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The week ahead


Saturday 30 July Twenty20 Cup Cricket The two semi finals and the final provide a feast of the 20-over slogathon.

Sky Sports 1, 10.30am - 5.30 And 7pm-10pm (the final) Deluge Back-to-back episodes from the series on flooding. Scientists, survivors and rescue workers talk about their work and experiences in programme one.

The effects of rising sea levels and global warming are covered in programme two, while flood forecasting and protection round off the afternoon. A veritable smorgasbord of deluge detail, readers.

Discovery Science, 2-5pm Asian Earthquake: The Science of Tsunamis Scientific understanding of tsunamis and efforts to predict their occurrence explained.

Discovery Science, 11pm Sunday Stealth Secrets Developments in stealth bombers could mean travel at five times the speed of sound and the ability to hit targets anywhere in the world. Gawd help us all.

Discovery Wings, 6pm Brunel: The Little Giant Launched in 1858 after numerous technical difficulties, Brunel's SS Great Eastern suffered mixed fortunes as a passenger ship and was eventually converted to a cable laying vessel before being broken up in 1889. Not one of his biggest successes, but once again the sheer size of the project and Brunel's engineering imagination is still something to marvel at. The documentary tells the story of the great man's last project.

History Channel, 7.30pm Monday Monster Moves The second in the new series follows engineers as they move a pre-built air traffic control tower into position at Heathrow airport (NCE 24 February). No mean feat as the tower weighs a hefty 1,000t and is just shy of 90m tall.

Thanks to Tom Betts who alerted Foresight to the programme. He tells us that the team responsible for the move included lift master Mike Wade who was responsible for the erection of the Wembley Arch, and is currently launching the LTVA bridge at Paddington.

Not that Tom is any stranger to the engineering limelight, folks - apart from being temporary works engineer on the Heathrow move he's been on Scrapheap Challenge building a crane. He gets about a bit doesn't he?

Channel 5, 8pm Wednesday Engineering Disaster The Piper Alpha oil rig.

History Channel, 8pm Thursday Material World Every year the Perseid meteor shower offers sky watchers the opportunity to see up to 200 meteors an hour. A radar station recently set up in Antarctica can see another 4,000 of the fireballs high above the atmosphere and scientists reckon that the data gathered might help explain the reasons for climate change. I went to a party on Mars the other week. It wasn't very good - there was no atmosphere. What do astronauts wear to keep warm- Apollo-neck sweaters. OK, that's Foresight's quota of arrant nonsense for this week. By the way, the northern hemisphere spectacle will be best viewed on Friday 12 August, weather permitting, of course.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm

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