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The week ahead

News Foresight

Thursday Grundy Goes... To Church Architectural historian John Grundy checks out some of England's finest churches, ranging from the stark simplicity of Celtic buildings to some swanky, fancy pants Victorian ones. Let us pray.

Discovery Civilisation, 9.30pm Friday Routes: The Kennet & Avon Canal Some of the finest civil engineering in the world can be found along the Kennet & Avon canal. Journey at a pace that laughs in the face of the rat race, friends.

Discovery Civilisation, 6.30pm Saturday Half Term Fun and Activities From today through to 9 June, the NRM is offering distraction aplenty for the young and restless.

National Railway Museum Tel (01904) 621261 www. nrm. org. uk The RHS Chelsea Flower Show Do you never seem to get the time to stop and smell the roses? Those of you with very little time to spare can get a glimpse of this year's show on the box. For those with a little more time on their hands, why not go to the show, though be warned - it's not cheap to get in.

BBC2, 8pm Tickets: 0870 906 3781 Monday Junkyard Wars They say semester, we say term;

they call it the fall and we call it the autumn. So is Junkyard Wars to Scrapheap Challenge, readers.

In this new series, the Turbines - power plant installers from the west coast - take on Bold 3, a group of artistic sculptors from the east. The aim is to drill through a concrete wall, find the gold and then drill through the other side. An assault on concrete is promised.

Channel 4, 8pm Jim Shekhdar: Ocean Rower The Pacific Ocean is eight and a half thousand miles wide and it was only last year that someone managed to cross the ocean alone in a boat. Surviving sharks, hurricanes and supertankers, Jim Shekhdar tells his own story.

Channel 4, 9pm Tuesday Grundy Goesà By Rail The Grundy roadshow continues apace with a subject dear to the heart of every civil engineer. The story begins with colliery wagon ways and ends with the Tyneside Metro, and includes a visit to Wylam in Northumberland - possibly the oldest railway station in the world still in use.

Discovery Civilisation, 9.30pm Wednesday Prime Minister's Questions The sacred oath of politicians?

Don't do as I do, do as I say, while piously imposing their moral authority on the hapless voter.

Next time your Labour MP holds a Saturday morning surgery in his or her constituency, pop along and take a copy of Naughty Housewives Over 40 with you. Tell them what a marvellous publication it is and how attractive the ladies are and ask them if they would like to borrow your copy. Then expect consternation, dismay and disgust at your sleazy interest from a party that gladly accepts large donations from organisations that print such stuff.

BBC Parliament, 3pm

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