Thursday 9 July 2009
Here's Gavin Esler with what is coming up on tonight's programme:
Heard the one about the leader of the Conservative Party and the former editor of the newspaper affectionately known as "The News of the Screws"?
Well, as of writing this e-mail David Cameron is standing by his press adviser Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor linked today with allegations that reporters on his former newspaper may have been involved in a pattern of telephone bugging and "blagging" - in effect, lying - to obtain stories.
We'll be devoting most of the programme tonight to this bizarre tale.
Why did the police not alert all those whose phones were bugged? What was the Press Complaints Commission up to? And - whatever he is supposed to have done or not done - how exactly does the former editor of the News of the World fit into David Cameron's new Tory party?
And there was much made of the US-Russia talks this week aimed at reducing the two countries' nuclear stockpiles.
But despite all the hoopla in Moscow doesn't the real nuclear threat to world peace come from Iran?
We'll be speaking to the man President Obama calls his "nuclear guy", non-proliferation adviser Dr Gary Samore, about the harsh reality of post-cold war nuclear security.
Join us at 10.30pm on BBC Two.