This is the month we say farewell to several old friends.
Downton Abbey concludes a spectacular fourth season on MASTERPIECE, but I'm not spilling the beans on how. Sherlock fans will go into withdrawal albeit following some spectacular crime solving by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's master (consulting) detective. And closer to home, we bid Godspeed to our own Linda Miller, Vice President of Programming at WTVP, as she retires following more than 25 years of superb service. Thank you, Linda. You're the best.
Doc Martin will also be going away following the February 15 broadcasts unless we can raise the $12,000 necessary to renew the rights. In his short time at WTVP, the good doctor and his menagerie of assorted Port Wennians have become like family for many of us. We look forward to their weekly visits and we hate to see them go. If you have not yet fractured your funny bone on this exceptional series where the doctor faints at the sight of blood, you will have one more chance...as well as the chance to help fund the renewal of our broadcast rights with the distributor. Here's how.
On February 1 beginning at noon and continuing through midnight, WTVP will begin a Doc Martin Marathon starting with the first program from season four and continuing on through much of season 5. The final four programs in the series will be shown at their usual times (9 p.m. and 10 p.m.) on February 8 and 15. The marathon will give you the opportunity to see your favorite characters - Louisa, Bert Large, Aunt Joan, and all the others - one more time with all their patented British looniness ... or should we say humanness? So set your recorders and pledge your support so that we can continue to air Doc Martin and even acquire season six. This is perhaps the first time you will be able to say that you saved the doctor.
Thank you for your support throughout the year. You are our special Valentine.
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired)