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You might think that with only 121 days to go until the Olympics, professional athletes would be the only ones sweating and stretching in preparation for 2012. But actually, schools around the UK are going to be the first to test out the Olympic Park in this year's School Games. Two of the athletes backing the Games are Olympic Gold medal sprinter, Darren Campbell and Paralympic Double Gold Medallist, Ellie Simmonds - who was a School Games competitor back in 2006.
They may be a bit ugly and possibly a bit scary but bats are actually just 'misunderstood'. And that's all going to change as a new campaign is launched to make this the year of the bat. Despite being a protected species, the number of bats has fallen over the years due to intensive farming and pesticides in hedgerows. Wildlife presenter Kate Humble is backing the campaign and came into Breakfast to tell us more.
Back in 1996 the idea that viewers would be interested in the work of a forensic pathology team might have been strange, yet audiences were fascinated and gripped by the BBC crime thriller Silent Witness. This Sunday the award-winning series returns for its fifteenth season. Actress Emilia Fox - who plays pathologist Dr Nikki Alexander - joined Bill and Louise to talk about the new series.
They're Britain's hottest musical export and now One Direction are making history. Liam, Harry, Niall, Louis and Zayn have become the first ever British group to get a number one in America with their debut album. The likes of Take That, Coldplay and EVEN the Beatles have never achieved such transatlantic success so early in their careers. Radio One's Scott Mills came into Breakfast to give us an idea about what's finally given the boys the X Factor?
Engelbert Humperdinck is one of the best known names in music and in a couple of months time he'll be representing the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. He joined Bill and Louise on the sofa this morning to discuss his preparations for this years competition.
Marlon Roudette has enjoyed massive chart success all over Europe and now he's hoping to match that here at home. He's been particularly popular in Germany - where last year his single became the longest running number one single by a British artist for thirty years. He talked about his plans to make it big in the UK.
Finally, BBC Breakfast said goodbye to sport presenter Chris Hollins. We took a lo
At yesterday's TV and Radio Industry Awards (TRICS) our very own Sian Williams and Carol Kirkwood both picked up awards. Sian won for best newscaster and Carol was named best weather presenter.
Since 1976 the Prince's Trust has been working with young people who have struggled at school, been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. To date, the charity has helped more than 650,000 young people. Tonight, the Trust will hold its annual Celebrate Success awards ceremony, recognising the achievements of disadvantaged young people from across the UK. Mike Crone is one of the year's finalists. He joined us this morning along with one of the ambassadors of the charity, actor Adam Deacon.
Richard Gordon's classic series of Doctor novels have been given numerous makeovers over the years. The most famous was probably Doctor In The House which was turned into a film and a popular TV series. But now, there's another incarnation - a stage play starring comedian Joe Pasquale and Holby City's Robert Powell - who joined us this morning to tell us more about the play.
Between them, The Four Tops and The Temptations have been in showbiz for over 100 years! They've had hits with My Girl, Loco in Acapulco, Papa Was a Rollin' Stone and I Can't Help Myself. Both bands performed for us this morning, and Otis Williams and Ron Tyson - from The Temptations - and Duke Fakir and Lawrence Payton Junior - from the Four Tops - joined Bill and Sian on the sofa to talk about their upcoming UK tour.
It's been 15 years since the release of their million-selling debut album All Change, and 10 years since they split up, but now Britpop band Cast are back together. Lead singer and guitarist John Power came in to tell us about reunions, going back on tour and the band's new album 'Troubled Times'.
The Globe Theatre in London will host a festival this summer to celebrate our greatest ever playwright - Shakespeare. All 37 of his plays will be performed in 37 different languages by theatre companies from across the world. Charlie and Susanna were joined by festival director Tom Bird and Joseph Abuk, from the South Sudanese Theatre Company.
Adele says The Civil Wars are the best live act she has ever seen and last month they picked up two Grammy awards - singer-songwriters John Paul White and Joy Williams performed live on the sofa.
It's been a good year for comedian Jack Whitehall - he's starred in the comedy series Fresh Meat, just filmed an appearance for The Secret Policeman's Ball and has his own comedy series - all by the tender age of 23. Jack was all over the sofa with Charlie and Susanna this morning!
