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Today: Monday 21st May

A report out today suggests that childcare in Britain needs to be overhauled to make it more affordable. Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls speaks to Sarah Montague on the recession and the eurozone crisis. And also on today's programme, who are the great Elizabethans of our time?

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 rising concern over the "capital flight" from Greece.

The BBC's Alan Johnston reports from Italy where an earthquake has struck north of Bologna killing at least four people.

Recently declassified documents suggest a group of British ex-servicemen gave the Japanese the intelligence to take out Pearl Harbour and Singapore in the World War II. Paul Elston, who produced a documentary on the subject aired on BBC 2 tonight, has more details.


A report published today suggests that Britain should change its regime on child care, and allow more people to become childminders. In the first of two reports, Sanchia Berg looks at how the system in Britain has developed over the last 15 years.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Nato leaders are to meet in Chicago to announce a "milestone" along the road towards the end of the war in Afghanistan, making it clear that Afghan forces will take over lead combat roles next year. North America Editor Mark Mardell reports.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


The shadow Chancellor Ed Balls gives his view on the eurozone crisis.

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read reflects on the death of Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.

The paper review.

Thought for the Day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican priest.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, has died in Libya three years after being released in Scotland on compassionate grounds. John Ashton, author of Megrahi: You Are My Jury, discusses what is next for the Lockerbie case.

Childcare in Britain is amongst the most expensive in the world with an average family spending a quarter of their income on childcare. Conservative MP Elizabeth Truss talks over the report by think tank Centre Forum that calls for a change in the child care regime in Britain.

Radio 4 is looking back at the last 60 years with profiles of 60 New Elizabethans who've shaped the era. Lord Hall, chief executive of the Royal Opera House, and social historian Dr Kate Williams discuss the choices.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees has died aged 62 after a battle with cancer. DJ and friend Bob Harris pays tribute to the singer and songwriter.

Business news with Simon Jack.

What is the best way to produce economic growth? Allister Heath, editor of business newspaper City AM, and Nick Pearce, director of the think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research, debate the issue.

Egypt will vote later this week for the first president since the downfall of Hosni Mubarak last year. Jon Leyne reports on the importance of the female vote in the country.

A new book comes out this week detailing a mission to Iraq in 2003, in which nine men acted alone and unsupported deep behind enemy lines. The author of Pathfinder, former British Army Captain David Blakely, speaks to Sarah Montague.

Novelist Tracy Chevalier, who starts as writer in residence at the Chelsea Flower Show today, and the novelist Philip Hensher, debate the importance of setting to help them write.


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