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 …

Tuesday night, the Victorian Slum House is open for business. Part reality competition, part time travel adventure, watch as participants tackle the challenges of life in the Victorian era. The journey kicks off with the 1860s – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Are mobile phones ruining the theatre? Andrew Scott (Moriarty, Sherlock) blames the middle-aged and not Millennials.

Nature gets back into the spy cam business with a two-part look at some spellbinding cetaceans. Tune in for part one of Dolphins: Spy in the Pod – Wednesday at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Could Downton Abbey be coming to a city near you? Quite possibly. A new touring exhibition launches in Singapore this summer and hits the United States next year. 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

Victoria Rules

Fans of Victoria on Masterpiece may be interested to know that there’s a sweepstakes in progress over at the Masterpiece site at pbs.org. You can enter daily through March 15 for your chance to win a 7-day, 6-night trip for two adults from the US to Great Britain where you’ll go behind-the-scenes to tour Yorkshire and London filming sites for Victoria, a London site for Sherlock and Downton Abbey’s iconic Highclere Castle. Enter at pbs.org/sweepstakes and, as always, make sure you read prize details and Official Rules.

Monday Montage

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

In the wake of recent tragic and fatal events between men of color and law enforcement, learn how black and Hispanic families counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by the police. Don’t miss The Talk – Race In America – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Who’s your favorite BBC character? According to over 7,000 people around the world who voted in an online poll, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes was the most beloved. (But don’t worry – everyone’s favorite Time Lord made the list, as well as some popular Britcom stars.)

American Masters journeys through the prolific life of the author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons and others pay tribute to Maya Angelou on And Still I Rise. Tune in Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Monty Python’s John Cleese talks about writing the perfect farce. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Unfortunately, some sad news to start off the week: actor John Hurt has passed away. The veteran actor had a career that spanned decades and was known for roles in feature films like The Elephant Man and Midnight Express. However, many public television viewers first saw the incredible actor as Caligula in the epic late-70s Masterpiece Theatre presentation of I, Claudius.

The world of Nature has never been more up close and personal with Spy In The Wild, a new five-part series. The program employs more than 30 animatronic spy cameras disguised as animals to secretly record behavior in the wild. Don’t miss it – Wednesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Former NOVA ScienceNow host and all-around ultra-cool science geek Neil deGrasse Tyson reveals “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me!” Continue reading