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Today: Saturday 29th September

Appeals have been made for one of the biggest Unionist marches in Belfast in decades to take place peacefully. Megan Stammers, the teenager who ran away to France with one of her teachers, is expected be re-united with her family, and we hear the secrets of good health and long life from the world's fittest 93-year-old.

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

Missing schoolgirl Megan Stammers will be reunited with her family today, her teacher remains in custody in France. The BBC's Christian Fraser has an update.

The Labour Party conference will open this weekend in Manchester, political correspondent Tim Reid previews the week's events.

The Scottish Labour Party is considering a major re-think over free benefits such as tuition fees. BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor reports.

Former butler to the Pope, Paolo Gabriele, will go on trial today accused of stealing from the pontiff'ss personal rooms. The BBC's Alan Johnston has been following the case in Rome.


Britain has not signed a treaty trying to reduce the number of deaths in the fishing industry, which comes into force today. Mike Park, chief executive of the Scottish White Fish Producers Association, discusses the situation.

Sports news with Rob Nothman


Northern Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson reports on a march taking place through Belfast today to mark the centenary of the Ulster Covenant. Dr Eamon Phoenix, political historian at Queen's University, Belfast, analyses the importance of the march.

A look at this morning's newspapers.

The number of custody battles being dealt with in court has taken a sharp rise in England and Wales. Liz Edwards, who chairs Resolution, a group that tries to promote the use of mediation rather than court action, talks about the figures.

Though for the Day with the Reverend Roy Jenkins.


Economics editor Stephanie Flanders looks at options for government investment in the future. Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke, and chief economist at the Construction Products Association Noble Francis, debate where the money should come from.

British Crime Survey figures published this week show that the number of people taking drugs in England and Wales has fallen. Home editor Mark Easton looks into the report, and chief executive of the charity Drugscope, Martin Barnes, provides some expertise.


Anthony Loyd from The Times and Ghaith Abdul Ahad from The Guardian both give their accounts of the current situation on the ground in Aleppo, Syria's second city.


93 year-old Charles Eugster tells the Today programme about being the world's oldest competitive bodybuilder. Professor Tom Kirkwood, associate dean for Ageing at Newcastle University, discusses whether we give in to old age too easily.

A sports update with Rob Nothman.


The BBC's Mark Simpson gauges opinion on the centenary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant and Kitty Usher, research fellow at the Smith Institute, and Neal Lawson of Compass, the Labour Campaign Group, debate how engaged politicians are with working class people.

A second look at today's papers.

The results of a government commissioned "stress test" of Spanish banks found a combined shortfall of nearly 60 billion Euros. Pedro Schwartz, economics professor at San Pablo University in Madrid discusses the findings.


Could the UK's MP's work on a job-share basis? Meg Hillier, Labour MP for Hackney South debates the possibility with David Amess, Conservative MP for Southend West.

Transcripts of conversations with German prisoners of war in Britain have been published. The historian who found them, Professor Soenke Neitzel, and Fritz Lustig, who listened to the conversations at the time, talk about the contents.

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