WETA TV In Washington DC To Launch New British TV Channel

BRITS and Anglophiles will be rejoicing June 2 in The Washington, DC area – that’s the day WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital will being airing WETA UK, an innovative channel devoted to presenting British television programming at its best, around the clock, seven days a week. The new, local channel will feature classics, new favorites, and contemporary series currently airing in Britain.

“British programming has long proven popular with our audience on our principal

channel, WETA TV 26,” Kevin Harris, vice president and television station manager of WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital, told Union Jack.

“WETA UK will offer television viewers throughout Greater Washington the opportunity to watch even more of the British drama and comedy that they enjoy.”

Among its many offerings, WETA UK will present a host of dramatic miniseries – including MI-5, Hustle, Waking the Dead, Primeval and New Tricks, several of which currently air in Britain – in addition to such popular classics as All Creatures Great and Small, Ballykissangel, vintage Doctor Who, Inspector Morse, Monarch of the Glen, Prime Suspect, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes and productions from the series Masterpiece (including classics such as I, Claudius). Each Saturday night, the WETA UK Movie will present the best in feature film-length contemporary drama, and beginning this fall.

These programs will air alongside an impressive roster of British comedies new and old, such as Chef!, Doc Martin, Outnumbered, Miranda, Fawlty Towers, My Family, Vicar of Dibley, Keeping Up Appearances, To the Manor Born, Last of the Summer Wine, Waiting for God, Are You Being Served?

WETA UK will be available free over the air on Channel 26.2 in Greater Washington. On subscription services, the channel can be found on Comcast 265, Cox 800, FiOS 474 and RCN 39.

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