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Today guest editors 2010

Each year, the Today programme hands over the editorial reins to five public figures, giving them a chance to decide what goes on the programme between Christmas and New Year.

Previous guest editors include Yoko Ono, Zadie Smith, Jarvis Cocker, Anthony Minghella, Professor Stephen Hawking, PD James and David Hockney.

This years editors, listed below, are responsible for between a third and a half of their programme's output, aided of course by Today's producers and reporters.

Diana Athill

Diana Athill has enjoyed a gilded career, first at the BBC, then as literary editor and latterly as an award-winning memoirist. Now in her 90s, she recently moved into an old people's home and her impressions of this major change in her life have been a regular feature on the Today programme.

A staunch atheist, Diana Athill asks Archibishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams what faith, or the lack of it, tells us about a person. She also champions bedtime stories for adults.

Colin Firth

Colin Firth, Bafta winner and Academy Award nominated actor, has starred in films including A Single Man, Mamma Mia and Love Actually. His latest film is The King's Speech.

Colin's programme investigates the effectiveness of international aid and whether the structure of our brains dictate our political inclinations. Also in his programme, Rupert Everett on homophobia in Hollywood and John Humphrys and Dame Edna Everage reunited.

Sam Taylor-Wood

Sam Taylor-Wood was an influential photographer and conceptual artist before moving into the world of film-making. Her debut feature film as a director, Nowhere Boy, examined John Lennon's teenage years in Liverpool.

In her programme, Sam investigates whether childbirth is increasingly seen as a medical problem rather than a natural process. She also examines the role of women in Hollywood.

Richard Ingrams

Richard Ingrams is best known as one of the founders of the satirical magazine Private Eye, which he edited between 1963 and 1986. In 1992 he created another magazine, The Oldie, which he still edits as well as writing a regular column in The Independent.

Richard will chew the fat with Peter O'Toole and reopens the case of James Hanratty, hanged for murder in 1961. And from de Manio to Peston, what makes a good broadcast voice?

Dame Clara Furse

Dame Clara Furse was Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange between 2001 and 2009, and was the first woman to occupy the position. In 2007, she was named as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

She now sits as a non-executive Director on the board of the global investment bank Nomura, Legal & General Plc and Amadeus IT Holding SA. She is also a Director of TheCityUK.

In her programme, Dame Clara asks what the origins of one of the country's leading sectors - financial services - can teach us about its future. She will also be exploring why girls are outperforming boys at school.

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Martin Rees Martin Rees
Cosmologist, Astronomer Royal and President of the Royal Society

David Hockney David Hockney
One of the most influential British artists of the 21st century

Tony Adams Tony Adams
Football manager and former Arsenal and England defender

PD James PD James
Best-selling crime writer and Conservative peer

Robert Wyatt Robert Wyatt
Solo musician and Soft Machine founder member

Baroness Williams Shirley Williams
Senior Liberal Democrat politician

David Hockney Audio slideshow
The world through Hockney's eyes

William Petersen, Paul Guilfoyle, and Marg Helgenberger, investigate a bomb explosion in a scene from the first season of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Crime friction
Sir Ian Blair's fears over the power of crime drama

The South Oxhey Community Choir perform at St Albanís Cathedral Britain's choirs
Listen to the amateur choirs singing in the UK

Mark Rylance as 'Rooster' Byron in Jerusalem Just the ticket
Are we in the midst of a golden age of British theatre?



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