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Stories by Lisa Tipton

Lucy Worsley on a rooftop at Kings College. Photo: Tom Hayward © BBC Studios 2021
April 28, 2022 | Lisa Tipton
A new period drama set in 1960s London, a documentary about the stresses of high school and applying to elite colleges, and a new series on little-understood chapters of British history, plus more. 
Mahalia Jackson. Photo: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
March 31, 2022 | Lisa Tipton
Chicago stories covering everything from the birth of gospel to the ad executives behind the Pillsbury Doughboy and other icons to a Mexican American church that lost a disproportionate number of soldiers in the Vietnam War, and much more. 
Before We Die. Photo: Sofie Gheysens
February 28, 2022 | Lisa Tipton
An exciting Sunday night line-up featuring returning favorites and a new crime thriller, plus a celebration of twenty years of Midsomer Murders and a new set of profiles of fascinating Chicagoans from WTTW. 
A chinstrap penguin. Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth White/ ©BBC
February 1, 2022 | Lisa Tipton
Meet the entire family of penguins with a new Nature, explore American history, culture, and politics through the story of jeans, dive into a cold case of the civil rights era, and celebrate two engaging dramas this February. 
Ibrahim Koma as Passepartout, David Tennant as Phileas Fogg, and Leonie Benesch as Fix in 'Around the World in 80 Days.' Photo: Slim 80 Days / Federation Entertainment / Peu Communications / ZDF / Be-FILMS / RTBF (Télévision belge)
December 29, 2021 | Lisa Tipton
New year, new seasons of excellent shows—and lots of them! Finding Your RootsAmerica's Test KitchenAll Creatures Great and Small, and more, plus the premiere of a new adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days and more.
Mary Berry's Country House at Christmas
November 30, 2021 | Lisa Tipton
Mary Berry is back with a holiday special, as are the nurses of Call the Midwife and the children of the Peanuts, plus we have a documentary focusing on Chicago, all in this holiday season as the year ends. 
The Last Ride: Angelo Sage, Northern Arapaho, at Sharp Nose Cemetery, Wind River Reservation, WY, 2018. Photo: Sophie Barksdale
October 27, 2021 | Lisa Tipton
A documentary for Native American Heritage Month, a sign of the holidays, a series exploring the wonders and mysteries of the universe, and more are on the docket for November.
Rita Moreno in West Side Story rehearsals. Photo: MGM Media Licensing
September 29, 2021 | Lisa Tipton
Fall is here, which means several new seasons of favorite dramas as well as one new to WTTW, a profile of one of the few EGOT-winning performers, a series on veterans, and a new WTTW documentary about improv.
A robot pushes a cart in a factory. Photo: Courtesy Pond5
August 31, 2021 | Lisa Tipton

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?

Princess Diana visits Leicester. Photo: PA Images / ALAMY Stock Photo
August 2, 2021 | Lisa Tipton
A look at the myth-filled life of Princess Diana in her own words, two documentaries marking the approaching twentieth anniversary of 9/11, a marathon mystery, and a popular musical in concert form.