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Battle of the bins: tonight...
Battle of the bins: tonight

Friday 13 April, 8-8.30pm, ITV

As Britain prepares for a major upheaval in waste collection to meet European recycling targets, the programme goes on the trail of the illegal fly tippers who are taking advantage of the new measures by turning rubbish into a lucrative trade.

Face of Britain

Saturday 14 April, 8-9pm, Channel 4

Archaeologist Neil Oliver reveals and explores the fascinating results of a landmark DNA study into the genetics of the British population, discovering who our ancestors really are and whether regional faces can be traced back to ancient tribes. Neil travels to south-west England and Wales to find the genetic clues left by the Celts. Among the locals he meets is MP Ann Widdecombe.

Mortgaged to the Yanks

Saturday 14 April, 9-10pm, BBC4

At midnight on 31 December last year, Britain finally paid off the last tranche of its multi-billion dollar debt to the Americans from the end of World War II. Sir Christopher Meyer, controversial former ambassador to Washington during the Bush and Blair era and author of the explosive memoirs DC Confidential, tells the dramatic story of how we came to be mortgaged to the US, and reveals what this cautionary tale really tells us about our so-called special relationship.


Sunday 15 April, 9-10pm, BBC1

Set in the near future where global warming has led to ferocious hurricanes, this factually based drama series follows a team of scientists as they embark on a project to investigate ways of diverting and weakening storms. They are given clearance to fly into a small hurricane and seed it with silver iodide - a technique first developed in the US in the 1960s in a government-funded project called Stormfury. But just after the seeding takes place the plane crashes, killing all on board.

Ghetto Britain

Monday 16 April, 8-9pm, Channel 4

Dr Robert Beckford investigates the impact of the Race Relations Act, passed 30 years ago this year, and whether it succeeded in creating the multi-cultural society it was planned to. He visits Lozells in Birmingham and Oldham, both scenes of racial disturbances in the past few years, to see if community projects have reduced tensions.

Improving risk management in local government

Tuesday 17 April, Barbican Centre, London EC2

This conference will provide guidance and innovations for overcoming the key challenges in embedding risk, improving performance and delivering the benefits.

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