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Foresight The week ahead


Saturday 22 May Mark Williams On The Rails: Diesel Generation It's 1953, readers, and the launch of the diesel.

Discovery Channel, 11.30am Sunday 23 May Hell's Kitchen Once upon a time if you happened to be a cook - oh, sorry, I mean chef - with a foul mouth and a filthy temper you might expect to be punched on a regular basis, have very few friends and not hold down your job for very long. These days it gets you a television series with legions of the gormless tuning in to marvel at you getting shirty just because a few Yorkshire Puddings won't rise.

ITV1, 9pm Monday Building The Ultimate Tonight it's amusement park rides with the emphasis on the rollercoasters.

Channel 5, 8pm Tuesday Chris Barrie's Massive Engines Trucks and a look at the Caterpillar 789 - a not insignificant beast that has a capacity of some177t.

Discovery Channel, 8.30pm Wednesday Escape From Apollo 13 When an explosion on board Apollo 13 crippled the spaceship, NASA's only chance of helping the stricken crew was through a tiny landing craft called Aquarius. Historian Saul David explains what happened next.

Channel 5, 7.30pm Thursday Landscape Mysteries Huge stone towers known as brochs once dominated the Shetland Islands. But who built them and for what purpose?

BBC2, 7.30pm Friday Art Of The Garden Tells the story of Capability Brown and his crowning achievement - the gardens at Blenheim Palace. The project, involving the planting a million trees and the creation of a massive lake, was the subject of jealous rivalries and spiralling costs so brace yourself for a tale of high drama and scandal. Sounds like Vanity Fair meets Ground Force to me.

BBC2, 9pm Until 4 July Fantasy Architecture 15002036 A touring exhibition using drawings, plans, prints and film clips to celebrate some of the more radical architectural designs of the past, present and future.

8 May-4 July 2004 Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Fawcett Street, Sunderland. Tel (0191) 514 1235 www.

Later shows in the tour are: 17 July-19 September 2004 The Lowry, Salford 1 October-21 November 2004 The New Art Gallery, Walsall 29 January-9 April 2005 Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston May-July 2005 (exact dates tbc) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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