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9 all-new series to watch in April on PBS Wisconsin

March 25, 2024 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

Mark your calendars and tune in – or download the free PBS App on your favorite streaming device – to enjoy these nine all-new series premiering on PBS Wisconsin.

Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator

8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2

He came. He saw. He conquered. Discover the tale of an ambitious power-grab that turned to tyranny, and learn how Julius Caesar dismantled five centuries of ancient Roman democracy in just 16 years.

A Brief History of the Future

8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3

Hosted by renowned futurist Ari Wallach, A Brief History of the Future invites viewers on a journey around the world that is filled with discovery, hope and possibility about where we find ourselves today and what could come next.

Wonders of the World I Can’t See

9 p.m. Wednesday, April 3

What is it like visiting the world’s most stunning places when you can’t actually see them? Each episode, a new celebrity friend does their best to prove to their blind comedian pal, Chris McCausland, that there’s more to tourist traps than just their looks.

From visiting the Colosseum in Rome and training as gladiators, to riding camels in Jordan, the sighted celebrities provide live audio descriptions as they attempt to convince their visually impaired friend that it was worth getting off his couch after all.

Mr. Bates vs. The Post Office on Masterpiece

8 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Follow one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in British legal history, as hundreds of innocent village subpostmasters were accused of theft and fraud caused by errors in the post office’s computer system, something it denied for years.

The Diplomat

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8 p.m. Friday, April 12

Laura Simmonds along with her Spanish friend and colleague Alba Ortiz are working hard to protect British nationals in trouble in Barcelona. It isn’t an easy job. They’ll need to work as cop, counselor and lawyer.

The series opens with the unexplained death of a British barman working around Barcelona’s notorious marina. Neither the Spanish police nor foreign office is keen to pursue a murder enquiry. As Simmonds and Ortiz dig deeper, they discover links to organized crime and the British security services. But what price will they pay to expose secrets that the British and Spanish will protect at any cost?


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Nick Johnson (Adrian Lester) and Maya Cobbina (Sophie Okonedo)

9 p.m. Friday, April 12

Maya, a barrister in London, is at the very top of her profession. She is about to become the first Black director of public prosecutions. But just as her life comes under intense public scrutiny, Maya discovers that her husband, Nick, has been lying to her for 20 years.

At the same time, a case that has dominated her career is about to reach its conclusion. Rudy Jones, a Black man in America wrongly convicted of murdering a white politician, is to be executed. As she fights to save Rudy and discovers more about her husband’s past, Maya begins to realize there are bigger forces at work. An intricate web of corruption unfolds involving members of the police, the press and politicians.

Secret Cities

5 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Take in the fascinating stories behind the art that has shaped three dazzlingly beautiful cities. Amsterdam, the Netherlands; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Barcelona, Spain, are visited by tourists in droves who tread well-worn paths around great galleries, palaces and plazas. But in this series, art historian Janina Ramirez and art critic Alastair Sooke reveal the essence of each city in a fresh and fascinating way by going off the beaten track to visit their own selection of must-see sights.

The Express Way with Dulé Hill

8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23

Led by renowned actor, dancer and singer Dulé Hill, this series captures diverse artists’ stories from across America, celebrating community, humanity and the transformative potential of creative expression.

Absolutely Fabulous

9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25

Edina runs a fashion agency, wears designer clothes and lives the life of a jet-setter. Her friend, Patsy, smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish and dresses like a dream. Life would be one long party – if only Edina’s daughter would stop complaining and start joining in like a normal teenager.

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