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The week ahead

Foresight

Saturday 14 May How Did They Build That?

Harnessing Nature's Power A wind turbine in Sweden, dam in Austria and solar furnace France.

Discovery Science, 5.30pm Sunday 15 May Historic Fire Engine Rally Kew plays host to up to a dozen engines dating from the First World War - with fire fighting displays in the afternoon.

Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 0EN.

Tel: (0208) 568 4757 www. kbsm. org Extreme Engineering A whole day's worth of the engineering series - back to back. Widening the Panama Canal, Holland's sea barrier, Hong Kong's airport and tunnelling under the Alps are but a few of the dishes served during the day's feast.

Discovery Channel, 9am to 4pm Monday The Things We Forgot To Remember Michael Portillo - for it is he - examines popular understanding of key moments in history and posits a related but lesser known event he deems of vital significance. Does that make any sense?

BBC Radio 4, 8pm Wednesday An Earth Made For Life II Gabrielle Walker considers our evolutionary past in the first of three programmes.

BBC Radio 4, 9pm A Short History Of Tall Buildings Alan Yentob's appreciation of elevated edifices continues with a look at the architecture of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. Also: how engineers pushed the limits of technology in the skyscraper-fi lled panoramas of New York and Chicago. Urban dwellers' relationships with tall buildings and utopian housing are covered. Highbrow stuff.

BBC1, 10.50pm Thursday Material World Quentin Cooper on some of the hot topics raised by National Allergy Week. Or, the Atishoo! that's in your tissue that's at issue.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Friday Time watch: Britain's Lost Colosseum Archaeologists Tony Wilmott and Dan Garner try to dig up something interesting in Chester city centre.

BBC2, 9pm Engineering Archie - Archie Leitch, Football Ground Designer The second in a series of English Heritage titles to celebrate the nation's sporting history comes from the pen of Simon Inglis, author of Football Grounds Of Britain. This particular tome covers the work of consulting engineer and architect Archibald Leitch, who started designing stadiums in 1899 for the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Glasgow Rangers.

Alas, for the Leitch legacy, stadium requirements post Hillsborough mean only 12 of his creations still exist. Copiously illustrated throughout, the book is an absorbing account of his achievements. Another famous Archibald Leatch changed his name to Cary Grant and went on to star in films by Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock directed Psycho, which happened to be the nickname of footballer Stuart Pearce who played at most of the grounds mentioned in the book. Now, isn't that interesting?

£14.99, published by English Heritage

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