Thursday 11 June 2009
Here's what is coming up on tonight's programme:
From the web team:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a swine flu pandemic - the first global flu epidemic in 41 years - amid climbing infection rates in the US, Europe, Australia and South America.
The WHO has ratcheted up its threat level because swine flu virus is spreading in at least two regions of the world.
However, experts have been keen to stress that the move does not necessarily indicate that the virus is causing more severe illness or more deaths.
The UK government's chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson has told the BBC that a pandemic declaration would not significantly change the way the UK is dealing with swine flu.
So what does the declaration mean? What practical measures will result from this decision? And how worried should we be?
Our Science editor Susan Watts is in Geneva, where the WHO crisis talks have been taking place, to find out.
Also, we have an interview with Bill Gates.
In June 2008 Mr Gates stepped down from his full time role at computer giant Microsoft - the company he founded - in order to concentrate on his philanthropic work.
Kirsty has spoken to him about that work, the importance of maintaining foreign aid in a recession and Gordon Brown's future prospects.
And talking of Gordon Brown, a focus group from Reading have been telling us what they think of his premiership and how other senior Labour figures compare.
Are they right when they declare Lord Mandelson "the Arthur Daley of politics"?
Join Kirsty for all that and more at 10.30pm on BBC Two.