The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) has announced changes to the weekend schedule beginning Friday, Jan. 3.
“Arkansas Week,” AETN’s weekly public affairs program for the state, moves to 7:30 p.m. from its previous 8 p.m. Friday start. Immediately following will be the week’s PBS Arts program at 8 p.m., which previously aired at 9 p.m.
Saturday evenings will begin at 6 p.m. with “The Lawrence Welk Show” in its new time slot. British comedy favorites “Keeping up Appearances” and “As Time Goes By” will follow at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. respectively.
The remainder of Saturday evenings will include “DCI Banks” and three programs new to AETN:
• “Father Brown” at 8 p.m. Set in the 1950s in the heart of the English countryside, Mark Williams stars as Father Brown, the Catholic priest who happens to have a particular talent for solving crimes, in this adaptation of G.K. Chesterton’s novels. Full of humor and compassion, this series remains true to the period charm of the original character and setting while bringing a contemporary edge to the storytelling.
• “Death in Paradise” at 9 p.m. This warm, lighthearted detective series features an inspector who is assigned to investigate a murder on the paradise island of Saint-Marie in the Caribbean, despite his hatred of sun, sea and sand. The plot centers on straight-laced British cop Richard Poole. His new partner, DS Camille Bordey, is instinctive, feisty and brilliant, and the rest of the team certainly have their own unique way of doing things.
• “Scott & Bailey” at 10 p.m. This thrilling investigative drama, from award-winning writer Sally Wainwright, explores the personal and professional lives of two female detectives. The main characters are DC Janet Scott and DC Rachel Bailey, both of whom are members of the Major Incident Team of the fictional Manchester Metropolitan Police. “Scott & Bailey” is an honest, powerful and funny crime drama series.
• “DCI Banks” at 11 p.m. Based on the bestselling novels by Peter Robinson, this series stars Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot. The beauty and tranquility of the Yorkshire Dales provides a striking and contrasting backdrop in the psychological drama that brings Robinson’s fictional detective to the small screen for the first time.
Moving from Friday evenings to Sunday mornings will be “The McLaughlin Group” at 9 and “Charlie Rose This Week” at 10:30. “Moyers & Company” switches to a half hour format in the 10 a.m. Sunday time slot.
Viewers are always encouraged to share their thoughts on programming by contacting AETN viewer services at email@example.com or by calling 1-800-662-2386.