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August 24-30, 2015
Vicious Returns This Sunday with Back-to-Back Episodes!
Vicious Season 2
Popular comedy Vicious — starring legendary actors Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi — returns this weekend for an all-new season full of bickering, humor and heart. In the Season 2 premiere, Violet (Frances de la Tour) panics when her wealthy sister Lillian — whom she hasn't seen in years — announces she's coming for a visit.

Vicious airs Sunday, August 30 at 10:30pm WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.
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Join Great Performances for the Vienna Philharmonic's Annual Summer Concert!
Great Performances Annual Summer Concert 2015
Tune in as the Vienna Philharmonic performs an open-air concert from the gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. Zubin Mehta conducts, with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist, in works by Grieg, Sibelius, Richard Strauss and Johann Strauss II.

Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015 airs Friday, August 28 at 9:30pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.
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The Man Who Lost His Head with Martin Clunes
The Man Who Lost His Head
Catch Doc Martin's Martin Clunes in a very different sort of role in this light-hearted comic drama. Clunes stars as repressed museum curator Ian Bennett, who is sent to assess the possible return of an ancient Maori carving to the small, fictional New Zealand town of Otakataka. Surprises, naturally, ensue.

The Man who Lost His Head with Martin Clunes airs Saturday, August 29 at 9:30pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD. See all broadcast times →
Cooling Off in the Tidal Basin
Swimmers at Tidal Basin Beach, 1922.
It may be hard to imagine today, but for a brief period following World War I the Tidal Basin was the most popular swimming hole in Washington. Led by a push from Senator George Norris of Nebraska, Congress appropriated $35,000 to chlorinate the water and construct a bathing beach in the area now occupied by the Jefferson Memorial. The beach opened with a water carnival on August 24, 1918 and was an instant hit. People lined up for blocks to take a dip and it was Washington’s place to see and be seen... as long as you were white. Like many other public facilities of the Jim Crow era, the new swimming hole was whites-only.
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Front Row Washington Presents Cellist Zuill Bailey
Zuill Bailey
Classical WETA's Front Row Washington presents a recital from celebrated cellist and Peabody graduate Zuill Bailey. Highlights from his performance at the Phillips Collection include the cello transcription of Cesar Franck's famous Violin Sonata in A major, a work so popular it was adapted for flute, saxophone and even tuba. The program also includes an appearance by Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova, performing J.S. Bach's G minor Sonata for Solo Violin.

Front Row Washington airs Monday, August 24 at 9pm on Classical WETA 90.9 FM.Learn more →
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