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Foresight - The week ahead


Saturday 9 October The Eureka Years Adam Hart-Davis presents a new series detailing 'eureka' years, or moments in history in which a revolution in science occurred.

The year - 1665. The man - one Isaac Newton.

BBC Radio 4, 10.30am England v Wales World Cup qualifier from Old Trafford. Last weekend the BBC chronicled England's semi-final failure in the 1990 World Cup finals. Then Bobby Robson was effectively sacked as manager even before the tournament began as the FA bowed to press pressure despite huge support from the players. Today we have an indifferent England manager the FA hasn't the nerve to get rid of, and Sir Bobby once again ousted, this time by the petulance and arrogance of his own players at Newcastle. What does this tell us about the 'beautiful game'? There's no room for gentlemen like Bobby Robson in English football. Very sad.

BBC1, 2.30pm Parkinson Stuck in the 1980s? Of course he is. Tonight: Cliff Richard and Joan Rivers. Why does he bother?

ITV1. 10.10pm Sunday Seven Wonders Of Ancient Rome Last week Greece, this week Rome, and the runners are:

The Pantheon, the aqueducts of Rome, Circus Maximus, the Colosseum, the Via Appai, Trajan's markets and the baths of Caracella. Nice.

Discovery Channel, 8pm Tuesday Chris Barrie's Massive Engines:

Locomotives The history and development of trains explained by the enthusiastic Chris Barrie.

Discovery Channel, 2pm Extreme Engineering:

Transatlantic Tunnel Another chance to take a look at designs for an intercontinental tunnel linking New York, London and Paris, carrying trains travelling up to 5,000mph.

Discovery Channel, 9pm Journeys To The Centre Of The Earth It was once thought the gods were responsible for natural catastrophes such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Thankfully, in the year of our lord 2004, we have Iain Stewart to explain the geological processes behind the myths and legends.

BBC4, 8.30pm Friday Timewatch - The Mystery Of The Black Death The Black Death wiped out a third of Europe's population from the late 1340s and for many years it was believed the killer was the bubonic plague spread by rats.

Now scientists and historians think the disease spread too quickly for rats to have been the carrier and that a deadly virus that may strike again was the cause. Oooh.

BBC2, 9pm

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