Posts Tagged ‘PBS’

Downton Returns

Downton Abbey returns for a riveting season four

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

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If you missed the season four premiere of Downton Abbey, you can watch the full episode online or catch it again on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 9/8 pm on KET2.

All who tuned in last season know that Matthew Crawley – heir to Downton Abbey, husband to Lady Mary, and brand-new father to a baby boy and successor – lies dead on a country road next to his overturned roadster. The family is still grieving the death in childbirth of Sybil, who also left a baby behind.

Season four opens six months later. Although it is the 1920s, Britain still observes mourning rituals that are almost Victorian in their solemnity.

Nonetheless, the Crawleys are beginning to snap out of it: Robert, Lord Grantham, must manage the estate without his canny son-in-law, and Cora suddenly faces a staffing crisis. Violet, the Dowager Countess played by Maggie Smith, who has seen enough tragedy, knows how to recoup quickly, while Isobel, Matthew’s mother, may never recover.

As for the girls, Edith – who was jilted at the altar last season – tempts scandal with a new beau, and Mary now finds herself the most desirable widow in Yorkshire.

The servants also pick up, buck up, and get on with it – with new arrivals, departures, rivalries, and betrayals among the downstairs staff. Life goes on at Downton Abbey.

And when the season ends, you’ll need only to keep a stiff upper lip as you wait for season five! Filming is set to begin this summer in England.

The Abolitionists

To create a more perfect union, they tore the nation apart

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

Witness the struggles of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown to end slavery in The Abolitionists: American Experience. Part one of the three-part series premieres tonight at 9/8 pm on KET and Thursday, Jan. 13 at 10/9 pm on KET2.

Vividly bringing to life the epic struggles of the men and women who fought to end slavery, The Abolitionists tells the intertwined stories of Douglass, Garrison, Grimké, Stowe and Brown. Fighting body and soul, they led the most important civil rights crusade in American history.

What began as a pacifist movement became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation. Black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists tore the nation apart in order to form a more perfect union. The series, which tells the story largely through period drama narrative, airs 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in January 1863.

The Beatles

Watch the rare Beatles film Magical Mystery Tour

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Love the Beatles? You aren’t going to want to miss this!

First up is Magical Mystery Tour Revisited on Friday, Dec. 14 10/9 pm on KET. Produced at the peak of Beatlemania in 1967, Magical Mystery Tour is the least known of the various films starring the Beatles. It was never theatrically released or nationally broadcast on U.S. television, receiving only sporadic TV syndication in the 1980s.

This documentary chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the film and provides context for “the summer of love” era that set the scene for its production. This greatest Beatles story never told is packed with unseen footage and features contributions from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Martin Scorsese, Peter Fonda and Terry Gilliam, among others.

Then, following the documentary, watch Magical Mystery Tour in its entirety at 11/10 pm on KET. Released in 1967, Magical Mystery Tour was arguably ahead of its time, with a mostly improvised and loosely plotted script based around a surreal dreamlike coach trip to an unknown destination. The film is a showcase for six classic tracks including like “I Am the Walrus,” “The Fool on the Hill” and “Your Mother Should Know” and features John, Paul, George and Ringo as themselves.


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