Today's running order
Today's programme is guest-edited by Carey Mulligan.
In March 2002 Robi Damelin’s son, David, was shot by a Palestinian sniper while serving in the Israeli army. Rather than feel hatred towards the people who killed her son Robi wanted to reach out to other grieving parents, both Israeli and Palestinian.
Our guest editor Carey Mulligan wanted to focus much of her programme on dementia, it’s an issue close to her heart as her grandmother has the disease. Figures released today by Alzheimer’s Society, of which Carey is a supporter, reveal that nearly half of GPs think it’s not in the best interests of someone with dementia to receive a diagnosis. Jeremy Hughes is chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society.
British ash trees seem to be more resistant to the deadly fungal infection ash dieback than was feared. Professor Allan Downie is an emeritus fellow at the John Innes Centre in Norwich.
Boxing Day yesterday was, of course, a big day in the horse racing calendar. And despite her heavy cold, no doubt the Queen was watching as she retains an avid interest in horse racing and breeding. Our guest editor, Carey Mulligan, asked Rob Bonnet to explore the Queen's love of horse racing.
Iraqi Christians are celebrating Christmas for the first time in two years in some of the towns on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Mosul this week. What has life been like for the children who have been forced to flee Mosul? Today's guest editor Carey Mulligan supports the charity War Child and their work to educate children displaced by the conflict. She sent our correspondent Orla Guerin to meet some of those children in a Qaymawa camp just outside Mosul.
It's not everyone on Broadway who gets to see their name in shining lights. But for Artie Gaffin, running the show behind the curtain as one of the great white way's most in demand stage managers, was his dream as a boy growing up in Brooklyn. Nick Bryant reports.
Voters may have to provide photographic ID in some parts of England in order to cast their ballot. The government is to pilot potential solutions for tackling the problem of electoral fraud at local government elections in 2018. Ken Livingstone is former Mayor of London.
Our guest editor Carey Mulligan passionately believes that we should talk more about dementia. Her grandmother was diagnosed with the condition over a decade ago. Carey invited us to join the Mulligan family as they celebrated her grandmother’s birthday just a couple of days before Christmas. Carey has also been speaking to Sir Michael Parkinson and Michael Palin, who both have connections to the condition.
The Royle Family actress Liz Smith has died aged 95. The actress, who played the ailing Nana in the hit comedy show, died on Christmas Eve. Mike Leigh gave Liz Smith a breakthrough part in Bleak Moments and Ricky Tomlinson starred with her in The Royle Family.
Voters may have to provide photographic ID in some parts of England in order to cast their ballot. The government is to pilot potential solutions for tackling the problem of electoral fraud at local government elections in 2018. Chris Skidmore is Minister for the Constitution.
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg revealed her biggest regret of 2016 was not being able to stand up a claim that the Queen had privately spoken in favour of Brexit. Robert Lacey is a Royal Biographer.
Our guest editor Carey Mulligan is an ambassador for War Child. Her husband Marcus Mumford, from the band Mumford & Sons, recently visited some of the charity’s work in the town of Paoua in the North West of the Central African Republic to see how War Child is helping young people recover from the trauma of war.
We speak to guest editor Carey Mulligan about the programme.
All subject to change.