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Comedy of the Week
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Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Sindhu Vee.
 
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The Infinite Monkey Cage
Monthly
 
Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince
 
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Thought for the Day
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Reflections from a faith perspective on issues and people in the news.
 
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In Our Time
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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
 
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Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
 
Download the best new comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and The Museum of Curiosity.
 
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Beyond Belief
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Series exploring the place and nature of faith in today's world
 
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BBC Inside Science
Weekly
 
Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.
 
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More or Less: Behind the Stats
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Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
 
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Desert Island Discs
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Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Kirsty Young invites her guests to share the soundtrack of their lives.
 
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Inside Health
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Dr Mark Porter demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of regular contributor GP Margaret McCartney
 
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Money Box
Monthly
 
The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.
 
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From Our Own Correspondent Podcast
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Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.
 
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The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry
 
Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.
 
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The Food Programme
Weekly
 
Investigating every aspect of the food we eat
 
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Seriously...
Weekly
 
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
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The Life Scientific
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Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them and asking what their discoveries might do for mankind
 
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Thinking Allowed
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New research on how society works
 
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Word of Mouth
Monthly
 
Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them
 
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Short Cuts
Monthly
 
Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long
 
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Drama of the Week (feat. POD PLAYS)
Monthly
 
Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.
 
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Analysis
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Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics
 
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The Archers
Daily
 
Contemporary drama in a rural setting
 
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In Our Time: Culture
Rare
 
Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.
 
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The Briefing Room
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David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news
 
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Woman's Hour
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The programme that offers a female perspective on the world
 
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In Our Time: Science
Monthly
 
Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.
 
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The Archers Omnibus
Weekly
 
The week's events in Ambridge
 
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The Bottom Line
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Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters
 
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Front Row
Daily
 
Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music
 
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The Untold
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Grace Dent presents a series documenting the untold dramas of 21st-century Britain.
 
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Four Thought
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Series of thought-provoking talks in which the speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society
 
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Great Lives
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Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
 
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Books and Authors
Weekly
 
This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.
 
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Crossing Continents
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Series focusing on foreign affairs issues
 
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Home Front
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Drama serial tracking the fortunes of a group of characters on the home front as they try to maintain normality while Britain is involved in the First World War.
 
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The World Tonight
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In depth reporting, intelligent analysis and major breaking news from a global perspective
 
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Costing the Earth
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Programme looking at man's effect on the environment and how the environment reacts, questioning accepted truths, challenging those in charge and reporting on progress towards improving the world
 
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Moral Maze
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Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze
 
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Any Questions? and Any Answers?
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Any Questions? with Jonathan Dimbleby: topical debate in which guests from politics, business, science, arts and the media answer questions from members of the public. BBC Radio 4
 
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Best of Today
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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme
 
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The Reith Lectures
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Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series
 
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The Film Programme
Weekly
 
The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world
 
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Gardeners' Question Time
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A panel of horticultural experts answer gardening questions from a live audience. Recorded in a different location each week
 
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Radio 4 Quiz
Daily+
 
Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.
 
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In Our Time: Religion
Rare
 
Discussion of religious movements and the theories and individuals behind them.
 
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Bookclub
Monthly
 
Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels
 
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Start the Week
Monthly+
 
Weekly discussion programme, setting the cultural agenda every Monday
 
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A Point of View
Weekly
 
A weekly reflection on a topical issue
 
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David Baddiel Tries to Understand
 
David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.
 
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File on 4
Monthly+
 
Award-winning current affairs documentary series investigating major issues at home and abroad
 
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Carolyn Quinn and guests discuss the budget, Brexit and changes to the law on gender.
 
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The Archers
 
There is a shock in store for Christine, and Lynda has reservations.
 
Zimbabwe's president to address nation. He'll be impeached, unless he resigns. Chancellor promises to help first-time home buyers, in budget on Wednesday. Ankara bans LGBT events.
 
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Books and Authors
 
Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel A Visit From The Goon Squad. Her new book Manhattan Beach is set largely during the Second World war, her heroine is the first ever female diver employed to mend warships. She talks to Mariella Frostrup about turning her hand to historical fiction, and her literary interest in twins. Also on th ...…
 
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The Food Programme
 
The number of young people turning vegan is rising. Grace Dent meets some of the people opening vegan eateries and finds out how creatives are using social media to further the "vegangelical" cause. Grace goes to the Hackney Downs Vegan Market to speak to Jay Brave who argues that adopting a vegan diet is as much about personal autonomy and cha ...…
 
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Desert Island Discs
 
Micky Flanagan found mainstream success as a comedian in 2007 with his autobiographical 'What Chance Change?' show at the Edinburgh fringe, where he was nominated as best newcomer. Raised in the East End of London, he left school at 15 with no qualifications and followed his dad into work as a fish porter at Billingsgate fish market. When he qu ...…
 
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Broadcasting House
 
Sunday morning magazine programme with news and conversation about the big stories of the week. Presented by Paddy O'Connell.
 
