Today's running order
More than 6000 homes were flooded when Storm Desmond hit southern Scotland, the north of England, Wales and Northern Ireland at the beginning of December and on Wednesday Storm Eva meant some homes and businesses in Cumbria faced a third clean up in a month. Our correspondent Claire Fallon is in Cockermouth.
Last year Network Rail improvement works over the holidays didn’t finish on time, leaving thousands stranded and causing chaos. This year they have said they have completely changed their management of major upgrades. Our reporter Emily Unia has more.
The Boxing Day sales start today. Although, many retailers and High Street chains started their sales online first and some even offered discounts in the run up to Christmas day itself. Our business correspondent, Joe Lynam is in Brent Cross.
Today marks the beginning of Kwanzaa, the seven-night celebration of African American and Pan-African culture. Dr Kehinde Andrews is a senior lecturer and author of 'Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement' at Birmingham City University. He has been celebrating Kwanzaa for nearly 20 years.
NHS England and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine are urging those patients who can to avoid the post-Christmas and New Year rush to hospital. Clifford Mann is the President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, the Temptations and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles were some of the defining artists of the Motown label, and in 1965 they were all on the same stage in London, recording a special episode of the TV show 'Ready, Steady, Go!' 50 years later, BBC Radio 2 is recreating the show, with contemporary artists performing versions of the songs heard in the original. Our presenter Sarah Montague has been speaking to Vicki Wickham, the producer of the 1965 show.
In July this year, the government withdrew its attempt to relax the foxhunting ban in England and Wales after the Scottish National Party said it would vote against the change. The party broke with tradition by voting on an English-only matter, which led the government to calculate that it would be unlikely to win. Our reporter Beth McLeod has been talking to those on both sides of the argument.
Thousands of homes were flooded when Storm Desmond hit the UK at the beginning of December and on Wednesday Storm Eva meant some homes and businesses in Cumbria faced a third clean up in a month. Rory Stewart is MP for Penrith and The Border, Environment Minister.
Last year Network Rail improvement works over the holidays didn’t finish on time, leaving thousands stranded and causing chaos. This year they have said they have completely changed their management of major upgrades. Mark Carne is the chief executive at Network Rail.
We kick off our Christmas Editors season on Monday. Film star Michael Sheen is the first person sitting in the chair. He has been to the Port Talbot hospital to see the Christmas decorations.
Our presenter Mishal Husain has been speaking to a BBC triumvirate who’s reporting this year has been dominated by the IS-migration axis. She asked them about the differences between the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in February and the series of atrocities which killed 130 people in the city in November.
Thousands of homes were flooded when Storm Desmond hit the UK at the beginning of December. Gary and Nicola Byrne spent Christmas in temporary accommodation after their house in Carlisle was flooded by Storm Desmond just before their wedding.
In 1966 broadcaster Jon Snow took a gap year to teach English in a remote part of Uganda.He later returned to Africa as a journalist to report on Idi Amin's regime. He didn't know that in the meantime one of his young pupils, Joel Kibazo, not only survived the dictatorship, but he became a journalist too. Joel is now the head of communications at the African Development Bank, and this is the first time they have talked about the old times.
An NHS choir has beaten Justin Bieber to become the UK's Christmas number one single. We are joined by two of the people who got it to the top spot. Dr Harriet Nerva is one of the people behind the original idea and Dr Katie Rogerson is one of the members of the choir.
All subject to change.