Archive for November, 2014

Oppa Grantham style

Celebrate the holiday like you’re living in an abbey

They didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving at Downton Abbey, but they did do a lot of entertaining. There is right way and a wrong way to do things, of course, as the Crawleys are definitely not like other people. As the Dowager Countess says, without all the pomp and circumstance, they’d be like the wild men of Borneo.

Watch as the actors and series historical advisor Alastair Bruce explore the rites and rituals of traditional entertaining.

And you know all that food doesn’t get there by itself. See how Daisy and the rest of the kitchen staff does it in this video featuring the cast talking about the heart of the Downton kitchen: Mrs. Patmore.

Hungry for more? Read this Masterpiece article on the food secrets of Downton, with series food stylist Lisa Heathcote, to learn insider secrets about preparing and filming the gourmet grandeur that is Downton Abbey’s food.

And don’t forget about our free special preview events for the first episode of the new season! The first is in Louisville Dec. 18, followed by Lexington on Dec. 20. Registration is required, so sign up now.

Be sure mark your calendar now for the premiere of Season 5 of Masterpiece Classic’s “Downton Abbey” Sunday, Jan. 4 at 9/8 pm on KET.

And have a happy Grantsgiving from KET!

That’s the ticket for WinterPledge

Watch it at home, see it live when you donate

When you make a donation to KET during WinterPledge, you can choose tickets to area concerts and events as our thank-you gift to you!

Just like on KET, there’s something for everyone: the Wild Kratts for the kids; for the Anglophiles, Celtic Thunder and the Fabby Abbey Ball — and for those about to rock, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Choose your ticket by clicking the links below, or donate without a thank-you gift at Each donation of at least $50 includes a year’s subscription to Visions, KET’s program guide and member magazine. With a $75 donation, you receive our Member Card, which you can use to take advantage of two-for-one savings at restaurants, hotels, and attractions throughout the state.

And be sure to tune in for all the exciting and enriching programs we’re airing this year Nov. 28-Dec. 7 during WinterPledge 2014.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Dec. 11, Rupp Arena, Lexington

Straight No Chaser

Dec. 17, EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond

Wild Kratts Live
Jan. 25, EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond

Celtic Thunder

March 31, Norton Center for the Arts, Danville

Fabby Abbey Ball
April 25, Spindletop Hall, Lexington

Kentucky Collectibles Appraisal Fair

May 30, the Frazier History Museum, Louisville

WinterPledge is coming!

Enjoy great programs and support KET’s mission

What better way to welcome the holiday season than with WinterPledge, KET’s year-end fundraiser featuring programs to help you enjoy this special time of year. It’s coming up soon, Nov. 28 through Dec. 7.

Mark your calendar now for an all-new program featuring Bing Crosby (1903-1977) who was, without doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the 20th century.

Bing Crosby Rediscovered: American Masters, premiering Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 8/7 pm on KET, explores the life and legend of this iconic performer, revealing a man far more complex than his public persona.

As you watch this and other WinterPledge specials — such as Downton Abbey Rediscovered and Classic Hollywood: Musicals — remember that part of KET’s mission is to open the window on the worlds of music, art, dance, and theater to seasoned audiences and new generations as well.

In this new special previewing the fifth season of Masterpiece Classic’s smash hit “Downton Abbey,” — which is coming in January! — revisit previous seasons and relish video clips, cast interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage, which help answer some burning questions: Is Lady Mary ready for romance? Did Mr. Bates kill Mr. Green? What will become of Edith’s baby? Carson and Mrs. Hughes — will they or won’t they?

KET is committed to allowing all Kentuckians, no matter their age and circumstance, the opportunity to watch and enjoy period dramas, science and nature programs, educational children’s shows, documentaries, and current events and news programming.

And all of it is thanks to you! Because of your continued financial support of KET, we are able to present Doc Martin Behind the Scenes, The Best of 50s Pop, Celtic Thunder Christmas, and Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions for You and more.  Support our mission of helping Kentuckians from all walks of life explore Kentucky, and the world.

Make your generous WinterPledge donation of support by calling (800) 866-0366 or go online at

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