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Foresight: The week ahead

Saturday 31 January

Understanding: Pyramids The geometry, architecture and archaeology of the triangular construction marvel, plus a look at how engineers - and even new age theologians - have been inspired by the shape. Have you ever seen the film 'Land Of The Pharaohs'? A young Joan Collins plays the plotting wife of Jack Hawkins' pharaoh and thinks she'll inherit all his dosh when he dies, only to find out that part of the pre-nuptual agreement involves her being buried with him - alive. It's a cracker. The tagline for the film when released in 1955 was: 'Her treachery stained every stone of the pyramid! Crikey.

Discovery Civilisation, 10pm


The Great Grand Central Terminal Marvel at the restoration work on the rather beautiful New York station.

Discovery Channel, 11.30am


File On 4 When a jet belonging to an Egyptian owned airline crashed into the Red Sea this year killing 150 people, relatives of the dead were shocked to learn that the airline was already barred from Swiss airspace due to its poor safety record. Julian O'Halloran tells the disturbing story of airlines that continue to fly despite failing inspections, and a public that rarely gets the chance to see the results of such checks.

BBC Radio 4, 8pm


Industrial Revelations: Clocking On The story of how Josiah Wedgwood turned pottery into a global industry. Alas it was only last year that Wedgwood announced 1,000 job losses in its Stoke-on-Trent factories.

Discovery Channel, 3pm Crafty Tricks Of War Another in the weird wartime gadgets series. This week, a suitcase radio and a portable steam generator.

BBC2, 8pm


Timewatch: How Mad Was King George?

Not all there.

Not playing with the full deck. Three sandwiches short of a picnic. Off his trolley.


Bananas. Yes, readers, all terms that might readily be applied the England's George III, the country's longest serving king. But he didn't spend all his time running around in a petticoat waving his hands in the air. Early in his reign, he also oversaw great scientific and industrial advances as well as social change. And it is these contributions to the wealth of the nation that the programme celebrates in a sympathetic reassessment of his life.

BBC2, 9pm


Transport, engineering and architecture by Hugh Collis A transport expert who worked on projects worldwide, Hugh Collis gave up his job as an associate director at Arup in 2001 to concentrate on freelance work and writing. Sadly, Hugh died last year but not before he had completed this absolutely magnificent tome on the close association between engineering and architecture within transport. Lavishly illustrated and smartly laid out, the book sure is a beauty and will appeal to professionals and nonprofessionals alike.

ISBN 1 85669 322 8 £50 from Laurence King Publishing (020) 7430 8850 www. 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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