Culture at Christmas: Front Row’s Kirsty Lang shares her festive highlights

What you should be watching this Christmas, from The Birth of an Opera to David Attenborough: World Music Collector


Danielle de Niese: The Birth of an Opera
Sunday 18 December, BBC4 


For an opera diva, Danielle de Niese is incredibly down-to-earth, which I attribute to her Australian upbringing. This film goes backstage to see how she prepares for a performance of The Barber of Seville.

Bowie, Prince & Music Legends We Lost in 2016
Saturday 17 December, Sky Arts

This will be poignant but definitely worth watching. 
I’ll be interested to see whether the producers manage to squeeze Leonard Cohen into the final cut — 2016 has been a tough year.

David Attenborough: World Music Collector
Christmas Day, Radio 3 

Planet Earth II has been my family’s Sunday treat in the run-up to Christmas so I’ll definitely be listening to David Attenborough as he reveals the music from his travels and stories behind some of the tracks.

Sir Peter Wright at 90
Tuesday 27 December, BBC4


A legend of British ballet, choreographer and producer Peter Wright has spent more than 50 years inside the strange, competitive world of dance. He tells some excellent stories about the biggest names in ballet — and their feuds. The beautiful behind-the-scenes footage of The Nutcracker dancers is lovely and festive.