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Today: Monday 16th August

Ministers are expected to announce an end to all mixed-sex hospital wards in England, except in intensive care and A-and-E. And as he leaves the Office for Budget Responsibility, Sir Alan Budd talks about his three months in the job.

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Business news with Steve Evans: Japan's quarterly economic growth results have been announced at just 0.1% - lower than economists had predicted. Dr Seijiro Takeshita, of Mizuho International banks, explains why he believes the current economic strategy in the country is not working.

Can seasoned Shakespearian theatre directors score an A-star in the new A-level examinations? Theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn, founder of the Reduced Shakespeare Company Adam Long and Dr Jennie Stephens, a consultant to Ofqual, put a question on Shakespeare's Hamlet to the test.

The Piper Alpha disaster was widely reported, but the devastation it caused to marine life was not. Mike Thomson reports on the pollution still threatening the environment 22 years on.

There are fears that clean drinking water is running out in flood-hit Pakistan. Doctor Ahmed Mukhtar Amin, of Medecin Sans Frontieres, discusses rising concerns that cholera could become a major problem in the region.

Business news with Steve Evans.

The government wants to allow villagers in England to hold their own referendums on whether new housing developments should be built. BBC reporter Ed Thomas discusses the idea with people in the Yorkshire Dales and Lord Taylor, of the Rural Coalition, explains his concerns over the strategy.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

Politicians in Northern Ireland have condemned petrol bomb attacks on police officers dealing with a series of security alerts in County Armagh. Chief Inspector Sam Cordner, of the police service of Northern Ireland, and Margaret Ritchie, the leader of the nationalist SDLP, discuss whether the police are receiving the intelligence they need to combat the threat from dissident republicans.

The paper review.

The Battle of Britain entered its most critical phase 70 years ago this week. Reporter Sanchia Berg talks to Tom Neil, then a pilot officer based in southern England.

The thought for the day with Reverend Dr David Wilkinson.

A-levels will include an A-star grade for the first time this year, in order to make it easier for universities to choose the best students. Professor Roger Murphy of Nottingham University and Chief Executive of Ofqual Isabel Nisbet discuss whether it is too easy to get an A-level.

Economist Sir Alan Budd was appointed by the coalition to set up the Office For Budget Responsibility (OBR) - to provide economic growth forecasts and government borrowing analysis. Sir Alan, who left the post three months later to make way for an officially appointed chairperson, reflects on his period in charge of the OBR.

The government says it will put an end to mixed-sex hospital wards in England. Vanessa Bourne, of the Patients Association, and Anthony Sumara, of the Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals Trust, discuss whether move the will be welcomed by patients.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says the devastation from the floods in Pakistan is the worst he has ever seen. BBC correspondent Mike Wooldridge describes the situation on the ground in northern Pakistan and Shoaib Hasan reports from Karachi. International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell analyses whether the international response to the disaster has been adequate.

Severe flooding is causing devastation in Niger, which is already facing the worst famine in its history. Save the Children's Mallary Gelb describes the extent of the crisis.

Business news with Steve Evans.

A luxury shopping arcade in the City of London was raided by criminals on Saturday night. Former commander of the Flying Squad John O'Connor debates how you might go about catching the thieves.

Adrian Bevington, managing director of Club England at the FA said yesterday on Garry Richardson's Sportsweek that "in the future, the England team should be managed by an English manager". Sports columnist Matthew Syed and headhunter Ken Brotherston debate whether understanding the language, culture and customs of the country is essential in football management.

Jason Manford and Alex Jones take over as the new presenters of BBC1's The One Show this week. Television critic Andrew Billen and Dianne Nelmes, of Liberty Bell productions, discuss what makes chemistry between TV presenters work.



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