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Today: Wednesday 30th November

Chancellor George Osborne and shadow chancellor Ed Balls give their take on the Autumn Statement. The biggest strike in a generation has begun. Also on the programme, actor Rupert Everett on Oscar Wilde's tomb.

Business news with Simon Jack on the significance of raising the pension age as announced by George Osborne in his Autumn Statement

How much support do unions have for the public sector strike? Mike Smithson, editor of the politicalbetting.com blog and social historian Juliet Gardiner discuss public opinion today and historical perceptions of industrial actions of this type.

Today's public sector strike is expected to cause widespread disruption to schools, hospitals and some airports. General Secretary of Unison Dave Prentis explains why the public sector is striking and Schools Minister Nick Gibb outlines the government's position.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The restored and newly-protected tomb of dramatist Oscar Wilde is to be unveiled in France on the 111th anniversary of his death. Actor Rupert Everett will be attending the opening and describes how the stonework on the tomb has been corroded by lipstick kisses and graffiti left by fans since his death.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls responds to the Autumn Statement. And economics editor Robert Peston analyses the downgrading of the country's growth forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility.

A review of the papers.

Today's public sector strike is expected to close as many as nine out of 10 schools in England and at least 80% elsewhere in the UK, with all three major teaching unions taking part in the action. The Today programme's Mike Thomson reports from a school in Worcestershire on the impact of the strikes there.

Thought for The Day with Rev Dr Michael Banner.

Iranian protesters have stormed the British embassy in Tehran in protest against new sanctions imposed by the UK. Kasra Naji, special correspondent for the BBC Persian Network , and Sir Richard Dalton, former UK ambassador in Tehran, examine the reasons behind the unrest.

Chancellor George Osborne gives his analysis of the UK finances following his Autumn Statement. And political editor Nick Robinson analyses the political implications of the latest announcements.

Do you use any tricks to help you remember things? Roger Bryan, author of the book It'll Come in Useful One Day, has researched the origins of various mnemonics and has found that, among other things, the rhyme to help us remember how many days are in a month started life as "30 days hath November" rather than "30 days hath September".

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Today's public sector strikes are expected to hit two key areas; schools and travel. Education correspondent Gillian Hargreaves has the latest on how schools are being effected and the BBC's Rebecca Barry reports from Heathrow airport.

The Foreign Office is withdrawing diplomatic staff from Iran after the storming by protesters of two British compounds in Tehran. Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Professor of American Studies at the University of Tehran, reflects on how Iranians feel about the attacks.

According to a report in the Student British Medical Journal, there are more women training to be doctors than men. Female GPs are expected to outnumber male in the next four years and in every aspect of medicine by 2017. Jane Dacre, director of the medical school at University College London, explains what difference this might make.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The former president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, has been charged with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He faces four counts of murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution and "other inhuman acts". He will be the first former head of state to be tried by the ICC since it was set up in 2002. Alex Vines, head of the Africa Programme at the think tank Chatham House, examines the significance of the move.

The chancellor's Autumn Statement announcement yesterday was a bitter pill for many to swallow, with a freeze on public sector pay and jobs, more austerity measures to come over the next six years and a downgrading of the UK's growth forecast. The Sunday Telegraph's political columnist Matthew D'Ancona and Frances Cairncross, economist and rector of Exeter College Oxford, discuss the political and economic implications.



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