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Foresight The week ahead

22 February On the inside: Channel tunnel.

A history and technical study of the tunnel, starting from the proposed venture in 1802, through the abandoned dig in 1974 to the opening in 1994.

Discovery channel, 12 noon (Repeated Sunday 11am) 22 February The leaning tower of Pisa.

Exploring the history of the 800 year old tower.

How does it still manage to defy gravity and what is being done to keep it upright?

Ask the Italians and I'm sure they'll tell you it's a 'Pisa cake' - geddit?

Discovery channel, 1pm (Repeated Sunday 1pm)

26 February Coltrane's planes and automobiles. An example of modern television's obsession with celebrity. Take a subject, pare away the facts and technical detail and stick a comedian in front of the camera. Then hey presto, you have something which is neither particularly funny or informative.

Whatever next: Lenny Henry on the Cuban missile crisis or Ruby Wax on genetic engineering? It might not be so bad if we could see Stephen Hawking introduce the Generation Game or Richard Rogers do Stars in their Eyes.

Discovery channel, 1am

28 February The politics of floods. Fens floodplain project officer Robert Oates is speaker at the Workers Education Association, Guildford. Is it time to restore floodplain functions so they can take the overflow from flooded rivers as nature intended? Come and discuss what should be done.

7.30pm, the Guildford Institute.

Details, Colin Smith (01483) 829423 Sunderland Polytechnic Reunion 2001 Did you graduate in 1975? Finn Halvor Skaardal is organising a Sunderland-based reunion for the former polytechnic's civil engineering graduates. Join them for a reunion dinner on Friday 30 March and/or the Leeds United game at the Stadium of Light on Saturday 31. Don't fancy Sunderland's chances against super Leeds, though, and it will seem even worse with a hangover.

Contact Gillian Thompson, Alumni Office, University of Sunderland, to reserve your place. Tel: (0191) 515 2692. E-mail:

25 February Time team. The team uncovers archaeological evidence of Iron Age cannibalism. Crikey, site workers must have really worked up an appetite in those days.

Channel 4, 6pm 26 February Building the biggest:

Skyscrapers. Eddie Pugh, founding partner of Buro Happold, is followed by a documentary crew on site in Riyadh, during the last hectic months of the construction of Al Faisaliah, an enormous skyscraper with associated hotel, shopping mall, banqueting facilities and car park. The programme explores the issues surrounding the construction of a skyscraper and captures the pressures, complexities and demanding schedules of the construction management of one of the tallest buildings ever built in the Middle East. After the broadcast, Eddie Pugh will be available online for a web chat, advertised on Channel 4 before and after the programme and also on the Channel 4 website - www. channel4. com/talk Channel 4, 8.00pm

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