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Today: Saturday 1st May

High winds and choppy seas have hampered efforts to hold back the oil slick heading towards four US states. As the final weekend of election campaigning begins, two national newspapers have abandoned support for Labour. And protests are expected in Greece as the country braces itself for an austerity plan.

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The newspapers have begun to declare their allegiances in the election campaign, and the surprise is The Guardian, as it has decided to back the Liberal Democrats after supporting Labour for nearly 30 years. Political correspondent Adam Fleming discusses how the party leaders, candidates and workers will be stepping up their efforts over the next 72 hours.

More resources are being deployed to contain the massive oil spill drifting towards the US state of Louisiana as more and more oil is spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. Correspondent Andy Gallacher explains how the slick is threatening wildlife and the fishing industry.

The paper review.

All the opinion polls can tell us about the election result is that the Conservatives are doing a bit better than the others, and the bookies have changed their odds. Former England cricketer and now a lead writer for The Times, Ed Smith, reports on how we decide to vote.

The Shanghai Expo, which has cost more than the last Olympics, opened last night amid great fanfare. BBC correspondent Chris Hogg reports how leaders from 20 countries were on hand for the spectacular firework display which launched the event.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Allegations have been made in the High Court this week that prisoners captured by British troops in Afghanistan have been tortured after being handed over to the Afghan intelligence service, the NDS. Correspondent Hilary Andersson reports on how she tracked down some of the prisoners at the centre of the torture claims.

The paper review.

In March this year a family of Russian asylum seekers jumped to their deaths from the high rise flats on the Red Road estate in Glasgow. Jim Naughtie visited the estate to see what life is like for the thousands of refugees residing there.

Thought for the day with Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican Priest.

Eurozone finance ministers are set to hold emergency discussions to settle the remaining details of a rescue package that will enable Greece to draw on more than €100bn in loans from the International Monetary Fund and the eurozone between now and 2012.

James Naughtie reports on the last weekend of an election campaign that has produced more unexpected twists and surprises than perhaps we could have hoped for; a contest that promises a dramatic last lap before everything is decided on Thursday. Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde John Curtice discusses what the latest polls are saying.

Adolf Hitler committed suicide 65 years ago and the day before his death he drafted a will which fell into the British hands. Herman Rothman, who fled to the UK from Germany when he was 14, explains what happened the day he came across Hitler's will.

Finance ministers from the 16 eurozone countries will meet tomorrow to hammer out a deal to sort out Greece's problems. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt discusses how Greece is preparing severe measures to cut its budget deficit.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

High winds and choppy seas have hampered efforts to hold back the oil slick heading towards the coast of four US states. The BBC's Matthew Price reports from Louisiana and BP spokesman Andrew Gowers discusses what the spill means for both his company and world oil supplies.

The leadership debates are over but how much of what was said should we believe? US authors Tom Cathcart and Daniel Klein are experts on political doublespeak, and they analyse the language of the prime ministerial debates.

During the last 13 years of Labour government Britain has become a more liberal society, at least in the terms of our attitudes towards sex and homosexuality. Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes, Conservative David Willetts and Labour's David Blunkett discuss whether politicians are responsible for the changes or if they have followed where we have led.

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