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Top Picks: Paul Rishell's old country blues, a new novel on the Tudors, and more

Ronald Reagan offers advice for all bridegrooms, PBS airs the documentary about soldiers on the battlefield and at home, 'Hell and Back Again,' and more top picks.

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A two-hour special on ABC "The Real Queen: By Her Own Royal Family" with Katie Couric will air Tuesday, May 29 at 9 p.m.

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Long Live the Queen

The summer media blitz of all things British gets under way Tuesday, May 29, at 9 p.m. with a two-hour special on ABC, The Real Queen: By Her Own Royal Family with Katie Couric. Couric interviews the two British princes, William and Harry, as they talk about their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, on the occasion of her diamond jubilee.

A soldier comes home

PBS has a full Memorial Day of programming honoring veterans, anchored by the Academy Award-nominated documentary Hell and Back Again. This film transitions between the frontline dangers and chaos of war and the sometimes difficult normalcy of home life as veterans return home. Check local listings.

Old-time blues made new

In the 1920s and ’30s, America fell head over heels in love with the blues. Country style or urban, blues records sold like hotcakes to all kinds of audiences. Contemporary Boston blues musician Paul Rishell conjures up the sound and spirit of the old country blues like no other living practitioner on his new CD Talking Guitar. This charming collection of songs of the period, expertly played on a variety of vintage guitars and sung with rootsy authenticity and gentle humor, is a convincing argument for the genre’s great popular acclaim all those decades ago.

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