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Boxing Day 2016 07:00

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The pop superstar George Michael has died at his home aged 53. David Sillito is our Entertainment Correspondent.


Boxing Day sales are underway this morning. Kate Hardcastle is a retail analyst and commercial expert.


Thousands of people are expected to gather today to take part in Boxing Day hunts. Our reporter Steve Chittenden is at the kennels of the Puckeridge Hunt in Hertfordshire and Diana Pyper is the Senior Master at the kennels.


From politicians to writers, actors, to sportsmen and women - even astronauts, we speak to an eclectic bunch here on the Today programme. We thought we'd ask some of our guests (and a few of us presenters) what it is that inspires them.


The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is flying to Hawaii today to become the first sitting Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbour. Tomohiko Taniguchi is a special adviser to the Cabinet of Shinzo Abe and Sir David Warren is Chairman of the Japan Society and Former UK Ambassador to Japan.


It was announced late last night that pop superstar George Michael has died, at the age of 53. Neil McCormick is a music journalist at The Telegraph.


The Countryside Alliance estimate that Boxing Day hunts will take place today at 300 locations across the country. Tim Bonner is Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance and Eduardo Goncalves is Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports.


Pop superstar George Michael has died at his home at the age of 53. Janice Long is a broadcaster and former presenter of Top of the Pops.


Our Home Editor Mark Easton, Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed, Business Editor Simon Jack and Political Editor Laura Kuennsberg take on a mini Mastermind quiz.


We remember pop star George Michael, who has passed away at his home aged 53.


The former Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, talks to us about the state of the world economy and Brexit Britain as we head in to 2017.


Many families whose homes were devastated by the floods in Carlisle last December are facing a second Christmas away from their homes. Stephen Gibbs is the former chair of the Carlisle Flood Action Group.


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