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Today: Thursday 16 April 2009

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Thousands of holidaymakers and hauliers trying to cross the Channel are facing a third day of disruption because of industrial action by French fishermen. And civil servants exaggerated the seriousness of Home Office leaks which led to the arrest of Tory MP Damian Green, a committee of MPs has said.


Broadcaster and former Liberal MP Sir Clement Freud has died aged 84. A statement from his family said Sir Clement had died on Wednesday evening at his London home.


French unions will meet to decide on the government's proposal to aid fishermen, who had been blockading the Channel ports of Calais and Dunkirk. Richard Ashworth, Conservative MEP for south-east England, discusses a third day of disruption facing thousands of holidaymakers and hauliers.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


UK retail sales fell in March compared with a year earlier, the British Retail Consortium has said. Douglas McWilliams, chief executive at the Centre for Economics and Business Research, discusses whether the statistics - which showed total like-for-like sales in March actually rose by 0.6% - can be misleading.


Indians have begun voting in the first round of the country's 15th general elections. South Asia correspondent Chris Morris reports on the long process of voting in the election, which will not be completed until 13 May.

Sports news with Jon Myers.


Civil servants exaggerated the damage done by leaks at the Home Office to get the police to investigate, a committee of MPs says. Keith Vaz, chairman of the select committee responsible for the report, considers if police would have got involved if they had not been misled.

Today's papers.


Scientists have embarked on the biggest fish tagging and monitoring project ever undertaken, to find out why fewer and fewer fish have been making it back to the rivers to spawn. Reporter Tom Feilden visits the River Frome in Dorset to see how the scientists are progressing.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Angela Tilby, vicar of St Bene't's Church in Cambridge.


Almost a third of men and a fifth of women aged between 20 and 34 live at home with their parents, according to the Office for National Statistics. David Willetts, shadow innovation, universities and skills secretary, and Geoff Mulgan, director of the Young Foundation, discuss the statisticians' annual survey on the state of the nation.


The police investigation into leaks from the Home Office has thrown up more than one surprise. There was the arrest of the Conservative MP Damian Green, and the search of his offices in the House of Commons. Now, the Home Affairs Select Committee, which has been investigating the whole episode, says that civil servants exaggerated the seriousness of the leaks and the threat they posed to national security. Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, discusses how the story unfolded.


Broadcaster and former Liberal MP Sir Clement Freud has died aged 84. A grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, Sir Clement had a varied career as a cookery expert, press columnist and radio game show contestant. Stephen Fry remembers him as a raconteur who led a varied and fascinating life.


Fishermen blockading the Channel ports of Calais and Dunkirk have suspended their action, while considering an offer of state aid from the French government. Chris Laming, director of communications at P&O, describes what is happening to the thousands of holidaymakers and hauliers trying to cross the Channel, who still face disruption.

Sports news with Jon Myers.


The US special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, arrives in Israel for talks with the new government. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen and veteran Middle East peace negotiator Aaron Miller consider if Senator Mitchell stands any chance of making progress in the peace process.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


A list of the most popular songs used during funerals has been announced. Lorinda Sheasby, of Co-Operative Funeralcare, and Chris Hawkins, a presenter on BBC 6 Music, discuss the list topped by Frank Sinatra's My Way.


The Foreign Office has warned British tourists planning to visit Croatia this summer to be aware of a threat from organised crime in the country. Reporter Matt Prodger investigates the grip that corruption has on the country.


Most people think that England won the World Cup for the first time in 1966, but a minor league team from County Durham can lay claim to winning the first international trophy for England nearly 60 years before. Trevor Wood and Ed Waugh, the writers of a new play which commemorates the unlikely victory, explain the story of the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, held in Turin in 1909.


Carol Reed's film The Third Man celebrates its 60th birthday this year. Journalist Harry Mount and Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw discuss the film voted the greatest ever British film by the BFI.



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