent Gavin has spent more than 30 years photographing the British Royal Family. From royal tours abroad to magical moments at Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, this prolific photographer has captured it all. See for yourself as we experience Royalty Close Up: The Photography of Kent Gavin – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Congratulations, Dame Helen! The Film Society of Lincoln Center is honoring Helen Mirren with the 45th Annual Chaplin Award. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

I hope you got a chance to catch King Charles III on this week’s Masterpiece. Based on the hit play by Mike Bartlett, King Charles III is a fictional exploration of the political turmoil surrounding the early reign of Charles, Prince of Wales following the death of his mother, the long-serving Queen Elizabeth II. The film featured some actors reprising their roles from either Broadway or the West End, many of them having appeared in other UNC-TV fare. Let’s explore a few.

Tim Piggott-Smith played the titular monarch, King Charles III. The veteran actor (who sadly passed away last month after filming the Masterpiece presentation) had been acting for nearly fifty years. Back in the 1970s, Piggott-Smith played Marco in the classic Tom Baker Doctor Who adventure “The Masque Of Mandragora” (that’s where I first saw him). In the 80s, he was Brendan Bracken in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years and Ronald Merrick in The Jewel In The Crown (both on Masterpiece Theatre). Along the way, the actor popped up in guest roles on lots of shows you might have seen, including Foyle’s War, Downton Abbey, Danger UXB, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, MI-5, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, The Bletchley Circle, Inspector Lewis and, of course, Midsomer Murders. Continue reading