TV

Great Performances presents the musical "Company"

Nov 8, 2013
Courtesy of Chris Lee

Tonight at 9 p.m. on West Virginia PBS

Vera joins Thursday night mysteries on WV PBS

Nov 7, 2013
American Public Television

Thursdays at 9 p.m. beginning Nov. 7 on WV PBS

Academy Award nominee and BAFTA Brenda Blethyn (Secrets and Lies; Atonement) stars as Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in the new  detective series Vera.

Vera is an experienced and brilliant murder investigator in the North East England county of Northumberland. Kind-hearted but an inherent loner, Vera freely admits she can become obsessed with her job; driven by her own demons, the detective faces the world with caustic wit, guile and courage.

Episodes this month:

Secrets of Selfridges

Nov 3, 2013
Courtesy of Andrew Meredth

Tonight at 8 p.m. on WV PBS

The Law Works - Sentencing in Criminal Cases

Nov 1, 2013

Why are some convicted criminal defendants sentenced more harshly than others? If two people commit the same offense, and are convicted of it, sometimes one goes home, and the other to prison. Why is that?  Judge Alan Moats and Judge Russell Clawges join Dan Ringer to discuss Sentencing in Criminal Cases on this episode of The Law Works.

Halloween programming on WV PBS tonight

Oct 31, 2013
Trina Haynes

Watch WV PBS tonight beginning at 9 p.m.

9:00 p.m. -- Haunted Texas: Peyton Colony -- Host Jeanine Plumer investigates ghost sightings at an abandoned settlement established by former slaves after the Civil War in Peyton Colony, Texas, also known as Freedman's Colony. Residents in the area have reported visions of African Americans dressed in period clothing, as if time never passed.

The Law Works - Buying a House

Oct 25, 2013

Matthews Rhys in THE SCAPEGOAT
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There's a widely known saying that everyone has a twin out there somewhere in the world. But what happens when you actually meet that doppleganger? We're about the find out.

THE SCAPEGOAT, a new British drama, will premiere on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 9 p.m. on WV PBS.

The Legendary Broadcast of "War of the Worlds"

Oct 22, 2013
Courtesy of Photofest, Inc.

On October 30, 1938, just after 8 p.m. on the east coast, the millions of Americans tuned to CBS Radio were treated to an unusual dramatization of H.G. Wells’s classic "The War of the Worlds," performed by 23-year-old wunderkind Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater on the Air. Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, the next day’s headlines reported that thousands of others — perhaps a million or more — were plunged into panic, convinced that America was under a deadly Martian attack.

Unlock the Secrets of the Tower of London

Oct 22, 2013
Courtesy of Historic Royal Places

Standing guard over its city for nearly 1,000 years, the Tower of London has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armory and the Royal Mint. Over the centuries it has gone from a symbol of imperialism and tyranny to a national treasure--the protector of the crown jewels and many other historic British traditions.

Press tour photo
Courtesy of Rahoul Ghose/PBS

A new six-part series titled The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross will chronicle the full sweep of African-American history. Beginning with the origins of slavery, the series will present four centuries of truly remarkable historic events up to present day.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. beginning Oct. 22 on WV PBS. 

The Cast of The Cafe
Courtesy BBC Worldwide

You're about to be introduced to a zany cast of characters at a small seaside English cafe. Run by three generations of women, The Cafe -- the newest British comedy to be added to the WV PBS program library -- plays host to the strangest array of customers to hit the small screen. The series is warm and funny, and as is the case with most of our British comedies, it's filled with observational humor.

The Law Works - Americans with Disabilities Act

Oct 18, 2013
Robin Mazza / WV PBS

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communication and governmental activities.  Sounds nice, but what does it mean to you and your family. Beth Loy of the Job Accommodation Network and Carol Kisner McGraw, an Occupational Therapist join host Dan Ringer to talk about the ADA on this episode of The Law Works.

Official Bridge Day Logo
New River Gorge Bridge Day Commission

This Saturday, hordes of people will gather on the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County and watch people jump off of it. Bridge Day has been celebrated for over 30 years now with daredevils BASE jumping from the top of the bridge to the New River below.

As part of our mission of "Telling West Virginia's Story,"  we will broadcast special programming this week on WV PBS.2, celebrating the upcoming Bridge Day celebration.

Actor Liev Shreiber, host of Superheroes documentary
Courtesy of Stephanie Berger

It's not a bird or a plane, and it can't leap tall buildings in a single bound. And at three hours, it's not going to be faster than a speeding bullet.

But what Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle will be is informative and entertaining. It's finally here. We premiere this documentary on WV PBS Tuesday, Oct. 15, beginning at 8 p.m.

56 Up on POV
Documentary poster

Imagine your life in a bubble since age 7. Every 7 years, cameras returned to capture your life and interview you, revealing your dreams to everyone. You grow up before the world. And now you're 56.

WV PBS brings the eighth film in a series begun 49 years ago in England when a group of 7-year-olds were chosen for this landmark documentary series. "56 UP" will air on POV Monday, Oct. 14, at 10 p.m. on WV PBS.

Downton Abbey, Season 2
Courtesy of Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE

Everyone is anxiously awaiting the Jan. 5 premiere of season 4 of Masterpiece Classic's "Downton Abbey," but in the meantime WV PBS is giving our viewers a chance to catch up and re-familiarize themselves with the key players in this British drama.

Season 1 aired in a marathon in September, and starting Sunday, oct. 13, at 10 p.m., we begin broadcasting season 2 on a weekly basis.

Behind the Scenes of Abracadabra

Oct 11, 2013
Chuck Roberts / WV PBS

Production on season three of "Abracadabra" has begun in our studio in Beckley, WV.  The cast and crew, under the direction of Larry Dowling, are hard at work producing segments for children relating to health, nutrition, and safety.  Season three is slated to begin airing in the summer of 2014.

The Law Works - Social Media & Employment

Oct 11, 2013

Are you active on Facebook, on Twitter, Pinterest, or other forms of social media? They can be fun. They can keep you in touch. They can be dangerous.  Attorney C. David Morrison joins host Dan Ringer to talk about Social Media and Employment on this episode of The Law Works.

This episode premiers October 17, 2013 at 8:30pm on WV PBS.

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Tom Hiddleston as Henry V in Hollow Crown
Courtesy of Nick Briggs © Neal Street Productions

The Hollow Crown is a lavish new series of filmed adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s most gripping history plays: Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V  from  Great Performances.

The series is completed with the premiere of Henry V on Friday, October 11 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia PBS.

Science journalist and public television host David Pogue will be the keynote speaker for the fifth biennial Science, Technology and Research Symposium, sponsored by the Division of Science and Research of the WV Higher Education Policy Commission.

The symposium takes place Oct. 22-23 in Morgantown.

Pogue is a New York Times columnist, author, CBS News correspondent and host of NOVA Science Now.

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