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The week ahead


Saturday 19 November Secret History: Dogfight A computer-aided look at First World War aerial battles, including the dust-up that put paid to Baron Manfred Von Richthofen - aka the Red Baron.

Channel 4, 8.05pm l Murdo McGhie contacted Foresight to say he's had enough of the whingeing about the Parkinson show. Fair do's Murdo, we'll call a moratorium on lambasting the Yorkshire stick in the mud for a while.

And I say that as a Yorkshire stick in the mud myself- Sunday Mega Builders Replacing the San Francisco Bay Bridge following an earthquake in 1989.

Discovery Channel, 8pm In Search of Speed First in a new series about attempts to break world speed records. Tonight the story of Craig Breedlove and his rather nippy motor, the Spirit of America.

BBC2, 9pm Tuesday Nice Work Are graduates finding careers to match their expectations or are there just too many people in higher education, forcing many into poorly paid jobs- Nice Work takes a look at the evidence vis a vis the current careers scene. Cynics might argue that A-levels have been made easier so that the government can meet its target for getting 50% of young people into higher education. This has led to the rise of 'Mickey Mouse' degrees and, hey presto, should we be surprised that there are no loadsamoney graduates with degrees in Subbuteo or golf management- That's enough sweeping generalisations.

BBC Radio 4, 4.00pm Seconds From Disaster The 1986 collapse of the Hotel New World in Singapore.

National Geographic, 10pm, Wednesday The Bat Bombers The story of how a dentist from Pennsylvania convinced US president Franklin Roosevelt that Mexican bats held the answer to ending the war with Japan. No, I didn't make it up and I couldn't possibly begin to explain.

BBC Radio 4, 11am Thursday One Planet - A World Without Wa s t e Lynne Malcom travels to the Philippines, where the disposal of waste through incineration has been banned. A bold move considering that it's far from being the richest country in the world. So hats off to these recycling frontiersmen and women, leading by example when it comes to waste management.

BBC World Service, 10.05am Material World Quentin Cooper talks to University College London scientists about coastal wind jets. The weather phenomenon accounts for wind speeds 40% higher than normal, is usually only a few kilometres wide and may provide a major leap forward in plans to harness wind energy.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Touching the Void Documentary about a climbing expedition in the Peruvian Andes that went horribly wrong.

Channel 4, 9pm

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