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Today: Monday 4 August 2008

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Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who exposed Stalin's prison system in his novels and spent 20 years in exile, has died near Moscow at the age of 89. Author DM Thomas and Archie Barron, former BBC documentary maker, discuss the life of the writer.

A group of ex-Labour ministers are to set out their own policy agenda to fill what they see as a "vacuum" at the heart of government. Political correspondent Iain Watson reports.

Business news with Richard Scott.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is meeting in Beijing, just four days before the opening ceremony. At this year's meeting, however, the IOC's structure itself is up for review. Sports editor Mihir Bose reports from Beijing.

You can now take a direct ferry to the Scottish island of Jura from the mainland. It is the first direct link to the island for 30 years. James Shaw reports from the pier in Jura.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A cross party committee of MPs is critical of the government's plans for a graduated car tax. Conservative Tim Yeo, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, and former Labour minister Peter Kilfoyle, discuss whether drivers will benefit from the changes.

Today's papers.

Researchers at the Health Protection Agency say that vaccinating children under five against flu will cut the number of infections and even deaths among the elderly. Professor Steve Field, of the Royal College of GPs, discusses whether this should be done.

It is feared 11 climbers were killed after an avalanche on the mountain K2 in the Himalayas. Terrence Bannon, an Irish mountaineer, talks about how he knows one of those who is missing.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr Alan Billings.

Jacob Zuma, the leader of South Africa's governing African National Congress, is going to court in a further bid to have corruption charges against him dropped. Southern Africa correspondent Peter Biles reports from outside the high court in Pietermaritzburg.

Michael Gove, the shadow schools secretary, will claim in a speech that the education system is perpetuating inequality in England and that reforming schools, along with strengthening families, is the way to a fairer society. He discusses his idea with Schools Minister Jim Knight.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Nobel Laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn has died at the age of 89. Dr Michael Nicholson, of University College Oxford, and Lord Pearson of Rannoch, UK guardian to Solzhenitsyn's son, talk about the man who exposed Stalin's prison system in his novels.

It is 27 years since Brian Eno teamed up with David Byrne of Talking Heads to record the landmark album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. They are back together to record a new work, being released on the internet. Mark Coles reports.

Business news with Richard Scott.

A new film of Brideshead Revisited has just opened in the US to a poor reception from critics. Giles Foden, of the University of East Anglia, and novelist Deborah Moggach discuss the dangers of trying to put novels on the big screen.

Bishops who gathered in Canterbury for the Lambeth conference of the worldwide Anglican Communion are on their way home. What did their meeting achieve? Nick Baines, Bishop of Croydon, discusses whether the crisis over homosexuality within the church has been solved.


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