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The week ahead


Saturday World' Biggest Airliner: Building the Airbus A380 Follows the progress of the monster plane from conception to production.

Channel 4, 7.05pm Between The Ears - Gateshead Multi-Storey Car Park It's no oil painting, folks, but that hasn't stopped the imposing tower constructed in the 1960s getting some arty treatment in what's described as 'musique concrete'. Tape recordings made around the car park and its stairwells complement the voices of architect Owen Luder, the locals who still use it and council officials who believe the concrete behemoth should make way for redevelopment.

Did you know the car park featured in the 1971 film 'Get Carter-' You know, the bit where Michael Caine throws the character played by Bryan Mosley off the top. Mosley went on to play Alf Roberts in Coronation Street, you know. And with groan inducing predictability I say to you: 'and not a lot of people know that.' Moving swiftly on.

BBC Radio 3, 10.15pm Sunday The Lucky Country Sarah MacDonald looks at how the laid back, no worries, Australian image is fast changing, with their travellers more cautious and those at home taking on more workaholic attitudes to their careers. Well, all I can say is that less time for the Australians to practice their cricket can only be good news for the rest of the world. Mind you, what about the Twenty20, eh- Please forgive such flippant banter.

BBC Radio 4, 5.40pm Monday Ferry Across The Mekong A Blue Peter appeal 26 years ago raised enough cash to provide the people of Cambodia with a ferry across the Mekong - although at the time not everyone thought it the best place for such charitable endeavour. Former Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom returns to Cambodia to assess what lasting good the project created.

BBC Radio 4, 8pm Thursday The Material World Quentin Cooper takes a look at the soon to be launched COSMOS 1, a tennis court sized 'solar sail' that looks like a windmill and could be the future of space travel.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm The Race Is On OK, so our tennis players couldn't win a knobbly knees competition but London's bid for the 2012 Olympic Games is still in with a chance and in the first of three programmes Simon White talks to some of those behind the bid and looks at the other contenders. Ken Livingstone, Sebastian Coe and Tessa Jowell are among those kneeling at the altar of hope praying for a sign.

BBC Radio 4, 8pm

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