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Aidan Turner as Ross and Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in Poldark. Photo: Mammoth Screen

What to Watch in September

Lisa Tipton

From the final season of Poldark to a timely new Frontline investigation about the Flint water crisis to an in-depth look at man's best friend, find September's must-see shows as chosen by the person who programs them. 
Lisa Tipton, WTTW's new Head of Programming and Pledge, and Ms. O from 'Odd Squad.'

Introducing WTTW's New Head of Programming — And Her August Shows to Watch

Daniel Hautzinger

Learn a bit about WTTW's new Head of Programming and Pledge, Lisa Tipton, and what she loves most about scheduling WTTW's shows. Plus, get her must-watch recommendations for August. 
JAMES BRADSHAW as Dr. Max DeBryn and SHAUN EVANS as Endeavour. Photo: Mammoth for ITV and MASTERPIECE

What to Watch in June

Dan Soles

A favorite mystery series returns while several documentaries reveal little-known or understood history, tackling everything from political repression in China to sexual assault. Plus, a performance by Prince!
The National Memorial Day concert. Photo: Capital Concerts

What to Watch in May

Dan Soles

A musical spectacle in celebration of an annual prize, a fascinating journey along the volatile India-Pakistan border, a documentary about a pioneering Asian American politician as well as a local documentary, and a beloved annual PBS tradition.
Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) seems to stop in mid-air as it approaches a flower. Corpus Christi, TX. Photo: Ann Johnson Prum/ © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

What to Watch in April

Dan Soles

Spring brings not just nice weather but new shows, returning favorites, and more! From a magisterial new Henry Louis Gates, Jr. survey to a three-night live Nature event to a stunning epic historical drama, there's a lot to catch in April!
Geoffrey Baer at the beach

What to Watch in March

Dan Soles

March brings three separate birthday celebrations of some talented musicians, including one who grew up in Chicago. Plus we have a new Geoffrey Baer special where he leaves the city for some R&R, and two documentaries on Chicago politics and history.
Sammy Davis, Jr. backstage photo. Photo: Courtesy The Estate of Altovise Davis

What to Watch in February

Dan Soles

During this polar weather, watch a Nature special on an ancient people who thrived in wintry conditions, an Oscar-nominated documentary with a local connection, and profile two incredible African American performers for Black History Month – plus, the beloved Mister Rogers.
Ed White, the first American to walk in space, on Gemini 4 mission. Photo: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, June 1965

Shows We're Excited for in 2019

Daniel Hautzinger

The beginning of a new year always brings the excitement of eagerly anticipated shows, and 2019 is no exception. From Oscar-buzzy documentaries to sweeping histories from Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to new dramas and adaptations, it's going to be a good year. 
A white Andalusian horse. Photo: Aaron Munson/Handful of Films

What to Watch in January

Dan Soles

The first month of 2018 has compassionate looks at some of Chicago's most fascinating people, a new comedic mystery, another season of genealogical sleuthing with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and a two-part Nature series. Oh yeah – and a little show called Victoria.
Fred and Violet Buckle and Reggie in the Call the Midwife holiday special. Photo: Neal Street Production/BBC

What to Watch in December

Dan Soles

Celebrate two major anniversaries: Apollo 8, the first spacecraft to orbit the moon, and the centennial of a major American musical figure. Plus, enjoy a holiday special from a favorite show and a documentary about the Jewish songwriters responsible for much of our Christmas music.
Polar bear cubs playing together. Svalbard Islands. Photo: Roie Galitz / © John Downer Productions

What to Watch in November

Dan Soles

This month, there's a Nature documentary chronicling the journey of a polar bear family, a hilarious special honoring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a look at the artistic and intellectual scenes in three remarkable cities, and a look at the making of a Broadway show.
Autumnwatch New England. Photo: Denis Tangney Jr./Getty Images

What to Watch in October

Dan Soles

As the election approaches, watch documentaries highlighting pressing issues vital to democracy in America. Dive into the unique legacies of art and design in Chicago. Experience the splendor of autumn. Discover the incredible achievements and history of Native Americans, and more.
The Durrells in Corfu. Photo: Joss Barratt for Sid Gentle Films & MASTERPIECE

What to Watch in September

Dan Soles

This September is packed with exciting shows, from a local documentary examining deindustrialization to the returns of several favorites, plus the surprising nature hiding in plain sight in cities and a documentary spotlighting healthcare that's executive produced by Ken Burns.
A Resplendent quetzal (Pharmachrus mocinno) male in flight. El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas, Mexico. Photo: BBC NHU 2016

What to Watch in August

Dan Soles

An extraordinary tour of Mexico's fantastical landscapes, an outside look at one of Chicago's jewels, a necessary two-part Frontline documentary that serves as a corrective to headlines, a tribute to a beloved television pioneer, and a look at Northern Ireland's Troubles.
Geoffrey Baer in 10 That Changed America; Rowan Atkinson as Maigret; Marcus Samuelsson in No Passport Required; Ted Williams on the Red Sox. Photos: Christine Carreira; Getty Images.

What to Watch in July

Dan Soles

Geoffrey Baer introduces you to thirty more locations that changed America and how we traverse it and remember our past; Marcus Samuelsson explores the cuisine of immigrant communities; a surprising actor takes on the role of a classic French detective; and a baseball legend is profiled.
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