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Today: Friday 22nd October

The government has published more details of its proposals for a levy on banks, which would raise about £2.5bn a year from 2012. And the history of the universe in a pebble.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie: Rupert Murdoch's attack on those who want to rein in his media empire. And Friday boss Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and chief executive of the world's largest advertising group WPP.

There was considerable interest in what Rupert Murdoch had to say last night when he gave the inaugural Margaret Thatcher lecture at the Centre for Policy Studies. Lord Maurice Saatchi, chairman of the centre explains the philosophy that unites Murdoch and Thatcher. Business editor Robert Peston, who was at the speech, outlines Mr Murdoch's attitude towards the BBC.

The US mid-term elections are just over a week away, with polarized campaigning on both sides. North America editor Mark Mardell reports on the bitter battle taking place in the state of Delaware.

The post-mortem and toxicology reports written after the death of Dr David Kelly are being published. Home Affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford considers the calls for a further inquest into Dr Kelly's death.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

A landmark review into the treatment of victims of sexual violence, which was published seven months ago, has been called into question by the woman behind that inquiry. Baroness Vivien Stern explains her concerns that the review will have little effect.

Paper review.

A Harvard medical student has devised a system to help marathon runners avoid "the wall", a point at which runners struggle after having burnt through all their carbohydrates and have to start burning fat. Benjamin Rapaport explains how the system works.

A previously unknown short story by Anthony Burgess has been unearthed, after lying unread in the archives for more than a decade. Dr Andrew Biswell, director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation explains how he discovered the story.

Thought for the Day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth.

Three Conservative run London Councils - Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Kensington and Chelsea, are planning to announce a merger of services in a move that could save between £50m - £100m a year. Stephen Greenhalgh, leader of Hammersmith and Fulham council, explains the effect on local democracy.

The government has published more details of its proposals for a levy on banks, which should raise about £2.5bn a year from 2012. Former City minister Lord Myners and Andrew Tyrie, of the Treasury Select Committee, discuss the proposal.

The head of NewsCorp, Rupert Murdoch, has made a veiled attack on those seeking to rein in his media empire. Biographer William Shawcross and journalist Henry Porter analyse Rupert Murdoch's influence in British society.

A musical about Ian Dury and his band The Blockheads opens in London tonight. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge went to the rehearsals to hear about the man and his music.

Sport with Chris Dennis.

How should Ed Miliband position the Labour party in response to the Spending Review? Norman Smith reports on those within the party urging him to find some common ground over the cuts.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Can the history of the universe be summed up in a single stone? Science correspondent Tom Feilden explores the construction of the solar system through pebbles on a beach.

The nation is relying on UK businesses to deliver wealth and jobs at a time of austerity. One of the grand statesmen of British business, Sir John Parker, debates the future of the UK economy.

French unions have called two more national days of action to protest against the government's pension reforms. Political analyst Dominique Moisi and Pierre-Yves Gerbeau of Xleisure discuss whether France has a better quality of life and better economy than the UK.



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