Thursday 11 July
The Material World Quinten Cooper talks to Dr Nick Ostle, from the centre of ecology and hydrology in Cumbria, to discover the secret life of soil.
Don't expect ground engineering and soil mechanics, readers, this one's more about enzymes and the environment - but interesting all the same. I ordered a coffee at a restaurant the other day and it was awful. 'This coffee tastes like mud, ' I told the waiter, 'It was ground this morning, sir, ' he replied.
BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm
Time Team: Siege Engine The object is to build a siege engine - or enormous catapult - to do as much damage to the other team's castle as possible. Feeling a little tense? Maybe this will get it out of your system.
Discovery Channel, 10am Friday
Elegant Solution Looks at engineers locating antipersonnel land mines, robots that explode terrorist bombs and the Sojourner robot used on the surface of Mars.
Discovery Sci Trek, 8pm Saturday 13 July until 2003
Treasures From The Deep In 1857 two steam locomotives packed in kit form for export to Novia Scotia left by ship from Glasgow only to be sunk close to the island of Islay after hitting rocks. After 160 years this exhibition showcases some of the pieces retrieved in a remarkable salvage project. Steam, gor blimey guvnor, those were the days.
National Railway Museum, York Tel, (01904) 621261 www. nrm. org. uk The Weakest Link - Page 3 Special.
In keeping with television's obsession with celebrity, say a big hello to neither decent quiz nor one of those 'Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen uses only Johnson's cotton buds' type insights for the gormless. These days, Anne Robinson might be the retired city gent's idea of the perfect suburban dominatrix and admired by contestants who love to be remonstrated with, but in her time as a tabloid editor I wonder if she ever considered a page three girl for chief political correspondent.
What's the point? Like sending Lenny Henry to the Amazon for a documentary, we get neither nature programme nor comedy.
The prospect of Miss Whiplash making 'em look stoopid - which they may or may not be - combined with the certainty that the BBC will not allow them to display their own career specialisms, proves that the only no brainer is the one who thought up the idea in the first place. Ah, the licence fee, what value.
Tuesday The Rolling Stones Story Great band, got old, insisted on carrying on in the face of the true principles of rock 'n roll with a lead singer who once horrified an establishment he was later desperate to join. Sell out (not just gigs). For those of you who want more, it's on for an hour every week, for four weeks.
BBC Radio 2, 8.30pm Wednesday Century In Motion A look at how transport develops differently to suit specific cultures - from Los Angeles to Hanoi to Berlin.
Discovery Channel, 7am 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