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The week ahead


Saturday 5 March Chris Barrie's Massive Engines All the programmes in the series shown back to back. Only hardened couch potato veterans with oodles of stamina need apply.

Discovery Channel, 11am-4pm Sunday 30th Birthday Party Lovers of Kew Bridge Steam Museum might like to know that the good folk there will be returning that love with free admission for all this Sunday to celebrate its 30th birthday. Go on, you know it makes sense.

Kew Bridge Museum, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, London, TW8 0EN Tel: (0208) 568 4757 www. kbsm. org Panorama Looks at the damaging effects free trade is having on the world's poor, many of whom survive on less than a dollar a day.

BBC1, 10.15pm Monday Megastructures Tonight, the world's longest bridge - the Akashi-Kaikyo.

Channel 5, 8pm Around The World In 80 Treasures Aboriginal rock art and St James' Church in Australia, the Spirit Houses of Torajaland and the Tau Tau effigies of Indonesia are among tonight's treasures.

BBC2, 9pm Tuesday Mastermind John Humphrys asks the questions in the first of a new series.

BBC1, 8pm Completed shortly before his death, this new series follows m'laddo as he journeys around the UK on a 1912 steam traction engine, learning bygone skills as he goes.

BBC2, 8.30pm Wednesday What The Ancients Did For Us - The Romans Adam Hart-Davis hails the Romans - no strangers to engineering innovation and achievement.

BBC2, 8pm Books Underground London A fascinating look at what lurks beneath the surface of the teeming metropolis from travel writer Stephen Smith. And it's a pretty rich history that's hidden from the eye, folks.

From disused Tube stations, to the Royal Mail's mini rail network, caverns, sewers, crypts, bunkers, lost rivers, Queen Boudicca's resting place and much more besides are covered in the absorbing tome. And some amazing facts too - did you know what the nightly Tube clean up collects most of- Human hair, of all things. Interesting, eh- NCE's very own Dave Parker, guiding light, technical authority and all round guru thinks the book is rather marvellous. This is high recommendation, indeed.

£8.99 from Abacus books ISBN 0 349 11565 6

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