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Plenty of Drama Yet to Unfold in 2014

With the “Call the Midwife” and “Mr. Selfridge” season finales this coming Sunday, it’s time we take a look at what’s next for drama on Wisconsin Public Television.

You can always find familiar faces on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, but the big news this week is what’s coming to Masterpiece this Summer.

Masterpiece Mystery Summer 2014 features The Escape Artist, Endeavour and Poirot

This summer, “Endeavour” returns for a second season on Masterpiece Mystery! and David Suchet makes his final (so he says) appearance as Hercule Poirot. And, Doctor Who’s David Tennant returns to our airwaves in the two-part mystery, “The Escape Artist.”

Looking further ahead to Fall 2014, “Miss Marple” and “Inspector Lewis” return to the Masterpiece lineup followed by spin-offs of “Pride & Prejudice” and “Page Eight” – visit the Masterpiece site for full details.

But all this pales in comparison to the big news that Masterpiece is bringing back “Poldark” with Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) in the lead. Turner has some big shoes to fill … as one Facebook user put it:

“Oh my goodness how can they possibly improve on the first one – will have to check it out – only one Ross and Demelza for me, but you never know – they did Forsyte Saga again with Damian Lewis and it was awesome”

The reboot of the 1975 series is scheduled to air in 2015. Meantime, let’s enjoy all the great mystery and drama yet to unfold in 2014.

Thank You

Just sending a quick “thank you” to you – one of the thousands of fellow members who has pledged to support Wisconsin Public Television during our annual Winter Membership Drive.

One of the most popular shows this drive – according to you – has been A Farm Winter With Jerry Apps in which the historian and local living legend shares stories of Wisconsin’s harshest season. Your love for this film is a good reminder that just a year ago we heard the same response for Jerry Apps: A Farm Story, which has more heartwarming stories about the more ideal seasons.

With less than a week left, we’re in the home stretch of the drive, the stage in which we air the programs you liked best. We also have a few specials that haven’t aired yet and are worth tuning in for.

Doctor-Who-Season-7On Saturday, we’re showing two full episodes of Doctor Who. Because we’re in the midst of airing Season 7, these episodes are new to WPT viewers and are the final two episodes featuring Amy and Rory, just before the Doctor gets a new travel companion.

And there are countless opportunities left to enjoy a sneak peek of Downton Abbey, Season 4 in Return to Downton. Catch up on episodes of Season 3, streaming online now.

Soon, we will back to enjoying the regular programming that we all value year-round. Thanks for supporting Wisconsin Public Television during this important membership drive, and thanks for watching.

Attention Fans of Doctor Who, BBC Mysteries and Hyacinth

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.

Just the Doctor…

Watch Doctor Who: The Next Doctor at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, July 30 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Doctor WhoThe 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.