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The week ahead

Foresight

Thursday Costing The Earth Thirty per cent of fuel used in this country is in houses, yet £4.3bn of that energy is wasted. Alex Kirby explains that houses produce more pollution than cars and finds out how the situation can be changed quickly, simply and cheaply. Nice.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm Friday Beyond 2000 The dangers of decommissioning a nuclear reactor and a look at how telecommunications have changed in the last 20 years.

Discovery Sci Trek, 2pm Saturday Star Trek: Voyager Martin Lorimer has alerted Foresight to the above and tells us that there is much to please the eye in the series, which last week contained the immortal dictum:

'It maybe the warriors that get the glory, but it's the engineers that build societies.'

Good on yer, Martin.

Sky 1, 5pm Monday Junkyard Wars: Portable Bridge Sounds like a transatlantic Scrapheap Challenge to me, friends, and indeed it is, but civil engineering interests are well served. Canada Junkeeze take on the Miami Gearheads to build a bridge that will allow them to cross a 15ft ravine. The fruits of their labours include a trailer bridge and a scissor bridge. Groovy.

Channel 4, 8pm Time Team Special: The Big Dig In one of the most ambitious urban archaeological projects ever undertaken, Tony and his Time Team trowel technicians join up with 60 archaeologists in Canterbury. The nine month dig, covering an area the size of a football pitch, revealed a mediaeval street, Saxon and Roman buildings and a lost friary.

Blimey, I never knew they had fish and chip shops that long ago.

Channel 4, 9pm.

Tuesday Grundy Goesà To School Architectural historian John Grundy checks out the hallowed halls of academia and looks at how education developed from within the church to the modern buildings of today.

Discovery Civilisation, 9.30pm Wednesday Discovery - Robots A look at how pioneers are designing robots to interact with humans. Some of you may feel you are already working with some of them.

BBC World service, 8.05pm Budget 2002 You vote 'em in and then the vain self serving, self important bleeders start bossing you about and telling you, their employer, what to do. We are one of the highest taxed countries in Europe, yet we have such a comparatively poor transport, health and education system. Why, and where is all the money going?

BBC1, 2.40pm Grundy Goesà Crackers More Grundy, but this time exploring the purposeless and elaborate 18th century structures known as follies. A waste of money or architectural masterworks?

You decide.

Discovery Civilisation, 9.30pm

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