Aneurin Barnard was recently on our screens playing David Bailey in the BBC drama We'll Take Manhattan. His latest role is as a student in Hunky Dory. Set in the heat of the summer of 1976, the film follows a teacher's ambitious attempt to put on a musical version of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' set to songs by David Bowie and Lou Reed.
There aren't many bands from the punk rock era that have stuck around, but The Stranglers are an exception. They've had a few line-up changes along the way, but they've just released a new album, Giants, and are getting ready for a European tour. JJ Burnel and Baz Warne from the band were on the sofa to tell us more.
John Cusack is one of America's most versatile actors. His brat pack status in the Eighties was off-set by a wide range of roles in films such as Being John Malkovich and Grosse Point Blank. In his latest project, The Raven, John portrays poet Edgar Allan Poe in a fictionalised account of the last days of his life.
Our Entertainment Correspondent Lizo Mzimba was at last night's Brits at the O2 in London where Adele stole the spotlight winning two awards. The singer Maverick Sabre and DJ Huw Stephens were also there and they joined us today with all the gossip. Maverick's album Lonely are the Brave is out now.
John Maguire went behind the scenes for Breakfast at a costume maker's workshop where many of the outfits for Jane Eyre and Anonymous were made by hand. Both films have been nominated for a Best Costume Design Oscar.
The Comedian Kevin Bridges first stepped into a comedy club at the age of seventeen now just six years later he's performing to thousands in pack arenas. Kevin's new show explores the stories behind his stand up material. What's the Story continues tonight on BBC One at 10:45pm
A teacher at a sixth form college in Norfolk has got into trouble for telling a pupil who hoped to go to Cambridge that he would have a more enjoyable time if he got C grades and went to Bangor University. Vic Goddard, who's the headteacher of Passmores Academy from Educating Essex, and self-confessed pushy mum Anna May Mangan came into Breakfast to discuss the issue.
Tommy Fleming has been called the Voice of Ireland. He's celebrating 20 years in the music industry this year - and his career has included six months as an aid worker in Africa and a horrific car accident. Tommy was on the sofa to tell us about his latest UK tour.
Will you be saying hello to your neighbour when you leave home this morning? Do you even know the name of the person next door? A third of us don't, according to new study by the Ordnance Survey. Shiv Malik is an author and journalist and Nina Whittaker runs a communities website, they spoke to the presenters this morning about whether we've lost our community spirit.
Do you think much about what you put in your supermarket trolley? You might give it more thought after watching a new programme called Britain's Favourite Supermarket Foods. The show looks at the health powers of the humble cup of tea and reveals some surprising facts about baked beans. Presenter Cherry Healey joined Bill and Susanna to tell us more.
Best selling author Joanna Trollope is about to release her 17th novel, The Soldier's Wife. In it, she explores how one woman copes with her husband's return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan as he struggles to adjust to family life. She came in to the studio to tell Bill and Sian how she researched the book.
Juan Zelada got his big break by impressing one restaurant owner so much he gave up his day job to concentrate on helping him secure a record deal. Now Juan is no longer performing to wedding guests and cruise ship travellers, instead he's about to tour the UK and his debut album, 'High Ceilings and Collarbones', is out soon.
To some it's just a way of greeting people, but to others being called 'love' or 'darling' can be offensive. Bus drivers in Brighton and Hove are being warned not to use these words after one passenger complained she felt insulted when a driver called her "babe". Liz Brewer, an expert on etiquette and Bill Hussein, publisher of lifestyle magazine Notion, came into Breakfast to talk about the pitfalls of terms of endearment.
This week sees the start of ' Inside Men ', a drama that follows three employees of a security depot as they plan and execute a multi-million pound heist. Steven Mackintosh plays the manager and Ashley Walters plays one of the guards.
He beat off competition from the bookies' favourite and the poet laureate to win his first major award. Last night Andrew Miller's sixth book, Pure, won Costa Book of the Year. It's set in a graveyard in Paris in the years leading up to the French Revolution and was praised by the judges as representing the era vividly. Andrew came into Breakfast this morning to tell us more.
