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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!

Forget crocodiles!

Meet the new star Down Under: Kangaroo Dundee!

He’s a man on a marsupial mission.

From his sanctuary in the bush outside Alice Springs, Chris “Brolga” Barnes cares for his orphan kangaroos, and spends months training and preparing them so that one day they can be released back into the wild.

Kangaroo Dundee — a new three-part series beginning Wednesday, June 3 at 8/7 pm on KET and Saturday, June 6 at 6/5 pm on KET2 — introduces the most recent additions to Brolga’s kangaroo family – orphan joeys Rex and Ruby.

Fragile at first, they must receive constant care from Brolga, from night feeds and toilet training, to learning to use a pillowcase as a pouch.

Over the weeks, the series follows their progress. Will they overcome the obstacles they face and one day be ready for release?

Living in a tin shack with no power, Brolga faces a sometimes lonely life, but, out in his sanctuary, he’s kept busy by his kangaroo clan.

They include Ella, a female who teaches Brolga the tricks of raising joeys.

And then there’s mob boss Roger — a ferocious adult male who takes trespassers on his turf extremely seriously.

From battling to save injured orphans, to taking on troublesome teenage wallabies, Kangaroo Dundee reveals the extraordinary lengths Brolga and his volunteers are prepared to go to in order to protect the creatures they love.




Downton Returns

Downton Abbey returns for a riveting season four

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014


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.

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