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Today: Wednesday 11th January

James Naughtie is in Edinburgh where the Scottish government has locked horns with David Cameron on an independence referendum. Mitt Romney has won the New Hampshire Republican primary in the race to challenge the US presidency. And also on the programme, director Ken Loach on funding the British film industry.

Business news with Simon Jack on further developments in the eurozone, where leaders of Germany, Italy and the IMF meet to discuss what to do about problems in Greece and Hungary.

Nearly two years since the Greek crisis first blew up, the country is still on the verge of defaulting and needs the latest bail-out from the EU, European Central Bank and IMF by March if it is to pay the interest on its loans. The Today programme's Sarah Montague went to Brussels for BBC Hardtalk to speak to the the EU Commission's vice-president on the euro, Olli Rehn.

The Scottish Government plans to hold an independence referendum in the autumn of 2014, but the UK government is insisting the vote would be unlawful without Westminster's approval. Sir Menzies Campbell, former Liberal Democrat leader and MP for North-East Fife, gives his thoughts on the political dilemma.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has said he wants to scrap the way information technology is taught in schools in England because it's "dull and harmful". Ian Livingstone, of computer games company Eidos, details a review he has authored for the government into how to make the UK a world leader in video games and visual effects.

Mitt Romney has won the New Hampshire Republican primary, bringing him one step closer to fighting President Obama for the White house. North America editor Mark Mardell reports.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Some 63 wild flowers have been found in flower, much more than the normal average of 20 to 30 species, because of the mild winter. The BBC's Sian Lloyd reports from Cardiff where the unseasonal find has been made.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The prime minister is to urge the British Film industry to concentrate on more mainstream productions, the expected recommendation from a review by former Labour culture minister Lord Chris Smith on funding British films. Arts editor Will Gompertz has the details and film director, Ken Loach, gives his response.

The paper review.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley is to make another statement in the Commons about what the NHS can do to help women who had PIP breast implants and are worried about the risk of rupture. Dr Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet medical journal, details an editorial in which concerns are raised over regulation of medical devices.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.

Should Scotland have the right to call a referendum on whether to break away from the United Kingdom? Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond explains why he is planning a "public vote" in 2014 despite the UK government insisting this would be unconstitutional without the backing of Westminster.

A political battle is underway between Westminster and Holyrood over the nature and timing of a referendum on Scottish independence. Scottish political editor Brian Taylor has the details. And former Labour chancellor and Edinburgh MP, Alistair Darling, reflects on campaign ahead.

A spate of film biopics have recently hit our cinema screens, from The Iron Lady to W.E, Madonna's film about Wallis Simpson's life. Anne Sebba, journalist and author of That Woman, a biography of Wallis Simpson, and Frank Cottrell Boyce, screenwriter of many biopic films, discuss whether some lives lend themselves more readily than others to a biopic treatment.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

A political debate has begun between Westminster and Holyrood over the nature and timing of a referendum on Scottish independence. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses the implications of the political wrangling.

Hungary is the latest European country to face a potential economic storm. Professor Ngaire Woods, of Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government and member of the IMF European Regional Advisory Group, gives her analysis on what is likely to happen next.

The prototype of an electric racing car, as fast as an F1 car, is being unveiled. Lord Paul Drayson, former science minister and head of Drayson Racing Technologies LLP which have developed the technology, reflects on this contribution to high tech manufacturing.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The prime minister says the 50p top rate of tax is "temporary" but has refused to be drawn on when it will be abolished. Camilla Cavendish, associate editor and columnist for The Times, and Melissa Kite, contributing editor at The Spectator, discuss whether there is another way to raise money.

The argument is raging over who has the constitutional right to call a referendum on independence for Scotland. Magnus Linklater, Scotland editor of The Times, and Ewan Crawford, former SNP strategist and now at the University of the West of Scotland, discuss how the debate and referendum process will play out.


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