As it happened: Thursday's Today programme

Key points

  • Follow Thursday's Today programme with Sarah Montague and James Naughtie.
  • Including: UN officials describe alleged chemical weapons attacks which Syria's opposition says killed hundreds near Damascus were a 'serious escalation'.
  • Only half of all seven year olds do the minimum recommended amount of physical activity, according to the BMJ and is being an only child bad for you?
  • Comment and join in with the debate on our Facebook page or by using the #r4today hashtag on Twitter.

Live text


  • Sarah Bell 
  • Ed Ram 

Last updated 22 August 2013


Good morning. Sarah Montague and James Naughtie are presenting Thursday's programme, live on Radio 4 until 0900. We will bring you live coverage of the programme plus full reaction. Listen live on the iPlayer here.


A boy, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, is treated at a medical center in the Damascus suburbs of Saqba. A boy, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, is treated at a medical center in the Damascus suburbs of Saqba.

Syria: UN weapons inspectors in Syria are trying to access to the scene of what's said to have been a catastrophic chemical weapons attack - but Russian and Chinese opposition on the Security Council in New York blocked a statement that would have demanded access for them. Read the latest report and watch film said to be from Damascus.


Syria: Dr Mohammed Najjar, of the opposition group the Syrian National Coalition, says: "the world is still carelessly watching babies and children being slaughtered".


Syria: Dr Mohammed Najjar says there was "absolutely no doubt" the Syrian regime was responsible for the alleged attack as noone else had the capability of committing it.


Coming up before 0800: Will Egypt's Hosni Mubarak be released on bail, GCSEs results: what to expect, and are children getting enough exercise?


Coming up before 0900: International reaction to Syria chemical weapons allegations, the Bo Xi Lai trial in China and is being an only child unhealthy?


Sarah Montague

Here's Sarah in the studio at New Broadcasting House on a rainy Thursday morning in central London. Remember you can join in the discussion on Twitter, using the #r4today hashtag.


Lucy Matthews

tweets: Khalid Abdallah's interview was so full of emotion it was hard to listen to #r4today


Annemarie Wyley

tweets: @BBCr4today played clip of kids screaming/doctor describing what he witnessed. And toothless UN does nothing. Nauseating #Syria