What to Watch in July

Lisa Tipton
Professer T. Photo: Sofie Gheysens
Professer T is a brilliant but difficult advisor to detectives. Photo: Sofie Gheysens

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.

1900 Island

Fridays beginning July 9 at 8:00 pm

The 1900 Island

Can four modern families—a family of five, a family of seven, a pair of newlyweds, and a retired couple—survive living as though it were the 1900s in a rural fishing community on an island in northwest Wales? Extreme weather and inexperience conspire against them, but community can help them through it.

Great Performances: Gloria Estefan — Sangre Yoruba

Friday, July 9 at 9:00 pm


Not only do you get to enjoy the talents of Gloria Estefan and Brazilian artists in this Great Performances documentary, you also get to explore three of Brazil's most influential cities and Estefan's musical influences, including the African music that helped develop Brazilian and Cuban music.

Professor T

Sundays beginning July 11 at 9:00 pm


Professor Jasper Tempest is a brilliant criminologist at Cambridge University, which makes him a helpful advisor to the police on the toughest mysteries. His OCD and difficult personality don’t. It's another great new British mystery, this time an adaptation of a Belgian series.

WTTW Passport members can stream all three seasons of the original Belgian mystery (with English subtitles) upon which this new British version is based.