Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio


Morning news and current affairs. Includes Sports Desk, Yesterday in Parliament, Weather and Thought for the Day.

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Wed 18 Nov 2015 06:00

Today's running order



New Zealand rugby player Jonah Lomu has died at the age of 40. He spoke to our sports presenter Garry Richardson on Sportsweek last year.


Around one hundred Syrian refugees spent their first night in the UK after arriving on a chartered plane into Glasgow airport yesterday. We are joined by Maureen Child, the Edinburgh city councillor and chair of the council’s Communities and Neighbourhoods Committee.


The government will today announce a date for the closure of the UK's coal-fired power stations. Paul Ekins is professor of Resources and Environmental Policy at UCL.


The head of intelligence and security in Iraqi Kurdistan has said he hoped the attacks in Paris would act as a wake-up call to the western countries. Masrour Barzani has been speaking to our Middle East correspondent, Jim Muir.


Germany's top security official declined to answer questions about the exact nature of the threat that lead authorities to cancel the Germany-Netherlands football match in Hannover last night. German Police said what they had received was a serious bomb threat. Our Berlin correspondent Jenny Hill is in Hanover, Germany.


Russia has intensified its air assaults on the Islamic State targets, following confirmation from its security officials that a Russian airliner which crashed in Egypt last month was brought down in a terrorist attack. Joining us on the programme is Mikhail Kasyanov, the former Prime Minister of Russia and the leader of The People’s Freedom Party.


New Zealand rugby player Jonah Lomu has died at the age of 40. The former All Black Ant Strachan who played with Jonah Lomu joins us from Auckland.   


The government will today announce a date for the closure of the UK's coal-fired power stations. Speaking on the programme is Amber Rudd, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.


France and Russia have stepped up their attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria in the wake of the killings in Paris. The British Government is keen to persuade parliament to rethink its policy on airstrikes in Syria. Joining us in the programme is Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, the former chief of the defence staff.


The American comic book writer, Stan Lee, has written an autobiography in the form of a graphic novel. He spoke to our presenter Sarah Montague about how he came up with his most famous character, Spiderman.


Last night in Paris a display of resistance took place: tous au bistro, meaning ‘to the bistros’. This was meant as a response to the way that Friday's attacks targeted restaurants, bars, music and sports venues places of enjoyment where people could not fight back. The BBC’s Tom Bateman reports.


This week marks the 70th anniversary of the opening of the first Nuremberg Trials. The barrister Philippe Sands has made a documentary called My Nazi Legacy with the sons of two defendants. Speaking on the programme is Philippe Sands QC and Niklas Frank, whose father was Hitler's personal lawyer, and was tried and sentenced to death by hanging at Nuremberg.


A book which was destined for a limited print run of just 300 copies has made its way onto the shortlist for a top literary prize. Speaking on the programme is Andrew Michael Hurley, author of the shortlisted novel, The Loney.


How has the British Muslim community reacted to the Paris terror attacks? Speaking on the programme is Kalsoom Bashir, from the NGO Inspire, and Dawood Masood, who launched the #notinmyname social media campaign one year ago, following the murder of British aid worker Alan Henning.

All subject to change.



Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Diaries

Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Diaries

An activist based in Raqqa, Syria describes the horror of everyday life in the city.