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January 20-25, 2015

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This Week on WETA Television

Join PBS NewsHour for Live Coverage of the State of the Union Address

Join PBS Newshour tonight from 9-11pm for in-depth reporting and analysis as President Barack Obama delivers his sixth annual State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. The speech will cover a wide wide range of issus facing the U.S. today, from immigration and health care reform to environmental policy and national security. In addition to a live broadcast of the President's remarks and the GOP response, co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will be joined by syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks to discuss the President's speech in-depth.

PBS NewsHour coverage of the State of the Union begins TONIGHT at 9pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.

State of the Union

PBS NewsHour Coverage of the State of the Union
Tuesday, January 20 at 9:00pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD

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Doc Martin: The Movie

Get a Different Look at Portwenn with Doc Martin: The Movie

Did you know that before Doc Martin Ellingham came to Portwenn in the popular British comedy series Doc Martin, star Martin Clunes headlined a made-for-television movie by the same name? Clunes plays a successful but unhappy physician who flees London for a sleepy, seaside fishing village after discovering his wife's affair. While many aspects of the characters and setting would change significantly by the time the ongoing series rolled around, it's fun to see where it all began!

Doc Martin: The Movie airs Saturday, January 24 at 9:30pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.

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The Drama of Downton Abbey Season 5 Rolls On

The new season of PBS' most popular period drama continues this Sunday as Lord Merton delivers a bombshell to Isobel and Mary does the same to Gillingham. Police suspicions deepen over an unexplained death, while Robert and Sarah lock horns yet again.

Downton Abbey on Masterpiece airs Sunday, January 25 at 9pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.

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New Mystery Series Grantchester Continues Sunday After Downton Abbey

James Norton and Robson Green star as unlikely crime-solving partners (one's a vicar, one's a police inspector) in this new period mystery series. In the drama's second episode, Sidney's former flame throws an engagement party that leads to murder. To crack the case, Sidney and Geordie must break a code of silence.

Grantchester airs Sunday, January 25 at 10pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.

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This week's WETA Television schedule

Explore the Real Life History of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Season 5, Episode 2Fans of Downton Abbey love the popular period drama's memorable characters and dramatic plot twists. But have you ever wondered about how true to life the show is? We did, and asked Dr. Dina Copelman, a British history professor at George Mason University, to take a look at how Season 5 measures up to the real world.

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Classical Radio Highlight

Classical WETA Opera House Presents La Bohème

Met Opera production of La Boheme.Join Classical WETA Opera House this Saturday as the Metropolitan Opera performs La Bohème. Franco Zeffirelli’s classic take on Puccini’s most popular opera, the immortal tale of tragic young love, is set among the rooftops of bohemian Paris.The role of the fragile Mimì is shared by Sonya Yoncheva, Angela Gheorghiu, and Kristine Opolais, with Francesco Demuro, Michael Fabiano, and Jean-François Borras as the love-sick poet Rodolfo. Riccardo Frizza conducts.

La Bohème airs Saturday at 1pm on Classical WETA →

Classic Period Dramas on TV 26 & WETA UK

In Case You Missed It

The Jewel in the Crown Costume drama fans, rejoice! All month long, WETA Television presents encore broadcasts of two tremendously popular classic period dramas.

The Jewel in the Crown, based on Paul Scott's popular quartet of novels, was first broadcast in the U.S. in 1984 and recounts the final days of the the British Raj in India during World War II. Winner of a Golden Globe, an International Emmy and a host of other awards when it premiered, it is now considered one of the top dramas in Masterpiece history.

Poldark, a sweeping romantic saga which tells the story of an 18th century English army officer and his ever-changing fortunes, first aired in 1977 and was hailed as a British Gone with the Wind.

Both dramas air throughout January on TV 26, WETA HD and WETA UK.

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

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

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