Today, 17/02/2014 Monday's running order

17 Feb 2014 Last updated at 11:08

Monday 17 February

With James Naughtie and Evan Davis.
  • 17 Feb 2014 10:38:13

    Programme Highlights


    Genetically modifying potatoes produces 'substantially higher yields'


  • 17 Feb 2014 08:42:58


    Actress Fiona Shaw: Rada was 'happiest time of my life'


  • 17 Feb 2014 10:38:46


    Robot-makers 'drawing inspiration from animals'


    0615

    Business with Tanya Beckett.

    -       The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) says the recent fast growth in employment is likely to slow in the coming months. Sarah Hewin, head of European research at Standard Chartered Bank, analyses.

    -       Japan's economy grew less than expected last year, countering forecasts it would benefit from a jump in spending ahead of a sales tax increase in April. Dr Seijiro Takeshita, senior strategist at Mizuho International, examines.

    -       Sunny Mann from Baker and McKenzie discusses how effective the Bribery Act has been since its introduction in 2011.

     

    0630

    Scotland's first minister has vowed to "deconstruct" the chancellor's case against a currency union, when he makes a speech to business leaders later. The BBC’s James Shaw gives us the details.

     

    0635

    Suspected Islamist militants have raided a Nigerian village and murdered dozens, according to witnesses. The BBC’s Will Ross reports.

     

    0638

    The mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, will go to the presidential palace in Rome, where he is widely tipped to be asked to form a new Italian government. The BBC’s Alan Johnston is in Rome.

     

    0642

    The paper review.

     

    0646

    A drug commonly used in the treatment of people with HIV has been found to have a potentially valuable role in fighting cervical cancer. Dr Ian Hampson from the Institute of Cancer Sciences at Manchester University, who made the discovery, speaks to presenter James Naughtie.

     

    0650

    Gravity has been named best British film at the Baftas. Colin Paterson fills us in on all the results.

     

    0710

    Scotland's first minister has vowed to "deconstruct" the chancellor's case against a currency union, when he makes a speech to business leaders later. David Watt, executive director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, assesses.

     

    0715

    Today’s Tom Bateman meets Surrey residents to find out the whether they are seeing the benefits of army and Environment Agency support.

     

    0720

    Business with Tanya Beckett. David Atkins, chief executive of Hammerson, discusses the firm’s results.

     

    0725

    The mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, will go to the presidential palace in Rome, where he is widely tipped to be asked to form a new Italian government. Stefano Fassina, former junior economy minister, discusses.

     

    0730

    The Co-op bank is launching a consultation period on its role, asking what the public wants from it. Euan Sutherland, chief executive of the Co-op group, speaks to Today’s Evan Davis.

     

    0735

    The paper review.

     

    0740

    Will Gompertz looks at the winners and losers at this year’s Baftas.

     

    0745

    Thought for the Day with religious commentator Clifford Longley.

     

    0750

    About 300 men in Syria are still being held for questioning after they left the rebel-held area of Homs last week during an evacuation involving the United Nations. The BBC’s Lyse Doucet reports.

     

    0810

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said it would be "extremely difficult, if not impossible" for an independent Scotland to join the European Union. Sir David Edward, professor emeritus at Edinburgh University's School of Law, discusses; before SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon speaks to James Naughtie.

     

    0820

    The Queen is to hold an event at Buckingham Palace celebrating her 60-year patronage of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Today’s James Naughtie has been to meet students who will be performing at the event, as well as some famous alumni.

     

    0830

    British scientists have developed genetically modified potatoes that are resistant to the vegetable's biggest threat - blight. Tom Feilden reports, before Lord Haskin, former chairman of Northern Foods, and Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union, debate the issue.

     

    0835

    Business news with Tanya Beckett. Average TV viewing in the UK fell last year, according to industry figures. Lindsey Clay, chief executive of Thinkbox, assesses.

     

    0840

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has claimed that climate change is now a strategic threat to Britain. Former energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne and Roland Grzybek, flood risk management consultant for CH2M Hill, discuss how the UK’s floods policy should change.

     

    0845

    Researchers at the American Association for the Advancement of Science believe that the robots of the future are likely to be more like small animals rather than the humanoid butlers portrayed in science fiction novels. The BBC’s Pallab Ghosh discovers more.

     

    0850

    Barbie is going to be on the cover of the 50th anniversary swimsuit edition of American magazine Sports Illustrated. Abi Moore from Pink Stinks and columnist Ann Leslie discuss.

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