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What to Watch in May

Lisa Tipton
Lucy Worsley on a rooftop at Kings College. Photo: Tom Hayward © BBC Studios 2021
Lucy Worsley on a rooftop at Kings College in 'Lucy Worsley Investigates.' Photo: Tom Hayward © BBC Studios 2021

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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Ridley Road

Sundays beginning May 1 at 8:00 pm

Vivien Epstein may be a hairdresser when she moves to London in pursuit of an ex-boyfriend, but his disappearance leads her to take up his work: going undercover in a neo-Nazi group in order to provide information about their activities to Jewish activists. The four-part series is based on some real history of London during the 1960s. 

Independent Lens: Try Harder!

Monday, May 2 at 10:00 pm

Lowell High School in San Francisco is known as one of the best public schools in the country. Unsurprisingly the pressure on students to get into prestigious colleges is intense. This documentary shows how they maintain their own unique identities through it all.

Lionel Richie: Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Tuesday, May 17 at 9:00 pm

Lionel Richie at the Gershwin Prize ceremony. Photo: Joe Shymanski/Sora DevoreLionel Richie is the recipient of this year's Gershwin Prize. Photo: Joe Shymanski/Sora Devore

Gloria Estefan, Boyz II Men, Chris Stapleton, and Miguel are among the stars who perform at this concert and ceremony honoring Lionel Richie as he receives an award that has gone to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, and Carole King.

Lucy Worsley Investigates

Sundays beginning May 15 at 7:00 pm

The ever-engaging Lucy Worsley is back to shine a new light on some of the most dramatic and contentious chapters of British history, like the disappearance of young princes from the Tower of London and King George's supposed madness.