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The week ahead


Saturday 7 May Match of The Day Highlights from the increasingly tawdry spectacle they call Premiership football. A sport in which Rio Ferdinand's wage demands alone could be one the biggest arguments for Communism since the end of the Cold War.

BBC1, 10.30pm Sunday Airships First of three programmes tracing the rise and fall - no pun intended - of the giant flying machines.

Channel 4, 5.25pm Time Team Special: Steel City The team uncovers some of the harsh realities of the Industrial Revolution.

Channel 4, 6.25pm Monday Monsoon Railway Follows some of the 1.5M workers on India's railway system as it struggles to cope with the rainy season.

With more than 1bn people depending on it, keeping the 150-year-old network going is quite an endeavour. Or as Fred Dibnah might say: 'It seems like bloody hard work to me'.

Over two nights, concluding tomorrow, same time, same place.

BBC4, 9pm Wednesday Imagine: A Short History Of Tall Buildings Alan Yentob presents the first of a three-part appreciation of tall buildings, taking in everything from the mediaeval towers of Gimignano in Italy, right up to the modern day and Foster's 'Gherkin' in London. The technology, those who envisioned the pointy mammoths and the great periods of skyscraper construction are covered. Oh, and since it's Alan Yentob, there's a bit of the old cultural significance malarkey thrown in too.

BBC1, 10.40pm Thursday Material World Communicating science to a wider audience, and the role of fiction in scientific understanding. Quentin Cooper delves.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Friday Global Business - Body Talk Some experts reckon they can tell if a person is suitable for a job just by analysing body movements and body position.

Is this over-generalising tosh or can you use such knowledge to influence the outcome of interviews- Peter Day probes.

BBC World Service, 9.05am Books Testing of Ceramics In Construction Isn't it about time you put down the Da Vinci Code and had a read of something a little more vital and in tune with your inner self- That's right, readers, since we're back at work, how about a thorough analysis of test methods for bricks, tiles and pipes- The ceramics in construction tome covers full scale and model tests, performance and condition of existing structures, plus a look at the future role of IT in materials testing. Edited by Professor Geoff Edgell, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds.

ISBN 1 870325 43 5 £60 from Whittles Publishing www. whittlespublishing. com

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