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The week ahead

NEWS - Foresight

Thursday Costing the Earth Strange things have been happening on Peter Lister's farm - rivers have disappeared overnight, while dry fields have turned into quagmires and pure mountain streams now contain raw sewage. Peter and other farmers in the Tow Low area of County Durham believe it's all down to foot and mouth disease and the way dead animals were disposed of.

BBC Radio4, 9pm Grundy Goes. . . To The Theatre Join John Grundy as he coos over some of the most celebrated theatres in the North East. My father always used to say I should be in the theatre. It was only years later that I found out he meant the operating theatre and a frontal labotomy was what he had in mind.

No? Oh, suit yourselves.

Discovery Civilisation, 9.30pm

Friday Myths of the Titanic: Timewatch A look at the enduring fascination with the ship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. Stories surrounding the disaster include accounts of heroism and villainy, while films have also added to the legend. Timewatch attempts to separate the truth from the myth, which probably has nothing to do with the 1997 Mills and Boon cobblers starring Leonardo Di Caprio.

BBC2, 9pm Grundy Goes. . . For a Swift Half Some would say all pubs are places of great beauty, but here we concentrate on a marvellously preserved Victorian bar and a nightclub that was a former Wesleylan chapel. Tee up a few of the Old Speckled Hen - or Tanglefoot perhaps - and enjoy.

Discovery Civilisation. 9.30pm

Saturday Future of the Car: Information Highways How will we use cars in the future and what changes are likely? If Blair's government has anything to do with it, cars will probably be taxed out of existence over the next 20 years, along with fags and booze. As time goes on, Labour seems indistinguishable from the Tories with only its worthy, right-on platitudes and feigned concern separating them.

Discovery Sci Trek, 10pm

Sunday Disaster: Curse of the Cornstalk The story of the Silver Bridge collapse over the Ohio River in 1968, which led to a reassessment of the materials used in bridge building.

Discovery Civilisation, 7.30pm

Monday Time Team Special Why call it a special when there's one on every week - surely that's a series. Anyway, this week, a huge site in the City of London reveals the remains of a temple and two of the most sophisticated mechanical devices discovered anywhere in the Roman Empire. Ooh, what could they be?

Channel 4, 9pm

Wednesday Discovery - Robot The series continues with a look at how robots of the future will be able to learn for themselves and act independently or in groups.

Spooky.

BBC World Service, 8.05pm

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