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The week ahead


Saturday 16 April How Did They Build That?

Leisure Spaces Describes how engineers past and present have built large arenas for public use.

Discovery Science, 12.30pm Simon Thurley: Building Britain The English Heritage chief exec explains why he thinks British architecture is so marvellous.

Channel 4, 7pm Panorama - Cops and Robbers Labour says crime is falling, the Tories say it's out of control.

Panorama attempts to separate the veracity from the porkies.

BBC1, 8.20pm The Reith Lectures NCE reader John Eric Gray has humbled Foresight for missing the start of the 2005 Reith lectures - subject, The Triumph Of Technology. I pray forgiveness. Fortunately, readers, all the lectures, including that given tonight by Lord Broers, president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, will be on the internet. A close shave, but with ingenuity and resource, Foresight has once again triumphed in its commitment to you, the reader.

And so ends the blarney.

BBC Radio 4, 10.20pm www. bbc. co. uk/radio4/ reith2005/ Monday Animation Nation - The Art of Persuasion Present day animators consider a century of animation and its uses to promote anything from war to Sugar Puffs. Did you know the 1954 animated version of Orwell's Animal Farm was secretly funded by the CIA- In typically barmy Cold War style the US hoped the film would contain a strong anti-Stalinist message. An hour of archive clips follows at 10pm.

BBC4, 9pm Ultimate Guide: Pyramids Who built them and how they did it.

Discovery Civilisation, 9pm Tuesday Salvage Squad: Steam Car The team attempts to restore a 100 year-old steam car.

Discovery Channel, 10pm Thursday The Material World Lightning strikes the earth hundreds of times every second, generating as much energy as 75,000 megatonne bombs over a year. How do we know this- Because the Met Office's Lightning Location System uses satellites to detect every strike within minutes of it happening.

Quentin Cooper quizzes the cognoscenti.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Question Time The big guns are out. Guests tonight include William Hague and Shirley Williams, with others to be confirmed. Anyone would think there was a General Election around the corner or something.

BBC1, 10pm Friday Twenty Minutes - The Glob Girls A group of convent girls, fascinated by the Iron Age bodies preserved in Danish peat bogs, wrote to archaeologist PV Glob about his amazing find. It prompted him to write 'The Bog People', a book credited with popularising archaeology for a new generation. Christine Finn looks back on what was a new 'bog' standard for archaeology and the convent girls who were 'nun' the wiser about its importance. Sorry.

BBC Radio 3, 8.35pm

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