What to Watch in August

Lisa Tipton
Princess Diana visits Leicester. Photo: PA Images / ALAMY Stock Photo
Princess Diana visits Leicester. Photo: PA Images / ALAMY Stock Photo

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.

In Their Own Words: Princess Diana

Sunday, August 8 at 7:00 pm


With the recent revelation that an infamous BBC interview with Princess Diana was obtained via forgery and deception, it's a good time to look back on the icon's life and struggles, via her own words and quotes.

Frontline: In the Shadow of 9/11

Tuesday, August 10 at 9:00 pm


This Frontline documentary investigates a little-known story of seven young men from Miami indicted for an alleged Al Qaeda plot, despite having no connection to the terrorist organization. Later in the month, Generation 9/11 airs Tuesday, August 31 at 8:00 pm and marks the approaching twentieth anniversary of 9/11 by following the lives of some children whose fathers died in the disaster.

Midsomer Murders

Season 17 begins Sunday, August 15 at 11:00 am; season 18 airs Fridays beginning August 20 at 8:00 pm 

Gwilym Lee as DS Charlie Nelson, Manjinder Virk as Dr. Kam Karimore, and Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby in 'Midsomer Murders'DS Charlie Nelson, Dr. Kam Karimore, and DCI John Barnaby in season 18 of 'Midsomer Murders.' Photo: APT

It's a month full of mystery, with a full-season marathon of season 17 of Midsomer Murders on Sunday, August 15, and then the following season airing Fridays beginning August 20. DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson solve all manner of outlandish crimes involving UFOs, book fairs, wineries, and more.

Wicked in Concert

Sunday, August 29 at 8:00 pm 

Wicked in Concert

Wicked has been charming—or is it hexing?—audiences for nearly two decades now. In a year where we have missed theater, Broadway, and live arts of any kind, join original Broadway stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth as they host an all-star concert version of the popular musical.