On TV

A sampling of fine arts on television for the week of Aug. 4-10.

Sunday, Aug. 4
HBO,
8-8:30 a.m.
“Kathleen Turner: A YoungArts Masterclass” follows four aspiring young actors through a workshop with the actress.
C-SPAN2,
9:30-11 a.m.
“Book TV in Carson City, Nev.” visits literary sites, including the Mark Twain collection at the Carson City Library, and interviews several of the city’s authors, including Conrad Buedel, Steve Archard, Guy Rocha and Susan Chandler.
MPT2,
11-11:30 a.m.
“Invitation to World Literature” covers “The Tale of Genji,” a portrait of court life in medieval Japan by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady of the Japanese court, with commentary from authors Jane Smiley and Chiori Miyagawa.
MPT2, noon- 12:30 p.m. “Artworks” looks at printmaking by Emily Gray Koehler, photographer A.D. Wheeler and the American Folk Art Museum.
WETA,
2-4:30 p.m.; MPT,
5-7:30 p.m.
“Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park” presents a 2011 concert by the tenor with the New York Philharmonic, featuring music by Verdi and Puccini and duets with Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti, David Foster, Ana Maria Martinez, Pretty Yende and Bryn Terfel.
WHUT,
3-6:30 p.m.
“Great Performances: Phantom of the Opera” presents a 25th anniversary production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical at London’s Royal Albert Hall, starring Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom and Sierra Boggess as the object of his affection.
WETA,
10-11 p.m.
On “Alfie Boe – Storyteller at the Royal Albert Hall,” the tenor performs selections from his 2012 “Storyteller” album in London.
Monday, Aug. 5
Smithsonian Channel,
9-10 p.m.
“Museum Secrets Revealed: Inside the Kunsthistorisches Museum” goes inside the Vienna museum’s collection of antiquities and weaponry collected by the Habsburg family.
WETA,
10-11:30 p.m.
On “Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser in Concert,” the soprano performs selections from her 2013 “Dreamchaser” album at Elstree Studios near London.
Thursday, Aug. 8
Travel Channel,
9-10 p.m.
On the season finale of “Monumental Mysteries,” Don Wildman examines the Ames Pyramid in Albany County, Wyo., and visits a statue commemorating a love story that ended in tragedy aboard the Titanic.
Friday, Aug. 9
WETA,
9-10 p.m.
“Note by Note” details the making of a Steinway L1037 concert grand piano, a 12-month process involving some 450 craftsmen.
WETA,
10-11 p.m.
“William Kentridge: Anything is Possible” profiles the South African artist and follows him backstage at the Met as he directs a March 2010 production of “The Nose.”
Saturday, Aug. 10
Starz, 8-9 p.m. The new drama series “The White Queen,” adapted from Philippa Gregory’s novels based on England’s War of the Roses and told from the perspectives of the three women who laid claim to the English throne, makes its debut.

— Christian Hettinger

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