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Foresight The week ahead

Thursday Future Tense: Transport. A look at new technologies including cars that run on hydrogen fuel cells, magnetically levitated trains (oooh! ) and passenger and cargo carrying helium airships.

Discovery Sci Trek, 8.30pm Saturday

The Wings Story. Paul McCartney has had a fantastic career. Since the Beatles split up 30 years ago he has managed to get by on Live and Let Die, The Frog Chorus and Give My Regards To Broad Street.

We're not exactly talking the Velvet Underground here, but because these days he's famous for being famous, expect reverential and hushed tones, and comparisons between Mull of Kintyre and the discovery of penicillin.

Did you know that Neil Diamond wrote I'm a Believer for the Monkees?

BBC Radio 2, 8pm

Sunday Scrapheap Challenge. Watch out for civil engineer Tom Betts of the 'Cat-alysts', who take on the task of building a mobile crane which has to lift and move scrap.

Tom is one of the youngest experts to feature on the show, although his work at Dorman Long Technology has included many heavy lifting projects. Is he up to the job? Tune in and find out if this young man is hero or zero. The civil engineering community will be bitterly disappointed, nay furious, if you lose, Tom.

Channel 4, 5.30pm

From Monday Railway Ghost Stories. Prepare to be scared stiff. The National Railway Museum has a series of spine chilling tales to tell you. How did the Cold Man save a locomotive crew, and who saw the phantom Deltic? Hear the terrifying tale of the man who was trapped in a lift with Tony Blair for nearly an hour. How do you scare off a ghost? Kick him in the ghoulies.

Apologies in advance, readers.

Runs until 26 October Details, (01904) 621261 www. nrm. org. uk

Book. Broken Rails: How Privatisation Wrecked the Railways. The title says it all but if you want to know more then check out Christian Wolmar's timely tome. Critical of both Labour and the Tories, the book tells a story of ignorance and ideology which led to the loss of vital skills while increasing costs and reducing efficiency. Grim reading, friends.

Aurum Press, £9.99

Wednesday Human Edge. Take a tour of the Eden Project, the modern wonder which is proving to be a great success down in Cornwall. Mind you, back in the 1970s there used to be the 'terrarium' - you know, those giant bell jar jobs with a mini tropical garden inside. A sort of ship in a bottle for plants. Well, if you could shrink yourself, like they did in the film Fantastic Voyage, then one of these small bottles would seem like a whole universe.

And there's a chance you might bump into Raquel Welch in there as well. Until such things are possible however, this programme or a visit to the Eden Project will have to do.

National Geographic Channel, 5pm

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