From Victoria and Albert to Harry and Meghan, nobody does royal weddings like the BBC. Join our partners across the pond for five nights of front-row coverage – live from London! – leading up to live coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and American actress Meghan Markle.
Each episode of Royal Wedding Watch unpacks the history, tradition and ceremony surrounding a royal wedding, as well as insight into the union of two very different families. Featuring experts such as historian Lucy Worsley and reporter Anita Rani, the program is hosted by Meredith Vieira and the UK’s Matt Baker.
Did you have a childhood imaginary friend? I didn’t, but I sometimes wished I could dream one up. For a little while I tried to pretend that I believed I had one (an imaginary scenario within an imaginary scenario), but I eventually realized that real-life friends were just as great, albeit less agreeable.
The critically acclaimed series Moone Boy focuses on the companionship between 11-year-old Martin, the youngest child in the loud and chaotic Moone family, and his imaginary friend, played by Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The ITCrowd, Friends With Kids). The semi-autobiographical show was partially filmed in O’Dowd’s hometown of Boyle, Ireland.
As a comedy enthusiast who follows the work of both O’Dowd and another Moone Boy cast member, Steve Coogan (The Trip, Saxondale, Night at the Museum), I cannot wait for the show to premiere 8:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.
Eleven is a difficult age, and while Martin deals with school bullies and his hectic family, he finds that his imaginary friend is always by his side, offering a helping hand, and often some mischief along the way. I have a feeling that Moone Boy will offer a hearty helping of laughs, and perhaps make us wonder if life would be easier if we each had our own imaginary friend.
If you’ve been watching Tiger — Spy in the Jungle, you’ve enjoyed the most intimate glimpse at the lives of tigers ever filmed, from birth to playful adolescence and beyond. If you haven’t been watching, here’s your chance.
When you think of a stealthy spy, an elephant is probably the last living creature that comes to mind. Large, lumbering and slow, their prowess is doubtful. Yet, when it comes to documenting the lives tigers in the jungle, elephants are the perfect infiltrators.
The creators of Tiger — Spy in the Jungle, recognizing elephants’ remarkable intelligence and sensitivity, trained the giants to carry cameras on their tusks and trunks to collect footage, providing a glimpse into a striped world that would otherwise remain a mystery.
The trained elephant detectives used their Tuskcams and Trunkcams to shadow a group of tigers wherever they went, collecting film that shows the different stages of the tigers’ lives. Tiger — Spy in the Jungle also shows how the tigers interact with the other jungle animals, and how those interactions mature as the tigers age.
WPT is about to get a booster shot loaded with new British comedy and drama shows. That means that over the next few days you’ll get a chance to see several series premieres, including the following:
7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5
Follows the adventures of a Roman Catholic priest who has a knack for solving crimes in his community. No kidding. Based on the short stories by GK Chesterton.
Dalziel & Pascoe 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3
Set in a fictional Yorkshire town, this duo is always on hand to solve the classic murder mystery, while maintaining a down to earth wit and humor. (New to us, this series premiered in 1996).
8:45 Saturday, Oct. 5
Three generations of a family play host to customers at a seafront cafe in this warm comedy series.
Me & Mrs. Jones
9:35 Thursday, Oct. 3
This laugh-out-loud look at modern day family life follows the increasingly complex life of a single mother, Mrs. Jones, as she balances love, affection and motherhood.
And, the aforementioned medical jargon — not just a cheesy way to get your attention — was a slight reference that new Doc Martin is coming sometime in 2014. (Note: Doc Martin is produced by ITV, not BBC. But hey… they’re both British). Enjoy this first look at Season 6, courtesy of PBS member station WETA’s Telly Visions blog.
Enjoy a fantastic lineup of musical performances Saturday, March 9 on Wisconsin Public Television.
We’ll be bringing you great programs that you know and love all day Saturday, but I thought it might be nice to give you a little taste of things to come. For a full look at programming, you can check out our online schedule.
Magic Moments: The Best of ’50s Pop
6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9
Take a step back in time to celebrate some of the greatest pop hits of the ’50s with artists like Mel Carter, the Four Aces, the Chordettes, the Four Lads, Patti Page, Don Cherry and the Crew Cuts. What could be better than a trip down memory lane with some of your old favorites?
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9
Take a trip to London (in the 1960s) and sit back with some of the greats like the Stones, The Who, John Lennon and much much more. I have to say I’m not even that big of a fan of “old school” rock and roll. However, I’m very curious to see such a large production that was originally pulled from the BBC lineup for “substandard performance.” Only to have all of the footage collected over the years and put back together into what we have for you now.
