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Story of the Costume Drama: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Previous Broadcasts

KQED 9: Sun, Dec 15, 2013 -- 11:00 PM

A celebration of 50 years of small-screen historical drama, the genre that has brought bans in America and complaints from the Royal Family while creating massive stars in some of the most memorable and best loved series ever broadcast on PBS. The program is wide-ranging, covering love and war, birth and death, the rich and the poor. We take a look at how the genre has changed across the decades - from The Forsyte Saga to Upstairs Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited to I, Claudius - and features interviews with the stars of the series, and the people behind the camera responsible for them, from the writers to the location managers. Featured actors include Susan Hampshire, Timothy West, Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Anthony Andrews, Alex Kingston and Art Malik. We also speak to those involved behind the cameras including directors, screenwriters and commissioners - as well as TV critics and journalists. Narrated by Keeley Hawes.

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  • KQED 9: Mon, Dec 16, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
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    • Tues 12/15: KQET DT25 signal restored

      (DT25.1, 25.2, 25.3) The new part arrived this morning, was successfully installed, and our DT25 Over The Air signal restored apx 12:30pm. Due to the outage, some OTA viewers may need to do a rescan to re-acquire the DT25 signal. Paid provider services should have restored their signal by now as well. Thanks for your […]

    • Sun 12/13: KQET DT25 Over the Air signal down

      (DT25.1, 25.2, 25.3) UPDATE Mon 12/14 4:50pm: Unfortunately, we are unable to repair our fried equipment, and will need to order/find a replacement. At this point, we do know the signal will definitely not return tonight, and do not yet have an estimated time re: when it will be back. Thanks for your patience and […]

    • Wed 11/10: KQEH Over The Air planned short outages

      (DT54-1 through 54-5) Wednesday 11/10, 11am The DT54 Over the Air signal will need to switch from main to auxiliary levels late Wednesday morning for the safety of the crew working on another station’s equipment on the tower, then back to the main antenna mid-afternoon when work is completed. The change should be for a […]

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