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The week ahead


Saturday 21 May Match Of The Day FA Cup Final Live If past form is anything to go by, expect a tetchy, spat-filled encounter between holders Manchester United and Arsenal.

Further drama may come from United supporters determined to upset new owner Malcolm Glazer's applecart. But should the fans really be that shocked that someone of Glazer's profiteering calibre should be attracted to the beautiful game?

Overpaid players, greedy agents and clubs flogging overpriced replica kits have been filling their boots for ages, so what's all the fuss about?

BBC1, 1pm (kick-off, 3pm) The Michelangelo Code:

Secrets Of The Sistine Chapel Hot on the heels of the Da Vinci Code's success comes the suggestion that world's most talented painter and decorator imbued his work on a Rome chapel ceiling with myriad hidden meanings.

Channel 4, 7.10pm Sunday Airships The last in the series explains how myriad disasters put paid to airships as a means of passenger transport.

Channel 4, 5.30pm Megastructures Examines the mega bucks engineering work on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, intended to protect the structure from earthquakes.

National Geographic, 8pm Monday Cashier Number Six, Please From the bank cashier's till to the railway platform - everything you ever wanted to know about automated voices.

BBC Radio 4, 8.30pm Wednesday A Short History Of Tall Buildings The series concludes with a look at how the Far East is now leading the world in skyscraper construction. Alan Yentob's travels take him to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Dubai, soon to be the home of the world's tallest building - the Burj Dubai Tower.

BBC1, 10.40pm Super Structures The place: Osaka, Japan. The project: Kansai International Airport.

Discovery Channel, 10pm Thursday In Business - Tall Storeys Peter Day assesses the global construction boom.

BBC Radio 4, 8.30pm Friday Timewatch: The Year Without Summer The world's largest volcanic eruption occurred in Indonesia in 1815. Timewatch looks back at the events and the aftermath.

BBC2, 9pm

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