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Foresight: The week ahead

Have you missed us? Well we're back with the usual heady blend of the pertinent and the pointless. So brace yourselves.

Saturday 10 January

Museum mysteries: The British Museum Bolt the doors and prepare yourselves for the tales of the unlucky mummy and the ritual murder of Lindow Man.

Oooh, I can hear the wind whistling 'round me eaves already.

Discovery Civilisation, 9pm

Diggers, tractors and trucks

The history of diggers and the rise of plant machinery is the subject of today's broadcast.

Discovery Channel, 2.30pm


The sack race Without resorting to violence, swearing or anything illegal, two contestants battle to lose their jobs by 3pm on their first day of work. The future of television entertainment is at hand, courtesy of the publicly funded BBC.

BBC2, 10pm Tuesday

Crafty tricks of war It's the stuff of Bond, readers, as Dick Strawbridge takes a look at the Special Operations Executive and some weird and wonderful wartime inventions. Tonight: a motorised underwater canoe, limpet mines, disguising tanks, and attempts to make the Suez Canal disappear.

BBC2, 8pm

Super structures: The largest building in the world

Looks at the building processes and history of the Boeing construction plant in the USA. At $200M and clocking in at 472 million cubic feet, big is certainly the word.

Discovery Channel, 10pm


Timewatch - U-Boat 38 and the empire's gold

In December 1915, feared German U-Boat commander Max Valentiner fired a single torpedo at the P&O passenger liner Persia as it sailed from London to Bombay. No warning was given and 350 innocent people died as the liner sank to the bottom of the ocean, taking with it a consignment of gold and jewels worth millions of pounds. Alas, it's too late for the poor souls who perished but the booty aboard has attracted salvage experts. However, with the ship's location anywhere over 200 square miles in an ocean over two miles deep, I think they've got their work cut out.

BBC2, 9pm 11


Demolition day

It's time to put the 'beer for breakfast' Johnny Cash lifestyle of the festive season behind us, and once again look to matters engineering. After all, it's what puts the crumbs - I mean bread - on our tables. And at least it's fun, as 16 teams battle it out to make the best of limited materials and build anything from a water tower to a pyramid and then knock 'em down.

So ease yourself back to work with a mix of entertainment, construction and destruction. Of course NCE is never far from the action and Ruby Kitching has been to find out more on the new series.

See NCE next week.

Channel 4, 6.30pm If you know of events, exhibitions, books, programmes or websites that ought to be included in Foresight, contact Karl Thompson, tel (020) 7505 6682, e-mail karl. thompson@ construct. emap. com

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