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What to Watch in December

Lisa Tipton
Mary Berry's Country House at Christmas
Mary Berry's Country House at Christmas

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.

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Mary Berry's Country House at Christmas

Friday, December 17 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, December 19 at 5:30 pm on WTTW

What better way to celebrate the holidays than at a historic English country estate with the delightful Mary Berry? Join the former The Great British Baking Show judge as she tours Harewood House in Yorkshire to observe and aid its preparations for a lavish Christmas, from preparing and baking food to touring the grounds and enjoying the festive decorations. 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Sunday, December 19 at 6:30 pm on WTTW

A Charlie Brown ChristmasA Charlie Brown Christmas

It's a holiday tradition, and one definitely worth keeping, for the entertainment of the story and the characters, the infamous Christmas tree, and the irresistible, jazzy holiday soundtrack from Vince Guaraldi. 

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

Saturday, December 25 at 8:00 pm on WTTW

Lucille and Cyril have decided to get married in Poplar at Christmas, so this is sure to be a joy-filled Call the Midwife holiday special. Plus, we get to enjoy the presence of Mother Mildred as the midwives help a variety of mothers during the busy holiday season. 

If you need to catch up on the previous season or other episodes of Call the Midwife, you can with our recaps.

POV: Unapologetic

Monday, December 27 at 9:00 pm on WTTW

This POV documentary follows two activists in Chicago working for accountability and to change the system over the years in the wake of police killings of unarmed Black people.