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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 December 2005, 16:45 GMT
Tuesday, 20 December, 2005
Jeremy Paxman

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DETAILS OF TONIGHT'S PROGRAMME

From programme producer Robbie Gibb

CHINA ECONOMY

There's been a massive error in assessing the size of the Chinese economy. It's actually $285 billion a year bigger than we thought. This could mean it will overtake the UK as the 4th largest economy in the world, by the end of next year. The new figures follow a new economic census conducted in China by 10 million census takers. We'll be talking to the President of the China-Britain Business Council, Lord Powell, about whether we have anything to fear?

MURDER DEFINITION

We'll be debating the new Law Commission proposals on redefining murder. Is this a sensible tidying up exercise or is this a cynical way to get prison numbers down?

BEHEADINGS

Rachel Harvey reports from Indonesia about the horrific story of the beheading of three Christian schoolgirls on their way to school by a group of militant Islamists.

RUDE AWAKENING?

And has Britain become a ruder country in the last 10 years? If book sales are any guide, the public seem to think so, with books about rudeness dominating the bestseller lists. Jeremy goes walk about in Oxford Circus and asks shoppers what they think and whether the new era of courteous politics promised by David Cameron will make a difference?


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