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Foresight: The week ahead

Saturday 13 March

Cab-It Weekend

Today and tomorrow the National Railway Museum is offering visitors the rare opportunity to climb inside the trains on display and get a driver's eye view from the cab.

Don't forget to take your camera so that your Casey Jones moment can be recorded for posterity.

Some of you may remember the television series 'Casey Jones', starring Alan Hale Jr. The 'steamin' and a rollin'' song was sung by Burl Ives. Irrelevant maybe, but I thought you'd like to know.

National Railway Museum, York (01904) 686271 www. nrm. org. uk


Join Michael Parkinson, the man who refuses to acknowledge that anything has happened in the world since 1988. This week - George Michael.

BBC1, 9pm Sunday

Avalanche Alert

Looks at the causes and effects of the destructive phenomena, including some pretty striking footage of avalanches caught on film.

Channel 5, 8pm Monday

Salvage Squad

A 1936 Grafton steam crane needs rebuilding.

Channel 4, 8pm Wednesday

Mark Williams on the Rails

The geezer who used to be in the Fast Show celebrates the 200th anniversary of the train, starting with the development of the first locomotive by Richard Trevithick in 1804.

Discovery Channel, 8pm

The Great Escape Revealed

The story of how Allied airmen tunnelled out of the maximum security German prison camp Stalag Luft 3 during World War II.

Some of the surviving escapees and a group of archaeologists go in search of what remains of the tunnels. This derring-do was immortalised in the film The Great Escape with Steve McQueen - Quick Ginger, close the hatch, someone's coming!

Channel 5, 9pm Thursday

Crossing Continents: In The Shadow of Vesuvius

Scientists hope that technology will give them up to two weeks' warning should Mount Vesuvius erupt again. Alas, they can't be sure that this will be case. Malcolm Billing talks to the scientists, the politicians and the residents about preparing for the worst.

BBC Radio 4, 11am

Material World Understanding

Time is the tricky concept debated by Quentin Cooper and assorted experts in a National Science Week special.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Friday

Journey to the Centre of the Earth: Chapter One

Dramatisations and computer imaging are used to illustrate what lies underfoot - right down to the very centre. Core blimey! Followed at 10pm by chapter two. Nice.

Discovery Channel, 9pm

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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