• News Feeds
Page last updated at 05:53 GMT, Friday, 26 August 2011 06:53 UK
Today: Friday 26th August

Rebel leaders in Libya have moved their government from Benghazi to Tripoli, as the hunt for Colonel Gaddafi continues. Experts are predicting that the number of clinically obese people in the UK could increase by 11 million over the next two decades. Also on today's programme, country music star Glen Campbell on living with Alzheimer's.

To speed up the loading time for this running order, we have replaced the audio with links. To hear the reports, interviews and discussions, just click on the links.

Get in touch via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.

Business news with Dominic Laurie, on why one of the world's most richest investors is buying a huge stake in one of the US's biggest banks, and with Friday boss Russell Start, UK managing director of Pickfords.

Medics are warning of a huge increase in obesity in the UK, while obesity rates around the world are also soaring. Director of health in Tonga Siale Akau'Ola, explains that a problem with "quantity" has fuelled an obesity epidemic.

Social bond schemes, in which private investors give money to projects to tackle social deprivation and are paid if they are successful, are being piloted in four local authorities. Sir Ronald Cohen, co-founder of Social Finance which helped develop the bonds, and Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee debate whether the scheme will work.

The hunt to find Colonel Gaddafi in Libya continues, as rebels move their government from Benghazi to Tripoli. World affairs editor John Simpson explains why we should not be confused into thinking the Libyan revolution still hangs in the balance.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Blister packs of anti-psychotic drugs have been discovered in three boxes of Nurofen Plus across the UK. Neal Patel of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society examines what could have gone wrong.

The first biography of Marty Feldman, a key figure in the history of British comedy who paved the way for Monty Python and ended up a Hollywood star, is being published. Today's Nicola Stanbridge spoke to author Robert Ross and Marty's old friend Tim Brooke-Taylor about the man and his wit.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Many of the rebels who led the decisive assault on Tripoli came from the mountains of western Libya. Today's Andrew Hosken reports from their local headquarters in the town of Zintan and spoke to two fighters who took part in the battle for Tripoli.

Paper review.

Arctic explorer Jock Wishart and his crew of five oarsmen have just become the first people to row to the North Pole. From a satellite phone near the pole, he describes the journey.

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

Medical experts are warning that 40% of the UK's adult population could be obese by 2040, as global rates of obesity continue to rise. Klim McPherson, who co-authored one of the reports published in the Lancet, explains the cost to society. And Dan Roper, a GP from Hull, outlines the sort of advice that could help patients.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has welcomed a new era of liberty, justice and peace for Libya, but to achieve this rebel forces must secure weapon stock piles, prevent revenge attacks, and guard against extremism. Wyre Davis reports on the likelihood of these aims being secured. And Paul Wood reports on battles to come.

While other stars have retreated from public life in the face of illness, the country music singer Glen Campbell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's nine months ago, has been determined to remain in the spotlight and is arriving in the UK for a farewell tour. The BBC's Peter Bowes has been to see the 75-year-old, known for hits including Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman, at his home in California.

The financial crisis in the eurozone has sparked concern over the best way to handle the future of European banks. Economist Terry Smith, chief executive of city broker Tullett Prebon, talks about bad weather ahead for the banking sector.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Scientists have blamed government inertia and food industry lobbying for rising levels of obesity in Britain, with new figures showing that the number of obese people could jump to 26 million by 2030. Terry Jones of the Food and Drink Federation responds to the report published in the Lancet.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Why do our leaders lie? Prominent US academic Professor John Mearsheimer, of the University of Chicago, and former foreign office minister Kim Howells debate how hard it can be to tell the truth in public life.

A government scheme to help 120,000 problem families will allow charities and companies to invest in social bonds that are repaid if the projects they finance are successful. Natasha Bishop, head of family recovery at Westminster Council in London, considers the impact they could have on troubled homes.

One of the most graphic images from the recent riots in London was the blaze at the House of Reeves furniture store in Croydon. Trevor Reeves, director of the family business, explains about how they got the company back up and running.

MI5 files released by the National Archive have shed light on the involvement of Jeeves and Wooster author PG Wodehouse with the Nazis. Security correspondent Gordon Corera looks back at Mr Wodehouse's big mistake. And Wodehouse's biographer Robert McCrum reflects on the guilt he felt when he realised just what he had done.



Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific