What to Watch in April

Lisa Tipton
Zofia Wichlaz as Kasia Tomaszeski and Jonah Hauer-King as Harry Chase in World on Fire. Photo: Mammoth Screen
'World on Fire' is set in five countries during World War II. Photo: Mammoth Screen

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? Lisa Tipton, WTTW’s Head of Programming and Pledge, 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, she’ll recommend a few shows that she thinks you should watch.

Father Brown and Death in Paradise

Saturday, April 4 at 7:00 and 8:00 pm 

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These two mysteries are fan favorites (and they're some of my favorites, too!) and mainstays of our Saturday night mystery line-up. Father Brown is beginning its eighth season, while Death in Paradise is on its ninth season—and has a surprise in store: a new detective who will be introduced this season!

World on Fire

Sunday, April 5 at 8:00 pm


This new Masterpiece series is set during World War II and follows everyday people in Britain, Poland, France, Germany, and the United States, as the war disrupts their plans and lives. If you want another epic historical drama, or miss Home Fires, this is a compelling show for you to watch.

The Windermere Children

Sunday, April 5 at 9:00 pm


The Windermere Children is a film that follows child survivors of the Holocaust as they try to recover from their trauma at an estate in England, forming bonds with each other in the wake of the loss of their families, homes, and way of life. It's an incredibly moving story that's a must-see.

Charles and Di: The Truth Behind Their Wedding

Thursday, April 16 at 8:00 pm 

Charles and Di: The Truth Behind Their WeddingCharles and Di: The Truth Behind Their Wedding

If you're fascinated by royals, you will eat this documentary up. Featuring archival footage and interviews, it looks behind the elaborate public facade of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding in 1981, revealing the fear and doubt of the real people partaking in this outwardly joyous ceremony.

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