Today, 14/11/2013 Today's running order

14 Nov 2013 Last updated at 11:26

Thursday 14 November

With Justin Webb and Sarah Montague.
  • 14 Nov 2013 10:19:16

    Highlights

    Listen to clips from this morning's programme below:
  • 14 Nov 2013 08:55:26

    Poirot

    Listen to James Naughtie's interview with Hercule Poirot (played by David Suchet) and Geoffrey Wansell, who co-wrote 'Poirot And Me' below:

  • 14 Nov 2013 06:54:50

    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    0615

    Business news with Simon Jack.

     

    0709

    Leaders from across the commonwealth are arriving in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo today, ahead of the heads of government meeting tomorrow. Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations, looks ahead to the meeting.

     

    0712

    BBC News has learned that the government could take over the running of Birmingham's failing children's services department, before the end of the year. Tara Collins, a friend of Rebecca Shuttleworth who was jailed for the murder of her two-year-old son Keanu Williams, speaks to the programme.

     

    0715

    Tomorrow at the UN in Geneva, signatories to the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) will decide whether to take up the issue of "killer robots", future weapons that, once activated, would select and engage targets without human intervention. Noel Sharkey, professor of Robotics at Sheffield University, and chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), discusses the future of the weapons.

     

    0720

    Business news with Simon Jack.

     

    0725

    David Suchet's finale as Poirot was screened last night on ITV. The Today programme hears from Mr Suchet, reflecting on his time on the series.

     

    0734

    Flamboyant racing pundit John McCririck was sacked by Channel 4 because his "pantomime persona" is "unpalatable" to a wide audience, an employment tribunal ruled. Speaking to the Today programme's Sarah Montague, Mr McCririck gives his view on the tribunal's outcome.

     

    0740

    The head of world cycling, Brian Cookson, has told the BBC that the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, is unlikely to have his lifetime ban reduced to less than eight years, casting doubts on whether he will ever give evidence to an independent inquiry into the sport's doping crisis. The BBC's sports editor David Bond reports from Johannesburg.

     

    0743

    The paper review

     

    0747

    Thought for the day with The Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.

     

    0750

    An American aircraft carrier should arrive in the Philippines today as part of the effort to help areas devastated by the typhoon. Speaking to the Today programme’s Sarah Montague, the BBC's Alistair Leithead reports from the island of Cebu in the Philippines, which has seen some of the worst devastation. The BBC's south east Asia correspondent Jonathan Head reports from the devastated town of Tacloban.

     

    0810

    BBC News has learned that the government could take over the running of Birmingham's failing children’s' services department, before the end of the year. Peter Hay, head of children's services, Birmingham City Council, discusses the future of the service in the city.

     

    0820

    This year's Wolfson Economics Prize will be awarded for the best plan to deliver a new garden city that is "economically viable and popular". Lord Wolfson, founder of the Wolfson prize, and Kate Henderson,Chief Executive of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), debate the second largest economics prize after the Nobel.

     

    0830

    Leaders from across the commonwealth are arriving in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo today, ahead of the heads of government meeting tomorrow. The BBC's royal correspondent Peter Hunt reports.

     

    0840

    Failings by Birmingham children's services has contributed to the deaths of several children in recent years. The Today programme's Justin Webb is live in Birmingham.

     

    0843

    Business news with Simon Jack

     

    0846

    The last episode of Poirot featuring David Suchet as the lead character was shown last night. Speaking to the Today Programme's James Naughtie, Mr Suchet discusses his departure from the series.

     

    0850

    BBC News has learned that the government could take over the running of Birmingham's failing children’s services department before the end of the year. Khalid Mahmood MP, Birmingham Perry Barr, and Annie Hudson, chief executive, College of Social Work in England, analyse the failing service.

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