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The Archers Omnibus
 
What is distracting Lilian? Alan prays for some community spirit.
 
Presenter Dermot O'Leary tells five stories of his favourite birds, starting with an adventure birdwatching in Scotland and finishing with an industrious garden visitor.Producer: Tom Bonnett
 
Writer Mark Vernon has been to see the Roman Temple of Mithras that has been restored in the City of London. He joins Edward to discuss who the deity Mithras was and what the cult's followers believed. While many Hindus avoid eating beef because they consider the cow as sacred - milk and clarified butter are regularly used in religious worship. ...…
 
Mudbound, is a searing look at prejudice set in the Jim Crow deep south of the United States shortly after WW2Network is a new production at The National Theatre in London. It's an adaptation of the 1976 Oscar-winning film about a TV anchorman who announces that he's "mad as hell and not going to take it anymore" which appalls then delights and ...…
 
After the Zimbabwean army moved against Robert Mugabe this week, one man has been hotly tipped to succeed him. The former Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, portrays himself to the west as a free-market enthusiast who could change the fortunes of Zimbabwe. But 'The Crocodile', as Mnangagwa is nicknamed, has been at Mugabe's side since the inde ...…
 
Huge crowds of Zimbabweans have spent the day on the streets of their capital -- in a mood of excited celebration -- to increase the pressure on Robert Mugabe to relinquish power.
 
Sonequa Martin Green talks about her experiences of being a woman of colour in Hollywood and playing a lead role in the latest Star Trek series.Paloma Faith talks about her new album The Architect and her experiences as a new mother.The number of older women dying from alcohol related illnesses continues to rise. We discuss with GP Dr Philippa ...…
 
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Any Questions? and Any Answers?
 
Your say on the issues discussed on Any Questions? Presented by Anita Anand.
 
Parents who use two government childcare schemes tell Money Box about a problem they fear is putting their children at risk of losing their nursery places. It happens when they go online to reconfirm their continued eligibility for either the tax-free childcare top up scheme or for 30 hours free childcare. After receiving a successful confirmat ...…
 
Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate from Brooksbank School in Elland, Yorkshire.
 
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The Week in Westminster
 
George Parker of the Financial Times weighs the mood on Brexit. He consults on next week's Budget and on Lords reform. And why do some politicians resist saying sorry? Editor: Peter Mulligan.
 
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From Our Own Correspondent Podcast
 
Is this the end of the Mugabe era? Kate Adie introduces correspondents' stories from around the world. “Which version of reality would you like to read today?” Andrew Harding is asked as he’s offered a selection of newspapers in Zimbabwe. Gabriel Gatehouse has been reporting on conflict for more than a decade but the plight of the Rohingya in M ...…
 
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Today in Parliament
 
Mark D'Arcy reports from Westminster.
 
As regional branches of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party join growing calls for President Robert Mugabe to resign, we speak to the head of an election monitoring group in Zimbabwe who argues rushing to get rid of Mugabe is not the answer. As Lebanon's prime minister leaves Saudi Arabia for France, we hear how Beirut's Sunni community feels about ...…
 
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Home Front - Omnibus
 
The first omnibus of Season 12, Giddy with Possibility, set in Tynemouth, in the week, in 1917, when the Finnish Parliament declared their independence from Russia.Written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz Directed by Jessica DromgooleStory-led by Shaun McKennaSound: Martha LittlehailesComposer: Matthew StrachanConsultant Historian: Maggie Andrews.…
 
The Italians are calling it the apocalypse. Their team has failed to make it to the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. But it is about more than just national pride - there is a financial cost too. Some have suggested that it will cost FIFA $100m. Is this really true? We speak to sports writer Graham Dunbar who has been counting how much ...…
 
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A Point of View
 
Will Self on how wearing glasses has become something that is entirely unremarkable. "Nowadays the acquisition of glasses", he writes, "is simply another opportunity for the conspicuous consumption we've all become so very expert at". But he says there are drawbacks to seeing too clearly. He suggests that a National No Glasses Day might be an i ...…
 
Fenella Fielding's most famous moment is in Carry on Screaming as she reclines seductively on a couch in a red velvet dress, asks Harry H Corbett "Do you mind if I smoke?" and steam billows. The line gives the title to her memoir, co-authored with Simon McKay. On her 90th birthday, she reminisces about playing Hedda Gabler, being a foil to More ...…
 
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The Archers
 
Can Toby and Pip reach an accord? Christine is in a holiday mood.
 
Theresa May told she must deliver "much more progress" if trade talks are to begin soon
 
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Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
 
Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis re-cap the week via topical stand-up and sketches with guests Darren Harriott, Sophie Willan, Jake Yapp, Gemma Arrowsmith and food critic William Sitwell.Produced by Victoria LloydA BBC Studios Production
 
Fi and Jane are joined by broadcaster and restaurant critic, Grace Dent, to discuss the perils of being a food critic. Clare Balding and Alice Arnold also join the ladies.
 
