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The week ahead


Saturday 9 April How It's Made A whole day's worth of the how it's done series, covering anything and everything and explained by the folks that do it.

Bubble gum, bricks, hydrogen cars, kitchen foil, steel, light bulbs, mozzarella, pills, CDs.

You get the picture.

Discovery Channel, 9am-5pm Archive Hour - The Shanghai Sailors Thousands of Chinese merchant seamen who worked out of Liverpool during the Second World War were repatriated when the conflict ended.

Not all of them wanted go, particularly those who had started families. Robin Howlett describes heartless post war machinations.

BBC Radio 4, 8pm Monday The Energy Gap Join the Price family from Burton-upon-Trent as they cut their energy consumption by two thirds to match that used by an average Indian family.

A family like the Trikhas from Haryana province, who also feature in the series. Same time every afternoon until Friday.

BBC Radio 4, 3.45pm Demolition Squad The first of four programmes following the work of a demolition company. First off, a 22-storey tower block in London.

Channel 5, 7.30pm Real Story With Fiona Bruce - After The Tsunami The latest developments in some of the personal stories from those directly affected by last year's tsunami.

BBC1, 7.30pm Tuesday Bridge on the River Kwai Revealed The building of the 400km Thai-Burma railway as explained by engineer Bashar Altabba.

Channel 5, 8pm Life On The Tracks A grim portrait of life in the slums built around Manila's railway system.

BBC4, 9pm Wednesday What The Ancients Did For Us It's the turn of the Britons to get the Adam Hart-Davis treatment.

BBC2, 8pm Thursday Titanic: Beyond The Curse Chews the cud of conspiracy theory and myth.

History Channel, 8pm Friday Ship Ablaze: The General Slocum Disaster The story of a steamboat fi re on New York's East River in 1904 that claimed over 1,000 lives.

History Channel, 7pm

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