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Episode 3

Sunday Morning Live, Series 5 Episode 3 of 19

With the British Grand Prix roaring into action at Silverstone, the former voice of Formula 1 Murray Walker talks to Sian Williams about his career, values and Michael Schumacher. There will also be topical debate on the big ethical stories of the week.

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1 hour

Last on

Sun 6 Jul 2014 10:00

Should animal experiments be banned?

We’re a nation of animal lovers, but also a world leader in science. So what happens when the two collide? The government plans to replace, refine and reduce the use of animals in research. Animal rights campaigners say it should be banned altogether. But scientists involved in animal research point to its importance in developing new drugs and treatments. What’s your view?

You can have your say by voting on the question online now or via SMS during the live show:  Should animal experiments be banned?

This week's panel

Joining Sian Williams this week are:


Sir Max Hastings: Historian and writer

Nina Wadia: Actress

Kevin Maguire: Associate Editor of the Daily Mirror

Dr Robert Beckford: Theologian

Interview: Murray Walker

The legendary voice of Formula 1 Murray Walker talks to Sian about his remarkable life. In a compelling interview, Murray, aged 91, who retired from full time commentating in 2001, talks about the excitement of Grand Prix racing, Michael Schumacher and his own life values.

Are there too many charities?

There are too many charities doing the same thing and competing unnecessarily, says the outgoing chief executive of the Charity Commission.

There are 160,000 registered charities in England and Wales. The commission receives about 30 applications to start a new one every week, though not all get off the ground.   

So should it be made harder to register a new charity - and are we suffering from charity fatigue?

Are Christian assemblies in schools ‘meaningless’?

The National Governors' Association has called for the abolition of the 70-year-old rule that requires schools to hold a Christian assembly every day, saying it is "meaningless" in a multicultural society.   

So is it a tradition that is no longer relevant? Or does it go to the very core of British tradition and identity?

Live from the Cotswold Show

Andrew Plant reports live from the Cotswold Show, where animals of all descriptions and rural pursuits are showcased.  Andrew will capture the views of people attending the show about  the debates on the programme.


Role Contributor
PresenterSian Williams
Interviewed GuestMurray Walker

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