Archive for January, 2013


Monday, January 21st, 2013

Six episodes combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts — Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant — to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Each episode combines interviews with actors, directors and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from some of the most celebrated film and television adaptations, and illustrative excerpts from the plays specially staged for the series at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED premieres on Friday, January 25th at 8 p.m. and continues on Fridays through February 8th. Individual episodes are:

Macbeth With Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke invites viewers to join him in his quest to play Shakespeare’s murderous Thane of Cawdor by uncovering the true story that served as inspiration, immersing himself in some of the most memorable and innovative productions and discovering Shakespeare’s extraordinary insights into the criminal mind. Friday, January 25, 8 p.m.

The Comedies With Joely Richardson

Joely Richardson investigates (with her mother Vanessa Redgrave) the legacy of these two brilliant cross-dressing comedies and the great comic and romantic heroines created by Shakespeare in two perennially popular plays. Friday, January 25, 9 p.m.

Richard II With Derek Jacobi

Derek Jacobi returns to a role he played 30 years ago, coaches actors at the Globe in aspects of the play, reveals why it could have cost Shakespeare his life — and shares some of the extraordinary modern political parallels within the play that still resonate as dictators are deposed. Also featured are notable excerpts from the upcoming GREAT PERFORMANCES film adaptation starring Ben Whishaw and Patrick Stewart. Friday, February 1, 8 p.m.

Henry IV & Henry V With Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons (who stars as Henry IV in the upcoming new GREAT PERFORMANCES film adaptation) uncovers the enduring appeal of Shakespeare’s “history plays,” from the facts of English history to the father-son drama that Shakespeare created. He discloses what Shakespeare’s sources were — and how he distorted them. He invites the viewer behind the scenes at the filming of some of the most important sequences in the new GREAT PERFORMANCES adaptations of both plays, starring Irons, with Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal. Friday, February 1, 9 p.m.

Hamlet With David Tennant

An acclaimed Hamlet himself in the RSC’s recent hit production (and another recent GREAT PERFORMANCES production), David Tennant meets with fellow Hamlets, including superstar Jude Law, comparing notes on the titanic challenge of playing the most iconic of all roles. He also tries, alongside Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw, to master the meaning of the play and the reason why it is considered the greatest of Shakespeare’s works. Friday, February 8, 8 p.m.

The Tempest With Trevor Nunn

Trevor Nunn, the legendary director who has directed 30 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays and is determined to complete them all before he retires, takes viewers through the magical and mysterious world created in Shakespeare’s last complete play. He considers The Tempest Shakespeare’s farewell from the stage and relates the play to the playwright’s family life. Among the enthusiastic students of the play who contribute ideas about the role of Prospero is the Archbishop of Canterbury, along with Helen Mirren and director Julie Taymor, who collaborated on the most recent film adaptation — with Mirren playing a female Prospera. Friday, February 8, 9 p.m.

PBS NEWSHOUR Offers Live Coverage of Inauguration of President Obama

Friday, January 18th, 2013

PBS NEWSHOUR will provide comprehensive live coverage of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.  A special daytime edition of the PBS NewsHour broadcast anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff begins at 10 A.M. on Monday, January 21, 2013 on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.  Online, the PBS NewsHour team will offer extensive reporting on the people, the process and the history of past celebrations. A live stream of the inaugural can be accessed on the KTWU Homepage using the “Streaming PBS NEWSHOUR” link.

The broadcast special includes live coverage at the Capitol building, including the swearing-in and President Obama’s second inaugural address.  Plus, it will feature analysis by the NewsHour’s regular commentators syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.   Presidential historians Richard Norton Smith, Beverly Gage and Annette Gordon-Reed will contribute perspective and historical context

Online, the PBS NewsHour website will list the schedule for the day’s events with a breakdown of what’s happening where and when.  You can read our Inauguration Live Blog and watch a live stream of our broadcast special as well as extended live coverage of the inaugural parade.

Other Online Features include:

  • An Interview with Stephen Ayers, Architect of the Capitol, who oversaw construction of the massive stage and viewing stands built on the Capitol grounds for the inauguration
  • A Feature Report on Presidential Second Terms throughout history
  • A Presidential History Quiz to test your knowledge
  • NewsHour correspondents Ray Suarez and Hari Sreenivasan will report from the National Mall for the website and that evening’s broadcast of the NewsHour.
  • An Inauguration Lesson Plan for Teachers: Attention middle and high school teachers, PBS NewsHour Extra! has developed a lesson plan that correlates to national standards to help teach students about presidential history and the inauguration.
  • Reports from Rising Stars: As part of a larger effort to recruit rising stars for future public media newsrooms, PBS NewsHour held a competition to identify leading student journalists across the country.  The fourteen winning student journalists will travel to D.C. to participate in a multimedia short course and provide special coverage of the inauguration. More information and their reports can be found here:

Tune in to KTWU at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 21st or online at for the PBS NEWSHOUR Inauguration Special.

British Crime Series DCI BANKS New to KTWU

Monday, January 7th, 2013

New to KTWU, DCI Banks is a British crime drama series based on Peter Robinson’s novels. Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot in thrilling crime stories.  Suggested for mature audiences.  Premieres, Monday, January 7, 9 PM on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.