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Fri 20 Dec 2013 06:00

Paddington creator Michael Bond talks to Today

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Today's running order

With John Humphrys and Justin Webb.

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    Here's a round-up of this morning's newspaper headlines:

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    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    Business news with Simon Jack.

    -          EU leaders meeting in Brussels have given their backing to a common set of rules for managing the closure of failing Eurozone banks. Lena Komileva, chief economist at G+ Market Economics, examines.

    -          The shopping channel QVC has been on our screens for 20 years. Dermot Boyd, its UK chief executive, explains whether it can continue to compete with the internet.



    A section of the roof at the Apollo theatre in London has collapsed injuring 76 people, seven of them seriously. The Today programme’s Tom Bateman reports.



    Business news with Simon Jack. Sarah Harrison, Ofgem's senior partner in charge of enforcement, discusses fines it has recently issued to energy companies.



    The RAF has rescued British nationals in South Sudan and taken them to safety in Uganda. Dave Stanley, who had been working in the country for BBC Media Action, speaks to presenter Justin Webb.



    Paul Torday, the author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, has died aged 67. Mark Stanton, his literary agent and friend, pays tribute.



    The London School of Economics has apologised to two students who had been forced to cover up their T-shirts - depicting satirical images of Jesus and the Prophet Muhammad - during a fresher’s fair in October.



    The paper review.



    The Reverend Andy Sewell holds the unlikely position of retail chaplain in Bristol, offering support to shoppers as they buy their Christmas presents. The BBC’s Jon Kay discovers more.



    Thought for the Day, with Lord Harries of Pentregarth.



    About 1.5 million people could be addicted to prescription drugs and the problem needs to be dealt with urgently, a group of MPs has said. Barry Haslam, who runs Oldham Tranx and was addicted to tranquilisers himself for 10 years, and Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, discuss.



    It has been claimed that Michael Adebolajo, one of the men found guilty of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, was influenced by Anjem Choudary, the founder of the al-Muhajiroun organisation. Mr Choudary and Lord Carlile, the government’s former anti-terrorism adviser, speak to presenter John Humphrys.



    A section of the roof at the Apollo theatre in London has collapsed injuring 76 people, seven of them seriously. Lucy Atherton, who was there with her daughter, describes what happened.



    Cecile Pouilly, the UN high commissioner for human rights, speaks to presenter Justin Webb about the events taking place in South Sudan.



    Business news with Simon Jack. Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer magazine, discusses how our household buying habits are changing following a survey of 5000 products.



    The Democratic Unionist Party would support limited immunity for people involved in Troubles-related crimes if requested by victims, an MP has said. The BBC’s Ireland correspondent Andy Martin discusses the idea with a former paramilitary member, a legal expert and a victim.



    A previously hidden cause of ageing has been reversed by scientists in animal studies. The Today programme’s Tom Feilden speaks to David Sinclair, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, to find out what he has discovered.



    Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved an amnesty law which could lead to the release of some of Russia's best-known prisoners, including the Pussy Riot and Greenpeace protesters. Masha Lipman, editor of the Pro et Contra journal, discusses.

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