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WILL - TV Worth Blogging - March 19, 2013

Britcom Icon Dies

Another "Are You Being Served?" actor has died.

Frank Thornton passed away in his sleep last Saturday at age 92.

by David Thiel

Captain Peacock looks disapprovingly at Mrs. Slocombe.

While Frank Thornton spent many years gamboling in and around Holmfirth as Truly in Last of the Summer Wine, he is perhaps best known to most WILL-TV viewers as stuffy Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served? and its sequel Grace & Favour (aka Are You Being Served? Again!). 

According to a BBC News report, Thornton died peacefully in his sleep at his London home. He isis survived by Beryl, his wife of 67 years, their daughter Jane and three grandchildren.

Thornton's passing means that the sole remaining main cast member from Are You Being Served? is actor Nicholas Smith, who portrayed Mr. Rumbold. Smith, who turned 79 earlier this month, visited WILL-TV in September 2009.


WILL - TV Worth Blogging - February 27, 2013

Beautiful Days

Ten years ago, there was an empty space in my heart.

A remembrance of Fred Rogers, who died on February 27, 2003.

by David Thiel

David Thiel and Fred Rogers.

I’m reminded that it was ten years ago today that Fred Rogers left us. Here’s the tribute that I wrote that morning, which was subsequently picked up by the public broadcasting news outlet Current as well as several PBS station program guides.

Mister Rogers was one of the first programs that I can remember watching. I was, of course, part of the show’s target demographic back then. I can’t recall much from my preschool years, but I do know that I loved the trolley, I loved the neighborhood and I loved Fred Rogers.


WILL - TV Worth Blogging - February 13, 2013

Sunday Nights Will Be British Drama Nights

"Midwife" to return, "Mr. Selfridge" to debut.

Jeremy Piven will star as Mr. Selfridge in the hit drama beginning March 31, alongside a new series of Call the Midwife. And that's not all!

by David Thiel

The midwives of Call the Midwife.

There's something exciting happening on Sunday nights. Buoyed by the massive success of Downton Abbey, PBS is investing heavily in fresh British drama. 

A second series of Call the Midwife will air on WILL-TV Sundays at 7:00 pm CT starting March 31. In eight new episodes, Jenny, Trixie, Cynthia and Chummy continue their challenging work in London's East End of the 1950s. Babies and bicycling ensue. And will romance come to Nonnatus House? 


WILL - TV Worth Blogging - October 30, 2012

It’s a Beautiful Day in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

by David Thiel

Daniel Tiger

In September, preschoolers across America welcomed Daniel Tiger to the PBS Kids’ neighborhood. According to the Nielsen ratings service, the top six TV shows watched by kids aged 2-5 were all part of PBS’ lineup. More after the jump!

For the ninth consecutive month, Curious George was the show most watched by preschoolers, followed by Thomas & Friends, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Super Why!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Dinosaur Train. (The top four shows among “moms aged 18-49 with children under the age of 3”—which is an actual demographic group—were also part of PBS Kids.)

It’s great to see Daniel Tiger being so immediately embraced by both kids and parents. (We love him here too!) The values of Fred Rogers—one of the pioneers of educational public media—are alive and well.

PBSKids.org was one of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Websites of 2012, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood was the show most often watched by those visiting. If you haven’t taken the time to get acquainted with Daniel Tiger and his friends, you can watch him seven days a week on WILL-TV, and anytime you like on PBSKids.org.


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