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Foresight The week ahead

Thursday 10 October The Great Stink Presented by his great-greatgrandson, this documentary on Sir Joseph Bazalgette looks at the life of the man who designed the pioneering sewage system which helped end the cholera and typhoid outbreaks in Victorian London. The film also features footage of the library at the ICE.

Such a significant contribution to sewage design is not to be sniffed at, readers.

Channel 5 at 8pm Saturday Disaster: The Pride And The Fall A last mention for a while for this oft repeated programme on the structural aspects of a serious roof collapse in Seoul, south Korea.

Yes, readers, this is the one which draws heavily on the on the technical knowledge and expertise of NCE's Diarmaid Fleming, a man whose baby faced charm is the stuff of legend.

Discovery Channel, 9am Sunday I Will Survive. . . Sleeping With The Stones Unable to find bed and breakfast accommodation in the Wiltshire area, Walter Winterbottom chances upon the monoliths at Stonehenge. He settles down for the night and huddles up against one of the great stones in an attempt to keep warm. Nope, it's not as interesting as that, readers, it's all about the women who have slept with the Rolling Stones.

Alternatively, there's two hours to closing time if you want an excuse to get down the pub.

BBC 2, 9pm Monday Building The Biggest:

Skyscrapers The story of two mega towers in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, the Al Faisaliah Tower and the Kingdom Centre, built by two rival Saudi princes.

Channel 4, 8pm What The Tudors Did For Us - War Machyne Tudor King Henry VIII's turbulent love life made him a lot of enemies, and he wasn't one to run away from a fight either. In just four years he had built a string of fortifications along the south coast, which could even withstand attack from a new weapon - the cannon. In fact, he liked cannons so much he had his armoury make lots of them - and on the cheap. Adam Hart-Davis examines Henry's fortifications, which if his portraits are anything to go by, must also have included a fatted calf and a gallon of mead a day.

BBC2, 8.30pm Tuesday Stormproof: Engineering Against Earthquakes The threat to life and buildings from earthquakes has led engineers to search for better construction techniques, including shake resistant buildings and computer controlled materials.

Discovery Channel, 9.30pm Kenwatch Following our dig at Ken Livingstone's approach to transport in London a couple of weeks ago, Foresight has decided to run Kenwatch, an occasional item devoted to idiosyncrasies of London's mayor.

Ken has certainly graced the airwaves a few times recently, once to talk about the Tube strike - OK you might think - and then, inexplicably, to discuss the possible war on Iraq. There's no doubt the issue is important but presumably Ken's remit is to soothe his constituents' concerns on matters closer to home, particularly since he seems to have so little to say on such subjects.

Ken also made the news in an exemplary case of 'don't do as I do, do as I say ' with a £260 taxi trip from the Labour party conference in Blackpool to London.

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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