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Today: Saturday 8th October

The battle for Colonel Gaddafi's home town of Sirte is coming to a head - his forces are now trapped and under fire in a small area in the centre. Also in the programme, the RMT union's Bob Crow on the pay deal that could give Tube drivers more than £50,000 a year.

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A review of the papers.

The forces of Libya's transitional government have fought their way into the centre of Sirte - one of the last cities loyal to Colonel Gaddafi. BBC correspondent Jonathan Head is with them.

What does the latest round of quantitative easing mean for pensioners and savers? Joanne Segars, chief executive of the National Association, looks at the implications.

In America, black unemployment rates are twice the amount in comparison to white unemployment, at a 27 year high, and poverty is currently at record levels. North America editor Mark Mardell reports from the president's home town of Chicago on how they are finding solutions.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet

The Scottish Parliament is in the final stages of passing the new Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Bill - aimed at wiping out sectarianism. Scotland correspondent Colin Blane explains why the bill is highly controversial, and John Finnie, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, and Professor Tom Devine, who advised the last Labour government in Scotland on the issue, debate the proposed bill.

A review of the papers.

A new documentary looking at the growing economic relationship between Africa and China is being released in cinemas. Nick Francis, co-director of the film, and Lord Boateng, previous British High Commissioner to South Africa who has seen the film, discuss.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

The World Anti Doping Agency is calling on the British Olympic Association to look again at its rules which impose a lifetime ban on athletes who fail drugs tests. Sports editor David Bond explains the reasoning behind the calls, and Michele Verroken, founding director of Sporting Integrity, explains whether athletes should be given a second chance.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox has arrived in Libya amid many questions about his best man and former flatmate Adam Werritty. Dr Fox withdrew from planned interviews today. Robin Brant is our political correspondent, and Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, examine Dr Fox's call for an inquiry into the allegations.

The world's last sea-going paddle steamer may be sailing for the last time tomorrow. The Waverley is in deep financial trouble and needs to raise a considerable sum for its annual refit if it's to continue sailing. Nick James, chairman of the Waverley Steam Navigation company explains if it can be saved.

George Baker, who starred as Chief Inspector Wexford in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, has died aged 80. His daughter Ellie Baker looks back at his life.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The governor of the Bank of England has said the economic problems could be the worst ever, but what do the public think? Luke Walton went to a high street on Teesside to test the mood of traders and shoppers, and Ben Page, CEO of Ipsos Mori, reflects on the public's view of the economic situation.

A review of the papers.

The judges of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize have been looking at death in writing, as the Cheltenham Literature Festival hosts a discussion on the great death scenes in literature. Two of the judges, the writer Tim Lott and Vivienne Parry, who once presented a Radio 4 programme on the funny ways people die in books, look at these crucial sections in books.

Tube drivers in the capital will see their pay go over the £50,000 a year mark under a four-year wage deal negotiated between London Underground and union leaders. Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport union, justifies the agreement.

Should Steve Jobs be seen as an industrial revolutionist or the inventor of gadgets that just speed up the way we did things? Columnist AN Wilson and Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, debate his legacy.



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