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The Pi­ano Mak­ers, 7.30pm, 10.30pm, BBC World

Ger­many is the proud home of pi­ano mak­ing in Europe. The Bechstein com­pany has been craft­ing pi­anos since 1853 and holds a proud tra­di­tion of pass­ing on the mas­ter craft through vo­ca­tional train­ing and ap­pren­tice­ships. As with pro­grams on gui­tar build­ing, there is a fas­ci­na­tion here for the mu­si­cally in­clined. Beau­ti­fully made and well told. See how an ap­pren­tice learns ev­ery step of the process of mak­ing a pi­ano. Then build your own in a trice.

Food Sa­fari, 7.30pm, SBS

OK, it’s a re­peat, but for the many Italophiles among us, tonight’s episode of Maeve O’Meara’s en­gag­ing foodie show, en­ti­tled Ital­ian Sa­fari, will be well worth a sec­ond look. With­out leav­ing home, ex­plore food from the land that gave us pizza and pasta, scalop­pine and saltim­bocca, pro­sciutto, bis­cotti and cap­puc­cino.

House, 8.30pm, Ten

When a man with full- blown AIDS col­lapses on House’s doorstep and the man’s fa­ther, who doesn’t have the dis­ease, ap­pears to be suf­fer­ing sim­i­lar symp­toms, House ( Hugh Lau­rie, pic­tured) must re­write medicine, as he does weekly. As usual, by putting two and two to­gether he comes up with five.

Ian Cuth­bert­son

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