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.