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The Royal Opera House: The Re­open­ing

BBC Four, Fri­day

Anita Rani, Katie Der­ham and An­to­nio Pap­pano in­tro­duce high­lights of the Royal Opera House’s first mu­sic and dance per­for­mances af­ter lock­down, fea­tur­ing a world pre­miere from chore­og­ra­pher Wayne MacGre­gor, clas­sic opera arias and song per­formed by Gerald Fin­ley, Louise Alder, Toby Spence, David Butt Philip, Sarah Con­nolly and the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists, plus ex­cerpts from bal­lets by Ash­ton, MacMil­lan and Wheel­don.

The Voice Kids

ITV, Satur­day

Emma Willis presents the fourth se­ries of ju­nior singing con­test, with new­comer Paloma Faith join­ing, Danny

Jones and Pixie Lott on the judg­ing panel. Young­sters be­tween the ages of seven and 14 dis­play their mu­si­cal tal­ents in a bid to win a £30,000 prize to con­trib­ute to their mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion, along with a fam­ily hol­i­day to Univer­sal Or­lando Re­sort.

Bri­tish His­tory’s Big­gest Fibs with Lucy Wors­ley

BBC Two, Satur­day

The Glo­ri­ous Revo­lu­tion His­to­rian Lucy Wors­ley de­bunks the so-called Glo­ri­ous

Revo­lu­tion of 1688, when Dutch prince Wil­liam of Orange in­vaded the Bri­tish Isles and stole the throne from his fa­ther-in-law, King James II. It has since been de­scribed as a ‘glo­ri­ous’ and ‘blood­less’ revo­lu­tion. But given that it led to huge slaugh­ter in Ire­land and Scot­land, how glo­ri­ous was it re­ally?

The Fes­ti­val

Chan­nel 4, Sun­day

When Nick’s girl­friend dumps him at grad­u­a­tion, he has a colos­sal melt­down in front of the en­tire univer­sity. He’s con­vinced his life is over, but his best mate Shane has the per­fect so­lu­tion – three days at a mu­sic fes­ti­val. With the help of ‘fes­ti­val afi­cionado’ and cer­ti­fied odd­ball Amy, Shane tries to get Nick to em­brace the mu­sic, the may­hem and the mud. Com­edy, star­ring Joe Thomas, Han­nah Toin­ton, Hammed An­i­mashaun and Je­maine Cle­ment.

Once Upon a Time in Iraq

BBC Two, Mon­day

War Doc­u­men­tary ex­am­in­ing the re­al­i­ties of war and life un­der Isis, with unique per­sonal archive from civil­ians and sol­diers from both sides of the con­flict.

As war be­gan, many Iraqis were hope­ful. Ahmed Al Bashir, now a renowned co­me­dian, re­mem­bers prac­tis­ing his English with US troops be­fore the re­al­i­ties of oc­cu­pa­tion be­came clear.

The Rise of the Mur­doch Dy­nasty

BBC Two, Tues­day

Three-part doc­u­men­tary about the me­dia mogul’s in­flu­ence on in­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics and the power strug­gles within his own fam­ily. The first episode fo­cuses on the build-up to the 1997 gen­eral elec­tion, where Ru­pert Mur­doch had to de­cide if his busi­ness in­ter­ests were best served by the con­tin­u­a­tion of John Ma­jor’s strug­gling gov­ern­ment, or a new Labour lead­er­ship un­der Tony Blair. Even­tu­ally, the full force of his me­dia em­pire is placed be­hind the ris­ing Labour leader, but some ques­tion how high a price was paid. Else­where, Mur­doch mar­ries a woman 37 years younger than he is, di­vid­ing his chil­dren and jeop­ar­dis­ing his plans to choose a suc­ces­sor.

The Fes­ti­val Rat­ing: 15

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