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    Tuesday 31 May

  • Smoking
    Our full story to mark No Smoking day has details of helplines which can help you give up.


    Monday 30 May

  • English wine week
    We reported on the English vineyards which are throwing open their gates to mark English wine week. The special events last until Sunday 5 June


    Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29

  • Lost pets website
    We talked to Jane Hayes about her website to trace lost and stolen dogs. It's called DogLost


    Friday 27 May

    BBQ Safety
    Find out more about barbeque safety from Breakfast's simple guide.

    EU Constitution
    Read BBC News Online's story about the EU Constitution and the referendum in France.

    Jacqueline Wilson
    Was Breakfast's guest on Friday.


    Thursday 26 May

  • Beau Nash and the city of Bath
    We're talking to the author of a new book about the 18th century "Beau" Nash - who was a contemporary of Beau Brummel and helped shape Regency Bath. "The Imaginary Autocrat: Beau Nash and the Invention of Bath" is published by Profile Books: ISBN: 1861973020

    Wednesday 25 May

  • Caring for the elderly/Esther Rantzen
    We talked to Esther Rantzen about the issues involved in caring for elderly terminally ill patients. She asked for viewers to contact her with their experiences. Please write directly to:
    Esther Rantzen
    c/o Billy Marsh Associates
    76a Grove End Road
    London NW8 9ND

  • Thom Yorke
    We spoke to the Radiohead frontman about a new climate change campaign.

  • Nicholas Sparks
    We talked to the best-selliing author about a new non-fiction book, written with his brother, about how to handle bereavement. "Three Weeks with my Brother" is published by Time Warner. ISBN: 0316727458

  • Brooke Shields
    We talked to the actress about her book on post-natal depression. "Down Came the Rain" is published by Penguin.


    Tuesday 24 May

  • Millions
    We talked to the director of Trainspotting, Danny Boyle about his new film. It's called Millions and it's aimed at children. The film is on general release across the UK from this Friday.

  • To Courtney with Love
    The moving video diary compiled by the family of a teenage mother with cancer can be seen tonight on BBC One, just after 10.30pm.

  • Glass art
    The exhibition of glass art by the American artist Dale Chihuly can be seen at Kew Gardens in South West London from May 28 to January 2006

  • Violinist
    We talked to the BBC young musician of the year, 17 year old Nicola Benedetti about the Classical Brit Awards


    Friday 20 May

  • Ivan Noble
    We spoke to Ivan's widow, and the editor of BBC News Interactive about the Ivan Noble bursary and the book about his Like A Hole In The Head: Living With A Brain Tumour is published by Hodder on 23 May. The BBC's proceeds will go to Medecins Sans Frontieres UK, the charity chosen by Ivan. More details about the bursary will become available:

  • Eurovision
    We looked ahead to Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest which you can see live at 2000 on BBC One, on Saturday 21 May

  • Roy Hudd
    Celebrating 50 years in show business. He's about to go on tour - called "An Exceedingly Entertaining Evening".

  • Lynne Cox
    New book: "Swimming to Antarctica" Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson


    Thursday 19 May

  • Baby Signing

    Author and mother Katie Mayne was on Breakfast talking about baby signing book. The primary school teacher and signer has written a book called "The Baby Signing Book" and is published by Amazing Baby.

    Wednesday 18 May

  • Care Homes

    The way care homes for the elderly charge their residents, will be analysed in a comprehensive report today. The 8-billion pound a year industry has been investigated by the Office of Fair Trading, after a call for greater transparency by the consumer organisation WHICH? It says the families of residents should be told clearly - how much services are going to cost, and what they're paying for.

  • Fiennes on Mount Everest
    Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is making final preparations ahead of his attempt to scale Mount Everest. His team is acclimatising at seven thousand meters, and the four day ascent to the summit will begin when there's a suitable gap in the weather. Sir Ranulph, who is 61, had a heart bypass operation two years ago and is raising money for the British Heart Foundation.

