Monday 15 February 2010
UPDATE - MORE DETAILS ON TONIGHT'S PROGRAMME
It is day three of the joint Nato-Afghan military operation codenamed Moshtarak.
Military officials say that the operation is succeeding in pushing Taliban fighters from their strongholds in and around Marjah and Nad Ali in Helmand province.
But this progress has not come without a price - three Nato deaths related to the offensive have so far been confirmed, and the operation suffered a setback on Sunday when rockets fired by coalition troops killed 12 civilians.
Tonight, Mark Urban will be giving us his step-by-step guide to how the mission has been unfolding on the ground, and what we can expect to see next.
Also, Parliament is in recess this week, but this close to a General Election there is no sign of a break in the battle for votes.
Conservative leader David Cameron has today renewed a pledge to give public sector workers the chance to form co-operatives to run services.
Mr Cameron said the plan, under which the staff of taxpayer-funded services, such as primary school teachers and nurses, would decide how they were run, would "unleash a new culture of public sector enterprise".
But the Schools Secretary Ed Balls has accused Mr Cameron of using co-operatives as a "gimmick".
Tonight, Jackie Long assesses how Mr Cameron's scheme would work and we debate whether it really is as bold as he says.
Paul Mason has a report on the social impact of the Greek economic crisis - is Greek society undergoing a metamorphosis?
And for all you Dr Who fans out there - scriptwriter writer Andrew Cartmel will be talking about the claims that in the 80s the Time Lord wasn't just battling cybermen and daleks, but Mrs Thatcher too.
ENTRY FROM 1129 GMT
Our Defence editor Mark Urban will be reporting on the progress of Operation Moshtarak, Nato's offensive in southern Afghanistan, which military officials have said is being slowed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by Taliban fighters.
Jackie Long is looking at the Conservatives' renewed pledge to give public sector workers the chance to form co-operatives to run services.
Paul Mason has a report on the social impact of the Greek economic crisis and austerity measures - how is Greek society changing?
More details later.