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The week ahead

Saturday 31 May Inside The Space Station The story of how the resources and co-operation of 16 nations are needed to build the International Space Station. The way the world's going, it's hard to imagine it being done without anyone falling out.

Discovery Science, 9am Monday University Challenge: The Professionals Clergy from Manchester take on lawyers from London.

BBC2, 8pm Britain's Best Buildings Dan Cruickshank investigates Durham Cathedral, a structure as puzzling the pyramids says the blurb.

BBC2, 8.30pm Wednesday Pavement to Penthouse In the mood for a lecture of the enlightening kind? Then why not mosey along to London's Victoria & Albert museum and listen to author Gregory Votolato discuss the form and function of the skyscraper and its mythological status. Those of a certain age may recall that Penthouse and Pavement was the title of an album by synth-pop meastros Heaven 17 way back in 1981. Is there any connection? Probably not, but I just thought I'd mention it. If the idea of a lecture doesn't grab you, the museum is host to an Art Deco exhibition until 20 July. Lecture tickets £8.50 Tel: (020) 7942 2209 Victoria & Albert Museum Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL www. vam. ac. uk Thursday Material World Quentin Cooper takes a look at the future of space travel and the possibilities of cryogenics as he previews the Cheltenham Festival of Science. Those attracted to the festival theme of time and space can find out more on www. It runs from 4 to 8 June BBC Radio 4, 4.30pm New Books Making The Metropolis Stephen Halliday's latest tome on Victorian London celebrates the designers, builders and engineers who designed and constructed the city. The story is told through the lives of eight men who helped create the capital, and they are:

John Nash, Marc Brunel, Thomas Cubitt, Sir Charles Barry, Sir Joseph Paxton, Alfred Waterhouse, Sir Joseph Bazalgette and Sir Edward Watkin. A roll call of the great and the good if ever there was one. You can get a copy direct from Breedon Books, tel (01332) 384235, £19.99 ISBN 1 85983 357 8 If you know of events, exhibitions, books, programmes or websites that ought to be included in Foresight, contact Karl Thompson, tel (020) 7505 6682, e-mail karl. thompson@ construct. emap. com

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