What to Watch in April

Lisa Tipton
Greta Thunberg in Stockholm. Photo: Banfa Jawla/BBC Studios
Greta Thunberg in Stockholm. Photo: Banfa Jawla/BBC Studios

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.

You can also watch all of WTTW's programming via live stream 24/7 at wttw.com/live.

Hemingway

Monday, April 5 through Wednesday, April 7 at 8:00 pm


A Farewell to Arms. For Whom the Bell Tolls. The Old Man and the Sea. Most Americans read Ernest Hemingway in high school—but there's so much more to him than the mythologized life most people know. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick examine the influential writer in their trademark exhaustive fashion, in their newest, three-part documentary. 

Visit wttw.com/hemingway for even more about Hemingway.

Diana: 7 Days

Thursday, April 15 at 8:00 pm

Learn the inside story of the tumultuous week following Princess Diana's death in this documentary, which also features extensive interviews with her sons, including Prince Harry, whom you may have seen in another important interview recently alongside his wife Meghan Markle, another person who struggled within the royal family.

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Save the Planet

Thursday, April 22 at 8:00 pm

Greta Thunberg beside the Bełchatów coal power station in Poland, the largest single source of carbon dioxide emissions in the European Union.Greta Thunberg beside the Bełchatów coal power station in Poland, the largest single source of carbon dioxide emissions in the European Union. Photo: Jon Sayers/BBC Studios

Follow the climate activist Greta Thunberg as she advocates on behalf of action to limit climate change, sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, visiting the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, meeting with Polish coal miners, and more, in this three-part series airing on Earth Day.

Frontline: The Virus That Shook the World

Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27 at 9:00 pm

Red Cross ambulance volunteers in Milan, Italy, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.Red Cross ambulance volunteers in Milan, Italy, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Alessandro Leonardi/Keo Films/FRONTLINE (PBS)

As vaccines go out and jabs in arms increase, Frontline looks at the past year and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on not just the United States but the entire world, in a two-part, two-night event.