What to Watch in March

Dan Soles
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones; Mister Rogers with Yo-Yo Ma and his son Nicholas; and Call the Midwife. Photos: Kevin Mazur; Matt Bulvony; Neal Street Productions 2018
Photos: Kevin Mazur; Matt Bulvony; Neal Street Productions 2018

There’s a huge amount of worthwhile TV out there nowadays, so it can be hard to choose what to watch. But who better to recommend shows than the person who programs them? Dan Soles, Senior Vice President and Chief Television Officer at WTTW, constructs the WTTW schedule by searching through offerings from many different sources which include the national PBS network, the BBC, and independent filmmakers to put together a varied and engaging broadcast schedule. Each month, he’ll recommend a few shows that he thinks you should watch.

Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like

Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 pm

Mister Rogers: It's You I Like

There’s no one else like Mister Rogers. He touched generations of children and adults through his television show, which had its national premiere 50 years ago. This beautiful tribute is hosted by Michael Keaton, who worked on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in the 1970s, and features some of the many artists affected by Mister Rogers’ kindness and sensitivity – Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Silverman, John Lithgow,  Joyce DiDonato, Esperanza Spalding, and more – as well as some of the beloved show’s most wonderful moments.

The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers at the Fonda Theatre

Wednesday, March 7 at 9:00 pm

The Rolling Stones play Sticky Fingers at the Fonda TheatrePhoto: Kevin Mazur

The Rolling Stones’ iconic 1971 album Sticky Fingers, which includes such evergreen hits as “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses,” is so acclaimed that it’s amazing the band has only performed it live, in full, once: in 2015 at the intimate, historic Fonda Theater in Hollywood. And now you can enjoy that unique performance by the immortal (perhaps literally, given their never-ending youth and energy) band in this special broadcast.

Independent Lens: Dolores

Tuesday, March 27 at 9:00 pm

Dolores Huerta at the Delano Strike in 1966. Photo: Jon Lewis, courtesy of LeRoy ChatfieldDolores Huerta at the Delano Strike in 1966. Photo: Jon Lewis, courtesy of LeRoy Chatfield

Dolores Huerta, an indomitable activist for labor, gender, and racial justice who founded the first farm worker union with César Chávez, has an extraordinary life story. Despite her widespread impact and tireless work for civil and legal rights, Huerta is little-known, especially compared to someone like Chávez – most likely because of gender-based undervaluation of her. This documentary fixes that.

British Shows

Call the Midwife returns Sunday, March 25 at 7:00 pm with two episodes
Death in Paradise returns Saturday, March 31 at 9:00 pm
I Want My Wife Back premieres Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 pm
The Wrong Mans premieres Saturday, March 31 at 10:30 pm

Death in ParadiseDetectives Camille Bordey and Humphrey Goodman in 'Death in Paradise'

We know you love British shows, and we’ve got a great batch coming up: two longtime returning favorites, and two new comedies. On March 25, Call the Midwife is back with its seventh season and a new midwife, who, as a West Indian woman, faces racism as she helps the women of Poplar. Death in Paradise also returns with its seventh season and more mysteries waiting to be solved. Ben Miller, who was the original detective in Death in Paradise, stars alongside Caroline Catz, from Doc Martin, in the comically mixed-up I Want My Wife Back. And James Corden, that Carpool Karaokist, bumbles around hilariously as an office worker caught up in espionage work in The Wrong Mans.

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