You might never have heard of a Slow Loris but a clip on YouTube shows why it's becoming so appealing to own one as a pet. Despite it being illegal to own one, the clip has been seen by nearly ten million people and could be part of the reason for a rise in demand. Nature film maker DrAnna Nekaris explained why their popularity could also lead to their demise.
What present would you get the Queen for her diamond jubilee? The Duchess of Cornwall has gone for something a little bit different. She's asking school children to think of a special meal that will be served to the Queen at Buckingham Palace in June. But it's not the first time that a dish has been created in her honour. Rob Rees, who's cooked for the Queen in the past, and Kate Williams, a royal historian, sat down with the presenters to help give us some culinary advice.
It's been pretty hard to get tickets for the Olympics. So imagine if you've been lucky enough to get some but have since found out that babies have to have their own tickets, even if they were conceived after you bought them. Katie O'Donovan is from the website Mumsnet, which has been inundated with complaints about the policy. She was on the sofa this morning with Katie Hopkins, a former Apprentice contestant and mum of three.
He's perhaps best known for playing JD in the American comedy series Scrubs, but now actor Zach Braff is preparing for his UK theatre debut. He's starring in a comedy that he wrote himself about a troubled 35-year-old man and it's already been a huge success on Broadway. Bill and Sian spoke to Zach about the new play, All New People.
Race goers heading to this year's Ascot meeting in June are being told they must stick to a more modest dress code. Women's skirts and dresses should fall just above the knee or longer, while men are expected to wear morning dress with waistcoats and black shoes or a suit. Nick Smith from Ascot Racecourse and Ascot regular Lizzie Cundy came into Breakfast to talk about the new dress code.
Television dramas about crime often wrap up cases very neatly. But in the new series of Law and Order:UK, the lead character DS Ronnie Brooks is left questioning his judgement on a murder investigation he worked on years ago. The case has raised its ugly head again thanks to a stranger's death bed confession. But DS Brooks convicted the victim's father of the killing years ago. Bradley Walsh, who plays Ronnie, was on the sofa to tell us more.
Over the years many famous musicians and singers have been born and raised in Harlem but not many opera singers. Our next guest Noah Stewart was. He is one of the fastest rising tenors in the world and has been tipped by many to become opera's next superstar.
Welcome back. She's probably best known as Beth Lacey, one half of the legendary New York detective team, Cagney and Lacey. But now Tyne Daly is planning on walking the boards in the West End. During a three month stint, she'll be giving her portrayal of the opera singer Maria Callas in a production called The Master Class.
As one of England's cricket stars, Andrew Flintoff was considered a good luck charm and someone who played not only with great skill and talent but also with huge enjoyment. But away from the pitch, Andrew began to struggle with what he later realised was depression. He's now explored the illness in a new BBC documentary.
Should public money be used to fund movies which few people watch and don't make any profit? That's one of the questions considered by a government review of the film industry, parts of which have been released today. It recommends that the priority for handing out funds should be for mainstream films and commercial successes. Director Ken Loach was on the sofa to talk about whether the change will stop some movies from being made.
Stories about the British Royal Family have enthralled cinema audiences over the past 12 months. Last year the King's Speech won four Oscars and seven BAFTA awards. Now Madonna is hoping another royal tale will be a hit at the box office. She's directed W.E. - the story inspired by the romance between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. Andrea Riseborough plays the American divorcée, and she joined Bill and Sian in the studio.
CBeebies Mr Bloom - Ben Faulks joined us on the sofa to talk about the new series of Mr Bloom's Nursery. This goes out on January 9th on CBeebies.
The writer Matthew Graham and the actor Ukweli Roach joined us to talk about their new series - Eternal Law - which returns to ITV 1 tomorrow night at 9pm.
This is time of year when many people are focused on looking after their bodies better...but perhaps the mind should receive similar attention? Today we talked to Dr Danny Penman, author of "Mindfulness - A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World," and our culture correspondent, David Sillito who has been finding out if mind over matter really can help improve pain and depression.
Dame Anne Leslie and Michael White - two political writers who followed Lady Margaret Thatcher closely talked to BBC Breakfast about the Iron Lady. The film - Iron Lady hits the screen on Friday with actress Meryl Streep already wowing critics with her portrayal of the former Prime Minister.