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The week ahead

Foresight

Saturday 23 October Extreme Engineering The Eastern Highland, a vast plateau 360km north-east of Reykjavik, is one of the world's most remote places. It is also the site of a an amazing and audacious engineering challenge - to carve more than 70km of tunnels through solid rock hundreds of metres underground. Follow the intrepid Icelandic tunnel diggers and their TBM on the job of a lifetime.

Discovery Channel, 12 noon The Minoans Did Victorian archaeologist Arthur Evans discover the world's oldest civilisation while in Crete? Historian Bettany Hughes attempts to separate myth from reality.

Channel 4, 7.10pm Monday Britain's Best Buildings The first in a new series of five programmes kicks off with the Palace of Westminster.

BBC2, 7pm Wednesday Alistair Campbell Interviews Bono At the Labour party conference Bono described Tony Blair and Gordon Brown as the John and Paul - meaning Beatles - of politics. As I recall, John Lennon sang Give Peace A Chance, which in light of the last 18 months in Iraq, makes the statement even more ridiculous than it first sounded. In fact, Tony Blair's unswerving insistence that the war has been good for the people of Iraq and has made the world a safer place might make him closer to the Screaming Lord Sutch of politics - and he was a looney.

Only joking Tone, I'm sure you know what you're doing.

Channel 4, 7.30pm The Secret Life Of Phone Numbers Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of phone numbers in the UK. From the first one and two digit numbers at the start of the 20th century, to the end of the electro-mechanical age, interviews and archive recordings illustrate how new technology has rung the changes. Or should that be exchanges?

BBC Radio 4, 11am Inspiration Adam Hart-Davis - for it is he - presents the first of 10 programmes in a new series of the science and innovations quiz.

BBC Radio 4, 1.30pm Thursday Material World Delve into the world of neuroscience as Quentin Cooper reports on the potential dangers to the brain resulting from hypnosis.

BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm Friday Timewatch - The Secrets Of The Mary Rose After 437 years lying at the bottom of Portsmouth Harbour the Mary Rose finally saw the light of day in 1982. Since then, marine archaeologists have been have been pursuing the odds and sods around the wreckage site, yielding such items as kitchen utensils and sailor's bones. But what can a motley collection of Tudor cruet sets and stray metatarsals tell us about the folks of the day? Quite a lot it seems.

BBC2, 9pm The Talking Newspaper Association Those who find difficulty reading normal print might like to know that New Civil Engineer, along with national and local newspapers and other magazines, is available in audio form. For more details contact: TNAUK, National Recording Centre, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 8DB. Tel: (01435) 866102.

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