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The week ahead

News - Foresight

Saturday 3 December Kings of Construction Rebuilding the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Washington DC.

Originally built in 1961 and designed to carry 75,000 vehicles a day, the new bridge is needed to handle 200,000 vehicles daily to alleviate some of the worst traffic congestion in the USA. Big job.

Discovery Channel, 8pm The Great Transatlantic Cable The story of Cyrus Field and the first telegraph cable to cross the Atlantic.

History Channel, 8pm Sunday Egypt - The Secrets of the Hieroglyphs Jean-François Champollion believes he is the only person in the world who understands how to read hieroglyphs. Alas, there are academics who think Jean-François is talking cobblers and members of the church who'd rather he didn't reveal his findings - ooer missus. All sounds a bit Da Vinci Code doesn't it- Anyway, he sounds like a top Giza and had a pharoah'd time deciphering the daubings, I'm sure.

BBC1, 9pm Sunday Feature The Agony and the Ecstasy A two part exploration into the extremes of human emotion beginning with the hedonism of the ancient world. I wonder if the programmes will look at that great chronicler of degeneracy, the French writer Emile Zola.

Apparently his wife was a bit of a harridan and was known as Gorgon Zola. Ooooh, culture and comedy all in one. Be grateful, readers.

BBC Radio 3, 9.30pm Panorama - What Happened Next?

The programme returns for an update on some of the stories it covered in 2005. Includes a look at fighting preventable infections in Chad, school bullying, and the dangers of cannabis. How useful. Mind you, I guarantee that in eight weeks time you'll have had enough reviews of the year.

Particularly when it's of the 'Day that Pat from Eastenders uses her own bloomers to parachute into West End' or 'when Simon Cowell stubbed his toe, ' variety.

BBC1, 10.15pm Monday Dubai Dreams CVs at the ready, readers, as we take a look at some of the agencies trying to satisfy the huge demand for workers as Dubai attempts to build its Xanadu.

BBC2, 8pm Tsunami: Seven Hours on Boxing Day Dramatic film and survivor's accounts retell the events of 26 December 2004 in a 90 minute documentary.

BBC1, 8.30pm Tuesday Seconds From Disaster The collapse of the Stavia Dam in Italy and the torrent of sludge that engulfed two villages.

National Geographic Channel, 8pm, National Geographic Wednesday Megastructures The super duper suspension bridge that is Japan's Akashi Kaikyo.

National Geographic, 6pm Thursday Walking With Monsters Forsooth, my liege, am I to deliver the St Crispin's Day Speech unto the great unwashed once more- Not quite. Super thesp Kenneth Branagh narrates the latest in the computer animated dinosaur series.

BBC1. 8.30pm

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