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BBC ONE Friday 4 June 2010
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EastEnders

Friday 4 June
8.00-8.30pm BBC ONE (Schedule updated 20 May)

Denise continues to cover for Lucas's erratic behaviour, but unbeknownst to her he's sinking to new depths of depravity, in the week's final visit to Albert Square.

Meanwhile, Shirley battles for Ben to return home.

And will Max be able to resist the wily charms of a stunning newcomer?

Denise is played by Di Parish, Lucas by Don Gilet, Shirley by Linda Henry, Ben by Charlie Jones and Max by Jake Wood.

JM3

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BBC TWO Friday 4 June 2010
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When Romeo Met Juliet Ep 1/3

New series
Friday 4 June
9.00-10.00pm BBC TWO (Schedule addition 27 May)

One city, two schools, eight weeks and a slot in a major theatre to put on a professional production of Shakespeare's most famous love story. What will happen When Romeo Meets Juliet?

In this three-part series, Paul Roseby, the artistic director of the National Youth Theatre, brings together two schools from opposite sides of the same city in a unique experiment to perform on the city stage. Each school will be cast as one of the two feuding families at the heart of the play. Romeo and his Montague clan come from a Coventry city centre comprehensive while Juliet and the Capulets are from a Catholic school in the city's northern suburbs.

Paul has just the school summer holidays to get them to overcome their nervousness about Shakespeare and cut it as actors. At the end of it all, they will perform Romeo & Juliet in the city's newly refurbished Belgrade Theatre.

Helping mentor the young people are Hustle star and Rada-trained actor Adrian Lester and his actress wife, Lolita Chakrabarti, who abridged the 90-minute version of the play that the students are working with. Together, they try to win over the nervous teen cast, aged 13 to 17, helping them to present Shakespeare in a new and inspiring light.

Can Paul, Adrian and Lolita help the teenage cast overcome their preconceptions about Shakespeare and work with each other to create a Romeo & Juliet for a new generation; iambic pentameter and all?

AH

Bon Jovi – When We Were Beautiful

Friday 4 June
11.50pm-1.10am BBC TWO (Schedule addition 20 May)

Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful offers an intimate glimpse of Bon Jovi who remain, at their core, a band of brothers from New Jersey.

Directed by filmmaker and photographer Phil Griffin and produced by Academy Award-and Emmy-winning producers @radical.media, the documentary was filmed on the road and behind the scenes with the band during their 2008 Lost Highway World Tour, which famously came to a close with a historic concert in New York City's Central Park.

At the height of their success, with another No. 1 album and the No. 1 grossing tour of 2008 in Billboard magazine, Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful reveals the secrets behind this legendary band's determined and charismatic leader, Jon Bon Jovi, and band members Richie Sambora, David Bryan and Tico Torres.

Threading intimate band-member interviews with scenes of life on the road, the programme vividly portrays how the band made it through the rough patches, how they reach consensus on their priorities, and how Jon leads them with strength and compassion. Avid Bon Jovi fans will find plenty of new reasons to be so devoted, but anyone can revel in this exploration of the work that goes into the reasons for the band's survival and longevity.

"Throughout the process of working with Bon Jovi I was amazed at the candour and humility Jon and his band showed me," says director Phil Griffin. "The result is not a neatly wrapped up bundle of staged interviews and musical interludes, but rather a series of open and sometimes difficult conversations, explored against a backdrop of music spanning 25 years. It is a film about the peace of Tico, the complexity of Richie, the drive of Jon and the brutal honesty of Dave. It is their willingness to share their stories that gives us what I hope is a very human story – that humanity is what I believe has seen this band stand the test of time."

Bon Jovi has set the bar for more than two decades as one of the most successful rock bands in the world. They have sold more than 120 million albums and performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans. Their most recent album debuted at No. 1 around the world and kicked off their current massive world tour. This summer, the band will play 12 nights in London.

SG

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BBC FOUR Friday 4 June 2010
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OPERA ON THE BBC
Aida

Friday 4 June
7.30-9.40pm BBC FOUR (Schedule addition 17 May)

Giuseppe Verdi's monumental opera Aida is performed on the spectacular floating stage by the banks of Lake Constance at Bregenz, in a new production by acclaimed director Graham Vick for the 2009 and 2010 Bregenz Festivals. Tatiana Serjan sings the title role, with Rubens Pelizzari as Radames.

Verdi's Aida is the story of the tragic love between the Ethiopian princess Aida – once brought to the Nile as a slave – and the Egyptian commander Radames. Since its première in Cairo in 1871, Aida has gone on to become one of the most popular and most performed works in the opera repertoire.

Director Graham Vick and designer Paul Brown were keen to make use of Lake Constance, not just as a grand backdrop but also as an integral part of the production. Ships and platforms, parts of the stage set and even some of the performers will emerge from under the water.

Opera On The BBC is a major new season of programmes across the BBC celebrating opera.

KS4

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