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Today, 08/02/2014 Saturday's running order

8 Feb 2014 Last updated at 10:43

Saturday 8 February

With Sarah Montague and Mishal Husain.
  • 8 Feb 2014 10:43:19
    Today's running order
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    0709 As large waves and strong winds threaten to cause further significant flooding along the Devon and Dorset coasts, the Today programme's Mishal Husain broadcasts live from the Silver Command set up by Avon and Somerset Constabulary. The BBC's Angus Crawford reports on the latest response to the flooding.

    0712 Aid agencies are hoping to deliver food and medicine to civilians trapped in the Syrian city of Homs today, the second day of a three-day ceasefire negotiated by the UN. We hear from the BBC's Middle East correspondent, Jim Muir.

    0715 The BBC's Mark D'Arcy reports on Yesterday in Parliament.

    0718 Three police officers who guard Downing Street have been arrested for sending each other obscene sexual images on their phones. The BBC's Home Affairs correspondent Danny Shaw reports.

    0720 Education Secretary Michael Gove said this week that he wanted to break down the "Berlin Wall" between state and independent schools. Samantha Jaspal, headteacher of Berkhampstead Prep School, and Andrew Day, executive director of Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington, discuss the differences between the two sectors.

    0725 Garry Richardson brings us the latest sports news.

    0732 The Army have been deployed to respond to flooding in the Somerset levels. Major Innes Catton, who is leading the 40 Commando Royal Marines, explains their operation. Sally Wilson, a partner at Evolution Farm Vets, talks about the impact of the flooding on farm animals and livestock in the South West.

    0738 The paper review.

    0744 More than a third of foods tested at a West Yorkshire food control laboratory have been found to be wrongly labelled. Public analyst Dr Duncan Campbell explains the findings.

    0747 Thought for the Day with Vishvapani, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

    0750 Figures published this week show the number of bullying allegations within in the army to have risen by 25% over the last year. Former soldier Joseph McCabe has been speaking to the Today programme's Mike Thomson about his alleged experiences of being bullied during his service in Germany and Iraq between 2007 and 2009.


    0810 A British man is believed to have blown himself up in Syria, in what is thought to be the first time a British fighter has staged a suicide bomb attack in the country. Shiraz Maher, senior research fellow at the International Centre for the study of Radicalisation at Kings College London, analyses why hundreds of Britons have gone to Syria to fight.

    0814 The leadership of the Environment Agency has been criticised for its response to flooding in the Somerset Levels. The Today programme's Tom Feilden has been to Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire, where the agency is working to prevent a repeat of the flooding seen over Christmas. Ian Withers, Area Strategic Manager at the Environment Agency in Bridgewater, explains their response.

    0820 How have the ever increasing number of cookery programmes on our radio and television changed our attitude to eating and food? That's the question Jay Rayner has been investigating for BBC Radio 4 extra. He discusses his findings with Delia Smith.

    0826 The Six Nations Rugby Championship kicks off today. Former England captain Martin Correy and former Scotland captain Gavin Hastings talk to the Today programme's Garry Richardson.

    0832 Storms, floods and gales over the past six weeks have put livelihoods at risk in the South West. Avon and Somerset Police Superintendent Ian Wylie explains their response to the floods.


    0840 The number of bullying allegations within in the army has risen by 25% over the last year. Lincoln Jopp is a former Colonel who commanded the 1st Battalion Scots Guards in Helmand.

    0845 The paper review.

    0848 Woody Allen has written an article in the New York Times rejecting the allegations made by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow that he sexually abused her as a child. The BBC's Los Angeles correspondent Peter Bowes reports.

    0850 Southern England and the Midlands have had their wettest January since records began more than 100 years ago. Lionel Ward of Brendon Books, local poet Anthony Watts and folk musicians Alex Garden and Ford Collier  bring some sunshine to our lives amid the grey skies and rain.

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