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The week ahead


Saturday 28 May Tutankhamun exhumed Just how did the boy king come a cropper- A team of experts throw everything from forensic science to CAT-scan technology at the mystery in a bid to find the definitive answer.

Channel 4, 8pm Monday Brazil - The gentle giant awakes A burgeoning economy - led by its steel industry - is expanding Brazil's political influence throughout South America.

Sue Branford illuminates.

BBC World Service, 9.05am I'm sorry I haven't a clue The regulars return for a new series. Praise be.

BBC Radio 4, 6.30pm Tuesday Demolition detectives Two tower blocks on a Hull estate get their marching orders.

Discovery Channel, 8pm Silly Wednesday The truth behind the moon landings: stranger than fiction Wallows in the conspiracy theory that the 1969 Moon landing was faked. Didn't Buzz Aldrin bop someone on the nose for having the temerity to ask him about the hoax?

Channel 5, 8pm Frontiers of construction Follows Canadian workers coping with extreme weather conditions.

National Geographic, 9pm Thursday After the tsunami Travels to Sri Lanka where new laws preventing building within 200m of the seashore are presenting difficulties for people coping with the tsunami's aftermath.

BBC World Service, 10.05am Material world Your typical termite mound is roomy, remarkably well air conditioned and constructed to a high standard. It should be no surprise then that engineers and architects are excited about using termite technology to help improve some of their own projects. Quentin Cooper reflects with those who inspect the insect with respect to detect the defects in the things we erect.

OK, it's rubbish but it's good rubbish.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Friday Megastructures Day Hey folks, it's Megastructures Day on National Geographic - a full 12 hours devoted to the structurally super-sized. Why not persuade your boss to let you mix business with pleasure by allowing you to sit at home drinking all day while watching the TV marathon - it would be 50% vocational research, after all. And before you ask, your humble correspondent will be at the office on the day in question, cleaning out the NCE stables.

Dishes of the day include: The Golden Gate Bridge (3pm); the Channel Tunnel (4pm); and the Petronas Towers (6pm).

National Geographic, 8am-8pm

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