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The week ahead


Saturday Building The Ultimate A tip top engineering telly marathon folks - albeit repeats - with back to back episodes of this fine series running from early afternoon to mid evening.

Highlights include: suspension bridges at 2pm; skyscrapers at 4pm and stadiums - or stadia if you're that way out - at 6pm.

Discovery Channel, 1pm8.30pm Building of the Year with Kevin McCloud:RIBA Stirling Prize Let's resist the temptation to indulge in the usual badinage about the black polo neck sweater and goatee set - but architects are a bit strange aren't they- Still, it's always a good idea to see what they're up to. This year's nominees include the Scottish Parliament, the Jubilee Library in Brighton and the McLaren Technology Centre in Surrey, to name but a few. Kevin McCloud, if you didn't know, is presenter of the television series Grand Designs.

Channel 4, 7pm The Lost Decade: John Wyndham Scientist Steve Jones and science fiction author Brian Aldiss join the personal friends and biographer of author John Wyndham to assess his life and work. Famous for the 'Day of the Triffids', 'Chocky' and 'The Midwich Cuckoos', Wyndham hated the term science fiction, lived a rather unusual private life and only ever gave one television interview - which is included here for our enjoyment and edification. Sounds a corker!

BBC4, 9pm Sunday Aviation Archive Weekend Discovery Wings premiere of a three part series charting the history of British aviation from the 1940s through to the 1960s. Each decade is conveniently packaged in hour-long programmes and you can gorge yourself on all three tonight. I must say that all the back to back scheduling so popular on the satellite channels can't be any good for those suffering medical conditions exacerbated by spending too long sitting down. I shall say no more.

Discovery Wings, 9pm-12 midnight Monday Eastenders Ruby is worried her dad may have a split personality. Stacey fears for Ruby's welfare and urges her to confront Johnny.

Alfie is shocked by Nana and Pat warns Billy not to get his hopes up. Yep, you guessed it, readers, the cheerless farrago that is Eastenders grinds on remorselessly.

BBC1, 8pm Wednesday More Industrial Revelations The story of engineer Joseph Whitworth who brought about the standardisation of screw threads.

Although not remembered as a great inventor, Whitworth's greatness lay in the huge improvements he made to machine tools such as lathes and drilling machines. Waddaguy.

Discovery Channel, 8.30pm Thursday The Great Stink By creating the London sewerage system Sir Joseph Bazalgette spared Londoners the inconvenience of having to hold their noses all day to avoid the pong. Imagine how productivity must have risen when citizens of the metropolis had both hands available to them.

History Channel, 8pm

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