June TV Highlights

Recently I was speaking with a viewer who recognized the delicate nature of scheduling British comedies; he noted, “everyone has their favorite.” This is very true! What is your favorite? Keeping Up Appearances holds a special place with me. It was one of my grandmother’s favorites; among the many Britcoms she enjoyed on her public television station in upstate New York. With mixed emotions I report that in July, we are wrapping up our two-year run with Hyacinth and her family; however, I promise that we will bring back the Buckets of Keeping Up Appearances before too long.

So, what’s next for the Bigger British Comedy Block? By request we are dusting off Are you Being Served? The department store antics of that classic will be paired up with a brand-new British comedy, Upstart Crow. In this new series, we follow Williams Shakespeare during the Bard’s fictional early life. Find more details on the two more British comedies joining (most) Saturday nights this fall.

While we’re talking about British comedy, I would be remiss not to point out the upcoming special Monty Python’s Best Bits. Celebrating the cultural legacy and influence of the troupe, this special pairs their original material with new and entertaining commentary from celebrities who consider Monty Python hugely significant, both personally and to the history of screen satire. Laugh along with some of their best bits Saturday, June 5 at 8pm.

One in four people will experience a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. Yet a diagnosis of a mental disorder still carries a stigma that a heart condition or other physical ailment doesn’t, largely because mental illness has been so poorly understood for so long. Mysteries of Mental Illness places the stories of those living with mental illness today in a broader historic, scientific, and social context over four powerful hours airing over two nights on June 22 and 23. Throughout June, we’ll also encore episodes from WITF’s Transforming Health dealing with mental health issues Friday nights at 7pm.

There are a handful of documentaries scheduled this month in recognition of Pride Month, including Out in Rural America. The film explores the struggles and joys of being lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and genderqueer in rural America. It follows five stories about life from a cultural, social, familial, and religious perspective. Out in Rural America follows Masterpiece Sunday at 11pm on June 20.

Passionate teachers do not let a pandemic stop them from being extraordinary. Join us as celebrate seven exemplary K – 12 Central Pennsylvania educators with the WITF Original Production Teacher Impact Awards, Thursday, June 24 at 8pm.

Thank you for watching and supporting WITF. Stay healthy and stay tuned!

– Fred Vigeant

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