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What to Watch in April

Lisa Tipton
Earth's horizon from space
With Earth Day on April 22, several shows examine the changes needed to adapt to—and further forestall—climate change. Photo: NASA

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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Saturday and Sunday evenings 

Beginning Saturday, April 1, we'll have new seasons of the fun-filled mysteries Father Brown (at 7:00 pm) and Death in Paradise (at 8:00 pm). We know, starting the Death in Paradise season with the most recent Christmas special when its spring feels like an April Fool's joke, but we promise it's not! 

Then, at the other end of the month, we have a new adaptation of Tom Jones premiering on Sunday, April 30 at 8:00 pm. It will take the place of Sanditon in our ongoing Sunday night line-up, after that show wraps up for good on April 23.

My Grandparents’ War

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm beginning April 11

In this second season of My Grandparents' War, we learn the incredible stories of four more celebrities' grandparents during World War II and beyond. This time, we've got British intelligence officers, people helping with the logistics of D-Day in secret, and a revolutionary fighter, as Kit Harington, Keira Knightley, Toby Jones, and Emeli Sandé learn their grandparents' histories.

The Man Who Saved 669 Children 

Monday, April 17 at 9:00 pm 

In another story of bravery during World War II, hear the tale of London banker Nicholas Winton, who saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis. The previous afternoon, April 16, features more programming to help us remember the horror of the Holocaust. 

NOVA and more on adapting to climate change

Wednesdays at 8:00 pm beginning April 12

Earth Day is April 22, so April is a fitting month to explore the science of adapting to climate change (NOVA: Weathering the Future, on April 12 at 8:00 pm); conservation efforts in the face of a changing climate (Changing Planet, on April 19 at 8:00 pm); and what it will take for the world to reach net-zero carbon emissions in order to forestall further global warming (NOVA: Chasing Carbon Zero, on April 26 at 8:00 pm).

Iconic America: Our Symbols and Stories with David Rubenstein

Wednesdays at 9:00 pm beginning April 26

Fenway Park from the airFenway Park is one of the iconic symbols of America explored in David Rubenstein's new historical series. Photo: Courtesy Boston Red Sox

This eight-part series takes a unique approach to American history, by examining it through iconic symbols such as the Statue of Liberty, Hollywood sign, cowboys, and Don't Tread on Me flag.