Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
Friday's running order
With Sarah Montague and John Humphrys.
How to deal with flooding
'The world is attentive' to London Fashion Week
Provisional running order
Subject to change
Business news with Simon Jack.
- The UK pensions system is not working, the City watchdog has concluded following a review into the "disorderly" annuities market. Martin Wheatley, chair of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), analyses.
- Ovo Energy has announced that it plans to cut retail costs, as its wholesale costs have also fallen. Stephen Fitzpatrick, the company’s chief executive, explains.
- Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, is in the spotlight as this week’s Friday Boss.
Stormy weather is due to return to the UK as engineers tried overnight to reconnect more than 25,000 properties still without electricity following Wednesday's hurricane-force winds. The BBC’s Sarah Ransome is in Plymouth.
Labour has held onto its seat in the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election with a comfortable majority while UKIP beat the Tories into second place. The BBC’s Chris Mason brings us the details.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, Thomas Bach, has criticised David Cameron for not having been to the Sochi Winter Games. The BBC’s David Bond explores the issue.
The paper review.
Alicia McCarthy looks at Yesterday in Parliament.
A new EU directive is to come into force to require the electronics industry to recover and recycle more of its e-waste. Stuart Miles, from the gadget news website Pocket-lint, assesses.
The Indian government is under pressure to bring in new anti-racism laws after a spate of attacks on people from the north-east of the country. The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reports.
The UK’s severe weather is set to continue, with flood warnings in the south-west of England. Stacey Eyres, who left her flooded home only for her parents to suffer the same problem, and Margareta Wahlstrom, special representative of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for Disaster Risk Reduction, discuss.
Business news with Simon Jack. The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs has looked at the EU’s proposals for rescuing failing banks and has described them as inadequately funded, overly complicated and politically unrealistic. Lord Harrison, chair of the sub-committee, analyses.
Four suspect packages delivered to army careers offices bear "the hallmarks of Northern Ireland-related terrorism", Downing Street has said. Security expert Will Geddes discusses.
Schools are playing the exam system by lodging "tactical" appeals to boost their results, says a report. Glenys Stacey, chief regulator of Ofqual, discusses; before Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, speaks to presenter John Humphrys.
The paper review.
The online programme Cleverbot, which learns as it interacts though voice and text conversations with humans, has spoken to more than a million people in total. Its designer Rollo Carpenter discusses.
Thought for the Day, with Bishop Richard Harries.
The UK pensions system is not working, the City watchdog has concluded following a review into the "disorderly" annuities market. Louise Hanson, director of advocacy at the Association of British Insurers, analyses.
The UK’s severe weather is set to continue, with flood warnings in the south-west of England. Today’s Sima Kotecha meets a woman in Worcester who has written a guide to help other flood victims; plus Paul Davies, chief forecaster at the Met Office, speaks to John Humphrys.
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has urged the Security Council to act immediately to ensure more humanitarian access in war-torn Syria. The BBC’s Lyse Doucet reports.
Designer Caroline Charles speaks to Sarah Montague ahead of London Fashion Week.
Plans to enable voters to oust MPs who are guilty of wrongdoing are set to be dropped. Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron discusses.
Researchers are making progress on a new approach to tackling brain tumours, which means an operation may not be necessary. Susan Short, professor of neuro-oncology at the University of Leeds, and Ed Jones, who was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in May 2012, discuss.
Business news with Simon Jack. Latest industry figures show that magazine sales have dropped drastically, with music magazines particularly badly hit. Barney Hoskyns, editorial director of Rock’s Backpages, assesses.
Justin Balcombe, head of UK general insurance at KPMG, looks at the major financial consequences of the recent floods as insurers are obliged to fund a substantial repair operation.