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Foresight

The week ahead

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

Every person who gets their sweaty hands on England: the photographic atlas will try to find the aerial picture of their house.

That in itself doesn't justify the hefty £99 price tag for this coffee table uber book. But publishers Getmapping and Harper Collins have digitally stretched and squeezed the aerial photographs to correlate with Ordnance Survey Land-Line maps and the atlas is comprehensively indexed.

Information can be incorporated into geographic information systems.

ISBN 0-00-712277-2

Tonight The world's greatest drivers:

A beginner's guide to the art of driving souped up production cars at insane speeds kicks off Channel 4's coverage of the World Rally Championship. What's traffic calming?

8pm, Channel 4 Friday Routes - the Kennet & Avon Canal: Built on a shoestring during the Napoleonic wars, the Kennet & Avon boasts some civil engineering tours de force. Fortified as a last line of defence against invading German armies during the Second World War, it was all but abandoned during the 1960s.

Some extremely muddy engineering work to stabilise the canal walls and improve watertightness has been key to its renaissance.

7pm, Discovery Civilisation.

Saturday The original terminator: Story of the revolutionary US warship Monitor, and the race to salvage it 130 years after it sank off Cape Patris in the Atlantic. Built in 1862 during the American Civil War, the Monitor's radical innovations included the first screw propeller.

It was also the first ship where the entire crew lived below the water line, it had the first revolving gun turret and was the first modern iron-clad battleship.

7pm, Channel 4 Monday Salvage squad - steam roller:

First in a new 10 part series specialising in hauling rusted scrap metal from barns and garages across the UK and piecing it back together as shiny, working vintage machines. Things kick off with the rebuild of a 1923 Aveling & Porter steamroller.

8pm, Channel 4 Disaster - the curse of Cornstalk: In 1967 a span of the Silver Bridge across the Ohio River in the US, gave way, killing 46 people. The disaster led to a radical rethink of materials used in bridge building.

8pm, Discovery Civilisation Wednesday Flightpath - friendly bandits:

Fancy a MiG jet fighter? Since the disintegration of the USSR, this Ferarri of the aviation world has been available to punters with enough cash.

10pm, Discovery 2002 Thursday The long train to Lublin: Marking Holocaust Day, Radio 4 examines the logistics and infrastructure of genocide. Professor Mark Roseman travels the railway line linking SS headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany, with the holding ghetto at Izbica, Poland, looking at the ways the Nazi regime harnessed state of the art industrialised processes in its bid to annihilate millions of German and central European citizens.

8pm, Radio 4

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