A rundown of stories from Tuesday 5 February, including programme highlights and comment.
Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
In today's programme
Senior cabinet ministers have appealed to Conservative MPs to back gay marriage ahead of a Commons vote. The Ministry of Defence has been accused of "flawed" decision-making over its choice of fighter planes for its new aircraft carriers. And how much will UK water bills be going up?
0855Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar will be the Radio 4 Book at Bedtime next week, and they'll be discussing it on Open Book this Sunday.
Andrew Wilson, author of Mad Girl's Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted, and Maeve O'brien, a final year Phd student specialising in Plath, discuss her work.
0851The city of Homs has seen some of the worst fighting in Syria over the past two years. More than one third of the estimated 60,000 deaths over the past two years have taken place in Homs. We've heard much about the fighting and the killing that's going on - but how are people surviving there? The BBC's Lina Sinjab reports from Homs.
Chris Huhne's relationship with his son Peter has been revealed in a series of text messages read out to the court as he battled to have the case thrown out. Carla Buzasi, editor of the Huffington Post website in the UK, and Helen Lewis, assistant editor of the new statesman, discuss their publication. Clive Coleman, BBC legal affairs correspondent, gives analysis.
0841Reg Presley, the lead singer of the 1960s rock band the Troggs, has died at the age of 71 after a battle with lung cancer. Martin Talbot, the managing director of The Official Charts Company, pays tribute to the band.