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Today: Friday 20th August

The Government has urged Libya to show restraint by not celebrating the first anniversary of the release of the Lockerbie bomber. And why it is not all glamour for athletes hoping to make Britain's 2010 Olympic squad.

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Business news with Nick Cosgrove: Irwin Lee, the man in charge of Procter and Gamble UK, discusses how almost every home in Britain contains at least one P&G product.

"Never in the field of human conflict, was so much owed by so many to so few." Listen to extracts from the speech by Sir Winston Churchill spoken 70 years ago to the day.

Not all would-be Olympic athletes enjoy a glamorous life. Sports correspondent Rob Bonnet met up with Lucy Boggis, better known as Tempest in Sky TV's Gladiators and a 2012 heptathlon hopeful, who lives in a caravan in Lee Valley.

The Home Office is considering withdrawing welfare benefits from people dependent on drugs and alcohol who refuse treatment. Martin Barnes, the chief executive of DrugScope, discusses the drawbacks to such a scheme.

Republican dissidents have been blamed for the recent bomb attack in Lurgan, Northern Ireland and are said to be recruiting openly in the area. Ireland reporter Andy Martin went to Lurgan with Tim Chapman, a former probation worker, to find out why young people are getting involved in the violence.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Competition to get to university is fierce, following the release of A-level results in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. UCAS chief executive Mary Curnock Cook explains how hard it is for those who do not quite make the grade.

The Australian election has produced an unexpectedly close race as it enters the last day of campaigning. Australia correspondent Nick Bryant reports on a particularly brutal phase in Australian politics.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Winston Churchill's famous tribute to the pilots of the Battle of Britain is being commemorated today. For the fourth in a series of reports about the events of 1940, Sanchia Berg speaks to William Walker, who flew Spitfires in the conflict.

The paper review.

Four US senators have renewed their call for an independent investigation into why Abdelbasset al Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber , was set free a year ago today. Matthew Price reports on his controversial release.

The thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.

The compensation fund for people affected by the proposed High Speed Rail Link between London and Birmingham is launched today. Transport correspondent Richard Scott looks at the proposal. Catherine Gurney, from High Speed 2 Action Alliance, and estate agent John Oakley discuss whether householders are getting enough support.

There will be a peace vigil this weekend in Lurgan in Northern Ireland on the site of the bombing that injured three children a week ago. BBC reporter Andy Martin talks to local young people who openly support the Real IRA and Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson outlines what the government can do to prevent the spread of violence.

A semi-autobiographical script about the legendary French actor and director Jacques Tati has been brought to life in an animated film. Nicola Stanbridge speaks to the director Sylvain Chomet about his homage to Tati.

One of Scotland's best-known and most influential poets, Edwin Morgan, has died. Listen to an extract of the Scots Makar, or national poet, reading from his poem The Apple Song.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

It is the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill's speech praising "the few" of the Battle of Britain. History professor Norman Davies and author James Holland discuss whether we in fact mis-remember this hugely significant moment in the nation's history.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The UN appears to have met its £300m target for aid to Pakistan. South Asia Correspondent Chris Morris examines the how this latest natural disaster might affect the country's fight against Islamic extremism.

Road safety campaigners will protest in Wiltshire today in favour of speed cameras. Executive director of Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, Robert Gifford and Daily Telegraph agony uncle Honest John debate if this marks the end of the war on motorists.

One year ago today, the Scottish government freed the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing on compassionate grounds. First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond responds to the current calls by US senators for an independent review into the release.



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