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Foresight: The week ahead

Saturday 11 September

Building The Ultimate: Passenger Jet

At an altitude of 35,000 feet and a speed of 500mph.

Discovery Channel, 11.30am

Sunday

We Built This City

Cutting-edge computer graphics show how the city of Paris was created.

Discovery Channel, 9pm

The New Powers That Be

With over 100 regulators in the UK, Dinah Lammiman had plenty of candidates to choose from in this new series which asks them to explain what they've been doing with their time and our money.

How fortuitous, then, that the first programme should concentrate on rail regulator Tom Winsor, as he nears the end of his five years in office.

BBC Radio 4, 10.45pm

Monday

Book Of The Week: William Pitt The Younger

William Hague reads from his own book about the schemer and lover of port wine who dominated government for 20 years from the 1780s.

BBC Radio 4, 9.45am

In Living Memory

Residents, workers and MPs recall the discovery of dangerously high levels of flammable methane gas beneath the Derbyshire mining village of Arkwright in November 1998. Despite being offered a move to a new village nearby, some residents just didn't want to budge. Roisin McAuley reports.

BBC Radio 4, 11am

Tuesday

Extreme Engineering 2: Turning Torso

Follows a group of Viking descendants in their bid to build the tallest skyscraper in northern Europe.

Discovery Channel, 9pm

Wednesday

Weathering The Storm

BBC weather forecaster Helen Young revisits the old imponderable of how far science and engineering can tame the forces of nature.

BBC World Service, 10.05am

Thursday

Time Team

A bed of nettles conceals a 2,000-year-old find.

Discovery Civilisation, 8pm

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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