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Today: Friday 3rd February

New research by medical experts has provided fresh evidence that people who are admitted to hospitals in England at weekends face a significantly increased risk of death. Why is Wales falling behind England in school standards? Plus a renaissance for horror writing.

Business news: Simon Jack hears from Peter Winslow, chief executive of BGL Group - the company behind compare the among other businesses.

Welsh schools do not appear to be achieving results as good as those in England - on several measures the gap is widening. David Reynolds, professor of educational effectiveness at the University of Southampton and a senior policy adviser to the Welsh education department and Philip Dixon, director of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers in Wales, examine what needs to be done.

New research suggests malaria kills twice as many people around the world as previously thought. The study. funded by the Bill Gates Foundation and published in The Lancet, says more than 40% of victims are older children and adults, challenging the belief that the vast majority of deaths occur among the under fives. Richard Horton, the journal's editor said that, although the numbers were high, they were coming down

Business news.

Figures released this morning on the books most borrowed at public libraries in the UK suggests that have turned away from romance, towards crime and thrillers. Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol was the most borrowed book in the year 2010-2011. Five books from American thriller writer, James Patterson are in the top 10. There were two by the author Lee Child. Evan Davis spoke to Lee Child about what has driven this huge shift from romance novels to thrillers.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

New data based on a full year of patient records confirms the picture that patients have a higher chance of dying if they are admitted to a hospital at the weekend in England. Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director in England, co-authored the report, and outlines the background to the figures.

The paper review.

Farce, once theatre's poor relation, is back with a vengeance. Later today, one of Britain's leading companies, the Old Vic, will announce that its farce, Noises Off, is going to the Novello Theatre: the first time one of their productions has transferred to the West End. Arts editor Will Gompertz has been speaking to the writers and performers of farce to find out the genre's pitfalls and problems.

Thought for Today, with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

The news that a French firm has beaten Bae to become preferred bidder for a new fighter jet contract for the Indian government, worth up to £12bn, has stirred up backbench concern at Westminster about UK-India Trade relations. The prime minister wants to strike more deals on the sub-continent but do the Indians want to deal with us? Our reporter in Mumbai, Rajini Vaidyanathan, has been trying to find out. And Sir Richard Lambert, former head of the CBI, details the challenge.

Eight days ago, Stephen Hester, the chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, was given a bonus worth just under £1m. Five days ago, he renounced his entitlement to it. The inside story of "the bonus that was never paid" has not been told. Mr Hester has a lot to be getting on with in simply running the bank. But the chairman of RBS, Sir Philip Hampton, gives his thoughts about the Hester story, the future of the bank and executive pay.

The BBC's business editor Robert Peston analyses the RBS chairman's remarks about bank executive pay and Stephen Hester's decision to decline his bonus.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

On Monday the government will respond to the Norgrove review of the family justice system. Newspaper reports say ministers intend to rewrite the law to ensure that fathers get improved access to their offspring after a marriage breaks down, disregarding Norgrove's recommendations to the contrary. Matt O'Connor is founder of the campaign group Fathers for Justice and Caroline Davy is director of policy for Gingerbread, the charity and campaigning group for single parents.

The eviction of travellers illegally occupying land at Dale Farm in Essex last October cost less than expected - according to Basildon Council - but the operation might not have been as successful as first thought. Our reporter Mark Worthington is at Dale Farm.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Prince Charles will launch a report into sustainable fishing today. It comes from his International Sustainability Unit Marine Programme. He is not the only one who worries about the fishing industry. So what might come out of the two years of research his unit have been conducting? Tony Juniper is special adviser to the Prince of Wales on the environment and a former director of Friends of the Earth.

The famous old Hammer Horror films, made by the Hammer Film Production company, were perhaps seen as quite over the top. The Hammer Books imprint has often put those films into novel form. But an interesting transition is occurring - it is publishing its first original fiction now. And it comes from Helen Dunmore, an Orange Prize winner. She discusses the revival of the genre with Lizzie Franckie, senior executive producer at the British Film Institute.


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