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Today: Wednesday 20th October

Chancellor George Osborne prepares to unveil the long-awaited Comprehensive Spending Review, the biggest programme of spending cuts in the UK for decades. And how playground games have changed in a hundred years.

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Business news with Adam Shaw. Economist David Owen analyses the impact of the expected spending cuts on Britain's job market. And author Tony Mott examines the shift in the media industry from films to video games.

Chancellor George Osborne is preparing to unveil the long-awaited Comprehensive Spending Review, the biggest programme of spending cuts in the UK for decades. Carl Emmerson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies analyses the details of the planned savings.

France has experienced the largest and most disruptive of the protests against proposed pension reforms so far. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt caught up with the latest demonstrations in Paris. And French MP Herve Mariton discusses what impact the union unrest will have on the government's decisions.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

It is assumed that the grants to local authorities from central government will be cut, which means out-of-school services for children might be affected. Reporter Tom Bateman went to Devon to meet parents who worried about the expected cuts.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The BBC has had its licence fee frozen for six years in a deal which will see it take responsibility for funding the World Service and the Welsh language channel S4C. Former chief executive of Channel 5, David Elstein, examines the impact of the move.

Iraq still does not have a government, seven months after inconclusive elections. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen analyses whether the country could be on the brink of further sectarian conflict.

Paper review.

Probable government spending cuts of over £80bn are more severe than anything attempted in Britain since the early 1920s. Political correspondent Norman Smith seeks the advice of former politicians on the best way to cut the budget.

Thought for the Day with John Bell of the Iona Community.

The Supreme Court will rule today on whether a pre-nuptial agreements signed between the German heiress Katrin Radmacher and her French husband Nicolas Granatino is valid in England. Divorce lawyer Ayesha Vardag and family lawyer Andrew Newbury discuss the potential impact of the ruling.

Chancellor George Osborne will give details of how the government will cut 3% of spending over the next four years. Political editor Nick Robinson and economics editor Stephanie Flanders analyse the political and economic impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

How have playground games changed over the past hundred years? Sarah Montague met author Steve Roud in a school playground to discuss the most popular children's games.

The Governor of the Bank of England has hinted that the bank is ready to start another round of quantitative easing. Business editor Robert Peston looks at how the world's leading economies can work together to avoid the threat of currency manipulation and trade protectionism.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The BBC licence fee is to be frozen at the current level for the next six years and the corporation will have to pick up the cost of the World Service, S4C and investment in local TV. Former managing director of the BBC World Service Sir John Tusa and Jocelyn Hay, of the Voice of the Listener and Viewer, discuss how this decision will affect the Corporation.

A British aid worker abducted by masked gunmen in Somalia, Frans Barnard, was today said to be "on his way to a place of safety", six days after his ordeal began. Justin Forsythe of Save the Children outlines the details of the rescue operation.

British Airways cabin crew are to vote on a proposed deal aimed at ending their long dispute. Correspondent Martin Shankleman outlines the details of the deal.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

This programme has asked people working in the public sector for ideas of services that would improve the sector and cut cost. Andrew Hosken reports on how groups of older people have been saving local council money by helping each other.

Should the British follow the French example and take to the streets protesting against the spending cuts? Journalist Agnes Poirier and comedian Mark Steel discuss why Britain is so reluctant to demonstrate against its government.



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