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The week ahead


Thursday Forget the telly, it is vital you pledge your troth to the apple of your eye.

Sunday Time team: Iron Age Market, Helford. A fortified Iron Age enclosure is the subject of this week's investigation. Also it's Sunday night, so why not fortify yourself with a drop of what you fancy.Channel 4, 5.35pm

Monday University Challenge: Test your wits with the gimmick free quiz in the second semi final between University College London, and Christ's College, Cambridge.

Alternatively, you could see Lisa get tired of pressure from Phil, Natalie not enjoying parenthood and Janine full of self loathing in Eastenders on BBC1. Mercy me, I think I'd rather catalogue my collection of toe nail clippings.

BBC2, 8pm

Fred Dibnah's The Building of Britain: This week a look at the chain of mediaeval castles along the coast of North Wales. Fred demonstrates the building techniques and defensive features which helped King Edward I subdue the rebellious Welsh. Also a look at the achievements of the King's French architect who revolutionised castle design in England. He's a good lad is our Fred.BBC2, 8.30pm

Tuesday Ken Garland: Henry Beck's Underground Map: Ken Garland is a graphic designer and visiting professor to universities as far afield as Brighton and Mexico. Join him in this lecture on Henry Beck, the man who, in 1933, created the map we all know today. However, this great design went unrecognised and unrewarded by London Transport in what became a bitter dispute. Like some engineers, Henry Beck is an unsung hero. Why not head along and doff your cap to the great man?

The British Library, Euston Road, London. Tel: (020) 7412 7332 www. bl. uk Chariot Queen - A Meet the Ancestors Special: Last April in a remote part of North Yorkshire, archaeologists unearthed one of the most exciting prehistoric burials ever discovered. Among the items found was a recording of Paul McCartney's last significant contribution to rock 'n' roll and evidence that John Cleese was funny before he had therapy and moved to California. Waspish quips aside, readers, it is in fact a grave of great wealth and extravagance, steeped in pagan ritual and resting place to a skeleton and dismantled chariot. How about that? BBC2, 9pm

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