What to Watch in August

Lisa Tipton
Sandy, Max, and Kenny in season 2 of Guilt. Image: Expectation/Happy Tramp North
Mark Bonnar and Emun Elliott return for season 2 of Guilt, along with new cast member Ian Pirie. Image: Expectation/Happy Tramp North

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.

Frontline – Ukraine: Life Under Russia's Attack

Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00 pm

Although it has receded some from the headlines, the war in Ukraine continues. Frontline tells the story of the siege of the country's second-largest city as experienced by displaced families, first responders, and civilians who have joined the fight. 

All Creatures Great and Small: The Next Chapter

Saturday, August 13 at 9:00 pm

All Creatures Great and Small. Photo: MasterpieceGo behind the scenes of season 2 of 'All Creatures Great and Small.' Photo: Masterpiece

If you already miss All Creatures Great and Small, this special returns you to the Yorkshire dales with a behind-the-scenes look at season 2 featuring interviews and highlights.

Don't forget you can catch up on both seasons with our recaps and streaming, the latter available to WTTW Passport members. 

The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family

Sundays at 7:00 pm beginning August 28 

Anne Boleyn is the infamous second wife of King Henry VIII, whose desire to marry Anne led him to leave the Catholic church and establish Anglicanism. Her sister Mary was also a mistress of the king, so its unsurprising that the Boleyns enjoyed powerful influence during Henry's reign—and of course there's plenty of intrigue in their stories, which are dramatized in this three-part series. 

Guilt Season 2

Sundays at 8:00 pm beginning August 28

Max McCall (Mark Bonnar) returns in a second season of this dark dramedy set in Edinburgh, newly released from prison and sure to get buried in more trouble—or is he? We'll have to see how he deals with consequences as well as new and old characters.

Recap and stream the first season now, the latter if you are a WTTW Passport member.  

Rise of the Bolsonaros

Tuesday, August 30 at 9:00 pm

Jair Bolsonaro has been president of Brazil since 2019 and faces re-election later this year. His sudden and unexpected rise to power and his approach to politics has drawn comparisons with Donald Trump, as has the participation of his family in Brazil's politics. Learn about the controversial family as Brazil decides whether to keep Bolsonaro in power.