Monday Montage

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

DOWNTON ABBEY – one of the most beloved, fan favorite, acclaimed series of the century is back! Catch every betrayal, every bon mot, every tear and every romantic glance from the very beginning. Don’t miss DOWNTON ABBEY – starting tonight at 8 (with back-to-back episodes on the Explorer Channel.

Speaking of DOWNTON ABBEY, Dan Stevens’ series LEGION begins its second season this week on FX. Not familiar with the show? NPR has a review. Continue reading


Monday Montage

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

Get the inside story of Vladimir Putin’s conflict with the US as Frontline investigates Putin’s mounting grievances and his efforts to exact vengeance leading up to the presidential election. Don’t miss part one of Putin’s Revenge – Wednesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Watch Ken Burns and Lynn Novick as they appear on CNN’s Amanpour to discuss The Vietnam War.

Join Bob Garner as he explores North Carolina’s culinary traditions with a UNC-TV classic that’s equal parts cookbook, essay and dining guide. Tune in and savor Foods That Make You Say Mmm-Mmm – Thursday at 10pm on UNC-TV. 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 

In advance of the 75th anniversary, we remember the “date which will live in infamy” with a trio of Pearl Harbor specials on UNC-TV and UNC-EX. Tune in Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel for Remembering Pearl Harbor, followed by Pearl Harbor: USS Oklahoma – The Final Story and then Pearl Harbor: Into The Arizona. Catch Pearl Harbor: USS Oklahoma – The Final Story and Pearl Harbor: Into The Arizona on UNC-TV, beginning at 8 that same evening.

Masterpiece Mystery! host Alan Cumming was the special guest on NPR’s current events quiz Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me this week. He shared an unforgettable tattoo anecdote and tackled the show’s Not My Job segment.

Thursday night, our North Carolina Channel presents the debut of a new series featuring fresh views from student filmmakers. Tune in for Envision: UNC School of the Arts – Thursday night at 9.

Apparently, Benedict Cumberbatch donated a coat to charity. Why? Because he really is that awesome.

Speaking of Sherlock, in preparation for season four of the Masterpiece Mystery! hit series (premieres January 1st!), relive some of the previous Holmes & Watson cases Saturday nights on UNC-TV. On 12/10, catch The Empty Hearse and The Sign of Three and it’s His Last Vow and The Abominable Bride the following week.

Fans of the Bard of Avon will be pleased to know that Great Performances’ fantastic series “The Hollow Crown” returns with the War of the Roses trilogy. The action starts Sunday night at 9 with Henry VI, Part One. Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville stars along with Sophie Okonedo and Tom Sturridge.

Finally, watch Mr. Rogers receive a Lifetime Achievement Emmy and try not to sniffle just a little bit. Continue reading

Art Class

Each Autumn, PBS celebrates the arts with a diverse slate of specials highlighting some of the best in theater, dance, comedy and music. This year’s line-up is particularly exciting as it kicks off with a look at Broadway’s hottest ticket: Hamilton. There’s also a salute to one of filmdom’s foremost clowns, a Quadricentennial Bard bash and a Masterpiece presenter showcasing his pipes.

Here’s the full festival line-up:

Friday, October 21
GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.

Friday, October 28
Celebrate beloved actor and comedian Bill Murray, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center, a star-studded lineup salutes the achievements of the comedic trailblazer. Continue reading