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The week ahead


Friday 3 May Elegant solutions Discovery Sci Trek shadows engineers working in disaster zones.

8pm Saturday 4 May FA Cup Final Watch Arsenal v Chelsea and marvel at the engineering wonder of the stadium and the engineering disaster of the transport links.

BBC1 plus Sky Sports 2. Kick off 3pm.

Sunday 5 May Auf Wiedersehen Pet Remember the construction workers who camped out on a German building site during the 1980s? Oz, Barry and mates are older, fatter and saggier, and back in the UK dismantling the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge.

They're flogging it to an American client (who probably thinks he's buying Tower Bridge). Hapless Barry is running an import-export business which, unbeknown to him, is the front for a drugs smuggling scam.

BBC1, 9pm Tuesday 7 May Concrete in film Not a new cinematic genre, but a flick through 20th century film in search of directors who really understood the poetry of concrete.

Architectural historian Adrian Forty takes to the lectern. Royal Institute of British Architects, London, 6.30pm.

Details from gallery@inst. riba. org or (020) 7307 3699.

Thursday 9 May Ultra science: survival in the deep 'It's the last frontier of human exploration and it covers almost three quarters of the earth's surface.' I've got a sinking feeling.

Discovery Sci Trek, 7pm.

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 Panic mechanics Q: Whaddya call a Reliant Rialto with two exhaust pipes? A: A wheelbarrow. Not any more though: Two of the risible three wheelers will be transformed into dragsters hot enough to melt their fibreglass bodywork - if the PR spiel's to be believed.

BBC2, 8pm.

Sunday 12 May Hooligans It's a common belief that the scourge of football hooliganism was stamped out with the advent of all-seater stadia. Hurrah for the engineers who designed 'em.

However they didn't redesign the streets surrounding the stadia, where the hooligans now act out their savagery instead. BBC2 has carried out a major undercover investigation, blah blah blah.

BBC2, 9pm. (See also Cup Final).

Monday 13 May Why and how we age Newcastle University professor of ageing Tom Kirkwood draws together recent discoveries about evolution, genetics, and molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms to explain how and why getting old is such a demoralising process.

Royal Society of Edinburgh, 5.30pm. Free, but ticket required.

Details from (0131) 240 5000.

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