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Foresight

The week ahead

Thursday Volcanoes. In 1980 Mt St Helens in the USA erupted with the intensity of 25,000 nuclear bombs.

In the last 100 years 70,000 people have died because of volcanic eruptions and today half a billion people live near an active volcano.

St Helens in Liverpool on the other hand is nowhere near as exciting but the fish and chips aren't too bad.

Channel 4, 8pm Sunday Demolition Day. Behind the scenes with a professional demolition team as they prepare to blow up the Manchester United football ground at Old Trafford.

Sorry, I mean the Three Rivers Stadium sports park in Pittsburgh, USA.

Discovery channel, 9pm Sunday Duel. Early Steven Spielberg classic in which Dennis Weaver plays a beleaguered civil engineer constantly harassed by an architect who never shows his face.

BBC2, 8pm Monday Super Structures: London Underground. The story of the world's oldest underground railway started in 1843. It even became home to an aircraft component factory during the Second World War. These days it seems politicians have done more damage to the Tube than any wartime bombing campaign, although if you travel after 11pm you can often see a few blitzed passengers Discovery Channel, 9.30pm Monday What the Victorians Did For Us.

A look at some of the inventions and innovations the Victorians gave Britain.

But don't expect too much engineering folks: this one also includes devices to wake the dead, hospital surgery and seances. Put them all together, add Margaret Thatcher, and you have the script for a lurid variation on the Frankenstein theme.

BBC2, 8.30pm 13-15 September Meccano models. Meet the man who makes the most of the marvels of Meccano. After the recent debate over the merits of Meccano and Lego, Colin Davies expresses his partiality with another one man show. A giant block setting crane, Stephenson 's Rocket and the Skylon are among the displays. We all know about Legoland in Berkshire but Foresight has yet to hear of individuals who display Lego models, so to use footballing parlance, Colin and his ilk are ahead on points with games in hand.

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