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Today: Friday 16th April

Politicians, pollsters and pundits have all given their verdicts on last night's historic televised prime ministerial debate. Air passengers face another day of cancelled flights because of the volcanic dust cloud over the United Kingdom. And the controversial comedian Roy Chubby Brown on how he would have won the debate.

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Steve Hewlett of the Media show on Radio 4 sums up the mood after the first election debate last night. And is the former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown happy with the outcome for his party?

Over this weekend a music festival in London is bravely staging the complete works of Edgard Varese, the composer seen as 'the father of electronic music'. Nicola Stanbridge met the composer's followers.

Paul Haskins of the National Air Traffic Service looks at how likely it is that UK flights will return to normal this evening after a volcanic ash cloud covered much of the UK.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Today Programme's own panel of debate watchers - Rob Oakes, Sally Webb, John Consterdine and Liz Bielinska - assesses the party leaders' performance last night.

The paper review.

A new play opens this week about an elite dining society, the Bullingdon Club. BBC arts editor Will Gompertz and the writer Harry Mount review its subject.

Thought for the day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

The British Chiropractic Association has admitted defeat in its two year fight against the science writer Simon Singh. Mr Singh and libel lawyer Magnus Boyd review its subject. discuss the right to use the defence of "fair comment" in Mr Singh's case.

What is the public feeling about the electoral debate last night? American pollster Frank Luntz put together a focus group of voters to watch the political exchange. He reflects on the outcome.

And the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson reviews the mood in Manchester where the debate was broadcast.

The controversial comedian Roy Chubby Brown gives tips on how he would have won the debate last night.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Brian Golding from the Met Office describes how the volcanic cloud is travelling over Europe and vulcanologist Steve Sparks examines the health hazards connected with the volcanic ash now starting to fall to earth in parts of Britain.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

Roman Polanski's new political thriller, The Ghost Writer, comes into cinemas today. It raises huge public interest for its strong allusion to Tony Blair's leadership and the Iraq war. James Naughtie talks to its author, Robert Harris.

Army bomb disposal experts recently returned from duty in Afghanistan will be honoured today, parading through Didcot in Oxfordshire today before being given campaign medals. Our defence correspondent, Caroline Wyatt, reports on a poignant homecoming.

What have the arts ever done for us? Angie Robinson of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Alex Poots, organiser of the Manchester International Festival, and singer Guy Garvey debate how well suited Manchester is to represent the arts.

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