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3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 02 August 2013

Morning news and current affairs with Evan Davis and John Humphrys, including:

RBS published its half-year results earlier. Lord Lawson, former chancellor, and Kitty Usher, former treasury minister in the last Labour government, discuss the what next stage should be for the largely publicly-owned bank.

Major donors to the three big political parties were included on a list of 30 new peers appointed to the House of Lords on Thursday. The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson gives his analysis and Lord Oakeshott and Lord Falconer react to the news.

The Lone Ranger opens in the UK next week. It has done badly in the US, leading to talk of the death of the Western. Sir Christopher Frayling, cultural historian and an authority on Spaghetti Westerns, and Caroline Lawrence, children's author and movie buff, examine whether the film marks the end of the genre.

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In today's programme

Major donors to the three big political parties were included on a list of 30 new peers appointed to the House of Lords. Silvio Berlusconi, has denounced the judges who upheld his prison sentence for tax fraud. And what's wrong with the format of the traditional classical music concert?

  • 2 Aug 2013 09:01:17


    That's all from us today, thanks for listening. Our editors were Terry O'Neill and Lewis James. Next up on Radio 4 is Desert Island Discs, with guest Mary Robertson
  • 2 Aug 2013 08:45:56


    The organisers of the Bristol Proms have brought the audience a 3D visual world where virtual events respond to live sound. Emma Stenning, executive director of Bristol Old Vic, and Max Hole, chairman of Universal Group International, discuss the creative collaboration that lead to the Bristol proms.

  • 2 Aug 2013 08:43:26


    The Guardian has published more revelations which it says are contained in documents leaked by the US whistleblower, Edward Snowden. The newspaper claims that America's National Security Agency has paid GCHQ in return for access to Britain's intelligence gathering programmes. The BBC's security correspondent Gordon Correra reports.

  • 2 Aug 2013 08:44:09


    Zimbabwe's election was a "huge farce", Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said, alleging vote-rigging by rival President Robert Mugabe's camp. Dr Knox Chitiyo, associate fellow at the Africa Programme at Chatham House, and Baroness Kinnock, former Africa minister, discuss whether the elections are free and fair.
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