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The power of La Marseillaise explained in a hand drawn animation.

How will new presenter Nick Robinson cope with a 3am alarm?


How BBC breakfast show presenters cope with silly o-clock starts. Plus waking up tips.

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With Sarah Montague and Mishal Husain.

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    Business news with Simon Jack. Writer and broadcaster John Rees looks at the City of London.



    The UN special representative to South Sudan has warned that the number of people displaced by fighting across the country is expected to go up significantly from current estimates of 180,000. The BBC’s Alastair Leithead reports.



    Business news with Simon Jack. Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis, discusses sales figures for UK retailers over the festive period.



    Could critics of the NHS come up with an alternative? Clive Stafford Smith, the founder of Reprieve, speaks to members of staff and patients.



    Wambugu Wa Nyingi gives his testimony of torture, after he was arrested by the colonial British authorities in 1952 on suspicion of being part of the Mau Mau uprising.



    A report in the Telegraph on 2 January suggests that we could soon see jail terms of hundreds of years being handed down by judges in the UK. Paul Mendelle QC, former chair of the Criminal Bar Association, examines.



    The paper review.



    The journalist John Pilger looks at the issue of censorship.



    Thought for the Day with Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.



    An average 2.8% increase in rail fares comes into effect on Thursday, pushing the cost of some commuter travel to more than £5,000 a year. The rail minister Stephen Hammond speaks to presenter Sarah Montague.



    The actor and director Ralph Fiennes reads the poem Austerities by Charles Simic.



    Energy regulator Ofgem claims its banning of confusing and complex tariffs will create a simpler and clearer market. Ian Marlee, a senior partner to Ofgem, discusses.



    The photographer Giles Duley looks at the realities for injured servicemen.



    Guardian journalist Ian Cobain and Phil Shiner from Public Interest Lawyers discuss the issue of torture; plus actor and director Ralph Fiennes reads The Fight for Peace by Shaker Aamer.



    A look at the use of communist rhetoric throughout history, and how the new year broadcast from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un tapped into this. Bob Service, professor of Russian History at Oxford, examines.



    An essay on knowledge and power, with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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