Today, 22/07/2013 In today's programme

22 Jul 2013 Last updated at 09:48

Monday 22 July

Every household in the UK will have pornography blocked by their internet provider unless they choose to receive it. Chris Froome has won the 100th Tour De France. And why is the US so much better than Britain at producing successful TV dramas?
  • 22 Jul 2013 09:00:05


    Our editors today were Heba Ayoub and Briony Harris. Coming up next on Radio 4, Steve Hewlett presents Privacy Under Pressure. Good morning.

  • 22 Jul 2013 08:58:23


    The prime minister has deflected questions about whether he has discussed the issue of tobacco packaging with the Tory strategist Lynton Crosby. The BBC's Michael Cockerell, and Sheila Gunn, political press secretary to former prime minister John Major, examine whether politicians should answer questions more openly.

  • 22 Jul 2013 08:46:00


    Superman and Batman are to appear together in a movie and it has been announced that Henry Cavill has agreed to play Superman. Stephen Eyre, a comic book devotee and president of, and Mary Ann Johanson, a film critic, discuss whether the two characters will work together in a movie.

    David @davemuse tweeted:
    Listening to @BBCr4today discussing who would win in a fight batman or superman. #thingsIneverthoughtI'dhear
    Listening to @BBCr4today discussing who is going to win the battle? #Superman or #Batman. #superradio Ace start to my summer hols!
  • 22 Jul 2013 08:41:18


    EU foreign ministers will meet today to consider whether the militant group Hezbollah should be declared a terrorist organisation. Alastair Crooke, a former EU mediator in the Middle East, and Sir Menzies Campbell, is a member of the foreign affairs select committee, discuss whether the group should be designated terrorists.

  • 22 Jul 2013 08:22:24


    Every household in the UK is to have pornography blocked by their internet provider, unless they choose to receive it. Rory Cellan-Jones reports (live from his living room, see below). Claire Perry, the Conservative MP who has been a campaigner for a greater effort to protect children on the internet, and Jim Gamble, chairman of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, discuss the efficacy of the decision.

    Rory Cellan-Jones
    Dog waiting to monitor my 0815 slot on @bbcr4today to make sure it's decent
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    .@JimGamble_INEQE says there are 50,000 predators sharing illegal material and the real way to tackle the problem is to resource Ceop more.
    Rory Cellan-Jones
    Interesting to see @JimGamble_INEQE live rebutting Claire Perry's response to his @BBCr4today interview
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Conservative MP @claire4devizes says the controls and protections we take for granted elsewhere should be applied to the internet.
    Lee Dargue
    @claire4devizes Your argument on @bbcr4today was based on how everyone looking at porn will become child rapists. Utter reductionist tripe.
    @BBCr4today @jimgamble Claire Perry lost my interest right at the start by making false claims over funding. Jim Gamble much more credible
    Stephen Mumford
    @BBCr4today Given that a 3rd of Internet is pornography, this sounds like a massive vote-loser.
    Louis Gill
    @claire4devizes's child protection Internet filter sounds like the govt is deciding for parents. @BBCr4today
  • 22 Jul 2013 08:04:06


    The Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour. Peter Hunt is outside St Mary's hospital in Paddington to report for us live.

    Peter Hunt
    The Duchess of Cambridge is in labour and has gone to give birth at the private Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London. #RoyalBaby
    ben stewart
    A @BBCr4today journalist is interviewing a journalist about the habit of journalists interviewing journalists about the royal baby

    We also hear from Royal Historian Dr Kate Williams.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Royal historian @KateWilliamsUK says rolling news and the internet mean this birth has more attention than when Prince William was born.
    Kate Wyn Jones
    Dr Kate Williams discussing Kate & William's baby on @BBCr4today. Too good to be true surely!
    Sally Wintle
    Love that @BBCr4today have managed to get someone called Kate Williams to talk about the #RoyalBaby
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Historian @TracyBorman says the birth is more private than in the past - a member of government was present until early in the 20th century.
    Martha Kearney
    The announcement of the Royal baby will come in a bulletin on an easel at Buckingham Palace. And yes, there is a BBC easel producer.
    Olivia Solon
    Never before has the word "easel" had so much airtime @BBCr4today
    Clarence House
    The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.
    Peter Smith
    BREAKING. Kate "travelled by car" to the hospital. I'd assumed she'd got there by unicycle or jet pack. @BBCr4Today

    The news has spread quickly across social media:

    John Prescott
    Great to hear the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour. Is she an affiliated member? #boomtish #royalbaby
    Nick Reid
    Wow @BBCr4today got there before anyone on my Twitter feed re Kate news. What's going on Twitter ? Can I get my money back ?

    Not all of you are interested, however:

    @bbcr4today pregnancy, whilst wonderful, is not news. I turned you off, as I cant listen to you prattle on about almost literally nothing
    Bob Hudson
    Ooh! Royal baby on the way says @BBCr4today. Struggling to muster even passing interest I'm afraid.
    Michael Calderbank
    9 month+ pregnant woman goes into labour. Top news story? @BBCr4today
  • 22 Jul 2013 07:56:35


    A new cycling star was crowned on the Champs Elysee yesterday - Chris Froome, the British cyclist, has won the Tour de France, a year after Bradley Wiggins took the yellow jersey. Brian Cookson, president of British Cycling, and Richard Moore, cycling and sports journalist, reflect on Froome's rise to victory.

  • 22 Jul 2013 07:44:02


    We used to congratulate ourselves that British TV was much better than the television that  is produced in America, but that seems to have changed in the past decade and it is now a given that the most gripping and complex drama the likes of the Sopranos, the Wire or Mad Men come from American cable TV. Brett Martin, author of a new book called Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution, examines what has changed.

    Warning: Spoiler alert!

    Pete Biggs
    Slightly annoyed @BBCr4Today for including @BreakingBad_AMC spoiler this morning! I'm only on series 2 & that one line has big implications.
    Nico Macdonald
    As the novel was to the 60s and film to the 70s, TV is to this gen where we go to hear the big questions being asked - Brett Martin #r4today
    Nick Reid
    "I move in a rarified metropolitan elite". Quote of the day from @EvanHD @BBCr4today
    Callum Madge
    V interesting interview w/ Brett Martin about growth of complex protagonists in US TV & their role in chronicling modern era. @BBCr4today
  • 22 Jul 2013 07:39:27


    Justin and Evan take a look at this morning's newspaper headlines.

  • 22 Jul 2013 07:31:10


    We're getting reports that the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour. Peter Hunt tells us the latest.

    Peter Hunt
    The Duchess of Cambridge is in labour and has gone to give birth at the private Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London. #RoyalBaby
    Peter Hunt
    The Duchess of Cambridge is thought to be one week passed her due date. #RoyalBaby
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