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Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 12:00 UK time, Thursday, 24 March 2011

Hello again, 
This week's TV highlights include opera, classic country and a little bit of New York rock.

Friday 25 March - BBC Three
2810 - 2910: Radio 1's Big Weekend 2010 - Best Bits
Reggie Yates and Edith Bowman present highlights from Cheryl Cole, Florence and the Machine and Ellie Goulding at last year's Radio 1's Big Weekend in Bangor. The show also features backstage gossip and interviews.

Friday 25 March - BBC Four
1930 - 2030: Sacred Music 1 - Episode 1
Four-part documentary series in which actor and former chorister Simon Russell Beale explores the flowering of Western sacred music. He begins his journey at Notre Dame in Paris, where an enigmatic medieval music manuscript provides the key to the early development of polyphony - music of 'many voices'. Featuring music performed by members of the award-winning choir The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers.

2030 - 2100: Opera's Fallen Women
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2425
Bizet's Carmen, Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Verdi's Violetta - some of the most famous and powerful roles in opera and they are all, in different ways, fallen women.
And now there's a newcomer to their ranks - Anna Nicole. The Royal Opera's new smash hit is an operatic version of the life of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith. Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera House and conductor of Anna Nicole, delves into the world of opera's fallen women and discovers how for centuries composers and librettists have used female characters in opera to explore and challenge society's attitudes and prejudices.

2100 - 2310: Anna Nicole - From the Royal Opera House
Repeated: BBC Four - Monday 2300
The television premiere of the hit opera based on the life of the young American Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, who was thrust into the global media spotlight when she married an octogenarian billionaire, became a reality TV star and, after a drug overdose, died tragically early.


Tammy Wynette

Tammy Wynette

2310 - 2410: Originals - Tammy Wynette
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2455
Profile of the late country legend, including performances of many of Tammy's greatest songs. Contributors include husbands George Jones and George Richey, Elvis Costello, Allison Moorer, Bill Drummond of the KLF and actress Anna Chancellor.


2410 - 2510: TOTP2 - Country Jukebox
Repeated: BBC Four - Sunday 2555
Steve Wright presents an hour of country tunes. There are classics from Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, Billie Jo Spears and Crystal Gayle, and massive hits from the Mavericks, Shania Twain, Lonestar, the Dixie Chicks and LeAnn Rimes. Plus, new material from Keith Urban and Rascall Flatts and an exclusive look at the latest video from The Eagles.


Saturday 26 March - BBC Three
2000 - 2100: Pop's Greatest Dance Crazes - episode 1
Robert Webb hosts a top 50 countdown of the hippest, sexiest, quirkiest and campest dance crazes of the last 40 years.

Saturday 26 March - BBC Four
2505 - 2605: New York Rock At The BBC
Celebrating the cream of the New York rock scene, including classic performances from the Ramones, New York Dolls, Television, Blondie, Lou Reed and more.

Sunday 27 March - BBC Four
1900 - 2000: Still Folk Dancing After All These Years
Young Northumbrian folk-singing siblings Rachel and Becky Unthank take a journey around England from spring to autumn 2010 to experience its living folk dance traditions in action. They lead us through the back gardens and narrow streets of towns and villages from Newcastle to Penzance to discover the most surprising of dances, ceremonies, rituals and festivities that mark the turning of the seasons and the passing of the year.

Next week; Top Of The Pops night.
Take care of yourselves.


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