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The week ahead

Thursday Routes: The Ironbridge Story:

that spans the gorge in Shropshire and explains how it reveals the entire story of Britain's Industrial Revolution. A bold claim. Not to be confused with the BBC2 Ironbridge programme shown a couple of weeks ago. Foresight, ladies and gentlemen, is not in the habit of being repetitive. No letters please.

Discovery Civilisation, 7pm Beyond 2000: A report on attempts by Japanese scientists to harness wave power. Also, how bandages made from clotting agents found in human blood may help stop bleeding during surgery.

Discovery Sci Trek, 10.30pm Danger Zone: Goes to Hong Kong where bamboo scaffolders work 70ft up without harnesses and ropes. A veritable sm÷rgÕsbord of health and safety issues to consider, dear reader.

Discovery Travel and Adventure, 7.30pm Friday The Friday Play - Black Train:

Andrew Sachs stars in this radio play which tracks the history of eastern Europe by its trains and passengers. What does the railway network in the UK in 2002 say of this paricular part of Europe, I wonder?

BBC Radio 4, 9pm Saturday Fame and Fortune: Excess:

Psychologists consider why the privileged life of the celebrity can lead to drink, drugs and loneliness.

Who cares?

Channel 4, 10pm Scream and Scream Again:

Peter Cushing and Vincent Price star as the commuters trapped on a Virgin train following a points failure. When the buffet car runs out of food, they resort to cannibalism in order to survive. A ready supply of fat cats provide ample nourishment to see them through the ordeal.

Carlton Cinema, 12.30am Sunday Time Team. The Furnace In The Cellar: In the cellar of a Shropshire pub lies the opening to an 18th century blast furnace which extends under the pub car park.

Fuelled only by pints of foaming nut brown ale, Tony Robinson and the team investigate further.

Channel 4, 5.05pm Monday University Challenge: It's quarter final time as Imperial College, London takes on St Hugh's College, Oxford.

BBC2 8pm

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