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The week ahead


Thursday Horizon - The Fall of The World Trade Center The programme lays claim to the first full scientific explanation of why the towers - intended to withstand an aircraft inpact - failed so catastrophically on 11 September.

BBC2, 9pm Routes: IK Brunel An appreciation of some of the great works that have ensured Brunel's inclusion in the civil engineering hall of hallowed heroes. Thomas Telford is the subject same time, same place tomorrow.

Discovery Civilisation, 7pm Friday Century in Motion A look at 100 years of transport innovation. Well lordy, lordy, how far we have travelled. Ex red but still Ken believes charging London drivers a fee without any discernable improvement in public transport is an innovation too.

Discovery Channel, 7am Sunday Hard Cash Money issues discussed. I wonder if it will explain why privatisation and PPP usually means doubling the salaries of the chief executives at the expense of the workforce and the industry, and then finding some executives bleating to the government that they need more cash. Ah, the workings of the business mind. People would complain if a charity was run for profit, so why are they surprised when private enterprise sorts itself out ahead of everybody else.

BBC1, 7pm Monday University Challenge final Nice.

BBC2, 8pm Fred Dibnah's Building of Britain - Canals.

More sterling stuff. BBC2, 8.30pm Wednesday Test Match Special - New Zealand v England: The First Test at Christchurch You don't like cricket, oh no, you love it! Ball by ball coverage from the Beebs' new fancy pants digital station.

BBC 5 Live Sports Extra Coming up.

14 March Concert For Afghanistan A celebration of Afghan, south asian and north African music, with all proceeds going to various registered charities. Civil engineers will be among the first people to attempt to rebuild Afghanistan, so why not lend your support.

Royal Albert Hall, 7pm (020) 7589 8212 www.LCA2002. org

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