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The week ahead


Saturday 1 October The Improbable Mr Atlee Despite the poverty of post war finances, Clem Attlee's Labour government set about creating the National Health Service and undertook a radical programme of nationalisation that marked a huge period of reform for Britain. What a long time it's been since there was a Labour party that had anything to do with socialism.

BBC4, 9pm Sunday Who Runs Your World:

Masterminds A journey to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US for a chin-wag with scientists at the cutting edge of new technologies.

BBC World Service, 10.05am The John Tusa Interview:

Santiago Calatrava The world famous Spanish architect talks to Mr Tusa.

BBC Radio 3, 9.30pm Monday Conservative Party Conference It takes something to make Tony Blair and the Labour Party look good - and here they are.

BBC Parliament, 9am Tuesday Shop talk Inventors from around the world talk to Heather Payton about how sell an invention for mass production.

BBC Radio 4, 4pm Digging For The Truth The ruins at Pompeii History Channel, 8pm Wednesday Arthur C Clarke: The Science and the Fiction Sixty years ago science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke wrote an article that predicted satellite communications. Heather Couper affords Mr Clarke the opportunity to bask in the glory of his prescience. Didn't he do well?

BBC Radio 4, 11am More Industrial Revelations Mark Williams looks at developments in building materials.

Discovery Channel, 8.30pm Megastructures Back to back episodes. The first looks at a satellite launching system, the second is on the Sears Tower.

National Geographic Channel, 9pm Thursday Leading Edge The latest technologies being tested at the Transport Research Laboratory.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm Friday Seconds from Disaster Examines the train derailment at Eschede, Germany in 1998 that claimed more than 100 lives.

Readers with long memories and an extensive collection of NCE back issues may recall that the tragedy was covered extensively within these pages on the 11 June 1998 issue.

National Geographic, 5pm

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