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The week ahead

Saturday 4 October Planes That Never Flew: The Atomic Bomber The series on ambitious aviation projects that never got past the drawing board continues.

Discovery Channel, 3pm Sunday Ray Mears' Real Heroes Of Telemark The story of the Allies' plan to thwart Hitler's atomic bomb making programme - a subject covered by Radio 4 back in May and, of course, duly noted at the time by your humble correspondent.

BBC2, 9pm Monday Building Of The Year The first of four five minute films, from tonight through to Thursday, looking at the shortlisted nominees for the RIBA Stirling Prize - not a patch on our own BCI Awards, of course. Subsequent films are on at the same time, same channel.

Channel 4, 7.55pm Tuesday Extreme Engineering The quite super dooper ten part series is now on repeat mode on Discovery Channel, readers, so watch out for the ones you may have missed. Here's a token mention for the one about the Transatlantic Tunnel.

Discovery Channel, 8.45pm Wednesday Lecture: World Water Resource Management Architects and Engineers For Social Responsibility and the ICE's graduate group invite you to listen to the thoughts of Dr Andrew Wilson, lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford. He explains the long-term problems associated with large dam projects and aqueducts and his ideas on how water resources can be better managed. Chaired by Professor Roy Butterfield. As NCE went to press it was not known if nibbles or indeed liquid refreshment would be provided.

Contact the ICE for details, 6pm for 6.30pm, One Great George Street, London Myths Of Mankind: Dracula A look at how the Transylvanian legend has persisted through the ages. For those living in England, the Dracula myth has long since lost the power to chill. These days Gordon Brown's 60 sneaky tax rises and huge hikes in council tax have done a much better job of bleeding the country dry.

Discovery Civilisation, 10pm Thursday Seven Wonders Of The industrial World - The Panama Canal After completing the Suez Canal in 1869 French engineer Ferdinand De Lesseps could do no wrong and so there was no shortage of investors for his next project - the Panama Canal. Unfortunately, by the early 1890s, the project had become known as the 'Panama Affair' and 20,000 workers had died from a combination of unforgiving jungle conditions, malaria and yellow fever. To top it off De Lesseps had become embroiled in a financial scandal that saw him disgraced, ruined and driven insane - he died in 1894.

Mercy me, never a dull moment.

When the canal was finally completed years later, would history judge De Lesseps less harshly than in his own lifetime?

Tune in to find out.

BBC 2, 9pm The Talking Newspaper Association Don't forget that those unable to read print can get New Civil Engineer magazine in audio form.

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(0870) 442 9590 www. tnauk. org. uk

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