Each month, The Agenda News suggests select Public Television programs that will be broadcast - mostly in the evening - on WETA & WETA UK Channel 26.
March 25 @ 10:00 EARTH’S SACRED WONDERS — The world’s best-known landmarks inspired by faith. Episode 1 of 3.Credit: Courtesy of SACRED WONDERS TEAM, BBC STUDIOS
March 29 @ Noon - GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: MADAMA BUTTERFLY — A Metropolitan Opera presentation featuring Soprano Hui He & tenor Bruce Sledge. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts Anthony Minghella’s production.
March 30 @ 9:00 GARTH BROOKS: THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE FOR POPULAR SONG— In this WETA coproduction, country music icon Garth Brooks receives the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
April 2 on WETA UK@ 8 p.m. - Father Brown, played by Mark Williams, returns to solve more mysteries in the sleepy Cotswold village of Kembleford in new Series 8.
April 3 @ 10:00 DISHING WITH JULIA— Some of today’s top chefs share insightful, funny and personal thoughts about Julia Child "the ﬁrst lady of cooking." Bon appetit! Episode 1 of 6.
April 4 @ 9:00 H2O: THE MOLECULE THAT MADE US — Water’s epic story: how it has shaped life on Earth, and how it is becoming a valued resource and scarce commodity. Episode 1 of 3.
April 5 @ 12 Noon GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: AKHNATEN— Composer Philip Glass’s portrayal of the impact of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhnaten starring Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role. Karen Kamensek conducts.
April 5 @ 3:00 p.m. A MORE OR LESS PERFECT UNION, A PERSONAL EXPLORATION BY JUDGE DOUGLAS GINSBURG — A three-part documentary series explores the U.S. Constitution. Photo courtesy of Barbara Potter.
April 7 @ 8:00 KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY— A documentary co-produced by Florentine Films & WETA in association with Ark Media - the search for the human genome & the promise of modern research, based on Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book on how genes impact heredity, disease and behavior. Part 1 of 2.
Researcher Nancy Wexler
April 9 @ on WETA UK @ 10 p.m. The Musketeers, based on Alexandre Dumas’s characters. On the streets of 17th-century Paris, three friends - Athos (Tom Burke), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) and Porthos (Howard Charles) - struggle to maintain order and protect France's royals.
April 12 @ 12 Noon GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: TURANDOT — Puccini’s ﬁnal opera with production from Franco Zefﬁrelli, set in China and starring soprano Christine Goerke in the title role. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.
Alexey Lavrov, Christine Goerke, and Eleonora Buratto
April 12 @ 10:00 BAPTISTE ON MASTERPIECE — Tcheky Karyo revives his role as French detectiveJulien Baptiste in this crime drama spin-off of The Missing. While visiting his daughter in the Netherlands, Baptiste becomes drawn into a missing persons case that may be connected to a human trafﬁcking gang. Part 1 of 6.
April 12 on WETA UK @ 11 p.m. - Hold the Sunset - a six-part BBC romantic comedy starring John Cleese and Alison Steadman as retired widowed neighbors who marry and are beset by unwanted visitors. Anne Reid co-stars.
April 15 on WETA UK @ 8 p.m. Midsomer Murders features new episodes set in a picturesque English county.
April 15 @ 9:00 BLOOD SUGAR RISING — a documentary explores the history and science of diabetes through portraits of Americans affected.
April 18 @ 7:00 THE GOOD ROAD— A documentary series, presented by WETA, that follows two best friends — hosts Earl Bridges and Craig Martin — as they travel the world to meet philanthropists and change-makers who have dedicated their lives to addressing global humanitarian issues.
April 21 @ 8:00 THE MAN WHO TRIED TO FEED THE WORLD: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE — Explore the life of 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, who tried to solve world hunger. He rescued India from a severe famine and led the “Green Revolution,” estimated to have saved one billion lives. But his work later faced criticism. Photo courtesy of John Hoines.
April 21 @ 9:00 THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN — Iain Glen & and Romola Garai star in a drama based on the true story of the bonds forged by a group of young Holocaust survivors who were brought to Calgarth Estate near Lake Windermere, England. Image below: Arek, Sala, Ike, Sam, and Chaim - Courtesy of Wall to Wall Media Limited.
April 22 @ 8:00 CLIMATE CHANGE: THE FACTS — Sir David Attenborough hosts a ﬁlm in which scientists explore the impact of climate change, potential solutions and what individuals can do to prevent further damage.
April 24 @ 10:00 WETA ARTS — The monthly WETA production spotlighting local arts honors landscape painter Bob Ross with the ﬁrst exhibit of his work on the East Coast, in Purcellville, Virginia; Laura Linton of the Glenstone Museumprovides an insider’s look at the collection and its campus in Potomac, Maryland; and Strathmore president/CEO Monica Jeffries Hazangeles discusses the Center’s vision and growth.
Joan Kowalski, President of Bob Ross, Inc.
April 28 @ 8:00 SECRETS OF THE DEAD: BUILDING NOTRE DAME — An exploration of the centuries-long construction of Notre Dame de Paris, uncovering the architectural, technical, and human challenges that played out during the turbulent history of one of the world’s most celebrated buildings.
April 29 @ 8:00 SPY IN THE WILD 2: A NATURE MINISERIES — Episode 1 of 4. The Tropics. The sequel to the popular Nature: Spy in the Wild miniseries places more animatronic spy cameras disguised as animals to secretly record animal behavior in the wild.