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The week ahead

Saturday 3 September Arena at 30 Celebrates 30 years of the arts documentary series including highlights from programmes on Orson Welles, Francis Bacon and the Chelsea Hotel. Much better this, readers, than the mind sapping celebrity/reality garbage that passes for entertainment in the jaded minds of a feckless nation. After all, it's art, innit?

BBC4, 9pm Reunion Sue MacGregor chairs a get together for leading figures in the campaign to stop construction of the M3 motorway through Twyford Down in Hampshire.

BBC Radio 4, 11.15am Monday 1987 General Election Relive the BBC's 12-hour election results programme from 1987.

Although why you'd want to is anyone's guess. Answers on a postcard to-. on second thoughts.

BBC Parliament, 9am Megastructures Germany's autobahns.

Channel 5, 7.15pm Leaves on the Line Mark Stephen looks at the wealth of plant and animal life existing around Britain's trackside verges.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm Tuesday Eastenders Alfie and Kat aren't talking.

Stacey urges Kat to throttle her bloke. Billy is agitated and Sam is tearful. More unbridled joy to warm the heart from the cor blimey fantasy land.

BBC1, 7.30pm Thursday Test Cricket Could it really be that England might win the Ashes- We may have outplayed the Aussies three times and beaten them twice but if the Antipodean outfit wins this one then the little urn (no offence to Ernie Wise) goes back to the Dame Ednas. Whatever happens, the spirit in which the series has been played has only served to highlight what a shabby spectacle football is these days.

Channel 4, 10.30am BBC Radio 4, LW The Material World Quentin Cooper quizzes a panel of experts on the subject of climate change at this year's British Association Festival of Science from Trinity College, Dublin.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Leading Edge The science and technology series returns with a look at the mysteries of cirrus clouds.

But what does the man on the Clapham Om-Nimbus thinks- Oh dear, apologies for the grade Z pun.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm Horizon Tsunami: Naming the Dead Follows the work of forensic scientists struggling to identify nearly 4,000 victims of the Boxing Day tragedy of 2004.

BBC2, 9pm Bargain Hunt Are you a tit for tat?

BBC1, 12.15pm

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