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Thursday 30 March 8.30pm Channel 020
Covers every aspect of piano rebuilding, capturing the transformation of a 1913 Steinway from wreck to shining beauty. There are setbacks, skirmishes, and heartfelt revelations. Who knew that restoring a piano could be so dramatic?
Velvet (Series 1)
Saturdays 8.30pm Channel 020
From the creators of Grand Hotel. An empire built of silk, sensuality and seduction. In late 1950s Madrid, the golden age of haute couture, there is one clothing emporium where everyone would like to go shopping at least once in their lifetime, the Galerias Velvet. An Art Deco palace, a magical place of dazzling luxury and glamour. But whether admiring the storefront windows or venturing inside to buy a bit of a dream, what the ladies and gentlemen of Madrid do not see is a tender love story unfolding in the Galerias between Ana and Alberto.
Alexandre Tharaud Plays Goldberg Variations
Wednesday 5 April 7.00pm Channel 020
Alexandre Tharaud is one of the few musicians with a strong interest in film, which made him an ideal choice for Oscar-winning Michael Haneke who cast him in ‘Amour’. Together with director Stéphane Aubé, himself a trained pianist, he produced a version of Bach’s towering Goldberg Variations, this time not to fight insomnia as legend will have it, but to keep viewers on their toes.
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