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Foresight - The week ahead

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Saturday 13 November Journey to the Centre of The Earth You won't find this story in the pages of Ground Engineering magazine - the marvellous monthly publication that is sister to NCE. This is the film version of the tip-top ripping yarn penned by Jules Verne, and it stars James Mason. In 1959 Mason also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's North By North West, making it a very good year for him, one would have thought. GE editor Max Soudain told Foresight that although working in geotechnics may not be quite as exciting as the film, it is nevertheless a very worthwhile career option. Watch out for the fancy TBM.

BBC2, 1.45pm lAlso - Journeys From the Centre of the Earth Serious geology - documentary style - can be found today and tomorrow on BBC4, 7-9pm, as the Beeb gives this recent series a repeat run.

Sunday Scrapheap Challenge Final The challenge being to build a super-fast 'iron-horse chariot' Channel 4, 6.30pm Monday Britain's Best Buildings - The Circus at Bath John Wood's Roman inspired circle of town houses, originally intended to enclose a sporting arena, really is a beautiful sight to behold. Ian Cruickshank marvels at its magnificence.

BBC2, 7pm Tuesday Extreme Engineering:

Millau Viaduct The world's tallest bridge across France's Tarn valley is the subject of tonight's Discovery Channel premiere. Something of a must-see, readers.

Discovery Channel, 9pm The British Space Race British engineers and scientists were once, albeit briefly, at the forefront of rocket research.

This is the story of what went wrong, although you don't have to be a rocket scientist to guess that government funding might have had something to do with it.

BBC4, 10pm Thursday Analysis - Eyes Wide Shut As Asia increases its share of world business, Martin Jacques wonders if Europe is becoming increasingly peripheral to the global economy and perhaps even world affairs as a whole.

BBC Radio 4, 8.30pm Space Odyssey Part two of the space exploration drama documentary, with snazzy effects.

BBC2, 9pm Friday Super Structures: Snowy River Dam, Australia It's big, alright.

Discovery Channel, 9am Farewell Fred Dibnah The Bolton steeplejack, engineering enthusiast and television presenter 'popped his clogs', as he would have put it, last week at the age of 66.

Dibnah was a true champion of engineering accomplishment and his last series - The Age Of Steam - gave him the opportunity to celebrate his heroes: Stephenson, Brunel and Telford.

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