Monday Montage

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

Trace Christianity’s evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world in a compelling six-part series. Join author and history professor Jonathan Phillips for THE ROAD FROM CHRIST TO CONSTANTINE – beginning Tuesday night at 10 on UNC-EX.

Did you know Dame Judi Dench received an award last week in Santa Barbara? Check out 13 Things We Learned About Judi Dench At Her Santa Barbara Tribute. Continue reading


Monday Montage

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

From films and television to toys and theme parks, the Disney brand is universal. But where did it start? Find out as American Experience explores the complex life and enduring legacy of one of America’s most iconic filmmakers. Tune in for part one of Walt Disney – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam has been trying to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for almost 20 years. Production has now wrapped on what could be his magnum opus, so read up on the disaster-filled history of this fascinating Gilliam project.

Enjoy pancakes in New York and sample loco moco in Hawaii – and that’s just for starters. See why breakfast is the most important meal of the day as we take in interesting and unusual breakfast spots. Don’t miss Breakfast Special and Breakfast Special 2 – beginning Wednesday at 9pm on the Explorer Channel.

Neil deGrasse Tyson was a guest on a recent episode of Talking With Chris Hardwick. Of course, the former NOVA ScienceNow host was his usual ebullient and erudite self. 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 …

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

Where Do I Know That Actor?

I think it’s fascinating when you watch something you’ve seen before and spot a performer in a role that you didn’t notice the first time because that particular actor hadn’t achieved the level of fame or recognition he or she currently has. Since UNC-TV airs a fair share of British imports, it’s only natural to spot an actor that “broke” after the program originally aired. The Last Enemy is a great example. When that series was originally broadcast on Masterpiece, Benedict Cumberbatch was not the name he now is. When I watched it recently, I half thought someone had digitally inserted Cumberbatch in the lead role because I couldn’t for the life of me remember him being in it the first time I saw it.

Anyway, that’s simply the preamble to point out an actor you should be well familiar with had a guest role on this week’s Doctor Who (“Daleks in Manhattan”). The actor is Andrew Garfield, playing the role of Frank. Yes, that Andrew Garfield – the Spider-Man Andrew Garfield. Also, he was in The Social Network and the The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (directed by Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam, no less). The episode of Doctor Who originally aired in 2007 so Garfield was still a few years away from stardom at that point.

Now, if you’re wondering where the public TV connection is, let me just say I think a pre-fame A list star appearing in an episode of Doctor Who is connection enough but I’ll play the game. Andrew Garfield portrayed “boy with fruit” in the “Caravaggio” episode the series Simon Schama’s Power of Art which UNC-TV broadcast in 2009. Neat, eh?

“Daleks in Manhattan” encores Thursday at noon and Saturday at 4pm on UNC-MX. “Evolution of the Daleks” – the conclusion to the two-part Doctor Who adventure – airs August 28th on UNC-TV. Andrew Garfield can be seen in that, as well.

Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at and I’ll try to help out.