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Foresight: The week ahead

Saturday 14 February

The 46th Grammy Awards

For those of you mortified at the prospect of another moment of impromtu disrobement a la Janet Jackson at the Superbowl last week, fear not - this is radio.

Whatever you thought about the incident in question, Justin Timberlake, in an attempt to pacify outraged America, explained the gaffe as a 'wardrobe malfunction'.

It blew my mind. And with a talent for obfuscation like that, there must be room in politics for young Timberlake when his pop career is over. Paul Gambuccini presents a review of the awards.

BBC Radio 2, 6.30pm


Diggers, Tractors, Trucks: Combine Harvesters From the days of steam right up to the satellite guided mammoths of today.

Discovery Channel, 12.30pm

Time Team

Tony Robinson and the team discover Elizabethan furnaces in a Staffordshire valley.

Channel 4, 5.30pm


Strangest Ever: Transport A look at some of the more bizarre ways of getting from A to B.

Channel 5, 7.30pm

Men Of Iron Second in new series celebrating British engineering achievement.

Alas, programme details were uncertain as Foresight went to press, so rather than give you information that may prove to incorrect I shall offer you none at all - except to say the series so far has been very good by all accounts. Thanks to Ground Engineering editor Max Soudain, a man always reluctant to point out the failings of others. He alerted your humble correspondent to the fact that the first in the series had gone unmentioned, I kneel at the altar of your forgiveness, readers.

Channel 4, 9pm

BBC4 on BBC2: Robert Hooke

Victim Of Genius

Was the brilliant scientist Robert Hooke's rightful place in history denied him by a bitter and jealous rival? Ladies and gentlemen, step forward Sir Isaac Newton.

BBC2 11.20pm


The Edge: Building The Future Exploitation versus conservation.

That's right, folks, it's the sustainability question as the programme considers cities of the future.

Discovery Science, 8pm


National Trust: The House Second in the series following Tim Knox as he goes about his work for the National Trust.

BBC2 9pm


In Business - Baltic Frontier

Peter Day takes a look at the rapidly expanding economies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and explains their excitement at the prospect of joining the European Union in May.

BBC Radio 4, 8.30pm


Storm Force: Flood

Including a look at how deforestation led to a disastrous flood which claimed 160 lives in Italy.

Discovery Science, 10pm

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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