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The week ahead


Friday 11 January The Mystery of the Iron Bridge - Timewatch. The Iron Bridge at Telford is an enduring symbol of the Industrial Revolution and an outstanding piece of British technical ingenuity. It was made entirely from metal but no-one knows exactly how it was constructed. Young engineer Jamie Hillier and assorted experts ponder the riddle of the Severn. The party's over and it's back to work readers, so why not chew on a meaty civils subject for an hour.

BBC2, 9pm

Saturday 12 January Diving into history. The first of three programmes on underwater shipwrecks. Off the coast of Devon is the High Barbaree, which holds Morrocan coins, Islamic jewellery and 'finger ingots' - difficult enough to say even before a few tots of rum.

BBC Radio 4, 3.30pm

Monday 14 January Routes: The Thames trail.

A journey along the Thames from Teddington Lock in the west to the Thames Barrier at Woolwich in the east, with tales of ship building, bridge building and flood prevention along the way. Quality stuff.

Discovery Channel, 7pm Toilets - the good, the bad and the ugly. From the film Trainspotting to the Reading Festival and from New York and Paris, Claudia Winkleman spends half an hour looking at the experiences people have had in toilets. If the BBC thinks dross like this justifies a licence fee then Greg Dyke is surely the spawn of Hades. However, it does show the BBC's ouput can be remarkably similar to its subject matter - certainly in this case.

BBC Choice, 11pm

Tuesday 15 January Routes: Palmerston's Forts.

Nothing to do with indigestion readers, but the story of forgotten gems of military engineering.

Palmerston's forts were built in the 1860s to protect the south coast against a French invasion. Enjoy.

Discovery Channel, 2pm

Wednesday 16 January Stormproof: Engineering against earthquakes. A look at how engineers are developing construction techniques including shake resistant buildings which use computer controlled materials.

How about that then?

Discovery Channel, 12 noon Kew Bridge Steam Museum.

Take this copy of NCE with you to the museum and you will receive a hearty thank you from the staff upon paying full price admission.

Open daily from 11am - 5pm.

(020) 8568 4757

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