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The week ahead


Friday 17 September Ryder Cup Limber up for a weekend of armchair golf as the Ryder Cup tees off at Oakland Hills Country Club, Michigan, US. Does this count as CPD? Highlights on BBC2 at 11.35pm, with more on Saturday at 11.40pm, Sunday at 11.15pm, and Monday at 7.30pm.

Saturday 18/Sunday 19 September Open Site/Open House Fancy a butcher's at work on Wembley Stadium or Heathrow T5?

This weekend there is a chance to get on to some of the UK's biggest construction sites, as well as inside the capital's most interesting buildings, as part of the annual Open Site/Open House event. Rail Link Engineering is opening up Channel Tunnel Rail Link's St Pancras International station for inspection and there will also be a chance to inspect construction of City Academy in Southwark, a new school for 1,200 students. And if your thirst for construction projects still needs quenching, there is the major remodelling of King's College London and conversion of St Luke's church for the London Symphony Orchestra.

Top marks to the ACE Progress Network for negotiating access.

Check out www. londonopenhouse.

org for details.

Sunday 19 September Airport A film to bring sweat to the brow of any transport engineer, the plot of Airport brings together a chaotically busy international airport, freak snow storms and a crazed bomber.

Cliched but gripping.

ITV, 3.30pm Wreck detectives Subaquatic engineering forensics come into play in Wreck detectives, an investigation into the mysterious sinking of HMS Pylades, which went down off the Normandy coast in 1944.

Channel 4, 5.25pm Scrapheap Challenge Pit an all female team of army engineers against a bunch of nuclear scientists in a contest to build a man-carrying, motorised bowling ball, and things get interesting. Scrapheap Challenge is back, Channel 4, 6.25pm.

Zero Hour Postmortem of the 1995 sarin gas attack on Tokyo underground.

Discovery Channel, 10pm Monday 20 September World's greatest dams Engineering undoubtedly makes good entertainment. While visiting Cornwall last weekend I met some German tourists who had decided to visit the Eden biomes after they featured as the villain's hideout in the last Bond film. A new series on great feats of engineering kicks off with the Versaca Dam, Switzerland, from which James Bond leapt in the film Golden Eye.

Channel Five, 7.30pm Megastructures - the world's longest bridge Stay tuned to Channel Five for this account of the design and construction of Japan's Akashi Kaikyo suspension bridge.

Channel Five, 8pm.

Curves National Geographic's not giving much away but its blurb for this sounds intriguing: 'a revolutionary computer programme that will change the face of construction'.

National Geographic, 10pm.

Tuesday 21 September Extreme engineering:

Venice flood barrage. You read about it in NCE first.

Discovery Channel, 9pm.

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