There’s a huge amount of useful TV out there these days, so it can be hard to choose what to watch. But who better to recommend shows than the person who schedules them? Lisa Tipton, WTTW’s Head of Programming and Pledge, builds 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 diverse and engaging broadcast schedule. Each month, she will recommend a few shows that she thinks you should watch.
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Chicago related shows
December is full of stories where Chicago plays a huge role. On Monday, December 12, we have a profile of Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow, who grew up in Chicago, taught at the University of Chicago, and has many of his books set in Chicago, USA. American Masters: The Adventures of Saul Bellow at 20:00. Performed by POV: Let the little light shine at 9:30 pm, a documentary following a row over a high-performing black school in the South Loop as the neighborhood expands. (You can take a preview and discussion of the film Tuesday 6 December.)
Then on Monday, December 26 at 9:00 pm, an architect who has spent most of his career in and around Chicago takes the spotlight, in Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America.
We’ve got a Mary Berry-palooza this month, featuring numerous Christmas-themed treats from the treasury of British homemaking, baking and entertainment. There is Mary Berry’s Last Christmas Monday 19 December at 21:00, Mary Berry’s country house at Christmas Friday, December 23 at 20:00, followed by two Christmas-focused episodes of Mary Berry’s all time favourites Friday 23 December at 21:00 and 21:30.
Call the Holiday Special Midwife
Call the midwife is always filled with such warm humanity that we look forward to his special holiday every year, even in this 12th season, which picks up as Poplar begins to return to normal life in the wake of the devastating train crash of the previous season finale.
Music videos that shaped the 80s
Travel back in time to the decade in which music video went mainstream and revisit some of the most influential, from the perspective of the artists and directors who produced them in this nostalgic special perfect for the end of the year.