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OWL POWER Takes Flight on NATURE

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 in PBS News.
Jan
26
OWL POWER Takes Flight on NATURE

For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children’s stories and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids. “OWL POWER” premieres on  NATURE on Wednesday, February 18, 7 PM, on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.

DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 5 The Plot Thickens!

Posted on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 in PBS News.
Jan
03
DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 5 The Plot Thickens!

Downton Abbey returns for an epic fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate—a deliciously entertaining formula that has made it the highest-rated drama in PBS history. Downton Abbey, Season 5, airs Sundays at 8 p.m., January 4 – March 1, 2015 on MASTERPIECE on KTWU/PBS.

Season 5 features returning stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Allen Leech, Robert James-Collier, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Lily James, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Samantha Bond, Ed Speleers, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, David Robb, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Daisy Lewis, Douglas Reith, Jeremy Swift, and Andrew Scarborough.

This acclaimed ensemble is joined by guest stars Harriet Walter (Atonement), reprising her role as Lady Shackleton, and Peter Egan (Death at a Funeral), who returns as Lord Flintshire, together with completely new characters played by Richard E. Grant (Girls), Anna Chancellor (The Hour), and Rade Sherbedgia (24).

KTWU DOWNTON ABBEY EVENT OFFERS FREE DRIVE-THROUGH ENGLISH TEA TASTING

Posted on Sunday, December 14th, 2014 in KTWU News.
Dec
14
KTWU DOWNTON ABBEY EVENT OFFERS FREE DRIVE-THROUGH ENGLISH TEA TASTING

Television viewers are invited to join fellow Downton Abbey devotees for KTWU’s Big Sip Drive-Through. Get a taste of England with authentic blended tea served in a “Downton Abbey” cup with branded coaster and cup sleeve. And the best part is one doesn’t even have to get out of their car!

Tea will be served in a drive up lane in front of the KTWU, local public television, studios at 19th and Jewell Avenue on the Washburn University campus in Topeka.

On Friday, December 19th, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., viewers can receive a hot cup of a special blend of Downton Abbey tea by stopping by the KTWU studio drive. There is no charge for this fun television promotional event.

Everyone can then prepare for a return to Downton Abbey when season five premieres on KTWU on Sunday, January 4, 2015. The newest episodes will be complete with Lady Mary’s courtship contest, Lady Edith’s trials as a secret single mom, Thomas’s scheming and of course, the Dowager Countess’ one-line zingers.

About KTWU
Broadcasting local public television for almost 50 years, KTWU reaches viewers in eastern Kansas and portions of Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma. KTWU offers five digital destinations for unique content: KTWU (PBS) in High Definition on Channel 11.1; KTWU/MHz Worldview on Channel 11.2; KTWU ENHANCE on Channel 11.3; KTWU.ORG, online; and KTWU MOBILE TV.  KTWU is licensed to Washburn University and was the first public television station in the state of Kansas to begin broadcasting educational programming. For more information on KTWU-TV, visit the online site at ktwu.org.

About Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is a Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE Co-Production written and created by Julian Fellowes. The series’ many honors include ten Emmys®, two Golden Globes®, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards®. Season 4 received 12 Emmy® nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series.

MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Funding for the series is provided by Viking River Cruises and Ralph Lauren Corporation with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future.

For DVDs and more Downton Abbey items, visit shopPBS.org.

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WASHBURN UNIVERSITY VESPERS 2014

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 in KTWU Productions.
Dec
09
WASHBURN UNIVERSITY VESPERS 2014

Again this year, KTWU is pleased to present the Washburn University choir, singers, and orchestra celebrating the holiday season with traditional songs and melodies in the 150th Anniversary Concert. Recorded live at White Concert Hall last weekend, KTWU will air the television program this Sunday, December 14th at 7 PM on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.

DOWNTON ABBEY Rediscovered

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 in KTWU News.
Nov
25
DOWNTON ABBEY Rediscovered

KTWU viewers eagerly await the debut of the new season of DOWNTON ABBEY on Masterpiece on January 4, 2015. But first, relive treasured moments from Downton Abbey’s first four seasons and get a tantalizing preview of what’s in store for the Crawleys and the staff in Season 5. Video clips, cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage 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? Celebrate the joys, triumphs and intrigue taking place at Downton Abbey — upstairs and down. Bernadette Peters hosts. Join us for “DOWNTON ABBEY Rediscovered” on Sunday, November 30, at 8 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.

