By now some of your more pressing questions about the goings on at
Downton Abbey are being addressed and new drama is unfolding to keep you glued to
WTVP and to set the stage for Season Four. If you watched the Season Three premiere on January
6, you were among the 7.9 million people who did so. Maybe we need to start selling commercials
for the big game (canít legally mention the name).
Speaking of the Super Bowl and commercials, I read an article that
said commercial spots this year were up to $4 million each. I just had to shake my head to think
that the revenue from just one of those commercials would fund WTVP for more than a year. What a
The ties between Downton Abbey and WTVP continue this fall with a very
special WTVP Travels tour to England.
The major part of the tour will feature many of the sites used as production backgrounds for
MASTERPIECE series: Highclere Castle and Bampton (Downton Abbey); Eaton Place
in London (Upstairs Downstairs); 221B Baker Street (Sherlock); Oxford
(Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis); and Lyme Park (Pride & Prejudice). Additional
stops include Stratford-on-Avon (Shakespeare), Stonehenge, the Cotswolds, the Lake District, and
Liverpool for The Beatles Experience. For those wishing to extend their tour for a few daysóor to join
directly from Peoria without the aboveówe will conclude with a walking tour of Hadrianís Wall in northern
England (Boudica: Warrior Queen). Full details are available online at
www.wtvp.org/travels/travels.asp or by calling
(309) 677-4747 for a brochure.
Another chance to support the programming you enjoy and expect on your
public television station comes on March 2, when the Pekin Friends of 47 hold their annual bowl-a-thon
at Sunset Lanes in Pekin. Young and old, bowlers of all levels of experience are invited. There will
be food and prizes for bowling and pledge-raising, and a fun time is guaranteed. Call the number above
Finally, several new local programs are on tap this month including the
Bradley/ISU menís basketball game live from Redbird Arena in Normal, the Governorís State of the State
speech live from Springfield, and new At Issue programs. Details are available throughout this program
guide. Your support makes them possible. Thank you.