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The week ahead


Thursday A Ripe Old Age.

Veteran broadcaster Paul Vaughn explores old age and argues that it can be an extremely fertile time for creative artists. Fertile in what sense? When it comes to rock 'n' roll music, the fertility is for the most part, financial. The likes of Jagger, McCartney and Bowie might have been fresh and exciting 30 odd years ago, but now they represent the demise of rock 'n' roll. They're stock market floated rockers, trading on their past and with enough royalties to stick around and foist indifferent material on the world, while hob nobbing with the establishment. That's not rock 'n' roll, it's a disservice to what was once a true vent for youthful expression and rebellion. Thank you and goodnight.

BBC Radio 4, 11.30pm Friday Kew Bridge Steam Museum.

Why not take the day off and pay a visit to the museum housed in a magnificent 19th century waterworks. Share your love with the good people at Kew. Tel (020) 8568 4757 Sunday Invisible Places: Subtropolis.

Looks at the infrastructure of the city, both past and present. The substructure of the Sears Tower and the Roman aqueduct system are among the subjects.

Discovery Civilisation, 10pm Monday Fred Dibnah's Building of Britain. Victorian Spendour Sorry to keep going on about this series, readers, but it really is top stuff. If Dr David Starkey is worth millions of licence fee cash to the BBC, what is Fred worth, I wonder.

BBC2, 8.30pm Tuesday The Tower: Fortress.

For the first time, Britain's most popular historic attraction, the Tower Of London, has allowed television cameras inside. A look at the construction, security and rituals promises much - this is the first of eight programmes. Now that Royal Prince Eddie is being paid to stay at home, one doubts that the now defunct Ardent Films was involved in the production.

Channel 4, 8pm Booze.

BBC pays staff to go out and get drunk. No change there, I hear you say. On this occasion, friends, it is also being filmed and is in the interests of science. Ermà BBC1, 10.35pm Wednesday Routes: The Settle to Carlisle Railway.

Marvel at the 72 miles of railway line running through the Yorkshire Dales. Ah, Yorkshire - land of the brave.

Discovery Civilisation, 7pm

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