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What to Watch in December

Daniel Hautzinger
Geoffrey Baer smiles in front of a colorful mosaic mural
Geoffrey Baer is back to discover more of 'The Most Beautiful Places in Chicago.' Credit: Kristan Lieb

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.

Find all the ways to watch WTTW here. Many of the below shows are available to stream or will be once they premiere.

Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen

Sundays beginning December 3 at 7:00 pm


The always-entertaining historian Lucy Worsley turns her investigative powers to the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, to discover how the novelist's life shaped her books, and how her work reflected her time.

The Most Beautiful Places in Chicago 2

Monday, December 4 at 7:00 pm

There are too many stunning locations in Chicago to fit into one special, so Geoffrey Baer is back with a sequel to The Most Beautiful Places in Chicago. Is your favorite on the list? If it's not, make sure to share it with us at, where you can also explore the sites in even more depth.

Frontline: Inside the Uvalde Response

Sunday, December 10 at 10:00 pm 


Frontline, ProPublica, and The Texas Tribune investigate the response to the 2022 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed 22 people, trying to understand why police waited more than an hour to engage the shooter and focusing on the lingering trauma of that day.

Season of Light: Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir

Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 pm

 Lea Salonga and Sir David Suchet join The Tabernacle Choir for a festive Christmas concert that is just the thing to get you into the holiday spirit. 

Ms. Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries

Thursdays beginning December 14 at 7:00 pm

Travel to 1960s Melbourne to join Peregrine Fisher as she follows in the footsteps of her aunt Phryne Fisher, the detective star of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Lookingglass Alice 

Friday, December 15 at 8:00 pm

Chicago's Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company often incorporates gasp-inducing circus acts into their imaginative adaptations of literary classics, always folding them into the storytelling, and this version of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, one of the company's most popular shows, is no different!

Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas

Monday, December 18 at 8:00 pm

We always love watching the wonderful Mary Berry, so we're happy to join her in her mother's homeland of Scotland for some festive delights and warm holiday feeling.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2023

Monday, December 25 at 7:00 and 8:30 pm

The Call the Midwife holiday special is a favorite holiday tradition and always a lovely way to close out the year and celebrate the beginning of the next, which brings new seasons of not just Call the Midwife but other great dramas as well!