Thursday 19 November 2009
European leaders are due to arrive in Brussels in the next few hours to select a president with the announcement later tonight. The prevailing mood among EU leaders appears to be for a low-profile chairman rather than a more charismatic president with international connections.. What does the choice - and the way it is being arrived at - tell us about the new Europe of 2009 and beyond? The same old backstairs deals? David Grossman is in Brussels for us.
Hamid Karzai has been sworn in as Afghan president for a second elected term, saying he wants Afghan forces in charge of the nation within five years. Our Diplomatic Editor Mark Urban will be explaining why he now sees a much clearer picture emerging of how much longer our troops will need to be there.
Jon Kay is in the Wiltshire town of Wooton Bassett, famous now as part of the final journey for Britain's fallen in Afghanistan. What do the people there think of the town's loyal tradition of honouring fallen servicemen and the focus on it as a place of national mourning?
And Robin Denselow meets a group of disabled musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The band, Staff Benda Bilili (which means 'open your mind, look beyond appearances') all suffered from polio as children, but their disabilities have not stopped them taking their music from Kinshasa to Europe where they have been wowing audiences on their tour.
And David Ginola and Dara O Briain will be discussing the Thierry Henry hand ball that sent France past Ireland and into the World Cup.
Do join Gavin for all that and more at 10.30pm on BBC Two.