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Foresight - The week ahead

Saturday 27 November Mark Williams On The Rails Tonight, George Stephenson and son and the railways of north east England.

Discovery Channel, 6pm Sunday Scrapheap Challenge Looks back at the cavalcade of curious concoctions cleverly created by construction conscious contestants during the last series.

OK, that's enough.

Channel 5. 6pm Monday Britain's Best Buildings The last in the series appreciates the engineering masterpiece that is the Forth Bridge. Magnificent for sure, but the other three aren't bad either.

BBC1, 7pm Race For The World's Tallest Skyscraper Examines the obsession with tall buildings and how the 11 September attacks have affected designers' thinking. Featuring a look at Taiwan's Tapei 101 building.

Channel 5, 7.30pm Wednesday One Night In Bhopal In December 1984, poisonous gas escaped from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India, killing 3,000 people and permanently disabling over 20,000. A reconstruction based on eye witness accounts recalls the world's worst industrial disaster.

BBC1, 9pm Thursday Crossing Continents The state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India is a testing ground for social and economic policy in the country. However, reaction to the privatisation of state run industries like water and electricity - often sold to foreign investors - has been controversial and even violent. Nigel Cassidy looks at the fuss and bother that the experiment has caused.

BBC Radio 4, 11am One Planet - Parched Lands As more of the planet becomes arid, One Planet asks why this is happening and looks at projects reclaiming barren areas. Examples are: rain harvesting in Rajasthan, reshaping Australia's deserts and protecting Beijing from dust storms. So there you have it.

BBC World Service. 10.05pm Friday The Friday Play - Bhopal More on Bhopal to mark the anniversary of the disaster.

The grim events are retold through documentary, drama and poetry.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm Three Peaks Yacht Race - Update Regular readers of this esteemed column may recall the remarkable success of the Kithros II in this year's Three Peaks Yacht Race.

The team of civil engineers triumphed in the Barmouth to Fort William challenge that combined yachting, mountain running and cycling. But they weren't the only civil engineers in the race.

After reading about them in NCE, George Arnison of Black & Veatch and skipper of the Good Report contacted the Kithros II team to say he intended to pip 'em to the prize. He didn't, of course, but because they're thoroughly decent chaps and good sports, they all posed in the presentation picture below. What's not certain is whether the flushed faces on parade are down to spending lots of time outdoors or if some celebratory red wine might have played a part.

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