Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Soap"
Huell travels to the Soap Kitchen in Pasadena to learn all about soap-making, from the early history of mixing animal tallow with wood ashes, to the mass market bars of Ivory soap. This adventure will leave you clean all over!
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Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Abalone Farm"
Huell travels to the Central Coast to visit an abalone farm. For years, Californian's could pluck these mollusks off the rocks at low tide. Over fishing and pollution has forced people to come up with other ways to supply our needs, The Abalone Farm Inc. in Cayucos has been growing and selling abalone since 1968. Huell also goes to a local café to sample some farm raised abalone.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Movie Nursery"
Huell visits Jackson Shrub, a family owed and operated nursery that has been supplying the movie and television industry with both live and artificial plants since 1937.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Ablitt House"
Huell visits this unique house which was built on a 20-by-20 square foot lot in the heart of Old Town Santa Barbara.
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Click above. It's the ITV teaser for the sixth season of "Doc Martin." Don't worry; it's not incredibly spoilery, unless you think it's a spoiler to find out that Martin is still grumpy. Think of this as just a taste of the new (and possibly final!) season of the show, which premieres on KCET on February 6 at 8 p.m.
We know you've waited a long time to return to Portwenn, so to make the next two months a little easier, he's how KCET is giving you an extra dose of Martin Clunes.
Beginning Thursday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m., KCET will start airing the fifth season of "Doc Martin" as a lead-in to the sixth. (And if you need to catch up on episodes before that, check out our recaps.)
The "Good Martin/Bad Martin" programming block continues for the next four weeks, with the final four episodes of the "nice" Martin Clunes sitcom, "William and Mary," which airs directly after "Doc Martin." The final episode of "William and Mary" airs Thursday, Dec. 26.
On Jan. 2 at 8 p.m., we're premiering "Doc Martin & The Legend of the Cloutie," a 2003 movie that has Martin playing Dr. Bamford, a sort of proto-Dr. Martin Ellingham. (Get the background on this here.) Watch a preview:
After the completion of "William and Mary," KCET air Martin Clunes specials after each Thursday night airing of "Doc Martin."
- On Jan. 9 at 8:46 p.m., it's "Martin Clunes: Man to Manta," which features Clunes swims with the sea's most enormous and enigmatic creatures.
- On Jan.16 at 8:46 p.m., it's "Martin Clunes: Lemurs of Madagascar," in which Clunes examines the plight of this rare and endearing species.
- On Jan. 23 at 8:46 p.m., it's "Martin Clunes: Heavy Horsepower," which focuses on Clunes' efforts to train two Clydesdales to work on his farm.
- And finally on Jan. 30 at 8:46 p.m., it's the premiere of "Doc Martin Revealed," a behind-the-scenes look at the sixth season of "Doc Martin." Viewers get inside access to the actors and crew as they film sequences on the balcony at Large's Restaurant and in the nearby pub that doubles for the Crab & Lobster.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Animal Acres"
Huell visits Shelley Morrison (Rosario on "WIll & Grace") at Animal Acres, a facility caring for neglected and abused farm animals in Acton, California.
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Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Pen Collectors"
Huell meets a group of fountain pen collectors at their annual meeting.
"What's your favorite Huell Howser episode?"
That's a question we don't get tired of asking, because it seldom results in a simple answer. No, people are much more likely to tell us why they connected with a given episode, why it spoke to them and, really, why Huell himself spoke to them. It's because Huell Howser had such a special relationship with his viewers that KCET is giving them a chance to remember him and celebrate the episodes they love most.
Yes, we're airing a Huell Howser marathon, and yes, you get to pick which episodes will be part of it.
Below, you'll see a list of 50 episodes. You get to vote for the five. (I mean, we could hardly expect Huell Howser superfans to pick just one episode.) Don't see your go-to episode? Write it in at the bottom. Don't recognize the episode by title? Click on it to read more about that episode.
On Sunday, January 5, we'll air the top vote-getters from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. on KCET. Following that, the top five will air again the following week in KCET's regular weekday Huell Howser timeslot -- 7:30 p.m.
