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The week ahead


Thursday When Nature Strikes Back.

Floods: Extreme Earth. Cor blimey, a portentious title or what?

Expect a grave narration delivered over ominous, rumbling background music and technical details such as '. . . when Mother Nature unleashes her anger against the planet, no one is safe from her ire' or something similar.

It has something to say about flood prevention too.

National Geographic Channel, 10pm.

Friday Wonders of Weather: Splendour of the Sky. Time lapse photography brings us brilliant sunsets, fabulous frosts and a day speeded up into four minutes. For half an hour friends, indulge in your chosen vice, be it decaffinated coffee or wholemeal digestive biscuits - or if you dare, both together - and marvel at the world in which we live.

Discovery Sci Trek, 8pm Saturday and Sunday National Railway Museum Residents Weekend.

Yes, it's a local exhibition for local people. Well, not quite. You are invited to join York residents for a weekend of train rides and Play Train, a production from the Platform 4 theatre company.

Tel, (01904) 621261 www. nrm. org. uk Sunday Airshow World. A look at airshows across the world, highlighting a variety of craft from early planes by the Wright brothers to modern state of the art aircraft.

Recent events have shown that plane spotting from the comfort and security of your living room is sometimes advisable. You don't find trainspotters getting into bother do you?

Discovery Wings, 6pm Carry On Regardless Film starring Kenneth Williams as the vain prime minister who after years in government still blames disarray on the railway network on the previous government. Sid James is the chief executive of the railway who wants a big pay off despite running it into the ground, and Charles Hawtrey is the mayor who thinks this is the perfect time to start charging motorists to drive into cities. A top notch farce.

Channel 4, 2.30pm Monday Great Castles of Europe:


Malbrook served as military headquarters to the Teutonic knights, German crusaders who conquered Prussia and made it one of the most powerful states of the Middle Ages. Brace yourselves for an impressive feat of construction engineering, readers.

Discovery Civilisation, 6.30pm Tuesday Stormproof. The problems of coastal erosion. Awash with facts, the programme attempts to shingle out the causes.

Discovery Channel, 10pm

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