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Foresight The week ahead

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11 August How did they build that? Tall buildings. Ever since the emergence of organised communities people have wanted to build tall, whether for defence, worship or simply to show off.

American skyscraper technology has spread to Europe with a new generation of tall buildings.

Discovery Channel, 2pm 11 August

Total Soap. The evening deepens into twilight. As you sit alone you hear footsteps approaching the front door and then a persistent, heavy knocking. You open the door and are confronted by a tall, hooded, skeletal figure carrying a scythe who tells you it is time to enter Hades. 'Thank heavens for that mate, ' you reply. 'There's some codswallop about soaps introduced by Nadia Sawalha just about to start on the telly.'

BBC1 9pm 13 August

Super structures: The Grasberg mine - goldmine in the sky. One of the world's great high altitude structures, perched on mountains 14,000ft up from forests in Western New Guinea, is the Grasberg mine. Combine thoughts of Sir Edmund Hillary with the film 'The Treasure of Sierra Madre'.

Hey pardner, your crampons are chaffing my safety harness, but never mind - it's the mother lode!

Discovery Channel, 9.30pm 15 August

Demolition Man. Sylvester Stallone stars as a demolition contractor from Sacramento who jeopardises a successful partnering agreement to sell waste to a landfill project. Wesley Snipes is the health and safety inspector.

Sky Moviemax, 10pm 16 August

The Ashes: England v Australia 4th test. Don't worry, the football season starts on Saturday. If you are Australian please ignore this message.

Channel 4, 10.30am 19 August

Super structures: The Panama Canal. The link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans was the largest and most expensive project of the time. It is also a story of great human sacrifice, with malaria accounting for many of those who died. A top ten cert for many in the great civil engineering achievements of recent times.

Discovery Sci Trek, 9am Ends 18 August

2001: An architectural odyssey. With an exhibition title that lends itself to the belief that architects are indeed from outer space, this is the last chance to take a look at 13 architectural projects that have wowed the cogniscenti in recent times.

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