For Release: 2013-02-11 13:03:00Doc Martin: The Movie, 60s Pop Flashback: Hullabaloo, Blenko: Behind The Scenes and more highlight KET's TeleFund 2013, taking place March 2-17. This year, viewers can expect an exciting blend of programs celebrating legends of music, performing arts and so much more. TeleFund is an opportunity for viewers to support KET's mission to provide quality, trusted programs that educate, inspire and entertain.
Those who donate during TeleFund will have the chance to receive tickets to a wide range of concerts and experiences, including Celtic Woman, Kentucky Collectibles appraisal fair and a Fabby Abbey Ball at Spindletop Hall in Lexington, plus other exclusive thank-you gifts and benefits.
"KET serves all Kentuckians with rich and diverse educational programming and services," said Shae Hopkins, KET executive director and CEO. "Our more than 35,000 members that support KET help make this possible. TeleFund is KET's largest single source of funds for the purchase and support of programming that so many Kentuckians enjoy, value and expect."
During Telefund, viewers may donate by calling 1-800-866-0366 or visiting ket.org/donate. Donations allow KET to continue to deliver programming that provides insights, discoveries, culture, excitement and entertainment to communities throughout Kentucky — as well as provide a safe haven for the Commonwealth's youngest citizens through award-winning PBS children's programming.
In Doc Martin: The Movie, the story that began the hit series, successful but unhappy Martin discovers that his wife has been cheating on him. He flees London and heads for the small fishing village of Port Isaac to work out the big questions in his life. The program premieres Thursday, March 7 at 9/8 p.m. on KET and Friday, March 8 at 8/7 p.m. on KET2.
Also during TeleFund 2013, a special edition of Kentucky Collectibles features experts assessing the value and history of art, antique furniture, pottery and more. Hosted by Dave Shuffett and Amy Hess, this program airs Saturday, March 2 at 5/4 p.m. and Thursday, March 7 at 8/7 p.m. on KET and Monday, March 4 at 8/7 p.m. on KET2. Tickets for next year's appraisal fair will be offered during these broadcasts.
Blenko: Behind the Scenes takes viewers into the heat and heart of Blenko, an historic glass company in Milton, W.V., to see how the beautiful, handmade glassware is created. Each piece is unique, as are the artisans and members of the Blenko family who continue the 100 year tradition. The program airs Saturday, March 9 at 8/7 p.m. and Thursday, March 14 at 8/7 p.m. on KET.
Downton Abbey – Behind the Drama reviews action-packed storylines and provides insight into the characters from writer Julian Fellowes and Downton actors. The program airs Sunday, March 10 at 9/8 p.m. on KET and Thursday, March 14 at 9/8 p.m. on KET2. During the broadcast, viewers will have the opportunity to pledge for a ticket to KET's Fabby Abbey Ball, an event celebrating Downton Abbey and its fans, complete with period-style costumes and food, dancing and more.
Music programs abound during this year's TeleFund. Celtic Woman — Believe features an array of visual and musical effects, including the 16-piece Atlanta Bagpipe Band and a 20-piece orchestra. The program airs Saturday, March 2 at 8/7 p.m. and Wednesday, March 13 at 8/7 p.m. on KET and Monday, March 4 at 9/8 p.m. on KET2.
Viewers can return to the era of go-go dancers, mod miniskirts and swinging pop-rock sounds with 60s Pop Flashback: Hullabaloo. In the first-ever retrospective of the 1965-66 NBC-TV primetime series, top singers and groups of the decade present their greatest hits, blending the British Invasion with Broadway and folk-rock with rhythm and blues. The program airs Saturday, March 2 at 10/9 p.m. on KET.
More legends of the decade unite in 60s Rock, Pop and Soul with co-hosts Peter Noone and the late Davy Jones. The program airs Sunday, March 3 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET2 and Saturday, March 16 at 10/9 p.m. on KET. Viewers can stay in the same era with Motown: Big Hits and More, with music from The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and more. The program airs Sunday, March 3 at 3/2 p.m. on KET2 and Friday, March 8 at 9/8 p.m. on KET.
To mark the 25th anniversary of Les Miserables, the show's producer staged an extraordinary concert at the O2 Arena in London. The show features more than 300 actors and musicians, including the casts of the original production at the Queen's Theatre and members of the original 1985 London cast. Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 airs Sunday, March 3 at 7/6 p.m. on KET and Saturday, March 9 at noon/11 a.m. on KET2.
And, on Doo Wop Discoveries, viewers can enjoy great doo wop classics with performances from The Del Vikings, The Clovers, Jerry Butler, The Drifters, Larry Chance & The Earls and many more. The program airs Saturday, March 9 at 8:30/7:30 p.m. on KET2 and Tuesday, March 12 at 8/7 p.m. on KET.
Viewers who donate during TeleFund may request tickets to concerts and other events as a thank-you gift, including:
Sesame Street Live: April 13-14, Kentucky Center Â– Brown Theatre, Louisville
Celtic Woman: April 20, EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond (two shows)
Celtic Woman: April 24, The Palace, Louisville
Day with Dave Shuffett: April 27, Central Kentucky bourbon tour
Fabby Abbey Ball: April 27, Spindletop Hall, Lexington
Kentucky Collectibles appraisal fair: June 22, KET studios, Lexington
More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at ket.org.
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