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Friday 28th January

Security forces in Egypt have arrested members of a major opposition group - as they prepare to deal with more anti-government protests. Also in today's programme, has rock music become too posh?

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A huge number of county court judgements - what you obtain when you sue your builder - seem to be going unpaid, and enforcement is proving a real problem. Legal affairs analyst Clive Coleman reports.

Egyptian security forces are bracing themselves for large scale rallies after Friday prayers, amid reports of mass internet disruption and arrests of opposition figures. Jon Leyne gives us the latest from Cairo.

Trade union leaders are meeting in what is being called "a strike summit" to decide how they should oppose the government's plans for cuts. Chief political correspondent Norman Smith explains why the union movement is far from united.

Business news with Dominic Laurie

One of the justifications the government give for the big changes in the NHS is that it lags behind other European countries in treating illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. But that analysis is now being questioned by experts at the King's Fund. Their chief economist Prof John Appleby explains why.

State owned Northern Rock has been divided into two - a so-called good and bad bank - and the intention is to sell off the good bank and return it to the private sector. Labour MP Chuka Umunna discusses his opposition to the plans.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet

The convictions of 20 environmentalists are to be reviewed following the collapse of a trial, due to the involvement of an undercover cop who had infiltrated the group. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw updates us on recent events and Ben Stewart, one of those whose conviction is being reviewed, outlines their case.

Paper review.

While Jonathan Swift was busy making his name as a clergyman writing political and religious satires such as Gulliver's Travels, he was also writing love letters to two women simultaneously. English academic Dr Abigail Williams made the discovery by applying digital image analysis and explains the findings.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Dr Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Ahead of this weekend's rallies in London and Manchester, trade union leaders are meet to discuss how else to protest against planned cuts in public spending. Head of PCSU Mark Serwotka and Francis Maude, cabinet office minister, explain their opposing views on the issue.

Egypt is experiencing the largest political unrest since President Mubarak came into power over 30 years ago. Jeremy Bowen is in Cairo and reports on the latest events, and Middle East Peace Envoy Tony Blair speaks to Justin Webb about what he thinks Egypt's president should do.

Members of the most successful bands have had a private school education, according to a music magazine. Today reporter Tom Bateman investigates whether pop has become posh.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Lower incomes and rising inflation means this country is facing the biggest squeeze on living standards since the 1920s. Loughborough University's Donald Hirsch gives us his views on the groups being hit hardest.

Protests are expected to escalate in Egypt after Friday prayer. Jon Leyne speaks to a protester about the reason he is taking to the streets.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Bill Gates has made it his personal mission to eradicate polio and is urging people to give money to the cause. He tells Justin Webb how realistic this goal is.

Food was the driving force behind the causes and outcome of World War Two, according to new book The Taste of War. Author Lizzie Collingham explains how hunger has been used as a weapon of war.

How similar is the situation Britain is facing today to the Winter of Discontent? Nick Jones, the BBC's industrial correspondent in the 70s and 80s, and Rodney Bickerstaffe, the leader of Unison at the time, discuss the historical parallels between now and the height of union power.


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