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The week ahead

Foresight

Saturday 8 October Earth Story Aubrey Manning presents back to back episodes of the geological history series.

UKTV History, 4-9pm The Secrets of Drawing A new series that aims to explain the use of drawings in understanding everything from art to science to technology.

Mmm, that sounds interesting, I think I'll pencil it in.

BBC2, 8.10pm How London Was Built Adam Hart-Davis continues his look at how the capital was constructed.

History Channel, 9pm Sunday Panorama Blair versus Blair Are Tony Blair's ideas of civil liberties, as prime minister, at odds with those of his wife, Cherie, as a human rights lawyer- Panorama probes.

BBC1, 10.15pm Monday Boney's Revenge Despite being on the losing side at Trafalgar and Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte has a worldwide fan club. Chris Bowlby investigates the man's enduring appeal.

BBC Radio 4, 8pm Tuesday How It's Made The series that shows how everyday objects are produced returns for a new series.

Discovery Channel, 8pm Wednesday The Hurricane That Shook America The events of Hurricane Katrina as told by victims, rescuers and engineers. Also, a look at the New Orleans flood defences and planning that proved to be so inadequate.

BBC2, 9pm Thursday Leading Edge Geoff Watts presents the latest science and technology news.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm Friday Salvage Squad Rebuilding a Gypsy Moth biplane is the task set before the team.

Discovery Channel, 6pm Any Questions?

How about: If New Labour is prepared to bundle 82 year old Walter Wolfgang out of the party's conference for daring to challenge the war on Iraq - and then keep him out under anti-terror laws - how far are they prepared to go to keep things quiet when there's nobody watching- Jonathon Dimbleby's guests on the panel include Michael Ancram, Amanda Platell and Sarah Teather.

BBC Radio 4, 8.30pm Books On the Wrong Line: How Ideology and Incompetence Wrecked Britain's Railways Well, OK, the title of transport expert Christian Wolmar's updated version of his earlier book, Broken Rails, sort of gives the game away.

However, this completely revised edition now tackles New Labour's handling of rail privatisation and also proposes some of the author's own solutions to Britain's railway problems.

ISBN 1 85410 998 7 Published by Aurum press at £10.99 www. aurumpress. co. uk

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