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The week ahead


Saturday 8 May Restoration - The Story Continues Once again BBC viewers get the opportunity to vote for a crumbling entity long past its prime and ready for rejuvenation. But enough of Michael Parkinson - he's off to ITV and will probably interview Billy Connolly every week of the year from the same graveyard that Des Lynam's now broadcasting from. In fact, readers, it is the return of the series that last year saw £3.5M awarded to Victoria Baths in Manchester, saving it from ignominious ruin. Griff Rys Jones launches the new series with a look at 21 buildings ripe for the rescue.

BBC2, 9.25pm Sunday Global Business In China - Building Site It is estimated that half the concrete poured in the world last year was poured in China. Peter Day talks to those involved in the Chinese construction boom, as cities all over country are transformed and Beijing prepares for the 2008 Olympics.

BBC World Service, 6.30pm Monday Building The Ultimate This week it's stadiums - or stadia if you're so inclined - and a look at designs ranging from the Colosseum in Rome to the iconic structures of today. Would you believe there is a feature on the new Arsenal stadium in this very issue? Penned by NCE's own Andrew Bolton, bona fide news hound and assiduous news editor;

turn to page 22 for the latest on the Gunners' new home. The fact that that Andy is an Arsenal fan played no part in him being chosen to write the piece.

Channel 5, 8pm Tuesday Submarine Disaster Investigates the design flaws that blighted submarines during the Cold War.

Channel 5, 8pm Routemasters First of five programmes celebrating some of the famous, nay classic, designs that have shaped the highways of this sceptred isle. Designers, typographers and psychologists - step forward the ubiquitous Dr Raj Persaud - consider anything from the road sign to the roundabout to the green man.

BBC Radio 4, 9.30am Wednesday The British Soap Awards 2004 Or maybe spend the next two and a half hours more productively by archiving a collection of toe nail clippings.

ITV, 8pm Thursday The Material World The mathematical representation of uncertainty - sometimes known as white noise - is being applied by scientists to weather models with the aim of providing more accurate forecasts.

Quentin Cooper wonders if this will finally do away with the sort of 'Doris Stokes does climate change' moment which occurred in 1987 when Michael Fish laughed off the prospect of a hurricane. Mind you, one thing's always certain - if it's a Bank Holiday it's sure to rain.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Book update A few weeks ago Foresight mentioned a book called Water Under The Bridge by Jo Parker, a fascinating account of her time as an engineer in Afghanistan. Alas, some of you have had difficulty obtaining the said tome, so if you have tried and failed please try Jo's publishing company direct.

Tel: (01923) 774 313 www. watershedpublishing. com

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