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Britain's hot-tempered celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay, is back for a second season of his series. This time, he'll cook for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as rival chef Jamie Oliver. But there's more in his life than spatulas: Ramsay is supporting his mentor in a libel case against the New York Times, anticipating the birth of twins, and awaiting the annual publication of the Michelin awards -- and hoping for another star.



Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Science Channel

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, nearing 70 years old, has been named one of the seven engineering wonders of the world. But in summer 2007, the bridge is scheduled to be demolished, replaced by a structure designed to withstand "a maximum credible earthquake." An army of construction workers, engineers and scientists is working around the clock to build the new bridge. Here's a chance to follow the design and building process of this vital transportation link.


Thursday at 8 p.m. on Military Channel

To mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, Military Channel devotes three hours to the turning points of the Vietnam War.

The first hour, "Battlefield Diaries," recounts the disastrous Lam Son 719 operation, which left an indelible mark on Army aviation but was largely ignored at home. From 9 to 11 p.m., "The Fall of Saigon" tells of the chaos and duplicity that led to the city's collapse.


Saturday 8 p.m. on HBO

Kenneth Branagh and Cynthia Nixon star as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in a dramatization of his struggle with polio and his search for a cure at Warm Springs, a spa in rural Georgia. There, in addition to encountering others affected by disability -- and by poverty, illiteracy and racism -- the 39-year-old future governor and president learns that even if he may never walk again, he can still lead.

Kathy Bates plays a physical therapist.

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