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An­drea Bo­celli: Live in Tus­cany, 7.35pm, Ova­tion

Imag­ine a beau­ti­ful, open- air per­for­mance space in La­jatico, Tus­cany, with sweep­ing fields all around and into the dis­tance, a mag­nif­i­cent orches­tra, and the great Bo­celli, pic­tured, who is blind, led to the stage by white- clad an­gels. His is not the finest op­er­atic tenor voice in the world, yet there is a qual­ity to it that goes straight to the heart: an ap­peal in con­junc­tion with his cross­over ten­den­cies that has led to mil­lions more CD sales world­wide than for any of his op­er­atic con­tem­po­raries. An in­spir­ing show, spo­ken and sung en­tirely in Ital­ian, not even marred by the guest ap­pear­ance of Kenny G.

The Great Olympic Drug Scan­dal, 8.30pm, His­tory

In the 1970s, East Ger­many seemed like a na­tion of sports fa­nat­ics, healthy mem­bers of a so­cial­ist par­adise. But a dark se­cret lay at the heart of their sport­ing suc­cess: the largest dop­ing racket in the his­tory of sport. Party lead­ers were run­ning an an­abolic steroids pro­gram on a na­tional scale. ‘‘ It was Ger­man, it was or­derly,’’ says a Ger­man com­men­ta­tor. This ex­plores the his­tory and pol­i­tics of the drug pro­gram and the con­se­quences for in­di­vid­u­als.

How Art Made the World, 8.30pm, ABC1

In the se­ries finale tonight, art his­to­rian Nigel Spivey ex­plains why even now, when we gen­er­ally see fewer real dead bod­ies than at any time in his­tory, we re­main ob­sessed with images of death. Per­son­ally, I can do my wash­ing and go shop­ping with­out think­ing of images of death at all. Nat­u­rally, it all goes back to Jeri­cho, Aztec Amer­ica and classical Italy.

Ian Cuth­bert­son

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