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The week ahead


Saturday 12 November Parkinson I'm fed up with moaning about Parky's 1980s infatuation - tonight it's Madonna, by the way. So let's moan about the plankton who insist on sitting on the outside edge seats of busy buses and trains when the window seats are free; or the goofs who queue for the autobank right out into the middle of a busy street instead of down the side of the bank; or those who insist on paying for a £2.50 sandwich in the supermarket by credit card. I feel better already, let's move on.

ITV1, 9.45pm Monday Megacities A look at infrastructure in New York, focusing on water and power supply to the Big Apple.

National Geographic, 6pm I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue It's been going since 1972, it's jolly funny and tonight the new series kicks off in front of its biggest ever audience - at the London Palladium, no less.

BBC Radio 4, 6.30pm Tuesday The Bridge at the Bottom of the Sea Once upon a time, 8,000 years ago, Britain was joined by land to the rest of Europe - but then the Ice Age came and the North Sea separated us from our neighbours with a not insubstantial watery tract. But what of the land lost and those who lived on it?

Well, archaeologists from Birmingham University are now set to drill in the seabed between Britain and Europe to find out what they can of the people, the flora and the fauna of this lost land.

BBC Radio 4, 11am Seconds From Disaster Examines the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

National Geographic, 8pm Robotics Takes a look at Greek mathematician Heron of Alexandria whose interest in mechanics and engineering predicted the steam engine. And for about 70AD, that makes him a very clever boy.

History Channel, 10pm Wednesday The Science of Aggression Psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud looks at the reasons for hostile behaviour. Or- the multi media mind mechanic mulls the motives of a mankind minded towards militant and malevolent mannerisms.

BBC World Service, 10.05am Thursday Material World Could it be that the donning of tweed and woollen apparel was the undoing of Mallory and Irving's Everest expedition of 1926- In one of the more microscopic investigations in the series, Quentin Cooper compares the mountaineering garb of yesteryear with the synthetic hollow fibre fi ttings of today.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Exhibition Anatomy of Engineering The marvels of 3D structural design are the focus of the exhibition with 10 prototype projects forming the meat and potatoes of the show, while films and lectures make up a rather interesting inviting three course menu. The whole shebang is free of charge, readers, and those fond of the grape might like to know that wine is available after 5.30pm.

How very civilised. Open from 12 noon to 7.30pm every day, the exhibition ends 18 November and is held at: The Crypt, St Pancras Church, Euston Road www.3dengineering. co. uk

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