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The week ahead


Thursday Routes: IK Brunel. A look at three of the great man's engineering masterpieces - The Great Western Railway, Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain.


Discovery Civilisation, 7pm Beyond 2000. Magazine science programme which includes a look at how Japanese scientists are trying to harness wave power.

Discovery Sci Trek, 4.30pm Eastenders. Louise's christening goes wrong. Mark throws a wobbly. Pauline doesn't turn up.

Sonia is upset. Sharon can't have kids. The next time you meet someone who finds pleasure in this depressing torrent of sewage that's passed off as entertainment for a nation, tell 'em to go outside, take a breath of fresh air, and say hello to the real world.

BBC1, 8pm Friday Routes: The Telford Trail. Pays homage to the 19th century's most prolific engineer, Scotsman Thomas Telford. In a 40 year career he built hundreds of miles of roads, over a thousand bridges and a number of canals. Where will the next Telford come from? Not from the studio audience of Kilroy or Trisha, I'm sure of that.

Discovery Civilisation, 7pm Saturday Edwardian Christmas Weekend.

Regular performances of a 20 minute 'mini panto', held at the National Railway Museum today and tomorrow. Staff at the museum will be in period costume and visitors are encouraged to do the same. I doubt anyone from Railtrack will be in attendance since they're all starring in a pantomime production of their own at the moment.

Tel, (01904) 621261 www. nrm. org. uk Sunday Bridge - Brooklyn Bridge. The first of three documentaries to explore the emotional impact which three of the world's most famous bridges have on the communities that surround them. That's right folks, don't expect any technical or engineering detail, this one is of the moving, thought provoking, aspirational and insightful kind - if that's your bag, baby.

BBC2, 8pm Scrapheap Challenge. The Catalysts and civil engineer Tom Betts did make it to the grand final after all. They take on the Megalomaniacs in a bid to turn an ordinary car into a remote controlled fighting machine capable of fighting a duel to the death. Trousers of Hades! What does it all mean?

Channel 4, 6pm The Leaning Tower of Pisa. A look at the history of the world famous 800 year old structure that was inching towards collapse. Just think, if it was in the UK it would have the double honour of being a listing listed building. Oh, suit yourselves.

Discovery Channel, 11pm

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