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12/02/2014

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 12 February 2014

Morning news and current affairs with James Naughtie and Mishal Husain, including:

0740
George Clooney speaks to the BBC's Will Gompertz about his new film, The Monuments Men.

0750
Millions more people should be put on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to protect them against heart attacks and strokes, according to draft guidelines for the NHS in England. Professor Mark Baker, director of clinical practice at NICE, and Dr Aseem Malhotra, science director for Action on Sugar, assess.

0810
Parts of the UK are again facing flooding as forecasters warn a further band of stormy weather later could mean the "strongest" winds of the winter. Today's Tom Bateman is at an emergency centre in New Haw; plus Tony Travers from the London School of Economics and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin speak to presenter James Naughtie.

0820
The idea of the 'mental asylum' has been consigned to another age, but did the asylum serve a valuable purpose - at least for some patients? Barbara Taylor, author of The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in our Times, and Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, debate.

0837
Aid agencies are hoping to resume the evacuation of civilians from Syria's besieged city of Homs, a day after the operation was suspended. The BBC's Lyse Doucet reports.

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Wednesday's running order

With James Naughtie and Mishal Husain.

  • 12 Feb 2014 10:07:17

    Programme Highlights


    Could women compete against men in ski jumping?


  • 12 Feb 2014 10:07:33



    George Clooney on The Monuments Men


  • 12 Feb 2014 10:07:59


    'Strong will' for football safe standing areas


  • 12 Feb 2014 06:04:30

    Provisional Running Order

    Subject to change

    0615

    Business with Simon Jack.

    -       Bank of England governor Mark Carney is set to overhaul his flagship forward guidance policy on interest rates after just six months. Kevin Daly, senior economist at Goldman Sachs, analyses.

    -       Lena Komileva, managing director of G+ Market Economics, looks at whether the Cypriot economy is on the mend.

     

    0620

    The prime minister says money will be no object as flood relief efforts continue across swathes of the UK. The BBC’s Robin Brant and Roger Harrabin examine.

     

    0624

    Millions more people should be put on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to protect them against heart attacks and strokes, according to draft guidelines for the NHS in England. The BBC’s Jane Dreaper gives us the details.

     

    0628

    The paper review.

     

    0635

    Susan Hulme reports on Yesterday in Parliament.

     

    0640

    Two-thirds - 66% - of social sector tenants affected by benefit cuts for those with extra bedrooms were behind with rent after six months, a National Housing Federation survey suggests. Ruth Davison, director of policy and external affairs at the National Housing Federation, analyses.

     

    0645

    Police and student groups are warning young people about the dangers of the online drinking game Neknomination after it was blamed for the death of a second man in the UK. Professor Mark Bellis from the UK Faculty of Public Health explains.

     

    0710

    Parts of the UK are again facing flooding as forecasters warn a further band of stormy weather later could mean the "strongest" winds of the winter. The BBC’s Phil Mackie is in Worcester; plus Robin Gisby, director of Operations at Network Rail, and Assistant Chief Constable John Campbell from Thames Valley Police discuss.

     

    0715

    UK Chancellor George Osborne is likely to rule out a formal currency union with an independent Scotland, government sources have told the BBC. The SNP Treasury spokesman, Stewart Hosie, assesses.

     

    0720

    Business with Simon Jack. Huw Evans, deputy director general at the Association of British Insurers, looks at how the insurance industry is preparing to deal with a deluge of claims once the floods finally recede.

     

    0725

    11 February saw the first ever women’s ski jumping competition take place at the Winter Olympics. David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene, believes men and women could compete in the event on equal terms. He speaks to presenter James Naughtie.

     

    0730

    Bank of England governor Mark Carney is on Wednesday set to overhaul his flagship forward guidance policy on interest rates after just six months. The BBC’s Robert Peston analyses, before Dame DeAnne Julius, former member of the Monetary Policy Committee, speaks to presenter James Naughtie.

     

    0735

    The paper review.

     

    0740

    George Clooney speaks to the BBC’s Will Gompertz about his new film, The Monuments Men.

     

    0745

    Thought for the Day with the writer Rhidian Brook.

     

    0750

    Millions more people should be put on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to protect them against heart attacks and strokes, according to draft guidelines for the NHS in England. Professor Mark Baker, director of clinical practice at NICE, and Dr Aseem Malhotra, science director for Action on Sugar, assess.

     

    0810

    Parts of the UK are again facing flooding as forecasters warn a further band of stormy weather later could mean the "strongest" winds of the winter. Today’s Tom Bateman is at an emergency centre in New Haw; plus Tony Travers from the London School of Economics and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin speak to presenter James Naughtie.


    0820

    The idea of the 'mental asylum' has been consigned to another age, but did the asylum serve a valuable purpose - at least for some patients? Barbara Taylor, author of The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in our Times, and Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, debate.

     

    0825

    Aid agencies are hoping to resume the evacuation of civilians from Syria's besieged city of Homs, a day after the operation was suspended. The BBC’s Lyse Doucet reports.

     

    0835

    The number of UK deaths linked to so-called "legal highs" has jumped in recent years - from 10 in 2009 to at least 68 in 2012, figures show. The BBC’s Tulip Mazumdar discovers the factors behind the increase.


    0840

    Bristol City Football Club is unveiling a "safe standing" area at its stadium, Ashton Gate, as part of an effort to relax the ban on open terraces introduced after the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, in which 96 fans died. Doug Harman, chief executive at Bristol City, and Ray Houghton who played for Liverpool in that 1989 FA cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest that ended in tragedy, discuss.

     

    0845

    During the Today programme on 12 February the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that we should not expect politicians to give yes or no answers. It was such a rare moment of candour that we thought we would play it again, along with some less candid moments from other politicians on this programme.    

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