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Fri 8 Mar 2013 06:00

'The Greatest National Anthem in the World, Ever'

'The Greatest National Anthem in the World, Ever'

The power of La Marseillaise explained in a hand drawn animation.

How will new presenter Nick Robinson cope with a 3am alarm?


How BBC breakfast show presenters cope with silly o-clock starts. Plus waking up tips.

Friday 8 March

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS must "tackle mediocrity before it turns into failure and tragedy". At 0750, a remarkable picture of the inner workings of the Church of Scientology has been published. And does being named 'Tim' hold you back in life?

  • 8 Mar 2013 08:56:22


    Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of the former Liberal Democrat energy secretary Chris Huhne, has been convicted of perverting the course of justice. She had accepted speeding points on her licence on his behalf. Natalie Haynes, writer, broadcaster and classicist and Julian Baggini, writer and founding editor of the Philosopher's Magazine, discuss what Vicky Pryce's experience tell us about the quest for revenge.

  • 8 Mar 2013 08:48:07


    Six months on from the Paralympic Games, what has been its legacy?  BBC sports editor David Bond assesses.

  • 8 Mar 2013 08:40:09


    What's the biggest change in the way we live now compared to 40 years ago? It may be that nearly twice as many of us now live alone. It's a huge shift, revealed in the lifestyle survey compiled by the Office for National Statistics. Our home editor Mark Easton has been looking at it.

  • 8 Mar 2013 08:00:10


    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is warning hospitals of the dangers of being mediocre, saying that "coasting can kill". In a speech later today, he will say that all hospitals must aim to be the best, because complacency can lead to falling standards.  Peter Carter, General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, and Mike Farrar, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, explain the challenges faced by hospitals.

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