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Today: Wednesday 29th December

Today's programme is edited by artist and film director Sam Taylor-Wood. She asks why so few women in Britain give birth at home and why so many people in Hollywood are image-obsessed.

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Our guest editor, Sam Taylor-Wood, is a great admirer of the work of Kids Company, a charity supporting vulnerable inner-city children in south London. Its founder Camila Batmanghelidjh explains the charity's work.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Some 40,000 homes in Northern Ireland have been left without water because of leaks caused by burst pipes. Dr John McMahon from Rostrevor in County Down has been without water since his stop valve froze a week ago. SDLP MP Dr Alastair McDonald considers who is to blame for the breakdown of Northern Ireland's water supply.

Today's guest editor, Sam Taylor-Wood, gave birth to her most recent baby at home and was surprised by people's reactions. Correspondent Jane Dreaper went to the Netherlands, which has a high home birth rate, to find out why childbirth is perceived differently in the country.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

It has been decided that Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes, who opposed changes to university tuition fees, is to advise the government on access to higher education for disadvantaged children. John Denham, the Labour spokesman on higher education, analyses why David Cameron made the appointment.

Seventy years ago today St Paul's Cathedral had a remarkable escape during the Blitz, an event captured in a now iconic photograph of the dome rising above the smoke and flames. BBC correspondent Robert Hall reports from Dowgate Fire Station in the City of London.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The shift in attitudes towards child birth is a subject that interests today's guest editor and recent mother, Sam Taylor-Wood. Cathy Warwick, general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, explains what the organisation believes is a "concerted and calculated backlash" against home births and midwife-led care.

Paper review.

Guest editor Sam Taylor-Wood admires the work of Kids Company, the charity founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh to support thousands of vulnerable inner-city children. One of these children describes the struggle they have gone through.

There are few people who knew and understood Pablo Picasso better than biographer John Richardson. Today's guest editor Sam Taylor-Wood asked John to tell the BBC 's arts editor, Will Gompertz, about some little known contradictions in Picasso's political beliefs.

In 2008, Peter Cowell was one of two Anglican clergymen who controversially entered into a civil partnership. At the time, Cowell was heartened at the support given by Giles Fraser on Thought for the Day on this programme, and guest editor Sam Taylor-Wood wanted to hear from him again.

England have beaten Australia and have retained the Ashes for the first time since the series of 1986-87. Robert Wainwright, of the Sydney Morning Herald, and Ed Smith, the former England cricketer, discuss whether this disaster is more than just a blip in Australian sport.

One of the subjects today's guest editor Sam Taylor-Wood wanted to investigate is the huge decline in the number of home births in the UK over the last four decades. She reports on why many people now see birth as a medical problem rather than a natural process.

Epiphany by Ted Hughes is one of the favourite poems of our guest editor, Sam Taylor-Wood. She asked her friend, the actor Daniel Craig, to read and record it for the programme. Audio no longer available

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The coming year is going to be the toughest the NHS has ever known, according to the acting chief executive of the body representing most of the trusts and health authorities in Britain. Nigel Edwards, of the NHS confederation, explains the organisation's fears.

Are famous people right to be so worried about their self-image? Actress Helena Bonham-Carter and film producer Lili Zanuck talk about vanity in the film industry.

Today's guest editor is the filmmaker, photographer and conceptual artist, Sam Taylor-Wood. James Naughtie spoke to her about whether she enjoyed the experience.



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