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Today: Friday 18th May

The credit ratings of 16 Spanish banks have been downgraded because of concern about the country's recession. David Cameron is launching a new scheme that awards vouchers to parents. And also on today's programme, Sacha Baron Cohen on his new film The Dictator, in his first ever broadcast interview as himself in the UK.

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 rating agency Moody's downgrade of 16 Spanish banks.

A report published by the National Audit Office into the creation and sale of Northern Rock reveals that the government is likely to lose £2bn overall by the time all the assets are wound down. The BBC's business editor Robert Peston has the details.

David Cameron is to announce a number of initiatives aimed at helping families, including free parenting classes.

Some parenting courses are being run across the country already and the BBC's Mike Thomson went to one in Streatham, South London.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Save the Children have been warning for months that the level of malnutrition in Niger in West Africa was reaching crisis point.

Chief executive Justin Forsyth explains why that point has now arrived and what needs to be done now.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Spanish banks, whose shares have been collapsing, have been downgraded by one of the big credit agencies.

Justin Webb is in Madrid and has been speaking to the Spanish finance minister.

The paper review.

The ancient Greek sculpture, Discobolus, epitome of the Olympic spirit, is going back on show at the British Museum after four years on display at foreign museums. Dr Ian Jenkins, senior curator at the British Museum, explains the history of the sculpture.

Sacha Baron Cohen speaks to arts editor Will Gompertz in his first ever broadcast interview as himself in Britain, to discuss his work and motivations, including the influence his Jewish faith has had on his career.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

The deal that saved the Ellesmere Port Vauxhall car plant has been accepted overwhelmingly by Unite members and both management and unions welcomed the deal. Cllr Alan McKie, staffing committee chair for Cheshire West and Chester council and Jack Dromey, shadow housing minister, give their view on whether there is a contrast in the way negotiations are happening in the private and the public sector.

The euro crisis spotlight has turned on Spain with the downgrade by a credit rating agency and unemployment at a record high.

Justin Webb has been taking the temperature on the streets of Madrid.

Can you teach someone to be a good parent?

Jill Kirby, a policy analyst with a focus on social and domestic issues, and Frank Field, former minister for welfare reform, debate David Cameron's new scheme to award vouchers to parents.

Donna Summer, known as the Disco Queen, has died aged 63. Paul Gambaccini remembers her life and times.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


A memorial plaque dedicated to two children killed by an IRA bomb has been stolen from Warrington town centre.

Colin Parry is the father of Tim Parry, one of the boys who was killed in 1993.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A Royal Navy warship and a US Navy supply vessel are among the ships searching for a missing fishing boat and its three-man crew off Portland on the Dorset coast. Laurence Herman reports.

In less than a week from now, Egyptians will go to the polls to choose the first freely elected civilian president in their history, but who will they choose? The BBC's Kevin Connolly reports.

Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and they're all being performed at the Globe Theatre in London as part of the cultural Olympiad, in different languages. Pakistani actress Nadia Jamil, who is playing Katherine in an Urdu version of Taming of the Shrew, speaks to John Humphrys.


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