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What’s to be done when am­bi­tious engi­neer­ing projects and build­ings have to be moth­balled be­cause they’re no longer use­ful? It’s a ques­tion that lies at the heart of Aban­doned Engi­neer­ing ( Yes­ter­day, Tues­day 7 March), which looks at four sites that have out­lived their use­ful­ness – or, in the case of Cape Town’s Fore­shore Free­way Bridge, were never even com­pleted.

Avail­able via BBC iPlayer for those out­side Scot­land, the three-part Grow­ing Up in Scot­land: A Cen­tury of Child­hood (BBC Two Scot­land, March) ex­plores the ex­pe­ri­ence of child­hood north of the bor­der; the way the au­thor­i­ties have treated Scot­land’s young­sters is a re­cur­ring theme. On Ra­dio 4, lis­ten out for an adap­ta­tion of Anne Brontë’s de­but novel, Agnes Grey (week­days from Mon­day 6 March), star­ring Game of Thrones’ El­lie Ken­drick.

The lat­est tranche of ‘My Gen­er­a­tion’ shows brings us the story of the 1990s. Among the high­lights, The Peo­ple’s His­tory of Pop: Closer Than Close 1997–2010 (BBC Four, March) finds Ra­dio 2 pre­sen­ter Sara Cox hear­ing sto­ries of en­coun­ters with the likes of Ra­dio­head, Amy Wine­house and the Lib­ertines. The Real In­glo­ri­ous Bas­tards (PBS Amer­ica, Fri­day 3 March) tells the story of Op­er­a­tion Greenup, one of the most suc­cess­ful in­tel­li­gence­gath­er­ing op­er­a­tions un­der­taken by the Of­fice of Strate­gic Ser­vices dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, and con­ducted by two young Jewish-Amer­i­can refugees and a con­sci­en­tious de­serter from Aus­tria.

Anne Brontë’s novel Agnes Grey gets the Ra­dio 4 treat­ment

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