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He’s Poldark — and handsome

All-new Masterpiece recreates 1970s hit series

Almost 40 years ago Captain Ross Poldark galloped across the TV screens of millions of PBS viewers, vexing villains and winning female hearts in one of Masterpiece’s earliest hit series, Poldark.

Now the gallant captain rides again in a thrilling new version with all the action, adventure, and romance of the original, plus even more spectacular Cornish scenery and local color. It begins Sunday at 9/8 pm on KET and Thursday at 9/8 pm on KET2.

Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) stars as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is about to marry his first cousin.

A ratings hit when it aired on the BBC, Poldark was praised by the British press: “An intoxicating cocktail of lusty romance and historical drama, set among the crashing ocean waves and savage beauty of Cornwall,” said the Mail on Sunday.

In a special appearance, Robin Ellis, who starred as Ross Poldark in Masterpiece’s original adaptation, plays Reverend Halse, the village’s sin-obsessed parson.

The series is based on a beloved series of novels by Winston Graham. The first, Ross Poldark, was published in 1945; the last, Bella Poldark, appeared in 2002, the year before Graham’s death. All 12 are subtitled A Novel of Cornwall and trace the fortunes of a landed, mine-owning family in Cornwall two centuries ago.

Don’t miss a minute of this spectacular new summer series!

Islands without Cars

Ditch your Dodge for this unique new series

Doesn’t everyone long for a simpler time? Much as we love our smartphones, online streaming, Instagram — and InstaEverything™ — there’s something so very evocative of the image of ourselves immersed in a life unplugged and unencumbered by a car.

And so it is in Islands without Cars with Kira Hesser, which takes a rare and whimsical look at life without cars, buses, or trains. The series airs Thursdays at 10:30/9:30 pm on KET2 and Sundays at 11:30/10:30 pm on KET.

On small, remote, and sparsely populated isles scattered throughout Europe, most of the inhabitants travel and transport goods by donkey, bicycle, and other non-motorized vehicles. It may seem like a bygone era, but for some, it is a modern reality.

Hesser, who calls herself an independent traveler with a love of history, is our youthful and energetic host and tackles the trip with enthusiasm, taking us to the remote islands of Hydra in Greece; Sark, the Channel Islands; Inis Meain in Ireland; Italy’s Aeolians, Zlarin and Krapanj in Croatia; and France’s Porquerroles.

First up is Italy’s Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago renowned for perfect weather, beautiful scenery, deep caverns, blue grottoes, steep cliffs, ancient ruins, thermal healing resorts, and volcanoes — including one of the most active on the planet, erupting almost continuously for the last 2,000 years!

Next it’s off to Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, dotted with over a thousand unique and beautiful islands. Zlarin is known for its beautiful coral, and the even smaller island of Krapanj is celebrated for its history of sponge harvesting. You’ll also visit  the car-free medieval walled old-town section of Dubrovnik.

On Sark, a ruggedly beautiful island in the English Channel, live 600 people on the last feudal state in the western world. On this trip you’ll see the single-cell jail for drunkards, demonstrations in pottery-making, chocolate-mixing, carriage driving, and cave exploring — and meet a rocking horse carver, a water colorist, and a hotel operator straight out of Fawlty Towers.

And from there it’s on to Ireland’s Inis Meain. According to legend, in the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell, the fanatical Protestant “Lord Protector” of England, gave the Irish Catholics a choice: they could go to hell or go to Connacht. Some went further still  — all the way to three ruggedly beautiful islands off of Ireland’s west coast.

“The Greek Island of Hydra” is an exploration into the lives of American and British ex-patriot writers and artists who have responded to the Siren’s call and reinvented their lives on this tiny, preserved architectural and historical landmark — which also happens to be the only developed Greek island without cars.

Our last stop takes us to France and the island of Porquerolles, which is dotted with five small ranges of hills, lined with cliffs and beaches, and renowned for the best weather in France with 275 sunny days per year.

Have you ever been to one of these otherworldly places — or anywhere just as far from the ordinary? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to tune in for this unique series.

Summer days are ahead! New times for kids’ programming

School is out for the summer — or soon will be across the Commonwealth. (Thanks to our snowy winter, a lot of schools are heading into June still holding classes.)

But we’re starting summer anyway! Beginning June 2, our daytime kids’ schedule is changing, with the goal of providing a better mix of shows all day long.

For all you curious Georges out there, here are the details. Times Eastern/Central.


6/5 am
6:30/5:30 am
Sid the Science Kid


7/6 am
7:30/6:30 am
8/7 am
8:30/7:30 am
9/8 am
9:30/8:30 am
10/9 am
11/10 am
11:30/10:30 am
Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts
Curious George
Curious George
Peg + Cat
Dinosaur Train
Sesame Street
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Noon/11 am
2:30 pm/11:30 am
1 pm/noon
1:30/12:30 pm
2/1 pm
2:30/1:30 pm
3/2 pm
3:30/2:30 pm
4/3 pm
4:30/3:30 pm
5/4 pm
5:30/4:30 pm
Dinosaur Train
Dinosaur Train
Super Why!
Thomas & Friends
Peg + Cat
Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
Curious George
Curious George
Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts


6/5 pm
6:30/5:30 pm
Martha Speaks

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