Today, 01/11/2013 Today's running order

1 Nov 2013 Last updated at 09:56

Friday 1 November

With Sarah Montague and John Humphrys.
  • 1 Nov 2013 08:55:53

    Richard II

    Despite being sold out in Stratford-upon-Avon and in London, there is still a chance to see the RSC's production of Richard II starring David Tennant when it is broadcast live in cinemas around the world later this month. The BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been to Stratford to find out the unusual history of the ring David Tennant wears in the production - which belonged to the actor Ian Richardson.

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    Here's our arts correspondent Rebecca Jones with David Tennant and Maroussia Richardson #r4today http://twitter.com/BBCr4today/status/396197716398596096/photo/1
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Here's David Tennant playing the part of Richard II #r4today http://twitter.com/BBCr4today/status/396197493555220480/photo/1
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    Here's a close-up of the ring in its box #r4today http://twitter.com/BBCr4today/status/396197607212466176/photo/1
  • 1 Nov 2013 09:55:45

    Highlights

    Listen to clips from this morning's programme:

  • 1 Nov 2013 07:06:00

    Today's running order

    Subject to change

    0615

    Business news with Tanya Beckett. RBS has avoided a demand from the Treasury for a full split into a “good and bad bank”. Plus the Today programme's Friday boss Bob Dudley, BP's group chief executive.

     

    0709

    Royal Bank of Scotland is expected to announce it is not going to split into separate so-called good and bad banks. The BBC's business editor Robert Peston gives analysis on the publication of the bank's third quarter results.

     

    0712

    Syria has met an important deadline in an ambitious programme to destroy its stockpile of chemical weapons by the middle of next year. The BBC's international correspondent Lyse Doucet has been granted rare access to the frontline on the edge of Damascus, and hears the thoughts of one of the government's military commanders.

     

    0717

    Business news with Tanya Beckett. Erratic energy taxes could be making our household energy bills higher than they could be. Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, outlines the outcome of the IFS report.

     

    0720

    Researchers in Italy have found that when a dog wags its tail more to the left or the right, it can shed light on its mood. Dr John Bradshaw of Bristol University who is an expert in anthrozoology, and the novelist and dog lover Jilly Cooper, discuss the research.

     

    0733

    Royal Bank of Scotland is expected to announce it is not going to split into separate so-called good and bad banks. Ross McEwan, chief executive of RBS, explains what changes will be put in place.

     

    0740

    The newspaper review.

     

    0743

    Shafa, a 14-year-old from Niger, was travelling with her family to Algeria in a group of more than 100 people, when their vehicles broke down in the Sahara. Shafa was one of the few survivors.

     

    0747

    Thought for the Day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, rector of St James Piccadilly.

     

    0750

    The detail of the huge shake-up to the GCSE exams system will be published by the exam regulator Ofqual later today. Jovan Trkulja, lead member for the School Qualifications at the ATL Union, and Glenys Stacey, chief regulator at Ofqual, debate the necessity of the changes.

     

    0810

    Royal Bank of Scotland - which was rescued by the government at the height of the financial crisis - looks set to avoid being carved in two. The Chancellor George Osborne explains that, instead, it will create an internal "bad bank" ring-fencing about £40bn of bad assets, such as loans it does not expect to have repaid.

     

    0820

    Two French sound artists have based a new work on the way mosquitoes synchronize the movement of their wings to produce tones. The Today programme's Tom Bateman went to hear it.

     

    0830

    Firefighters in England and Wales will strike later over their row with the government over pensions. Richard Smith, chief fire officer for Mid and West Wales, and Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, discuss the action.

     

    0838

    Norwegian TV is to broadcast a live knitting contest that will last several hours. Rune Moklebust, head of programming at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, says he does not understand why programmes have to be 30 or 60 minutes long.

     

    0841

    Despite being sold out in Stratford-upon-Avon and in London, there is still a chance to see the RSC's production of Richard II starring David Tennant when it is broadcast live in cinemas around the world later this month. The BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones went to Stratford to find out more.

     

    0846

    Business news with Tanya Beckett.

     

    0849

    As the French parliament prepares to vote on changing laws against prostitution, 343 men have signed a "manifesto of the bastards", seeking to block a bill that would outlaw paying for sex. Andrea Matolcsi, trafficking officer at Equality Now, and Bénédicte Paviot, a Anglo-French correspondent based in London, discuss the move.


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