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Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret

Channel 4, 9pm How did the ancient Egyptians preserve their greatest pharaohs for millennia? There are plenty of theories, but now they are being put to the test. In what should prove to be fascinating, if macabre TV, a terminally ill British man, Alan Billis (left), donates his body so that experts can try to create a 21st-century mummy.

What's NEw?


Channel 4, 8pm Professor Stephen Hawking presents a global look at scientific breakthroughs that are transforming our lives. This week, the experts examine the world's killer diseases.

Biologist Aarathi Prasad joins virus hunters in the jungles of Africa. Robert Winston sees how surgeons of the future could be robots, while Richard Dawkins looks at how brain disorders might be treated using laser light.

It's kicking

live League of ireland RTE2, 7pm Can Shamrock Rovers cap a great season by retaining their Airtricity League title? The Belfield Bowl is the venue and UCD promise to offer stiff competition, but will it be enough to put a halt to the Hoops' gallop?


Men of Arlington

BBC1, 10.35pm Enda Hughes' documentary deals with the experiences of former residents of Arlington House, a hostel catering for Irish men who'd fallen on tough times in London.

The film offers an insight into the lives of 'McAlpine's Fusiliers', labourers of the 1950s and '60s who went to England in search of a better life, but slipped along the way. Worth watching.