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Today: Monday 2nd January

David Cameron has predicted a difficult 2012, but says the Olympics and Queen's Diamond Jubilee will give Britain a boost. And also on today's programme, an English football manager on why he thinks that any Englishman, including him, would find it hard to turn down the job of managing the national team.

Business news with Simon Jack on what is in store for the year ahead.

BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders, business editor Robert Peston, and political editor Nick Robinson give their views on what lies ahead for Europe in 2012.

Rail commuters preparing to return to work after the Christmas break face fare rises of up to 11% from Monday, watchdog Passenger Focus has said. Anthony Smith, CEO of Passenger Focus, and Michael Roberts, CEO of ATOC, discuss the rising cost of rail travel.

A 20-year-old man has been charged with murdering Anuj Bidve, the Indian student who was shot in the head in Salford on Boxing day. BBC correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports. Read the news story.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The 'apocalyptic' ending of the Mayan calendar in December is one notable example of doom predicted for 2012. Art Lester, co-author of the Coffee Table Book of Doom, and Prof Chris French, who heads the anomalistic psychology research unit at Goldsmiths College, University of London, discuss what drives the interest in prophecies of doom.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet

Two think tanks are publishing pamphlets arguing that David Cameron would do well to revive the ideas behind the Big Society. Professor Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College, who wrote one pamphlet for Policy Exchange, and Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, who wrote the other, discuss why they want the prime minister to bring back the concept.

The paper review.

The government is publishing recipes for healthy meals that can be made relatively cheaply and is encouraging three supermarket chains to offer discounts on some healthy foods. Public health minister Paul Burstow explains why encouraging people to eat more healthily is one of the government's new year's resolutions.

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has told Robert Peston that an Englishman should manage the England football team after Fabio Capello steps down. Keir Radnedge of World Soccer magazine and sports writer Alyson Rudd debate whether, in this globalised world, it is petty to insist national teams are managed by someone from the home country.

What lies in store for the UK in 2012? Home editor Mark Easton, economics editor Stephanie Flanders, business editor Robert Peston and political editor Nick Robinson, give their analysis.

The Korean peninsula is at a "turning point" and there are opportunities for change, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said in a new year speech. Aidan Foster-Carter, honorary senior research fellow in modern Korea at Leeds University, analyses the shifting power in North and South Korea.

Over the new year weekend, two robotic probes went into orbit around the moon in order to send information back to earth which should help scientists establish what the moon is made of. John Zarnecki, professor of Space Science at the Open University, explains the significance of any potential new findings.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet

Arab League observers in Syria have given apparently conflicting accounts of an incident said to have involved government snipers in the restive city of Deraa. Hazhir Teimourian, veteran commentator on the Middle East, and Nadim Shehadi, associate fellow of Chatham House's Middle East and north Africa programme, discuss what impact the Arab League mission is having in Syria.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The BBC's Weather Test, designed to assess the accuracy of UK weather forecasters, has finally defined a protocol by which the forecasters' results will be judged. BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin, who devised the Weather Test, explains the new rules.

People in New South Wales, the most populous state in Australia, are being warned of a possible outbreak of potentially fatal virus transmitted by mosquitoes. Read the news story

In his New Year message, the prime minister admitted that 2012 would be "difficult" as the economy struggles and household finances are squeezed, but he insisted the coalition "got" the problems and would "do more" to help people through them. Matthew d'Ancona of the Sunday Telegraph and Andrew Rawnsley of the Observer discuss the challenges lying ahead for David Cameron in 2012.


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