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The week ahead

Saturday 24 September The Great British Amphibian Sir Christopher Cockerill's hovercraft may not have achieved all that was hoped for in terms of mass passenger transport, but it is still in use the world over - as this programme reveals.

BBC Radio 4, 10.30am Archive Hour - The British at the Top of the World Celebrates the 30th anniversary of British success climbing the treacherous, bleak and previously insurmountable southwest face of Mount Everest.

BBC Radio 4, 8pm Sunday Building the Alaskan Highway In 1942 the US army corps of engineers formed part of a 10,000 strong military construction team that set about building a road link from the southern United States to Alaska. Interviews with the workers and archive footage help tell the tale of an amazing engineering achievement in the harshest of conditions.

Discovery Channel, 8pm Panorama - Brown's Miracle Economy Tony Blair reckons that the charismatic life and soul of the party they call Gordon Brown is the best chancellor we've had for a hundred years. But then he would say that wouldn't he?

Stephanie Flanders takes a tour of Britain to see if the prime minister's praise pertaining to 'Prudence' the purse keeper is a principled praisee or purely polemical prattle. This can't go on.

BBC1, 10.15pm Tuesday The Right to Know Michael Crick - for it is he - assesses the implications of the Freedom of Information Act and asks how much of the workings of state will be made available to Joe Public. Interviews with campaigners - both for and against the act - journalists and those charged with providing the information help put us in the picture. But whatever you may be interested in finding out about, just don't mention the war - at least while Tony's there.

BBC Radio 4, 8pm Wednesday Megastructures Sit back and marvel at the efforts of 40,000 workers on the Itaipu Dam in South America.

National Geographic, 10pm Thursday Material World The Visions of Science Awards aim to acknowledge new insights and explanations into the world of science. Quentin Cooper is on hand to quiz the judging panel that includes scientists and photographers.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm How London Was Built New to the History Channel, the first of three programmes looks at underground works in the capital, taking us from the Thames Tunnel to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

History Channel, 8pm 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

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