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Today: Thursday 10th May

Some 20,000 police officers in England and Wales are expected to march against "cuts and privatisation". Inspectors say staff changes at Heathrow were not introduced properly, leading to long queues at passport control. And also on today's programme, why are novelists and historians so fascinated by the Tudors?

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Business news with Simon Jack, on the part nationalisation of one of Spain's biggest banks.


Up to 400,000 civil servants, health workers and others are on strike over government reforms to public sector pensions. Gail Cartmel, Assistant General Secretary of Unite, explains why his union backs the strike.

Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's The Media Show, on Andy Coulson's appearance at the Leveson Inquiry.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The BBC's Sports Editor, David Bond, reports from the ruins Ancient Olympia where the Olympic torch is being lit.

Barack Obama became the first ever US president in office last night to state public support for gay marriage. Mark Mardell reports.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.


John Vine, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, explains why, according to his latest report, there have been problems at UK airports for months.

The paper review.


The leading hair stylist John Frieda pays tribute to Vidal Sassoon, the hairdresser who set the style of the 1960s, who has died aged 84.

In an effort to find out why it has been raining so much lately, scientists have been boarding a specially equipped aircraft to fly right into the heart of a series of weather systems to investigate how they work. David Shukman reports from on board a research flight over the Irish Sea.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.


Groups involved in social care in England have expressed concern that a bill to push through much needed reforms to the system was not included in the Queen's Speech. Christian Guy, managing director of the Centre For Social Justice, and Martin Green, chief executive of the English Community Care Association, debate the reforms.


Some 20,000 police officers from England and Wales are expected in a protest march against "cuts and privatisation". PC Julie Nesbit, chair of the Constables Committee of the Police Federation of England and Wales, and Peter Fahy, chief constable for Greater Manchester, debate the reasons for the protest.


As the second part to Hilary Mantel's trilogy of novels about Thomas Cromwell is published, why does the Tudor period continue to fascinate us so much in literature? Tudor historian Dr Robert Hutchinson, and Philippa Gregory, author of best-selling novels on the period, discuss the question.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.


Two explosions have hit the Syrian capital, Damascus, with state TV saying dozens have been killed or wounded in "terrorist bombings". Opposition activist Lena describes the scene in the city.


Evan Wolfson, a campaigner for gay marriage, gives his thoughts on President Obama's statement that he supports gay marriage.

The government has changed its mind over the type of fighter planes it is ordering for the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, the BBC has learned. Former Naval officer Lewis Page explains the problems in Ministry of Defence procurement.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Tim Hartley, chairman of Cardiff City Supporters Trust, explains why there are ambivalent feelings amongst Cardiff City football fans towards the new Malaysian owners' plans to change the club's branding.

David Rennie, who writes the Bagehot column in The Economist, and Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, debate the issues announced in yesterday's Queen's Speech.

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