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The week ahead

Foresight

Saturday 15 January Serious Arctic Eight teenage volunteers begin a three-week stint in the Canadian Arctic helping scientists collect data on global warming. But how will the youngsters adapt to their Arctic role- Alas, for those readers hoping that 2005 might herald an improvement on Foresight's dismal puns, it may well prove to be a barren year. First of six programmes.

CBBC Channel, 2pm Sunday Engineering The Impossible A look at developments in construction techniques, including quake-resistant buildings and computercontrolled materials.

Discovery Channel, 4pm Monday Cathedral - Flood at Winchester Winchester Cathedral is a truly fine building. The decision to build it on a boggy swamp was not so marvellous and by the early 1900s its foundations were waterlogged and prospects looked grim. Step forward then premier engineers of the day Fox & Son - famous for Crystal Palace and London Underground - and diver William Walker in particular. Walker was the only person able to work in the flooded trenches below the cathedral walls. This is the story of how he saved the day while, no doubt, getting himself into the good books of the Almighty.

BBC2, 7pm Tuesday How Did They Build That?

Defence: Use Of Mass The principle of building big exemplified by a Scottish courtyard castle with walls up to 12 feet thick.

Discovery Science, 8.30pm Thursday Material World Will today's skyscrapers one day lie abandoned and derelict as the Mayan temples and Angkor Wat do now- Quentin Cooper talks to Pulitzer prize-winning scientist Jared Diamond about the collapse of societies and the reasons for their failure. Doom it may concern.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Great Scientists: Galileo Dr Allen Chapman looks at the life and work of the great astronomer and physicist.

Discovery Science, 8pm Book The Science of Saving Venice Published for the Venice in Peril Fund, Caroline Fletcher's and Jane Da Mosta's book brings together current scientific thinking on flood prevention in the great city. A pressing issue too - 100 years ago St Mark's Square flooded less than 10 times a year compared to 60 times a year since the year 2000. The Venice in Peril website is at:

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