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What to Watch in April

Lisa Tipton
Mahalia Jackson. Photo: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
A new season of 'Chicago Stories' includes a documentary about the birth of gospel that features Mahalia Jackson, among others. Photo: Pictorial Press Ltd / 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.

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Chicago Stories

Fridays beginning April 1 at 8:00 pm on WTTW

Chicagos' first woman mayor. A Mexican American church whose community fought on behalf of the United States and suffered greatly during the Vietnam War. The ad executives behind the Pillsbury Doughboy and more. These are just some of the engrossing stories WTTW explores in a new season of Chicago Stories.

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New season of mysteries

Saturday evenings on WTTW

Father Brown. Death in Paradise. Midsomer Murders. We have new seasons of all of them on Saturday evenings beginning at 7:00 pm, as well as a special, first-time-ever Christmas special from Death in Paradise on Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 pm. It's Christmas all over again!

Monty and Rose 2: The World of Monty & Rose

Thursday, April 21 at 10:00 pm on WTTW

Monty and Rose's plover chicks, 2020. Photo: Bob DolganMonty and Rose's plover chicks, 2020. Photo: Bob Dolgan

Few animals have caught and held Chicago's heart as much as Monty and Rose, the pair of piping plovers who began settling at Montrose Beach in 2019 to lay eggs. They are an endangered species, one of only about 70 remaining breeding pairs of piping plovers in the Great Lakes region, and were the first to next within the city's limits in decades. Follow their story, and that of their human protectors. 

Frontline: The Power of Big Oil

Tuesdays, April 19, 26, and May 3 at 10:00 pm on WTTW

This mammoth three-part investigation into the oil industry and its relationship to climate change explores how the industry was researching climate change as early as the 1970s but attempted to cast doubt on the science and influence public perception and policy. 

New cooking shows and seasons

Saturdays on WTTW

Mary Berry with a christmas puddingMary Berry's Simple Comforts

The weather is warming up, which means we're nearing grill season once again! We have a new season of Steven Raichlen's Project Fire on Saturdays beginning April 16 at 1:30 pm to help inspire you as you cook out, while Mary Berry will help you inside the house in Mary Berry's Simple Comforts, Saturdays at 11:30 am. WTTW Passport members can stream all of the Mary Berry episodes now.