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July 31, 2014

Lanre Bakare, John Robinson, Mark Jones, Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, Huw Oliver, Bim Adewunmi and Hannah J Davies

BBC Proms Masterworks: Bach's St John's Passion

7.30pm, BBC4

Here the Guardian's Tom Service does on TV much the same kind of job he does in print: unlocking classical music's forbidding doors for a more general listener. In this series he is exploring in greater detail works from this year's Proms: this week he will be explaining the background to Bach's oldest passion, from 1724. He also introduces a performance by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Zurcher Sing-Akademie, with tenor James Gilchrist, and led by conductor Roger Norrington. John Robinson

Beavers Behaving Badly - Natural World

8pm, BBC2

Jackson Hole might seem a typically sedate Wyoming backwater, but a beast lurks within, toppling trees, blocking waterways and generally causing bucktoothed bedlam. As cute as they may be, beavers using the region as a personal interpretation of Sim City have become a constant nuisance. Here, we follow tactics employed in combating the semi-aquatic scallywags in as humane a manner as possible. A Mountain State take on the Dambusters, if you will. Mark Jones

The Honourable Woman

9pm, BBC2

We're now at episode five and every week the tension builds like air pressure thickening before a storm. Tonight we flash back eight years to see the full truth of Kasim's origins. A brilliant twist played astonishingly by the actors involved. Every new development adds another layer to the story, a new way of seeing it. Stephen Rea stalks the screen like a self-contained thunder cloud as he tries to unravel the Steins' secrets. And every scene between Rea and Janet McTeer is a small, precise masterclass. Julia Raeside

Kids and Guns

10pm, Channel 4

The "right to bear arms" is one of the more baffling (to many British eyes, at least) elements of American culture, and here its intersection with children is examined. There is Kaylin, born into a hunting family in Kentucky and given her first gun on her fourth birthday. In Texas, Gia, nine, goes "zombie-hunting" with her dad, Spyder, and competes in the junior state shooting championship. Inevitably, there are the kids who have died by their guns, too, and their stories are heartbreaking and shocking. Sobering stuff. Bim Adewunmi

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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