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Foresight: The week ahead

Saturday 24 January

Strike: When Britain Went To War When the Tories announced plans to close 20 coal mines in March 1984, Arthur Scargill and his National Union of Mineworkers dug in for a bitter struggle that was to last a year. Using archive film and interviews with some of the key players, the programme charts the events of that year as King Arthur took on Maggie - and lost.

Inevitable perhaps, since anyone who was prepared to stop free milk for schoolchildren was always going to be a rather fierce opponent.

Channel 4, 7pm Sunday

Demolition Day Two teams battle to construct a water tower that can hold 1,000 litres and then trash it once it's built.

Channel 4, 6.25pm Monday

Great Scientists It's the gravity geezer himself, folks. Isaac Newton - for it is he.

Channel 5, 7.30pm Wednesday

We Built This City àon rock n roll? No, not the song made famous by Starship but a new series looking at the origins of famous cities. This week, London and the considered view pertaining thereto of engineers, archaeologists and historians.

Channel 5, 8pm Friday

Timewatch: Mysteries of The Mediaeval Ship When a mediaeval merchant ship dating back to the War Of The Roses was discovered in mud on the banks of the River Usk, archaeologists became very excited. Timewatch explains what got the beards and sandals so worked up.

BBC2, 9pm Book

The Saga Of The Sydney Opera House Ask anyone in the world what feature distinguishes Sydney more than anything and most will tell you it's the opera house. The odd one might say it's his performance as Virgil Tibbs in 'The Heat Of The Night' with Rod Steiger, but then that would be Sidney Poitier, and way off the mark. But I digress.

Like so many successful building projects, the Sydney Opera House had its fair share of controversy and personal tragedy. Designer Jorn Utzon walked out halfway through the construction of a building that faced criticism from the public and press. To this day debate still rages over the true story and so, as a favour to us all, Peter Murray sets out the arguments in a compelling book containing some excellent photographs and illustrations.

ISBN 0-415-32522-6 Hardback £55, Paperback £19.99

Book Tales Of Victoria Street Here it is, readers, a hundred years of the Association of Consulting Engineers from its roots as a fledging association of individual engineers to the present day. Written by former ACE head honcho Hugh Woodrow, whose hand was on the tiller from 1987 to 1998. Thanks to the ACE's Andy Walker who sent the book to Foresight for consideration. If you ask them nicely you may get the book at the ACE members' price of £12.50, otherwise it's £19.99.

For copies contact Paula McCann by email:

If you know of events, exhibitions, books, programmes or websites that ought to be included in Foresight, contact Karl Thompson, tel (020) 7505 6682, e-mail karl. thompson@ construct. emap. com

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