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The week ahead

Foresight

Saturday 10 September Shipwreck Detectives The events that followed the shipwreck of the Batavia in 1629 - the second oldest shipwreck in Australian history - make up a grim tale of mutiny, massacre and executions. The team goes in search of what remains of the fated vessel.

National Geographic, 8pm Sunday Megacities Back to back editions of the infrastructure series - London first with New York to follow.

National Geographic, 9-11pm Megastructures More mega - this time structures and Japan's Akashi Kaikyo bridge - the tallest and most expensive suspension bridge in the world.

National Geographic, 11pm Monday Greatest Ever- Machines It's earthmovers, readers, and the size of large apartment buildings they are too. Marvel at the likes of the RH100 excavator and T282B dump truck.

Channel 5, 8pm Tuesday Between Ourselves - Forensic Archaeology Hello, hello, hello. What's all this then- Professors Margaret Cox and John Hunter explain how their training as archaeologists has been used to assist criminal investigations.

BBC Radio 4, 9am Wednesday Titanic Tech Refreshing take on the famous liner looking at the construction rather than the sinking of the mighty craft.

History Channel, 6pm Thursday Leading Edge Have you ever wondered why they don't serve chips on aeroplanes- Well, apparently, the combination of altitude and air pressure can make some things taste decidedly dodgy while others - coffee for example - are improved. Interesting, eh- Peter Jones dishes up the culinary quirks concerning the catering concocted for the cabin.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm Books Engineering Catastrophes:

Causes and Effects of Major Accidents Through numerous case studies, professor John Lancaster explains how human error and deficient materials can combine to catastrophic effect. Analysis includes events affecting the Piper Alpha oil platform, the R101 airship and the Herald of Free Enterprise ferry.

ISBN 1 84569 016 8 £115 from Woodhead Publishing www. woodheadpublishing. com Tel: (01223) 891358 The Stadium: Architecture for a New Global Culture Author Rod Sheard knows a thing or two about stadiums - he designs them - and his lavishly illustrated and colourful book celebrates the architectural significance of those his firm HOK has had a hand in. Included in the 18 stadia roll call are the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Nanjing Sports Park in China and the Telstra Dome in Australia. How very nice.

ISBN 1 877015 13X £29.99

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