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Revel Horwood in opera challenge

Craig Revel Horwood is swapping the ballroom for the baton - as he learns to become a classical conductor.

The acid-tongued judge will see his own newly acquired skills come under scrutiny as a contestant on TV's Maestro, which is being revived by the BBC.

Also taking part in the show Maestro At The Opera - being brought back after an absence of four years - will be DJ Trevor Nelson, actress Josie Lawrence and the broadcaster and academic Professor Marcus du Sautoy.

During the three-part BBC Two series, the trainees will compete to conduct a complete act of an opera performed on the stage of the Royal Opera House in London.

Stars who have taken part in Maestro previously have included Blur's Alex James, presenter Katie Derham, Clive Anderson and series winner Sue Perkins.

Each apprentice will be mentored by an experienced professional conductor who will teach them how to tackle the complexities of a production.

BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow said: "I look forward to seeing whether their natural musical ability will be enough to help them master the skills needed in the new series, which will take viewers right to the heart of one of the world's greatest opera institutions."

Meanwhile, ITV announced it will be turning the story of the man who made Selfridges a household name in a new historical drama.

The series, which has the working title Mr Selfridge, will tell the tale of how American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge transformed the high street when he opened the department store that still bears his name in 1909.

The 10 hour-long episodes, which will be shown on ITV1 next year, are the creation of screenwriter Andrew Davies - the man behind shows including Little Dorrit and South Riding.

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