Watch full episodes of Huell's shows on our video portal or on the Chapman University archive. Check out clips from Huell's pre-KCET days in our Retro Huell section. And if you haven't yet, take a moment to sign Huell's memorial page.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Lucky Baldwin Railcar"
Lucky Baldwin was one of the great characters of Southern California history during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. He was a pioneer and real estate tycoon who owned the land that would become Arcadia, Monrovia and Baldwin Hills. With his vast wealth, one of the luxuries he indulged in was a grand railcar for traveling. Huell gets a special tour of this lavish car that housed a full staff, sleeping quarters, dining area, kitchen and music room. For more on Lucky Baldwin, check out KCET Departures' profile on him here and a feature on his labor force here.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Classic Arts Showcase"
It's the last episode of "California's Gold" ever produced. Huell tours the Glendale office of "Classic Arts Showcase," a free cable TV program comprised of video samples from the worlds of ballet, opera and theater. This program is the vision of philanthropist Lloyd Rigler, who practiced the cost-effective use of resources in order to achieve the greatest good. (Find out when you can next watch "Classic Arts Showcase on KCET by clicking here.)
By the way, can I nominate this series as the show whose theme song most perfectly captures the spirit of the show? It's not just the music -- carnival sounds that build into something you might hear in an old educational film that then verge on frantic -- but the special effects, too. They're just so of-the-era in the best possible way. And then there's the ending, with Huell arm-in-arm with his special guests -- Miss Rebecca and Miss Rosa, who need no introduction, truly -- as he escorts them from WSM-TV motor home and onto the set of the show.
Go ahead and give the above video a click. It's well worth the 27 minutes you'll spend watching it. (Think one of Huell's Videologue collections, only with more accents.) If you're in a rush, however, here are the highlights of this strange but wonderful trip into Huell's past.
1:55: "I'm just going to sit here and rock all my troubles away. ... These are much better than tranquilizers. This is great." The tranquilizing effect may explain the ladies' rather blasé take on the gas shortage.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Aerial L.A."
Have you ever wondered how news crews get such good shots from a helicopter? How they can zoom in on a backyard while flying in a machine that rattles your teeth? Well, Huell goes in the air with Helinet to see the latest in cutting edge helicopter mounted cameras. You'll be amazed at how close they really can get and you may never walk around in your underwear in your backyard again!
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Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Produce and Floral Expo"
Huell steps into the Fresh Produce & Floral Council Expo, an exciting one-day show filled with over 170 exhibits and attended by produce and floral professionals from every part of the industry.
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Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Bunny Museum"
Join Huell as he hops over to the Pasadena home of Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski, who have turned their house into The Bunnny Museum, a museum filled with almost everything bunny! Over 21,000 bunny collectibles: furniture, light fixtures, kitchenware, toiletries, books, and games are all bunny-themed. And lounging around their house, they have seven real bunny pets that do not live in cages -- and are litter box-trained!
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Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Caltrans Building"
Huell gets a tour of the new Caltrans district headquarters in downtown Los Angeles designed by architect Thom Mayne.
KCET is broadcasting a unique five-part documentary series, 'Bridge to Iran,' that will be exploring the rich lives of Iranian citizens and the vibrant Persian culture. With more than half a million Iranians living in Los Angeles, the series fills a knowledge gap by providing Angelenos with an insider's view on modern Iranian society, through documentaries by Iranian directors, living both inside Iran and within the Iranian diaspora. The series begins on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. and will air every Tuesday until Nov. 26.
Bridge to Iran presents memorable characters, confronted with a wide range of obstacles and opportunities as they navigate their lives through a changing social and political landscape. The series is a direct response to the cultural misunderstandings and political tensions that have developed between Iran and the U.S. since the Iranian revolution.
Host Parisa Soultani, who adds layers of meaning through personal interviews with each filmmaker, introduces each program in the series. Episode descriptions and airdates are as follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 29 @ 9PM: The Queen and I
The Queen and I is Nahid Persson Sarvestani's thought-provoking documentary about her friendship with Queen Farah, the wife of the Shah of Iran, demonstrates how even those at most odds -- politically, idealistically -- can find middle ground and understanding.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 @ 9PM: Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution
Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution traces the development of the Iranian film industry, which has always been closely intertwined with the country's tumultuous political history.