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If you want a spec­ta­cle... PAR­A­LYMPIC GAMES OPEN­ING CER­E­MONY Wed­nes­day, 8pm, Ch4

The Lon­don 2012 Par­a­lympics prom­ise to be very spe­cial. This open­ing cer­e­mony builds up to the ar­rival of the Par­a­lympic Flame with an in­spi­ra­tional show ti­tled En­light­en­ment, a fly-past, cir­cus per­form­ers and the parade of com­pet­ing nations.

If you want an ex­cit­ing new se­ries... FOR­MAT FARM Thurs­day, 9.30pm, RTÉ Two

This new se­ries fea­tures pi­lots for new shows which Ir­ish pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies are hop­ing to sell abroad. The open­ing show is called The Takeover, and sees man­agers in strug­gling busi­nesses step­ping aside for two weeks, al­low­ing the work­ers to take over.

If you want top-qual­ity clas­sic drama... PARADE’S END Fri­day, 9pm, BBC2

In part two of this bril­liant Ford Ma­dox Ford adaptation, Ti­et­jens is more tor­mented than ever by the an­tics of his wife (Re­becca Hall, right, with Tom Mi­son as Perowne) and his love for Valen­tine. All un­der the shadow of the ap­proach­ing war… Also see fea­ture, page 10.

8PM, RTÉ TWO

FROM 9.15AM, CH4

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