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Foresight The week ahead

Thursday 24 October Leading Edge

The industrial revolution may have brought prosperity to millions, but at a cost. The first 200 years of industrialisation has been fuelled by burning carbon in the form of coal, oil and natural gas, with most countries still reluctant to change their global warming ways. Not so Iceland, one of the few places in the world truly committed to the switch from fossil fuel to hydrogen.

Join Richard Black as he sees the Icelanders put the first stage of their plans into action with the introduction of hydrogen powered buses. Hats off to those Nordic pioneers.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm

Friday Rough Science - Gold Rush

Five scientists take on the role of gold prospectors in New Zealand.

Their challenge is to find gold in a river, build a metal detector and find an accurate way of weighing their finds. Is The Treasure Of Sierra Madre the best film ever made about gold prospecting? I humbly suggest that it is. Nobody makes a mug outta Fred C Dobbs.

BBC 2, 7.30pm

Saturday Stormproof: Fighting Hurricanes

A look at how scientists hope to limit damage from the wind borne debris caused by hurricanes.

Inevitably, readers, this involves strengthening buildings, but of course it's the how that fascinates engineers.

Discovery Channel, 12 noon

Super Structures: The Pentagon The largest office building in the world and home to US military intelligence, the Pentagon receives it's first in depth examination since September 11 Discovery Channel, 10pm Monday Pyramid The Great Pyramid of Giza has survived for 4,500 years and is the only one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World that can still be seen today. Using archaeological evidence and the latest fancy pants graphics, this is the story of the pyramid through the eyes of the men who built it.

The beeb has trumpeted this programme as one of the most ambitious and visually stunning history projects it has ever undertaken. Programmes pertaining to the pyramids are profligate, possums, but this one sounds like a goody.

BBC 1, 9pm

Demolition Detectives Second in the series that attempts to discover as much as possible about a structure before it is demolished. This week an old maternity hospital in Glasgow.

Channel 4, 8pm

Journeys To The Ends Of The Earth The Angel, Islington, from Clapham via Vauxhall under London's mayoral incumbent, Ken Livingstone. Mais non, friends, I jest, it is in fact a documentary about the journeys of the great explorers, whose footsteps are traced by photojournalist Davis Adams.

Discovery Channel, 1pm

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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