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The week ahead


Saturday 2 July Live 8 Live Today's the day for Bob Geldof and his Live 8 jamboree, so brace yourself for blanket coverage on the Beeb. But not everyone has been swept up in Sir Bob's 'Save the World by singing a song' wave. Blur, Radiohead and Oasis all declined his invitation, with Noel Gallagher summing up the sentiment: 'Are they hoping one of these guys from the G8 sees Annie Lennox singing Sweet Dreams and thinks, '! @*%, she might have a point there, you know-' It's not going to happen, is it-' Make up your own mind, you've got all day - and all night.

BBC 1&2 1pm-3am; BBC3 7pm4am; BBC Radio 1&2 1pm-1am Wimbledon 2005 If all the Live 8 hype and hysteria gets too much, calm yourself with simpering Sue Barker and the Women's final at Wimbledon where polite applause rules. The men play tomorrow.

BBC 1, 1.30pm Sunday Panorama - Bystanders:

Darfur and the Promise Broken Ten years ago, after the Rwandan genocide claimed nearly 1M lives in 100 days, world leaders said they would never again argue while innocent people were slaughtered. Now Panorama investigates why the world has failed to confront what US president George Bush calls 'genocide' in Darfur.

BBC 1, 10.15pm Monday Crafty Tricks of War Army veteran and master engineer Dick Strawbridge and his ever-keen assistant Diarmuid Byron-O'Connor road-test more ingenious ideas that were used to defeat the Nazis. This week, Strawbridge uses declassified top secret documents to build a Second World War rocketpropelled 'Catherine Wheel' and a 'Swiss Roll' floating roadway to get supplies across water.

UKTV History, 10am Tuesday Ha Ha Mathematics This panel show on how maths can be fun is worth tuning in to, just for the 1988 clip in which former transport secretary Stephen Byers, then education minister responsible for standards in British schools, gets his seven times table wrong.

BBC Radio 4, 11.30am Wednesday The Olympic Decision and The G8 Five Live's Nicky Campbell will be in Trafalgar Square, where London bigwigs will gather to hear if London has been successful in its bid to host the 2012 Olympics.

And as Tony Blair kicks off the G8 summit in Gleneagles, eight Africa experts, each representing one of the G8 nations, join Five Live's Christian Fraser in the Durban township of Umlazi to witness African poverty first hand.

BBC Radio Five Live, throughout the day Diggers of the Underground No, not a tale of the Jubilee Line Extension, but of a crew of diggers deep beneath Moscow searching for Stalin's and Ivan the Terrible's torture chambers.

BBC Radio 4, 11am Friday How Did They Build That?

Cantilever Bridges How the design of an ancient Chinese structure is being changed by the development of stronger, lighter materials.

Discovery Science, 3pm.

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