Just saw this on Twitter. If you’re not a fan of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, I don’t think we can be friends.



Wednesday Trivia Question

What was the very first word spoken on the very first episode of the classic sketch comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus? Continue reading

Monday Montage

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Put on your cowboy boots, grab a longneck beer and get a toe-tappin’ tour of legendary Texas dancehall the Broken Spoke. Tune in as REEL SOUTH enters Honky Tonk Heaven – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has its first review. Sadly, it’s not the best.

What’s your favorite book? Easy enough question to answer perhaps – but what is America’s favorite book? THE GREAT AMERICAN READ endeavors to find out by examining the passion, power and joy of reading through the lens of 100 best-loved books as chosen by the public. THE GREAT AMERICAN READ launches Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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Go behind the headlines for the history, ceremony and traditions shaping the wedding of Prince Henry and Meghan Markle. A bevy of experts and commentators join Meredith Viera and Matt Baker for ROYAL WEDDING WATCH – beginning tonight at 10 on the Explorer Channel and continuing all week long. It all leads up to the Big Event on Saturday, which will be carried live on UNC-EX starting at 4am EST.

Rumors that director Terry Gilliam suffered a stroke may be just that. The Monty Python alum posted a message on his Twitter last week while wearing a shirt bearing the words “I’m not dead yet.” Continue reading

Monday Montage

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In 1764, Leopold Mozart moved his family to London. The city was the ultimate destination for musicians and his son Wolfgang’s time in London would prove to be fruitful. Historian and author Lucy Worsley traces this pivotal time in the young composer’s exceptional career on MOZART IN LONDON – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Director Terry Gilliam’s struggle to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is legendary. For decades, the filmmaker’s attempts to bring his story to life have seemed almost cursed. But now the project appears destined for cinemas and the very first trailer for the film has been released.

Discover the profound and remarkable story of the 550,000 Jewish Americans who served their country in World War II. See how these brave servicemen and women fought for equality and tolerance around the world on GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR II – Wednesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Felicity Kendal (Rosemary & Thyme, Good Neighbors) will appear in Noël Coward’s Hay Fever in London this summer. But ahead of the play’s opening, the veteran actress talks to The Telegraph about her life, loves and long career.

Meet the members of the only breast cancer survivors’ dragon boat racing team in Miami on ALL IN THE SAME BOAT – Sunday at 8pm on the North Carolina Channel.

And Dan Stevens was a recent guest on NPR’s Fresh Air. The Downton Abbey alum talked about his time on the PBS hit series and his starring role in the current FX series Legion.

Now here are some familiar faces celebrating birthdays this week…

April 9

Richenda Carey (The Choir) celebrates 70

Arsher Ali (The Guilty) has his 34th

Hannah Gordon (My Family And Other Animals) is 77

Sorcha Cusack (Father Brown) turns 69

April 10

Stephen Churchett (EastEnders) marks 81

April 11

Bill Irwin (Sesame Street) has his 68th

Dakota Blue Richards (Endeavour) turns 24

Ron Pember (Rumpole Of The Bailey) is 84

Derek Martin (EastEnders) celebrates 85

April 12

James Alexandrou (EastEnders) marks 33

April 13

Peter Davison (Doctor Who) has his 67th

Edward Fox (Edward & Mrs. Simpson) is 81

Marjorie Yates (A Very British Coup) turns 77

Christopher Strauli (Fortunes of War) marks 72

April 14

Peter Capaldi (The Secret Agent) celebrates 60

Robert Carlyle (The Last Enemy) has his 57th

Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga) turns 54

April 15

Emma Thompson (Fortunes of War) is 59

Sally Dexter (Poldark) has her 58th

Monday Montage

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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

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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