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April 22 - 27, 2014 Donate to WETA

This Week on WETA Television

American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire

Celebrate Earth Day with WETA TV 26 and WETA HD tonight at 9pm as we present the new American Masters documentary, A Fierce Green Fire. Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep narrate the film, which spotlights the battle for a living planet through 50 years of grassroots and global activism. It's the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement and connects the major causes of environmentalism, from conservation to climate change.

Watch TONIGHT at 9pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

American Masters: A Fierce Green Line

American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire
Tuesday, April 22 at 9pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

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Midsomer Murders: Bump in the Night

Midsomer Murders: Things That Go Bump in the Night
Thursday, April 24 at 8pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

Season VIII premieres on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD! Fletcher’s Cross undertaker Patrick Pennyman is found dead in his own chapel of rest. Suspicion points at the local spiritualist church which is heavily controversial in the village. Barnaby and Scott try to uncover the mysteries of the church as well as trying to unmask the brutal killer.

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Billy Connolly's Route 66

Billy Connolly's Route 66
Saturday, April 26 at 8pm on WETA UK

Billy Connolly starts his trek across the famous American highway with visits to Chicago's Willis Tower and Abraham Lincoln's house.

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The WETA Movie: Gypsy

The WETA Movie: Gypsy
Saturday, April 26 at 9:30pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

Based on the 1957 memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, Mervyn LeRoy’s 1962 musical focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate stage mother." Rosalind Russell stars alongside Natalie Wood and Karl Malden.

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Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife (Season 3, Episode 5)
Sunday, April 27 at 8pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

The midwives discover that a young Down Syndrome woman is six months pregnant, leading to difficult confessions and decisions. Dr. Turner suggests that Shelagh take over the running of Nonnatus House to allow an exhausted Sister Julienne to recuperate. Patsy, a new nurse, arrives at Nonnatus House, and her no-nonsense, hardworking attitude and sense of humor make her a hit with the nuns and midwives.

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This week's WETA Television schedule

Thanks for participating!

President LincolnThank you to everyone who joined WETA at the Lincoln Memorial last week to tape their readings of the Gettysburg Address as part of our national Learn the Address initiative. This WETA/Florentine Films online project is an extension of Ken Burns's recent film The Address, which premiered April 15. If you were unable to join us on the Mall, please visit to upload your Address reading, and be a part of this historic initiative!

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Thanks to our sponsor: National Gallery of Art

Classical Radio Highlight

Center Stage from Wolf Trap, Saturdays at 9pm

Wolf TrapIt's April and that means a new season of Center Stage from Wolf Trap on Classical WETA 90.9 FM. This 13-week series of hour-long programs airs Saturdays at 9pm and features intimate chamber music recitals by world-class artists recorded at the Barns at Wolf Trap. Each week's program is presented by Bill McGlaughlin and Classical WETA announcer Rich Kleinfeldt. Tune in this week for performances by Chatham Baroque, the Amsterdam Loeko Stardust Quartet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and more! Learn more →

New Mysteries

In Case You Missed It

Miss Fisher's Mysteries, Series 2 Tune in to WETA Television this week for new episodes of two popular mystery series!

On Thursday at 8pm we kick off Series VIII of Midsomer Murders. Once again, the rural countryside of a fictional county in England provides the backdrop for investigations based on the novels of Caroline Graham. At the center of the Midsomer Murders cases are Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and Detective Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins).

On Monday, April 28 at 9pm, Australian private investigator Miss Phryne Fisher is back in the second series of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Essie Davis portrays the independent, unflappable lady detective as she explores the subcultures of 1920s Melbourne, defending the innocent and juggling admirers with her usual panache.

Did you miss a program when it aired on WETA Television? Don't fret! Many are now available online, including:

  • The Address: The story of the tiny Greenwood School in Putney, VT where learning-challenged students memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address as a rite of passage.

  • Your Inner Fish: Your Inner Reptile: Learn which parts of our bodies we’ve inherited from our reptilian ancestors.

  • Nature: Touching the Wild: Join Hutto as he crosses the species divide and becomes part of a wild mule deer family.

Visit the WETA video portal to watch these and many more full-length programs!

Tonight's Primetime Television Schedule

Tonight's primetime schedule

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