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The week ahead


Thursday The material world This week, Quinten Cooper takes a look at advances and new technologies in computer gaming.

That's if you can drag yourself away from Doom Slayer of Flesh Mountain versus Mutant Decapitation Zombies.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Friday Grundy goes - crackers A look at the bizarre and mostly pointless follies built by rich landowners in the 18th century.

No jokes about architects and the modern day, please.

Discovery Civilisation, 9.30pm Time travellers: temple of the Kama Sutra A look at the intricacy and design of the 11th century sculptures at the Khajuraho Temple in India .

Ooer missus. Look, if you can't behave at the back you won't be allowed to watch.

Discovery Civilisation, 11pm.

Saturday Parkinson A few weeks ago Foresight had a moan about how old hat many of Parky's guests were. Well guess what? The series ends with Ben Elton promoting a musical about the band Queen and also features Barry Manilow. I don't suppose they're paying Parky the wages he was on back in the 1980s and the licence fee is probably double so why are we being fed yesterday's fried cod as though it were something fresh and exciting? A diabolical liberty.

BBC 1, 10pm Monday Elegant solution A look at how the world will be powered in the future, the prospects for air travel and has engineering really made us better off? Well, we know the answer to that one.

Discovery Sci Trek, 8pm Tuesday How the twin towers collapsed Another chance to see an investigation into the 11 September collapses, following the terrorist attacks.

Discovery Channel, 9.30pm New book: The Daily Telegraph guide to Britain's working past NCE has never been afraid to yodel with praise the efforts of another publisher. This lavishly illustrated book covers canals, railways, dockyards, mines, mills and museums. Nice.

Telegraph Books Direct, (0870) 1557222

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