  • Recycling toys
    The organisation which wants more toys to be recycled is called Envirowise. It can offer advice on how to design products to make them easier to repair and re-cycle


    Tuesday 17 May

  • Jo Brand
    Was our guest on Tuesday's programme, she was talking about her new book called "It's different for Girls", published by Review, ISBN: 075532594X

  • Leo Hickman
    We also heard from Guardian journalist Leo Hickman about his new book about a year living a 'green' life. He's now publishing a book 'A Life Stripped Bare: Tiptoeing Through the Ethical Minefield' all about his experiences. Publisher: Eden Books,Transworld, ISBN: 1903919606

  • Anthony Andrews
    Golden Globe and BAFTA award winning actor comes on to tell us about his transformation into the character "Fosco" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman In White, at the Palace Theatre in London. He's on now. There is a special signed performance on 19 May.


    Monday 16 May

  • Allergies
    At the start of National Allergy week, we're talking to two people from Allergy UK. The organisation has helpline: 01322 619864

  • Grumpy old men on holiday
    We talked to the author of a new book which pokes fun at the horrors of holidays. He's called David Quantick and his book - called Grumpy old Men on Holiday - is published by Harper Collins.


    Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May

  • Click Online
    To find out about stories featured in our special weekend supplement, click online, go to their website

  • Landmark Trust
    We're reporting on the 40th anniversary of the Landmark Trust - an organisation which was setup to save historic houses and allow members of the public to stay in them.

  • Westminster Licensees Association
    In one of our news reports we're reporting on new licensing regulations. Owners of bars, pubs and clubs can go to the website for more information.


    Friday 13th May

  • Film: A Good Woman
    We talked to the actor Tom Wilkinson about his role in the Hollywood screen version of Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan.

  • Amanda Redman
    You can see the next part of Amanda Redman's comedy drama series New Tricks on Monday night at 9pm


    Thursday 12 May

  • VE Day: Burma
    In today's VE Day film featuring Major Gordon Graham, there was a reference to The Burma War memorial - a collection of library books. You can find out more from SOAS - the school for Oriental and African Studies in Russell Square, London WC1.

  • VE Day: People's War
    Find out more about the People's War website where you can add your VE Day stories.

  • Cannes
    We spoke to animator Nick Park about the Cannes Film Festival.

  • RoSPA Report
    Children involved in road accidents in the countryside are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured than those hurt in towns, according to a report by RoSPA


    Wednesday 11 May

  • Cot death
    Our full story on cot death has links to the downloadable leaflet from the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.

  • People's art
    The exhibition of ordinary British folk art, from Women's Institute Flower arrangements to Trades Union Banners, is being held at The Barbican in London, from May 12

  • VE Day: the nation of film
    You can watch a special programme collecting amateur footage of VE Day this Friday May 13 at 10pm on BBC Two.

  • Skyscrapers
    Alan Yentob's series on Skycrapers is called Imagine: a short history of the tall building. It starts tonight on BBC One at 10.40pm

  • Breastfeeding
    The book written by our guest Clare Byam Cook is called: What to Expect When You're Breastfeeding and What If You Can't? How to Feed and Settle Your Baby and Have a Life of Your Own


    Tuesday 10 May

  • Hepatitis B
    We're reporting on the call by doctors for all children to be vaccinated against the highly infectious liver disease Hepatitis B. We'll debate the issues at 7.10am

  • Homophobic bullying in schools
    We talked to the gay rights campaign group Stonewall which says that many talented gay pupils end up dropping out of education because of bullying. It's running an anti-bullying campaign called Education for All. You can download more material from its website

  • Jurassic tree
    The ancient pine tree which was once thought to be extinct is called the Wollemi Pine. You can see it at Kew Gardens in South West London, Wakehurst Place in Sussex - and from the end of this month in Edinburgh.

