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The week ahead

9 April What a blast: demolition artist. The science, techniques and insight that professional demolition experts use to control dangerous explosions. Interviews and footage show the painstaking skill required to bring down a skyscraper safely and in seconds. See April 12 for more demolition. Discovery channel, 2pm

9 April Jambusters. The series continues, looking this week at changing attitudes for tackling congestion. Hot honey and lemon with a little Vicks rubbed on your chest I hear you say. Alas, dear reader, this is traffic congestion and among some of the solutions offered is one from a debate at the Oxford Union: 'This house believes that motorists should be forced to drive less.' Ah, the hallowed halls of academia. Discovery channel, 4pm

11 April The psychology of fame. If you ever thought the world was disappearing up its own anatomy, tune in and have a laugh. The ubiqiutous Dr Raj Persaud mulls over such important issues as being famous, the media and the famous, and those on the periphery of fame. Sounds like the usual celebrity tedium dressed up to look a little more earnest than usual. Mind you, it just goes to show that psychologists are as obsessed with fame as anybody else. In fact even shrinks can can get a career in radio and TV these days. Radio 4, 11am

12 April The Mission - domeless in Seattle. Chronicles the oft delayed and contentious plan to demolish the home of the Seattle Seahawks in the US. The programme follows Mark Loizeaux (a name that must be worth big points at Scrabble) and his firm during a logistical nightmare. Thirty people work to place explosives nearly 100m high inside the dome which is built on the slurry of infill created at the turn of the century in Seattle harbour. The water table is 2m below the surface and the impact of falling steel and concrete will cause tremors, damaging railways, highways and buildings. BBC2, 9pm

On now

South: the race to Pole.Exhibition devoted to the three principal competitors in the race to the South Pole. Roald Amundson, Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton who battled through intense cold and inhospitable conditions to get to their destination. Those familiar with English weather may be touched by their plight. Details, (020) 8312 6565 www.nmm.ac.uk Now until 7 May

Handle with care: 25 years of the National Railway Museum. With 25M objects in its care, the largest railway museum in the world celebrates its silver jubilee. Check out the website for other rail related exhibitions running concurrently. Details, (01904) 621261 www.nrm.org.uk

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