The Doors Live at the Bowl ’68
10:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9
What more can I say? Sit back, relax, and enjoy the acclaimed performance of The Doors at the 1968 Hollywood Bowl with their hits “Light My Fire,” “Hello, I Love You” and “The End.”
This fall, Wisconsin Public Television is rolling out a bunch of “new” programs. (If you’re impatient, the promos are at the end) As is the case every fall we have new episodes of Nature, NOVA, Austin City Limits and other public television staples. But there are a few other programs coming this fall that will give our Thrusday, Friday and Saturday nights a bit of a fresh look.
Throughout most of the summer, Poirot was the Thursday night detective-in-residence. He’ll take a bit of a furlough, making room for Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, which premieres 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Any fan of Keeping Up Appearances will recognize the star sleuth as Patricia Routledge, best known for her role as Hyacinth Bucket (it’s pronounced bou-quet!).
Inspector George Gently enters the schedule Friday, Oct. 5. It stars the popular Martin Shaw, and the unique plot line to this detective series is that it’s set in 1960s Britain.
And Saturday nights once again belong to the Doctor. Doctor Who, that is, returns Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8:50 for the entire run of season 6. The first episode finds the Doctor, Amy and Rory, and River Song in the western U.S. desert. The weirdness only increases when an Apollo astronaut enters the picture. As a bonus catch a behind-the-scenes look at the show in the Doctor Who Confidential, following each episode.
If you’re a close reader, you noticed the word “new” above in quotes. Why? Let’s just say it’s never our intention to obscure the truth, and the truth is all these programs are new to WPT, not necessarily TV in general. Hetty Wainthropp hit the BBC in the ’90s and even had a run on Masterpiece. Gently began its run in 2007, but it’s the first time he’s been on our air. And Doctor Who is currently in its 7th season on BBC America.
But we’re happy to have all these programs on our air, because even in a world of Satellite TV, BitTorrent and Netfilx, there’s still a place for good ‘ole public television. For instance, I use Netflix, and even used it to watch the first episode of Doctor Who, Season 6. The thing is, my TV is a Samsung, and for whatever reason, the picture blinks periodically while watching Netflix. If the Doctor were only available on Netflix, I’d tolerate it. But I’ve waited to watch the second episode, knowing I can tune in to WPT over-the-air and watch it blink-free. Which just might save me from the monsters in the first episode. Watch it, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
Watch Lonesome George and the Battle for the Galapagos tonight at 7 on Wisconsin Public Television.
Lonesome George was one of the world’s most well-known tortoises. Living for many years as the last remaining Pinta Island giant tortoise in the rare and exotic wildlife of the Galapagos, George was also described as the world’s loneliest tortoise. You can follow the story of Lonesome George’s life and his death this past June — leaving his species instinct — in the fascinating BBC documentary airing tonight on WPT. (Watch a clip below.)
The program outlines the challenges faced by the world’s delicate ecosystems and the people working each day to ensure that other animals don’t end up at the end of their species line.
But, we wanted to take the opportunity to let everyone know that they don’t need to cry over George’s loneliness. In fact, while there might not have been any other tortoises around to keep him company — he had plenty of visitors. When this program was announced in a WPT schedule meeting awhile back, our Audience Services manager, Sarah, exclaimed, “I’ve met Lonesome George!” Sure enough, take a closer look at the picture above and you’ll see a bit of smile on the faces of Sarah and a not-so-lonely tortoise during a visit in 2004.
Watch Garrow’s Law at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 9 on Wisconsin Public Television.
Finally, a crime drama that doesn’t just add a new city to its name to make it sound new and different from all the other shows out there. I can’t even count how many there are anymore. Between the CSIs and the Law and Orders, they all just kind of blend together.
Once those ideas were exhausted, network after network just seemed to pick a specific part of crime to focus on. Some made a show surrounding some special type of forensic method, while others picked a particular type of crime, and still more came up with a unique crime solver.
Oddly enough, none of the networks ever thought to change the era of the show…
The Doctor is in! Or out… I’m never really sure. I don’t think anyone else can take you to more places and times without ever leaving the couch. How many episodes do you think it took to go on all of those adventures? Don’t cheat and Google it either.
It’s a little disappointing that time travel isn’t possible when you think of all the adventures we could be having. Of course there are theories that it’s possible to travel forward through time, but that’s not very useful. As for going backwards, I’ve never met anyone from the future – have you? Seems like if we ever did master traveling backward in time, at some point someone would have come back and given us a little bit of technology or advice.
Note: The episode may have aired before… but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a surprise.