THE CANDY BOMBER is WWII Heartwarming Story

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 in KTWU News.
Nov
25
THE CANDY BOMBER is WWII Heartwarming Story

To children living in the rubble of post-war Germany, it was candy from heaven.  Some saw it as a sign that somebody in America cared about them.  To Colonel Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, who became known worldwide as the Candy Bomber, the Berlin Airlift was healing balm on the wounds of war.  He and his fellow American pilots dropped more than two million tons of supplies and 23 tons of candy to German citizens and children during the Berlin Airlift. KTWU presents the inspiring story of the Utah pilot whose simple gesture of goodwill won the hearts of a former enemy and made him a hero to people around the world. Watch “THE CANDY BOMBER” on Tuesday, December 2, at 9 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.

HETTY WAINTHROPP INVESTIGATES on KTWU

Posted on Monday, November 17th, 2014 in KTWU News.
Nov
17
HETTY WAINTHROPP INVESTIGATES on KTWU

Hetty Wainthropp is a retired working-class woman from North West England, who has a knack for jumping to conclusions and solving crimes of varying bafflement which often are too minor to concern the police. Although on occasion her husband offers assistance, he more often than not tends to the home while Hetty gads about the countryside with young Geoffrey in search of resolution and justice. Patricia Routledge of KEEPING UP APPEARANCES stars in this gentle British crime/comedy drama series on KTWU! HETTY WAINTHROPP INVESTIGATES airs on Sundays at 10 PM on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.

LIGHTS CAMERA AUCTION ONLINE BIDDING CONTINUES THROUGH WED NIGHT!

Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2014 in KTWU Productions.
Oct
31
LIGHTS CAMERA AUCTION ONLINE BIDDING CONTINUES THROUGH WED NIGHT!

Lots of exciting items were up for bid just in time for early holiday shoppers during last weekend’s annual KTWU LIGHTS CAMERA AUCTION. But we have some stragglers, some items where high bidders could not be confirmed.  We have put these treasures back up online where bidding continues on these few items through Wednesday, November 12 at approximately 9 PM. If you missed out, or are just still looking for that special  gift, check out the remaining online auction items right now.

Bid online anytime, bidding is going on now!

KTWU Local Election Programming in October

Posted on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 in KTWU Productions.
Oct
05
KTWU Local Election Programming in October

KTWU, local public television, welcomes candidates for the 2014 political election process into the studio to present their platforms to viewers at home.

YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE ’14: IGI ELECTION SPECIAL:
UNITED STATES SENATE RACE 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2 PM
One on one interview with host Janet Thompson Jackson featuring candidate Greg Orman

YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE ’14: SECRETARY OF STATE
Wednesday, October 22, 7 PM
Encore Showings Wednesday, October 22, 10 PM
Friday, October 24, 8 PM
Sunday, October 26, 2 PM
Forum style program featuring candidates Kris Kobach and Jean Kurtis Schodorf

YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE ’14: IGI ELECTION SPECIAL: KANSAS GOVERNOR’S RACE 2014
Thursday, October 23, 7:30 PM
Encore Showings Friday, October 24, 8 PM
Sunday, October 26, 3 PM
One on one interviews with host Janet Thompson Jackson featuring candidates Sam Brownback, Paul Davis and Keen A. Umbehr

YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE ’14: 2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Wednesday, October 29, 7 PM
Encore Showing Wednesday, October 29, 10 PM
Forum style program featuring candidates Lynn Jenkins, Margie Wakefield and Christopher Clemmons

Times listed are for airings on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1

Candidates listed are scheduled to appear as of this posting, some candidates are not participating in these programs

Theatre of the Mind Presents THE INVISIBLE MAN

Posted on Sunday, September 28th, 2014 in KTWU Productions.
Sep
28
Theatre of the Mind Presents THE INVISIBLE MAN

This year’s THEATRE OF THE MIND production recorded in the KTWU studio is H.G. Wells, THE INVISIBLE MAN. Adapted and directed by Philip Grecian, this is another outstanding 1940’s-style radio play performance. THE INVISIBLE MAN premieres on KTWU-HD on Friday, October 3, at 8 p.m.

In the village of Iping, in a blinding snowstorm, a heavily muffled stranger arrives at the local inn demanding a room. His head is bandaged and his eyes concealed behind blue goggles. His possessions arrive the following day – scores of strange glass bottles and boxes of books. All is well, until the landlady begins to make inquiries, the stranger loses his temper, strips off his wrappings and is…invisible!  The chemicals used to achieve invisibility have begun to affect his mind, and he plans a reign of terror, using his invisibility to subjugate the village and eventually, he claims, the nation. Completely mad, the Invisible Man goes on a rampage. No one is safe.

As has been the custom with these dramas, the actors often play multiple roles and employ vintage microphones to simulate radio’s Golden Age with live physical sound effects. They portray period radio performers, and so the mysterious presence of the invisible man is created through “theatre of the mind” in the imaginations
of the listening audience.