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The week ahead


Saturday 26 March Parkinson Time warp chat show. Tonight John Travolta.

ITV1, 9.35pm Sunday 27 March TV On Trial After 60 years of British television, was there ever really a 'golden age' for the medium?

For three hours every night this week, big cheeses from the media argue for their favourite decade. Tonight, Roy Hattersley and TV critic Katheryn Flett laud the 1950s. What a difficult choice it would be for chat show host Michael Parkinson who only ever seems to pick guests famous from the 1970s and 1980s. A bit of a liberty, really, when he's paid 2005 wages to still chew the cud with Billy Connolly for what has seemed like an eternity.

BBC4, 8.30pm Tuesday 29 March Last Days Of The Routemaster The famous open-platformed double decker bus is soon to disappear from London's streets.

A sad day.

ITV1, 7.30pm Wednesday 30 March Match of The Day Live England v Azerbaijan England may be expected to pick up three points from this World Cup Qualifier, but were it a game of Scrabble the outcome might be very different.

Azerbaijan is worth a hefty 28 points and England a mere nine.

Interesting, eh?

BBC1, 7.30pm Friday 1 April Nude Civil Engineer 2006 Set for publication later this year, the official launch of the Nude Civil Engineer Calendar 2006 takes place today.

Featuring members of the NCE editorial team al fresco (on site) and au naturel (tastefully done in black and white, of course) all profits from the calendar go the Peabody Home for Bewildered Engineers.

Monday 4 April Following Phileas To mark the centenary of Jules Verne's death, polar explorer Pen Hadow goes in search of the modern day hero scientist and explorer equivalents of those central to Verne's books.

First of fi ve programmes.

BBC Radio 4, 3.45pm Wednesday 6 April Frontiers Offers a new understanding of the Earth's core - the molten vindaloo of volcanic action heaving 3,000km beneath the surface.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm What The Ancients Did For Us - The Greeks Er, the Greeks.

BBC2, 8pm Friday 8 April Changing Places - Seeing the Wood For The Trees The benefits of sustainable forestry being championed by the Forestry Commission.

Dylan Winter explains. Oak-A, fir enough, I think it's vital to con-cedar the long-term view and spruce up the countryside with a poplar initiative. It's about time someone rose to the occasion, took the elm and fought them on the beeches, as it were. It'll be a plum job with a peach of a salary and it won't be easy pecan the right candidate - birch you know it makes sense. Enough of this rubbish, Foresight returns in two weeks.

BBC Radio 4, 3pm

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