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: Wagner's Ring - the Rhinegold

Michael Portillo introduces a lavish production of the first opera in Wagner's epic four-part musical drama The Ring of the Nibelung, from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. The story follows the forging of a powerful ring with gold stolen from three mystical maidens, and the struggle between man and gods to possess it.
Baritone Bryn Terfel makes his Wagnerian debut as chief of the gods Wotan, heading an international cast conducted by Antonio Pappano.


Presenter: Michael Portillo
Wotan (baritone): Bryn Terfel
Conductor: Antonio Pappano

: Nobody Knows

Moving drama starring Yuya Yagira. Four siblings living in an apartment in Tokyo are forced to fend for themselves when they are deserted by their mother. In Japanese with English subtitles. Review page 50.


Unknown: Yuya Yagira.

: Charlie Brooker's Screen

Wipe: a tongue-in-cheek take on the TV industry, including reviews of the week's viewing highlights

: Marcus Brigstocke's Trophy People

four episodes

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