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Sat 24 Jan 2015 07:00

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Cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, among soldiers were recorded much earlier than previously thought. Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University say they've uncovered evidence of PTSD more than three thousand years ago. One of those who discovered the evidence is Professor Jamie Hacker-Hughes, Director of Veterans and Families at Anglia Ruskin University and President-Elect of the British Psychological Society.


A new recruitment video has been launched to try to promote a more positive image of family doctors' work in Britain. The Royal College of GPs has made the film in an effort to attract new recruits to the profession, and to combat what it says are "outdated stereotypes" of family doctors, as people who just hand out cough medicine. The Royal College of GPs estimates that at least 10,000 GPs will be needed by 2020, to meet the needs of an ageing and growing population, with an increasing number of patients needing treatment for multiple and complex illnesses. Dr Maureen Baker is chairman of the Royal College of GPs


Following the death of King Abdullah flags have been lowered on key public buildings in London. But the decision has drawn sharp criticism from some prominent politicians. Graham Bartram, Chief Vexillologist at the Flag Institute explains the etiquette of flying a flag at half mast. 


The World Economic Forum has been taking place this week against the backdrop of the European Central Bank's decision to launch a major Quantitative Easing programme, the death of the Saudi king and the approach of the general election in Greece. What have been the major themes under discussion at the forum? Our Business Editor Kamal Ahmed and Economics Editor Robert Peston discuss. 


Broadcasters have published new plans for TV election debates including leaders of seven UK political parties. The BBC and ITV plan to stage debates involving the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, Green Party, UKIP, the SNP and Plaid Cymru. Sky and Channel 4's plan to host a head-to-head between Mr Cameron and Ed Miliband remains unchanged. The broadcasters said the debates would go ahead regardless of whether any party leader refused to take part. So what are the three main parties likely to make of the plans? Tim Montgomerie, former editor of Conservative Home & former chief of staff for Iain Duncan Smith, Sean Kemp, former special adviser for Nick Clegg and Matthew Doyle, former Deputy Director of Communications for Tony Blair at Downing Street discuss.


Asia's richest man Li Ka-shing is in talks to buy Britain's second-largest mobile provider O2. His firm already owns the Three mobile network, and combining it with O2 would create the UK's biggest mobile group. The move would reduce the number of major mobile operators in the UK from four to three, which could mean less competition and higher prices. Alex Brummer is City Editor of the Daily Mail.


In the 17th century Restoration era, Shakespeare’s plays were considered ripe for improvement. King Lear was re-written to give it a happy ending and The Tempest was injected with romantic material and turned into a ‘musical’. It was hugely successful and for nearly two centuries it was this Restoration version not Shakespeare's original that was most familiar to audiences. This weekend, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will perform the score of the Restoration Tempest with some dramatic interludes at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe Theatre. Liz Kenny is the music director for “A Restoration Tempest”.


Political campaigning has ended in the general election in Greece and now Europe awaits the outcome of the vote on Sunday. The left wing party, Syriza, has maintained its lead in the opinion polls; if it does emerge as the leading party in the next election its leaders have said they will start renegotiating the terms of its bail-out. We hear a report on the final rallies of the campaign and speak to Sandro Gozi, Italy's undersecretary for Europe about the potential fall-out from the election in Greece.


The philosopher and humanist John Vanier is best known for starting L’Arche. He spoke to Sarah about the importance of dialogue and understanding in overcoming our differences in society and his belief that the strong need the weak.


The Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron are flying to Saudi Arabia to today join international figures paying respect in person to the royal family following the death of King Abdullah and flags have been lowered on key public buildings in London. But the decision to fly them at half- mast has drawn sharp criticism from some prominent politicians over abuses of free speech, women's rights and the country's role as cradle of Islamist extremism. Khadlid Mahmood, Labour MP and secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Saudi Arabia and Sarah Wollaston, Conservative MP and member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights discuss.


Is a positive review worth a million dollars to a restaurant? The restaurant critic Giles Coren thinks so. His new series the Million Dollar critic on BBC America wants to take that power to a new level. But in the days of bloggers and social media is there any need for professionals to review and rate restaurants? Giles Coren, The Times restaurant critic and Million Dollar Critic presenter and Tracey Macleod, restaurant critic for The Independent discuss.

All subject to change.


  • Sat 24 Jan 2015 07:00