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The week ahead


Saturday 31 July Weapons That Made Britain Mike Loades investigates the history and development of the shield while also demonstrating its uses in Anglo-Saxon and Mediaeval combat. One for the boys maybe, but it sounds rather fun.

Channel 4, 7.10pm Sunday Extreme Archaeology On a remote and barren outpost in northern Shetland lies a mysterious set of stones that was once an Iron Age Fortress. Or so legend has it - Dr Mark Davies and team travel to Burgi Geos to investigate. But will they be sacrificed by devil worshippers in some Pagan ritual led by a Lord Summerisle figure, just like in the film The Wicker Man? Don't be daft.

Channel 4, 8pm Restoration It's Northern Ireland's turn to beseech Restoration viewers for some lolly towards an eroding edifice. A playhouse, a gaol and a lock-keeper's cottage vie for the cash.

BBC2, 9pm Monday Lost Buildings Of Britain:

Nottingham Castle In what sounds a little like Restoration but without the prize money, Simon Thurley praises structures that have suffered the effects of time.

Channel 4, 8pm Crossing Continents - Crossing Europe As the Naples authorities struggle with a mounting rubbish crisis the situation is working to the advantage of the Mafia. Lucy Ash explains.

BBC Radio 4, 8.30pm University Challenge Cornwall's Eden Project takes on the Palaeontological Association.

BBC2, 8pm Tuesday File On 4 As companies struggle to manage deficits to their pension schemes, Michael Robinson looks at a world in which financial security in retirement is becoming increasingly scarce. Featured in the programme is the disturbing case of consultant Blyth & Blyth whose employees lost their pension scheme when the firm went into receivership. The company emerged several days later as new firm Blyth & Blyth Consulting, but the pension scheme did not. These employees, needless to say, are very angry about this state of affairs.

BBC Radio 4, 8pm Thursday Costing The Earth As Britain's power stations approach retirement age what will replace them?

BBC Radio 4, 9pm Friday Chris Barrie's Massive Engines Airliners Discovery Channel, 3.30pm New Book The Practical Guide To Waste Management Law The laws, definitions and historical background to the challenges of environmental management. OK, it's not exactly one for the beach but it'll certainly make you look keen if you leave it lying about on your desk at work. £35 from Thomas Telford Publishing.

Tel: (01892) 832299 www. thomastelford. com

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