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Today: Monday 28th November

A study suggests that patients in England are almost 10% more likely to die if they are admitted to hospital at weekends. There is to be a £30bn investment programme in Britain's infrastructure, some of it funded by government spending cuts. And also on the programme, one of the most distinctive voices in pop music, Art Garfunkel.

Business news with Simon Jack on a government plan to use pension funds to finance infrastructure projects.

Some of the biggest firms in hi-tech, including Google and Microsoft, are calling for major changes in the education system to give Britain the computing skills it needs to compete. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones and Alex Hope, co-author of the Livingstone Hope Review which looked into the skills needed for school leavers to fully engage in the video games and visual effects industries, outline the concerns.

Ahead of the Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement, a new National Infrastructure Plan worth £30bn has been announced, some of it to be funded by spending cuts. Business editor Robert Peston has the details.

According to a survey carried out by an independent company, hospitals in England are more dangerous places at weekends than they are during the week. Dr Mark Porter, who chairs the consultants committee of the British Medical Association, explains why.

In a new announcement on credit easing, the government says it will underwrite bank loans worth at least £20bn to small and medium-sized businesses over the next two years. Bernard Coleman runs WGL Stone Clean Ltd and describes how it might help and Chris Glen, of the Leeds branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, gives his analysis of the chancellor's plan.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A team of archaeologists and engineers have recreated the tunnels used in The Great Escape from Germany's infamous Stalag Luft III POW camp near Zagan in Poland. Dr Hugh Hunt, a structural engineer at Cambridge University, explains how.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Was former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused of the attempted rape of a chambermaid in New York, set up by political opponents? Investigative journalist Edward Epstein of the New York Review of Books explains the evidence and Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, French political commentator with the Telegraph, examines the political implications of the allegations.

A review of the papers.

Art Garfunkel, along with his childhood friend Paul Simon, recorded some of the most memorable songs in pop music history including Bridge over Troubled Water, The Sound of Silence and Mrs Robinson. With both men having just turned 70, Art Garfunkel speaks to Rebecca Jones about his relationship with Paul Simon, the secret of their success, and his own singing voice.

Thought for The Day with Rabbi Lionel Blue.

In the UK, attention has focused on the anti-capitalist Occupy protests in The City and outside St Paul's Cathedral. But in Leeds there is also a small camp. Evan Davis and a group of people in the Yorkshire market town of Skipton examine just how far the non-protesting public support the demonstrations.

A new report has been published by the health information company Dr Foster which says people are almost 10% more likely to die in hospital in England at weekends than during the week. Co-founder of Dr Foster, Roger Taylor, explains their research and David Stout, deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, gives his response.

Some £30bn of extra infrastructure work has been planned as part of a government plan called the National Infrastructure Plan, funded by pension funds and other investors. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander outlines when the money is coming from.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The DUP leader and Stormont's First Minister Peter Robinson has said he wants to bring Catholics and Protestants closer together in Northern Ireland, speaking of the need for a shared education system. He explains why he wants to end the "them and us" mentality.

As the government announces new plans to boost infrastructure, regions around the country will be examining which what projects may now get the green light. Kieran Preston, director general of Metro, the public transport executive for West Yorkshire, describes how electrifying the Transpennine Express rail route could boost the region's economy.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Egyptians will have a chance to vote today despite protests continuing across the country. Kevin Connolly gauges the mood of people on the streets in Cairo, many of whom believed that the election should have been postponed.

In 1917 Jews made up one third of the population of Baghdad, by 1947 they numbered 118,000. But now there are only seven Jews remaining in the city, living incognito until a Wikileaks release of an American embassy memo which named them and gave their addresses. Alan Yentob, the BBC's creative director and himself an Iraqi Jew and Canon Andrew White, the Anglican vicar of Baghdad, discuss the implications.

Does the City of London do as much as it could to help the development of the regions? Howard Kew, former chief executive of Financial Leeds and Lord Haskins, chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, debate if the City works for the whole country.



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