Paddington creator Michael Bond talks to Today
In today's programme
At 0810, healthcare assistants have told this programme they're often made to do things they're not trained for. At 0750, what will a privatised Royal Mail look like? And at 0820, Kenneth Branagh on co-directing and performing in Macbeth. With Evan Davis and Sarah Montague.
England captain Alastair Cook has told his players to be ready for an almighty tussle when the Ashes series against Australia gets under way today. Alison Mitchell, commentator for Test Match Special, and Jarrod Kimber, writer for Cricinfo, which is the world's largest single sport website, examine England's chances of victory in the series.
Jane Campion has revealed that she wanted a bleaker ending for The Piano. Afria Akbar, deputy books and arts editor at The Independent, and Robbie Collins, chief film critic at The Telegraph, discuss which ending they would really like to change and which endings wind them up.
Sir Kenneth Branagh's first appearance as Macbeth has confirmed him to be an "intemperately exciting Shakespearean actor" in what is a "great" production of the play, critics have said. Sir Kenneth speaks about the play.
A raft of new checks and measures for healthcare assistants is needed in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal, says an independent report. The BBC's reporter Sima Kotecha reports and Camilla Cavendish, the associate editor for The Sunday Times, explains why she found in an independent review that Healthcare Assistants and Social Care workers must get a standard 'Certificate of Fundamental Care' before they look after people unsupervised.