24 May The material world. Advances in forensic technology are making it possible for scholars to read original texts by Aristotle and Archimedes. Technologies used to decipher severely damaged documents include digital photography and infrared light. It's probably a bit expensive to use on ropey site drawings, illegible prescriptions and hieroglyphic 'post it' notes from colleagues .
BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm 24 May Jambusters. The series that looks at traffic congestion continues to consider the solutions. Tiny cars, a coding system from the Netherlands and car sharing are featured.
Discovery channel, 1pm 25 May Scrapheap challenge.
Engineering solutions are needed to build a missile launcher to fire a rugby ball over the longest distance. A bunch of surfers take on a group of motorcycle policemen in this week's surreal sounding challenge.
Channel 4, 6pm 26 May - 30 September Steaming on: 50 years of heritage railways. The story of how Britain's heritage railways came into being.
From small groups struggling to preserve the railways they enjoyed, it developed into a movement that today helps run over 685km of line, attracting over 7.8M visitors a year. Maybe these guys could run the rail industry.
National Railway Museum.
Details tel, 01904 621461 www. nrm. org. uk 28 May Arena - the source. Looks back to 1944 when Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs met for the first time and became founders of the Beat movement.
They wanted to escape staid, middle class respectability and embrace a new kind of visionary enlightenment. However, let's not forget that Burroughs wouldn't have been able to roll around in the gutter high on drugs if it wasn't for a road building programme and Kerouac couldn't have bummed the odd train ride hobo style if it wasn't for a railway network. That's civil engineering folks! Goodness knows what Burroughs would have made of the West Coast Main Line.
BBC2 11.30pm New book. Exploring concrete architecture - by David Bennett Reviews some of Europe's most exciting modern concrete buildings and looks at the use of concrete in the modern architecture of today.
Selected projects have been photographed during construction and after completion to reveal the integrity of the structure. Meet the author at the book's Oxford launch on 5 June at Oxford Brookes University, 6.00pm. Guest speaker - Ken Shuttleworth of Foster & Partners.
Details, Carmen Shead, British Cement Association, Tel (01344) 725723 31 May Arena fillers: The test card.
Your election prayers have been answered, dear reader, salvation is at hand. Simply set the video for this five minute feature on the test card. Keep the tape at the ready and at the first sight of Blair, Hague or anybody else who thinks they can run your world for you, press play. Sit back and enjoy the pastoral pleasure of the little girl playing noughts and crosses and cast your mind back to simpler times. Works equally well for soap operas and most new BBC situation comedies.