Monday Montage

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

NYTimes correspondent Thomas Erdbrink shares a rare journey into a private Iran often at odds with its conservative clerics and leaders. Join FRONTLINE for OUR MAN IN TEHRAN – a two-night event, beginning tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Not only is there going to be a DOWNTON ABBEY film but you could win a trip to the set! You have to go to the Big Apple to make it happen. But still… not a bad get. Continue reading


Sounds Familiar

“It is not honest food. Everything’s covered in sauces – who knows what’s underneath. Give me a wholesome plate of boiled mutton and turnips.” – Duchess of Buccleuch (Diana Rigg), referring to French Cuisine, Victoria

Tony! Tony! Tony!

The Tony Awards are Sunday night and although PBS is not airing the ceremony (I believe we carried the first hour for a few years around the turn of the century) a drama geek like me will always find a connection. As I peruse the nominees for this year’s Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, I am taken by the names I recognize from series I’ve seen on public broadcasting. No surprise, really, as Broadway attracts some of the best actors. The same can be said for the shows on UNC-TV.

So I thought I’d look over a few of the nominees (acting categories only). Consider this a sort of Where Do I Know That Actor (Tony Edition).

Let’s start with Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. Two names stand out: Renée Fleming (nominated for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel) and Diana Rigg (nominated for My Fair Lady). Fleming is a world-renowned soprano who has appeared in many operas and other musical performances we’ve shown. She’s been seen on Great Performances and The Metropolitan Opera Presents in numerous roles. Rigg, who’s had a longer career, has been a presence on our airwaves for decades. Currently, she’s the Duchess of Buccleuch on Victoria. She’s also played Adela Bradley in The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca, Mrs. Golightly in Moll Flanders and Lady Honoria Dedlock in Bleak House. For years, she was the host of Mystery! and, of course, she was Emma Peel on the 1960s spy series The Avengers. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

For millennia, only soldiers understood the paradox of war – the terror and pain in tandem with the exhilaration and profound sense of purpose. On this Memorial Day, explore the warrior’s story with insight and unflinching candor on GOING TO WAR – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Good news! Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes have begun work on season three of VICTORIA. No word on when it hits MASTERPIECE but I’ll let you know. Continue reading