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Today: Wednesday 8th September

First and Second Degree murder charges should be introduced in England and Wales, according to the Director of Public Prosecutions. We talk to a man who found a prisoner of war camp in his back garden. And Stephen Hawking outlines his theory about the meaning of life.

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Business news with Nick Cosgrove: Gas and oil consultant Azfar Shaukat talks about BP's report on the causes of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, released later today. Simon Middleton of the Brand Strategy Guru consultancy analyses whether the electrical retailer DSG International should change its name back to Dixons.

BP will publish a report today into the causes of its Deepwater oil rig accident in the gulf of Mexico in April. Business editor Robert Peston analyses how the disaster has affected the company.

Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has said that he sees no necessity for God in the creation of the universe and that philosophy is dead. He explains why M-theory is the best explanation for the existence of the universe. Science correspondent Tom Feilden explains M-theory and its significance to science.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Should Hamas be included in Middle East peace talks? Jon Donnison reports on how Hamas still has a strong influence in Gaza and the West Bank, despite the efforts by the Israeli and Palestinian security services to crack down on the organisation.

The sports news with Gary Richardson.

Should there be first and second degree murder in England and Wales, in the same way in the US? Nicola Stanbridge reports on the difficulties faced in group prosecutions when only one degree of murder is available to prosecutors.

The paper review.

A plumber in Hertfordshire has discovered a World War II prisoner of war camp when he was digging at the bottom of his back garden. David Murray describes how he has so far excavated thousands of items including a live grenade.

Thought for the Day with the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

The government spends more than £4bn each year on scientific research. Business Secretary Vince Cable outlines how he aims to cut this budget without harming the knowledge economy.

The director of Public Prosecutions has joined calls for first and second degree murder charges to be introduced in England and Wales, along the lines of the US system. Legal affairs analyst Clive Coleman, former commissioner of Metropolitan Police Ian Blair and Labour MP Diane Abbott debate whether the UK should have multiple murder legal systems.

A play looking at the life of one of the most colourful and controversial characters of the 20th century, Aristotle Onassis, opens in Derby this week and then in London next month. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones went to watch the rehearsals.

The sports news with Gary Richardson.

Stephen Hawking has declared that religion and philosophy are no longer necessary to explain the universe. Professor of synaptic pharmacology Baroness Greenfield and philosopher Professor AC Grayling discuss whether scientific advances have made philosophy irrelevant.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The island of Guernsey is still marred by a lake of oil left behind from the Torrey Canyon, a tanker that ran aground off the south-west coast of England in 1967. BBC's correspondent Mike Williams went to see how efforts are finally being made to tackle the remains of that huge disaster.

Author John Le Carre is to publish a new thriller dealing with issues of money laundering, international espionage and the Russification of British life. He let Justin Webb in on the background to the book.

Talking about the News of the World hacking allegations, Met Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates was shocked at the suggestion that police would want to turn a blind eye because they make money from tip offs from the tabloids. Former detective Mark Williams-Thomas and former crime reporter Wensley Clarkson debate how the relationship between the press and the police has changed over the years.



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