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Shereen Nanjiani Shereen Nanjiani | 11:05 UK time, Friday, 13 April 2012

Lots of topics to get my panel going this week: the row over tax avoidance and charitable donations, the curious case of the murdered British businessman and the disgraced Chinese politician's wife accused of killing him, and the debate over whether the Bahrain Grand Prix should go ahead, to name a few. I may also get their views on whether filming court cases for TV is a step too far.

And on the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I'll be asking my guests what they think of the media build-up over the last few weeks. Has it, pardon the pun, gone over board? My studio guests are Robert Dawson Scott, Iain MacWhirter, and Kirsty Scott.

My special guest is a man who has led a fascinating life, travelling to some of the world's most exotic places observing nature. Botanist Professor Steve Blackmore talks very movingly of his sadness at seeing so many natural habitats destroyed in his lifetime and his fears for the planet if we don't halt that destruction. As Regius Keeper of Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Gardens, it's his mission to find ways of protecting the biodiversity that sustains humanity and raise our awareness of what we're doing to our planet. He has some worrying predictions for the future if we don't act now.

Tune in on Sunday.


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