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The week ahead


Saturday 18 June Mark Williams on the rails Another all-day Discovery extravaganza, folks. This time with Mark Williams, of Fast Show fame, enthusiastically telling the story of rail. It's all here - Trevithick, Brunel, the Stephensons, the developments in steam, diesel and electrification, and much, much more.

Discovery Channel, 9am -5pm The Roman Colosseum Explores the belief that the huge arena was flooded to stage mock naval battles. And who cleared up the mess afterwards, I wonder?

Discovery Civilisation, 10pm Monday Massive Machine: Tanks Chris Barrie tells the history of tanks. In fact, it's a case of tanks for the memories- I do apologise, I've not been well, you know.

Discovery Channel, 9am Extreme engineering: Excavators They might be shovels, but they're bloomin' big shovels.

Discovery Channel, 1pm Theories of relativity Einstein's 100 year old theory of relativity is celebrated through five stories especially commissioned by the Beeb - read the same time, same place, each afternoon this week.

BBC Radio 4, 3.30pm Tuesday EastEnders Danny uses Johnny's money to go to the bookies. Danny tries to get Johnny into a fight. Kat harasses Chrissie. Sam tells Kat that she knows about Den.

Is this melting pot of human misery ever going to leave our screens, readers?

BBC1, 7.30pm Wednesday One Planet - Development Special One Planet anticipates the agenda for July's G8 summit.

BBC World Service, 10.05am Thursday Extreme Machine: Metal Monsters Marvel at some of the world's most spectacular train journeys, while meeting engineers, drivers and passengers. Oooh, it all sounds very nice.

Discovery Science, 7pm Friday Global business - the new Africa Information technology is changing the way that Africans are doing business. Peter Day tells us how.

BBC World Service, 9.05am

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