  • Missing
    We're talking to Sally Magnusson about her week long series of daytime TV programmes about people who go missing. You can ring the Missing Persons Helpline: 0500 700 700 - or send a message home to say you're safe and well: - 0800 700 740 (24 hour free message home helpline)

  • Ry Cooder
    Cooder's new album is called Chavez Ravine.

  • Monastery
    The monastery featured in the BBC's new reality TV programme has a website You can watch the first episode of The Monastery tonight on BBC Two at 9pm


    Monday 9 May

  • Debt
    The BBC has more about getting into debt in The Real Story documentary this evening at 7.30pm on BBC One. The guest we spoke to is from the debt advice organisation Payplan (freephone 0800 085 4298). You can get help from many specialist advice centres - or the Citizen's Advice Bureau National Debtline: Tel: 0808 808 4000

  • Fostering
    If you'd like to find out more about fostering children, you can contact the Fostering Network - or the British Association for Adoption and Fostering

  • Nick Hornby
    The latest novel from the author of Fever Pitch and About a Boy is called A Long Way down. It's published by Penguin in hardback: ISBN: 0670888249

  • How to Complain
    By Mel Stein is published by Southbank: ISBN: 1904915027

  • How Art Made the World
    The TV series presented by Dr Nigel Spivey begins tonight at 9pm on BBC Two. There's a book to go with the series: ISBN: 0563522054, published by BBC Books

  • VE Day memories
    Breakfast has a special series this week on your memories of VE Day. You can also send your memories to the BBC's special project, The People's War:


    Friday 6 May

    General Election results
    Friday's programme brought you full coverage of the General Election results.


    Thursday 5 May

  • Silent calls
    We reported on the final warning from Ofcom to a telemarketing company which is responsible for thousands of silent calls. You can stop most silent calls and telephone cold calling, by registering with the Telephone Preference Service or ring the TPS Registration line - 0845 070 0707

  • Immigration to Australia
    We reported on changes to the "points" system which will allow "blue collar" workers to get a work permit for Australia. You can find the full rules - and details of the changes - on the Australian Government's Department of Immigration website

  • Scrapbooking
    A new magazine which encourages people to keep scrapbooks. Scrapbook Inspirations. Launch Issue June 2005. Price 3.35.

  • Dad's Army
    David Croft and Bill Pertwee on the release of Dad's Army on DVD. DVD out May 9th - released by BBC DVD. List price 15.99


    Wednesday 4 May

  • Omega 3
    A study in which 200 children in County Durham were given Omega 3 fats (found in fish and nuts and available in commerically produced supplements) has produced improvements in behaviour and performance. The results of the Oxford University study are published in this month's issue of the American journal Pediatrics. The children age 5-12 were all of normal ability but underachieving. After 3 months on supplements, half of them were no longer classified as having problems. In some cases children improved their reading age by up to 4 years.

  • Janet Lee Carey : Wenny has Wings
    Janet Lee Carey, the American author was talking on the programme today about her new Children's book, Wenny Has Wings. Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks ISBN: 068986759X. Out June 1st 2005.

  • Declan's election rally competitions
    Mileage The viewer who came closest to estimating the distance covered by Declan Curry over the past three weeks was Stella Rogers, from West Sussex. We'll be sending her a bucket and spade
    Caption competition
    The winners of our final caption competition are: Matt Wilcock, Lincoln; Vaughan Johnson, Biggleswade; Sue Woollard, Westcliff-on-Sea. They will be notified by e-mail and each will receive a small souvenir of Declan's round-Britain rally.


    Tuesday 3 May

  • DNA History
    We talked to the National Geographic's Explorer in Residence, Dr Spencer Wells. He's using people's DNA profiles to provide a better picture of where mankind originated. He mentioned that anyone can volunteer to give DNA samples, using a cheek swab. You need to go to the National Geographic's website. It has been pointed out to us by viewers that it costs $99.95 plus postage, to take part using the cheek swab kit

  • Asthma
    We talked to our resident GP Dr Rosemary Leonard about World Asthma Day Asthma UK also runs a helpline: 08457 01 02 03




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