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Foresight - The week ahead

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Saturday 5 November Book Club: The Gunpowder Plot James Naughtie chairs a discussion of the Gunpowder Plot with guest Antonia Fraser who has just written a book on the subject. Convenient for all concerned, I'm sure.

BBC Radio 4, 4pm Monday Gordon Brown's Missing Billions Economist Andrew Dilnot reckons Gordon Brown is more profligate than prudent when it comes to the nation's finances and puts his case in this hour long documentary. Could it be that Gordon might own up with a David Blunkett style 'whoops - I'm sorry I forgot - I didn't realise I was doing anything wrong' defence strategy?

Channel 4, 8pm Dubai Dreams A look at the booming property market in the Gulf state.

BBC2, 8pm The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon Repeat showing of the fascinating film archive of Edwardian life recently restored by the British Film Institute. Parts two and three follow on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

UKTV History, 9pm Tuesday Ancient Power How did the sword and sandal societies satisfy their energy requirements- The answers can be found here, readers.

History Channel, 10pm Wednesday Frontiers Testing science to the limit and extending the frontiers of understanding are the grand themes addressed in the first programme in a new series of the science digest.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm Kings of Construction Monster project the El Cajon Dam on the Rio Grande de Santiago in Mexico is set to stand 186m high and will supply 2% of the country's electricity. To build the hydroelectric behemoth, engineers must first blast out 40,000t of rock and take on a huge concrete pouring operation.

Kings of Construction takes us around Latin America's biggest construction project - for the time being, anyway.

Discovery Channel, 10pm, Thursday Cutting Edge Last in the science and technology series.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm New Books Thomas Brassey: The Greatest Railway Builder in the World A real labour of love job this one, readers, coming as it does from the pen of one Tom Stacey - great, great grandson of our hero. More an extended essay than book, the slim tome celebrates the work of the engineering contractor whose efforts can be seen on nearly every continent of the world. Descendents of Thomas Brassey will gather at the ICE on 7 November to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth.

A hot ticket, no doubt, and who would deny them a right old knees up in his memory?

The book costs £5.

Published by Stacey International www. stacey-international. co. uk ISBN: 1 905299 09 5

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