Matthew Bannister onLord Hutchinson of Lullington, the barrister who appeared in many celebrated cases, including defending the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover and the director of the play Romans In Britain and securing the acquittal of Howard Marks on drug smuggling charges. Linda Nochlin the feminist art historian who wrote a celebrate ...…
 
Roger Bolton speaks to Jon Manel about his series The Adoption and to Sioned Wiliam, Commissioning Editor for Comedy on Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra.This week, the 17-part series that followed two young children through the UK adoption process drew to a close. Listeners wrote in to tell us of their interest and commitment to the series - with some ...…
 
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iPM: We Start With Your Stories
 
A listener on her frosty relationship with her stepmother. iPM is the news programme that starts with its listeners. Email ipm@bbc.co.uk. Twitter: @BBCiPM. Presented by Luke Jones and Eddie Mair. Produced by Emma Close.
 
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Gardeners' Question Time
 
Peter Gibbs and the panel visit Warsash in Hampshire. Chris Beardshaw, Pippa Greenwood and Bunny Guinness answer this week's horticultural questions.The panellists explain how and when to use fresh seaweed in the garden, recommend their favourite grape varieties and share the best way to prune a climbing rose. Also, Peter speaks to Charlotte Sm ...…
 
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Seriously...
 
Protest art in Latin America. A continent-wide commitment by many artists to social activism makes Latin America not just one of the most diverse art scenes in the world - but also one of the most compelling, with music, visual arts and street art calling out injustice, often in the face of discrimination, oppression and impunity. This first of ...…
 
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World at One
 
Analysis of news and current affairs.
 
On this day in 1917, the sculptor, Auguste Rodin, died, and in Tynemouth, it's clear that Lester Reed has been thinking.Written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.
 
Paloma Faith returns after having a baby with a new album The Architect,. She talks to Jenni about how her music is inspired by motherhood and what she calls 'politics with a small p'.With sexual harassment allegations dominating the headlines, how should we be talking to our children about their sexual rights and responsibilities? In a short s ...…
 
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Thought for the Day
 
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The National Infrastructure Commission is calling for a new partnership between Whitehall and local councils to deliver one million new homes across Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Northampton and Cambridge by 2050. The commission’s chairman, Lord Adonis, believes the plan, which includes new fundraising rules, could add £160bn to the national ...…
 
The situation in Yemen is looking increasingly desperate with United Nations humanitarian agencies issuing an urgent new appeal for the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift its blockade on Yemen.They are warning that it is putting the lives of millions in danger. Millions in Yemen have been affected by famine and 300,000 are already suffering from ...…
 
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Drama of the Week (feat. POD PLAYS)
 
A showcase of contemporary Russian writing in three short plays.
 
Electric vehicle maker Tesla has unveiled its first electric truck(Image : Elon Musk on stage with the truck Credit: Reuters)
 
Today MPs launch an inquiry into the future of the UK fishing industry, with the emphasis on the impact of Brexit. At the same time a report by the think tank the New Economics Foundation predicts a bleak outcome for some coastal towns with small fleets. But it's not a view that's shared by the National Federation of Fisherman's Organisations w ...…
 
The dunnock is a newly-appreciated bird in the O'Leary household and as Dermot potters around the garden he admires the work ethic and understated beauty of this industrious little brown bird.Producer: Tom BonnettPhoto: Ian Redman.
 
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Today in Parliament
 
Sean Curran reports from Westminster where MPs back demands, without a vote, for the Government to make immediate changes to its controversial welfare payment, Universal Benefit.An inquiry into a controversial pregnancy test has been denounced as a whitewash and a cover-up by MPs.And Parliament is to have an independent grievance procedure to d ...…
 
President holding talks with military -- and mediators from South Africa.Brexit Secretary, David Davis, urges EU not to put "politics above prosperity" Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri to meet President Macron in Paris on Saturdayand how Belgium has become the focus of the Catalan crisis. (photo - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe accompan ...…
 
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The Bottom Line
 
Are you being served? Where do you shop - online, a department store or one of the large shopping centres around the country? Evan Davis looks at the competitive business of running a mixed retail outlet, or department store, and asks can they survive?GUESTSTony Brown, CEO, Beales Department StoresStacey Cartwright, CEO, Harvey Nichols,David Fi ...…
 
Noel Gallagher, former songwriter and guitarist for Oasis, discusses his new album Who Built The Moon? He tells us why he chose to go solo after the break-up of the band and discusses his ongoing estrangement from his brother Liam. There are tanks on the streets of Harare, from there Togara Muzanenhamo talks about the life, and role, of the poe ...…
 
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The Archers
 
Johnny's tractor runs out of diesel in the middle of nowhere. When Ed stops to help, Johnny's embarrassed to learn that he's effectively poached Ed's job. But Ed still helps him get the tractor running. In return, Johnny promises to tell Adam he hasn't got time to cover all of Ed's work. Emma thinks Ed's too soft hearted. Adam needs to apprecia ...…
 
Zimbabwe president in talks after army seizes control
 
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