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Today: Thursday 27 August 2009

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The boss of the UK's financial watchdog has said he backs a new tax on banks as a means to prevent excess bonus payments in the industry. And a patient lobby group is demanding an urgent review of basic hospital care after highlighting accounts of "appalling" NHS standards.


The Rugby Football Union (RFU) could consider further action against Harlequins after the publication of Tom Williams' testimony in the fake blood scandal. Francis Baron, chief executive of the RFU, discusses revelations that Williams was placed under immense pressure not to disclose full details of the scam.


More than 600,000 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive their GCSE results. Sir Mike Tomlinson, former chief inspector of schools, examines the likelihood of an increase in the number of of A and A* grades.


China is trying to move away from the use of executed prisoners as the major source of organs for transplants. Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International's director for the Asia-Pacific Region, considers whether a cultural bias in the country against removing organs after death will make a voluntary scheme hard to implement.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.


What will be the legacy of Edward Kennedy? One segment of the US which remains ferociously loyal to his memory is the African American community. Correspondent Kevin Connolly visits the site of the oldest African American church in the United States, the African Methodist Episcopal in downtown Philadelphia, to ask how the people there how they will remember the senator.

Sports news with Arlo White.


Can climate change be tackled using mechanical trees and algae? Science correspondent Tom Feilden reflects on the first published 100-year action plan to tackle climate change. Dr Tim Fox, head of environment and climate change at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, discusses whether an artificial environment could be the solution to global warming.

Today's papers.


The oldest known instrumental music in Scotland has been discovered, researchers say. Reporter Huw Williams visits Stirling to hear the music that could have formed a soundtrack to the time when Mary, Queen of Scots lived in Stirling Castle.

Thought for the day with Professor Mona Siddiqui, of the University of Glasgow.


The violence that marred Tuesday's Carling Cup clash between West Ham and Millwall at Upton Park has brought the idea of hooliganism back into the spotlight. Reporter Jack Izzard speaks to two former hooligans about what makes people get involved in this kind of violence. Author Caroline Gall considers the extent of damage violence does to the glossy image of the Premier League.


A patient lobby group is demanding an urgent review of basic hospital care after highlighting accounts of "appalling" NHS standards. Michael Summers, vice chairman of the Patients Association, and Dame Christine Beasley, the chief nursing officer for England, discuss whether the NHS is offering a satisfactory service.


The boss of the UK's financial watchdog Lord Turner has said he backs a new tax on banks as a means to prevent excess bonus payments in the industry. Angela Knight, of the British Bankers Association, discusses Lord Turner's comment that much of the activity of the City of London is "socially useless".


The number of cycle journeys in London has risen by 107% since the inception of Transport for London in 2000. Today's new presenter, Justin Webb, joins a "bicycle convoy" from the suburbs into central London - designed to tempt new urban cyclists into the saddle.

Sports news with Arlo White.


Scientists in the US are experimenting with a technique which seems to promise to rid future generations of some inherited diseases. Professor Peter Braude, of the department of women's health at King's College, London, explains the medical potential of germline gene therapy.


It is 30 years since an IRA bomb killed Lord Mountbatten, the cousin of the Queen. The bomb was placed in a boat. Mountbatten's grandson Timothy Knatchbull, who was also in the boat and survived the explosion, revisits the day his grandfather died.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.


The British Museum and the York Museums Trust are showing off one of Britain's most important discoveries of Viking treasure. Arts correspondent David Sillito reports on the Vale of York Hoard, seen as the most important find of its type in Britain in over 150 years.


For many years "liberal" has been a dangerous word in US politics yet much of the praise given to Ted Kennedy has been for his championing of liberal values. John Micklethwait, editor of the Economist, and Jonathon Freedland, of The Guardian, discuss what effect his death will have on liberal politics.


With the recession biting and the exchange rates against us, 2009 has been billed as the year of the "staycation". James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland, and Tracy Corrigan, of the Daily Telegraph, discuss whether Brits really have been staying at home.

John and Justin's review
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