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Foresight The week ahead

Saturday Great quakes Throughout the day and at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm, Discovery Sci Trek takes a look at some of the world's most devastating earthquakes. San Francisco, which exists under constant fear of earthquakes, is featured in the first programme. Second is a look at the two massive earthquakes which, in 1985, devastated Mexico City. And finally, Japan, where in 1985 a 20 second earthquake shook the city of Kobe with the force of 240 kilotonnes of TNT. If you have the stamina, a full three hours of the stuff.

Discovery Sci Trek Carry on up the Khyber The story of a troubled road building programme through the Khyber Pass. Nah, of course not - it's one with Sid James and the usual suspects and concerning the absence of kilt undergarments amid the infantry.

Channel 4, 8.15pm Sunday Egypt - Beyond the Pyramids A programme that expore the ancient Valley of the Kings. I remember a friend of mine once went to see the pyramids - he had a Phar-old-time.

BBC1, 9pm Monday Elegant solution A look at ancient aboriginal technology, and the installation of a sewerage system in Bangkok.

Effective sewerage is not to be sniffed at, friends. Hang on, that's wrong. It's ineffective sewage provision that's not to be sniffed at.

Discovery Sci Trek, 8pm Tuesday Engineering the impossible Looks at the feasibility of constructing seemingly impossible projects. Bold plans include a bridge to join Europe to Africa and a tunnel across the Straits of Gibraltar. State of the art graphics and a pool of experts consider the possibilities.

Discovery Channel, 9.30pm Wednesday Future tense: transport An investigation into some of the new ideas that could help create a brighter, greener future. If engineers were employed to run the transport system there would be no room for all that John Birt blue sky cobblers. Some of the concepts aired are cars that can run on hydrogen fuel cells, magnetically levitated trains and giant cargo and passenger transporting helium airships.

Discovery Sci Trek, 8.30pm 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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