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The week ahead


12 July.

Time Team. The mystery of Mine Howe. The team travels to the Orkney Islands in search of a mysterious underground chamber last seen 50 years ago. Lo and behold they find it! Under a grassy mound and down a flight of steps, was a dark, deep and well constructed chamber. How old was it and what is it for I hear you ask.

Boadicea's bunker or a mediaeval crack lounge are unlikely options.

Channel 4, 8pm

14 July How did they build that? :

Cantilever bridges. The design of one of the oldest structures in the world dates back to ancient China, although these days they are built using much stronger and lighter materials. Sit back, open a can or two of strong continental lager and marvel at how times have changed.

Discovery Channel, 2pm

14 July How did they build that? :

Domes. More of the above. This time looking at different approaches to domes including Brunelleschi's Florentine dome and the ultra modern Seed House.

Domes are of course hugely popular and successful in the UK.

Discovery Channel, 3pm

16 July The Money Programme: The Bosses' Bonanza. Increasingly lavish and complex remuneration packages seem to be an ingenious way of rewarding executives for failure. The programme investigates the bonus and reward system and shows how rewards have grown in spite of reforms outlined in three different reports on self regulation. It's a bloody disgrace, that's what it is. Ooh, doesn't it make you seethe?

BBC2, 7.30pm

18 July The new rulers of the world.

John Pilger - for it is he - examines whether global power now lies with huge corporations rather than governments, and if this is widening the gulf between rich and poor. Could this possibility lie behind the kicking over of dustbins in Gothenburg?

ITV 10.40pm work under stilfing heat and in difficult conditions on a major road building programme in Morocco. Stars Bing Crosby as the traffic planner and Bob Hope as the senior engineer.

Watch out for Anthony Quinn as the man who offers to tarmac Dorothy Lamour's drive.

BBC2 1.20pm

19 July Night waves. Explores the life and times of Christopher Wren and discovers that he was as interested in subjects as diverse as the planets and blood circulation as he was in creating fancy buildings for the nobs.

BBC Radio 3, 9.30pm

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