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News: 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 Thursday Earth Report: Europe on Air. As European air quality decreases, innovative strategies in Germany, Finland and Austria hope to guarantee a pollution free future.

National Geographic Channel, 9.30pm People and Places - Heritage.

Michael Billings continues his exploration of archaeology and examines new sites from around the world. Tonight: Calcutta and India's heritage. Talking of digging up stuff from the past, Parkinson's guests on Saturday (BBC1, 10.20) include Ben Elton and Robbie Coltrane. In recent weeks he's had Billy Connolly, George Best and Elton John. Turn the clock back 10 years and you'd have found the same suspects but without the accent on merchandising. If I'm not mistaken the products are, respectively, book, film, book, book and album. It's a shame we're not paying the TV licence at 1980's prices, I do declare.

BBC World Service, 8.30pm Friday Science Shack. Tonight the programme ponders how fast your legs can carry you. Adam Hart Davis tries out viewers' suggestions, including a bicyclepump water-rocket super-bike.

Sounds more like quack shack to me.

BBC 2 7.30pm In the Psychiatrist's Chair.

Glenda Jackson. To join a socialist party and watch it transform into a diluted conservative party must be enough to warp any mind.

BBC Radio 4, 9am Sunday Scrapheap Challenge. Hey, guess what? Civil engineer Tom Betts and his friends from the Cat-alysts team have made it to the final of the junkyard jamboree.

They take on the Mulerights in the task of building a hydrofoil, and then have three head to head races over half mile of lake. But, readers, this is not the end. The winners go to the grand final where they take on last year's champions.

Whether Tom will quaff heartliy from the jewel encrusted chalice of victory or slurp ignominiously from the chipped plastic mug of defeat remains to be seen.

Channel 4, 6pm Connections: in touch.

James Burke explores the link between the Eiffel Tower, Elgin Marbles, palace of Versailles and the Internet. Well, I'm sure old clever clogs Burke could find a link between Hamilton Academicals football club, the window tax and bananas if he was pressed.

Discovery Sci Trek, 6.30pm Monday Beyond 2000. A liquid nitrogen powered car that removes pollutants from the air, a substance produced from frogs that can kill a variety of pathogens without resistance, human cybernetics and a cyborg professor. Feast yourselves, science lovers.

Discovery Sci Trek, 10.30pm Tuesday Science Shack.

Double helpings, readers. Twice a week man Adam Hart-Davis continues to try out viewers' suggestions for scientific solutions.

BBC 2, 7.30pm

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